Realme Narzo 30 5G review: this affordable 5G phone offers a full package
While phone brands have made 5G a major marketing factor, Realme is focused on bringing more accessible 5G phones to India. The company has made devices like the Narzo 30 Pro 5G and Realme X7 which brought the forward factor to the affordable mid-range segment. Now it does the same with another entry, the Narzo 30 5G.
The Realme Narzo 30 5G aims to find the sweet spot between supporting 5G and without compromising other specs to accommodate the 5G beacon. It also doesn’t skip on 5G bands, offering 7 bands for the next-gen network. However, does that make the Narzo 30 5G worth its price of Rs 15,999? Read our full review to find out.
Specifications of Realme Narzo 30 5G: 6.5 inch FHD + IPS LCD with 90Hz | Mediatek Dimensity 700 | 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage 48MP triple camera + 16MP front camera | 5000mAh battery fast charge 18W |
Realme Narzo 30 5G: what is good?
Display: The Realme Narzo 30 has a decent, bright and smooth FHD + display thanks to 90Hz. It’s still an LCD display and so won’t get the best levels of color and contrast, but it’s not bad either. Viewing angles aren’t great either, but more than enough for an actual use scenario.
However, the hole-punch camera size on the top left seemed slightly larger than most devices. This makes it a more noticeable intrusion when watching media or playing games. Not a deal-breaker, but just something worth highlighting.
Design, build: The phone features a beautiful design that is neither very bland nor too loud. There is an asymmetric band on the back like newer Realme phones. Fortunately, however, it doesn’t carry the big âDare To Leapâ branding which makes the phone look much better. The plastic construction on the back and sides of the phone is some of the best we’ve seen in this price segment. They are well constructed and feel solid to the touch with no squeaky edges. The buttons are just as good and tactile. The sides even have a metallic finish which gives the device a premium look.
Performance: The Realme Narzo 30 5G is a decent performer for the price. It’s not the fastest performer in the segment with some phones using the Snapdragon 732 barely beating the Dimensity 700 on the Narzo 30, but the trade-off you get for well-balanced 5G support is well worth it. because the Narzo 30 5G always breaks thanks to daily performance.
You can run multiple apps at once and casual games aren’t a problem. You can even play more resource-rich titles like Battlegrounds Mobile India, but with modest graphics and frame rate settings.
Camera: The Narzo 30 5G’s 48 MP main camera gets average shots. While the colors are punchy and make your images stand out, the dynamic range could have been improved. However, the shutter speed is quite fast and the overall experience you get is decent considering that this is still a budget device.
The other two cameras are 2MP macro sensors and 2MP depth sensors. We would have preferred an ultra-wide camera sensor instead, but unfortunately the phone doesn’t. The macro camera shots here are also average and in most cases you’d be better off cropping in a normal main camera shot. Discover the samples by clicking on the image below.
The camera is also very poor in low light and night scenarios, unless you can hold the camera (and any subject) very steady, and there will still be a lot of noise in shots. . The front camera shots are also decent, and you get crisp images with decent detail and punchy colors. HDR mode also gives you good clicks when the lights are against you.
Battery Life: With a 5,000mAh battery, the Realme Narzo 30 5G delivers more than a day of juice in light to moderate use. With heavy use, you can probably still make the phone last until late in the evening. All scenarios considered, the phone still offers one of the best battery life options in this segment.
Realme Narzo 30 5G: What’s wrong?
Software: Realme UI isn’t the worst skin, but if we were to look for issues with this device, the skin would definitely be one of them. There are still lots of bloatware, system apps that send you lots of unwanted notifications, and app suggestion icons that you can’t get rid of.
Yes, this is common practice with budget phone brands and it probably helps subsidize the device as well, but with brands like Motorola bringing the competition closer to stock Android, and skins like MIUI focusing on absence bloating with the new updates is something Realme may have to consider soon.
Charging speed: While the phone has a big battery, you just get an 18W fast charge with the Narzo 30 5G, which is a shame considering Realme’s other phones in the segment, including even the Narzo 30 4G variant that comes with a 30W fast charge which is much faster. The 18W load on the Narzo 30 5G just seems out of date.
Verdict: Should you get the Realme Narzo 30 5G?
The Realme Narzo 30 5G is a good smartphone for the price, which also offers great value for money, especially if you are considering 5G support in the long term. The best assets of the phone include good battery life, excellent build, and the number of 5G bands supported. However, the real question is whether you choose it over the Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G which starts again at the same price of Rs 15,999.
The Realme Narzo 30 Pro 5G offers a slightly more powerful processor, but at the same price you get the base variant with just 64GB of storage while other specs largely remain the same. We prefer to go for the slightly less powerful Narzo 30 5G which has only one variant with 128GB of storage. If you are looking for a scalable 5G phone under 20,000 rupees, the Narzo 30 5G has a complete package.