5 facts about realme Narzo 50i

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Dimensions and weight165.2 x 76.4 x 8.9 mm, 195 grams
Body materialsPlastic (frame and back)
Display6.5 inches, 1600х720 pixels (HD +), IPS, 20: 9 ratio, pixel density 270 ppi, protective glass
Operating systemGoogle Android 11, shell realme Go Edition
PlatformUnisoc SC9863A, 4 ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.6 GHz, 4 ARM Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz, 28 nm process technology, PowerVR Rogue GE8322 graphics
Memory4GB LPDDR3 RAM, 64GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage, microSD support up to 256GB
Wireless interfacesWi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
Network2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G: bands 1, 5, 8
4G: bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Dual Nano-SIM-cards + memory card (separate slot)
Sensors and connectorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, MicroUSB, 3.5 mm jack
Main camera8 MP, wide-angle lens, f / 2.0 aperture, autofocus
Video recording 1080P / 720P @ 30 fps
Front-camera5 MP, wide-angle lens, f / 2.2 aperture, 720P @ 30 fps video recording, 480P @ 30 fps, CIF
BatteryLi-ion 5000mAh, 10W charging, support reverse wired charging
EquipmentSmartphone, 10W power supply, USB-A to MicroUSB cable, SIM tray eject tool, documentation, protective film (stuck on)
ColourBlack green
Price10 990 rubles


Slowly but surely, the 11.11 sale is approaching, and vendors are systematically preparing for it, offering discounts on both current and brand new products. Smartphone manufacturers are not lagging behind, the time is hot, and everyone wants to extract their profit from the conjuncture.

It is no wonder that it was to this date that realme timed the entry into the Russian market of two new smartphones from the Narzo line. We talk about one of them in the format of a quick review, the gadget is affordable and curious, despite its modest characteristics.

1. About the brand

Despite the fact that a smartphone from the Narzo line has already been sold on the Russian online market, the brand itself is not yet so familiar in the community. The more famous company realme stands above it, Narzo is promoted in online channels, it is more difficult to find it in official retail, for example, the Narzo 30 model is available only in one federal network. Behind the name of the brand itself lies an acronym, the description of which is hardly suitable for the hero of the material, because it describes almost flagship characteristics.

The emergence of the realme sub-brand is due to quite understandable reasons. First, the expansion of the portfolio, even if this requires the smallest changes. Secondly, the new line is a logical solution for online channels, so that there is differentiation. Well, since competitors can, why not indicate their similar ambitions?

The brand started in India, and so far relatively inexpensive devices are being produced under it, one of which is the Narzo 50i. In the text, I will not use the realme brand, but we will fix Narzo’s belonging to it, since no one denies it.

2. Positioning the model

I think, after looking at the technical characteristics of Narzo 50i, everything immediately becomes clear: the most budgetary smartphone on a lightweight version of Android, basic characteristics and the target audience of not the most demanding users. Possible purchase scenarios – an additional smartphone for calls or use as a navigator in the car.

This is definitely the most affordable model from Narzo, realme has a realme C21Y smartphone that is very similar in general concept, you could already read about it in our material.

With the Narzo 50i, the manufacturer has gone even further in its quest to make the smartphone cheaper. It should be noted right away that the price indicated in the table is the recommended price, in fact, right from the start of sales there will be good discounts, we will return to them in the conclusion.

3. An unexpectedly pleasing design

Having put in mind the ultra-budget nature of Narzo 50i, by inertia you do not expect anything remarkable from the device in terms of appearance. Thoughts at first are confirmed by the front panel, which has all the attributes of the initial segment of smartphones: a “drop” notch, not the thinnest frames around the already rather big display, although the film was left, and that’s good.

Still, the manufacturer managed to make the smartphone stand out from its inexpensive counterparts. A light green version of the device was tested, and a stricter black color will also be on sale. Not to say that in terms of the exterior of the back, something incredible has been done here, but it looks at least fresh thanks to the laconic design of a very thin camera module and a geometric pattern that divides the panel into two parts. At least, it attracts attention and does not look so cheap, although the texture is lost in the light from the side. There is splash protection, not IPXX, but at least something.

The pattern is not tactile, the entire back surface is matte and durable plastic. It is worth noting a minimum of fingerprints, a solid assembly with a slight backlash at the slot. The control elements are all familiar: the power button and the volume control key are on the right, a tray for two SIMs with a separate slot for memory cards is on the left. There is a headphone jack, but no fingerprint reader. So all that remains is the option of unlocking by face or entering a code or graphic.

4. What’s inside

Gamers and fans of mobile photography need not worry, the smartphone will obviously not show miracles in these scenarios. The camera produces acceptable frames during the day, in poor lighting and twilight it is problematic to achieve the same result.

The Unisoc SC9863A processor has been on the market for several years, and its performance, combined with a light version of the interface, is enough for the stable operation of the system itself, you can, if you wish, run an undemanding game, but nothing more.

Yes, it is theoretically possible to roll in PUBG, but you yourself understand what the level of graphics will be even under conditions of maximum 30 frames per second for the processor. After testing realme C21Y, the failure of some benchmarks to start was not a surprise, but rather an indicator that the system does not favor resource-intensive applications. General optimization is typical, nothing crashes or freezes.

Another way to ensure the lowest possible cost was to abandon NFC. There are a lot of opinions on this matter, someone will scold, someone will prefer to carry a card or a bracelet with support for contactless payment, for someone for this money, such a decision will seem adequate.

But there is good news as well. The battery traditionally decides here: low resolution without increased hertz and 5000 mAh represent the most advantageous combination in terms of autonomy, which, when using additional power saving modes, can reach indicators unknown for more expensive devices. As an example, the manufacturer gives the result of 2 hours of talking on the phone at 5% charge. You can play for 10 hours in a row, watch YouTube for almost a day.

Wired reverse charging has also become a kind of standard for such devices, as has the use of MicroUSB at 10W charging power. To discharge for a very long time, to charge for a long time, for this the potential owner of Narzo 50i should be ready.

5. Potential hit?

No matter how strange it may seem to those users who are used to demanding maximum performance from their smartphones, budget models often bypass flagships in sales, and in some sense this is understandable: decisions to buy inexpensive devices are made easier, even at the moment. Therefore, despite the modest characteristics, such gadgets as Narzo 50i have their own audience and often have excellent sales figures. So there is every reason to believe that this smartphone will be popular too.


The upcoming sale on AliExpress will contribute to the popularity, within which, from November 11, the lucky ones will be able to purchase Narzo 50i in the official realme store on Tmall for 7,690 rubles with all coupons and discounts, as well as delivery from Russia. Here they are, the delights of online shopping that many people enjoy using. Subsequently, there is a possibility that the model will be available in retail chains, so far there is no information on this matter.

It seems that this is not the first action for this model. Indeed, in the aggregate of characteristics, the recommended price still looks slightly overestimated, at least more than 10,000 rubles a smartphone should hardly cost, in my opinion. In any case, if you need a reliable and attractive budget employee who is missing the stars from the sky, now there is another candidate for the list of options.

Source: Mobile-review.com — Все о мобильной технике и технологиях by mobile-review.com.

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