Realme is simply positioning the Narzo series to a more of a budget and affordable gaming-centric phone. Last year Realme released Narzo 20 in addition to their Narzo series and this year they put out another addition to it, The Realme Narzo 30A. Just like the Realme C3 and other budget phones with a gaming-focused chipset, we are expecting that Narzo 30A will deliver a non-stop gaming experience with its 6000mAh battery.
The unboxing experience is different in the Narzo 30A, the box now comes in blue color with a big Narzo logo on the front. This is a message from the company that this a new refresher design or to separate it on their other phones. The compartment box is in white, but it still has the sim ejector pin and some documentation inside. Unfortunately, unlike other budgets to entry-level realme phones, we still don’t get a free protective case. Underneath the compartment box is the device itself, and at the bottom is the 18W power brick and the charging cable, luckily it’s a USB Type-C.
The unit we have is the Laser Blue, but it also comes in Laser Black. The colors resemble the gaming theme and I like it. The new design on its back is very unique and catchy, for the most part, it has a textured line that adds grip and doesn’t pick up fingerprint smudges. The textured lines have some depth into them that adds a 3D effect but to be honest it really looks like a big blanket for me though it has aesthetics. The top comes with a smooth finish with the Narzo logo, fingerprint scanner, and camera module.
The dual camera along with an led flash sits inside the module and another circle with AI text on it. It looks like you have a triple camera but you are not. Like most budget smartphone nowadays, it has a heavier build with 205 grams but thanks to the 3D curved back I can hold it with ease. Holding it feels chunky because of its huge 6000mah battery and 9.8mm thickness.
Around its frame, the volume rocker and the power button sit on the right side, while the simtray with dual nano sim slot and expandable storage slot that expand up to 256GB–sits on the opposite side. It has nothing up top but at the bottom, it has the down-firing speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Flipping to the front it has a nearly outdated dewdrop notch housing an 8MP front camera while the screen boasts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with 720 x 1600 pixels. We found the bezels quite thick especially on the chin, but definitely, for its price category, it’s in the usual size.
For the display quality, it has great sharpness but not as sharp as the 1080p screen of course. The contrast is good and the colors are very much alive. For the record, with less impressive 720p screens, it tends to output lesser pixels in exchange for stability, which is why realme couldn’t get out of these specs if we are talking about budget phones. If you are going to enjoy gaming with this phone then in high graphics, or for stability, either way, the screen still outputs a decent job. Not to mention it can go up to 570 nits brightness in auto mode which is great for outdoor use.
The camera consists of a dual camera–13MP f/2.2 Main Cam with FHD Video Recording and a 2MP B/W portrait lens. The B/W lens should help the 13MP main cam see brighter at night even it doesn’t use a quad bayer technology.
Outputs on the main cam are pretty acceptable at least you don’t get any trashy look despite the lack of white balance accuracy. It tends to capture a little bit of underexposed shot and lesser dynamic range but it can be fixed by the HDR mode although the process is not that aggressive enough. Colors, however, are almost true to life.
Capturing using the portrait mode, edge detection is inaccurate sometimes due to lack of depth sensor. The color management is inconsistent and highlights cannot change because it doesn’t offer HDR or AI process.
Switching to selfie, the 8MP front cam records 1080p clips. Photos has a low dynamic range especially if you capture with the bright sky, however, turning on HDR mode will fix the image. The skin tone color is inconsistent, it sometimes outputs deeper blacks as well. But I like the background separation in portrait mode as it has some internal AI process to reduce the highlights. It is pretty impressive and it doesn’t have aggressive smoothening even I enabled beautification feature. Selfie is good and acceptable.
Under the hood, Realme Narzo 30A is powered with an entry-level gaming chipset the MediaTek Helio G85 with 12nm architecture and Mali G52 MC2 on its GPU. GPU clock speed is at 1GHz for a smooth mobile gaming experience. Our unit configuration has 4GB of ram and 64GB of internal storage.
We tested the gaming capability of this budget gaming machine and we are surprised at what it can do. If you want to see the potential of this device you may want to watch our gaming review.
Well, I will still tell you how’s the performance. Playing PUBG mobile is great and enjoyable for casual gaming. For competitive gamers, there are no extreme frames so it is stuck at 30fps. Call of Duty Mobile, on the other hand, offers 50fps gaming with no noticeable frame drops even in battle royale mode. While MOBA games like Mobile Legends and League of Legends Wildrift, these two games are undoubtedly smooth and lag-free and both offer 60fps. On Honkai Impact 3— stability is the only problem but frames are either 29fps and 50fps at very low quality. This means that the game is playable on the Narzo 30A. Genshin Impact is not playable on the Narzo 30A if you will ask me, even midrangers struggle to run the game due to optimization.
Out of the box, the device runs on Android 10.0 with Realme UI 1.0 on top. It is expected to get an Android 11 soon. Navigating through the UI is great, it has no stutters but despite the lightweight UI, the loading time is quite slow. Good thing it has 4GB of ram to store apps and reduce launch time.
The Realme UI still has a split-screen, a wide variety of customization, and fluid animation. It also has the game space app for giving optimization as well as the performance mode located in the battery settings. For security it has a fingerprint scanner and face unlock. Both have good accuracy but in this new normal the fingerprint scanner will more likely to use than face unlock.
We did test it on our gaming review by playing and benchmarking for almost 3 hours–the battery is on 70% which means that it really has outstanding battery life. It will surely satisfy the needs of playing nonstop thanks to the lower resolution that compromises the display quality for satisfaction. As for charging it took quite a while–3hrs and 49mins to fully charge as it only has 18W fast charging.
If you are eyeing some budget gaming, you might be confused with other Realme offerings because if we will compare it to the Narzo 20 and Realme C3–which has an entry-level gaming chipset. The Narzo 20 has the same specs but with a better camera and with a higher price while Realme C3 has a lower chipset model but with a triple cam and lower price. Yes a bit confusing but to make it simple, if you’re going to buy the Realme Narzo 30A you’ll get most of the price to the performance and other aspects rather than its camera. 6000mAh battery and gaming chipset is the main attraction for budget phone gamers. So yes, Realme Narzo 30A is a gaming-focused budget phone that is made to focus and satisfy your gaming experience.
For the price of P6,490, you will get 4GB of ram and 64GB of storage it is definitely worth it. I really wish that they should have made another variant with bigger storage so we can have lots of variety to choose from.
realme Narzo 30A specs, price, availability in the Philippines
- Display: 6.5″ HD+ IPS LCD
- Design: polycarbonate
- Dimension and Weight: 164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm, 205g
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G52 MC2
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 64GB eMMC 5.1 expandable via dedicated microSD slot
- Main Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, (wide), PDAF
2 MP B/W, f/2.4| video up to [email protected]
- Selfie Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm | video up to [email protected]
- Connectivity & Ports: 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, audio jack
- Security: face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 6000mAh(18W)
- Audio: loudspeaker
- OS: Android 10, Realme UI
- Colors: Laser Black, Laser Blue
- Price: Php6,490
- Release Date: February 2021 (India), March 2021 (Philippines)