$229 phone, that’s pretty good

9 phone, that’s pretty good

$229 phone, that’s pretty good

Realme is one of the most prolific smartphone manufacturers. It was only four years ago when I checked realme 2And now we’re here with Realme 10. Like its predecessors, this new phone aims to appeal to the entry market in India and Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on stylish looks and camera performance that goes well beyond the price range.

While there’s a very bewildering omission that I’ll get to very soon, the Realme 10’s starting retail price of around $229 makes it hard to handle. Almost any phone cheaper than this will not look good or have a great main camera.


Realme 10 is a relatively small Android phone, with a 6.4-inch OLED screen, it weighs 179 grams and is 7.9 mm thick.

I like the overall shape, which takes on a flatter shape, and moves away from the usual dual curved sides of Android devices. It’s a similar design to the stock iPhone, but it’s more comfortable to hold because it’s lighter and thinner, and the angle where the edges meet is slightly curved. The backboard is flexible with this glossy paint that’s not my cup of tea, but reflects light in different ways depending on the angle. The front side is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

There are a few things that prevent this screen from being a mainstay – the refresh rate is just 90Hz, and the chin edge is noticeably thicker. However, the screen displays vibrant colors and becomes bright enough.


Realme 10 features a 50MP main camera which is very good for its price range. It is fast to focus and takes pictures with above average dynamic range and accurate colours.

However, the secondary camera on the back is a 2-megapixel black and white sensor. This is a space usually reserved for an ultra-wide camera, and this phone doesn’t offer it at all. The lack of an ultra-wide camera in 2022 seems limiting, especially since previous Realme phones in this series actually gave us a very wide range.

Due to the main sensor with a pixel density, you can pull a steady 2x to 3x zoom when digitally cropping and the image looks respectable without losing much detail. You can zoom in up to 10x but the photos start to look soft.


There’s a MediaTek Helio G99 chip inside and 8GB of RAM, both of which are good components for this price range, and they perform well, but they’re clearly a class or two under $500.

However, there is a 5000mAh battery which in turn is excellent and can power this thing all day with ease. The included 33W charging brick powers up the phone at a reasonable rate, and it takes about 28 minutes to charge the phone.


The phone runs Android 12 with Realme’s Android shell on top. The software version is a generation behind Android 13 seen in Pixel phones, but compared to other third-party Android phones, I think it’s not far behind. The animations are smooth and fluid, the user interface is customizable, and everything that needs to work works well. There are no real knobs, but it’s kind of a nice software look too.


In the end, while testing the Realme 10, it kept going back to its $229 retail price, which is likely lower in some Asian countries like India and Malaysia, as well as including potential free offerings like wireless earbuds with orders. At this price range, it’s really hard to beat a small computer with a good screen, good cameras, and great battery life. I think all my other gripes, like the plastic back and lack of ultra-wide cameras, can be forgiven.

But at the end of the day, I have to ask: Why are so many phones released if there are no meaningful upgrades? The Realme 10 is good in the vacuum, but so was the Realme 9 or Realme 8, and these phones haven’t been out for a long time.

We know that Realme is capable of creating exciting devices, such as the flagship version units, or the Realme XI that was tested a few years ago. There are even rumors that Realme 10 Ultra will bring some eye-catching features. As it stands, the Realme 10 is a bit bland. But kind can be good.

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