realme Note 50 Review: Unveiling the Value-Packed Entry-Level Smartphone

1/22/24


realme has built a reputation for delivering budget-friendly smartphones with impressive performance, and the realme Note 50 is no exception. I was given the chance to review the realme Note 50 before its launch in the market and in this article I'll delve into the design, display, camera capabilities, software, performance, and battery life of this entry-level device to help you make an informed decision.

The realme Note 50 sports a modest yet appealing design. The glass-like glossy finish on the top and matte-like finish at the bottom give it a distinctive look. Available in Sky Blue and Midnight Black, the device measures just 7.99mm in thickness and weighs a mere 187 grams, making it slim and lightweight. While it tends to be slippery, the inclusion of a free case resolves this issue, ensuring a secure grip.


The frame houses a dual SIM slot with a dedicated microSD slot for expandable storage of up to 2TB. On the right side, you'll find the volume rockers and a power button with an integrated fingerprint sensor, providing convenient and secure access. The bottom features a speaker grille, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, and a USB-C port.


The realme Note 50 boasts a 6.74" HD+ LCD panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. Although occasional lags may occur during heavy multitasking, the display delivers vibrant visuals for an enjoyable viewing experience. With 560 nits of brightness, outdoor use might be challenging, but the device's IP54 certification ensures resistance to dust and water, adding durability to its list of features.


Equipped with a dual-camera setup featuring a 13MP main lens and a B&W lens, the realme Note 50's camera performance is commendable for its price range. 


Vibrant colors and decent detail characterize the main camera, while the 5MP selfie shooter offers true-to-life skin tones and effective beautification options. Video recording capabilities include 1080P @30FPS for the rear camera and 720 @30FPS for the selfie camera.


Under the hood, the realme Note 50 is powered by the Unisoc T612 chipset, accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. While the RAM might seem modest, it can be expanded. The device handles day-to-day tasks and social media apps and I did not encounter any issues. 


A 5000mAh battery backs the realme Note 50, paired with 10W Type-C charging. The combination of the display and chipset proves efficient, providing around 10 hours of usage in standard conditions. Charging the 5000mAh battery from 0 to 100% takes approximately 2 hours with the provided 10W charger.


Priced at Php 3,599 for the 4GB+ 64GB storage, the realme Note 50 caters to the entry-level market without compromising essential features. Despite not being the top contender in its category, the device stands out with a 90Hz display, 2TB expandable storage, and decent camera performance. If you're looking for a budget-friendly smartphone that delivers good value, the realme Note 50 is definitely worth considering.

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