realme is back at it again with their 10 series of smartphones, in this full review we check-out the 10 Pro+ 5G, the most powerful of the three in this lineup.
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In front, the realme 10 Pro+ features a very nice and proper curved edge AMOLED panel, with a punch-hole selfie camera found at the upper-center edge of the display. Above that is a very sleek and slim earpiece grill hidden in the bezel. The device feels nice to grip and hold in the hands, although the aluminum frame feels more like the cheaper grade kind.
On top you can find 1 out of 2 stereo speakers as well as a microphone for loudspeaker calls to its right.
Found at the right side is the volume rocker and power button.
At the bottom, we can find a dual sim card tray, a mic for calls, a USB Type-C port, and 2 out of 2 stereo speakers.
At the rear, the realme 10 Pro+ sports a polycarbonate back panel with a triple camera setup hard to miss on the top left and the dual LED flash to the right of it. You also get minimal realme branding at the bottom left, symmetrically centered to the camera modules.
Our unit is in this Dark Matter Black colorway and it does a good job at making the device look shiny but the back panel’s surface does feel matte. For other color options there’s Nebula Blue and Hyperspace available as well.
For ergonomics, I’m really not a fan of volume rockers on the right side, my finger also tends to bump into the bottom camera module whenever I reach to increase volume. If you hold your phone with your right hand, your results may vary.
Looking at it’s dimensions, clearly this is a tall phone so I feel like they could have also bumped the volume rocker and power button just a few millimeters lower. In my opinion this would probably benefit both left and right handed users moving forward.
I do like the thinness of the phone paired up with the flatter top and bottom sides. You can stand the phone up by itself if you wanted.
But overall the design for me is very reminiscent of a lot of phones in recent years I mean how can you reinvent a rectangle in your pocket without folding it right?
The realme 10 Pro+ 5G features a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED panel that supports HDR10+ and can reach a peak brightness of 800 nits (1080 x 2412 ~394 ppi).
We don’t get any Corning gorilla glass certification onboard, but realme does claim to incorporate 0.65mm of double-reinforced glass, capable of surviving 1.5m drops.
I ran into no problems viewing this display outdoors or indoors. Although if you spend most of your 4PM afternoons out in direct sunlight, your results may vary.
When it comes to media consumption, its really hard not to enjoy this display. If you’ve been a fan of AMOLED panels, you already know what to expect: Deep blacks and great vibrancy right out of the box. And with a wide color gamut, you can definitely expect a very enjoyable viewing experience here.
Because of my preference for accurate colors when watching media, when it comes to AMOLED panels nowadays, I tend to switch from the Vibrant display profile to a Neutral one, or in this 10 Pro+ 5G’s case, even this cinematic one which claims to cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.
I find that vibrant display profiles tend to be a lot cooler and really saturate skin tones when watching videos which could seem less flattering. But I also get the preference for poppy colors, especially in the UI when in the vibrant profile.
For speakers, we get a stereo setup on here. Which translates to you getting a left and right channel when listening to music or streaming your favorite shows and movies.
No 3.5mm audio jack here.
Although I’m happy to report that the stereo speakers on this realme 10 Pro+ are actually very good in terms of loudness! When maxing-out the volume to 100 there is little to no distortion. We get strong highs and mids with lows less present.
I think it’s worth mentioning that we also get an Ultra Volume mode when you increase the volume passed 100%. You can expect a lot of distortion here with the highs pretty much clipped, but this also makes it perfect for when you find yourself just wanting to hear what is said (maybe a podcast) when in a very sound polluted location.
For hardware, globally the realme 10 Pro+ is equipped with a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 (6 nm) chipset (MT6877V), and an Mali-G68 MC4 GPU.
It is worth mentioning that our review unit features a Dimensity 920 chipset instead, and we can confirm that this will be the chipset included in Philippine units. This is most likely due to a chip shortage with the Dimensity 1080.
For configurations, in our shores the realme 10 Pro+ will come in either 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128/256GB of internal storage. It also features virtual RAM expansion from 4GB to 8GB, which made multitasking between apps pretty easy for day to day use.
Going into software, you get Android 13 out of the box with realme UI 4.0 skinned on top. Realme UI has pretty-much evolved over the years and I like it overall! In our opinion there is room for one nitpicky improvement here and that’s better resizing options for pop-up windows.
What I do like are the interface customization features; from typefaces to display picture profiles. I believe realme UI 4.0 has all the foundational properties down in this iteration but stuff like double pressing the lock button to shortcut to the camera app are definitely features I miss from stock Android and other interfaces.
But with all that said, no major hiccups here. In 2023 it’s really hard to get a smartphone at this price point wrong in my opinion, but who knows I’m sure there are still flukes out there.
When it came to day to day tasks, productivity work and gaming, the generation old chipset was not an issue for me. It handled all apps I threw at it with no problem.
This could be a concern for our synthetic benchmark results, if you’re interested in that I’ll have them flash on-screen now.
|Device:||realme 10 Pro+|
|Chipset:||Mediatek Dimensity 920|
|3DMark Wild Life||2,248|
|PCMark Work 3.0||14,189|
the realme 10 Pro+ gets an big 5,000mAh battery, capable of 67W Super VOOC Ultra-fast Charging.
In the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test, we got 11 hours and 30 minutes.
In our proprietary video loop test, the device lasted 20 hours and 30 minutes.
Utilizing 67W Super VOOC, charging the 10 Pro+ from 0 to 100 took exactly an hour.
This was also with Optimized Night Time charging turned off.
So yes it wasn’t hard to get one and a half days of use from this and paired with the included charger and a readily available outlet, it’s really like you never run out of juice.
Biometrics and Security
When it comes to biometric security, you get optical facial recognition on here, it’s quite quick but your results may vary in low-lighting conditions.
Alternatively, there is an optical in-display fingerprint sensor available as well. And I would personally use that for security instead, as it’s just as quick and more secure anyways.
The realme 10 Pro+ gets a triple-camera setup at the rear that consists of a 108MP main shooter [Aperture: F/1.8], an 8MP ultrawide [Aperture: F/2.2], and a 2MP macro [Aperture: F/2.4]. In front, we get a 16MP selfie camera [Aperture: F/2.5].
Overall the 10 Pro+ 5G takes very good photos especially at its price point. Images come out sharp and clear whether in the day or night. Colors look poppy, vibrant, and a lot more accurate than I was expecting. It’s weakest point would definitely less optimal lighting conditions but that can also be said for any camera, the main sensors wide aperture definitely helps in this department though.
For Video, the realme 10 Pro+ allows users to shoot up to 4k at 30fps, and FHD at 30, 60, 120, and 240fps.
Overall the video that comes out of this device, whether front or back, does NOT disappoint. They’re sharp and color accurate enough for social media use, school projects, and for capturing those great moments in your life. The focus is great and snappy and that main sensor aperture of F/1.8 is definitely a treat!
Check-out our sample videos below:
To conclude this review we need to talk about price.
The realme Pro+ 5G will come in two configurations here in the Philippines.
That’s the 8GB RAM+128GB of internal storage configuration at P19,999 and the 12GB RAM+256GB of internal storage config for P24,999.
And if you ask me, this is A LOT of phone for 20-25k.
You get a beautiful color-accurate 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for fluid animations, pretty amazing speakers at this budget, a good set of cameras for even low-light shooting, and have I not stressed how affordable this is? Apologies if I sound like an advertisement here, but I am fairly impressed with how far smartphones at this price point have generally improved over generations of just wanting the next big flagship device from the whichever big manufacturer for two to four times as much.
Now that chipset downgrade may discourage some power users interested in this device locally, and may even take away its flagship-level status but when it comes to real-world use, honestly that really didn’t matter to me.
So what do you guys think of the realme 10 Pro+ 5G? let us know in the comment’s section below.
relame 10 Pro+ 5G specs:
6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz, (FHD+ 2412 × 1080, 394ppi)
Mediatek MT6877V Dimensity 920
128GB, 256GB internal storage
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band
GPS (L1+L5)/ GALILEO/ GLONASS/ BDS/ QZSS
108MP Main camera (f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF)
8MP Ultrawide (f/2.2 aperture)
2MP Macro (f/2.4 aperture)
@[email protected], [email protected]/60/120/480fps, [email protected], gyro-EIS
16MP Selfie (f/2.5 aperture)
5000mAh Li-on battery
Type-C, USB 2.0
realme UI 4.0
161.5 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (dimensions)
173 grams (weight)