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Narzo 50 Pro: A decent mid-range phone

The MediaTek 920 chipset that powers the Realme Narzo 50 Pro can provide smooth daily performance as long as you are not pushing the phone to its limit

Update : 15 Mar 2023, 10:48 PM

Realme released its Narzo 50 Pro handset in May last year followed by the launch of the budget-friendly Narzo 50. 

Narzo 50 did make its way via Realme's official channel in Bangladesh. However, its big brother, the “Pro” version did not. While Narzo 50 has plenty of features to make it unique, the Pro version comes with features like a 90Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers, fast charging support, a 5,000mAh battery and more.

The unofficial 6GB RAM and 128GB storage version of Realme Narzo 50 Pro is currently available in smartphone shops in Basundhara City at Tk25,999. 

Design and Build

Although the Realme Narzo 50 Pro doesn't have a notably unique design, it does look fashionable and will definitely grab the attention of many users.

Even though the phone is more beefed up than the regular Narzo 50, it is more lightweight. Narzo 50 Pro weighs only 181 grams. This makes it a bit easier to handle the device with one hand throughout the day. 

Having said that, users will need to use a case with this one because the back panel is slippery. Narzo 50 Pro has a polycarbonate body and the build quality is very solid.

Another good thing with the design is the fact that Realme did not go with their aggressive branding on the back of Narzo 50 Pro. There's no “Dare to Leap” or “Narzo” written on the back. It looks cleaner. 

The phone is available in two colours: Hyper Blue and Hyper Black.

Display

A 6.4-inch AMOLED screen is one of the key highlights of Realme Narzo 50 Pro. Being HDR 10+ certified and having a fairly vivid display, one will be able to view high-quality content on the device.

However, Netflix was not displaying HDR capability for some reason. Instead of 120Hz of the regular Narzo 50, the panel can only support 90Hz refresh rates. Even so, the scrolling is still much smoother than on phones with standard 60Hz displays.

The peak brightness of the display is 1,000 nits, which is more than enough in the majority of situations and for a phone within this price range. 

However, even with the brightness set to maximum, the phone might be difficult to use under very bright sunlight. The display is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Performance

The MediaTek 920 chipset that powers the Realme Narzo 50 Pro can provide smooth daily performance as long as you are not pushing the phone to its limit.

While doing the heavy lifting, the device struggles a little. But a typical user won't experience any problems with casual usage.

Playing games like PUBG Mobile is possible without much of an issue. Genshin Impact also runs well in low to medium graphics settings.

The good news is that playing games on the phone doesn't cause it to overheat. But after a long game, it can get a little warmer.

The phone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor which is very fast. While the phone also has a Face Unlock feature that relies on the selfie camera, the fingerprint unlocking is much more secure and works better. 

The phone comes with Realme UI 3.0, which runs on Android 12. It is upgradable to Realme UI 4.0 based on Android 13. 

Camera

Realme Narzo 50 Pro has a triple camera setup on the back consisting of a 48 MP wide primary camera, an 8 MP 120 degrees ultrawide camera and a 2 MP unnecessary macro lens.

The camera can capture some beautiful landscape photos for Instagram in daylight, but it lacks consistency. There is a lot of noise when you zoom in. Even the photos themselves lack sharpness, clarity and detail sometimes.

This is a midrange smartphone and some drawbacks were expected. But phones within this price range typically offer a good dynamic range. Narzo 50 Pro could have done better in the camera segment. 

The colours are often good and a bit dull as well, which can be fixed using Lightroom or Snapseed. 

The ultrawide camera captures decent photos sometimes. But it also lacks consistency. All in all, I believe that it can be fixed with better software in the future. 

The selfies captured with the phone's 16MP front camera turned out to be quite nice.

In the video department, Narzo 50 Pro supports up to 1080p video recording at 30 fps. 

Battery

The Narzo 50 Pro 5G's 5000mAh battery, which supports 33W charging, won't let you down and easily lasts for more than a day.

Realme claims that the charger will be able to charge the battery to 50% in 31 minutes. Considering that your phone might have some juice left when you plug in, you are looking at an hour of charging time each day or two days. 

Verdict

Realme is a brand that floods customers with lots and lots of options. No matter how much your budget is, let it be Tk10,000 or Tk40,000, you will always have an option and there is a good chance that the phone you are getting offers a lot in that price segment. 

Now, the Realme Narzo 50 Pro is an unofficial phone and thus, costs less compared to the official ones. For example, the official Realme 9 Pro Plus equipped with the same MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset will cost you Tk35,000 while the unofficial Narzo 50 Pro is priced at Tk26,000 only. 

There is a trade-off, though. If you go with the official phone, you will get the official warranty. While most of the smartphone shops selling unofficial phones will give you a week of replacement warranty and a year of service warranty. 

Realme Narzo 50 Pro is definitely a device worth recommending. But if you are someone who enjoys watching Netflix on mobile, you may need to look elsewhere.


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