Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

Realme 10 Pro+, a new addition to the series of signature numbers of the brand, has been officially launched in India. It seems clear from the smartphone’s starting price of Rs 24,999 that the range has strayed away from its budget roots and ventured into the realm of mid-range phones. The 10 Pro+ offers a number of interesting specs and is the first phone in the country to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC. It’s time to see if the Realme 10 Pro+ actually comes out as advertised with this full review, since it has been advertised as a flagship experience close to its affordable price.

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From a design and display perspective alone, the Realme 10 Pro+ breaks the boundaries of what a mid-range smartphone experience should be. The phone is also supported by a more than decent main camera and has low-light photography capabilities. Its take is a large-scale shooter and bloatware-laden UI, but other than that, the Realme 10 Pro+ is shaping up to be a compelling proposition under Rs 30,000.

Design and presentation

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

The Realme 10 Pro+ is sure to turn heads with its design language. While I’m not really a fan of the glossy back of the Hyperspace color variant, I do appreciate the patterns that pop out of the viewfinder when viewed from different angles. Even weighing just 173g and less than 7.8mm thick, the device is one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones on the market. This fact is further evident when you realize that the Realme 10 Pro+ also houses a 5,000mAh battery inside. The volume buttons and power buttons on the side are very slim and follow the overall look of the device. Other elements include a USB Type-C port, a speaker grille and a dual SIM slot at the bottom.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

The phone has a stereo audio setup with the headset that facilitates this feature. There’s no distinct camera housing enclosing the 10 Pro+’s optical setup, but instead two large rings protrude from the rear, creating a false impression of the size of the sensors. However, the whole phone looks elegant and is very aesthetically pleasing to use.

Coming now to the Realme 10 Pro + display, I must say that the company has not disappointed at all. The front of the device sees a curved AMOLED panel, which is a first in the segment, which adds to the premium look of the phone. Also, the screen is capable of cooling at 120Hz which is always nice to look at and offers FHD+ resolution. Realme has tried to maximize screen space without weighing down the device, resulting in very thin bezels.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

The screen itself is tuned for your viewing pleasure with features like HDR10+ certification, 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and maximum brightness of 950 nits. I binge on Netflix 1899 on the device and was very impressed with the detail, dynamic range and accurate colors displayed. Suffice it to say that the Realme 10 Pro+ display is one of its strengths. There are also some industry first features that Realme has been bragging about on the device.

The first is a 2160Hz PWM dimming mode that supposedly maintains more accurate colors at lower brightness levels. Quantitatively, I can’t offer any metrics to measure this, but I can say that at night I find the Realme 10 Pro+ easy to use without being a burden on my eyes. Second is the X-touch Anti-mistouch algorithm which, in the company’s words, has been intelligently optimized to reduce errors across the board. The curved screen has accidental touches but while I was using the Realme 10 Pro+, they were very small.

cameras

Around the back, the Realme 10 Pro+ features a triple-lens setup with the primary shooter housing a 108MP sensor. This is supported by an 8MP and 2MP macro camera, while there is a 16MP front camera. I have already talked in detail about the camera performance of the 10 Pro + compared to the iQOO Z6 Pro (review). You can read about it in the link below, but the overall gist is that I’m very impressed with the photo-taking capabilities of the Realme.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G vs iQOO Z6 Pro: Camera Comparison

Daytime shots are handled well by the sensor and most phones in the mid-range segment can get a good shot in those conditions. The Realme 10 Pro+ is no different from the sharp and detailed images shown, but there are some notable parts in very sunny conditions. Dynamic range is still great, and I was amazed at how well the phone reproduced true-to-life colors. Focus and shutter speed have never been a problem on the device, and I also liked the exposure control on my prime shooter.

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The large sensor remained a bit spotty in terms of detail. It also prefers a warmer color and doesn’t compensate well for the sun’s rays. On the plus side, there’s minimal warping around the edges, which is a common flaw in many competing phones. As for macro shooting, you can take decent photos with good color and detail, but at 2MP the photo can only look fine on a mobile screen.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

The night photography features on the device certainly impressed me a lot. Most of my shots were with ambient lighting around the subject, but the final phone output looked very cool. Additional exposure adjustment, color retention, reduced lens flare and no excessive detail processing. These qualities were amplified by the dedicated night mode which also added more detail in the shadows. Finally, for the selfie camera, facial sharpness remained an issue, but other than that, the device produced decent shots.

performance and software

Under the hood is MediaTek’s Dimensity 1080 SoC which is based on a 6nm manufacturing process. Technically, the chipset is only a slight improvement over the Dimension 1000 found on last year’s devices, but it’s still reasonably good processing power. I ran several benchmarks to measure its capacity and also its performance under constant load. On Antutu, the device scored a total score of 514,042 while its Geekbench 5 multi-core score was 2,370.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

Now these results are not the best in the segment, but for average users, Realme 10 Pro + is more than enough. Also, the device maintains 88 percent of its peak performance under sustained loads, which is a huge plus in my opinion. For games, I ran PUBG: New Country And the title ran at 60fps on Ultra graphics with no significant stuttering after extended use. However, I would like to turn down the graphics for a smoother experience. The phone also has up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM with an additional 8GB available via virtual memory swap with 256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

When accessing some of the other features of the device, there is an in-display fingerprint sensor that works as advertised. 5G features are available on the device with support for SA and NSA bands as the service becomes available in your city. I also like how good the stereo speakers sound, especially the depth they provide in the sound without crackling at higher volumes.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

RealmeUI 4.0, based on Android 13, works on the device, making it the first Realme phone to run the latest Android version out of the box. Most UI elements are no different from Android 12, like the drop-down menu and quick settings. However, there are some extras like volume control and always-on screen recommendation when playing from Spotify. The interface isn’t that clean, with lots of Realme apps filling up the home screen and app drawer. There is also an annoying window that pops up every time you download an app and recommends similar or similar popular apps. Apart from that, RealmeUI 4.0 is intuitive, customizable and relatively easy to use.

battery

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

The phone comes with a 5000mAh battery inside an ultra-thin body. In terms of usage, I got around six hours out of the Realme 10 Pro+ and that included almost three hours of Netflix and around an hour of video streaming. PUBG: New Country. I can safely say that the device will easily last you all day and then some with moderate usage like using social media and browsing Chrome. However, if you need an early recharge, the 67W charging function will help. It can charge a phone from 0 to 100 percent in less than 45 minutes.

Final verdict

I think within this price range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000, no other phone captures the imagination like the Realme 10 Pro+. Aspects like the curved AMOLED display definitely add weight to the device. I also like how it feels in the hand, like a sleek piece of hardware not usually associated with anything in the mid-range category.

Realme 10 Pro + 5G review: accessible elegance

Does it have any flaws? naturally. No device is perfect and I think Realme could have used an ultra-wide shooter and made the UI a little cleaner. Hardcore performance fans will obviously find more comfort in options like the Redmi K50i (review). However, as an all-in-one device, the Realme 10 Pro+ truly offers an all-in-one smartphone experience that won’t disappoint its target audience.

Editor’s rating: 4/5

Positives:

  • a great offer
  • pleasant design
  • Good low light photography
  • Long battery life

Downsides:

  • A very wide shooter who misses the mark
  • Pre-installed applications

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