Initial verdict: The narzo 50 5G appears to be a promising budget 5G offering from the now-independent brand in the Philippines. It does come with a decent processor of choice and a good display, though we find the rear camera setup a bit lacking and the notch a bit dated.
- Good processor of choice
- Stereo speakers and 90hz display
- Depth sensor is next to useless
- Dated selfie notch
narzo 50 5G Philippines Specs:
- Dimensity 810 processor
- 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 128GB internal storage
- 6.6-inch Full HD+ LCD display, 90hz refresh rate
- 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF, 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor
- 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
- 4G, LTE, 5G
- WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Stereo speakers
- 5000mAh battery
- 33w fast charging
- Android 12, narzo UI 3.0
Now as an independent brand from realme, one of the first offerings of narzo in the Philippines is the 50 5G. Aside from being an accessible budget 5G phone, narzo wants to market the 50 5G as a phone that’s also great for gaming.
Unboxing and Packaging Contents
Just like previous narzo phones, the 50 5G comes in a blue box with the narzo branding in bold, white letters. Inside the box, you get the phone itself, a silicone case, documentation, SIM ejector pin, 33w wall charger, and USB-C cable.
Since narzo is formerly a sub-brand of realme, it’s not surprising that the narzo 5G shares a similar design language with some of realme’s recent phones. The narzo 50 5G has squared-off edges, making it appear slimmer than usual.
The polycarbonate back panel has a vertical pinstripe design to distinguish itself from a sea of mid-range phones on the market. Unlike other narzo phones that share a similar camera module design, the narzo 50 5G only has two cameras and a dual-LED flash.
The button and port layout are the same as narzo’s other phones: USB-C, headphone jack, and loudspeaker at the bottom, power button on the left side, volume controls and SIM tray on the right side, and mic on top.
Display and speakers
The narzo 50 5G has a 6.6-inch Full HD+ IPS display with a 90hz refresh rate. It does come with a dated notch for its 8-megapixel selfie snapper–we wished that narzo opted to go for a punch-hole on the 50 5G to give it a modern look.
While you’re not getting an AMOLED panel, the 90hz refresh rate is a good feature to have on the narzo 5G to make the phone feel more fluid when browsing through apps. The colors and brightness of the narzo 50 5G are good, but you have to take note that it only has Widevine L3, so you are limited to SD quality for streaming your favorite Netflix show.
A number of phones these days are shifting to a stereo speaker setup, and the narzo 50 5G has good speakers for its price point.
The narzo 5G keeps the rear camera simple with a 48-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. We wished that the depth sensor was replaced with something more useful like an ultra-wide angle camera. Regardless, the 48-megapixel main camera should take great shots based on our experience with other phones using the same sensor.
We took a few samples with the narzo 50 5G, and our general impression is that color reproduction is nice, and detail retention and sharpness are decent in well-lit conditions. Because of the limitations of the Dimensity 810, the narzo 5G can shoot videos at up to 1080p. While narzo claims that the 50 5G has EIS, we will have to do more tests to confirm its effectiveness in keeping video footage smooth.
Internals and Battery
Powering the narzo 50 5G is a Dimensity 810 processor that’s paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Dimensity 810 is the successor to the Dimensity 700, and our experience with the Dimensity 810 on other phones is generally good even with gaming. We expect the narzo 50 5G to perform just the same, so watch out for our final verdict in our full review.
Keeping the lights on is a 5000mAh battery with support for 33w charging–which is slowly becoming the de facto standard for the majority of mid-range phones in the Philippines for 2022. It comes with Android 12 out of the box, and is expected to receive at least one major software update in the future.
Wrap-up and Initial Conclusions
The narzo 50 5G is a promising mid-range 5G phone from the now-independent brand in the Philippines. While it falls short in some aspects, the narzo 50 5G’s main advantages rely on its processor of choice and generally good camera performance.
narzo 50 5G Price Philippines
The narzo 50 5G is priced at Php 12,999 and will be available in Lazada. As an early bird exclusive offer only on Lazada, the narzo 50 5G will be Php 2,000 more affordable (at Php 10,999) when you add to cart starting July 15 from midnight until July 20. Early buyers will also get a chance to get a realme Powerbank 2 (10,000mAh) for every purchase in Lazada.
The narzo 50 5G will be physically available in narzo kiosks and stores nationwide starting July 15.