Realme Narzo 10 Reviewed - Tetra Teqnix
Realme Narzo 10 Reviewed - Tetra Teqnix
Realme has introduced the Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A smartphones to target young people , particularly those who value style and gaming performance above all else. The company wanted to create a new sub-brand to emphasize these features and create a separate personality for what would otherwise be simple low-cost phones. The Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A are both designed to reach different goals and are slotted below the Realme 6. Today , we're going to look at the Narzo 10, which is the more costly variant of the two.
There are not many surprises to discover about this phone – Realme announced the Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A smartphones before the national lockdown came into effect, but was only able to actually launch them now because the coronavirus imposed rules to enforce social distancing prevented any sale. In addition, Narzo 10 is already sold as Realme 6i in some other countries, with some Indian-specific touches.
Design of Realme Narzo 10
Although this is a budget phone, Realme has come up with a rather premium design for the rear. The Narzo 10 is available in That Green and The White (which are marketed as Green Tea and White Milk in many countries). Both models include a series of vertical pinstrips down the back that appear to be moving from side to side as you pass the phone under the sun. It reminds us of the Onion and Garlic finishes of the Royal X Master Series, and in reality they were all made by the same Japanese artist, Naoto Fukasawa.
It's not garish at all, like some of the gradients and designs we've seen before, so it's always attracting the eye. Our That White unit looks pretty fresh and sophisticated, and if you're not a fan of color or pattern, you can always use a case. We would have preferred something new for the camera module though – Realme has used the same vertical strip in the upper left corner for many generations now. The front of this phone is completely flat, with a water drop at the top of the screen and a slightly thick chin below it. The white unit has a matte silver frame, while the green version has a matching green one. The overall feel for a budget smartphone is really sleek.
Thanks to its 20:9 aspect ratio frame, the Realme Narzo 10 is fairly tall and thin, but at 199 g it is also 9 mm thick and fairly thick. It's pretty easy to use and work with, so the advantage of the weight is a 5000mAh battery – which we'll get to early. We found it a bit hard to reach the top of the screen when using this one-handed phone. Luckily, the back isn't slippery at all.Realme used Gorilla Glass 3 for the show, so there's a pre-applied screen protector, although it doesn't cover the edges of the window, making the corners exposed. You will, however, get a plastic case in the pack
The Narzo 10 has a fingerprint sensor on its back, which we considered slightly out of control. Power and volume buttons are well positioned on the right and on the left, respectively. The removable tray has two Nano-SIM slots and a microSD card slot. We are pleased to see a USB Type-C port at the bottom, along with a 3.5 mm audio socket and a single speaker.The overall quality of the Realme Narzo 10 is very good, despite its price of just Rs. 11,999. It doesn't come off as a budget product, yet again the whole market is extremely competitive.
Realme Narzo 10 specification and software
The main attraction of this phone is the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, which is designed to target gamers. The Helio G-series chips have powerful integrated graphics capabilities, and this will be our first experience with the G80, although others in the series have proved their worth in the past. It has two 2GHz ARM Cortex-A75 power cores and six Cortex A55 efficiency cores. MediaTek states that it can dynamically manage CPUs, GPUs and memory based on heat, power, and the requirements of different usage scenarios.
Another fascinating aspect of Realme's Narzo plan is to deliver this phone in only one version, with no variations. You get only 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, both of which are relatively generous. We like this approach, because it avoids extra complications in the company's already crowded lineup – there are already plenty of other options at nearby price points.
The 6.5-inch display has an HD+ resolution of 720x1600 pixels. Some buyers might prefer a full HD panel, and you can find them on other phones at this price level. For gaming however, lower resolution implies less burden on the GPU, so it may potentially be an benefit.The biggest explanation for the Narzo 10 's weight is its 5000mAh pack, which will be an benefit for consumers who do not want to reduce their gaming sessions. 18W rapid charging is enabled and you have an 18W charger in the pack, which is a nice thing to see.You won't find several of the new networking protocols, but we also have all the essentials for Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5 and GPS. All the regular sensors are mentioned, including the gyroscope that comes in handy for gaming.
Realme ships this phone with Android 10 and version 1.0 of its Realme UI, which is similar to the sister company Oppo's ColorOS. It looks pretty fresh and includes major Android features such as Digital Wellbeing, but still has many customizations that will be familiar to Oppo phone users. These include a Game Space tool that claims to boost performance, an App Cloner that lets you use multiple accounts, and a variety of gestures.You may use the Smart Sidebar to easily multi-task or perform activities from any device. There are a number of gesture navigation options to choose from, but stock Android 10 or 9 schemes are not among them. The calculator device will operate windowed to the maximum of certain devices. The most fascinating touch is that you can fake your call log, texts, addresses, and schedule, meaning that applications that want to interpret your personal details can get worthless garbage instead.
On the downside, there is a lot of bloatware even after choosing not to install a bunch of sponsored apps during the initial setup process. Luckily, the third-party apps are all removable. We've often noticed a number of deceptive or false email alerts from the default Realme UI client before we even opened it once. The browser itself is full of ads and, unfortunately, can't be removed or disabled..
Realme Narzo 10 output and life of the battery
We considered the Narzo 10 good enough in daily usage, but we were faced with quite sporadic touch-response problems, which made it feel like the system didn't want to do what we were asking for. We also noticed some slowness when loading or stopping heavy apps. But 4 GB of RAM was expected to be more than enough to satisfy most people's needs, so we didn't have any problems multitasking between regular devices.
As for the brand-new MediaTek Helio G80, we found a benchmark performance that was superior to that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 used in the Realme 5s (Review), but no match for the Snapdragon 720 G found in some slightly more expensive phones. Surprisingly, the Helio G80 had only slightly better scores than the Helio G70 used in the Realme C3 (Review) and Narzo 10A. AnTuTu gave us 202,637 points, and Geekbench 's single-core and multi-core tests showed 386 and 1,342 points, respectively. Graphics output is expected to be the high point of this SoC and has achieved 1,796 points in 3DMark Sling Shot Unrestricted, as well as 31fps and 17fps in GFXBench's Manhattan 3.1.
As for the brand-new MediaTek Helio G80, we noticed a benchmark score that was superior to that of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 used in the Realme 5s (Review) but no match for the Snapdragon 720 G used in several slightly more expensive models. Interestingly, the Helio G80 performed just marginally higher than the Helio G70 scores used in the Realme C3 (Review) and Narzo 10A. AnTuTu brought us 202,637 points, and Geekbench 's single-core and multi-core results revealed 386 and 1,342 points, respectively. Graphics output is expected to be the high point of this SoC and has achieved 1,796 points in 3DMark Sling Shot Unrestricted, as well as 31fps and 17fps in Manhattan 3.1 of GFXBench.
We noticed that the show was vivid and clean enough for gaming and video sharing. Colors aren't the most bright, but we need to inform ourselves yet again of the low price of Realme Narzo 10. The single speaker is just about perfect for gaming and casual video viewing, but you wouldn't want to use it for audio.
PUBG Mobile ran fairly well at the High Setting, and we found that the gameplay was smooth. We noticed that the upper back and the top part of the frame were getting quite toasty after less than five minutes, but the case was supposed to help people live with it. Asphalt 9: The legends were also enjoyable, and we didn't have any trouble with stuttering or lag.
One of the main properties of the Realme Narzo 10 is the 5000mAh pack. In our experience, the phone lasted a full day of use, which included about an hour of playing sports, watching a full-length video, and a lot of casual Internet use. At the end of a full day, we were left with more than 30% of the battery indicator. Our HD video loop check worked for 25 hours, 31 minutes. For several consumers, this is going to make up more than the weight of the unit.
Realme Narzo 's 10 cameras
We've got a quad rear camera set up on this model, which reveals how simple it is to make a budget handset appear high-end. The 2-megapixel macro and 2-megapixel depth sensors are now quite common across all low-cost phones, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything. However, they are of limited use, as we have seen many times before. Macros are blotchy and rough, with a resolution limited to just 1600x1200 pixels, so this camera should be used more for fun than anything else.
Even the 8-megapixel wide-angle camera provides fairly great images as long as there's sufficient illumination, but often there was some distortion right in the center of the picture. We found darker colors and a yellower sound overall, although some concessions had to be made.
The portrait mode looked like our subject was completely missing when the effect was being processed for the phone viewfinder, but the images saved seemed more natural. Selfies were beatified by default, and we didn't like how aggressive the smoothing effect of the skin was. The Narzo 10 will even aim to make your face slimmer and expand your pupils, so it takes a few taps to uninstall all of this. Selfies were all right, but we weren't too pleased.
Night mode operates on both the main and the wide-angle cameras, so it creates a small difference if you remember to stand still for five seconds each time you take a shot. There wasn't a lot of clarity and a lot of noise in most of our test shots. The wide-angle camera should not be used at night because it simply can not capture enough light to be of use. All in all, though, we weren't too disappointed with the Narzo 10's low-light performance given its price.
Video is not stable, so the image was rough while we were walking when shooting, but good enough while we were all seated. Colors and motion aren't that amazing, but the Narzo 10 is decent enough for casual use. You can't switch cameras while recording video, but the quality of the wide-angle camera isn't great, and we wouldn't want to use it a lot anyway. There was so little clarity in the video taken at night.
It takes at least three taps to get into macro mode, and the wide-angle camera is enabled with a collection of zoom buttons ranging from Wid to 5X, but all zooms beides 1X are performed automatically via a main camera. The app is also not one of our favorites. There is scene recognition which cats and dogs know, but the impact is not obvious on the configuration of the device. In the macro mode we needed to keep 4 cm from the topic for the best emphasis, but there was no indication that our placement was ideal so that we had no clue. Full resolution 48Mp, Professional, Slowmo video, Panorama and Timelapse are other types.
Realme has injected fresh energy into the smartphone budget market. The Narzo 10 is not quite an all-rounder, but it does meet the needs of many people , particularly the demographic goal of young gamers with tight budgets. We think a little more emphasis on camera quality would make people even happier, but Realme is offering phones just a little higher up the price ladder for those who need more. Performance is definitely improved compared to the previous generation of phones at this price level, and gaming is the natural use of a more powerful CPU.
Battery life is obviously the biggest attribute of the Narzo Domain 10. It's pretty appealing and well built, too. On the downside, the cameras aren't that great, and we really don't like the software bloat and spam that we've had to deal with.
The Narzo 10 is a very effective candidate if the budget is restricted to Rs. 12.000. If you can pay a little more, you may want to find Redmi Note 9 (Review) instead.