Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Indian smartphone brand Realme has launched a new line of mobile devices called Narzo. Today I’m testing another mid-budget smartphone called Realme Narzo 30 5G.

From the name it is not difficult to guess that the device has support for a 5G network. But besides this feature, the smartphone has many other features and I will talk about them a little later.

Now let’s talk about cost, as when choosing any mid-budget device, price always matters. At the time of writing this review, the price tag for the Realme Narzo 30 5G was around $190.


In general, the price of a smartphone is quite acceptable, but let’s go through the main technical features. For example, the device received a 6.5-inch IPS screen with a 90 Hz refresh rate. Also, a Dimensity 700 5G processor was installed inside the body of the smartphone and there is 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

In addition, the Narzo 30 smartphone was equipped with a 48-megapixel main module and batteries with a capacity of 5000 mAh with fast charging at 18 watts of power. We have sorted out the main characteristics perfectly, now let’s start our in-depth and detailed examination of the smartphone.

Realme Narzo 30 5G: Specifications

Realme Narzo 30 5G:Specs
Display:6.5 inches IPS with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 90Hz
CPU:Dimensity 700 5G Octa Core 2.2 GHz
GPU:Mali-G57 MC2
Internal memory:128GB
Memory extension:microSDXC
Cameras:48MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 16MP front camera
Connectivity:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and GPS
Battery:5000mAh (18W)
OS:Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0)
Weight:185 grams
Dimensions:162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm

Unboxing and packaging

I was a little surprised when I saw the packaging from Realme for the first time. Since it was made in blue. As you can remember, the packaging from the Realme brand is usually yellow. But do not forget that this is the new Narzo line, which is slightly different from the usual models of Realme smartphones.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

That is, I can say that the Narzo line is a similar product as the Honor line of smartphones from Huawei or Redmi from Xiaomi. Therefore, it is not surprising that the appearance of the packaging of the new Narzo smartphone will completely contradict Realme.

Inside the package, the first thing I found was, directly, a small box with instructions, a protective silicone case and a needle for a SIM tray. Slightly below the smartphone itself is located in a protective transport film. In addition, there was an additional film on the smartphone screen. Also included is an 18W power adapter and a Type-C charging cable.

Design, build quality and materials

Knowing that the new model of the Realme Narzo 30 5G smartphone belongs to the mid-budget class of devices, it makes no sense to expect premium materials in its performance. Therefore, the back surface and side ends of the smartphone were made of plastic.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

It is worth talking about the back of the device here in more detail. Since the smartphone was made of glossy plastic and here you can see an iridescent strip with arrows. In addition, my version of Narzo 30 was made in gray, but the device can also be purchased in blue.

From the above, I can draw a small conclusion that although the case is not premium, the assembled device was pretty good. Also note that I am not a fan of glossy plastic in any of its performances. That is, during my test, my version of the smartphone did not emit extraneous squeaks, sounds, and all buttons worked with good responsiveness.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Meanwhile, on the back of the device was the main camera with three sensors. There is also an LED flash or flashlight next to the camera. In general, the appearance of the main camera is very typical, as is the case with most models in this price range.

If you look at the side edges of the Narzo 30, they were also made of plastic. Only now matte plastic is used here, and not glossy, as on the back of the smartphone. On the right side, there is a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. This scanner worked without any problems and recognized my finger quickly and most importantly accurately.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

But on the left side of the device, there is already a volume rocker with a slot for dual nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card. Of course, I have once seen a triple SIM card slot and a memory card, as this feature will come in handy for many users.

If you look at the top edge of the Narzo 30 smartphone, then, alas, there is nothing here. Since all other connections were located on the bottom of the case. For example, below you can see a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone hole, Type-C power connector and speaker.

Okay, now it’s also worth mentioning the dimensions and weight of the device. The new model of the smartphone Realme Narzo 30 5G received the following dimensions – it is 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5 mm and weighs 185 grams. That is, it was quite comfortable for me to use the device, since the body was quite thin and it was convenient to operate the smartphone with one hand.

Screen and image quality

Considering that the Realme Narzo 30 smartphone is a mid-budget one, you should not expect an AMOLED matrix here. Therefore, the device uses a 6.5-inch IPS screen with Full HD resolution or 1080 x 2400 pixels. At the same time, the aspect ratio of the screen was 20: 9 and the pixel density per inch was within 409 PPI.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

But this screen has a small trump card up its sleeve – it is the presence of a 90 Hz refresh rate. Usually smartphones in this price range only have a 60Hz screen frequency, but here Narzo singled out its device for the better.

Indeed, when using the 90 Hz refresh rate, you get a smoother picture when using the device in everyday life. In addition, I liked the viewing angles of the IPS matrix and also its brightness level with color gamut.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

In the settings of the user interface screen, you can safely set useful modes. For example, it has night time eye protection, reading mode, night mode, dark theme, and more. And yes, here you can set the refresh rate to 60 or 90 Hz. That is, if you need to achieve more energy savings, then it is best to use a 60 Hz screen refresh rate.

Performance, benchmarks, games and OS

Here’s what you think to expect from a $190 smartphone? You might think that the Realme Narzo 30 device does not have any particular strong features in terms of performance. But this is actually not the case, because it uses a completely new processor from MediaTek called Dimensity 700. As I mentioned, this chipset has received support for the 5G network and this is positive news.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Recently, even devices under $200 have begun to receive support for 5G networks and the new Narzo 30 model is no exception. At the heart of the Dimensity 700 processor are eight cores, where two are at 2.2 GHz and six are energy-efficient at 2.0 GHz. In addition, the processor was built using 7 nanometer technology.

Looking at the benchmark tests, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the results. For example, in the AntuTu test, the device scored 303 thousand points. This is a pretty solid figure for a mid-budget device. Also in the album below you can see the results of other benchmark tests.

As for the gaming abilities, but I did not identify any special problems during testing Narzo 30. Since the graphics accelerator Mali-G57 MC2 is used here. I managed to play PUBG Mobile and other games, and I want to note to you that I did not find strong heating even after one hour of heavy loads. This means that you can easily play heavy games for quite some time.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Okay, now let’s talk about the amount of memory that has been installed on board the new smartphone from Realme. It uses 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In the AndroBench test, the smartphone showed a pretty good result in reading speed, which approached 1000 MBps. But the write speed was in the range of 270 Mbps, which is also not so bad.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Another positive thing I can attribute is the presence of Bluetooth 5.1 version and a dual-band Wi-Fi module. Also, the smartphone had a fairly accurate and fast GPS module and the most important and demanding module is NFC. During my testing, all these sensors and modules worked fine and I did not find any major problems.

A new model of the Realme Narzo 30 5G smartphone is controlled under the Android 11 operating system with the Realme UI 2.0 user interface. Overall, the shell was very typical, as is the case with most smartphones in this price range. In addition, I did not have any particular problems with the operation of the OS, since all operations, gestures and other features were performed quickly and accurately.

Camera and sample photos

The Realme Narzo 30 5G smartphone uses three camera modules that were located on the back. The main camera module received a resolution of 48 megapixels with an aperture of f/1.8. If we talk about the quality of the images on the main camera module, then everything is not so bad here.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

In the daytime, you can get pretty bright and color-saturated photos. But at night, the quality of photos drops significantly. Of course, in the album below you can see some sample photos that were taken with the Realme Narzo 30 smartphone.

Meanwhile, the second and third module of the main camera received a resolution of 2 megapixels each. They were created for macro and bokeh modes, and they do their job pretty well.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

At the same time, the selfie camera was located in a circular notch in the upper left corner of the screen and has a 16-megapixel resolution. Here, too, I didn’t have much of a problem with detail and colors. But this is only when I was shooting photos in good lighting.

Other features I can single out are the presence of a large number of different modes. I can refer to them as night mode, portrait, 48-megapixel, macro, text recognition, panorama and others. You can also activate the artificial intelligence function AI, which will make your photos brighter and richer. And the maximum video resolution, both for the main and for the front camera, is capable of shooting only at 1080p and 30 frames per second.

Battery and run time

It’s no surprise to see a built-in 5,000mAh battery lately. Therefore, the smartphone from Realme demonstrates good battery life.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

For example, in my daily use, I managed to discharge my smartphone in two full days. This is the average battery life, as is the case with most smartphones in this price range.

But the time to charge the smartphone from 5 to 100% took me about 1 hour and 50 minutes through a standard 18W power adapter.

Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons

After my full testing of the Realme Narzo 30 5G device, I was left under good emotions from the new smartphone model.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

First of all, I liked the performance of the smartphone using the new MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor. I think that in the future this chipset will often be used in other Chinese models of mobile devices and will gain a good reputation.

In addition, I liked the work of the user interface, the presence of the NFC module, good battery life and good photo quality in the daytime.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Review: Inexpensive Smartphone with 5G

Of the minuses, I can single out – this is a glossy plastic case, which will be quite easily soiled during use. But this problem can be solved by using a protective transparent case, which is already included in the kit. I also didn’t really like the quality of the photos in low light and there is no 4K video recording here.

Price and where to buy cheaper?

As I said at the beginning of the review, currently the cost for the new model of the Realme Narzo 30 5G smartphone will be only $188.87.

Taking into account the large number of interesting features, good performance and many other positive aspects, I can definitely recommend a new smartphone for purchase from Narzo.


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