Realme Narzo 30 Full Review | Should you buy it?

With the current trend of the 5G craze across the country and companies launching their individual versions of them, the latest addition to the group has to be Realme Narzo 30 Pro launched by Realme in February 2021. Not only it offers the option of 5G which is still yet to be available in India but it offers them at the lowest price of all currently under Rs. 30000.

It comes with two variants with the base variant at 6GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs. 16999/- and the higher variant at Rs. 19999/- with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage of UFS 2.1 storage. It faces competition from its predecessor, Realme Narzo 20 Pro, Xiaomi Poco X3, and others.

So, is it worth the features and performance it claims to possess like the AnTuTu score of 340508? Let’s see.

Display and Build Quality

The device comes with dimensions 162.2mm x 75.1mm x 9.1 mm. The best part about Realme phones has to be the smooth, sleek body of it and despite weighing 194gms, it doesn’t feel too heavy in your hands. There is a matte finish and a plastic covering of polycarbonate and silver finish which comes in a case. There aren’t usually fingerprint marks but some smudging might happen with sweating or on the black color variant of the phone. It comes with two color variants of Sword Black and Blade Silver.

The rear end doesn’t have too much design going on and for minimalistic people, the phone will have a good eye appeal. The phone comes with a protection of Gorilla Corning glass 3 and a screen to body ratio of 90.5% which is not bad.

It has a 6.5 inches screen with 1080 x 2400 pixels screen resolution and a punch-hole display with a pixel density of 405 PPI.

One of the key highlights and the pro of this phone has to be its IPS LCD Display and a 120 Hz refresh rate that helps it stand out among others. The default setting is however at 90Hz and you have to manually change it to 120Hz if you prefer it that way.

The phone doesn’t come with display modes as such and can only be adjusted with warm, cold, and default hues of white balance. The phone gives out the best results with its warm option of white balance when tested. The brightness is quite high compared to its predecessors and packs a 419 nits brightness.

Cameras

The device has a triple camera set up with 48 MP f/1.8 (up to 10x Digital Zoom),
Wide Angle (79° field-of-view) Primary Camera (25.37 mm focal length, 0.8µm pixel size), video recording of 3840×2160 @ 30 fps

8 MP f/2.3, Wide Angle,
Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
(15.72 mm focal length, 4.0″ sensor size, 1.12µm pixel size), video recording of 1920×1080 @ 60 fps,

2 MP f/2.4, Macro Camera
(5.0″ sensor size, 1.65µm pixel size), video recording of 1280×720 @ 240 fps.

It comes with a phase detection Autofocus, LED flash, Face detection feature, and an image resolution of 8000 x 6000 Pixels.

Out of all the cameras, the most used and better-performing one has to be the primary camera. Images come out well, with the wide-angle range more or less suited. It isn’t too grainy or blurred and neither does it take too long to focus. However, when zoomed details might seem to be lagging.

The main issue, however, is with the lighting. The camera works well with the lighting but in scenarios like low lighting, the pictures happen to take the brunt of low quality. The night mode provides a solution to the happening case but the resultant isn’t just quite the same.

The wide-angle is not too bad either and there isn’t too much over-saturation of color or artificial editing of the pictures which is good. It again performs better in daylight compared to low-light scenarios. There is however, no stabilisation in the wide angle camera.

The lowest has to be the macro camera which was as well as nonexistent. Pictures are quite dull and lackluster with the quality quite poor. This camera was not required at all and could have well functioned with the other two.

The front camera is a single setup of resolution 16 MP f/2.1, Wide Angle Primary Camera (3.1″ sensor size, 1µm pixel size), video recording of 1920×1080 @ 30 fps, 1280×720 @ 30 fps.

The selfie camera does its best performance, again, in daylight rather than low light situations. In cases like nighttime, the details aren’t full and images might turn out to be grainy. However, the skin tone is maintained without going over the top with filters.

Performance

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro performs well and doesn’t have too many issues. Scrolling and shuffling between apps is pretty fluid and we don’t see too much lagging occurring.

Games like COD and Asphalt 9 can be played without overheating the phone, just warming up a bit.

Display and colours are bright so it is a good device for watching movies or series, indulging in social media work. It also doesn’t pose any hindrance in every day chores or tasks.

The Narzo 30 Pro doesn’t deteriorate compared to the Narzo 20 Pro but neither does it offer anything new to the table or having new features as such. So, it didn’t make any extraordinary exceptions compared to other phones.

Software

The only eyebrow rise one can have is why the phone still operates with Android 10 UI while so many others are already switching to Android 11. Updates are, however, offered in that version and likely to get more with passing time.

It comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 800U MT6873V chipset and an octa-core (2.4 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A76 + 2 GHz, Quad-core, Cortex A55) processor. It is powerful and energy-conserving, given its 5G feature.

The inbuilt apps might create loads of notifications alerts but one has the option of disabling the apps and notifications. It comes with options, customizations, and choices so there is no problem regarding that area.

Battery

The phone comes with a 5000 maH battery life which is quite good and lasts up to an entire day or half with light to medium usage. It also comes with a 30W Dart charge fast charging which was a question mark due to the Narzo Pro 20’s 65W charging, yet it makes up for the display refresh rate. It comes with a type C port. Charging usually takes about an hour and five or ten minutes which isn’t bad.

Additional features

The phone offers a dual hybrid sim option (which means either two sim cards or one sim card and a memory card) and 4G Volte, Wi-Fi 802.11, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth 5, GPS A-GPS, Glonass, USB, 3.5 mm audio jack, Dolby Atmos audio option.

The fingerprint sensor, in an unusual way, sits on the right-hand side and the volume button panel on the left. Some of the other sensors included are light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity sensor. It does not possess NFC.

Conclusion

As far as 5G phones are concerned, if you want a phone to last you for 2-3 years, this option is a recommended one. It has a good and well-rounded built, minimalistic design, good display, and a decent battery life.

The only con would have to be the camera with its disappointing performance with low light. Otherwise, it is a safe option for everyday work at a low price.

FAQs

Does Realme Narzo Pro 30 support 5G?

Yes but not in India. It does support 4G.

Does it have a hybrid sim slot?

Yes

What are the colour variants of Realme Narzo 30 Pro?

Sword Black and Blade silver.

What are the variants and prices of Realme Narzo 30 Pro?

6GB RAM and 64GB storage at Rs. 16999/- (Base end)
8GB RAM and 128GB storage at Rs. 19999/- (Higher end)

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