realme 10 first impressions: Glittery design, Helio G99 chip

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The realme 10 is the latest number series from realme, set to launch in the Philippines at the same time as the global market on November 9. The highly anticipated smartphone features a 90Hz Super AMOLED display, a MediaTek Helio G99 chip, and a 50MP color AI camera.

While we’re working on our full review, let’s have a quick unboxing and talk about the specs and our first impressions. Let’s go.

Inside the box

There really isn’t much to talk about the realme 10’s retail package. It’s the familiar yellow-colored box with an updated look that has a cleaner design, the black bar at the bottom, and the realme branding.

Inside the box, we have the realme 10 unit and the usual set of accessories.

  • realme 10 unit
  • Pre-installed screen protector
  • Silicon case
  • USB-C cable
  • 33W SuperVOOC Charger
  • SIM eject tool
  • Documentation

Initial Impressions

realme has always fancied trendy designs and it follows with the realme 10. The new mid-range smartphone features what realme calls the “Ultra-Slim Light Particle Design.” Our review unit, which comes in Clash White colorway, has a 7.95mm flat edge body with curved corners, and a stylish rear panel with a glittery surface that reflects an array of colors.

realme 10 accessories

At the front, we have a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 2400×1080 resolution, and a sharpness of 409 ppi. I noticed immediately the punchy colors, deep blacks, and high contrast and saturation.

The phone is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset, a new gaming-focused midrange SoC that launched early this year. It’s built using a 6nm architecture and packed with two high-performance Arm Cortex-A76 cores and an Arm Mali G57 GPU. MediaTek said it’s their best 4G chip to date.

realme 10 initial review

Paired with the Helio G99 is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage, a generous amount for gaming. It also features expandable RAM which adds up to 5GB of virtual RAM. Like other virtual RAM technology, this converts unused storage into virtual RAM with the intention to improve multi-tasking and boost performance.

On the software side, the realme 10 runs on the Android 12-based realme UI 3.0. As usual, it comes with realme’s own apps, along with a host of third-party apps. At first glance, basic navigation is smooth and responsive.

realme 10 initial review

Along with the new processor, the device is also equipped with a large 5000mAh battery. According to realme, the included 33W SuperVOOC Charger is able to charge the phone from 0 to 50 percent in under 30 minutes.

As for the cameras, we have a 50MP Color AI primary camera with Nightscape and Street Mode 2.0, together with a 2MP monochrome sensor for improved details and colors. And at the front, there’s a 16MP punch-hole camera for selfies and video calls.

realme 10 initial review

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Among its other features, realme also highlighted the “200% UltraBoom Speaker.” It’s a single downward-firing speaker that is “optimized to produce louder audio with more clarity both the treble and bass. We’ll look into this more in our full review.

Launch Details

The realme 10 will launch in the Philippines at the same time as realme Global. The launch event will be live-streamed on realme’s official Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube accounts on November 9, 3:30 PM (PHT).

realme 10 specs

Display6.4-inch Super AMOLED Display, 90Hz Refresh Rate, 2400×1080, 409 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G99
RAM/Storage8GB+256GB, Up to 5GB Virtual RAM
Rear Camera50MP Color AI Camera + 2MP B/W
Front Camera16MP
Network4G LTE, Dual SIM, Triple Slot
ConnectivityWi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.3, GPS
OthersUSB-C, Headphone Jack, 200% Ultra Boom Speaker
OSrealme UI 3.0, Android 12
Battery5000mAh Battery, 33W SUPERVOOC

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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