Realme introduced the Realme Narzo series last year in response to growing consumer demand for low-cost phones with sufficient processing power for watching videos, browsing the web, playing games, and other tasks. Realme followed through on its promise, releasing a range of phones in the series that, despite a few flaws, delivered as complete packages. With the introduction of the Narzo 30 series smartphones in 2021, Realme intends to do the same. The Narzo 30A and Narzo 30 Pro are two new phones in the Narzo 30 series.
We have the Narzo 30A with us today, out of the two. This is the less expensive of the two smartphones, as it comes with a significantly lower price tag. However, the phone always manages to cram enough firepower into its frame to impress when you first use it. The Helio G85 SoC, a 13-megapixel lens-based dual camera setup, a large display, and an even larger 6000mAh battery are among its highlights. However, as we discovered during our time with the Narzo 30A, there’s a lot more to the unit than the specs mentioned above. All you need to know about it is right here.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: PERFORMANCE
The Realme 30A is surprisingly capable of handling most activities, and the main reason for this is the Helio G85 chipset, which is combined with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Realme previously used this chipset on the Narzo 20 that was released last year, and it was designed using a 12nm process.
The chipset has an octa-core CPU with two ARM Cortex-A75 output cores clocked at 2.0GHz for heavy lifting and six ARM Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz for general-purpose applications. This chipset was marketed as a budget-friendly option for mobile gaming at the time of its release, and it continues to deliver on that promise in 2021.
While the CPU aids in the performance of demanding games, the ARM Mali-G52 GPU is responsible for the majority of the graphics rendering. For peak performance, the GPU can boost up to 1GHz, resulting in a responsive user experience while playing games. But, before we get into gaming, let’s take a look at some synthetic benchmark results to see how the system performs.
As compared to the competition in its category, this Helio G85 SoC-powered computer scored a decent 201637 on AnTuTu and clocked an impressive 350 in Geekbench 5’s single-core test and 1283 in the benchmark’s multicore test. It also performed admirably when we put it through our battery of GPU tests.
The phone scored 746 on GFX Bench (Aztec Ruins, high tier) and 701 on 3D Mark Wild Life. But it was Gamebench that revealed the most about how the device handled famous games like Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends, with the Narzo 30A scoring well in both.
Gamebench revealed that the Narzo 30A clocked a median of 58 FPS at 87 percent stability while operating at medium graphics settings. In Asphalt 9 Legends, the median frame rate was 30 FPS with 99 percent stability. Given that we’re testing a device in the budget category, these figures seem to be very remarkable.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: SOFTWARE AND FEATURES
The Realme Narzo 30A runs the Realme UI, which is built on Android 10 and offers a clean Android experience. Realme has already promised an update to the more minimalistic Realme UI 2.0, which the company claims will be coming soon to the Narzo 30A. The custom skin is designed using Android 10, but Realme has already promised an upgrade to the more minimalistic Realme UI 2.0, which the company claims will be coming soon to the Narzo 30A.
Although the update is something to look forward to, the Realme UI already has a lot to like in its current state, as it is powered by the company’s new quantum animation engine, which enhances screen fluency. Realme UI also includes 11 new wallpapers that are inspired by nature.
It also includes support for features such as Dual Mode Music Share, which allows audio to be output to two separate devices at the same time. The user can share audio with a friend by connecting a pair of wireless earbuds and wired earphones. Aside from that, this Android 10-based version of Realme UI adds support for features like Focus Mode and Dark Mode. Overall, all of these factors combine to create a positive experience.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Realme 30A has a resourceful style. The use of a sporty diagonal stripe pattern on the back panel, on the other hand, helps to make the unit look sporty. Gamers will be thankful for this. The back panel also has a Pixel-like dual finish scheme, with a striped pattern covering nearly 70% of the back and a more subtle solid black matter finish on the upper half of the phone. The phone’s square camera setup and round fingerprint scanner are both situated in this area. Both appear to be well-made, with the former protruding just a small amount from the back panel.
All of the device’s buttons are on the right side, and the volume and power buttons work correctly, feeling tactile and receptive. Since the speaker grille is at the bottom of the handset, it can be muffled when playing games. Moving on to the screen, the phone’s front features a 6.5-inch screen with HD+ resolution support (720×1600 pixels). The display also offers a great pixel density of 269ppi and a high peak brightness of 570 nits, but it only reached 419 nits when we tested it. In the real world, this display is bright enough to use even in direct sunlight, but it lacks clarity due to the low resolution it uses.
The Realme Narzo 30A has an overall screen-to-body ratio of 88.7%, with some bezels visible at the display’s chin. There aren’t many bezels on the top or sides to detract from the experience, but there is a slight water-drop notch on the front that houses the phone’s front camera. Despite its 207-gram weight, the Narzo 30A does not feel too heavy in the palm, with the weight evenly distributed throughout the device. In addition, the phone feels small in the hand, particularly if you’re moving from a larger smartphone. Overall, it’s a well-made gadget that feels good in the hand and does just enough to be visually appealing.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: BATTERY
The Realme Narzo 30A’s battery life is one of its most impressive features. The phone is powered by a large 6000mAh battery that provides excellent battery life. The phone will comfortably last a day and a half with moderate usage, with only gaming draining the device’s battery quickly. During our testing, we discovered that the phone lost about 7% of its charge after playing Call of Duty Mobile for 30 minutes at maximum brightness with audio playing through the device’s speakers. Similar battery results were also received for Asphalt 9 Legends.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: CAMERA
Realme chose to equip the Narzo 30A with a very simple dual-lens setup, so there’s not much going on in terms of cameras. A main 13MP lens with an aperture of f/2.2 is at the center of it. This sits next to a secondary B&W portrait lens, which is used to add extra detail to shots. The aperture of this lens is f/2.4. Super NightScape Mode, Night Filters, Chroma Boost, Beauty, Filter, HDR, Panoramic view, Portrait, Time-lapse, Slo-mo, and Expert Mode are among the camera’s features.
The primary lens does all of the heavy liftings here, clicking decent enough shots in well-lit conditions. The resulting photos have a good amount of detail, and the shots are usually sharp and have a good dynamic range. The lens does a good job of locking in focus, but the shutter response between images is poor, taking at least 2-3 seconds for the camera app to process one shot and then pass on to the next. While it may not be a deal-breaker, it is extremely inconvenient if you’re trying to fire off a few shots quickly, as the pause between shots can easily cause the user to miss the intended shot.
REALME NARZO 30A REVIEW: CONCLUSION
The Narzo 30A isn’t a game-changing phone because of the sheer value it provides in terms of hardware and aesthetics. A quick glance at the spec sheet reveals that the product was heavily influenced by last year’s Narzo 20, as it shares not only some hardware but also the display and, to some degree, the design of the previous generation Narzo device. Despite this, the Narzo 30A is not a bad phone. In reality, the system impresses with its overall performance and design when used alone.