With smartphone manufacturers looking to attract buyers with 5G-enabled devices, we see this feature being used as a differentiator at lower and lower price points. However, the easiest way to add 5G support without raising prices is to reduce a few angles, and this seems to be the path Realme has chosen with its latest smartphone, the Narzo 30 5G.
Narzo 30 5G is the second smartphone from Realme’s Narzo series to offer 5G. This is also the most affordable 5G smartphone from Realme so far with a price of Rs. 15 999. Unlike the Narzo 20 series, consisting of two models (Narzo 20 and Narzo 20 Pro), the Narzo 30 series already covers the entry level Narzo 30A (Review), the budget Narzo 30 (4G model), Narzo 30 5G, which we have today, and Narzo 30 Pro 5G (Review).
Realme’s Narzo 30 5G is based on MediaTek’s Dimensity 700 processor, which has two high-performance 2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 cores and six 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 cores, while graphics are processed by an integrated Mali graphics processor. -G57. The Narzo 30 5G is available in a configuration with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory, which is available on the Rs. 15 999. The phone offers expandable storage with up to 1TB, using a special microSD card slot. As for 5G, the Narzo 30 5G supports multiple bands (NSA: n77 / 78/41 + SA: n1 / n28A / n41 / n78) and also offers dual 5G standby on both SIM cards.
At 185g, the Narzo 30 5G feels light for a smartphone with a 5000 mAh battery. It is also comfortable to hold with the right grip thanks to the defined edges around the frame.
The frame of the Narzo 30 5G may look like it is made of metal, but it is made of plastic. The glossy plastic back panel attracts dust and also picks up fingerprints. It also bends when pressed down. This smartphone is available in two color options: Racing Silver and Racing Blue. The back cover looks quite dynamic with a reflective non-central strip passing through the camera module.
The display offers the largest upgrade over the Narzo 20. The 6.5-inch screen of this new model features fHD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz, along with a sampling rate of 180 Hz, which should help when playing games. There is a speaker that sits at the bottom, next to the main microphone, the Type-C USB port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Unlike the Narzo 20, which has a 6,000 mAh battery and 18 W charging, the Narzo 30 5G gets a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18 W charging. This is a little strange, but understandable.
The Narzo 30 5G’s triple camera setup includes a 48-megapixel main camera with an aperture of f / 1.8, a 2-megapixel black-and-white portrait camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The Narzo 20’s 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera is charging, but the front camera is upgraded from an 8-megapixel sensor to a 16-megapixel one.
Realme Narzo 30 5G will compete with the recently released Poco M3 Pro 5G (Review), which offers similar specifications and the same Dimensity 700 processor, but is priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base version 4 GB RAM + 64 GB for storage. Another very similar smartphone is Realme 8 5G. It offers almost identical hardware, but has different combinations of RAM and memory. We’ll have to test the cameras and performance of the Narzo 30 5G to see if it makes better sense than the Poco M3 Pro 5G or Realme 8 5G, so stay tuned for our full review, which should be soon.