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realme 10 Smartphone Review: Snazzy and light mid-range phone

Sufficiently renewed. A new SoC, NFC, and a modified camera setup — that is how the realme 10 plans to stay up to date. It also has the potential to win hearts as a lightweight phone with a pretty chassis. Find out whether this mid-range smartphone performs as expected in our battery of tests.
realme 10
realme 10 (10 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G99 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.40 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 411 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 108 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD slot (dedicated, up to 256GB) , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 159.9 x 73.3 ( = 0.31 x 6.3 x 2.89 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 33 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, depth of field, monochrome (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/​2.45, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, charger, USB-C cable, SIM tool, case, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
279 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

rating
date
model
weight
drive
size
resolution
price from
79.2 %
01/2023
realme 10
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
178 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.40"2400x1080
81.9 %
12/2022
Motorola Moto G72
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
166 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2400x1080
80.3 %
10/2022
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
197 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
80.8 %
07/2022
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
195 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.59"2412x1080
78.8 %
04/2022
realme 9i
SD 680, Adreno 610
190 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2412x1080

Case and features: Light, glittery, and edgy

The realme 10 looks chic. The back is shiny with a pearl effect plus a color gradient from silver to dark blue or, in another color variant, from apricot to light blue. Additionally, there is a matte, angular frame and two large camera eyes at the back although the actual lenses themselves are quite small when you look closely.

Thanks to rounded edges, the phone feels good in the hand and, with a 6.4-inch screen, is a bit more compact and lighter than many rivals. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

We got the phone with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of mass storage, which is a good configuration. NFC is on board, unlike the predecessor realme 9. The USB-C port unfortunately only transfers data in the rather slow USB 2.0 standard.

The microSD reader is in addition to the two SIM slots, so you can use the dual-SIM function and a microSD card at the same time. The card reader is on the usual level of other smartphones in our tests with the Angelbird V60 reference SD card, but it cannot even come close to using the card's full capabilities.

Size comparison

165.4 mm / 6.51 inch 76.9 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs160.5 mm / 6.32 inch 74.4 mm / 2.93 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 166 g0.366 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 inch 73.3 mm / 2.89 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
45.7 MB/s ∼100% +54%
Motorola Moto G72
  (Angelbird V60)
34.2 MB/s ∼75% +15%
realme 10
  (Angelbird V60)
29.7 MB/s ∼65%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
28.9 MB/s ∼63% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=120, last 2 years)
25.9 MB/s ∼57% -13%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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realme 10 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø37.5 (26.5-44)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø37.8 (26.7-49.3)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø41.4 (29.9-52.3)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø36.2 (29.8-46.8)
realme 10 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø76.5 (36.7-80.5)
Motorola Moto G72 Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø70.6 (29.3-82.6)
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.9 (67.1-81.5)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø76.1 (42.7-84.9)

Communication, software, and operation: Unclear update situation

For our Wi-Fi test, we connected the realme 10 to our reference Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 router and measured the data rates. We observed relatively stable transfer rates overall for a WiFi 5 device. However, the deltas between comparison devices were quite small.

In the last generation, realme offered separate, dedicated 5G version of the mid-range device. This time too, the base realme 10 only supports LTE networks as the fastest mobile option. Although there are a few additional supported frequencies, it is still far from being enough for global usability. The reception quality of the phone was good during our tests, but it clearly lagged behind other high-end phones.

Android 12 with realme UI 3.0 on top is used as the operating system. At the time of testing, the security patches were from November 2022 and thus are reasonably up to date. It is difficult to ascertain for how long the realme 10 will be supplied with updates, though it was announced that Android 13 will be released soon. Quite a few additional apps come preinstalled on the smartphone, so you will have to clean up a bit at first if you want a clean system.

The smartphone can be operated quite smoothly, also thanks to the 90 Hz screen. The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the standby button on the right. It recognizes fingers very reliably once learnt and unlocks the phone after minimal waiting time. Biometric unlocking via face recognition is also possible, but it is only two-dimensional and thus not as secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
realme 10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
370 (345min - 381max) MBit/s ∼100%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
363 (354min - 376max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Motorola Moto G72
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
359 (338min - 372max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
358 (334min - 374max) MBit/s ∼97% -3%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
352 (339min - 360max) MBit/s ∼100% +2%
realme 10
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (316min - 353max) MBit/s ∼98%
Motorola Moto G72
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
333 (307min - 348max) MBit/s ∼95% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
330 (304min - 343max) MBit/s ∼94% -5%
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realme 10; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø345 (316-353)
realme 10; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø370 (345-381)

Cameras: Less flexible than other mid-range phones

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

There are two camera lenses at the back. However, you can only actually use one of them i.e., the 50 MP main camera, for photos. It usually combines four pixels each into one via pixel binning and thus creates a 12.5 MP image with higher light sensitivity. The second camera only collects depth information to support blurring in portrait shots and has a very low resolution.

This camera configuration is not really up to date anymore, since the comparison devices at least also offer a macro camera and partly even a wide-angle lens for more flexibility.

Is the picture quality good, though? The sensor of the main camera comes from Samsung and takes decent pictures that could have better brightness. A bit more detail would have been nice, and the dynamic range leaves a lot to be desired in high contrasts, which means that brighter areas are outshone while darker areas lack detail.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1080p and at 30 fps, but the similarly priced Motorola Moto G72 offers 60 fps recording. The video quality is sufficient for home use in good lighting, the exposure adjustment reacts quickly and quite accurately, but the autofocus keeps visibly jumping from time to time to find the right focus.

A 16 MP selfie camera is located in a punch hole on the smartphone's front. It could brighten dark areas a bit better, but the pictures are quite usable for social media as long as you do not enlarge them too much.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker
7.8 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
12.4 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 10: 6.42 ∆E min: 1.36 - max: 15.51 ∆E
ColorChecker
26.1 ∆E
40.2 ∆E
33.4 ∆E
31.6 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
47.4 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
29 ∆E
29.2 ∆E
26.4 ∆E
48 ∆E
48.4 ∆E
26.1 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
47.4 ∆E
33.5 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
45.7 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
33.1 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker realme 10: 35.15 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 48.37 ∆E

Display: PWM, but with low response times

Sub-pixel matrix
Sub-pixel matrix

At 6.4 inches, the OLED screen of the realme 10 is a bit smaller than in many competing phones so the phone feels a bit handier. Nevertheless, it offers a class-standard resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, 90 Hz refresh rate, and also shows a good brightness of 553 cd/m² on average. However, the Motorola Moto G72 shows that screens with HDR-capable 980 cd/m² brightness are also possible in this price range.

The realme 10's screen brightness is generally sufficient for outdoor use, but you may find yourselves having to retreat into the shade in direct sunlight as otherwise screen reflections overlay the picture.

At a very low brightness, the screen flickers with a frequency of 409 Hz, which is probably due to PWM for dimming. The frequency is quite high, but sensitive people should test the screen before buying it. The response times are very short, which should please gamers.

In display tests with CalMAN, we see a slight blue cast and significant deviations from the target color space in red hues.

563
cd/m²
564
cd/m²
532
cd/m²
560
cd/m²
553
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
575
cd/m²
569
cd/m²
539
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 575 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 552.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 553 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.23 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.2
ΔE Greyscale 3.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
realme 10
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.40
Motorola Moto G72
P-OLED, 2400x1080, 6.60
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
PLS, 2408x1080, 6.60
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
IPS, 2412x1080, 6.59
Response Times
-52%
-2100%
-1850%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1 ?(0.5, 0.5)
1.5 ?(0.8, 0.7)
-50%
18 ?(10, 8)
-1700%
27 ?(15, 12)
-2600%
Response Time Black / White *
1 ?(0.5, 0.5)
1.5 ?(0.8, 0.7)
-50%
26 ?(13, 13)
-2500%
12 ?(8, 4)
-1100%
PWM Frequency
409
180
-56%
Screen
32%
-29%
-18%
Brightness middle
553
992
79%
447
-19%
590
7%
Brightness
553
980
77%
428
-23%
561
1%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
86
-5%
92
1%
Black Level *
0.31
0.38
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.23
4.56
-8%
5.54
-31%
5.15
-22%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
10.83
7.96
27%
10.04
7%
10.35
4%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.6
3.1
14%
7.3
-103%
7.1
-97%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.233 99%
2.03 108%
2.143 103%
CCT
7171 91%
7098 92%
8853 73%
8540 76%
Contrast
1442
1553
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-10% / 4%
-1065% / -547%
-934% / -476%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5 ms rise
↘ 0.5 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5 ms rise
↘ 0.5 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (35.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 409 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 409 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 409 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19409 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% Brightness
0% Brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and battery life: The realme 10 lasts long

At the heart of the realme 10 smartphone is the MediaTek Helio G99, an SoC with suitable mid-range performance that can keep up with the competition. You should not expect a huge performance potential, but the power is sufficient for smooth navigation through the system and everyday apps. Even those who like to play games will be able to run most games without problems, but expectations should be tempered with respect to very high frame rates.

The UFS memory transfers data quickly, so loading times are kept very short.

We measured a maximum temperature of 43.6 °C under longer load, which is clearly noticeable but not problematic. Surface temperatures may differ when the phone is used in high ambient temperature.

The small mono speaker audibly struggles to create a clear sound stage and usually sounds a bit muffled. Even realme's advertising gimmick that the volume can be increased to 200% instead of 100% does not change that. At least, the speaker sounds a bit clearer at maximum sound pressure level but then becomes very treble-heavy. All in all, the realme 10's internal speaker is definitely not suited for audiophiles.

That being said, there is still the option of connecting headphones via a 3.5 mm port or Bluetooth. This works without any problems and numerous codecs are available for wireless transmission, including for hi-fi sound viz. SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX TWS+, aptX Adaptive, LDAC, and LHDC.

The 5,000 mAh battery enables a run time of just over 16 hours in our standard WLAN test. That is a good rate, although it is also clearly surpassed by some comparison devices. However, the battery capacity should be sufficient for two working days with moderate use. The phone can be charged at 33 W, which means it can be fully charged in 1:30 hours at the most.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=261, last 2 years)
769 Points ∼100% +34%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
687 Points ∼89% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
680 Points ∼88% +18%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
576 Points ∼75%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (540 - 576, n=4)
556 Points ∼72% -3%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
540 Points ∼70% -6%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (291 - 5538, n=261, last 2 years)
2472 Points ∼100% +40%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1998 Points ∼81% +13%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1997 Points ∼81% +13%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1767 - 1924, n=4)
1848 Points ∼75% +5%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1810 Points ∼73% +2%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1767 Points ∼71%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
10589 Points ∼100% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 19200, n=223, last 2 years)
10352 Points ∼98% 0%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
10328 Points ∼98%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (9475 - 10589, n=4)
9995 Points ∼94% -3%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9742 Points ∼92% -6%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
9363 Points ∼88% -9%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2917 Points ∼100% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2856 Points ∼98% +3%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2769 Points ∼95%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2535 - 2769, n=4)
2622 Points ∼90% -5%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2600 Points ∼89% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 7890, n=148, last 2 years)
2289 Points ∼78% -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2809 Points ∼100% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2733 Points ∼97% +4%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2632 Points ∼94%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2356 - 2632, n=4)
2458 Points ∼88% -7%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2433 Points ∼87% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 9814, n=148, last 2 years)
2276 Points ∼81% -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (3388 - 3450, n=4)
3426 Points ∼100% +1%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3425 Points ∼100% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3393 Points ∼99% 0%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3388 Points ∼99%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3370 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 4679, n=148, last 2 years)
2840 Points ∼83% -16%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 16067, n=226, last 2 years)
4696 Points ∼100% +65%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3086 Points ∼66% +9%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2994 Points ∼64% +5%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2843 Points ∼61%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2618 - 2843, n=4)
2688 Points ∼57% -5%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2648 Points ∼56% -7%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 25747, n=225, last 2 years)
6276 Points ∼100% +137%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2973 Points ∼47% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2899 Points ∼46% +9%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2653 Points ∼42%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (2413 - 2653, n=4)
2492 Points ∼40% -6%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2459 Points ∼39% -7%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3798 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (3622 - 3798, n=4)
3716 Points ∼98% -2%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3622 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3561 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 7042, n=225, last 2 years)
3430 Points ∼90% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3383 Points ∼89% -11%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (254 - 10062, n=200, last 2 years)
3174 Points ∼100% +133%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1364 Points ∼43%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1183 - 1364, n=4)
1247 Points ∼39% -9%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1206 Points ∼38% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1198 Points ∼38% -12%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1183 Points ∼37% -13%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (247 - 14038, n=224, last 2 years)
4242 Points ∼100% +217%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1340 Points ∼32%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (1155 - 1340, n=4)
1236 Points ∼29% -8%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1232 Points ∼29% -8%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1201 Points ∼28% -10%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1196 Points ∼28% -11%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3751, n=207, last 2 years)
1148 Points ∼100% +204%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
378 Points ∼33%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
360 Points ∼31% -5%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
355 Points ∼31% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (342 - 378, n=4)
353 Points ∼31% -7%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
347 Points ∼30% -8%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3707, n=199, last 2 years)
1147 Points ∼100% +213%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
366 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
351 Points ∼31% -4%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
351 Points ∼31% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (323 - 366, n=4)
339 Points ∼30% -7%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
337 Points ∼29% -8%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 113, n=257, last 2 years)
34.5 fps ∼100% +116%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps ∼55% +19%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
18 fps ∼52% +13%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
16 fps ∼46%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
14 fps ∼41% -12%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (12 - 16, n=4)
14 fps ∼41% -12%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 156, n=258, last 2 years)
43 fps ∼100% +139%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
22 fps ∼51% +22%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
21 fps ∼49% +17%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
18 fps ∼42%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
16 fps ∼37% -11%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (14 - 18, n=4)
16 fps ∼37% -11%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.8 - 86, n=258, last 2 years)
24.3 fps ∼100% +143%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
12 fps ∼49% +20%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
12 fps ∼49% +20%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
10 fps ∼41%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (8.4 - 10, n=4)
9.03 fps ∼37% -10%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8.9 fps ∼37% -11%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 61, n=258, last 2 years)
16.5 fps ∼100% +154%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
8.1 fps ∼49% +25%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.7 fps ∼47% +18%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
6.5 fps ∼39%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
5.9 fps ∼36% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (5.4 - 6.5, n=4)
5.9 fps ∼36% -9%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (3905 - 74261, n=195, last 2 years)
27701 Points ∼100% +30%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
22285 Points ∼80% +5%
realme 10
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
21308 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
20787 Points ∼75% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio G99
  (17228 - 21308, n=4)
18583 Points ∼67% -13%
Motorola Moto G72
Mediatek Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
18237 Points ∼66% -14%
realme 10Motorola Moto G72Samsung Galaxy A23 5GOnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-1%
-24%
-26%
-17%
3%
Sequential Read 256KB
881
868.5
-1%
485.1
-45%
509.21
-42%
716 ?(303 - 999, n=38)
-19%
1059 ?(90.5 - 3557, n=253, last 2 years)
20%
Sequential Write 256KB
530.1
497.5
-6%
487.4
-8%
482.15
-9%
499 ?(105.3 - 884, n=38)
-6%
625 ?(11.9 - 2834, n=253, last 2 years)
18%
Random Read 4KB
200.5
231.4
15%
188.2
-6%
179.02
-11%
175.8 ?(89.3 - 253, n=38)
-12%
192.1 ?(13.5 - 543, n=253, last 2 years)
-4%
Random Write 4KB
257.7
230.2
-11%
163.1
-37%
147.46
-43%
175.4 ?(113.8 - 258, n=38)
-32%
197.4 ?(13 - 552, n=254, last 2 years)
-23%

Temperature

Max. Load
 43.5 °C
110 F
35.8 °C
96 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 41.9 °C
107 F
35.8 °C
96 F
32.1 °C
90 F
 
 41.2 °C
106 F
35.2 °C
95 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 43.5 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
32.3 °C
90 F
35.4 °C
96 F
43.6 °C
110 F
32.7 °C
91 F
35.9 °C
97 F
41.9 °C
107 F
32.7 °C
91 F
35.9 °C
97 F
41 °C
106 F
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 20.2 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.7 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.5 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.3 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap - Front
Heatmap - Front
Heatmap - Back
Heatmap - Back
3DMark - Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.7 (7.19min - 7.22max) % ∼100% 0%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.6 (7.21min - 7.23max) % ∼100% 0%
realme 10
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 (8.16min - 8.21max) % ∼100%
Motorola Moto G72
Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G99, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
97.1 (6.59min - 6.79max) % ∼97% -2%

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.443.12539.139.43131.531.94029.8335033.437.26326.627.78022.32410020.524.712515.62016014.721.820011.426.42501037.63158.846.7400953.350010.559.863012.264.280014.369.2100011.669.212501268.9160010.274.6200010.472.8250011.168315012.768.6400014.471.3500014.273.5630014.774.5800015.6731000016.572.81250016.566.31600017.357.9SPL25.483.4N0.654.7median 12.7median 68Delta2.513.343.942.434.535.827.731.428.530.133.233.326.328.623.417.222.519.715.418.814.629.212.338.313.346.611.650.27.555.511.462.315.26414.767.311.870.6127110.3729.36910.86814.762.514.370.214.970.31567.815.467.616.861.516.167.61751.225.980.70.747.4median 14.6median 64210.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme 10OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme 10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 38.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.2% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 61% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 76% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 36% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 71% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
5000 mAh
1099 min ∼42% +14%
OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
5000 mAh
1064 min ∼40% +10%
realme 10
5000 mAh
966 min ∼37%
Motorola Moto G72
5000 mAh
929 min ∼35% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=261, last 2 years)
882 min ∼33% -9%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
16h 06min

Pros

+ handy, light and chic
+ good memory configuration
+ dedicated microSD reader
+ NFC
+ fast charging
+ many Bluetooth codecs

Cons

- mediocre camera setup
- muffled speaker sound
- few 4G frequencies
- unclear update situation

Verdict: Lots of memory, but no camera star

In review: realme 10. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme 10. Test device provided by realme Germany.

One thing is clear: The realme 10 will not win the prize for the best camera equipment in the mid-range. After all, it lacks a macro and/or wide-angle lens, and the main camera takes usable pictures overall but nothing more. The competition offers much better setups with more cameras and partly even optical image stabilization.

Apart from that, the realme 10 offers a good overall package: Lots of storage, good run times, fast charging, NFC, a dedicated microSD card reader, and fast Wi-Fi 5. The 90 Hz OLED screen can convince with decent brightness, there are many Bluetooth audio codecs supported, and a full-fledged fingerprint sensor is also available.

The onboard speaker sound is less convincing, but the realme 10 is a bit more handy and lighter than the comparison devices. It also looks very good with its dazzling back and angular design.

If you are looking for a light and pretty 4G phone with NFC and do not need a top camera, you will find a convincing overall package in the realme 10.

The Motorola Moto G72 is a strong competitor, since it offers more cameras and an even brighter OLED screen optionally. The Samsung Galaxy A23 5G even supports 5G and an optical image stabilizer for the camera.

Price and availability

Due to a patent dispute, the realme 10 is only available from a few retailers online at the time of testing. At amazon.de, you currently pay about €300 for the phone.

realme 10 - 01/20/2023 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 68%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
86%
Games Performance
25 / 64 → 39%
Application Performance
68 / 86 → 79%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 90 → 56%
Camera
54%
Average
73%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-01-24 (Update: 2023-01-24)