RealMe has announced two new entries into its Norzo lineup of smartphones, focusing on the affordable segment. The Norjo 30A The starting price comes with Rs 8,999, but it is expensive Norjo 30 Pro Price Rs 16,999. In this piece, I will focus on the previous ones on both phones, especially seeing how the Narzo 30A competes with its nearest rivals. Keeping the Redmi phone controversial seems pretty obvious, so I went Redmi 9 Power (Review) It is selling for Rs.10,499. There is also Poco M3 (Review), Another prime budget phone competitor, similarly priced, Rs 10,999. When it comes to performance, both the M3 and 9power are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 662 chipset, while the Norzo 30A uses MediaTek’s Helio G85. Also, there is a slight disparity in RAM with the Narzo 30A and Redmi 9 Power 4GB RAM, while the Poco M3 gets 6GB of RAM, as far as their base variants are concerned.
Talking a little bit about the chipset, you get the 11nm manufacturing process in the Snapdragon 662, which is slightly better than the 12nm process used for the Helio G85. Other than that, the 662 has the advantage of using four performance Cortex A75 CPUs, while the G85 has only two A75 cores, the remaining six capacity Cortex A55 cores. However, the G85 packs are much better The Mali-G52 GPU has a clock speed of 1GHz compared to the Adreno 610, which watches at 300MHz (or about 30 percent slower). These two elements play an important role in the benchmarking tests that run on all three devices.
While there is no exact shot metric about the real-world everyday performance of smartphones, implementing benchmarks is a convenient way to get an idea. For this comparison, with the many synthetic tests and benchmarks packed throughout the Play Store, I use the GeekBench 5, GFX Bench, 3Dmark and the most popular. Each test emphasizes CPU or GPU performance and sometimes both.
If you need to dedicate a CPU performance to any smartphone, GeekBench 5 is probably your best bet. You get two sets of tests for multi-core and single-core performance. For RealMe Norzo 30A, the scores are 354 and 1,292, respectively, while in Redmi 9 Power you have 310 and 1,409. Looks similar with the POCO M3 scoring 312 and 1,381. As expected, the multi-core performance of both the POCO M3 and Redmi 9 Power is better than that of the Norzo 30A, but not so much. In comparison, single-core performance is slightly lower on the G85 of the Narzo 30A. A very small difference in the scores of the multi-core and single-core tests indicates that there is a similarity in the processing capabilities of the three devices.
In order to have a more comprehensive approach to the device’s SoC, the contagion pushes the smartphone through a number of tests, which include CPU, GPU, AI capabilities, memory speeds, and more. Based on this you get a total score which gives you a good idea of how well the device can perform in terms of processing and graphics capabilities. The overall score of the RealMe Norjo 30A is at 204,955, which is ahead of both the 178,246 of the POCO M3 and the 177,786 of the Redmi 9 Power. The score break shows that the Norzo 30A will greatly benefit from its GPU score of 43,418, which is almost 25 percent higher than the other two. All three phones have high CPU scores. The Narzo 30A also pushes competition in memory and UX scores.
GFXBench and 3DMark
Both of these benchmarks are basically pressure tests of how well the chipset handles graphical load, and it seems to be compatible with the GPU’s Norzo 30A given its high clock speed. The score in GFXbench is provided by estimating how many frames the phone can test over a period of time. Norjo 30A and its The Mali-G52 GPU handles the Manhattan and T-Rex tests at 44 and 55 FPS, respectively. On both the Redmi 9 Power and the Poco M3, scores are very low, with Manhattan and T-Raz logging in at 17 and 31 fps, respectively. In terms of handling the MediaTek G85 graphics, it seems clear that SoC is the one to beat, at least in the budget segment. However, I had to get a second opinion, though my hopes were very low.
The 3D mark also keeps the GPU through the winger and the Slingshot Xtreme is a PF, where most graphics-intensive testing takes place. With the results coming out, the gap between the three phones is over, but the Narzo 30A is still at the top of the chart. With scores of 1,180 and 1,164, respectively, the Redmi 9 Power and Poco M3 30A scores were down 15 percent from 1,401. Although the graphics score on the Norzo 30A is significantly higher, the physics score that predicts CPU performance is the same on all three devices.
The Narzo 30A dominated most tests that had no graphics functionality and was almost identical during CPU tasks. The extra 2GB of RAM in the POCO M3 was not as effective as I first thought, the scores are on par with the 4GB Redmi9 Power.
Budget phones are not my first choice for any heavy duty mobile gaming unless monetary restrictions are enforced. Like Angry Birds or Subway Surfer can run without any problem as it does not put pressure on the GPU. However, titles that are supposed to provide the virtual world in real time are a good test of the chipset’s graphical prowess. As such, the ban on PUBG Mobile remains the next best option with Call of Duty Mobile (CoDM). If you want to do any of the benchmarking tests, you should also be able to easily navigate the Norzo 30A gaming tests.
Call of Duty: Mobile
A good measure of how CoDM works on a smartphone is to check which graphics settings it supports, according to the graphics quality (GQ) and frame rate (FR) options. In the case of real-time phones, there is a disparity between the GQ and FR options available in recent times and what the game experience offers. I have had a similar experience before with the Narzo 20 and Realme X7. For the Narzo 30A, I got a maximum of medium GQ and high FR, both of which are options on very low-grade chipsets. However, while playing the game, I got a consistent 45fps smooth handling with textures, shadows and details that conform to Very High GQ. Both the POCO M3 and Redmi 9 Power can run the game at very high GQ and with high FR.
The 30-minute gaming session shows the extent of the temperature increase, as well as the battery drain. Fortunately, all three phones have the same 6,000 mAh battery capacity. Starting the gaming session with all phones fully charged, the Narzo 30A dropped about 11 percent, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees after 30 minutes. The Redmi 9 Power battery dropped 14 percent and also rose 15 degrees, while the Poco M3 lost 10 percent of the battery, while the temperature rise was 14 degrees. Of the three competitors, it is clear that the Narzo 30A is the best choice for gaming on a budget.
As far as GPU-related work is concerned the RealMe Norzo 30A is the winner by a very significant margin and this is very clear from the various benchmarking and gaming tests. Normal daily processing tasks show a slightly lower score on the benchmarks for the Narzo 30A, but in real world use, there is no difference. The Narzo 30A and Redmi 9 Power come with 4GB of RAM in their early variants, while the Poco M3 offers 6GB. It helps to run more apps on the M3 background, but that’s about it. If you are looking for a good overall performance experience, the Narzo 30A seems to be the ideal choice.