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Realme narzo 50i Prime, analysis: when being the cheapest is not at odds with fluidity

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Currently there are many good entry-level mobiles that can be found on the market. One of them is undoubtedly the Realme Narzo 50i Prime that was presented in July, and that due to its characteristics promises to be a good recommendation for those looking for a mobile for just over 100 euros.


From EuroXliveAndroid we have been able to thoroughly test this promising device to draw interesting conclusions. Of these it can be anticipated that it has a battery you don’t have to worry aboutbut an operating system that is not very current, being Android 11.

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Technical sheet of the Realme narzo 50i Prime

Realme Narzo 50i Prime

Screen

LCD 6.5 inches
720x1600p
60Hz
HD+ resolution

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Dimensions and weight

164.1 x 75.6 x 8.5mm
182g

Processor

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Unisoc T612

RAM

3GB / 4GB LPDDR4X

Storage

32GB / 64GB UFS 2.2 + microSD up to 1TB

Frontal camera

5MP f/2.2

Rear camera

8MP f/2.0

Drums

5,000mAh
Standard load 10W

Operating system

Realme UI Go Edition
Android 11

connectivity

4G/LTE
Wi-Fi No
Bluetooth 5.0
jack
Micro USB 2.0

Price

€139.99

A design that lacks the most important thing: being comfortable

Bottom Narzo 50

The aesthetic section of this device in sight is very nice. The edges are completely flat and the back is matte. preventing it from creating a mirror effect. In our case, the mobile that has come to us is dark blue, although it can also be found in mint green. In addition, the fact of having a texture that is not completely smooth and a dark color prevents the traces from being seen too much, although they will be there. But although it is a beautiful mobile in sight, it is not a comfortable phone in hand.

It has a matte design on the back that hides fingerprints and avoids the mirror effect.

The flat edges end up being really uncomfortable when using the device for several minutes without any kind of case. This is something that increases when you have a small hand, a situation in which you will be forced to carry a cover in case you want to use it for a long time. But as a positive point, it must be said that at the junction of the chassis with the screen there is a small relief that completely eliminates the feeling of a possible cut, trying to make it a little more comfortable.

Laterals

As far as the screen is concerned, many shortcomings can be found. We are facing an IPS panel with an HD + resolution and not Full HD. Although, this is something that should be valued knowing that we are facing an entry mobile with a price of around 100 euros. That is why for an undemanding public it may be enough to view multimedia content as it has a correct color calibration, and a size of 6.5 inches that will allow you to enjoy it much better. The problem that can occur is on the street, where it took us a long time to see the content of the screeneven if it is not placed in direct sunlight.

Screen

This Narzo 50i Prime has a single speaker at the bottom of the device that offers a canned sound in a medium volume range, without saturating it at maximum. This is something completely expected in an entry range, where it is not one of the most important features. But this is something that ends up being complemented with a jack to which you can connect higher quality headphones and enjoy the best multimedia content.

A performance that has surprised us, but a facial recognition that suspends

Front Narzo 50

Finding the name of the UNISOC T612 processor on the device box does not convey much confidence or expectation, due to how unknown it can be. But the truth is that after testing it intensely in recent days it has surprised and for good. In day-to-day tasks such as opening applications, changing screens or writing a message on WhatsApp we have hardly noticed lag. In order to get a little lag out of it, you have to use high-performance applications or games with good graphics. But without a doubt it ends up taking an outstanding performance.

Narzo 50i Prime

Realme C11

Realme C35

Redmi Note 8

Moto G31

Processor

UNISOC T612

Mediatek Helio G35

UNISOC T616

Mediatek Helio G96

Exynos 850

RAM

4GB

2GB

4GB

4GB

4GB

GEEKBENCH 5.0 (Single Core / Multi Core)

325 / 1,305

175 / 984

371 / 1,366

348 / 1289

352 / 1300

3D MARK (WILD LIFE UNLIMITED)

410

463

1838 (Sling Shot)

1,807 (Sling Shot)

PCMARK WORK 3.0

7,817

3,658

7,663

6,928

6,452

benchmarks

The negative point that this mobile takes in this section is the biometric system that integrates in a unique way: facial recognition. Although it is unlocked quickly, it is not at all safe when have been unlocked with a simple photograph during the reviewed, although it is something we are used to in this type of device. No other alternative can be used as it does not include a fingerprint sensor, having to resort to the unlock pattern or code.

Its processor, despite being unknown, shines for having great power on a day-to-day basis.

The customization layer that Realme bets on in this mobile is quite subtle. This means that you will be able to practically enjoy a pure Android, and it is possible that it is also one of those responsible for the good performance in its operation. The negative point is that it comes with Android 11something unusual in this type of input range where they are already being delivered with Android 12.

But what this mobile stands out the most is undoubtedly the battery. It has a capacity of 5,000 mAh that has been particularly given to not having to charge it in a day and a half with 8 hours of screen use. The problem comes in the charging system, where the USB-C standard is not used, but microUSB 2.0 and which causes the charge to be limited to 10 W. This makes it take more than 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100%. with the official cable, and in a generic charger as it does not include an adapter in the box.

Some cameras that meet the minimum expected

The most basic of any camera first goes through the interface that is going to be used to take all the photographs. In this case, when you open it, it is impossible for you to get lost because it barely integrates functionalities. By default it will be activated in automatic mode, also having the possibility of accessing the “vertical” or “video” tab. Finally, in the “More” section you will find the rest of the options that are scarce, highlighting the night mode and manual mode for professionals.

Camera interface

In addition to these features in the interface, the possibility of activate HDR mode to improve the quality of images both on the front and rear camera. And if you want to improve the image, it also adds a beauty mode that you must edit yourself to adjust it to what you want. Below you will be able to see different images taken with this mobile, although we already anticipated that the selfie camera is not very adapted to capture all the color.

Photography Day No Hdr

Main lens (without HDR)

Photography Day Hdr

Main lens (with HDR)

Despite the fact that this mobile only has one lens, it has a fairly good image capture quality. He knows how to deal with color, but only if there are very favorable lighting conditions. In the case of wanting to use it indoors, the colors it captures are not real or natural at all. Although, you can notice quite a difference when activating the HDR mode when taking an image, especially when there is maximum lighting, something that has surprised.

Selfie Non-HDR

Selfie (no HDR)

hdr-selfie

Selfies (with HDR)

In the case of the selfie camera we have been surprised and for the worse. As can be seen in the examples, when activating HDR mode the image becomes much whiter, not transmitting natural colors and being much colder. You can clearly see it in the trees in the background where the HDR completely removes the green color from it. But except for this, we are facing a camera that, to be in a mobile entry, meets expectations.

Not night mode

Main lens (without night mode)

Yes night mode

Main lens (with night mode activated)

Selfie Night Mode

low light selfie

The night mode has undoubtedly been the great disappointment of this phone. Despite the fact that little could be expected from this functionality, the truth is that the result has been disastrous, being able to think that it may be a bug. As seen in the photographs, when activating the night mode, what occurs is a increase in the granulation of the image totally losing the detailtrying to modify the colors but without any success.

The “Pro” night mode is undoubtedly one of the great disappointments of the device due to the lack of quality it offers.

And when it comes to the selfie, you can see that it follows a similar pattern. If we are going to see the left arm of the image, it is totally blurred as well as the face that does not collect any detail. This shows, as we have previously commented, that the cameras of this narzo 50i Prime only work properly in very good lighting conditions. If you get out of there the quality plummets.

EuroXliveAndroid’s opinion

Realme

When offering an opinion on this device, it is important to start from the premise that it has a price of around 140 euros. That is why, in the eyes of any person, important deficiencies are noted in terms of the screen, which has a very fair resolution, and also the camera that falls short of functions. We must remember that It does not integrate a portrait mode or a macro modehighlighting in an extra way only a night mode that is quite poor.

But all this makes this Realme narzo 50i Prime is intended for users who are not looking for maximum power or level performance. That is to say that they want to avoid going through the charger all day and that they can use basic applications without feeling that it freezes. And in these two aspects it is a perfect mobile as it has a processor that has surprised us, and a 5,000 mAh battery that will cost to consume throughout the day.

7.1

Design7.5
Screen6.5
Performance7
Camera6
Software7
Autonomy9

In favor

  • A performance that surprises anyone, despite having a little-known processor.
  • Its autonomy allows you to easily reach a day and a half without going through the charger.
  • The customization layer is simple and intuitive.

Against

  • The charging system is slow, because it does not integrate a USB-C port but a microUSB 2.0.
  • The brightness of the screen is insufficient to use the mobile outdoors.
  • Facial recognition is insecure, as it is unlocked with a photograph.

The terminal has been loaned for testing by Realme. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.

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