Today I reviewed another mid-budget smartphone from Realme, namely the Realme Narzo 50A.
In this review, I will try to reveal all the cards of the new device in the Narzo smartphone line. Therefore, in this article you can find out the main advantages and disadvantages of the device.
In addition, in this full review, I will not only talk about the main design features of the Narzo 50A smartphone. But I will also conduct a number of performance tests, show examples of photos and even test the battery life of the device.
As far as cost is concerned, you can now grab the Realme Narzo 50A smartphone at a decent price for just $150 during the 11.11 Fall Sale. Now let’s talk about what you get for a relatively small amount of money.
First of all, the device from Realme received a large 6.5-inch screen, albeit with a resolution of 720p. Responsible for performance is the MediaTek Helio G85 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory. In addition, the smartphone received a 50 megapixel main camera module and a large 6000 mAh battery.
That is, the device stands out for its good camera and large battery capacity. So let’s find out if the camera will take top-notch shots and also check how long your battery will last with heavy use. Thus, I propose to start my full and detailed review with unpacking.
Realme Narzo 50A: Specifications
|Realme Narzo 50A:||Specs|
|Display:||6.5 inches IPS with 720 x 1600 pixels, 60Hz|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio G85 Octa Core 2.0 GHz|
|Memory extension:||Up to 512 GB|
|Cameras:||50MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 8MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5., NFC and GPS|
|OS:||Android 11 (Realme UI 2.0)|
|Dimensions:||164.5 x 75.9 x 9.9 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
As you may remember, most of the devices in the Narzo line come in bright blue packaging. Therefore, the Realme Narzo 50A model is no exception. Let me remind you that any other smartphone model from the Realme brand comes in bright yellow packaging.
The front side of the package received the designation of the company name and model, without any image of the device. But on the back, there is a list of the main features and information about the manufacturers. The size and shape of the packaging was the most typical, like that of any competitor, for example, from the brands Redmi, Xiaomi, Huawei and others.
In the meantime, I found the following components inside the package. This is the smartphone itself, which was with a protective transport film. There was also a separate envelope with instructions, a protective silicone case and a needle for the SIM tray. But at the very bottom of the box there was an 18 W power adapter and a Type-C charging cable.
Design, build quality and materials
I ordered myself a green Realme Narzo 50A smartphone for the test, but in fact I got this color, as you can see in the picture below. There is also a blue color available, which also didn’t look much like blue, right? Well, okay, all the same, both color options looked very good.
As for the materials used, the device is made entirely of plastic. But if you look at the back of the smartphone, you can see a corrugated surface on it. It will only have a positive effect during operation, since there will be no fingerprints or other troubles on its surface.
At the same time, the assembly was at an average level, because the buttons had a little backlash. But in general, the device from the company Realme was assembled well, given its low cost. Naturally, there can be no question of any protection against water or falls.
If we talk about usability, then the Realme Narzo 50A smartphone lay well in the hand. Its back side had slightly rounded edges and this only had a positive effect on ergonomics during testing. But don’t forget that the screen size is 6.5 inches. This means that using such a large screen would be problematic with just one hand. The dimensions were 164.5 x 75.9 x 9.9 mm, and the weight was almost 211 grams.
In addition to an interesting texture pattern, a module of triple cameras is located on the back of the smartphone. You can also notice that a fingerprint scanner was built in the same module. This solution looks very unusual. But I think this is a matter of taste, so many may like this solution, but many may not.
The control buttons were located in their usual place, that is, on the right side of the smartphone. Here you can see the power button and volume rocker. But on the opposite side, on the left side, there is a full-fledged slot for dual nano SIM cards and a microSD memory card.
At the bottom of the device, there is a Type-C port for charging, a dual microphone, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a main speaker. There is also an earpiece on the device, but the sound plays only through the main speaker. Therefore, the sound here is only mono, and I cannot call the sound itself high-quality. Yes, perhaps there was enough headroom in terms of loudness, but there was critically little low frequencies.
I would also like to talk about protection, namely the operation of the fingerprint scanner. As I said, the scanner was located on the back of the device. The location was very good, but the most important thing was that the scanner worked quite accurately and without any particular complaints. Okay, now let’s talk about the screen and its features.
Screen and image quality
If you look at the front of the Realme Narzo 50A, you can see a 6.5-inch screen. This is a good screen for its class of devices. It received IPS structure technology, but the resolution was only HD + or 720 x 1600 pixels. At the same time, the pixel density per inch was within 269 PPI. Also note that the aspect ratio was 20: 9.
In practice, even a weak resolution performed well. Since the color gamut was quite wide and the colors were transmitted with correct and vibrant shades. Yes, I understand, this is not an AMOLED screen, but at the price of $150, it will not be possible to expect a flagship screen either.
Among other features, I can highlight the presence of a 60 Hz refresh rate. Therefore, the smoothness of flipping through the news feed on social networks will not be as high as on screens with a 90 or 120 Hz refresh rate. For me, this was not a particular problem, since I remembered its cost.
The maximum brightness was within 570 nits. Therefore, in a room, the maximum brightness will be enough for a head, but on the street this brightness value will not be enough, especially in sunny weather.
From other screen settings, I can highlight such features as auto adjust screen brightness, eye protection, auto rotation, screen color temperature settings, font size and much more. Okay, now let’s talk about performance and check the benchmark results.
Performance, benchmark tests, games and OS
Inside the case of the Realme Narzo 50A mobile device, the Helio G85 processor is used, which was introduced in 2020 and had 12 nanometer build technology. Yes, it may not be the most productive chipset that I have been able to test, but I have always kept in mind the $150 price tag. This processor received eight cores with a maximum clock frequency of 2.0 GHz.
As for the benchmark results, the device scored about 180 thousand points in the popular AnTuTu test. The result, of course, is not a record, but the smartphone worked quite quickly with everyday tasks. In addition, below in the album you can see the results of other benchmark tests.
The video accelerator Mali-G52 MC2 is responsible for the graphics, and during heavy games one could sometimes notice twitching or mini freezes with delays. Despite this, the device did not overheat too much even after 1 hour of gaming. For example, the body temperature of the device was about 38-39 degrees. At the same time, I even managed to run the Genshin Impact game, but only with the minimum graphics values.
My version of the Realme Narzo 50A smartphone had 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. But I’m glad that the smartphone received an additional slot for a microSD memory card. I also checked the read and write speed of the built-in memory and the result was typical, as on any budget device. That’s 325 MBps read speed and write speed was about 240 MBps.
If we go through wireless connections, then on the smartphone I found a dual-band Wi-Fi module and Bluetooth 5.0 version. I also liked the work of the built-in GPS module, which caught the signal accurately and quickly. In addition, the device has a built-in NFC module for contactless payments. Absolutely all modules worked properly and I did not reveal any special complaints during my testing.
I also wanted to pay attention to the operating system, which was of course the latest generation of Android 11. At the same time, the user interface was called Realme UI 2.0. This is a practically pure operating system, but with some of its own chips. There were many useful apps and programs in the user interface, including the Play Store, Youtube and others. Also, I did not find any delays or problems during my testing.
Camera and sample photos
The main camera module on the Realme Narzo 50A mobile device received a pretty good sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels. It showed itself quite on the positive side, as for a budget device. The photos were of good quality, both in the daytime and at night. At the same time, it is best to use night mode at night.
Also on the back of the smartphone, there are two more camera modules with a resolution of 2 megapixels each. They were created for macro and portrait photography. I will leave the photos taken in both modes in the album below. As you can see, the device did not receive the wide-angle camera module and that upset me a little.
As for the front camera, it was located in a water drop notch, which is a little strange for a 2021 device. Usually even budget devices have a round cutout in the screen for a selfie camera. At the same time, the camera resolution was only 8-megapixels and you can also see examples of photos in the album.
In the camera app, I discovered a large number of different shooting modes. This is a photo, video, portrait, macro, slow motion with a resolution of 720p and a frequency of 120 frames per second. There is also a 50 megapixel shooting mode, but the maximum video resolution was 1080p and 30 frames per second, both on the main and on the front camera module. I would also like to emphasize that there can be no talk of any stabilization. The video while walking was quite jerky and had strong jerks.
Battery and run time
A 6,000 mAh battery was installed on board the Realme Narzo 50A device. This is not a bad battery as it has proven itself in a very positive way during my testing.
For example, a smartphone during the PC Mark test showed the result of about 11 hours of the screen turned on with the maximum value of the screen brightness level. At the same time, with the end of the test, there was still 20% of the battery charge level. Also, do not forget that the screen resolution was only 720p, which will only have a positive effect on battery life.
As for the charging time, the smartphone from Realme fully charged from 0 to 100% in 2 hours and 50 minutes. The result is not particularly inspiring, but only an 18W power adapter is used on board.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
After several days of active testing of the Realme Narzo 50A smartphone, I have positive, but also negative impressions. I understand that this is not a flagship device, so there is no need to expect great features.
First of all, I can highlight a good design in appearance, and especially the corrugated plastic used. During my testing, there were no finger marks or any other annoyances on its surface.
I also liked the good performance for everyday use. Yes, the device is capable of running even complex games like Genshin Impact, but it’s better to play simpler games like PUBG Mobile.
As for the camera, the main 50 megapixel module showed itself from a good side. I also liked the battery life. That is, the device can easily work for two days with active use.
Of the minuses, I can single out this lack of an ultra wide camera module. I also didn’t like the time it takes to fully charge the battery, and the 720p screen resolution may cause some discomfort for some people. Although during my test, even the HD resolution was not very different from the Full HD resolution.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
Now you are able to get the Realme Narzo 50A smartphone at a decent price for just $150 during the 11.11 Fall Sale.
Therefore, if the price is the same even after the sale, then I can easily recommend this device for purchase. This is a good option with a good camera, good battery life and other advantages.