Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G hands-on review

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Introduction and specifications

The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G is the first 5G-enabled smartphone from the Realmes Narzo series, but more importantly, the company claims that this is the fastest mid-range gaming smartphone to hit the market. It was announced back in February, but this is our first close encounter with the device. We have prepared a few benchmarks on the following pages to see if the device really is the fastest in its class.

Dimensity 800U is not something ridiculous. With just around 17,000 INR, the India-exclusive Narzo 30 Pro 5G is one of the cheapest 5G-enabled devices around. It has some game-specific features like a 120Hz screen with a 180Hz touch sampling rate.

Overview of Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G:

  • Body: 162.2×75.1×9.1mm, 196g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic housing.
  • Screen: 6.50 “IPS LCD, 120Hz, 480 nits (type), 600 nits (peak), 1080x2400px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 800U 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC3.
  • Memory: 64 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 2.1; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • OS / software: Android 10, Realme UI.
  • Rear camera: Wide (head): 48 MP, f / 1.8, 26 mm, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f / 2.3, 119 °, 1 / 4.0 “, 1.12 ;m; Macro: 2 MP, f / 2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.1, 26 mm (wide), 1 / 3.09 “, 1.0 .m.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30/60 / 120fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps, gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 30W, 50% in 25 minutes, 100% in 65 minutes (advertised), Dart Charge, Power supply 15W.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); 3.5 mm jack, no NFC.

We could not see but notice that the Narzo 30 Pro 5G is far from a brand new device. The device is based on Realme 7 5G with little or no difference. However, it makes sense as the latter did not reach India and it was only made available to certain markets. And India is the key market for Narzo 30 Pro 5G.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G practical review

Unfortunately, in an attempt to adjust the price point better for the Indian market, Realme was cutting a few features. There is no depth sensor, which is still not a big loss, but the base model starts at 6 GB / 64 GB compared to 6 GB / 128 GB in Europe. And NFC is now gone, but NFC contactless payments are still not an important feature in India.

We had a chance to go hand in hand with the Narzo 30 Pro 5G, so join us as we see what this phone is all about

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