If you’re looking for one of the best cheap phones, chances are you’ve found it, with the Realme 10. We won’t know for sure until we’ve sent it through a full review, but this new phone certainly has some promising specs on paper and sounds like a major upgrade over the Realme 9.
Highlights include a 90Hz AMOLED display, slim design, large battery and improved power. But there’s a lot more to this phone.
Below you will find all the important details about the Realme 10, including the release date, price and all the important specifications.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? An affordable new Realme phone
- When is it out? Now in select parts of Europe, coming soon to others
- How much is it? €279 (about $280 / £245 / AU$430)
Realme 10 release date and price
The Realme 10 was announced on November 9, 2022 and is now on sale in Italy and Poland, with other parts of Europe also getting it.
The company has not specified which countries those will be, but the UK will likely be among them as the Realme 9 was sold there. We wouldn’t expect the Realme 10 in the US or Australia, though.
As for the price, it starts at €279 (about $280 / £245 / AU$430), although we wouldn’t expect an exact conversion in other regions. Still, this is certainly an affordable phone wherever it is sold.
Realme 10 design and display
The Realme 10 has a design that the company claims is inspired by “particles traveling at the speed of light”. In practice, this means it comes in ‘Clash White’ or ‘Rush Black’, but these are not solid whites and blacks – both contain a ripple of colors, with tiny white dots scattered across them.
The phone measures 159.9 x 73.3 x 7.95mm and 178g and the company notes that it is the thinnest Realme phone ever offered to the global market. It has a punch-hole camera on the front and two large camera bodies on the back, as you can see in the photos in this article.
The Realme 10 is likely to be clad in plastic, but the company has not specified that. There’s no mention of water resistance either, but that’s not surprising at this price.
As for the display, the Realme 10 has a 6.4-inch 1080 x 2400 Super AMOLED display, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a brightness of up to 1000 nits and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Those are the same specs as the Realme 9’s screen, but in our review we were impressed with that phone’s display.
Realme 10 camera and battery
The Realme 10 has a dual-lens camera on the back, and this is one aspect of the phone that sounds less impressive, as while the 50MP f/1.8 main snapper has reasonable specs, it’s accompanied by just a 2MP f/2.4. black and white (ie black and white) camera.
Not only that, but the Realme 9 actually has a triple-lens camera – including a 108MP primary sensor – so the Realme 10 could be a downgrade here.
That said, Realme claims that its new phone offers an improved night mode that reduces noise, and the shutter speed is 121% faster than the previous model. There’s also a 16MP f/2.45 front camera.
For the battery, Realme has gone with a 5,000 mAh battery, which is a decent but fairly standard size. This supports 33W charging, which Realme claims can take the phone from zero to 50% in 28 minutes. There is no wireless charging, but we wouldn’t expect that for this price either.
Realme 10 Specifications and Features
There is a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset in the Realme 10, a fairly low-end but modern chipset, and it is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. However, the phone also allows you to use storage as virtual RAM, increasing it to 16 GB.
The company claims that the gaming performance with this phone is strong for the price, citing the fact that you can play PUBG Mobile at 40 fps in balanced mode.
There’s a choice of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage, along with a microSD card slot – although these versions may not all be available in all regions, and this is only a 4G phone, so one key thing missing here, is 5G.
As for features, the Realme 10 has a 3.5mm headphone port, an ‘UltraBoom’ speaker, which promises Hi-Res audio at 200% volume, and it runs the company’s Realme UI 3.0, based on Android 12.