Our Opinion

The realme Narzo 10A (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone, but the realme C12 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then realme Narzo 10A (4GB RAM, 64GB) might be a slightly better choice.

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Excellence Score
28.9
30.8
Value for Money Score
84.8
80.1
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2020 Jun, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio G35Ranked #67 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio G70Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Mali-G52
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: f/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama 12MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 5P lens; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 4x Digital Zoom, AI HDR, AI beauty, Chroma boost, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse mode
Secondary Camera 5MP 5MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.0 Aperture, AI Beauty, Filter Mode, HDR, Panoramic View, Portrait Mode, Timelapse f/2.4 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.8 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 209 gmHeavy 195 gmHeavy
Width 75.9 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 6000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Pleasant, refreshing design - back is textured similar to other budget realme phones, there is a square-shape camera module similar to the realme C11
  • Front has a similar affair with a dew-drop notch and thin bezels
  • The patterned back almost completely eliminates the chances of getting fingerprints or smudges - it also adds a lot of grip and gives the phone a very solid, sturdy feel
  • Face recognition and fingerprint sensor are quick to unlock the smartphone
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colors are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is also good - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Realme C12 comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Good triple camera setup for the price - a 13MP primary shooter + a 2MP depth sensor + 2MP Macro camera
  • The main camera can click photos with good details in bright light - photos have a lot of details, colours have a punch, come out well even when shot against a direct light source, thanks to the HDR and chroma boost
  • The macro camera produces fun, usable photos as long as you give it a lot of light and the correct focal distance
  • The portrait shots look good, and the edge detection is decent as well
  • The 5MP front camera can shoot decent selfies - the portrait mode works for the front camera as well, bringing out a more aggressive bokeh effect than the one produced by the dedicated sensor at the back
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Realme C12 is worth buying as long as your usage is basic - it has a good display that produces bright colours, cameras manage to deliver beautiful shots and the battery the can last days
  • The Narzo 10A has identical shape and size as the Realme C3, with the only changes being at the back - Realme added a stark flat back panel with a gigantic Realme logo splashed across the entire length of the device
  • Trendy, tear-drop notch front design - the bezels on the sides are impressively thin for smartphones at this price
  • The 20:9 aspect ratio makes the smartphone tall and slim, so it's relatively comfortable to hold and use
  • The fingerprint sensor and face recognition both works quickly and seamlessly
  • Large, 6.5 inch IPS display with HD+ resolution - the colours are vibrant with a decent amount of sharpness
  • Sunlight legibility is also good - the display gets bright enough for comfortable outdoor use
  • The Narzo 10A comes with Realme UI based on Android 10 which is much more streamlined and clean compared to previous Realme phones - it still packs a lot of useful features like Dark mode, Focus mode, Game Space and Personal Information Protection
  • Excellent performance for the price - the MediaTek Helio G70 throws the competition out of the park and scores even higher at benchmarks than the much pricier Galaxy A51 and the Oppo F15 - there's no noticeable lag in regular use and PUBG Mobile on the Narzo 10A defaults to High presets and runs fairly smooth
  • Decent triple camera setup for the price - a 12MP primary, 2MP macro and a 2MP depth sensor
  • In daylight, the Narzo 10A is quick to lock focus and does a fair job of metering light, photos look good and the quality is better than what some of the other smartphones at this price point can produce
  • Realme has added a decent macro camera, which gives you Instagram worthy macros
  • Decent portrait mode, with good edge detection (though, the quality could have been better)
  • Decent video recording quality, with a option to shoot slow motion videos
  • Impressive battery life with a big 5000 mAh battery - it lasts for two full days on a single charge with moderate usage
  • Realme has made some design changes at the back, added a fingerprint sensor and a macro camera and everything else is same as the Realme C3 and all that at a very nominal price increase - which makes the Realme Narzo 10A a steal
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Quite hefty, at 209g weight and 9.8 thickness
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Performance of the realme C12 is strictly average - the apps begin to lag when you try browsing the internet and running apps in the background simultaneously - as far as gaming is concerned, it is capable of handling light games only such as Temple Run, Candy Crush etc
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Uses the old MicroUSB plug, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 4 hours to charge the smartphone completely
  • If you're looking for a good performing phone with all other bells and whistles, there's the realme Narzo 10 as alternative at similar price
  • A bit heavy, at 195g
  • There is no Widevine L1 certification which means that you cannot enjoy HD content on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • There's still some bloatware that comes pre-installed
  • Low light photos are average, as expected, they lack detail and aren't very sharp
  • Selfies are average too with inaccurate colour tone and low sharpness and details
  • Still offers the old MicroUSB, while the competition has started offering USB Type-C in the budget segment
  • Charging is on the slower side with the 10W charger - it takes over 3 hours to charge the smartphone completely
Expert Reviews
  1. The Realme C12 looks great, is built nicely and has reasonably good cameras for its price and excellent battery life
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. Buy this for battery, design
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Long-lasting battery makes it a good buy
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. It is quite powerful considering its price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are in the market for a new smartphone at this price, the Narzo 10A is recommended
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The perfect smartphone for first-time smartphone users
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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