Realme 10 Pro Review | Many Upgrades with Some Compromise

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realme launched the realme 10 Pro, the company’s latest mid-range smartphone in the number series, in India last week. This is a minor upgrade with a main change being the display. Is this the best smartphone to buy in the Rs. 20,000 price range? Let us dive into the review to find out.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Box Contents

Realme 10 Pro Review
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  • realme 10 Pro+ 8GB + 128GB version in Nebula Blue color
  • 2-pin 33W SuperVOOC fast charger
  • USB Type C Cable
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • Protective case
  • User Guide and Warranty information

Realme 10 Pro Review: Display, Hardware and Design

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The primary highlight for the handset is its display. It has a 6.7-inch (1080 2400 pixels) Full HD+ LCD display with a 120Hz refresh speed, 240Hz touchscreen sampling rate, and the pixel density of 391 pixels per inch. The screen is bright because it can reach 680 nits of peak brightness. It provides excellent color output because it is 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and the visibility of sunlight is excellent too.

You can choose from vibrant and natural color modes. The phone comes with a software-based dimming technique. The phone also supports HDR 10 support, but it isn’t compatible with YouTube as well as Netflix. There’s also a color boost for videos option.

It comes with a variable refresh rate, meaning that the display can change between 30Hz/48Hz / 50Hz, 60Hz, and 90Hz / 120Hz according to the content. It is quite smooth to utilize.

The phone comes with bezels that measure 1mm ultra-narrow and 1.15mm top bezels thanks to the brand new RAZR Technology as well as InSeal Technology. The phone features a tiny punch-hole to the left of the phone which houses a camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels. In front of the display, there is an earpiece located on the upper edge, which can also double as a second speaker.

Regarding the buttons and ports the power button, which has a fingerprint scanner built-in is located on the right side , along with volume rockers. Dual SIM slot is to the left. There is a 3.5mm audio port, the primary microphone USB Type-C port, and the loudspeaker grill are located at the lower part of the device. The second microphone is located situated on top.

The phone is made of frame and back made of polycarbonate. It could feel cheap, but the matte-finish models look nice and don’t draw fingerprints. The phone measures 8.1mm wide and weighs 190g.

The concept is based on concepts of tunnels in hyperspace. The refracted light that is part of the design appears to be as it is stretched to its limits at super-fast speeds. This creates an exciting 3D effect. The traditional design that the reflex cameras have coupled with contemporary digital images that span space and time, creating the latest street photography trends in the expression of images, according to the company. The phone isn’t equipped with IP ratings.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Camera

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Camera set-up

  • 108MP rear camera that has 1/1.67″ Samsung HM6 sensor, f/1.75 aperture
  • 2MP camera for portraits with Geco Micro GC02M1 Sensor. f/2.4 aperture
  • 16MP front-facing camera equipped with Samsung S5K3P9 sensor and f/2.45 aperture

The camera UI of universe of the UI 4.0 is exactly identical to the 3.0. It features QuickShot Acceleration Engine and One Take which uses an AI algorithm, where multiple photos with various perspectives created in one shot, and a the new Portrait group. It has Pro mode, Panorama, Flim, Slo-mo time-lapse, Dual-View video Text scanner Starry mode, tilt-shift.

There’s Dynamic Bokeh and Bokeh Flare portraits to take photos. The camera in the rear can produce 12MP of output after pixel binning. the images from the front camera are 16 megapixels in size.

The photos of daylight were good due to the sensor’s 108MP as well as the range of dynamic was improved thanks to auto HDR. There is an AI mode that recognizes different photos and automatically alters camera settings to more vibrant colours. 2X is great, but the moment you zoom, the quality decreases because it’s a digital zoom. Its portrait-oriented mode can be adequate however the macro camera of 2MP is not useful, therefore it is suggested to use 2X zoom on the standard camera.

Low-light photos are excellent too. The night mode can be useful but takes a couple of seconds to take to. There’s also a pro mode that works in night mode, which allows for manual tuning. The camera on the front is good in daylight, but it could have been improved. The bokeh images were good.

The primary limitation of Snapdragon 695 is that Snapdragon 695 model is it’s able to record videos with a 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second it doesn’t allow 4K video recording, even though it comes with the camera with 108MP. Also, it supports slow-motion video recording at the resolution of 720p. It utilizes EIS for video.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Software, UI and Apps

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This is among the first phones from realme to run Android 13-based real-time UI 4.0 out of the box. It is equipped with Android security patches to be released in November 2022. It is expected to receive two Android updates. Relame UI 4.0 features intuitive iconography, a new layout that resembles a card for the UI and 79 brand new face features for Omoji and Smart AOD and Large Folders and dynamic home screen widgets Auto Pixelate, Private Safe and the Quantum Animation Engine 4.0 enhances general fluidity.

Apart from the typical range of apps from realme as well as Google app, this also comes also with Amazon Shopping, Snapchat, ShareChat, Dailyhunt, Josh, PhonePe, Moj, Public, Spotify, LinkedIn, Moj Lite+ and Paytm. The apps can be removed however they will be restored when the phone is reset. Additionally, there are Hot Apps and Hot Games. The company has stated it’s working to get rid of inappropriate apps from its recommendations.

In the 8GB LPDD4X memory, you’ll get 7.4GB in usable memory and around 4GB is available when default applications run in the background. Also, it has DRE which is a dynamic RAM expansion, that uses the internal storage capacity as RAM. This can offer the capacity of up to eight GB RAM expansion. From 128GB, you have 105GB free storage. The phone is powered by UFS 2.2 storage and we experienced reading speeds that were sequential, of approximately, 517.4 MB/s which is nearly half of the speed we experienced with the previous 10 Pro+.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Fingerprint sensors and Face unlock

The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back side and is integrated into the button that powers it. It will unlock the phone simply by keeping your finger close to the power button so you don’t need to press it to unlock the phone. It can be used to add up to five fingerprints. Also, the phone has face unlock, however it’s less secure than fingerprints.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Music and Multimedia

YouTube Music is the default Music Player. It does not have Dolby Atmos, however it does have the realme Sound Technology with customizable Smart Movie, Game, music modes. It does not have FM Radio support. The stereo sound is clear and without distortion, even when the volume is at its maximum. The company claimed that it can be capable of raising the volume by 200% using the software. The audio quality through earphones is excellent also.

It has Widevine L1 so you can stream HD videos on Netflix as well as other streaming apps. This doesn’t allow HDR video content from YouTube as well as Netflix.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Dual SIM and Connectivity

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The realme 10 Pro has support for n1/n5/n8/n28A/n41/n78 SA and n41/n77/n78 NSA Network Bands in India. It also lets you select among NSA Mode, NSA + SA mode or let it choose the mode automatically. It supports 4G Wi-Fi as well as VoLTE with support for Carrier Aggregation on 4G. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 AX (2.4GHz plus 5GHz) VoWiFi/Wi-Fi calling, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS Beidou, GLONASS and Beidou. It supports OTG support, but it doesn’t come with NFC support. The quality of the calls is satisfactory and we didn’t suffer any drops in call quality as well as the volume in the earpiece was high.

The Body SAR has been set at 0.465W/Kg as well as head SAR is 1.165/Kg This is just within the limits for 1.6 W/kg (over 1 grams) within India.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Performance and Benchmarks

The phone runs the Snapragon 695 6nm processor identical to the world’s 9 pro. It comes with 2.2 A78 processors that run up to 2.2GHz and 6x A55 CPUs that can be clocked to 1.8GHz. It comes with Adreno 618 GPU which promises up 30 percent GPU performance enhancement over its predecessor.

The phone can support up to 8GB of LPDDR4X memory. We haven’t encountered any issues with frame drops or problems in graphics-intensive games. The company did not mention whether it had cooling. It could reach 41°C indoors, using Wi-Fi. It also allowed around half an hour of intense gaming.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Battery life

In terms of battery life, the phone has a capacity of 5000mAh (typical) inbuilt battery that comes with 33W SuperVOOC fast-charging, identical to the previous model. It will last all day using Wi-Fi however, it comes with 5G or 4G and two SIMs. I managed to get over six and a half hours of screen-on time and more than a whole day of Wi-Fi, and at 120Hz. Because the phone is compatible of 33W SuperVOOC Charge, it is able to recharge up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes and 100% in just over an hour using the included charger.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Conclusion

Starting at Rs. 18,999 The realme 10 Pro is an excellent upgrade over 9 Pro. 9 Pro since there are few changes other than the display. It is running Android 13 straight out of the box, however the ultra-wide camera has been eliminated. It could be that the company has trimmed down the amount of bloatware that is automatically installed.

Realme 10 Pro Review: Prices and availability

The range 10 Pro is priced at Rs. 18,999 for the 6GB model plus 128GB model, while the model with 8GB and 128GB costs just Rs. 19,999. It’s available at realme.com, Flipkart, and offline stores from today, 16 December.

Realme 10 Pro Alternatives

The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite is a worthy competitor because it has similar specs. The Moto G71 5G sports an AMOLED display and features the Ultra-wide Camera.

Pros

  • 120Hz display with sleek bezels
  • Smooth performance
  • Camera that is good
  • Android 13 out of the box

Cons

  • No ultra-wide camera
  • Bloatware

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