Narzo 10A, one of the two new models recently launched by Realme under the new Narzo sub-brand is more affordable that targets young feature-conscious buyers on a budget. We were quite impressed with the new Realme Narzo 10 when we finally got a chance to review it, and now it’s time for us to check out the more affordable but equally delayed Narzo 10A. Price only Rs. 8,499 in India, the Narzo 10A is essentially a souped-up version of the Realme C3 and is sold under the same name in a few other countries. Let’s take a closer look.
Realme is downplaying the Narzo 10A’s connection to the Realme C3 (Review) and instead positioning it as a very affordable phone with premium features. Apart from the design change from the Realme C3, the Narzo 10A packs a macro camera and a fingerprint sensor at the back. There is only one configuration with 3GB RAM and 32GB storagewhich matches Realme C3. base variant of,
Such a small difference and the fact that the Narzo 10A is priced between the two variants of the Realme C3 by only Rs. 500 between each phone. It would be tempting to spend just Rs. 500 more to get the C3 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but then you lose the fingerprint sensor. This corroborates our opinion that the Realme C3 should have had a fingerprint sensor. It won’t cost much, and the launch of the Narzo 10A may upset those who bought the Realme C3 at the time of launch.
The main selling points of the Narzo 10A are its three rear cameras, MediaTek Helio G70 processor, 5000mAh battery and a facelift for the rear panel. You can get this phone in two new colors: So White and So Blue. The body of the Narzo 10A is entirely plastic, except for the unspecified version of Gorilla Glass. Unlike the Realme C3 and previous low-cost models, there is no texture or gradient pattern on the back.
Instead, Realme has gone with a huge logo on the back of the phone, similar to what we have seen on the company’s power banks. We’re not sure if this is the kind of brand people want to brag about, so it’s an interesting option. Thankfully, the text is much more subtle in real life than it appears in the company’s ads and promotional photos, at least on our So White demo unit. The logo is slightly raised and textured, but we can barely make it out unless we intentionally tilt the device under light.
The Narzo 10A doesn’t come with a case in the box but our unit had a screen protector pre-installed. At 8.95mm thick and 195g in weight, it has the same dimensions as the C3 and is (negligibly) thinner and lighter than the Narzo 10 (Review). If you’ve put all three devices (and some other Realme models) side-by-side and face-to-face, you won’t be able to tell them apart.
We’re a little disappointed to see the micro-USB port at the bottom, as USB Type-C is now well established across all price segments. On the bright side, the tray on the left has independent slots for two Nano-SIM and a microSD card. Realme also says that this model is “splash-resistant”.
The MediaTek Helio G70 impressed us when we reviewed the Realme C3 considering its price, but it didn’t quite handle PUBG Mobile on its high-quality presets, and we’d expect to see the same with the Narzo 10A. Huh. Battery life has been excellent with the C3 as well as the Narzo 10, and all three models have 5000mAh capacities, so there shouldn’t be any surprises there either. Likewise, you should be able to get a fair idea of how the Narzo 10A’s standard and macro cameras will perform by looking at our reviews of these two models.
Still, we’ll have a full, independent review of the upcoming Realme Narzo 10A soon, and we’ll rate its performance, camera, display, battery life, ergonomics, software, and usage experience on its own.
Realme introduced its Narzo sub-brand to make select low-cost models stand out, but buyers are likely to be confused and disappointed with how similar the various models are. Should you buy the Narzo 10A or will any of the Realme C3 variants offer a better value? You’ll have the answer in our review, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360.
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