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realme Narzo 50i Prime review - Smartphone with a large battery for very little money

UFS memory on board. The manufacturer relies on a chic exterior for the realme Narzo 50i Prime. Otherwise, the inexpensive phone is equipped with fast memory, but also only a single camera. Is the Narzo 50i Prime worth its 140 Euros asking price?
realme Narzo 50i Prime
realme Narzo 50i Prime (Narzo Series)
Processor
UNISOC T612 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
3 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 32 GB 
, 22 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1 TB (dedicated), Sensors: proximity, acceleration
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G, 3G, 4G (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 164.1 x 75.6 ( = 0.33 x 6.46 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 10 Watt charging
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.0, 27mm (wide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm, AF, LED flash, video @1080p, 30 fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/5.0", 1.12µm, video @720p, 30 fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
182 g ( = 6.42 oz / 0.4 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
140 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
Best Price
74.8 %
07/2022
realme Narzo 50i Prime
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
182 g32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"1600x720
75.9 %
05/2022
realme C31
T612, Mali-G52 MP1
197 g32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"1600x720
77.1 %
11/2021
Motorola Moto E40
Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2
198 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
76.6 %
07/2022
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
SD 680, Adreno 610
190 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.71"1650x720

Case and features - Lightweight phone with little storage space

The realme Narzo 50i Prime is a new addition to the realme portfolio of very affordable entry-level phones under 150 Euros. In terms of features, it is strongly reminiscent of the realme C31 and is also very similar in price: at the time of testing, you can get the Narzo phone at amazon.de for just under 120 Euros.

Realme has come up with a fresh design for the Narzo 50i Prime: the corners are well rounded but look much more angular than for example in the realme C31. The camera module visually takes up more space on the back, as is currently the trend for other phones. Dark Blue and Mint Green are available as color variants. With its slightly grooved structure on the back, the phone looks quite high-end.

The chassis is sturdy and only creaks quietly when twisted. The phone also copes well with pressure on the screen. With 182 grams, realme has also built a quite light phone.

Although realme has installed very fast UFS storage, it only has 32 GB, and a larger version is not available in Europe. The storage can be expanded via a microSD slot, which is available in addition to the 2 SIM slots. In the tests with our reference microSD Angelbird V60, the phone is on par with similarly priced phones in terms of transfer rates from or to the card.

Size comparision

169.6 mm / 6.68 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs164.7 mm / 6.48 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 197 g0.4343 lbs164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 182 g0.4012 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
  (Angelbird V60)
34.9 MB/s ∼100% +69%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=104, last 2 years)
26.1 MB/s ∼75% +27%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
  (Angelbird V60)
20.6 MB/s ∼59%
realme C31
  (Angelbird V60)
15.3 MB/s ∼44% -26%
Motorola Moto E40
  (Angelbird V60)
11.8 MB/s ∼34% -43%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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realme Narzo 50i Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø28.9 (21.1-40.1)
realme C31 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø30.7 (19.8-43.9)
Motorola Moto E40 Mali-G52 MP2, Tangula T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø24.6 (14.6-35.2)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø38.2 (26.4-46.1)
realme Narzo 50i Prime Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.3 (31.8-83.1)
realme C31 Mali-G52 MP1, T612, 32 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø74.9 (58.6-79.3)
Motorola Moto E40 Mali-G52 MP2, Tangula T700, 64 GB eMMC Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø77.2 (42-85.8)
Xiaomi Redmi 10C Adreno 610, SD 680, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø78.7 (28.6-82.6)

Communication, software and operation - Limited software

Unfortunately, only WiFi 4 is on board, which is not quite uncommon in this price range, but realme has already shown that more is possible here with the C31. The Narzo phone only achieves very slow transfer rates and sometimes makes the user wait longer for downloads.

Users also have to cut back on a large number of LTE frequencies: there are only the most necessary ones for Europe here, but you should plan when traveling abroad if you want to use the mobile Internet locally. The reception is mediocre in random samples during our test and not on the level of high-end phones. Unfortunately, the Narzo 50i Prime does not feature NFC, but Xiaomi Redmi 10C from the comparison devices has it.

The Narzo Phone is still based on Android 11 with the in-house realme UI above it, albeit in the "R Edition". This is an important difference for some users because some features like Game Mode or Split Screen are not available here. It is a pity that the manufacturer does not take better care of its software, because the security patches on our Narzo 50i Prime are from May 2022 at the time of testing and are thus quite old. Nothing is known about the length of the update cycle longevity, either.

The Narzo 50i Prime is operated via a 60 Hz touchscreen. It is also precise in the corners but does not feel quite as immediate in operation as higher-quality screens. The phone does not feature a fingerprint sensor, but Face Unlock can be used via the front-facing camera. This is a software solution that works reasonably reliably in good light. However, it is not that secure since pictures of the owner could also lead to unlocking.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Motorola Moto E40
802.11 b/g/n
86.9 (78min - 93max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AX12
Motorola Moto E40
802.11 b/g/n
87.2 (46min - 105max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
315 (269min - 336max) MBit/s ∼100% +403%
realme C31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
78.3 (73min - 92max) MBit/s ∼25% +25%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
802.11 b/g/n
62.6 (58min - 74max) MBit/s ∼20%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
222 (194min - 242max) MBit/s ∼100% +401%
realme C31
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
72.5 (34min - 78max) MBit/s ∼33% +64%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
802.11 b/g/n
44.3 (22min - 58max) MBit/s ∼20%
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; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø44.2 (22-58)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø62.6 (58-74)

Cameras - Only one lens at the back

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

A single camera has become unusual even for entry-level phones, but the Narzo 50i Prime only has one lens on the back. On the other hand, the low-resolution macro and depth-of-field cameras of the comparison devices often do not add much value, so a single camera is at least honest.

The fairly unknown SmartSens SmartPixel SC800CS is used as the main camera's sensor. The resolution of 8 megapixels is not particularly high and the light sensitivity is also limited with an aperture of f/2.0. Nevertheless, the camera even does a bit better in low-light scenarios than, for example, the Motorola Moto E40 with a pixel binning camera. Although brightened areas are interspersed with pixel artifacts and the sharpness is low in detail, brightening in dark areas is still quite decent.

In normal daylight, the sharpness leaves much to be desired and larger areas show a clear graininess. The camera is sufficient for snapshots, but you should not expect more. Videos can generally only be recorded at 30 fps, the highest resolution is Full HD. The autofocus sometimes needs a second to think, but the brightness adjustment works quite well.

A 5-megapixel selfie camera is also found on the front, which takes quite appealing pictures in good light.

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.

Main cameraMain cameraLow Light
ColorChecker
18.4 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
17 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
15 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
ColorChecker realme Narzo 50i Prime: 12 ∆E min: 4.18 - max: 22.67 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
55 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
53.8 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
43.5 ∆E
28 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
48.6 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
77.5 ∆E
44 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
88.5 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker realme Narzo 50i Prime: 46.93 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 88.5 ∆E

Display - Little brightness on the realme phone

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

A 720p resolution is common in this price range, but the IPS screen of the realme Narzo 50i Prime clearly falls behind in terms of brightness: with an average of only 354 cd/m², it is reminiscent of smartphone displays from 5 years ago.

The comparison devices are all better here, also in terms of the uniformity of illumination and partly the color reproduction. In our tests with the spectrophotometer and the software CalMAN, the Narzo Phone shows a visible blue cast.

At least the display does not have PWM flickering, but the screen's response times are quite slow.

366
cd/m²
358
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
365
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
372
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 385 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 354.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 365 cd/m²
Contrast: 811:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.58 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
93.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.28
realme Narzo 50i Prime
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
realme C31
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Motorola Moto E40
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
IPS, 1650x720, 6.71
Response Times
-81%
-49%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 ?(19, 15)
62 ?(33, 29)
-82%
44 ?(23, 21)
-29%
33 ?(17, 16)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
19 ?(9.5, 9.5)
34 ?(21, 13)
-79%
32 ?(15, 17)
-68%
21 ?(9, 12)
-11%
PWM Frequency
Screen
10%
17%
39%
Brightness middle
365
413
13%
452
24%
511
40%
Brightness
354
394
11%
431
22%
478
35%
Brightness Distribution
83
91
10%
90
8%
84
1%
Black Level *
0.45
0.4
11%
0.46
-2%
0.42
7%
Contrast
811
1033
27%
983
21%
1217
50%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.58
4.89
-7%
4.15
9%
1.51
67%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.81
8.35
5%
6.47
27%
2.53
71%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5.2
4.9
6%
4
23%
2.9
44%
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.395 92%
2.157 102%
2.266 97%
CCT
7929 82%
7598 86%
7557 86%
6443 101%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-36% / -9%
-16% / 4%
18% / 31%

* ... 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
19 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.5 ms rise
↘ 9.5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 30 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (36.3 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 not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19737 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

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 - Good runtimes

The Unisoc Tiger T612 as SoC supplies typical performance rates for the class. The entry-level SoC cannot keep up with the comparison devices in terms of graphics performance. Solid system performance is achieved in everyday use as long as not too much is demanded from the smartphone.

The fast memory should also contribute a lot to the system's relatively smooth operation: the fact that UFS memory is installed is not yet a matter of course in this class. The memory controller cannot quite keep up, but the Narzo 50i Prime offers fast data transfer rates for its money.

Under load, the SoC produces a lot of waste heat, which is also noticeable in the case, where the temperatures sometimes rise to almost 45 °C. This is clearly noticeable and can also become unpleasant in very warm ambient temperatures.

The small mono speaker reaches a passable volume and offers a sound that is quite pleasing. However, it sometimes seems as if a limiter catches too loud sounds with a minimal delay to prevent distortions. This creates a somewhat unnatural sound as if the singer swallows the sounds at the last moment. aptX HD is supported as a Bluetooth codec, but the more modern aptX variants, for example specifically for TWS earphones, are not. A 3.5 mm output for headphones is available.

The Narzo 50i Prime does not come with a charger, and the maximum charging power is 10 watts. Thus, it takes quite a long time until the 5,000 mAh battery is full again, which can be 3 hours. With 15:21 hours in our WLAN test with the screen brightness set, the smartphone does well for its price range and even lasts for 2 days away from the power outlet.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
347 Points ∼48%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
346 Points ∼48% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
356 Points ∼49% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
377 Points ∼52% +9%
Average UNISOC T612
  (346 - 347, n=3)
346 Points ∼48% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=267, last 2 years)
721 Points ∼100% +108%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1326 Points ∼57%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1322 Points ∼57% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1393 Points ∼60% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1644 Points ∼71% +24%
Average UNISOC T612
  (1311 - 1326, n=3)
1320 Points ∼57% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=267, last 2 years)
2324 Points ∼100% +75%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7705 Points ∼74%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
7776 Points ∼75% +1%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8743 Points ∼84% +13%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5884 Points ∼57% -24%
Average UNISOC T612
  (7610 - 7776, n=3)
7697 Points ∼74% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=186, last 2 years)
10357 Points ∼100% +34%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
997 Points ∼42%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
989 Points ∼41% -1%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1486 Points ∼62% +49%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1353 Points ∼57% +36%
Average UNISOC T612
  (979 - 997, n=3)
988 Points ∼41% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=170, last 2 years)
2390 Points ∼100% +140%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
841 Points ∼35%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
834 Points ∼34% -1%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1309 Points ∼54% +56%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1177 Points ∼48% +40%
Average UNISOC T612
  (826 - 841, n=3)
834 Points ∼34% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=170, last 2 years)
2436 Points ∼100% +190%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2858 Points ∼100%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2832 Points ∼99% -1%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2821 Points ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2831 Points ∼99% -1%
Average UNISOC T612
  (2773 - 2858, n=3)
2821 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=170, last 2 years)
2844 Points ∼100% 0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
987 Points ∼24%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
988 Points ∼24% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1554 Points ∼37% +57%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1350 Points ∼32% +37%
Average UNISOC T612
  (986 - 988, n=3)
987 Points ∼24% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 12251, n=234, last 2 years)
4173 Points ∼100% +323%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
830 Points ∼15%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
829 Points ∼15% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1368 Points ∼25% +65%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1175 Points ∼22% +42%
Average UNISOC T612
  (829 - 830, n=3)
829 Points ∼15% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=234, last 2 years)
5444 Points ∼100% +556%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2940 Points ∼90%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
2990 Points ∼92% +2%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2961 Points ∼91% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2825 Points ∼87% -4%
Average UNISOC T612
  (2909 - 2990, n=3)
2946 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=234, last 2 years)
3263 Points ∼100% +11%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
415 Points ∼13%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
411 Points ∼13% -1%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
729 Points ∼23% +76%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
450 Points ∼14% +8%
Average UNISOC T612
  (411 - 415, n=3)
412 Points ∼13% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=204, last 2 years)
3109 Points ∼100% +649%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
410 Points ∼11%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
410 Points ∼11% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
722 Points ∼19% +76%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
438 Points ∼12% +7%
Average UNISOC T612
  (410 - 410, n=3)
410 Points ∼11% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=217, last 2 years)
3719 Points ∼100% +807%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
114 Points ∼11%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
117 Points ∼11% +3%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
184 Points ∼17% +61%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
122 Points ∼11% +7%
Average UNISOC T612
  (114 - 117, n=3)
115.3 Points ∼11% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=178, last 2 years)
1077 Points ∼100% +845%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
111 Points ∼11%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
111 Points ∼11% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
183 Points ∼17% +65%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
122 Points ∼12% +10%
Average UNISOC T612
  (111 - 111, n=3)
111 Points ∼11% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=171, last 2 years)
1057 Points ∼100% +852%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
10 fps ∼32%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
10 fps ∼32% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
19 fps ∼60% +90%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
17 fps ∼54% +70%
Average UNISOC T612
  (4.7 - 10, n=3)
8.23 fps ∼26% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=262, last 2 years)
31.5 fps ∼100% +215%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼14%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
5.3 fps ∼14% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
11 fps ∼29% +108%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.5 fps ∼25% +79%
Average UNISOC T612
  (5.3 - 5.4, n=3)
5.33 fps ∼14% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=263, last 2 years)
38.5 fps ∼100% +626%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.4 fps ∼29%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
6.4 fps ∼29% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼54% +88%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
10 fps ∼45% +56%
Average UNISOC T612
  (3 - 6.4, n=3)
5.27 fps ∼24% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=264, last 2 years)
22.4 fps ∼100% +250%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
realme Narzo 50i Prime
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼13%
realme C31
UNISOC T612, Mali-G52 MP1, 3072
1.9 fps ∼13% 0%
Motorola Moto E40
UNISOC Tangula T700, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.7 fps ∼25% +95%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps ∼22% +68%
Average UNISOC T612
  (1.9 - 2, n=3)
1.933 fps ∼13% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=264, last 2 years)
14.8 fps ∼100% +679%
realme Narzo 50i Primerealme C31Motorola Moto E40Xiaomi Redmi 10CAverage 32 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-53%
-69%
8%
-26%
17%
Sequential Read 256KB
658.2
478.8
-27%
265
-60%
927.7
41%
569 ?(479 - 658, n=2)
-14%
979 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=257, last 2 years)
49%
Sequential Write 256KB
445.6
131.9
-70%
156.3
-65%
510.2
14%
289 ?(131.9 - 446, n=2)
-35%
531 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=257, last 2 years)
19%
Random Read 4KB
161.8
89
-45%
56
-65%
120.2
-26%
125.4 ?(89 - 161.8, n=2)
-22%
176.3 ?(13.5 - 345, n=257, last 2 years)
9%
Random Write 4KB
189.8
61.5
-68%
30.7
-84%
195.2
3%
125.7 ?(61.5 - 189.8, n=2)
-34%
174.9 ?(30.3 - 490, n=258, last 2 years)
-8%

Temperature

Max. Load
 44.1 °C
111 F
36.6 °C
98 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
35.4 °C
96 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
 41.7 °C
107 F
35.3 °C
96 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 44.1 °C = 111 F
Average: 38.1 °C = 101 F
33.4 °C
92 F
35.3 °C
96 F
44.7 °C
112 F
34.4 °C
94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
43.2 °C
110 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
40.2 °C
104 F
Maximum: 44.7 °C = 112 F
Average: 37.5 °C = 100 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 38.1 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.1 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 44.7 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.939.12534.533.23127.730.44028.528.45033.235.26326.3278023.423.710022.521.812515.420.216014.629.620012.335.125013.342.431511.645.84007.550.750011.458.963015.261.280014.764.1100011.870.212501268.1160010.369.420009.365.8250010.861.1315014.763.5400014.371.2500014.977.463001578.8800015.472.91000016.868.91250016.172.1160001757.4SPL25.983.9N0.752.1median 14.6median 63.5Delta212.236.736.735.738.527.330.233.331.237.432.225.226.718.219.820.520.413.52017.33113.535.413.541.713.14612.950.313.358.815.462.514.165.612.969.19.669.910.668.510.368.21167.812.666.415.264.416.865.316.461.916.565.616.671.815.972.316.654.726.379.30.743median 13.5median 64.41.911.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noiserealme Narzo 50i PrimeXiaomi Redmi 10C
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
realme Narzo 50i Prime audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 72% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 83% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 13% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Redmi 10C audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 48% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 68% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto E40
5000 mAh
995 min ∼38% +8%
realme C31
5000 mAh
947 min ∼36% +3%
realme Narzo 50i Prime
5000 mAh
921 min ∼35%
Xiaomi Redmi 10C
5000 mAh
908 min ∼34% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=265, last 2 years)
897 min ∼34% -3%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
15h 21min

Pros

+ light and good looking
+ fast memory
+ dedicated microSD reader
+ no PWM flickering
+ good runtimes

Cons

- dim screen
- no fingerprint sensor
- no NFC
- lame WLAN
- scarce memory
- strong heating under load
- no charger included
- blurry camera
- outdated software

Verdict - Ascetic equipment at a low price

In review: realme Narzo 50i Prime. Test device provided by realme Germany.
In review: realme Narzo 50i Prime. Test device provided by realme Germany.

The realme Narzo 50i Prime has an unusual appearance and pleases with its somewhat edgier design. The fact that it only has a single camera is not that tragic in its price range; the additional camera lenses are usually hardly useful in the competition. The camera sensor in the Narzo smartphone offers reasonably good illumination in dark environments but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of detail sharpness.

The screen is quite dim and the WLAN is slow. The equipment without NFC is also rather mediocre. We are more convinced by the battery life and the fast memory. However, the low-priced phone does not come with a charger.

The realme Narzo 50i Prime is a very inexpensive smartphone, but you have to lower your expectations. The fast memory and the chic chassis could still make it interesting for casual users.

If you want NFC for mobile payment services, a brighter screen, and more storage, you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi 10C.

Price and availability

The realme Narzo 50i Prime is available from the manufacturer https://buy.realme.com/eu/goods/226for 139.99 euros. However, it is also sometimes cheaper for just under 120 Euros during promotional periods.

The smartphone is also available at amazon.de available.

realme Narzo 50i Prime - 07/27/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
35 / 70 → 50%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
81%
Games Performance
12 / 64 → 18%
Application Performance
65 / 86 → 76%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
54 / 90 → 60%
Camera
45%
Average
69%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-07-28 (Update: 2022-07-28)