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realme narzo 30A Unboxing and First Impressions

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We take a look at the recently announced realme narzo 30A with the MediaTek Helio G85 and a 6,000mAh battery.
realme narzo 30A Unboxing and First Impressions
realme narzo 30A

Announced globally in Late February 2021, the realme Narzo 30A finally arrives in the Philippines. 

It features a large 6.5-inch HD+ display with a notch and 570 nits peak brightness. Inside is the 12nm 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor, Mali-G52 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast charger.

Let's dive in!

Unboxing/Accessories

Box inclusions
Box inclusions

realme recently asked its community to pick the box design of its narzo line. There were six designs to choose from and surprisingly, none of the six looks like the box that we received.

The new box in baby blue and has the narzo branding and the model name. 

Inside is the narzo 30A, USB Type-A to USB-C cable, 18W charger, SIM ejector tool, and documentation. There is no included transparent case.

Build Quality/Design

back pattern close-up

At the back of the realme narzo 30A is a unique back panel design. The larger two-thirds has a diagonal line pattern with protruding lines that help with the grip of the phone. The upper one-third has a smooth surface with the rear camera module, fingerprint scanner, and narzo branding.
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In front is the large 6.5-inch HD+ display with 570 nits of peak brightness. On top is the notch with a slim top and side bezels. The chin bezel is noticeably thicker than the other bezels. There is no mention if the display is Gorilla Glass protected.
Top and bottom
Top and bottom

On top is a smooth surface while at the bottom is the speaker grill, USB Type-C port, microphone port, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Left and right side
Left and right side

On the left is the triple slot SIM tray that can house two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card while on the right side is the volume rocker and the power button.
realme narzo 30A's camera app
realme narzo 30A's camera app

At the back are a 13MP main camera and a 2MP monochrome camera with an LED flash while in front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Running the show is realme UI 1.0 based on Android 10. The included camera app includes modes like Photo, video, night, portrait, expert, pano, slo-mo and time-lapse.

The expert or Pro mode allows for control of ISO (100-1600), Shutter Speed (1/8000 to 16 seconds), White Balance, AF, and EV (+- 2).

Stay tuned for the camera samples in our full review.

realme narzo 30A Specs

Display: 6.5-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protected LCD (LTPS) screen w/ HD+ 1600 x 720 resolution at 269 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G52 2EEMC2
RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera: 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Battery: 6,000mAh w/ 18W Quick Charge
OS: Android 10.0 w/ realme UI 1.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, splash resistance, Dirac HD Sound, USB-C, Colors: Laser Black, Laser Blue
Dimensions: 164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm
Weight: 207 g
Price: PHP 6,490

As of the moment

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In the Philippines, the realme narzo 30A will come in the 4GB/64GB variant. There's no info about its price yet, but realme said that it'll be priced lower than PHP 10K.

We have several concerns. The realme narzo 30A is lightweight and the back panel's textured pattern makes it less slippery but the phone is still slippery. A case would have helped but unfortunately, there is no case included in the box. The HD+ display is bright but is just barely sharp and crisp for 2021.

Aside from the above-mentioned concerns, we are liking our experience with the narzo 30A. This is a looking solid gaming-focused budget smartphone. We hope that the Android 11 update arrives soon!



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