Realme has always played the volume game and offered many options at different price points. In the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000, we will find a lot of phones from Realme. The Realme Narzo 50 Pro is the latest to join the list. It is yet another 5G smartphone from the brand with a price starting at Rs 21,999. It comes with features like 90Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, fast charging support , a 5000 mAh battery, etc. But is it worth buying less than Rs 25,000? Keep reading to find out.
Design and display
The Realme Narzo 50 Pro doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all design, but it looks sleek and will likely appeal to many users. What I liked the most about the device is that it is quite light and has a slim profile. This makes it a bit easier to operate the device with one hand throughout the day. That said, the back panel is slippery, so users will need to use a case with it. This one has a polycarbonate body and the build quality is pretty solid.
We have the Hyper Blue color model for review, which looks stunning. The color is unique and gives the device a premium look. The good thing is that Realme hasn’t placed any slogans (dare to jump!) on the back panel and it looks pretty clean. The Narzo branding to the rear is quite subtle and doesn’t spoil the look.
I had a problem with the design though. The rear camera module protrudes, so the device wobbles when held on a flat surface. It also gets a bit difficult to type or do anything on the phone as it wobbles a lot which might be a bit annoying for some. One can simply use the supplied box to solve this problem.
The Realme Narzo 50 Pro has a 6.4-inch display which is AMOLED. The screen is quite vivid and is also HDR 10+ certified, which means that one will be able to enjoy high quality content. However, for some reason Netflix was not showing HDR capability. The panel only supports 90Hz refresh rate, instead of 120Hz. But that makes the scrolling experience much smoother than standard 60Hz screen phones. This one has 1,000 nits of maximum brightness, which is sufficient for most scenarios. But, one will struggle to run the phone in direct sunlight even when the brightness levels are full. The screen has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating for protection against damage.
The Realme Narzo 50 Pro is powered by a MediaTek 920 SoC, which is capable of delivering smooth everyday performance as long as you don’t push it to its limits. The device struggles a bit to do the heavy lifting, but an average user will have no problem with occasional use. In case you were wondering, yes you can play games like Battlegrounds Mobile India without too much trouble. I didn’t experience any heating issues while playing the games, which is good. The back panel got a little warm after about 15 minutes, which is expected.
I had no problem with multitasking. Our unit has 8 GB of RAM. The base model with 6GB of RAM should also suffice and provide a similar experience. Realme also provided the RAM expansion feature, but it doesn’t make much difference and we won’t need it anyway. The feature is enabled by default, so you can disable it to save storage space.
The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast enough to quickly unlock the screen. One can also register for the Face Unlock function, but the fingerprint one is more reliable and works better.
One problem I always have with Realme phones is that you get a lot of bloatware on them. While this isn’t just the case with Realme devices, the company should still consider removing some of the unnecessary apps or at least giving them the option to uninstall them. Fortunately, users can uninstall some of the third-party apps, but Realme should provide the option to remove native apps like Phone Manager, Music, Internet, etc.
For example, all Android phones come preinstalled with Google and Chrome apps. So there is no need to have an additional app for web browsing. I think users should have the option to remove apps if the company also wants to offer their native apps and let them decide if they are useful to them or not. The Realme Narzo 50 Pro runs on Android 12 out of the box.
The Realme Narzo 50 Pro has above average cameras and users may not get good results especially in tricky situations.
In daylight the camera can take Instagram-appealing panoramic photos, but there’s no consistency. When you zoom in, you’ll notice a lot of noise. The photos even lack clarity, sharpness and detail. The foliage and details of the mountainous area are pasty. This is a mid-range smartphone, but we still expect it to offer better dynamic range. Highlights and shadows are not captured well and a photography enthusiast is unlikely to be happy with the results.
Colors are also washed out and photos can sometimes look very dull. Sure, you can use apps like Lightroom to fix color grading, but not every user might want to do that for a bunch of photos. The 48-megapixel mode offered slightly better detail in daylight. However, some parts of the photos may look a bit pixelated. A few images are also overexposed, resulting in loss of detail and sharpness.
Dynamic range isn’t up to par either, even in ideal lighting conditions. The noise is visible on almost all daylight shots. The ultra-wide-angle mode can deliver usable shots, but again, don’t expect a great photography experience. The same goes for low-light and nighttime images. So, one has to keep their expectations in check with this one. Night mode provides better clarity and color reproduction than normal mode. But, the overall plan might not impress you much.
The 5G smartphone has a typical 5,000mAh battery under the hood that only supports 33W fast charging, which is a bit disappointing. Realme is the brand that started offering 65W fast charging even in the Rs 15,000 price bracket and users are no longer getting it with a Rs 22,000 device. Nevertheless, the bundled 33W fast charger is still quite good and can recharge the battery in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. With typical usage, I got close to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, which is fine.
Realme Narzo 50 Pro: Should you buy it?
The Realme Narzo 50 Pro is a decent offering, but I would recommend people go for the Realme 9 Pro+ smartphone. This one will cost you Rs 3,000 more, but you’ll get a much better photo experience.
Overall, the Narzo phone managed to deliver sufficient battery life and overall performance. The display is crisp and the stereo speakers are pretty loud too. But, one will probably not be satisfied with the results of the camera. Users can also consider the Redmi Note 11S if their budget is below Rs 20,000.
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Realme Narzo 50 Pro Review
- Attractive design
- General performance
- Quick charge support
- Average camera
- No microSD card slot