Realme Narzo 50A Review: Big on Battery Life, but Is That Enough?


Launched in February this 12 months, Realme’s Narzo 30A nonetheless affords good worth for cash (at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant). It combines sensible design with respectable daylight digital camera efficiency, and affords good battery life. Still, quite a bit has modified since then, and different manufacturers have managed to ship even higher worth. For instance, the Infinix Hot 11S has a 90Hz refresh price show, stereo audio system, and good specs for Rs. 10,999.

The Realme Narzo 50A is just not the successor to the Narzo 30A (Review), but a special mannequin altogether that matches comfortably between the Narzo 20 (from Rs. 10,499) and the costlier Narzo 30 5G (Review) (from Rs. 14,999). After utilizing the Realme Narzo 50A for every week, it is clear that it affords glorious battery life. However, examine it with equally priced smartphones such because the Infinix Hot 11S and the Redmi 10 Prime (Review), and it would not come throughout as a transparent winner. Is it nonetheless adequate for these in search of a fundamental price range smartphone with good battery life?

Realme Narzo 50A value in India

The Realme Narzo 50A is offered in two finishes: Oxygen Blue and Oxygen Green. There are two variants to select from. The 4GB RAM, 64GB storage choice is priced at Rs. 11,499, but you too can purchase it with 128GB of storage for Rs. 12,499. Should you resolve to go in for the Narzo 50A, the 128GB storage variant affords higher worth than the competitors, primarily as a result of the Redmi 10 Prime’s 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced quite a bit increased at Rs. 14,499.

Realme Narzo 50A design

The Realme Narzo 50A sticks to the corporate’s acquainted design ideas, with a easy but sensible again panel product of polycarbonate. The again has a effective groove-like texture that helps with grip, which is essential, as a result of it is a massive and heavy smartphone at 207g. The rear digital camera module extends until the centre of the telephone and engulfs the fingerprint reader. Since this does not protrude a lot from the remainder of the again panel, I typically struggled to seek out the hardly recessed fingerprint reader.

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The Realme Narzo 50A’s again panel is product of polycarbonate


The matte end of the plastic physique together with the effective grooved texture saved the smartphone’s again smudge-free. What I didn’t like was how chunky this gadget felt in every day use. The 6.5-inch show contains a waterdrop-style notch. It’s a smudge magnet, and I had a tough time conserving it clear as these smudges weren’t simple to wipe off.

Realme Narzo 50A specs and software program

The Narzo 50A affords a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC but with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM normal throughout the 2 storage variants, 64GB and 128GB. The telephone has a devoted microSD card slot for storage enlargement (as much as 256GB). Communications requirements embrace Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, and numerous satellite tv for pc navigation techniques.

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The Narzo 50A’s triple rear digital camera setup contains a 50-megapixel main digital camera


The Realme Narzo 50A runs Realme UI 2.0, which is predicated on Android 11. From a visible perspective it is no totally different than what’s out there on different Realme smartphones. The focus of the UI is on customisation. There are additionally loads of preinstalled third-party apps, most of which might be uninstalled. While the third-party apps by no means pushed any annoying notifications (until I activated them), the Theme retailer by no means did not push one or two promotional notifications on a every day foundation. I used to be additionally a bit stunned to see adverts exhibiting up within the default File supervisor app (there are two such apps).

Realme Narzo 50A efficiency and battery life

The Realme Narzo 50A managed 55fps and 16fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 exams, respectively. It additionally obtained scores of 356 and 1,352 in Geekbench’s single and multi-core exams.

When it involves gaming, the Narzo 50A is sweet for informal titles, but demanding video games didn’t run easily. Call of Duty: Mobile was nearly playable on the default Low graphics and Medium body price settings. The telephone additionally warmed up rapidly throughout gameplay, after which efficiency took a success. Asphalt 9: Legends carried out higher, but with skipped frames and a few lag particularly when there was lots of motion taking place on display. If you might be in search of a price range gaming gadget, then Infinix’ Hot 11S is certainly a more sensible choice.

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The Realme Narzo 50A’s 6.5-inch HD+ LCD show is sufficiently sharp


The Narzo 50A’s waterdrop-style notch seems to be a bit dated when in comparison with the hole-punch shows supplied by rivals. With an HD+ decision stretched throughout a 6.5-inch show, I used to be stunned to seek out textual content and icons trying sufficiently sharp. Viewing angles had been respectable and the show was brilliant sufficient outside.

What was a bit disappointing was the Widevine L3 certification, which solely allowed for SD video streaming playback high quality. Content streamed on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix did not seem sharp. There are not any stereo audio system, but the only speaker was loud and clear sufficient for watching films and putting calls. If you employ your smartphone as a main gadget for watching video, the Redmi 10 Prime affords a greater full-HD+ show together with Widevine L1 certification for HD playback high quality.

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The Realme Narzo 50A has an 8-megapixel selfie digital camera


The Narzo 50A’s 6,000mAh battery lasted me two entire days with common use which included taking pictures and taking part in informal video games. With gentle utilization (calls and messaging), the telephone might even final for as much as three days on a single cost. Our HD video loop battery take a look at ran for 30 hours and 12 minutes, which is great even for such a giant battery. With no enhancements when it comes to charging, the included 18W charger took the telephone from a lifeless battery to a one hundred pc cost in 3 hours and 5 minutes.

Realme Narzo 50A cameras

The Narzo 50A is provided with a 50-megapixel main digital camera, a 2-megapixel portrait lens for calculating depth, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. Selfies are dealt with by an 8-megapixel front-facing digital camera. The digital camera interface stays unchanged. Video recording is proscribed to 1080p at 30fps for each, the entrance and rear cameras.

Realme Narzo 50A daylight digital camera samples. Top: main; center: ultra-wide-angle; backside: close-up (Tap to see full measurement)


Photos taken in daylight had been low on resolved element. On magnifying them on display even a bit, textures regarded flat. The dynamic vary was respectable and colors had been fairly impartial. Selfies got here out with good element and dynamic vary, but regarded a bit oversharpened.

Realme Narzo 50A selfie digital camera samples. Top: Auto, backside: Portrait mode (faucet to see full measurement)


Edge detection when utilizing the portrait mode was beneath common, giving me a haircut and blurring my ears at instances. Macros taken with the 2-megapixel macro digital camera weren’t nice both, and regarded oversharpened and dramatic with excessive distinction.

The degree of element dropped additional indoors and when taking pictures in areas with synthetic gentle. The Night mode managed to chop the glare of brilliant avenue lamps when taking pictures in low gentle, but these pictures lacked depth and didn’t look sharp.

Realme Narzo 50A low 0ight digital camera samples. Top: auto low-light; backside: Night mode (faucet to see full measurement)


Videos regarded fairly common with a good quantity of element, but got here out fairly shaky because of the lack of stabilisation. Low-light video showcased lots of blown out highlights and loads of noise with murky particulars.


Despite its points, the Realme Narzo 50A might nonetheless be smartphone if all you want is top-tier battery life, and also you solely run fundamental apps. However, it is laborious to disregard the competitors, most of which ship higher efficiency and {hardware} at related costs. The Infinix Hot 11S affords a full-HD+ 90Hz refresh price show, clean software program, and twin audio system at Rs. 10,999. There’s additionally the Redmi 10 Prime (Review), which affords a greater video streaming expertise with help for Widevine L1, stereo audio system, 4 rear cameras, and a 6,000mAh battery, and prices Rs. 11,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant.

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