Realme 10 hands-on: Balanced balance | NextPit

The Realme 10 is a mid-range Android smartphone under 300 euros. In this hands-on, we give you our first impressions of this affordable model.

The Realme 10 in brief

The Realme 10 was launched on November 11, 2022 in Europe at a price of 279 euros. It is not yet officially available in France. In fact, it looks like the smartphone won’t arrive with us until the first quarter of 2023.

But we have already been able to get our hands on it and, while waiting for the French release, we offer you this grip to get a first idea. The Realme 10 is the latest model in the manufacturer’s numbered lineup. However, this range is not made up of flagships. Realme’s top-of-the-line models are the Realme GTs. Realme numbered like the Realme 10 are mid-range smartphones.

Design

The Realme 10 immediately appeals with its particularly flat design. I know the comparison ends there, but it inevitably reminds me of an iPhone with its angular frame. And what can I say: I’m not a fan of Cupertino products, but I like this design. It fits perfectly in the hand with a weight of 178 g and a size of 159.9 x 73.3 x 7.95 mm and offers a very good finish.

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The fingerprint reader is placed a bit too high / © NextPit

On the right side are two buttons: one for volume and one for power and sleep. While the elongated key protrudes slightly from the case, the second key sits almost flat on the frame. As the fingerprint reader is also located in this key, it is not always easy to find it with the left hand. But I think it’s more my handicap. If you hold the Realme 10 in your right hand, the thumb fits a little better.

On the left side is the SIM port which can accommodate two nano-SIMs, plus a microSD card. At the bottom there is an opening for the speaker and microphone, a USB Type-C port and, to my surprise, a headphone jack. The rear side is also a small highlight. I’m not talking here about the two cameras that are much too large and superimposed at the top left, but about the color.

We have the model in Rush Black which, depending on the incidence of light, has a small gradient from black to gray in a metallic look. Unfortunately, we still see fingerprints on the back.

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A 3.5mm jack is also rather rare these days. / © NextPit

Screen

The Realme 10 sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display that offers 2400 x 1080p resolution with a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. Peak brightness is quoted by Realme at 1000 Nits. Our meter shows a maximum of 578 Nits indoors.

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The 6.4-inch AMOLED screen gives no reason to complain. / © NextPit

Viewing angle stability, contrast and color dynamics are well calibrated and can be adjusted on demand according to your preferences. Speaking of settings, there are three options to choose from for the refresh rate. With “Auto-select”, the artificial intelligence decides the number of images best suited to the current application. Under “Standard”, we are at 60 Hz continuously, and by choosing “High”, we have the maximum of 90 Hz.

The difference between 60 and 90 Hz is already evident when scrolling through texts. My recommendation is the automatic mode, which gave me a satisfactory result in all situations.

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A maximum of 90 Hz is possible. Unfortunately there is no choice for AoD styles / © NextPit.

An Always-on-Display is also available for the Realme 10 but the manufacturer only offers one design, nothing else.

Interface

The Realme 10 arrived at the editorial office with Android 12 and the Realme UI 3.0 home user interface. Google’s security patch is dated September 5, 2022. Today is December 07, so Realme is lagging behind.

Realme gave us a guarantee of two Android updates and three years of security patches. It’s average, but you couldn’t expect much more for a non-Samsung mid-range smartphone.

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It is not possible to completely do without bloatware in this price category. / © NextPit

There are quite a few bloatware on the Realme 10. Amazon, Booking.com, Joom, LinkedIn and TikTok. But we haven’t skimped on the games either, with more than ten of them. I have never seen one before.

It is certainly possible to uninstall everything, but it is still annoying – especially when you only have 128 GB of storage.

Performance

The Realme 10 admittedly comes with “only” 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, but that can be expanded via microSD.

Realme advertises up to 16 GB of RAM, which is of course a marketing trick not to be taken seriously. Indeed, the additional 8 GB are “virtually” deducted from NAND memory or stored as a paging file.

The SoC is a MediaTek Helio G99. The processor engraved in 6 nm has eight cores. Two of them are performance A76 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and six power-saving A55 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz. Graphics calculations are provided by an ARM G57 GPU.

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Performance-intensive games like Real Racing 3 are no problem for the Realme 10 / © NextPit.

Even with demanding games like “Real Racing 3”, there are no slowdowns and no overheating either. This of course piqued my curiosity, so I’ve already run a Geekbench 5 and 3DMark benchmark.

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Benchmarking tests bring us back to reality. / © NextPit

Audio

The Realme 10 is only equipped with a mono speaker – but the Oppo subsidiary presents it as a “200% UltraBoom” speaker. What exactly does the manufacturer mean by this?

The fact that the maximum volume is then increased by 100% is of course complete nonsense. Only the treble is boosted further, which in my opinion doesn’t even sound very good. In my opinion, it is completely superfluous. In general, the sound quality does not win any points. It is rather to be judged as average.

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The “200% UltraBoom” only brings stronger highs. / © NextPit

On the other hand, it is different with the jack socket located on the underside. There are more than one person who bases their next smartphone purchase on this increasingly rare component.

Picture quality

The Realme 10 incorporates a dual photo module with a 50 MP main lens and… a damn 2 MP macro sensor. The selfie camera offers a resolution of 16 MP.

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A double photo module that could have been played solo / © NextPit

This is a 2 MP camera for portrait or depth. Since it’s usually responsible for the “blur” effect, that should still be more or less bearable, rather than a macro lens, which would probably be best achieved with any 13MP wide-angle camera.

The 50 MP main camera is equipped with an ISOCELL-JN1 image sensor from Samsung. This can also be found, for example, in the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but here not as a primary shooter, but as an ultra wide angle camera. The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra we tested also relies on the JN1 for the wide-angle lens.

By default, photos are taken at 12.5 MP, so in pixel binning 4:1. But it’s also possible to digitally save 50 MP photos, including night shots, as the photo gallery proves. For the fact that the tune-up didn’t really know what it had to “do”: not so bad, right?

At first glance, it seems like a step down from the 108 MP camera of its predecessor. But the first results are quite convincing. Of course, the detailed test report is accompanied by some comparative photos with the Realme 9, but the day and night photos are very satisfactory for a smartphone under 300 euros.

I found the “Street Photography 2.0” camera mode quite interesting, but I will only come back to it in my full test.

Autonomy

The data sheet indicates a total capacity of 5000 mAh. For some high-end smartphones, this is a completely inaccessible value, but quite normal in the mid-range.

With 200 nits of brightness, airplane mode enabled, and auto refresh rate, it took us 17 hours and 6 minutes to bring the battery to less than 20% on the PC Mark battery life benchmark. It’s a very good score. It will be necessary to check if it is confirmed in real use but I will tell you more in my complete test.

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The Realme 10 plays in the big leagues in terms of autonomy / © NextPit

Charging was rather poor despite the 33 watt SuperVooc power supply. The first 5 minutes there was barely 7% of the expected 100%. After 30 minutes the battery was at 50% – and as the charging power drops off a bit towards the end, 100% was reached in 74 minutes.

Ultimately, it’s faster than many other smartphones with a 30 watt power supply. But some Redmi do much better with their 120 watt chargers, all without costing more than the Realme 10.

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Realme includes a 33-watt VOOC power supply / © NextPit

Realme 10 – Technical specifications

Technical characteristics
Product Name
Product picture
Sony Xperia 10 IV
Screen 6.4-inch AMOLED, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution (FHD+),
90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Dimensions 159.9 x 73.3 x 5.95mm (H x W x D)
Weight 179g
SoCs MediaTek Helio G99 (MT8781)
Memory 8GB LPDDR4X RAM (+8GB virtual)
128 GB UFS 2.2 ROM
BONE Android 12 | Realme UI 3.0
Expandable memory Yes, up to 1TB
Main camera 50 MP | f1.8 aperture | 1/2.76 inch image sensor | 0.64 µm pixel size | PDF
depth camera 2 MP | f/2.2 aperture | depth camera
selfie 16 MP | f/2.45 | 27mm equivalent focal length
Video 1080p | 60fps
Audio Mono speaker with 200% UltraBoom
3.5mm jack
Battery 5000mAh
Wired charging 33W SuperVOOC
Wireless charging (Qi) Nope
UWB Nope

Conclusion: My first impressions

Despite its apparently advantageous price of 279 euros, the Realme 10 does not have it easy. Because the competition is fierce. We can cite the Redmi Note 11 Pro whose quality / price ratio is excellent and which is currently the best choice in our selection of the best smartphones under 300 euros. the Samsung Galaxy A53 Admittedly also falls into this category, but it is significantly more expensive.

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In the photos, the Rush Black color looks more like blue / © NextPit.

What I brazenly hid from you in this hands-on is the fact that the Helio G99 does not support 5G at all. It’s a bit incomprehensible given that a Realme 10 5G was presented the same day in China.

In any case, I can’t give you any buying advice for the moment since the smartphone is not yet marketed in France. But at less than 300 euros, the Realme 10 offers a technical sheet / price ratio that is quite interesting and above all balanced.

What do you think of the Realme 10?

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