A decent budget gaming smartphone that needs some spit and polish

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a hand holding a cell phone: Realme Narzo 20 Pro review: A decent budget gaming smartphone that needs some spit and polish


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Realme Narzo 20 Pro review: A decent budget gaming smartphone that needs some spit and polish

Earlier this year, Realme launched its Narzo 10 series of smartphones and they have been marketed as devices that deliver good mobile gaming performance on a budget. The new Narzo 20 Series is said to offer subtle upgrades over the older series.

Also added in this refresh cycle, is the introduction of the new Narzo 20 Pro. The ‘Pro’ model is supposed to offer the best gaming-grade hardware possible by Realme at budget pricing.



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Realme Narzo 20 Pro. Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

But after using my Realme Narzo 20 Pro review unit for a week, I’m not convinced about it’s “Pro gamer” branding even in the budget smartphone range.

So, let’s take a deep dive into the aspects that make it a gaming smartphone. In short, it’s all about that 90Hz display, the gaming-grade MediaTek Helio G95 chipset’s performance, and — since it’s a gaming smartphone — also check out how that not-so-vital camera performs.

It’s a 90Hz display

The display gets the job done for an average LCD panel, but the colours are a bit saturated and there’s a minor blue tint to it. You can adjust the screen colour temperature and attempt to fix the whitepoint, but there’s strangely no presets to adjust the colour scheme, so you will be stuck with the saturated colours. However, such a display may play well with the gaming audience that this phone has been designed for.



graphical user interface: Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto


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The display gets the job done for an average LCD panel, but the colours are a bit saturated and there’s a minor blue tint to it. Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

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