Seven Point Summary: Realme 3 — the new sub-Rs 10,000 option

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In about just a year, Realme has emerged as one of the top budget smartphone brands in the country. In this short span of time, the company has launched a few devices that have taken the budget segment by storm.

Now it has come out with a new Realme in the market. And it again comes with a killer price. How good is it? Check out our seven point summary:

Damn, it is good looking
The Realme 3 may be a budget smartphone but the design of the device is going to convince you that it belongs in the mid segment, if not in the high-end one. It has all the design elements that make a good looking smartphone in 2019.

The device comes with a drop notch display on the front paired with slim bezels on top and sides while a slightly thicker chin rests below it. It sports a slightly shimmery yet subtle back with a colour gradient.

The only negative thing about the design is perhaps the plastic back of the smartphone but because the plastic back has a very glass-ish look, the smartphone does not look or feel cheap in any regard.

Let down by the display
While it may have scored well in the design department, a major let down of the device is the display of the Realme 3. The smartphone sports a tall 6.2-inch display with thin bezels which is topped with Gorilla Glass 5 to protect from drops and scratches. But while it has the makings of a good display, the resolution is what takes the Realme 3 down a notch (pun intended).

It comes with an HD display with screen resolution of 720 x 1520 (a disappointment when you consider that full HD is becoming the rule now near this price point), and it does not offer a great colour contrast or detail. It is not bright enough to stand against a sunny afternoon either.

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Generally smooth performer
The Realme 3 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 processor and comes in 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, and 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variants. The storage can be expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card.

In terms of processing power, the MediaTek Helio P70 processor can easily handle your routine tasks and can sail smoothly through some heavy duty multitasking and app hopping. Casual games are a treat on the device but you might get a few hiccups while handling the high-end gaming zone.

The fingerprint scanner on the back is pretty accurate and fast. If you fancy putting a face lock on the device then you can do so by finding option in Settings. Face Unlock works smoothly enough but can even unlock the phone with user’s eyes shut, which is a minus!

Very good cameras
In the camera department, the Realme 3 features a combination of a 13-megapixel sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor on the back. The primary camera of the Realme 3 performs very well in well-lit conditions. One area where we were very impressed is colour reproduction, with the camera delivering colours that were very realistic with very little saturation — a pleasant surprise, considering that even some high-end cameras struggle to capture real colours.

The camera also does well in the detail department in good light conditions and captures a fair amount of detail. The problem surfaces in night mode or low light conditions where the Realme 3 struggles. But at this price point, it still punches way above its price point. The smartphone comes with 13-megapixel selfie camera which just like the main camera performs well in daylight but struggles in low light scenarios. All in all — great cameras for the price.

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That’s one big battery
One of the biggest USPs of the Realme 3 is the huge battery, that the brand packed in a relatively compact and slim body. It is powered by a 4,230 mAh battery which can easily see you through a day and half of routine usage of social media, texting, and photography amongst other things.

Use it carefully and the lower resolution display means that you could even get through two days on a single charge. That single charge could take some time though, as the phone does not come with fast charging! 

A confusing UI
The Realme 3 runs on Android Pie (9.0) out of the box and is topped with Color OS 6.0. We like the fact that the smartphone comes with the latest version of Android which is a massive plus, considering how even some of the mid segment smartphones cut this corner very conveniently.

But the ColorOS on top (the same seems on Oppo phones) makes things slightly tricky. The interface is loaded with third party apps and unlike other OS layers like EMUI and MIUI where they are arranged carefully, the ones on the Realme 3 pretty much hoard all the screen space of the device. You will also need some time to get used to some of the interface quirks. We are not saying it is bad — just that it is clustered and will take time to get used to. 

Very good for under Rs 10,000… make that Rs 9,000
Priced at Rs. 8,999 for the 3 GB/ 32 GB variant and 10,999 for the 4 GB/ 64 GB variant, the Realme 3 finds itself going head on with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 which is priced at Rs. 9,999 for 3 GB/ 32 GB variant, and Rs. 11,999 for 4 GB/ 64 GB variant.

Yes, the Note 7 is slightly higher in terms of price but it also offers a better processor (Snapdragon 660), premium design (glass back) and a full HD screen. Another popular device in the category is Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 — slightly old now but still with a solid build and decent specs. But if you are looking for a device which has a great camera and battery life, handles general performance well, looks good and does not cost a bomb, the Realme 3 is a really good option.

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