Realme definitely seems to have come a long way since it entered the country. The former OPPO brand now has a different smartphone lineup and has entered other segments such as audio accessories, smart TVs and IoT devices. The Narzo smartphone series Real is trying to stick to its budget sources, and the company has just announced something new Norjo 30A It was launched along with the lower mid-range Norjo 30 Pro (Review). In this review, I will focus on 30A starting from Rs 8,999. In a piece about Performance factor of the device, The phone feels great value for money. Let’s find out how good the device is in other areas of smartphone experience.
The RealMe Norzo 30A is a performance-oriented device that packs in a large battery, providing almost two days of use. There are some flaws with the phone’s low-light photo capabilities, and the design language may not be as good Poco M3 (Review), But you still get your money’s worth with the Narzo 30A.
Built as a typical budget device, the Narzo 30A features a thick unibody plastic structure that makes up the majority of the back of the phone. You feel its weight in your hand and it is due to the beefy battery placed inside. The shoulders are gently curved for lightweight grip, however, like most smartphones these days, the 30A cannot be used with one hand. On the back is a square housing with a dual camera system that is very flush with the body and has a fingerprint scanner next to it. The buttons on the side are click and touch with good response and at the bottom is the USB-C port, which is refreshing to look at on a budget range. It also comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grille. The Narzo 30A is an award-winning device for craftsmanship, but it certainly stands out.
On the front of the phone, you get a standard HD + IPS LCD panel, which measures 6.5-inches in size and has a screen-to-body ratio of 88.7 percent. There is a waterdrop drop at the top of the screen and chunky bezels on the side, which is to be expected in this section. In addition to a little saturation, the screen looks great with healthy brightness (approximately 560 nits) for outdoor use. Not a high refresh rate to speak of, but depending on RealMe’s reputation, units under Rs 10,000 will soon be available on future offerings from the brand. Some color change is obvious when looking at the panel from one angle, but overall the device offers a very good viewing experience for the price. Unfortunately, the lack of Widewine L1 certification means that you can only enjoy OTT content on the SD (standard definition).
As far as the optics go, the phone has a 13MP primary shooter, f / 2.2 aperture and a 5MP B & W shooter. On the front is an 8MP selfie camera. The camera performance is not the budget phone’s strong suite, but the Narzo 30A works well under adequate lighting. Here is a brief summary of my camera experience with the device.
- Daytime photography works well with good color reproduction and dynamic range. White balance feels a bit off at times but you get a decent amount of shots. You have the usual chroma boost feature to increase colors and satisfaction, but I’m not a big fan of this.
- The performance of the B&W sensor is limited to providing a monochrome filter on the photos and assists the background separation for the portrait mode. This is not a feature I use very often and adds to the camera padding that is prevalent in the budget segment for better marketing of products.
- Night phone photos are also in the acceptable category by budget phone standards. Focus speed is very slow and overall noise reduction is not as great even with dedicated night mode. Details are lost due to excessive overshooting and the exposure balance is not accurate.
- Finally, you have a selfie shooter that takes adequate exposure shots with a sufficient amount of facial details. Front portrait mode usually works well but sometimes edge detection can be iffy.
Powered by the RealMe Norzo 30A MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, which focuses on GPU performance. Even with CPU-based work, the G85 is on par with competing Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 smartphones. The benchmarking scores were similar, with the Narzo 30A delivering a respectable score of 204,995.
You will not even face big interruptions during the normal daily tasks of operating the phone. You get 4GB of RAM in the device, along with 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card. I do not place a very heavy gaming load on the phone even though the chipset is said to be specially designed for it. While the Call of Duty mobile runs easily in good graphics settings, the phone starts to stutter and logs in after an hour. Any low-end gaming titles run very nicely.
As for the capacitive fingerprint reader, it works very fast and fits my taste. The speakers are not great and lack depth, but wired earphones provide a better audio experience. Apart from this, network quality (based on my use with Geo Network in Noida) and earpiece quality also came to mind.
On the content software side, the phone uses a real-time UI based on Android 10. You can Go here For a more detailed description of the software UI. In short, ease of use and simple software patches are its strong suits but it comes with affordable bloatware.
You get a 6,000 mAh battery in the device కోర్సు The course seems to be coming slowly for budget phones these days. The battery supports 18W fast charging, which will fully charge the phone in 2 hours. In fact, thanks to the high-capacity battery, the Narzo 30A lasts longer than a single charge. It is very common to see the phone through two days of use, without putting too much pressure on the processor. For media usage, the phone can last up to 20 hours while watching YouTube. The screen-on time came in the range of 7 hours during my review period, which was great.
For a starting price of Rs 8,999, most phones do not give the performance I saw in the Narzo 30A. The device also packs in a large battery and is handy for a while before you need a top-up. You will also get a reasonably bright display and switching to a USB-C port is very welcome. Camera performance is the only thing that loses it, especially at night. Design-wise, the Norzo 30A does not turn heads. However, if you are looking for a performance-oriented smartphone with great battery life on a budget then the Narzo 30A should be at the top of your watch list.
Editor Rating: 4/5
- Beefy battery
- Sensitive performance
- Good performance
- Night photography needs improvement
- Boring design