realme Narzo 50A First Impressions: 50MP Triple-Rear Cameras, 6000mAh Battery, Interesting Design!

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Earlier this year in February, Realme launched two phones in its Narzo line-up — Narzo 30 Pro and Narzo 30A. Today, the Chinese smartphone giant has unveiled a brand new smartphone, which is the successor to the Narzo 30A and it’s called the Narzo 50A. Now, if we compare both the phones, the Narzo 50A is admittedly more of an incremental upgrade over the Narzo 30A rather than a full-blown one, but these are significant ‘incremental updates’ nonetheless. The first one is that both the variants of the Narzo 50A will come with 4GB RAM, and there’s also a 128GB storage option this time around. Secondly, the camera specs have been bumped and the main camera is now a 50MP main sensor. Of course, the starting price has also gone up — Rs. 11,499 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant.
 
I have been using the Realme Narzo 50A for about two days now, and while it is too early for the review, let me give you my initial impressions. 

Narzo 50A: Specs at a Glance…

Display: 6.5” HD+ (720x1600px), 570 Nits, 88.7% Screen to Body Ratio
Weight & Thickness: 207g, 9.6mm respectively
Colours: Oxygen Green, Oxygen Blue
Battery & Charging: 6000mAh, 18W Charging (Charger in-box), Reverse Charging
Software: Realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
Processor: 12nm 2GHz MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, Mali-G52 GPU
RAM & Storage: 4GB LPDDR4x, 64GB/ 128GB Storage
Camera: Rear – 50MP + 2MP + 2MP, Front – 8MP
SIM and Storage Slots: Dual-Nano SIM + microSD Card 
Wi-Fi & Bluetooth: 2.4G/ 5G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
 
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When it comes to the design and build, well there isn’t a drastic difference when it comes to the dimensions of the Narzo 50A over the Narzo 30A, since both phones weigh the same, have the same height and width and so on. However, the two-tone diagonal stripe design which debuted with the Narzo 30A has been reworked on the Narzo 50A. I mean, I like this vertical two-tone design on the new phone a lot over its predecessor. Not to forget, the camera island is huge, as it now features three lenses, a narzo branding and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, all in a large black square block. And frankly, this has to be the single biggest design element that makes the Realme Narzo 50A standout in a sea of similar-looking smartphones. 
 
Otherwise, just like the Narzo 30A, as I just mentioned above, the Narzo 50A has the same dimensions. In my experience, I have had zero handling issues with this phone, and just for context, I believe that I have fairly large hands. I also quite liked the build quality, I think for a budget phone, the Narzo 50A feels quite solid in the hands. And while I know it is not the slimmest device around, the curved sides on the back definitely helps with the grip.
 
P.S. the texture on the rear panel is just so sweet and I love this Oxygen Blue shade of the Narzo 50A! 
 
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Turning our attention to the display, and this is a 6.5” HD+ LCD panel. And honestly having used the phone for a couple of days, the only con I see here is that it is not the brightest around for the sunniest of days. I realised this while using the phone on my terrace. But besides this, when it comes to indoor usage, the brightness levels are absolutely fine. The colours and viewing angles are also good. Of course, Realme should’ve given a Full-HD panel here, but never mind, there’s always the next time. By the way, there’s also a pre-applied glass (I guess) screen protector, which seems to be very sturdy. I tried peeling it out but I just couldn’t, so I guess, in terms of the display glass protection, Realme has got you covered. 
 
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Apart from this, the buttons are very clicky. There’s a USB Type-C port for file transfers and charging the huge 6000mAh battery under the hood. Frankly speaking, the only benefit of the USB-C port on this phone is that you can hook up any USB-C charger to this phone, and I am sure, many of us have a spare USB-C charger lying around at home. Because while the 6000mAh battery is amazing as I have already lasted about 2 days with this phone and there’s still 29% left in the tank, as of this moment while I am writing this line; I won’t deny that the charging times are slow. So, the moment I took this phone out of the box, it had around 55% of battery, and would you believe me that it took around 90 minutes to fully top it up. So, in terms of battery life, I can give a spoiler, it is going to be excellent in the longer run. However, when it comes to the charging times, I’d say stick to charging your phone overnight. 
 
Although, on a side note, considering the phone’s price, can we blame the company for providing an 18W charger? Isn’t the phone already offering a lot for its asking price? I mean, I don’t know whether the profit margins will allow for even a 30W charger or will it be too much?! I think I have said enough here. Let’s move on. 
 
In terms of performance, the Narzo 50A is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, and this is the same processor which was also in the Narzo 30A. So, in terms of performance, the phone has been good so far. There haven’t been any major nagging issues. But then again, it is too early to reach a conclusion when it comes to the performance. In the meantime, please take a look at some benchmarks below. 
 
– Antutu: 173188
– Geekbench: 383 (Single-Core), 1153 (Multi-Core)
– Androbench: 306MB/s (Read), 195MB/s (Write)
 
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Similarly, for the software, things seem to be running well for now on the Narzo 50A. There’s Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11, so definitely a solid bump over Android 10 on the Narzo 30A. However, three things I would like to point out here — 
 
1. There’s too much bloatware. But the good thing is that you can uninstall most of the apps that you don’t require.

2. There are too many annoying spam notifications. But then again, you can always disable them. 

3. Lastly, as much as I love Realme UI, where’s the Google Discover page? Can’t seem to find it here. Is that a bug? Did I miss something? I don’t know. I hope it’s a bug and it comes back as a part of a future software update. 

 
But overall, as I said when it comes to the software performance — so far so good. 
 
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Finally, coming to the main highlight of the Realme Narzo 50A — the triple rear camera setup. So, the main sensor is a 50MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 10x digital zoom. This is coupled with a couple of 2MP B&W and macro lenses. At the front, there’s an 8MP camera for selfies, which is situated in the dew-drop notch. Both the front and rear cameras let you record up to 1080p/ 30fps videos. For now, I haven’t yet had the chance to step out so I can’t share any outdoor samples, but I am sharing a few shots that I managed to take indoors, please take a look. I’ll be reserving my final judgement regarding the camera performance for the full review.
 

 

We’ll be putting the Realme Narzo 50A through its paces in the coming days, so if you are interested to know more about this phone’s performance, long-term battery life, camera; definitely stay tuned for our full review. Thank you for reading folks, have a great day ahead! 
 
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