in and today we’re going to be reviewing narso’s first smartphone to launch in 2021 the narso 38. Now this phone is a very interesting device because it takes a lot of inspiration from something that’s already come before it and if far too much in fact and at the same time it does try to differentiate itself from what’s already available in the market. So, for all of the details make sure to keep watching this video, but before you do make sure to hit the subscribe button on our channel and, of course, hit the bell icon so that you don’t miss any future updates from us. Now, with that, out of the way let’s get right into the specs, the narso 30a is powered by the mediatek helio g85 processor, which is an octa core chip with six cortex a55 cores and two cortex a75 cores. The review unit that we’re testing has 4 gb of ram and 64 gb of storage and, of course, also comes with the dedicated micro sd card. Slot you’ve got a 6.55 inch ips lcd panel with a 720p resolution and on the back you have a 13 megapixel. Dual camera setup, whereas on the front you get an 8 megapixel selfie camera. The battery in here is measures 6000 mah and charges over usbc, and for those of you interested, there is also a headphone jack incorporated into the smartphone. Now let’s actually see how all of this on paper spec translates to real world performance.
Now, when it comes to real world performance of the smartphone we’re, actually quite surprised by how well the g85 still holds up despite being a slightly older chipset, first let’s go over the synthetic benchmarks. Antutu score of 201 000 is still impressive by every metric and there’s, of course, also the geekbench 5 scores, which is 350 for single core and 1283 for multi core. If these scores don’t sound familiar to you or ring a bell, well, they do for us. Interestingly, these are also the scores from last year’s. Narso 20. narso 20 actually gets a score of 202 909 for antutu and on geekbench, 5 scores 349 for single core and 1286 for multi core. The difference in these two scores are well within the margin of error that you would get if you was to run the same benchmark on the same device over and over again, which actually led us down a very interesting part of discovery. The nars 30a and the narso 20 are practically the same device. We’Ll talk about that in a little more detail towards the end of this review, but for now let’s just cover performance, while the cpu performance is admirable for this price point in terms of the gpu benchmarks, we see some pretty decent numbers as well. However, while the 3dmark wildlife and gfx bench numbers remain pretty much the same between the narzo 30a and the nars r20, where the newer phone takes an advantage is in actual real life gaming.
When we fired up call of duty mobile, we got a median frame rate of 58 fps. Now the narso 20 also had the same median fps, but the stability of the frame rates on the 30a is far higher at ‘ percent, whereas the narso 20 in our testing had a stability of just 46 percent abysmal. Now, when we look at asphalt 9 as well, we see a very similar behavior on the narzo 30a. We hit the target 30 fps that the game runs at, which is the same on the nars or 20 from last year, but the stability on the 30a was 99, whereas for narso 20 the stability clocked out at 72 percent max. So, overall, we see that, in terms of real world usage, the naruto 38 does perform slightly better. This is evidenced by the fact that the software has been optimized over the year, and this hardware has basically been working much better with the software on board to deliver better results. We see a similar behavior, even when it comes to battery life. The two phones have the same 6000 mah battery but we’re getting about a day and a half of use from narso 30a easy, whereas with the nars or 20, the battery life, topped out at about a full days of heavy use max, may be going into the Next morning, at best, so overall, the naruto 30a does feel like a re badge of the narso 20.
. The hardware is the same uh. In fact, even the software to a great extent is very similar, but there are certain benefits that we’re getting from this phone. In terms of performance, however, let’s talk cameras now where the real differentiator between the narso 30a and the nars 20 lies is with respect to its camera. The narso 30a comes with a dual camera setup, even though the module at the back makes you sort of kind of think that it’s a triple or a quad camera setup, not the case. It’S, essentially, two cameras working as one delivering you, the 13 megapixel output. The aperture on both of these lenses is f 2.2. Another downgrade when you consider what the narso 20 had to offer on the narso 20. On the other hand, you had a 48 megapixel camera with the aperture of f 1.8. You had an 8 megapixel ultra wide camera and also a macro lens, far more versatile setup there. If you consider it, but the fact that you no longer have an ultra wide lens either is definitely going to hurt. Now, when you actually do look at the photos, though, we see some very interesting things. The daylight performance of the nazi 38s camera is pretty much. What you would expect from a smartphone that cost less than 10k? That means you get really nice saturated colors. You get decent dynamic range with some clipping in the highlights every now and then, but what you don’t expect is sharp critical details.
So when you zoom into the images, you will see some level of smudging and that’s just because of the jpeg compression move over into low light situations, and you have the option of using the nightscape mode, which surprisingly performs well the final image. When you look at it on your phone appears to be well, saturated is decently lit, but once again, when you zoom in you find that the details are missing, this is a fair enough trade off, especially in a smartphone of this price point to get a usable Image that you cannot only just post to social media but also keep in your phone to refer back as a memory sake, so overall that’s, pretty impressive. You also have an 8 megapixel selfie camera in the front, and one thing: that’s common between the two cameras is the portrait mode. Now the portrait mode does deliver decent results from both the front and the back cameras, with the only caveat being that the edge detection is not the best and, frankly, that’s fine, because that’s a common problem across every smartphone. Irrespective of how much money you spend on it today, so overall narso 38 does perform decently. Well, when it comes to the camera stack with one critical drawback, and that drawback is the time between shots, while the shutter lag is not really noticeable. What you will notice is that there is a significant amount of time that the camera takes to go from one shot to the next.
For example, when you press the shutter button, you can keep tapping on it rapidly and but it will not take a shot. At least for the next three seconds, that’s a significant amount of gap for the soc to process the raw data from the sensor and convert to jpeg, essentially that whole writing process and honestly it’s, not one that we are happy with. It is understandable that this is a fairly low price point, but at the same time, low price point should not justify poor user experience, because a delay between shots could definitely result in missing the decisive moment when you’re trying to capture one Music. Now the display on the narzo 30a is an ips lcd panel with a 60hz refresh rate, which is pretty standard for this price point and, of course, um it’s, a 720p panel, so that’s hd plus, and not full hd. On the other hand, you also don’t get um any kind of hdr certification, so you’re just limited to watching regular sdr content. Now, typically, we would say that’s a problem, but at this price point the display does perform admirably well. It’S pretty decent to use. Outdoors does not have a lot of reflection problems, and if you did feel that there were issues with readability outdoors or in bright light, you could simply just remove the screen guard that’s been applied for improved visibility. In fact, we’ve come to notice that over the last six months, screen guards tend to lower the the readability of the panel in bright light and removing them does tend to help other than that um.
Frankly, this display is very functional. It’S decently color accurate. It does not have the over saturation characteristics that an amoled panel would have. So if you don’t appreciate over saturated patterns, you’re gon na like this one, but if you do want that really poppy and really vibrant feel to your images um. This may not be the panel for you, because this is more prioritizing color accuracy and real world color representation rather than over saturation. Frankly, there is not much to talk about the display here: um, just small point of detail: there’s no in display fingerprint sensor because there’s one at the back for anybody who cares and the selfie camera is actually embedded right in the top center. Instead of being in a corner, so that’s the display part and moving on from that let’s talk about the build and design because that’s another thing that will set this phone apart from its previous predecessor, Music. The design of this phone is very interesting because it takes a very pixel like approach to it. It’S got the dual um texture, it’s, not dual tone, but dual texture type, finish frankly, it’s quite nice to hold it’s, grippy and that’s one of the best things about it. It is fully poly carbonate that has to be clarified and honestly, it doesn’t feel like a cheap piece of plastic to begin with the power buttons on the right, as is the volume rocker and they’re, both easy to reach with just a single thumb, because the spacing Between them is adequate enough.
The sim tray offers two sim card slots because it’s a dual sim smartphone and there is also a dedicated micro sd card slot. For anybody who really cares about that thing. What’S really interesting is that manufacturers still offer these dedicated slots on low end phones, but the more money you spend on your smartphone, the less of them you get because you know hybrid, sim and now, with many flagships, ditching the sd card slot altogether, anyway. Coming back to the topic at hand, the fingerprint sensor is, in my opinion, placed a little on the higher side, but i do have slightly smaller hands if you had bigger hands, you’d be able to reach it more easily. But what is interesting is that the placement of this, while okay, the fingerprint sensor, is a little hard to find because there is no ring around it and it’s a fairly seamless piece of plastic at the back last, but not the least the camera module. Thankfully uh does not jut out of the body too much and if you put the phone down on a table, it’s not going to wobble or fall off due to vibrations, so overall that’s a pretty good thing. But there is still the question of. Should you buy the narso, 30a and that’s a very tricky question to answer, because this phone is in all essence a rebranded nars or 20.? The camera modules have been completely changed out for sure, and the price point has been lowered because narso 20 sold for about a little over 12 000 rupees.
This is going to be under 10k um performance, wise it’s, identical to the nars or 20.. The display is identical to the nars 20.. The on paper battery spec is identical to the narso 20 what’s changed is slightly on the design side. The battery life is slightly better, but where you really differentiate it is the camera module. Now you could say that i’m happy having you know, one camera that performs well versus having three cameras that are barely about average. That is a choice you guys get to make, but there is also uh. You know uh in narsors own lineup, there’s a whole bunch of other devices that you can look at and there’s. Of course, the competition in the form of let’s say the redmi 9 power or in fact, even um, the poco m3 that’s right. So there are a lot of options out there in the market right now for you to consider. But if you are a fan of real means devices, the narso 38 does make a good case for itself, because it brings a tier that was over 10k into the sub 10k range. So you do have. There is a notable fact that, but overall decent device by itself, but when you put it in the context of everything else out there, it sort of does seem to get lost um, but over a period of time we shall see how this device holds up in Our long term usage – and we will of course update you on that as well.
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