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Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Price, features and specifications

Team Digit | Published on 24 Feb 2021
Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Price, features and specifications
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Realme Narzo 30A launched starting at Rs 8,999 in India

  • Realme Narzo 30A powered by MediaTek Helio G85 processor

  • Here's how the Narzo 30A compares against the Redmi 9 Prime

Realme Narzo 30A has officially launched in India in the budget segment. The Narzo 30A was announced alongside the Narzo 30 Pro and the Realme Buds Air 2. The Narzo 30A is a direct descendent of the Narzo 20A smartphone that launched back in September 2020. The phone boasts of a modern design with a powerful entry-level MediaTek processor, dual cameras and a large capacity battery to boot.

At its asking price, the Narzo 30A goes up against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime, Poco M3 and Samsung Galaxy M02s, to name a few. Realme has launched the Narzo 30A at an aggressive price, and we thought of taking a look at it alongside the Redmi 9 Prime which launched last year in India by Xiaomi.

Realme Narzo 30A(₹ 8999 at amazon) vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Pricing

The Realme Narzo 30A is priced starting at Rs 8,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while the 4GB+64GB variant is priced at Rs 9,999. 

The Redmi 9 Prime, on the other hand, is priced starting at Rs 9,499 for the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 10,999.

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Design and Display

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Design and Display

The Realme Narzo 30A and the Redmi 9 Prime are budget smartphones that have a plastic build with the former opting for a dual-tone design. The Redmi 9 Prime has a gradient finish on the back and its display is also topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. It also has protection against water ingress, however, neither of the phones have received an official IP-rating.

The Narzo 30A measures 9.8 millimetres in thickness in comparison to the 9.1 millimetres thickness of the Redmi 9 Prime. The Narzo 30A weighs 205 grams while the Redmi 9 Prime is a bit lightweight at 198 grams.

The Narzo 30A features a 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720 pixels) resolution display with a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera upfront. The display offers 570nits peak brightness in Sunlight Mode and has a 20:9 aspect ratio. 

As for the Redmi 9 Prime, it features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution display with a typical brightness of 400nits. Like the Narzo 30A, the Redmi 9 Prime also has a waterdrop notch cutout for the selfie camera to give the screen a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Furthermore, the display on the Redmi 9 Prime is topped with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection against regular wear and tear. 

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Under the hood

The Realme Narzo 30A is powered by the MediaTek Helio G85 processor while the Redmi 9 Prime has Helio G80 under the hood. The Narzo 30A has an octa-core processor running at upto 2.0GHz backed by a Mali-G52 graphics processor. The Redmi 9 Prime also has an octa-core CPU running at upto 2.0GHz along with a Mali-G52 GPU. 

The Narzo 30A is paired with upto 4GB RAM with upto 64GB storage while the Redmi 9 Prime is available with upto 12GB storage options to choose from. Both phones have dedicated microSD card slot that can be used to expand the storage further.

Realme UI based on Android 10 runs on the Narzo 30A out-of-the-box and Realme has promised that the phone will receive an update to Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11. As for the Redmi 9 Prime, it runs on Android 10-based MIUI 11 and will likely receive an update to MIUI 12 soon.

Apart from this, both the Narzo 30A and Redmi 9 Prime have a fingerprint reader on the back for faster unlock.

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Cameras

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Under the hood

The Narzo 30A has dual cameras on the back with a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2MP black and white camera for portraits. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera housed within the notch. The rear cameras can record in 1080p at 30FPS.

The Narzo 30A has dual cameras on the back with a 13MP primary camera

Meanwhile, the Redmi 9 Prime has quad cameras on the back headlined by a 13MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 118-degree field of view, a 5MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The rear cameras can record in 1080p at 30FPS while on the front, there is an 8MP selfie camera.

Realme Narzo 30A vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime: Battery

The Realme Narzo 30A is powered by a large 6,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. The Redmi 9 Prime, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller 5,020mAh battery which also supports 18W fast charging speeds.

 

Realme Narzo 30A Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price:
Release Date: 24 Feb 2021
Variant: 64 GB/4 GB RAM , 32 GB/3 GB RAM
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    6.5" (720 x 1600)
  • Camera Camera
    13 + 2 | 8 MP
  • Memory Memory
    32 GB/3 GB
  • Battery Battery
    6000 mAh
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