realme Note 50 review: A new budget all-arounder

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Realme, a prominent hardware manufacturer, has kicked off the new year with the launch of its latest offering, the Realme Note 50. In this article, we delve into the features and overall performance of this new device to see if it’s the right choice for Filipinos looking for an upgrade this year.

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Design and aesthetics

The Realme Note 50 arrives in a standard Realme box, hinting at the brand’s new strategy announced by CEO Sky Lee. It sports a 6.74-inch display, a 13-megapixel AI camera, an octa-core Unisoc T612 chipset, 4GB of memory, 64GB of internal storage, and a pleasing sky blue color. Right off the bat, it’s clear this is an entry-level phone.

Side – realme Note 50

At first glance, the sky blue variant of the Realme Note 50 exudes a mid-range appeal. The phone features an innovative camera arrangement with three separate circles on the upper third, which is glossy, while the lower two-thirds have a matte finish.

This design choice helps reduce smudges, although fingerprints are still somewhat visible.

Flatlay front – realme Note 50

Display and user interface

The Realme Note 50’s 6.74-inch display, while not the highest quality, includes a pre-installed screen protector. The interface is clean with a mix of preloaded apps, including popular choices like Lazada, LinkedIn, Netflix, TikTok, and Spotify.

Users will appreciate the option to uninstall these apps if desired.

System details – realme Note 50

Performance and benchmarks

Powered by the Unisoc T612 chipset and equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Realme Note 50 is firmly in the entry-level category. In our benchmark tests, it scored around 240k in AnTuTu, indicative of basic performance for a 2024 device. It’s a suitable choice for those not seeking high-end specs.

The phone supports dual nano-SIM cards and a microSD card, providing flexibility for users. With 64GB of internal storage, the addition of a microSD card is a welcome feature.

Cameras – realme Note 50

Camera capabilities

The 13-megapixel main camera performs adequately in good lighting but struggles in dimmer conditions. This performance is typical for phones in this category.

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Software and user experience

The Realme Note 50 runs on Realme UI T Edition based on Android 13, offering a user experience close to stock Android. This might appeal to tech enthusiasts who prefer a no-frills interface. However, those accustomed to more feature-rich phones might find it lacking.

Bottom – realme Note 50

Battery and charging

Equipped with a 5000mAh battery, the phone charges at a standard speed of 10 watts. It should be power efficient thanks to its modest specs.

We are currently testing its battery life, will update once we have the actual hours.

Availability, pricing (Philippines)

Realme just announced a very agressive pricing for the realme Note 50. Priced at only P3,599, it is a strategic move to counter the heightened competition in the Philippine market.

While the founder Sky Li nor realme Philippines did not mention any brands, we believe that this comes as a result of the from the Transsion Group in 2023. It has decidedly targeted the mid-range budget segment through its three brands Itel, TECNO, and Infinix.

In addition to this, HONOR’s entry in the Philippine market has carved a big portion of the mid and upper mid-range market.

realme Note 50

Final thoughts

The Realme Note 50, while an entry-level device, impresses with its aesthetics, resembling a lower mid-range phone. Its performance, however, aligns with its category, offering basic functionality suitable for users with moderate smartphone needs. Its user experience, leaning towards a simpler interface, might appeal to some while disappointing others. Ultimately, the Realme Note 50 is a decent option for those seeking a budget-friendly smartphone with a modern look.

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Diagonal front – realme Note 50

realme Note 50 specs

  • Display: 6.74″ LCD, HD+ 720*1600 resolution, 260 PPI, 90.30% screen-to-body ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, 450 Nits typical brightness, 560 Nits HBM, IP54 dust & water resistance
  • SIM: 2x nano-SIM (dedicated)
  • OS: Realme UI T Edition, Android 13
  • Chipset (SoC): Unisoc T612
  • CPU: TBA
  • GPU: TBA
  • Memory (RAM) + storage: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
  • Expansion: Yes, dedicated
  • Main camera (rear): 13MP + B&W lens
  • Selfie camera (front): 5MP
  • Connectivity: WiFi 2.4GHz, 5GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, supports 2G/3G/4G
  • Other features: Google Assistant, 10W (Type-C) charging, 1 speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Colors: Sky Blue, Midnight Black
  • Price (Philippines): P3,599
  • Series: realme Note Series