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Monday, October 24, 2022

narzo 50i Prime Review


Do you know what the most challenging part of being a mother is? 

It’s not having to be on call for 24/7 duty, or the never-ending household chores. Nor is it taking care of unruly children or how frustrating it is to try and discipline them. 

So unless you are filthy rich or one of the 433 winners of the recent Grand Lotto, I’m sure you’ll agree that the toughest task of being a mother is actually budgeting the family expenses.

Especially now with the inflation, you have to think twice—even thrice before making any purchase and even the P50 price difference matters. 

And now with face-to-face classes coming back, we moms have to further stretch our budget to include transportation and food allowance once again.

That also means we have to save as much as we can from those items that we have to purchase.


SMARTPHONES? FROM WANT TO NEED 

And this school year, one of the new “needs” of every student is a smartphone.

Unlike before when we only need phones to keep us connected with our children, the smartphone has become an essential tool for students especially for those instances when they have to attend online classes.

As moms we always have to look out for the most budget-friendly yet quality phones, it’s a good thing that with all the brands available we also have more options to choose from.

One brand that recently caught my attention is narzo—it’s a particularly new brand and if you haven’t heard about it, it used to be under realme—which is currently the no.1 smartphone brand in the Philippines. 

Recently narzo has separated from realme (but don’t worry there is no controversy behind the split) to become a standalone brand, which again is good news for consumers since Narzo has been releasing a good lineup of “gaming” phones. 

Narzo has also decided to adopt the budget-sulit approach, which is evident in its latest offering—the narzo 50i prime. If you follow my posts about tech, you probably read that the narzo 50i prime was the best-selling phone during the Shopee Payday Sale last August. Aside from being narzo’s most affordable model to date at only a PHP 4,399 initial selling price, the 50i Prime is also the titleholder for the fastest moving model of the narzo 50 series across all platforms selling out its entire inventory within 2 hours. 

Now to further generate even more goodwill from its growing userbase, narzo has dropped the price of the narzo 50i prime to just PHP 3,999 across online and offline platforms nationwide for a limited time, making it even more affordable for those who are looking for their first smartphone (or backup phone).

The narzo 50i Prime has a 6.5” inch screen, a Unisoc Tiger T612 chipset, 3GB+32G storage expandable up to 1TB and a massive 5000mAh battery with reverse charging function.

I’ve been using it for the past few days, and I think it truly is one of the most sulit phones for all you budgetarians/ bargain hunters out there. Why? Here are my thoughts about the narzo 50i Prime.

What’s in the box?


The narzo 50i prime comes in the trademark skyblue box of narzo. Even though narzo wants to be known as a standalone brand the realme logo is still there perhaps as a guarantee that you are getting a quality product from a trusted manufacturer. 

Inside the box you’ll find the narzo 50i prime unit, some paper documents,  sim ejector pin, and USB-micro USB charging cable. Sadly it doesn’t include a wall charger, but if you have one of those new extension cords it probably has a USB port already. Though most phones now go for USB-C, the microUSB is still the choice of many phones at this price point. 

Design and Display

The narzo 50i Prime has a polycarbonate back with a stylish “vertical-stripe” design. It’s not a smudge or fingerprint magnet as other finishes but if you can find a case, its still better to use one to prevent unsightly scratches and scuffs.  Its available in two colors, Dark Blue and Mint Green, both look good and either one will probably suit different kinds of tastes. The narzo logo can be seen on the upper right, while the single camera module is located on the upper left.

Exploring the phone you’ll find the volume rocker and power button located on the right side, the sim tray is on the left, while the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, Micro USB port, and speaker grille are all located at the bottom. 

For the display the narzo 50i Prime has a 6.5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1600 x 720p and a pixel density of 270ppi. There is a drop notch that houses the selfie camera up front. Along with the IPS LCD display, it also carries the standard 60Hz refresh rate. It’s a pretty standard display with decent colors, good viewing angles and would suit most of your viewing requirements whether its for watching movies, browing or playing games. There’s also good brightness levels as long as you are indoors. 

Audio is also at par with most other entry-level phones and it’s a good thing you can use your wired earphones for a more private viewing or listening experience. 


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CAMERAS

The narzo 50i prime has a couple of no-nonsense cameras, an 8MP shooter on the back and a 5MP selfie camera. The two cameras are capable enough to get you decent usable photos as long as you have enough or good lighting. If your kid will be using this phone, there are several modes they can experiment with as they learn more about photography. 

In our photo tests, I can say it takes good photos for an entry-level smartphone. You can also shoot videos up to 1080p resolution at 30fps but make sure you use a tripod or set it on a stable position to avoid shaky footage especially if you are going to use if for tiktok videos. 

For selfies, again the quality of the photos will depend on the situation, find good lighting to get better photos, and try to hold still until it finishes processing. Again as I mentioned earlier, the narzo 50i prime can get you good photos as any of its entry level peers—sometimes even better.


PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE

The narzo 50i prime has a Unisoc T612 processor that’s paired with a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Honestly, its not the fastest or smoothest but it does the job and can handle most of the usual tasks of a smartphone like browsing the internet for research, posting on social media, watching YouTube, and playing casual games---just don’t do it all at once. The 32GB of storage also limits the type of games you can install, but if you have an extra microSD you can definitely store more on this phone as it can handle up to 1TB  compared to others which max out at 128GB.

In terms of software, the smartphone is based on Android 11 and is skinned with realme UI Go Edition. This Go Edition is a bit lighter and looks more like stock android comparing it with other narzo/realme phones. 

The good thing is that there are only a few pre-installed software with no bloatware to slow it down on your first boot. The user interface is clean and very easy to understand and navigate even for younger kids.

One of the unique features of the narzo 50i prime is its massive 5,000mAh battery. Now that’s something important if your kid would be using their smartphone all day at school. It also supports reverse charging so you could use it to top up your other devices in case of emergencies. As expected, there is no fast charging and it would take around 2 ½ hours to fully charge the battery, so overnight charging might be a good idea. 


Conclusion

At its P4990 the narzo 50i prime is a good recommendation, but with the price dropping at Php3,999, it makes it an even better choice for those who are in a tight budget and only need a phone for the basics. For an entry-level device it has a pretty nice design, a big clear screen, and a long-lasting battery--and for those who prioritize those things, the narzo 50i prime is definitely worth checking out. 

Dimensions: Length: 164.1mm Width: 75.6mm Depth: 8.5mm

Weight: 182g (with battery)

Display: 16.5cm (6.5'') Large Display

Processor: Unisoc Octa-core Processor

CPU: Octa-core CPU, up to 1.82GHz

GPU: ARM Mali-G57

RAM/Storage: 3GB +32GB supports up to 1TB storage

Camera: Rear 8MP AI Camera f/2.0 Aperture

5MP Selfie Camera f/2.2 Aperture

Battery: 5000mAh(Typ) Massive Battery

Ports: 3.5mm headset jack Micro-USB

Operating System: realme UI R Edition Based on Android 11



For more information and latest updates on narzo Philippines, follow the brand’s official Facebook page. Join the twelve-thousand strong narzo Philippines online community to be a part of the real game changer!


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