Realme Narzo N55 review: Value for money smartphone
Realme Narzo N55 review: The design of the smartphone is eye-catching and the two huge camera bumps at the rear will certainly grab eyeballs.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Realme recently launched its first-ever offering in the Narzo N Series - Narzo N55. The entry-level smartphone is available in two variants (4GB +64GB and 6GB + 128GB) with a starting price of Rs 10,999. Despite being a budget smartphone, it has features like a 'Mini Capsule' and comprises a 64MP AI camera. Let's find out how useful these features are in our detailed review.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Design
Before we start talking about design, let me tell you that the dual-tone back easily stands out from other smartphones in this range. In terms of design, Realme Narzo N55 has a flat body with the volume rocker and power button - which has an integrated fingerprint sensor - on the right. On the left, you will find a slot for two nano SIM cards and a MicroSD card. At the bottom of the smartphone is a 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, Type-C charging port, and speaker grille.
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The back has a dual tone with the upper part having a dazzling texture and the lower having a glitter sand texture. At the bottom left, you will see the NARZO logo in a dazzling texture. The company is calling it a 'Dynamic Splicing Design'. This design is eye-catching and the two huge camera bumps at the rear will certainly grab eyeballs.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Display
The Realme Narzo N55 smartphone has a punch-hole screen. The smartphone has an FHD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz. Bezels are not too big, except for the bottom, and the device offers a screen-to-body ratio of 91.4 per cent. Also, the punch-hole camera is quite big. Realme Narzo N55 has a peak brightness of 680nits and the display struggles under direct sunlight. Content consumption on this smartphone was decent, and the speaker, which offers 200 per cent UltraBoom, produces enough sound to watch content inside the house.
The display has a Mini Capsule, which is wrapped around the punch-hole camera cutout and shows information like charging, data usage, and step stats. This is inspired by the dynamic island seen in iPhone 14 Pro models and looks cool.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Battery and charging
The smartphone has a 5,000mAh battery and supports 33W fast charging. During my usage, I found the battery backup to be good enough, and when the device runs out of battery, it takes less than 30 minutes to charge the battery from zero to 50 per cent and around one hour to fully charge it. There are no heating issues while charging the device.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Software and performance
The Realme Narzo N55 smartphone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G88 chipset and is paired with a 12GB dynamic RAM. The smartphone is capable of handling day-to-day tasks very easily. As this is not a gaming smartphone, it will stutter while playing graphic-heavy games like Asphalt 9. But video games like Mighty DOOM ran smoothly.
I also ran some tests to see how Realm Narzo N55 performs under sustained load. It managed to hit the best loop score of just 753 in the Wild Life Stress Test but maintained stability of 98.4 per cent. Also, the Geekbench 6 multi-core score of the smartphone was just 1,397.
The Realme Narzo N55 runs on the Realme UI 4.0 skin based on Android 13. The UI is simple but packed with too much bloatware.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Camera
The Realme Narzo N55 has a dual camera setup at the rear with a primary sensor of 64 MP, which is accompanied by a 2MP B&W camera. For selfies, the smartphone has an 8MP camera on the front. Considering the price range of this smartphone, it manages to capture some very good shots with the primary sensor in bright lighting conditions. The images clicked using Realme Narzo N55 are vivid with a good dynamic range. The Selfie camera too does a decent job in proper lighting. But both the selfie and rear cameras lag when it comes to clicking good images in low-light conditions.
Realme Narzo N55 review: Verdict
The Realme Narzo N55 can be a good option for those looking for an entry-level smartphone. It has a good battery, comes with fast charging, the cameras work well in good lighting conditions, and the phone will not stutter during your day-to-day tasks. But you have to keep in mind that it is not a 5G smartphone. So those who don't care much about 5G can go for it.