realme has launched its latest realme 10 Series smartphones in India with the two smartphones – realme 10 Pro+ and realme 10 Pro running the new realme UI 4.0 which debuted alongside. The realme 10 Pro is the tone-down variant of the realme 10 Pro+ with features such as a 120 Hz display, Snapdragon 695 SoC, bezel-less display, and more. Here’s what you need to know about the phone in our realme 10 Pro review.
realme 10 Pro Specifications
- Display: 6.72-inch display, Full HD+ resolution (2,412 x 1,080 pixels), 120 Hz refresh rate
- Software: realme UI 4.0 interface, Android 13 operating system
- CPU: 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G octa-core SoC
- GPU: Adreno 619
- Memory: 6 GB OR 8 GB RAM
- Storage: 128 GB internal storage
- Main Camera: Dual cameras (108 MP main + 2 MP macro)
- Selfie Camera: 16 MP
- Others: Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
- Cellular: 5G network, dual SIM, dual 5G standby support
- Battery: 5,000 mAh battery
- Charging: 33W SuperDart fast charging
- Price: ₹18,999 (6 GB + 128 GB), ₹19,999 (8 GB + 128 GB)
- Availability: 16th December 2022, Flipkart and realme.com
Design, Display, & Build Quality
Moving to its design, the realme 10 Pro has an amazing bezel-less screen with a slim design, realme calls it Boundless Display which has about 1 mm ultra-slim side bezels that look fantastic. The realme 10 Pro has a Hyperspace design as you can see, and the back has reflecting patterns that look impressive.
The phone comes in a total of three color variants – Hyperspace, Nebula Blue, and Dark Matter, we got the Hyperspace color as you can see. The back isn’t glass, and the sides aren’t metallic, but the design is quite well-built.
The realme 10 Pro equips a 6.72-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution (2,412 x 1,080 pixels) and a 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth touch interactions and response. The display also offers a 240 Hz touch sampling rate and a brightness of 680 nits at peak.
The screen doesn’t have any in-display fingerprint scanner as you see on the realme 10 Pro+, rather you get it on the side embedded on the power button. The cameras on the back are just dual, no triple setup, the 108 MP camera being the main while the 2 MP a portrait.
The right side has a power button and volume controls while the left side has a dual SIM tray with microSD card support on SIM2. The top has a microphone and a loudspeaker at the earpiece (stereo) while the bottom side offers another loudspeaker making dual speakers. The bottom side has a USB Type-C, a microphone, and a 3.5 mm jack for earphones/headphones.
Software, User Interface, & Features
Like the realme 10 Pro+, you can see the realme UI 4.0 in the realme 10 Pro as well. Since the realme UI 4.0 is launched alongside, both the phones run on the realme UI 4.0 (Android 13) out-of-the-box. The realme 10 Pro has a new user interface compared to the older realme UI 3.0, the realme UI 4.0 is based on the Android 13 which means you get most of the latest features of the Android 13 on the realme 10 Pro plus additional features from the customized interface.
The realme UI 4.0 is upgraded from the realme UI 3.0 with additional features and all the native features you get from the Android 13 build. The realme UI 4.0 has been seamlessly optimized for Android 13 and it’s much more improved compared to its predecessors. realme brings in a refreshing UI experience with the new design with a new home screen, Always-on display for multi-tasking, Dynamic Computing Engine, privacy and security, and more.
You do get bloatware on the phone, some pre-installed apps can be found which you can remove if you don’t need them. The realme UI 4.0 packs a whole lot of features including customizations, quick shortcuts, gestures, better usability, and more, on top of all the native Android 13 perks. We will be sharing more about realme UI 4.0 in detail soon.
Hardware & Performance
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 is among the great SoCs in the midrange segment and the realme 10 Pro uses it. The realme 10 Pro equips a 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 which is a mid-range octa-core SoC found on midrange smartphones under ₹20,000 or some above the range. The same chip is also found on the realme 9 Pro 5G, so you can expect a performance similar to it.
About the CPU, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 SoC is a midrange SoC manufactured in a 6nm process consisting of 2 + 6 core configurations, two high-performance Kryo 660 Gold cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, and six power-efficient Kryo Silver cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.
About the performance of the Snapdragon 695 SoC, the CPU is slightly faster than the Snapdragon 765G and far better than the Snapdragon 720G. The performance fits the price bracket and is suitable for everyday use, also good for gaming and multitasking.
For gamers, you will find an Adreno 619 GPU which is used for graphics-demanding apps. The Adreno 619 can run several games smoothly on default graphics settings. Expect the phone to run games with medium to high graphics via Adreno 619.
For the RAM and storage options, the realme 10 Pro comes in two RAM variants while the storage is the same 128 GB in both and supports a microSD card. The RAM expansion technology helps you increase the RAM to an extra 8 GB making a total of 16 GB of RAM on the phone (8 GB model).
For pricing, the base model starts with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage priced at ₹18,999 whereas the top variant with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage is priced at ₹19,999.
As for its cameras, the phone has on-paper dual cameras which may not sound interesting to some users, most smartphones have triple cameras at least in this segment, and some with a quad. But I believe it’s still better to focus on good quality cameras, not just on the numbers. Even with dual cameras, the 108 MP camera on the phone is a real deal.
You can see the two big camera modules, one housing a 108 MP main camera and the other a 2 MP depth camera or portrait camera. No dedicated wide-angle camera, no macro camera, and no telephoto. The front side has a 16 MP camera for selfie and video calling needs.
About the quality of the cameras, the main camera shines out loud with the images looking bright and crisp in the daylight, the 108 MP camera has impressed us, you can expect a good performance out of it overall. The second camera is for portrait use, you can get some nice portraits using the realme 10 Pro camera. No wide-angle camera is available on the phone which limits its capabilities on the phone.
Other features you can see are the night mode, Street Photography mode, Pro mode, Ultra macro, Dual-View Video, Film, Slow-mo, Pano, and Tilt-Shift, alongwith all the regular features. The camera can shoot up to 1080p videos at 30 fps and 720p videos at 60 fps which is average, you might at least expect to record 1080p videos at 60 fps, but that’s all you have on the phone, You don’t get to shoots wide-angle videos as well, but you have slow-motion mode.
Take a look at these images we captured from the realme 10 Pro camera.
realme 10 Pro Camera Samples
Battery Life & Charging
Just like the realme 10 Pro+, the realme 10 Pro also comes with a 5,000 mAh battery, both of them have the same capacity, however, the difference remains in the charging speeds. The realme 10 Pro+ has a faster 67W charging support while the realme 10 Pro has almost half the charging potential with 33W fast charging support. The 33W charger can charge the phone up to 50% in about 29 minutes as opposed to the 17 minutes on realme 10 Pro+. The 5,000 mAh battery on the phone is still good for daily usage, you can expect around 1.5 to 2 days of battery life depending on your usage.
Verdict – realme 10 Pro
The realme 10 Pro has a slim and lightweight design and offers a smooth 120 Hz bezel-less display which looks super amazing when you look at the screen. Also, a fast Snapdragon 695 CPU, a decent 108 MP camera, and offers 33W fast charging which make the phone a great choice for midrangers. Aside from these, the realme 10 Pro comes with the new realme UI 4.0 which has many features for an ideal Android 13 experience. The realme 10 Pro shines out with its specs and features under ₹20,000 budget and is recommended for those who are looking for a mid-range smartphone at this price.