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About the Phone
- It has an impressive design with a glossy gradient colour finish.
- The big display with dewdrop notch offers good viewing angles.
- For the given price bracket, the overall performance is excellent.
- The battery backup is amazing.
- Both the Fingerprint Sensor and Face Unlock features are quick to respond.
- The camera performance is subpar in low-light settings.
- The screen resolution is on the lower side.
- Outdoor visibility could be better.
- The glossy back is a fingerprint and grease magnet.
Realme 3 is loaded with amazing features and specs including the massive display, the powerful battery backup, the reliable processor, and a decent camera setup. Under 10k, the phone seems to be a steal!
Although Realme began its journey with Oppo as its guardian, it was quick to launch itself as an independent brand. And Realme’s journey so far has been successful in the Indian market. Realme 3 is the successor of Realme 2, and while both these phones have similarities, there are noticeable differences as well.
The Realme 3 sports a 6.2″ (15.75 cm) LCD screen with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. It runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) and uses an Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P70 processor. The phone is available in two storage variants – 3 GB RAM/32GB internal memory and 4GB RAM/64GB internal memory.
As for the camera, it features a dual-camera setup (13MP+2MP) on the rear and a 13MP front camera. The phone gets a huge battery backup with a 4230 mAh battery.
The Realme 3 comes in three gorgeous color options – Black, Dynamic Black, and Radiant Blue. In India, the price of Realme 3 starts from Rs. 8,999 onwards.
Coming to the design, Realme 3 looks classy and elegant. On the rear, you will find the dual-camera set up with the LED flash in the top-left corner. The Fingerprint Sensor is placed conveniently in the middle. The Realme logo lies on the bottom-left edge of the rear panel.
While the gradient finish looks stunning, it is a fingerprint and grease magnet. So, keeping it clean is a big issue unless you use a protector case. The left side of the frame houses the power button, whereas the right side has the volume buttons. At the bottom, you have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro-USB port, and a speaker grill.
The Realme 3 has a 6.2″ LCD screen with HD+ resolution. While the screen resolution is 720 x 1,520 pixels, it has a pixel density of 271ppi. While the display features are similar to that of the Realme 2, the phone gets a new addition in the form of a small ‘droplet notch.’
The colors are decent, and the text is sharp enough, although you can see minor pixelation. And since the resolution is on the lower side, the icons may look blurry. But given the price, you cannot really complain about the display.
The phone uses an octa-core (2.1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53) MediaTek Helio P70 processor to power its core. This flagship MediaTek chipset is almost at par with Snapdragon 660 in terms of performance. For the graphical side of things, the phone gets a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
Going by the benchmark scores, we must say that the processor is impressive. While in AnTuTu, Realme 3 scored 1,36,619 points, in Geekbench 4 Single-core it scored 1476 points, and in GFXbench’s T-Rex graphics test, it scored 46fps. All of this combined equates to fairly great performance for a phone under 10k.
While the phone can handle everyday tasks pretty well with no signs of lagging, it can also handle heavy games like Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG. The gaming experience is excellent, with the only minor drawback being that the body tends to get a little warm. But then, that’s not a very serious issue.
Speaking of the software, the Realme 3 is the first flagship phone of the brand to feature the Color OS 6, based on Android v9.0 (Pie). The new Color OS 6 has been improved to give the phone a clean and minimalistic look.
While the OS retains the signature features of Android 9 Pie (rounded, bubble-like menu design, the two-layer navigation system with an app drawer, etc.), the inbuilt launcher allows you to choose from various options for screen layout, navigation gestures, and other customization options.
Again, the Realme 3 camera gets a boost from its predecessor (Realme 2) – a dual-cam setup with 13MP (f/1.8) primary shooter coupled with a 2MP secondary sensor at the back. There’s also an LED flash just below it. The camera packs in loads of useful features like the Phase-detection Autofocus, HDR imaging, and Portrait, Panorama, and Nightscape modes.
Plus, there’s a new Chrome Boost option which is basically an advanced HDR mode that stacks a few images together and offers additional enhancements in the dynamic range, and sometimes in the color saturation as well. The camera app has AI scene recognition to perfectly capture objects and scenes.
Realme claims that the Nightscape mode uses AI and multi-frame exposures to help you capture brighter and detailed images in low-light. In reality, while the camera could capture some decent shots in low-light settings, the results weren’t great in extremely low-light surroundings.
But that’s quite alright. As for landscape shots, it is more of a hit-or-miss situation – some photos come out looking great, with enough details and accurate color reproduction, while some appear to be out of focus and grainy. Portrait mode, on the other hand, works quite well. The HDR and Chroma Boost also help in capturing good images in bright light settings.
The 13MP selfie cam ( f/2.0 aperture) comes with AI beautification feature that allows you to enhance your selfies. In bright light settings, the front camera too performed very well, but for low-light conditions, the struggle is the same as the rear camera. However, at this price range, you cannot complain much about camera performance.
The camera can record videos up to 1080p at 30fps. You also get a slow-mo video recording option that captures 720p videos at 90fps. When shot in well-lit environments, the videos come out look sharp and detailed. But again, videos can get shaky if you don’t have a steady hand, since there’s no stabilization option.
The Realme 3 uses a 4,230 mAh non-removable battery. Although it does not support fast charging, the battery can easily last a full day for normal-to-medium usage. This includes calling, texting, listening to music, using social media apps, and other such day-to-day tasks. However, if you indulge in gaming for long hours, you will see the battery drop faster. Overall, the battery performance is excellent.
To sum up, Realme 3 is the perfect budget phone with some amazing specs. The powerful processor, the impressive gaming experience, the long-lasting battery life, and the classy and premium look of the phone are its major selling points. And given the price range, it has to be one of the best phones under 10k.