The realme Narzo 50A was first launched in Indonesia in early November 2021. Even though it’s been a few months, until now this entry-level smartphone is still one of the most tempting options in its price class.
What is the reason? If you’re curious, come on, just take a look at the reviews!
Usually 2 million phones and below will offer a mediocre display. realme tried something different. On the Narzo 50A, realme enlarges the camera frame so that it can accommodate a fingerprint sensor in the middle. Yes, that wide. In fact, there are only three cameras and each of them is not large.
Under the camera frame, there is a wavy effect that when touched is actually just a trick of the eye. Basically, this wavy section is as flat as the rest of the back cover. The texture of the body feels a bit rough so it is comfortable to grip and not slippery. In addition, it is also not easily dirty by finger marks.
The dimensions of the body itself are typical of entry-level smartphones. It’s a bit wide and a little heavy because it accommodates a jumbo battery. More precisely, 164.5 x 75.9 x 9.6 mm and weighs 207 grams. To be operated with one hand in my opinion is still ideal, but quite a burden if you put it in your trouser pocket.
There are two color variants offered by the realme Narzo 50A. The one in this review article is Oxygen Green, while the other one is called Oxygen Blue. There are three slots, two for nano-SIM and one dedicated specifically for microSD.
Yes, Narzo 50A is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD + screen, aka not Full HD +. Although it is less sharp, on the other hand, the use of a lower resolution actually really helps provide smoother performance, because the chipset load becomes lighter.
There’s nothing special about this screen and for me it’s still a fair thing in its price range. What is certain is that the brightness level is standard and sometimes it is still not satisfactory for use in too bright sunlight.
A little discussing the audio sector, the realme Narzo 50A is only supported by one speaker (mono). The sound output is quite loud and powerful. It’s okay to just accompany playing games or watching videos on YouTube.
Pretty good 50 MP camera
Narzo 50A has a 50 MP main camera accompanied by a 2 MP B&W camera and a 2 MP macro camera. For those who like selfies, there is an 8 MP sensor in front. At first glance, the presence of a 50 MP sensor makes the offer look more appetizing. But you have to remember, this is an entry-level phone. Other than that, I think the other two cameras on the back are just sweeteners and aren’t really needed.
To capture the moment in ideal light conditions the photos are quite good. The details can be obtained, the color is quite lively, aka not pale. The dynamic range is also pretty good as long as you turn on the HDR mode.
Photos with portrait mode do not disappoint as long as the lighting is also adequate. The separation of the main subject from the background looks neat. For example, like the photo below which I took indoors with the light from a fairly bright lamp.
For video recording, both the main camera and the Narzo 50A selfie camera can only support a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30fps.
In my opinion, a combination like this is ideal for supporting various standard needs, for example for online schools, communication, accessing various social media, watching movies on favorite platforms, and playing games. Everything feels smooth without any significant problems.
I had tried to run popular games like Mobile Legends, the result was no problem playing on the right graphics settings. The frame rate is quite stable at 60fps. Then I played PUBG Mobile on ultra-smooth settings, and it also felt pretty smooth.
The prima donna is the battery. The capacity is quite jumbo, 6,000 mAh, complete with 18W charging technology for faster charging. Users can expect even longer durability thanks to the Super Power Saving Mode.
For my usage style which is more about communicating, accessing social media, occasionally watching YouTube, and occasionally playing games, the realme Narzo 50A battery can last up to 1.5 or even 2 days. What might be a bit annoying is the charging time. Even though I used an 18W charger, it took about 2.5 hours to charge 100 percent.
realme Narzo 50A is a smartphone that is suitable for supporting the various needs of young people. At an affordable price, you are presented with a unique design, slick performance, and long battery life. An option that you must consider if you have a budget of 2 million rupiah.
For those who are interested, the realme Narzo 50A 4/64 GB is sold at a price of Rp. 2,099,000. Meanwhile, the 4/128 GB variant costs IDR 2,299,000.
Pros of realme Narzo 50A:
- Unmarket design
- Comfortable to hold, not easy to get dirty
- Smooth performance, quite fun for gaming
- jumbo battery
- The camera is reliable in ideal light conditions
- Competitive price
Disadvantages of realme Narzo 50A
- No ultra-wide camera
- Long charging time
- Speaker is not stereo
- It would be more interesting if the screen refresh rate was 90Hz
realme Narzo 50A is suitable for:
- Students: For online learning purposes, being on social media, to playing games, Narzo 50A has a fairly complete offer for young people.
- Employee: Performance is relatively smooth, and the battery lasts a long time. Suitable as a daily driver for young employees with a limited budget.
- Casual gamers: For everyday gaming, the Helio G85 chipset is still reliable. Plus, the Narzo 50A’s battery is also big, so you don’t have to charge back and forth while playing for a long time.