Realme confirms, once again, itself among the brands recording the most important growth in the smartphone panorama: the reasons lie primarily in the good quality of the products manufactured, but secondarily also in the strong value for money that distinguishes every product baked from the Chinese house.
Fresh off the market is new world 10, a device that we had already glimpsed and anticipated in the rumors of the past few weeks and which finally brought real reactions. My job, as always, is to tell you how it goes, so I won’t go into any more detail and tell you everything in detail.
Realme 10 4G review
Design and materials
Last year, I personally tried Realme 9 in 4G version (but also 5G) and obviously I was able to notice the company’s change from the very first moment with the design of the new Realme 10. The brand abandoned the curved lines from the edges of the previous generation and adopted a design very similar to the entry-level device. The one I told you about a few weeks ago, Realme C33. Questionable choice? De gustibus, also because the back cover still has a nice effect and creates beautiful plays of light during use, so I’m not sorry.
weight is significantly reduced, Only 179 grams, which is why it may look a little fragile compared to the previous generation, but it is definitely just an impression due to the weight balance; Very good size 159.9 x 73.3 x 7.95 mm, comfortable to use, not too big and has an affordable form factor. There are two colors available, and Clash White Like the one in my possession and Rush BlackMaybe a little anonymous.
Generallyuser experience It’s very good and as usual Realme gives me nothing to complain about on this front: how good is it, isn’t it? For the rest, the smartphone has the volume rocker and the power button on the right, in which the biometric sensor for unlocking is integrated, subtle but not among the most ergonomic of all. This is half a step back for Realme, above all because the previous model arrived with a biometric sensor under the screen, significantly more comfortable and up to date.
On the left there is a slot for two sim cards and microSD To expand Memory up to 1 TB; Below, then, the Realme 10 has the USB-C connector, the very powerful speaker even if it is not stereo, but above all the 3.5 mm jack for headphones, still very useful in this price range, as not many buyers do in many Sometimes they intend to use bluetooth headphones and prefer to keep using the wired headphones they have.
However, on the screen front, it does not seem to me that the company has made any changes compared to the previous generation, which I actually tried less than 6 months ago. In fact, the new Realme 10 also has a panel AMOLED From 6.4 inches FullHD + With support for one refresh rate no more than 90 Hz, Unfortunately just like the Realme 9, which I didn’t expect from it in terms of what competitors offer at the same price.
Apart from the aspect of 90 Hz which can be restrictive for some, but indifferent to many, I can tell you and confirm what has been said in practically all my reviews of Realme smartphones: no matter the price range of its devices, the company always manages to guarantee exceptional colors, excellent calibration and good visibility. Even under strong exposure to sunlight. In this respect, this is the commission that, at its peak, managed Guarantee about 1000 nitsnot a few.
As usual, then, the company’s software allows for a good degree of Color customization For more experienced users, but traditional users probably won’t feel the need at all.
Hardware and performance
Compared to Realme 9 4G, the company has made some steps forward in terms of hardware: having finally abandoned the Snapdragon 680 solution, this year we have moved toMediatek Helio G996nm octa-core processor assisted by ARM G57 GPU and 8GB LPPDR4 RAM you can add up to 8 GB of virtual RAM, It manages to guarantee about 50% higher performance in a single core and up to approx 15% more in multicoreStandard at hand. However, the internal storage is 128 GB and is of UFS 2.2 type.
Now, we are definitely not talking about a top of the range or one of the best devices the company has ever produced, but I can tell you that for the price range it fits in, it is a product that performs well and, compared to the Realme 9, scores significant improvements in performance.
Leave aside the side games that work well and It even exceeds 50fps In titles like Call of Duty or PUBG, there are no more lag issues in the interface, because the smartphone seemed to me well optimized and devoid of any lag issue in everyday life. Absolutely nothing to complain about, especially since Realme’s good software optimization fills in gaps that may be inherent in the hardware. The other positive thing I noticed was the temperatures: it’s amazing that there were no temperature increases recorded in the stress tests never more than 2-3 degrees And that the smartphone practically never gets hot in any context.
The software, as you might have guessed, is one of the most interesting features of Realme products, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Issuance android In this case it is 12, with security patches updated to September 2022, RealmeUI interface in version 3. As always, the optimization is very good and the graphic allocation is not too huge. Widevine L1 certification is clearly present, but for some strange reason, for example, the Netflix app in the store is still not there, albeit fully supported; No problem, obviously, since it cycles through the APK in a minute on the clock, but it’s curious to note that there is this problem with some apps on many of the brand’s devices.
Then I only have one thing to complain about I am realistic: I’m really tired of my smartphone starting up after the first configuration and facing dozens and dozens of completely useless applications, including most of these games of questionable taste. but why? From brands like Realme, which pay attention to detail, I wouldn’t expect these mistakes Xiaomi The early years in Italy.
Cameras, then, are the subject of contention, or at least they were for me: let me make it clear that, last year, the company canceled 108MP lens and 8MP ultra-wide lenstwo completely different lenses but which have guaranteed enviable shots in this price range, as in the Realme tradition, on the other hand.
This “new”, I’m putting it in quotes at this point, Realme 10 4G brings with it a 50MP sensor Primary and secondary 2 MP for black and white shots: what? So, you lose the ultra-wide lens which is now proving to be a must-have, especially in devices belonging to this price range.
Close the controversial part, this time I did not notice the impressive photographic performance of the Realme 10; The sensor isn’t able to capture much light, and the resulting photos are slightly washed-out and always look a bit dark. Definition, then, is best only when we take pictures during the day and with a good amount of light, when the difficulties are certainly less.
At night it behaves discreetly and silly: the night mode it is equipped with is good, which can completely modify the final photographic result, without mixing colors that remain natural and true to reality.
16MP selfie camera Enough selfies, day or night. Videos, on the other hand, are recorded in FullHD quality at 60fps: the stabilization is tolerable, but the definition didn’t quite convince me. Even in good lighting and at close range, in my review video sample, it’s impossible to read the license plate numbers clearly.
Realme 10 4G on the front of the battery can make you rest assured. Despite the very low thickness and low weight, the company managed to introduce a 5000 mAh battery Which, among other things, supports fast charging up to 33W (with the power supply included in the package) and guarantees an overall autonomy which, with less tiring uses, can amount to about a day and a half of use.
The Helio G99 manages loads well and is well optimized, but I did notice that somewhat robust battery management remained which could sometimes prevent or slow reception of some types of notifications and stop background apps.
Price and considerations
When I try a Realme device, I never have major issues so I don’t recommend buying, and in this case both, I’m quite satisfied with the overall performance of this product, with the exception of the camera. I found the selling price a little off the screen, which this time has gone up to 279.99 euros in the list, and in Introductory offer at € 249.99 For the first days of sale.
Inflation has also hit Realme and it shows: what I advise you for now is to aim for a few more months at last year’s model which performs better on the photographic front and rewards that in terms of display. It does improve the hardware in this new variant, but in daily use, the average user might not find any differences.