Realme has announced two new smartphones before the end of the year, anchoring its signature number series lineup. I got a chance to try Realme 10 Pro+ (Review) and it is Rs. 30,000 is said to be the most beautiful device. And now I have its sibling with me Realme 10 Pro, Its price is Rs. 18,999.
The Realme 10 Pro uses the same 108MP primary shooter as its more accomplished cousin and also has the slimmest bezels I’ve ever seen. Other features of the device, at least on paper, make it an enticing offering, but to be sure, the Realme 10 Pro will have to go through a rigorous review process.
The standout design element of the Realme 10 Pro, the near bezel-less display, is also its more impressive feature. The device scores on key aspects such as processing capabilities, battery life and build quality, even if it lacks less-than-ideal low-light camera performance.
- Talking about the design first, Realme has used a boxy, rectangular slab approach with the 10 Pro, reminiscent of the latest iPhones. The edges are sharp without any curvature, making the phone a bit difficult to hold. Instead of the glossy look of the Pro+, the Realme 10 Pro has a matte finish across the board, including the sides.
- The phone is reasonably light at 192g and slightly thicker with a depth of 8.3mm. As usual, you get a standard USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a speaker grill. Thankfully the earpiece doubles up to provide stereo sound.
- Realme has focused its attention a bit on the display. One look at the phone from the front, and it’s easy to see how impressive the razor-thin bezels on three sides of the panel are. In fact, the width of these bezels is only 1mm, which is even less than the slightly curved screen on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Unfortunately, the chin doesn’t reflect this thinness but it is considered acceptably slim compared to other phones in the category.
- The panel itself is a 6.7-inch IPS LCD with FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It has satisfactory coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut and adequate brightness levels for clarity in sunny outdoor conditions. The color profile can be adjusted to your liking and you also get an O1 color boost toggle to boost saturation while playing videos. There is a punch hole at the top, with very little backlighting visible around it.
- Camera-wise the phone gets a 108MP Samsung HM6 sensor, the same one found on the 10 Pro+, while the secondary shooter is a 2MP depth sensor. The Realme 10 Pro delivers detailed 12.5MP pixel-binned images in daylight conditions, as expected of affordable phones these days. I love how well the colors are reproduced and there is so much dynamic range to play with. The sensor exposes the sun correctly and brings out more contrast in the shots. Focusing and shutter speed are also fine for my needs.
- As for low-light shots, surprisingly the images aren’t as crisp as I expected. There is a problem with focusing, which robs images of details and renders soft images. Even after several taps on the viewfinder, images can be considered hit-or-miss, and this is despite ample ambient light. I think this is an area for improvement on the Realme 10 Pro and can be addressed through a software update.
- The Realme 10 Pro lacks versatility in its camera setup as it lacks ultra-wide and macro shooters. The selfie camera is a standard 16MP lens that can take decent snaps, although it’s a little over-processed and doesn’t match true skin tones.
- Powering the Realme 10 Pro is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC, which is considered a true performance workhorse in this segment. Benchmark numbers around the device are pretty good for the price. The device scores 417,108 on Antutu while Geekbench 5’s multi-core result shows 2,022.
- The phone maintains 91 percent of its peak performance under continuous load, which is quite remarkable. All this to say that your device should be able to go from medium to tough tasks without too much difficulty. The Realme 10 Pro comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, which can be expanded up to 1TB using a microSD card slot.
- Looking at some of the other features on the device, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which works just as well. The dual-speaker system is loud enough to enjoy in a small room without any ambient noise. The device has 5G capabilities and will support NSA and SA bands when they become available in your region. The device runs on RealmeUI 4.0 based on Android 13 and you can read more about it in my Realme 10 Pro+ Review.
- You get a 5,000mAh cell inside the Realme 10 Pro, which should easily last you a day. Moderate usage with light social media browsing, watching content on YouTube or OTT platforms and some amount of gaming will be covered by the 10 Pro’s battery life. There’s also 33W charging, which takes less than two hours to fully juice up the phone.
The Realme 10 Pro, for its price, offers an exceptionally large viewing area with its razor-thin bezels. Although not in the league of AMOLED panels, the LCD display on the device offers the same experience visually to the average user. The device does not lag behind in performance or battery life.
Yes, the low-light capturing of the primary shooter leaves you with more needs, but I think that’s a niggle that can be handled through software updates. Overall, I think the Realme 10 Pro is one of the most affordable phones on the market and probably ahead of the competition.
Editor’s Rating: 3.5 / 5
- Amazing bezel-less display
- Solid design
- Decent performance
- Long battery life
- Low-light photography is not up to par
- No ultra-wide and macro capabilities