RealMe has released two new smartphones in its budget-centric Narzo lineup. The first Norjo 30A It is a good choice in the sub-Rs 10,000 category. Second Norjo 30 Pro It comes at a sub-Rs 20,000 price and is also the cheapest 5G capable phone currently available in the market. I focused on a special comparison piece for the Narzo 30A that you can do Read here. However, the Norzo 30 Pro requires its own inspection to see how it charges for some competing products. The lower middle-class category has a lot of competitors because it is expanding so fast. For now, I have chosen two devices that give the Norzo 30 Pro strong competition. First, there is LITTLE X3 (Review) It shares some features like the 120Hz LCD display with the Narzo 30 Pro and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC. Then there is Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, It’s a one year old device, but still packs in a lot of punches at Rs 15,999 and is powered by Snapdragon 720G SoC.
The Narzo 30 Pro runs the new Dimension 800U under its hood, which is only the second phone Realme X7 (Review) To use the chipset. Like all modern SoCs, the 800U is an octa-core chipset built around ARM’s Big Little architecture, utilizing two performance and six capacity cores. In this case, the Cortex A76 cores handle all major performance requirements and have a maximum clock speed of 2.4GHz. The efficiency cores are Cortex A55s, which peak at 2GHz. You’ll see something similar on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max’s 720G, which runs the older Cryo 465 CPUs on the Cortex A76 and A55 cores, while the Snapdragon 732G gets the better Cryo 470 CPUs. However, the maximum clock speed on the A76 cores of both devices is slightly lower at 2.3GHz compared to the A76 of the Norzo 30 Pro. The 800U also has the advantage of being made using a smaller 7nm process, while both the 720G and 732G are slightly larger at 8nm. Other than that, the controversial RealMore Norjo30 Pro has an additional 8GB of RAM compared to the 6GB of RAM in the other two phones. These factors play a role and it remains to be seen how good the three devices will be in benchmarking and gaming tests.
One way to make sure you are getting a reliable metric of performance is done by benchmarking. There are many good synthetic tests in the Play Store, but the most popular are Geekbench, Glue, GFX Bench and 3D Mark. All of these test the CPU or GPU or both and deliver scores that can be used to compare devices.
Implementing GeekBench lets the user know how good the single-core and multi-core performance of the device is. The CPU runs on the test platform and generates scores based on how the device works. In the case of the RealMe Norjo30 Pro, the benchmark was 583 and 1,793 on the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. While the POCO X3 returned almost identical 569 and 1,778 scores, the Note 9 Pro Max also landed in the same boat with 571 and 1,807 scores. The thing to note here is that for almost three years the Redmi phone actually had the best multi-core performance of all three devices. This is despite having older cryo CPUs compared to the POCO X3. However, in retrospect, the differences in the scores of the three devices are very small.
As a synthetic test that emphasizes CPU, GPU, memory and UI, the contagion is highly comprehensive. You get the overall score, which is a combination of how SoC can handle certain tasks. Compared to the Snapdragon 732G and 720G, the Mali-G57M3 GPU has the Norjo 30 Pro packs with 850 MHz frequency, both of which have Adreno 618, which are slightly slower at 810MHz and 750MHz, respectively. Additionally, all phones have LPDDR4X RAM, but the Narzo 30 Pro has a slight advantage with a high frequency frequency of 2.1GHz, while both the X3 and 9 Pro Max are at a maximum of 1.8GHz. As such, these factors affect the scores in each category. The Norzu 30 Pro received a total score of 333,670, past the 282,394 and 277,621 on the POCO X3 and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max respectively. Note how the 30 Pro lags the improved GPU score of 90,180, with the X3 second with 78,852 (almost 13 percent lower). Memory scores are even wider, with the 30 Pro showing 76,704, which is almost 30 percent faster than the next best Redmi 9 Pro Max with a score of 52,321. CPU scores are the same on all three devices, but the Norzo 30 Pro shows a slight lead.
GFXBench and 3DMark
GPU is a very important part of the overall performance of a chipset and a way to evaluate capabilities through GFXBench. This benchmark runs some simulations and provides a score based on how many frames it has pushed while running the test. Both the Manhattan and T-Rex tests, which tell the story very accurately and return the FPS calculation. RealMe Norjo30 Pro gave scores of 48 and 59 fps respectively in both tests. In comparison, the Note 9 Pro Max actually did 59 fps in the T-Rex, but Manhattan showed 37 fps, while the X3 had 60 fps in the T-Rex and 34 fps in the Manhattan.
I also ran 3DMark’s Slingshot Xtreme on all three devices, mainly to get a second look at GPU capabilities, including the CPU. The Narzo 30 Pro tops the Poco X3 with a score of 2,703, compared to 2,534 on the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max with a total score of 3,141. While the physics score, which is a measure of CPU performance, showed a similar score on all three devices, the Norzo 30 Pro is slightly more shady.
The new Narzo 30 Pro looks like the top smartphone in every metric benchmarking test and especially when it comes to graphical work. However, how does all this translate to real-world use? A good way to measure this is by running a graphics-heavy game on all three devices.
I chose to run PUBG Mobile on smartphones to measure their graphical capabilities, but a ban on the title was no longer possible. The fallback option is Call of Duty Mobile (CoDM), which is not very intensive in games, but still puts a lot of pressure on the GPU.
Call of Duty: Mobile
First, let’s see what are the maximum game settings allowed to run on all three devices. In the case of the Narzo 30 Pro, I noticed that the Codim application failed to display the optimal frame rate (FR) and graphics quality (GQ) options. In the settings menu, you will see something of Medium GQ and High FR, both of which definitely do not indicate the experience in the game. I got a very stable 60fps while playing the game, which is similar to the Max FR option and there were occasional frame drops during intensive combat situations. GQ is also much better than what the settings menu shows. The details in the textures, the texture, the water reflections and the overall sharpness of the atmosphere are similar to those of the high jiq. Therefore both the POCO X3 and the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are capable of making very high GQ but only with very high FR. As the better frame rate is more stressful for the GPU, I put the FR option on the Max, which automatically lowers the GQ option to hi.
A 30-minute gaming session with all phones starting with 100 percent battery was done to check the temperature rise and battery flow. The 7nm fabrication of the 800U contributes to better power efficiency than the 8nm on the other two devices. The thing to note here is that the POCO X3 comes packed with a 6,000mAh battery, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Norzo 30 Pro come with 5,000mAh. The RealMe Norjo30 Pro has an 11 percent battery drain and a 12 degree temperature increase. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max dropped 14 percent, while temperatures also rose 15 degrees. The POCO X3 exhibited at least 9 percent battery drop, but warmed up with a gain of 15 degrees.
Based on these tests, the RealMe Norjo30 Pro looks like a good phone for performance-based tasks. With the RealMe X7 and RealMe7 series, RealMe has a variety of options in the Rs 20,000 range. However, the processing prowess of RealMe Norzo 30 Pro appears to be the terms of the cost-to-benefit ratio. It will be interesting to see how Xiaomi and Poco respond with the Redmi Note 10 series and the X3 successors respectively.