Consumer 5G systems have yet to become operational in India. As a function, 5G first started showing up in premium smartphones, after that made its way to the particular mid-range, and has now found its way to the budget segment. Adding 5G compatibility has increased the prices of numerous smartphones. In the budget segment, manufacturers have cut a few corners in other areas in order to keep smartphone prices under control. Processors that support 5G modems (add-on or integrated) could prove costly than 4G ones, which is why manufacturers must carefully select how and where they make compromises. Buyers also have to decide what they prioritise.

Some manufacturers such as Xiaomi have so far ignored 5G in their low-cost offerings, while some including Motorola and Realme have been trying to squeeze this feature into some of their spending budget smartphones. Motorola was one of the first, with its Moto G 5G , that is available at Rs. 20, 999. Realme has broken budget barriers, launching the Realme X7 5G ( Review ), accompanied by the Narzo 30 Pro 5G ( Evaluation ), priced starting from Rs. 16, 999. Now, Realme is aiming even lower with the Narzo 30 5G, which recently launched alongside the Narzo 30 ( Review ).

The Narzo 30 5G appears slim and seems to group in all the specifications one would like in this price segment. Could it be perfect, and is it worth choosing over the Narzo 30?

Realme Narzo 30 5G price and variants

The particular Narzo 30 5G and the Realme 8 5G offer you identical core specifications, but as per the brand, are usually aimed at different buyers. The particular Narzo 30 5G distinguishes itself from the Realme 7 5G because it is available in just one 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration, priced at Rs. 15, 999. This slots in between the higher two Realme 8 5G variants, which have 4GB and 8GB associated with RAM respectively, with the equivalent storage. The base variant of the Realme 8 5G costs Rs. 13, 999 and it has 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of storage.

The Narzo thirty 5G’s price and hardware also match the Poco M3 Pro 5G ( Review ), which starts from Rs 13, 999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space variant and also comes in a matching 6GB RAM plus 128GB storage variant costing Rs. 15, 999.

Realme Narzo 30 5G design

The Realme Narzo thirty 5G feels slim and light, and offers a proper grasp with its defined edges throughout the frame. The smartphone weighs in at 185g and is just 8. 5mm thick. The Narzo 30 5G’s back screen has an identical layout to that of the Narzo 30, but with an off-centred shimmery remove running through the back. The particular Narzo 30 5G comes in two finishes: Racing Glowing blue and Racing Silver. I actually received a Racing Sterling silver unit for review, and it has a glossy back board. Build quality is quite good. The plastic back panel does not contract or creak, but it accumulates fingerprints and is a dust magnet.

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The Realme Narzo 30 5G’s frame and back panel are made of plastic

The 6. 5-inch LCD panel looks sharpened and gets quite vivid outdoors. It has relatively thin bezels at the top, left and right, yet a thick one at the bottom.

Realme Narzo 30 5G specifications plus software

The Realme Narzo 30 5G uses a MediaTek Dimensity seven hundred processor, which is the same one particular you’d get with the Realme 8 5G and the Pequeno M3 Pro 5G. It features an integrated 5G modem which supports several 5G bands, and offers dual 5G standby. The Narzo thirty 5G is available in a single MEMORY and storage configuration, and uses LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2 . 1 storage. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5. 1 . The Narzo 30 5G offers a triple-slot tray with space for 2 Nano-SIMs and a microSD credit card of up to 1 TB. These devices has a 5, 000mAh battery power, and supports 18W charging.

The Narzo 30 5G runs Realme UI 2 . 0, which is based on Android 11. It looks clean and runs effortlessly but there are also several preinstalled apps. All the third-party apps can be uninstalled if not required. The HeyFun app and the native Browser app often push promotional notifications, but these can be silenced in the notice settings.

Realme Narzo 30 5G efficiency and battery life

The Narzo 30 5G’s display got quite well lit at 600 nits and was legible in direct sunlight. However , the protective cup, like the back panel, got smudged easily with daily use. The display offers two screen colour modes to choose from – Gentle and Vivid. I preferred the particular Gentle colour preset, which displayed more natural colours, over the Vivid preset, which usually looked a bit too saturated. Having a 90Hz screen refresh price and a maximum 180Hz contact sampling rate, the screen reacted to touches plus swipes without any lag while playing games.

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The Realme Narzo thirty 5G comes with a lot of preinstalled apps

The Realme Narzo 30 5G performed well in most benchmarks, and surprisingly, scored much better than Poco M3 Pro 5G in most of them, although simply by small margins. The phone achieved scores of 3, 62, 007 in AnTuTu, as well as 574 and 1, 777 within Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests respectively. Compared to the Helio G95 SoC in the Narzo 30, the difference in scores was minor.

Gaming was a decent encounter on the Narzo 30 5G, with most games running smoothly at default settings. I faced no heating system issues, as experienced within the Narzo 30, potentially helping to make the Narzo 30 5G a better choice for gamers. Call of Duty: Cell worked smoothly but was limited to the Medium graphics plus High framerate settings, with most of the effects such as Ragdoll, Bloom, and Antialiasing unavailable. Asphalt 9: Legends worked quite smoothly with just a few dropped frames at the arrears graphics quality. The game has been playable at High quality too but would struggle a bit when lots of action was happening.

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The Realme Narzo 30 5G has a single bottom-firing speaker

The particular Realme Narzo 30 5G offers good battery life to get a phone that is this slim. During the review period, it easily lasted me a day time and a half with general make use of, which included a few hours of streaming video, browsing through social media apps, taking a few photos, and gaming. Our HD video loop battery test also demonstrated good results – the phone was able to run for 18 hrs and 36 minutes. Getting was a bit slow in comparison to most smartphones in this portion, with the Narzo 30 5G reaching 28 percent in 30 minutes and 53 percent in an hour. A full cost took 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Realme Narzo 30 5G cameras

The Realme Narzo 30 5G offers the identical triple rear camera set up as the more affordable Narzo 30. There’s a 48-megapixel f/1. 9 primary camera, a 2-megapixel monochrome camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Selfie responsibilities are handled by a 16-megapixel f/2. 0 front camera. The particular camera app’s interface is certainly typical of what is on other Realme devices that will run Realme UI 2 . 0, with all the important handles available just a tap away.

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The particular Realme Narzo 30 5G has a triple rear camera setup

Pictures captured in daylight came out clean and noise-free, but a little saturated. Dynamic range has been good, showing a decent degree of detail in the darker regions of the frame, but there is noticeable purple fringing in the brighter areas. Oddly, textures did not look as thought as they did in photos shot with the Narzo thirty. The Narzo 30 5G’s camera setup also offers 2X and 5X digital move. Cropped photos showed less detail and dynamic variety at 2X, while all those captured at 5X wound up looking like oil paintings. The 2-megapixel macro camera photo decent photos with smooth detail, but colours had been quite different from those of the actual subject. Maintaining the perfect distance to an object using a fixed-focus camera will be difficult, specifically if you have shaky hands.

Realme Narzo 30 5G daytime photograph samples. Top to bottom: Standard, 2X digital zoom, 5X digital zoom (tap to see full size)

Portrait photos taken using the front-facing camera came out sharp and well-exposed, but with below-average advantage detection. Portrait photos captured using the rear camera looked much better with more detail but slightly more saturated colours.

Realme Narzo 30 5G Portrait camera samples. Top: Daylight, bottom: Low light (tap to see full size)

As expected, low-light efficiency was not good. Scenes arrived well exposed, but textures were flat even under street lighting. The rear camera produced unusable noisy plus murky photos when capturing dimly lit landscapes. The Night mode’s usefulness was limited, as it only increased brightness by a small margin, bringing out a bit more detail in the darker parts of the frame.

The Realme Narzo 30 5G low-light camera samples. Top: Auto mode, bottom: Night setting (tap to see full size)

Video documenting on the Narzo 30 5G was a bit disappointing, even when compared to what the Narzo thirty was able to capture. The phone enables a maximum capture quality of 1080p @30fps while using the main rear camera, which is disappointing for a smartphone in this segment. The camera had taken its own sweet time to lock focus, so most of the video clips captured during this review had been out of focus and overexposed. In dimly lit scenes, the camera struggled even more to concentrate and the videos captured appeared quite murky and useless.

Verdict

The Realme Narzo 30 5G is a slender 5G smartphone with a good 90Hz refresh-rate display, great battery life, and mid-level gaming efficiency. After using it for a 7 days, I was not too happy with the average photo quality and the below-average video capabilities of the smartphone. Charging it from 18W was relatively slower. Even the Narzo 30 provides slightly better camera efficiency and more options for shooting video clip. Realme has managed to provide a 5G smartphone with 6GB of RAM plus 128GB of storage intended for Rs. 15, 999, but I expected better.

If you must obtain a 5G smartphone right now, it might be worth spending an additional Rs 1, 000 to get the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G ( Review ) instead. At Rs. 16, 999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage space variant, it offers better value using a 120Hz refresh-rate display, the particular Dimensity 800U processor, plus 30W fast-charging.

If 5G is not important for your next smartphone purchase, I would recommend the Redmi Note 10 Professional at this price level. It offers a better collection of cameras, a Super AMOLED display and 33W charging, plus a slightly bigger 5020mAh battery, at the same price. If you lean more towards stock Android, Motorola’s G40 Fusion with Rs. 16, 499 (6GB RAM + 128GB storage) is another option with the same Snapdragon 732G SoC as on the Note 10 Pro, but with a bigger 6, 000mAh battery and a water-repellent design.


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