Since separating from realme, narzo has since released several smartphones, one of which is the narzo 50 4G.
The handset is actually a rebranded realme 8i with a different design. Most everything is the same, including the 120Hz 6.6-inch display, the Helio G96 that powers it, all the way to the 5000mAh battery.
The narzo 50 4G is priced at P9,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model. Let’s find out if its the one you should get.
Inside the Box
The narzo 50 4G comes in a blue box, distinct from realme’s yellow color and styling. The smartphone comes with the usual set of accessories.
- narzo 50 4G unit
- Phone case
- Pre-installed Screen protector
- USB-C cable
- SIM tray ejector
Design and Display
In its design, the narzo 50 4G is a step up compared to past narzo smartphones, close to the level of the narzo 50 Pro 5G.
The back panel has a line pattern design that looks like carbon fiber. It is aesthetically pleasing and looks sleek. One thing, though, is that its a fingerprint magnet. At this price, I suppose you can’t expect a solution for that.
The phone’s build quality is surprisingly good, despite the plastic construction. It feels solid without that cheap feeling you get from other devices within the same price range.
The narzo 50 4G’s camera layout is similar to that of the realme 8i. The triple cameras sit on a square-shaped island with a significant bump. It looks like there are four lenses, but the last one is actually the LED flash.
The narzo 50 4G has a 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS display which boasts five levels of refresh rates up to 120Hz. It chooses 30Hz for static content, 48Hz for movies and videos, 50Hz for TV play, 60Hz for games, and 90Hz and 120Hz for others such as when your navigating the phone or when online and browsing.
The refresh rate is set to Auto by default. You can change this to Standard or High if you want, but I recommend to just leave it on auto.
The display looks good with punchy colors and adequate brightness. It has decent viewing angles and readability under sunlight.
The volume rockers and the triple slot SIM tray are on the left side. While the power button / fingerprint scanner, which I found to be fast and responsive, is on the right. And on the bottom, we have the headphone jack, microphone, USB-C port, and mono speaker. There’s nothing on the top side.
Performance and Battery
The narzo 50 4G is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G96 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It runs on realme UI 2.0 on top of Android 11.
As a daily driver, the smartphone is more than adequate. Basic navigation is responsive and snappy, and thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate, animations are smooth.
There were no issues with most apps and games with acceptable loading times. It performs just fine for casual games, but as usual with the Helio G96, heavier games are best enjoyed with reasonable graphics settings. It can manage Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty: Mobile reasonably. While Genshin Impact is playable in low graphics settings.
If you’re interested in benchmark scores, here are two. As expected, the scores are close to that of the realme 8i.
- AnTuTu Benchmark: 323,545
- Geekbench 5: 502 (single-core); 1739 (multi-core)
As for the battery, the narzo 50 4G has a 5000mAh capacity. It can last a day, two if you use the phone sensibly. The 33W fast charger can fully charge the device in around 2 hours. While a 30-minute charge can top up the battery to almost 60%.
The smartphone’s triple camera setup has a 50MP main and two 2MP cameras for macro and mono. While selfies are handled by a 16MP shooter.
Camera quality is above average, with decent colors and details. Regardless, its more than enough for the usual social media posting on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
For under 10K, the narzo 50 4G is a good all-rounder with and an eye-catching design and decent performance. The Helio G96 processor is adequate for a daily driver, and more than enough to satisfy budget gamers. Meanwhile the smooth 120Hz display assures you’ll enjoy the smartphone experience.
The narzo 50 6GB + 128GB is available in the Philippines priced at P9,999. You can find it on the narzo official store on Lazada.
narzo 50 4G specs
- Display: 6.6-inch FHD+ IPS Display, 2412 x 1080 120Hz Refresh Rate, 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G96, 2.05GHz Octa-core
- RAM: 6GB RAM, LPDDR4X
- Storage: 128GB Storage
- Rear Cameras: 50MP Main + 2MP Macro + 2MP B/W
- Front Camera: 16MP Selfie Camera
- Network: 4G LTE, Triple Slot
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi AC Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
- Others: Side Fingerprint Scanner, USB-C, Headphone Jack
- OS: realme UI 2.0, Android 11
- Colors: Speed Blue, Speed Black
- Battery: 5000mAh Battery, 33W Fast Charger