I usually start the review by discussing where the device is in the company configuration. However, I don’t want to use the Realme Narzo 30 5G because I have no idea where this handset fits into Realme’s great system. However, I know that the Narzo 30 5G has almost exact features than the Realme 8 5G.
To understand this, you must first be able to distinguish between Realme 8, Realme 8 Pro, and Realme 5G. Once you’ve got it right, try not to mix Narzo 30, Narzo 30 5G, Narzo 30 Pro and Narzo 30A Phew! I check my smartphones for bread and butter, and yet I find it awkward to wrap my head around this. I’m not sure if the average consumer can follow. Anyway, it’s a topic for a second time. Let’s play Narzo 30 at 5GG now and find out if it’s worth the money.
Design and build quality
Realme has recycled the X7 Max 5G model for the Narzo 30 5G. That said, it’s a stylish unit, so I didn’t choose. Both devices have a curved back and a rectangular camera that stands out. It’s an ergonomics department where the device reveals the roots of its budget. The Narzo 30 5G is 9 mm thick and 194 grams, it is a bit heavy for a plastic phone.
The phone has few brands, which is a welcome change. Behind it is a reflective track that Realme wants to call the race-inspired “V-speed Design.” It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly adds character to an otherwise subtle design.
When you move forward, the phone has fairly thin frames, except for the chin. The perforation hole holding the self-camera is quite large. However, that’s okay, given that most budget phones still come with a standard notch. The volume control has the right feel. The embedded power button also acts as a fingerprint sensor.
Budget phones are cutting corners to keep their prices under control. Realme has decided to save money on the Narzo 30 5G in the display booth. Instead of the Realzo 8’s AMOLED display, the Narzo 30 5G settles for a 6.5-inch IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. Due to the inherent limitations of LCD technology, you will lose deep blacks and vibrant colors.
The Full HD + screen is quite sharp and has a pixel density of over 400 ppi. The panel is tuned to a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but it does not look smooth, probably due to the panel’s slow pixel response time. For more information, see the screen section of the Poco X3 Pro overview.
According to Realme, the peak brightness of the Narzo 30 5G screen is 600 staples. However, I doubt this argument given the struggle of the phone to maintain readability in sunlight.
The Narzo 30 5G has Android 11 and Realme UI 2.0 on top. For budget phones, Realme offers one of the best user experiences. The Chinese company has managed to squeeze an incredible amount of features, keeping the interface neat and clean.
Interface elements such as icons, notification shadow and transparency effects are elegantly made. In addition, the number of customization options is phenomenal. You can easily select the application’s box layout, change icons, select fonts, and go dark.
Realme UI 2.0 is optimized and runs smoothly most of the time. However, as you browse the website, you may notice a bit of nervousness. Your device has preloaded applications such as Realme Link, Browser, Soloop, HeyFun, HeyTap Cloudand Community. Even if you don’t use them, these apps are constantly nervous at the limits of notifications. Fortunately, you can remove or uninstall most of these applications.
The Narzo 30 5G works with MediaTek’s MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G chipset. Compared to the Realme 8’s Helio G95 circuit, this 7nm SoC (System on Chip) watches get slightly better benchmarks.
Surprisingly, despite favorable benchmarks, the Narzo 30 5G can only work Call of Duty: Mobile In the Medium graphics and frame rate settings. Realme 8, on the other hand, does not break down sweat-flowing COD with very high graphics quality and very high frame rate.
The Narzo 30 5G has 6GB of RAM, which is probably the only thing that sets it apart from the Realme 8 5G, which is available in 4GB and 8GB RAM variants. Speaking of RAM, the Narzo 30 5G offers a virtual RAM expansion feature that divides some of the internal memory into memory. While this may sound like a good idea, you’ll find that it’s just a gimmick when you notice the slow speed differences between UFS2.1 storage and LPDDR4X RAM.
The phone offers a dual SIM 5G connection, which unfortunately cannot yet be tested in India. Other features like 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with 5.1 LE support and GPS work as they should.
The Narzo 30 5G has a pretty powerful mono speaker, perfect for games and YouTube videos. The phone does not come with a headset, but if you pair it with a proper pair, the output of the device is good.
The Narzo 30 5G offers a triple camera consisting of a 48 megapixel sensor, a 2 megapixel depth and a 2 megapixel macro sensor. The phone is missing a wide angle camera. Considering the price range of the phone, the colors and precise details look good. However, the software-based sharpening effect is, in my view, severe. The camera offers 2X and 5X digital zoom mode, which has little real use because you lose detail.
In low light, the camera doesn’t take much detail. On the bright side, it does a good job with color and dynamic range. Ironically, I got better results with the AI function compared to the dedicated night mode. This is probably because the night mode keeps the shutter open longer and I don’t have stable hands.
The 16 MP selfie camera is very good. Given the size limitations, the colors and sharpness look good. My only grip is on target separation, which is a hit-and-mis ratio.
Switching to video recording at 1080p 30 fps is the best that the Narzo 30 5G can offer. Just like in photos, you get a reasonable amount of detail in video clips. It lacks OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), but software-based EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) helps if you’re okay with a cropped frame.
The Realme Narzo 30 5G package includes a large 5000 mAh battery. When the monitor is set to a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a brightness of about 50 percent, the handset floated for 14 hours and 27 minutes in a PC Mark battery life test that simulates continuous use until the charge drops below 20 percent. Phone watches easily over a day on a single charge. Not surprisingly, the phone easily lasts a day on a single charge. On the flip side, the Narzo 30 5G’s 18W fast charge isn’t fast enough. It takes about an hour to charge your phone from zero to 50 percent.
When I used the Narzo 30 5G for a week, I found a couple of areas where it differs from the Realme 8 5G. First, there’s a race track behind it, and the second biggest separator is the blue pack! In addition, it is simply a 6GB variant of the Realme 8 5G. In fact, the two phones come in the same clear case.
Overall, the Narzo 30 5G is a mixed mag. Because of its price, it offers good industrial design and 5G makes it a sustainable future. However, based on the screen, camera and gaming performance, I doubt anyone will want to stick with it until 5G is introduced in India. All in all, if you want to buy a phone under 15k, choose the Realme 8, which offers better display, better performance and faster charging.
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