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Realme Narzo 50 Review: Is it worth buying?

Realme Narzo 50 sports a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution, large bezels. Triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP primary sensor along with 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. 16MP selfie shooter at the front.
  • Value for Money
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Battery
  • Camera
3.8/5Overall Score

Realme Narzo 50 sports a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution, large bezels. Triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP primary sensor along with 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. 16MP selfie shooter at the front.

Specs
  • Display: 6.6-inch IPS LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, 90.8% screen to body ratio, touch sampling rate of 180Hz and 401 PPI
  • Processor: Helio G96 Gaming Processor, Octa-core CPU, up to 2.5GHz, GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
  • RAM: 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 which can be expanded up to 1TB via an external microSD card
  • Dimension: Length: 164.1mm, Depth: 8.5mm, Width: 75.5mm, Weight: 194g
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 33W fast charging via USB Type-C Port
  • Rear Camera: 50MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture; 2MP Macro lens with f/2.4 aperture; 2MP B&W lens with f/2.4 aperture
  • Camera Features: 50MP Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Night Mode, Panoramic view, Expert, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Ultra macro, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion
  • Video: Supports Slow Motion, Timelapse, Dual-View, Film Video
  • Front Camera: 16MP selfie shooter with a f/2.05 aperture
  • Camera Features: Ultra Steady Video, Night Mode, Panoramic view, Timelapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, AI Scene Recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion
  • Video: Support 1080P/30fps video recording; Support 720P/30fps video recording; Support 1080P/120fps Slow Motion Video
  • Cellular: 3 card slots: 2 Nano SIM + 1 Micro SD card; GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; WCDMA: Bands 1/5/8; FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/8; TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40/41(2535-2655MHz)
  • Wireless: 2.4/5GHz, IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1
  • OS: realme UI 2.0 Based on Android 11
  • Navigation: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/ BEIDOU/GALILEO
  • Sensors: Light sensor; Proximity sensor; Magnetic induction sensor; Acceleration sensor; Gyro-meter sensor
  • Ports: USB Type-C; 3-Card Slot; 3.5mm audio jack
Pros
  • Good display
  • Good camera performance in daylight
  • Smooth & clean UI
Cons
  • 2MP Depth sensor is a gimmick
  • Android 11 out of the box while Android 13 is about to release

We are barely into March, and Realme has already launched the Realme 9 series with three smartphones in the Indian market. The company is strategically launching smartphones in every price range. Now, Realme is looking to extend the Narzo series with Realme Narzo 50. The previous Narzo series device, the Narzo 50A sports a massive 6000mAh battery with a 50MP triple rear camera. In this Realme Narzo 50 review, we will talk about the smartphone and see if it is worth buying or who should buy it?

Realme Narzo 50 Price & Availability

Realme Narzo 50 is available in 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB storage variants. The device is available in Speed Blue and Speed Black colour options.

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Realme Narzo 50

₹12,999
₹15,999

Realme Narzo 50 (Speed Black & Speed Blue)
Storage: 4GB RAM+ 64GB / 6GB RAM+ 128GB
Helio G96 Processor | 50MP AI Triple Camera | 120Hz Ultra Smooth Display
Bank Offers: 10% Instant Discount up to Rs.1000 with Citibank Credit Cards and Debit Cards(Non-EMI).Minimum purchase of INR 5000/-
Exchange Offer: Up to ₹11,550.00 off on Exchange

Design

The Realme Narzo 50 sports a well-built polycarbonate unibody design with a matte finish. The phone does look beautiful with a carbon fiber-like pattern at the back and feels solid in hand. It resembles the previous generation of the Narzo series with a side-mounted power button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The bottom edge houses a USB Type-C port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mono speaker grille. The volume rockers sit on the right edge along with the SIM tray.

The triple rear camera module at the back looks more symmetrical than the previous generations of Narzo phones. At 194g, the device is slightly on the heavier side. But the good thing is that the weight distribution is good which makes it comfortable to hold in a single hand. The kevlar texture finish at the back adds extra grip to the phone. Overall, I don’t have anything to complain about at this price. The device is available in two color options: Speed Blue and Speed Black.

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Performance

Let’s talk about the performance and specs of the device and how it performs in real life.

Display

The Realme Narzo 50 sports a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution, large bezels, and a punch-hole at the top right corner. The display has a 120Hz refresh rate but it’s an LCD, so the viewing angles are not very good. However, the device supports WideVine L1 certification. It ensures that the device can play HD content from OTT apps. The smartphone offers a bunch of customizations to fine-tune the display according to the user’s preferences. Overall, the display performance is fluid with a 120Hz refresh rate. However, the brightness levels were satisfactory indoors but struggled in the sunlight.

Camera

The Narzo 50 comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50MP primary sensor along with 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors. At the front, there is a 16MP selfie shooter. There has been regular improvement in the camera department in this segment. However, the 2MP macro and depth sensor are a gimmick. The OEMs have made it a selling point by adding a bigger stack of camera lenses to a smartphone. Anyway, it is the case with most smartphone manufacturers these days.

In terms of performance, the camera performs well in daylight conditions. But it struggles with dynamic range while capturing the shadows. The 50MP sensor captures good details with regular 12.5MP pixel-binned shots. Although, it struggles in low-light and artificial lighting conditions. There is a dedicated Night mode on the device that is fast and responsive. We also noticed some lag in focusing. Overall, the performance is not consistent, which means some shots might turn out to be good while others might not. We clicked most of the pictures in Auto mode, and the HDR worked just as expected. I will suggest keeping the AI Color Enhancement switched off to avoid oversaturation. The 16MP selfie shooter is capable of clicking some decent selfies. The macro and depth sensors are not of much use. The Narzo 50 can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps. It comes with an Ultra-steady stabilization mode that uses EIS.

Processor

Realme has used the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset for the Narzo 50. When compared to the Narzo 50A which had Helio G85 the Narzo 50 shows a significant increase in the Antutu Benchmark score. The company claims an increase of 42% in the benchmark scores. The Narzo 50 won’t lag or stutter under usual smartphone usage involving jumping between apps, browsing multiple tabs in Chrome, and social media usage. The phone comes with 6GB RAM that can be expanded by 5GB using the virtual RAM via internal storage. It sums up to a total of 11GB of memory which is enough for a smartphone. The 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage can be expanded by up to 1TB using a microSD card. There is a separate slot for the microSD card that makes room for 2 SIM cards at a time. In terms of gaming, BGMI played on balanced graphics. While the phone handled other games like Asphalt very well.

The fingerprint sensor on the device is fast, and a single bottom-firing gets pretty loud. The Narzo 50 is a 4G device and the network connectivity is good on the device. I am sure the company will soon launch a 5G device in the series.

Software

On the software front, the phone comes with Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. The Realme UI does come with a lot of bloatware. However, you can get rid of most of the apps. Otherwise, the UI is user-friendly. I would have loved Android 12 out of the box, but it is ok. Realme has integrated Glance into the phone’s lock screen and it can be customized to view content like news, sports updates, and more. If you do not like Glance, you are free to disable it.

Battery

The battery life on the phone is pretty good. Narzo 50 comes with a 5000mAh battery which has 33W fast charging support. On a full charge, it can easily last you one full day. But if you game a lot, you might have to plug in the charger. The charging speed on the phone is good and can fully charge the phone in about 90 minutes.

Final Verdict

The smartphone definitely offers value for money. It ticks all the right boxes at this price point. If the OLED screen and ultra-wide sensor are not your priority, the phone offers good value for money. Redmi Note 11 is the nearest competitor to the Narzo 50 as it is priced at Rs 13,499. But if you want a better display, overall design, better camera experience, and a clean UI, Narzo 50 is the one for you.

In the end, let us have a look at the user ratings of the device on Amazon India. The device has been rated 4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon (Click here to read one of the best reviews by an Amazon-certified customer). Overall, 61% of customers have rated 5 stars to the device. Feature-wise the device gets a rating of 4.2 for the Fingerprint reader, 3.9 for battery life, 3.9 for Value for money, and 3.8 for camera quality.

This sums up our review of the Realme Narzo 50. Let us know what you think about the latest offering in the Narzo series in the comments below.

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Giri Raj
Giri Raj

Technology enthusiast, part-time blogger, technical writer, and reviewer, MUSic is a basic necessity.✌

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