Realme Narzo 20 has been launched in India along with Narzo 20A and Narzo 20 Pro. Is this an upgrade over the Realme Narzo 10 or is it more of a mixed bag? Well let’s find out.
Realme Narzo 20 Price in India
The Narzo 20 base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at ₹ 10,499 while the more expensive 4GB + 128 GB variant goes for ₹11,499. The high end variant of the Narzo 20 costs 500 rupees less than the 4GB + 128GB version of the Narzo 10.
Realme Narzo 20 Unboxing
The packaging for both the Narzo series phones are very similar. We have a listed price of ₹ 13,000, we have some specifications on the back of the box. On opening the box we get the some paperwork as well as a sim ejector pin. Next we have Narzo 20 in a protective plastic wrapping.
Despite being part of the same series, the Narzo 20 and 20 Pro doesn’t really share a similar design language. In fact the back of the Narzo 20 reminds me more of the Realme C series.
Interestingly, both the Narzo 10 as well as the Narzo 20 Pro came with a soft case but Realme seems to have skipped out on that here. As for the other inbox contents we get a smaller 18W fast charger here instead of the 65W one that we got with the Narzo 20 Pro. The final piece is this Type-C cable.
Realme Narzo 20 box contents
- Realme Narzo 20 Handset
- Silicon case
- 18W charging adapter
- USB Type-C cable
- Sim ejector tool
Realme Narzo 20 specifications
|Specifications||Realme narzo 20|
|Display||6.5 inches, IPS LCD, HD+, 60Hz|
|Software and UI||Android 10, Realme UI|
|CPU||MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)|
|Storage||64 GB, 128 GB|
|Front camera||8 MP|
|Rear camera||48 MP, f/1.8 (wide)|
8 MP, f/2.3 (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
|Fast charging||18W fast charging|
|Color options||Glory Silver, Victory Blue|
- Design and Build Quality
Coming back to the Narzo 20, we have an entirely different design for the back. There’s no more glossy reflective patterns, instead it’s a matte finish that has a slight texture to it. It’s still plastic, that’s how Realme managed to keep the weight under 210 grams despite packing in a 6000mah battery.
The textured back of the Narzo 20 feels nice and grippy, it doesn’t pick up fingerprints and smudges. All the buttons are within easy reach, the power button and volume buttons are both to the right.
The rear mounted fingerprint scanner needs a bit of finger gymnastics in order to reach. That’s just personal preference though as far as the hardware goes this capacitive scanner is fast and accurate.
We have the dedicated microSD card slot to the left, there’s an option for expanding the inbuilt 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. Coming back to the placements, top of the phone is left empty. As for the bottom, that’s where we find the headphone jack microphone, type-c port and the loudspeaker.
- Realme Narzo 20 Display
As for the front, nothing much has changed here. It’s still the same size 6.5 inch panel, still LCD and unfortunately still stuck at the same HD resolution. I would have really liked an upgrade to at least FHD+ here.
Realme has actually replaced the 16 MP selfie snapper on the Narzo 10 with an 8 MP one on the Narzo 20 but the higher megapixels don’t always equal better photos.
If i were to nitpick I could point out that the bezels especially the chin is a bit on the thicker side. Also the refresh rate here is a regular 60Hz. But honestly for the price, I could live with those compromises.
- Realme Narzo 20 Hardware
You have gone from the MediaTek G80 inside the Narzo 10 to a MediaTek G85, the exact same processor that we have inside the Redmi Note 9. It seems to be fast and snappy, the Narzo 20 seems to have no trouble keeping up with multitasking and switching between apps.
Gaming is supposed to be one of the highlights of the Narzo 20 series which is why we tried out call of duty mobile in medium graphic settings and the experience was pretty great. The mali G52 GPU here should be able to handle most games.
- Battery and Charging
We now have a 6,000 Mah battery in place of the 5,000 mAh on the Narzo 10. The G85 inside the Narzo 20 is quite similar to the G80. In fact both of them are 12 nm processors combine that with the fact that both share the same 720p display.
I’m expecting somewhere around 15% better battery life of course that’s something we will again need to test out and have more to say once we get to our full review. Charging speeds though has remained the same as the Narzo 10 (18 watts).
- Software and UI
We have Realme UI running on top of Android 10. Feature wise we have seen almost everything here that’s to see so here’s the TLDR version, it’s smooth has tons of useful features and the super standby feature that we saw in the Narzo 20 Pro makes a return here.
- Realme Narzo 20 Cameras
Inside the square camera bump we can find a triple camera setup. The primary here is a 48 MP snapper with an f/1.8 lens it takes decent looking shots with good colors.
We also get an 8 MP ultra wide snapper and a 2 MP macro camera. Technically we do lose out in the 4th 2 MP depth module that we had with the Narzo 10. The edge detection hasn’t really suffered much despite the lack of a dedicated depth sensor.
- Realme Narzo 20 Final words
This improves on the performance and battery capacity of the Narzo 10 but falls behind with regards to selfies and misses out on the rear depth sensor. The Narzo 20 doesn’t really seem that big of an upgrade and that’s kind of reflected in the pricing.
At that price, it’s literally a battery + performance upgrade. So what do you guys think? Would you pick up the Narzo 20 over the Narzo 10 or would you rather pick up some other phone in this price range? Let me know in the comments.