The Narzo 50i Prime stands out as a budget gaming phone

Narzo 50i Prime shows how much time has passed. This smartphone is less than 4K in the market and yet it hits hard in the smartphone realm. This testifies to the progress made in the development of new technologies.

I have been using the narzo 50i Prime for a few weeks already and this phone, for me, has provided a satisfying experience. Because it’s sub-5K (sub-4K actually), the narzo 50i Prime can be thought of as: a phone you might buy for your elders or an emergency phone when your current phone has suddenly stopped working. But in my experience, the 50i Prime is more than that.

For starters, the 8MP rear camera is actually quite capable of taking decent photos. Of course, you certainly won’t get images that can make you question the lingering experience of DSLRs and other average to professional photography tools, but the narzo 50i Prime will produce results you can share with the digital world. It supports HDR, so you’ll always get good colors in your photos. And when it comes to videos, I felt the phone did a pretty decent job. There’s also, to me at least, a striking beauty in the 50i Prime’s single rear camera. We’ve become so used to seeing three or more lenses out there, seeing a smartphone with a camera on the back is a bit nostalgic.

I downloaded my usual mobile games and was happy for the most part. With Call of Duty and Mobile Legends, the narzo 50i Prime ran smoothly and without any issues. Apex Legends was satisfying and enjoyable. However, give the narzo 50i Prime much bigger games like Genshin Impact, the smartphone starts coughing and sputtering. And I think that’s to be expected. Genshin is quite a heavy game. But overall, gaming with some of the usual mobile games has been a blast so far.

The narzo 50i Prime is powered by a Unisoc Tiger 612 chip. It offers slightly improved performance compared to mid-range phones from a few years ago. The unit I’m reviewing has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which you can expand up to 1TB via SD card. The 5000mAh lasted all day, even with heavy gaming and YouTube browsing.

The 6.5-inch screen sports a resolution of 720 x 1600, which for me is nothing to complain about. It’s 4K, after all. And even if the 720p is a bit dated, the experience has never been spoiled.

My only real issue here is that the narzo 50i Prime still uses microUSB for charging. A USB Type-C drive would have allowed for faster charging and faster file transfers. But again, I guess it’s no big deal.

The 50i Prime is one of Narzo’s first steps to step out of Realme’s shadow and become its own brand here in the country. narzo is a name you shouldn’t sleep on and it’s exciting to look forward to what they have in store for us in the future.



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