Realme Narzo 30 Pro has landed in India as the “most powerful 5G gaming mid-ranger”. The company backs its claims with a potent MediaTek Dimensity 800U chipset, 5G connectivity, and a load of other features. Just by a glance at the Narzo 30 Pro specs listed above and below, you’d be quick to draw comparisons with some of its rivals in this range and Realme’s own X7 that launched recently.

So without meddling in meaningless parallels with Realme Q2, what you need to know is whether Narzo 30 Pro is your best mid-range bet (for the price that is)? Let’s find out. This is the Smartprix review of the Realme Narzo 30 Pro.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Specs and Price in India

ModelRealme Narzo 30 Pro
Dimensions and weight162.2mm x 75.1mm x 9.3mm; 194 grams
Display6.5-inch FHD+ (1080×2400 pixels), 405 PPI, LCD, 600 Nits brightness, Variable refresh rate up to 120Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G
RAM6/8GB LPDDR4x
Internal Storage64/128GB, UFS 2.1; Dedicated MicroSD card slot up to 256GB
SoftwareAndroid 10 Realme UI
Rear Camera48MP + 8MP ultrawide 119° FOV + 2MP macro lens (4cm radius); up to 4K@30fps
Front Camera16MP; up to 1080p@30fps
Battery5000mAh, 30W charger (USB-C)
Misc. thingsFM Radio, 5G+5G DSDS, Dual 4G VoLTE Nano-SIM, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm jack, Dolby Atmos
ColorsSword Black and Blade Silver
Indian Price6+64GB: Rs. 16,999
8+128GB: Rs. 19,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Unboxing

The new blue colored box looks funky. It includes:

  • The phone
  • 30W charger
  • USB-C Cable
  • Screen protector
  • SIM ejector Tool
  • Protect Case
  • Booklets with Warranty Card

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Design and Display

Narzo 30 Pro shares the design ethos with its recent mid and upper-midrange siblings. The Sword Black variant in my hand is so swell! And I say that in spite of the 5000mAh monster inside. At 194 grams, the rectangle slab with its slightly curved corners sits rather comfortably in hand.

The gradient gleam doesn’t catch dust and dirt too easily thanks to the AG Coated matte finish. Well, if you use the bundled case, you can better fend off smudges, scratches, and other potential damages. Even with the case, you shouldn’t have any problem maneuvering the device. That includes the tactility of the buttons.

Speaking of buttons, there is a power cum print key on the right side. And on the left sits the triple card slot and volume rockers. These switches are fairly reachable in times of one-handed usage. The responsiveness of both fingerprint and facial scanners also adds to the convenience, besides the obvious protection they offer.

By the bottom lies a 3.5mm jack, a mic, USB-C port, and speaker grille. The top houses the other half of the dual-mic system.

On the front, there is a 6.5-inch LCD panel that presents FHD+ resolution, variable refresh rate up to 120 hertz, and 600nits of brightness. While I appreciate most of those screen characteristics like resolution, details, and color representation, the absence of AMOLED is definitely missed. Also, the reds are more vibrant and greens have a tint of blue so what you see is sometimes cyan.

As for the backside, there is a rectangle plateau where you’d find three cameras and the flash.

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Realme Narzo 30 Pro Cameras

The rear camera group comprises of 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultrawide snapper, and a 2MP macro lens (that works in a range of 4cm). You can capture at the full 48-megapixel mode. Other camera tricks include stuff like Chroma Boost, Timelapse, Panorama, Super Nightscape, portrait mode, a few fancy filter options, etc. As for videography, you get 4K30 fps from the back shooter and party tricks such as HD slow-mos at 120 frames per second.

The front camera, on the other hand, has a 16MP sensor, which lets you record at max 1080p @30fps, along with portrait, timelapse, panorama, night modes, etc.

Here are some test shots —

In a quick look, daylight shots from the primary camera appear true to life color-wise with adequate details, exposure control, and dynamic range. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice cases of oversharpening and oversaturated reds. The AI Scene Enhancement ups the vibrance ever so slightly.

Next up, with the super-wide camera, you can zoom out and capture a 119° field of view. Although this carries lesser details, I am glad the edges aren’t warped and colors aren’t very different from the 1x view.

The third sensor shoots garden-variety macro shots. And since there is no fourth telephoto option here, all you get is 2x and 5x digital crops. Do what you will with these clicks.

Indoors and in nightly outdoors, the ultrawide snapper is simply of poor quality. With the main camera, the phone is much more reliable. There is of course night mode, which is a more of a hit or miss. It doesn’t upscale the details. Rather, I came across noises in the brighter spots. There is a bit of typical softening going on, but alas it doesn’t dampen the digital grains.

When it comes to human subjects, the portrait mode delivers decent edge detection, fairly accurate skin tones and textures (albeit smoothened). That said, the details are relatively lesser than the regular ones. Also, I noticed in some instances, the phone fails to bokeh the entire background frame (see the image above).

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Audio, Calls, and Connectivity

In dint of a dual-mic system, the call quality and reception were fine. As for the general audio output, I would rate the sound from 30 Pro’s solo speaker as reasonable.

The connectivity options are rich with dual VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, USB-C, and a 3.5mm jack. Also, as mentioned in the intro, this is 5G-ready on both SIMS (w/ dual standby, and support for N1, N41, N77, N78, and N79 New Radio bands). All these assure some future worth.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Realme UI, Dimensity 800U, and 5000mAh battery

Speaking of the future, the promise of the Android 11 based Realme UI 2.0 update still continues with the new Narzo device. Not that the current OOB interface is any bad, it’s just that something fresh would be better.

Any which way, what we have here is a pretty fast and familiar expression of Android 10. And with it comes some useful features that are bound to enhance your smartphone experience like — smart and seamless connection with Realme Buds and other Realme Link products, sidebar and split-screen for multitasking, screen recorder, screenshot editor, Always-on Display, app locker, private safe, app cloner, game manager, a theme store, security measures, and the experimental additions within Realme Labs.

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This software is overlaid on experientially reliable hardware configuration comprising MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip, up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, and 8GB LPDDR4x RAM.

The above hardware combination crank out impressive raw numbers —

Narzo 30 Pro Benchmark TestsScores
Androbench Sequential Read | Write (Storage)957.61 MB/s | 476.03 MB/s
Androbench Random Read | Write (Storage)168.3 MB/s | 157.61 MB/s
Geekbench 5 Single-core | Multi-core (CPU)595 | 1772
PCMark Work10922
3DMark Slingshot | Slingshot Extreme | Wildlife768 | 407 | 1582
GFXBench T-Rex | Manhattan 3.0 | Car Chase fps scores58 | 46 | 17

The 7nm processor is known to deliver well on benchmarks. And in my experience, the real-world adaptation is also good. Multitasking is a cakewalk on this cuboid. I played Asphalt 9 (25 fps on higher settings) and COD (60 fps), both of which razzed my berries.

Another good thing is that you can work n’ play without charging anxiety. You can be pretty confident with the 5000mAh plus 30W charger combo. In our PCMark battery test, the device scored 9Hr 33 mins, which is assuring.

Realme Narzo 30 Pro Review: Verdict

As mentioned in the beginning, the new Narzo 30 Pro brings in iterative refinements. Yet, the specs and treats it brings are interesting nonetheless, especially for the ₹16,999 starting price. You may buy it for the snappy overall performance, the smooth 120Hz display, long battery endurance, and the 5G-readiness. The handset seems to hit the right notes with a set of table stakes and some future prospects, enough to appease a new prospect. It’s only when you dive deeper (as we critics do) that you’d notice its quirks n’ kinks like the erratic camera output. Now whether these come off as dealbreakers depends on how well the software updates iron them out, or how good the alternatives nip at its heels. The latter includes the upcoming Realme 8 series too.

Pros

  • Snappy Overall Performance
  • Smooth 120Hz display
  • Long battery endurance
  • 5G readiness

Cons

  • Not the latest Android version
  • Capricious camera processing
  • Not AMOLED

Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G FAQ

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has a dedicated microSD slot?

A. Yes, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G does support memory card expansion up to 256GB.

Q. What is the SAR value of Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro SAR values are: 1.188 W/kg @ 1gm (Head) & 0.758 W/kg @ 1gm (Body)

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G feature Gorilla Glass Protection?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Q. What are the 5G bands supported by Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G supports the following bands: n1/n41/n77/n78/79

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G support dual-band WiFi?

A, Yes, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G (2.4GHz + 5GHz) supports dual-band WiFi.

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G support VoWiFi or WiFi calling?

A. Yes, Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G does feature VoWiFi.

Q. How many microphones are on the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G comes with two microphones.

Q. Which is the Android version on Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G ships with Android 10 software with Realme UI 1.0 skin. However, the brand has assured Android 11 based Realme UI 2.0 update soon. At the time of writing, it has the February 2021 security update. The Google Play System update is dated March 01, 2021.

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G support HD stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G has DRM L1 certification I did HD stream on Prime Video.

Q. Does Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G support Dual VoLTE and carrier aggregations?

A. Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G does feature Dual VoLTE, but not carrier aggregation.

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