Realme Narzo 20 Pro Summary

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is one of the two new Narzo smartphones Realme has just introduced in India. The handset comes with some attractive specs for a starting price of Rs. 14,999. There are only a few smartphones that can offer similar specs and hardware. Let’s find out more about Narzo 20 Pro in the below review.

Realme Narzo 20 Pro: Design

The Realme Narzo 20 Pro has the same design as the Realme 7. It might be because Realme wants to keep the costs down. That is the reason why the two smartphones look pretty similar to each other, but are in two different lineups. The same thing happened with the Realme C15 and Narzo 20. However, the Narzo 20 Pro has a different pattern on its back and comes in different color options. On the front, it gets a 6.5-inch display with a punch-hole at the top left corner. The cut-out is small, so I don’t have many issues with it except for finding it just a bit distracting. 

On the side, there is a fingerprint reader mounted on the power button and that is a pretty good place for the scanner as I didn’t have any issue using it with either hand. The volume rocker is moved to the other side, which is a good thing as it is easier to hit the button.

Realme Narzo 20 Pro: Specifications

The Narzo 20 Pro and Realme 7 aren’t just similar in the design department as they also come with the same chipset. Realme uses the same Helio G95 on both phones, which is an octa-core chipset with six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz and two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.05GHz. You can purchase the phones in two options: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. The former is priced at Rs. 14,999 while the latter costs Rs. 16,999. 

You will also get a 6.5-inch display, with FHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate, which is quite uncommon for a smartphone in the price range. You can set the refresh rate manually or the phone will automatically choose the refresh rate based on your activity. Realme also allows users to change the color temperature of the display.

The Narzo 20 Pro is preloaded with Android 10-based Realme UI and the one I have just got the latest security patch as well. Realme UI brings quite a few customizations like Private Lock, which you can use to encrypt your data or App Lock, which allows users to lock their apps. The Realme UI is pretty simple and straightforward so I can navigate around it easily. There are a few pre-installed apps like Realme Community, Facebook, and Realme Pay and all of them can be uninstalled if you don’t need them.

Realme Narzo 20 Pro: Performance

I have no issue with the Narzo 20 Pro. The handset loads apps pretty quickly and I can switch between apps easily. Face recognition and fingerprint scanner do a wonderful job as I can unlock the phone in no time. Not just daily tasks, but the Narzo 20 Pro is also a beast when it comes to gaming performance, only for its price point of course. 

Testing with multiple benchmark apps, the phone doesn’t disappoint either. In PC Mark Work 2.0, it scores 9,855 points while in AnTuTu 8, it achieves a score of 300,326 points. It also performs very well in the graphics benchmarks, scoring 17fps and 45 fps in Car Chase and GFXBench’s T-Rex respectively.

Realme Narzo 20 Pro: Camera

The quad-camera lens setup of the Narzo 20 Pro includes a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 2MP B&W portrait snapper, and a 2MP macro camera for close-up shots. You won’t struggle with the camera app as it is easy to use and widely-used modes are all available on the main screen. You can also search for more in the sub-menu.

By default, the handset taks 12MP photos with decent dynamic range. AI is capable of detecting what you are pointing the camera towards and sets it up accordingly. Photos have accurate colors and objects have good details even at a distance. If you use the ultra-wide-angle camera, the outcome will have lower resolution and lower quality as well. You can take photos at 48MP resolution, but it is actually worse than normal. I can even see a watercolor effect when zooming it in.

Macro shots are good and the outcomes look sharp, but the background looks slightly blurry. You can get close to the object with the macro camera, but the photo resolution is quite low and the outcomes are not that sharp either. As for bokeh shots, the AI doesn’t detect objects very well in portrait mode, but I think the results are still decent. 

Just like other phones in the segment, the Narzo 20 Pro doesn’t perform when in low-light situations. Night mode does give brighter outcomes with a higher amount of details, but you have to wait three seconds for one photo. As for the wide-angle unit, it doesn’t perform as good as the main one and it misses lots of details, though it does offer a wide viewing angle. You can also use Night mode for the wide-angle camera, but the results are pretty much the same.

The 16MP selfie camera is decent, but the results are smoothened, so it is up to your likings. Portrait mode is also available for the selfie camera and it also gives you the option to set the level of blur. While normal portrait shots are nice with decent edge detection, selfies taken in low-light conditions are pretty bad.

The main camera is capable of recording videos at up to 4K resolution while the selfie camera is only able to take videos at 1080p resolution. 1080p videos captured in daylight appear to have a slight shimmer while 4K videos are not stabilized. You can take better and more stabilized videos with Ultra Steady mode, but that isn’t available for 4K video mode. 

Realme Narzo 20 Pro: Battery

Battery life is one of the highlights of the Realme Narzo 20 Pro. You can easily use the phone for over a day for medium usage. Even if you spend a lot of time with the phone, you can still get through the day without having to charge it. What makes it even more attractive is the 65W SuperDart fast charging technology. 15 minutes is what it needs to charge the phone to 50 percent while the whole 100 percent requires only 40 minutes.

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Realme Narzo 20 Pro Full Specifications

  • Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • 3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • 4G bands 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41
  • Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A
  • Announced 2020, September 21
  • Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, September 25
  • Dimensions 162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm (6.39 x 2.97 x 0.37 in)
  • Weight 191 g (6.74 oz)
  • SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)
  • Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
  • OS Android 10, Realme UI
  • Chipset Mediatek Helio G95 (12 nm)
  • CPU Octa-core (2x2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU Mali-G76 MC4
  • Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
  • Internal 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM
  • UFS 2.1
main camera
  • Modules 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro) 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
selfie camera
  • Modules 16 MP, f/2.1, (wide), 1/3", 1.0µm
  • Features HDR
  • Video 1080p@30fps
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Radio FM radio
  • USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging Fast charging 65W SuperDart Charge
  • Colors White Knight, Black Ninja