When the realme 10 was introduced in November, many of its supporters were thrilled by what it had to offer, which included a Helio G99 CPU, 90hz Super AMOLED display, 5000mAh battery, and 33W SUPERVOOC quick charging, all for a starting price of just Php12,999 for the 8GB+128GB model. But is this truly your best option for a midrange smartphone? Let’s find out!
I’ve been using the realme 10 as my daily driver ever since it arrived on my desk a few days ago. The two camera lenses stick out conspicuously from the rear, unlike many Android devices, and the sides are flat rather than curved.
A power button that also functions as a fingerprint scanner is located on the right side of the device.
The speakers, a headphone jack, and the USB-C connector are located at the bottom. The SIM card slot is on the upper left and can accommodate two SIM cards as well as a micro SD card.
The whole device has a sturdy, modest, and rather upscale feel to it.
Sound & Display
The realme 10 boasts a large 6.4-inch screen with a 1080p Super AMOLED display and a refresh rate of up to 90Hz as well as FHD+ resolution, and up to 1,000nits brightness. We had no problems with reading in various lighting situations, and the screen is bright enough to use comfortably in the sun and the quick refresh rate enables using the phone to surf social media and navigate menus a clean and fluid experience. Binge-watching is also more enjoyable because of the Super AMOLED’s well-designed implementation, which produces deep blacks and vibrant colors. The phone only has a single downward-firing speaker, but the realme 10 compensates by tuning it to generate louder audio with higher clarity on both treble and bass, providing a dreamlike auditory experience when gaming, binge-watching, or listening to music. The speaker is loud and can be made considerably louder by using the 200% Ultraboom Speaker mode.
When it comes to optics, the realme 10 has a 50MP + 2MP B&W dual-camera configuration on the rear. The 50MP main sensor features a 77-degree field of view and an aperture of f/1.8. By default, photos from the sensor are captured in 12.5MP resolution. The sensor’s daytime images are truly stunning. The visuals are detailed, with high contrast and dynamic range, and the colors are vibrant and alive. The HDR setting performs a good job of not oversharpening the highlights, but then again the AI mode substantially increases color saturation. However, the phone allows users to toggle the AI function on or off as desired. Although the camera has a 2x zoom, the results are not lossless.
In a well-lit setting, the 2MP lens, which serves as a depth sensor when taking portraits with the main camera, produces clear shots with good edge recognition and a bokeh effect. The realme 10 has a night mode, however it only works with the primary camera. When there is low light, the mode automatically activates – the device also includes a toggle in the camera configuration for the same purpose – and lowers noise. However, the clarity suffers when the night mode smoothes out the details. Regardless, the night mode results are still superior to taking shots in standard mode when the sun goes down. The realme 10 includes a 16MP camera in the punch-hole up front.
Sample Shots using the realme 10:
Software & Performance
The realme 10 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G99 SoC, which is coupled with a 4G modem. For those who are unaware, this is not a brand-new chipset. It’s been around for a while and may be found on a variety of low- and mid-range devices. The processor in the realme 10 performs admirably in keeping up with my use and does nearly every fundamental job thrown at it. I also put the phone through its paces with multitasking and several visually demanding games such as PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and some of my favorite FPS games with barely any lags. Overall, controls were responsive in-game, and the higher refresh rate made the games more pleasurable. The realme 10 that we have has 8GB of RAM and can run several programs in the background. Dynamic RAM, which utilizes a portion of the phone’s storage, allows the RAM to be increased up to 8GB.
Storage-wise, we have two options, 128GB and 256GB, which is more than enough for most users and can be expanded up to 1TB using a microSD card.
As for the software, the phone comes equipped with realme UI 3.0 based on Android 12. realme UI is one of those UIs that we enjoy because of its basic and easy-to-use interface, as well as its youthful icons and color palettes.
It comes with the standard realme and Google applications pre-installed. It does, however, have a plethora of suggested apps from its own App Market. If you don’t opt out during the device’s initial setup, you’ll be stuck with a slew of pre-installed apps. You can still uninstall them, but it will be time-consuming.
The realme 10’s battery life is excellent, since the 5,000mAh battery can power us through an entire day of heavy social media use and moderate gaming. If you’re a frequent mobile gamer or enjoy watching video material on your smartphone, your battery life may be less than ours. In general, the realme 10 will last a day, but intensive gaming and binge-watching may deplete the device’s battery life, necessitating an early sleep or the usage of a powerbank. The good news is that the realme 10 enables rapid charging with the 33W Super VOOC charger, which charges the smartphone from 0% to 50% in only 28 minutes.
“ The realme 10 will more than meet the demands of a normal user looking for a mid-range Android phone that can consistently carry them through their everyday routine. It’s quick and well-built, with premium features like an AMOLED 90hz display and a dependable 50 megapixel AI camera. The battery life is remarkable, and we can confidently recommend the phone if you enjoy streaming films and playing games.” – Geoffrey D. ( Techg3 tech reviewer ).
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