Realme 3: Low budget all-rounder, redefined.

This is the detailed review of Realme 3 after two month of usage.

Realme 3, is one of the most anticipated mobiles in the Realme lineup after Realme 2 pro was released on 12th March this year. It also features a lot more with price starting from Rs.8,999.  The most evident upgrade to this phone from its older versions is the new, powerful helio p70 processor which is proved to be faster than the similar processor, Snapdragon 660.

The box contains the smartphone, a 5V charger, a micro USB cable, Sim ejection pin, A clear silicon case and warranty.

Let’s get into the detailed review of Realme 3. But before that, the actual specification list of the mobile is provided in the link below. 


https://www.realme.com/in/realme3/specs
Source: Realme.com

Design

The phone comes with a 6.22″ HD+ display with a dewdrop notch design. The chin is still significantly large. The back panel is made of plastic with two glossy gradient design and one plain black. The design feels pretty premium and the finish looks stunning, but because of the material it is made of, Polycarbonate, its a fingerprint magnet. Also, this material gets scratched very easily. Usage of case or skin is much recommended. In spite of the glossy look, The phone doesn’t easily slip from the hand. The grip of the phone is really good even if your hands are wet. 

Just above the notch is the earpiece and to the right is the proximity sensor. On the back of the display is the dual camera setup and the fingerprint sensor. The logo is printed in the bottom left corner of the back. Volume rockers are at the left side from the front. Power button is on the right.

The box also comes with a clear silicon case within. The case is also very rigid and durable. Even after 4-5 accidental falls from 3-4 feet height, Nothing happened to the display. The phone out of the box comes with a tempered glass already installed in the display. Using realme phones from the past, these pre-installed tempered glasses proved to be really effective and durable.

Display

Being an HD+ display, the color correction is pretty good for the price range. The display, out of the box is a little bit on the cooler side. But this can be compensated with the Night shield mode where the temperature of the display can be altered. Including with this, there are other options like Black and white mode which is really great to cut off power consumption and also a high contrast mode, used for reading. It doesn’t perform well in outdoors. But, in indoors, The display is really great, let it be gaming or videos, The colors are vivid and bright enough. 

Camera

There are three cameras on the phone, two at the back and one in the front. 

There are a 12MP f/1.8 and a 2MP depth sensor at the back. The rear cameras do a pretty good job in color reproduction. The depth produced just with the primary sensor is really good. Portrait mode also does a good job in edge detection and keeping the bokeh as subtle as possible. The stock camera user experience is above average. 

Auto mode(with chromaboost) vs Auto mode.

The default camera is also enabled with AI recognition and color correction process which may or may not be used all the time. The inbuilt filters in the default camera are working fine.  The chroma boost mode felt like a gimmick until I used it for real. It actually does push the saturation and contrasts a lot better than a normal picture. 

used all the time. The inbuilt filters in the default camera are working fine. 
The chroma boost mode felt like a gimmick until I used it for real. It actually does push the saturation and contrasts a lot better than a normal picture. 

Nightscape vs Auto mode.

Nightscape or the Night mode in this camera is also well developed and worked on. It brings a little bit of noise in the frame but still produces a better more exposed picture. It doesn’t work on pitch black places. In the places where the light is not sufficient but still adequate enough to find the objects, Nightscape mode is much preferred. 

Video recording in this camera is not much recommended or reliable. It shoots at 1080p 30fps at max with no electronic or optical stabilization. Still, the pros of the photography side of this phone are also reflected in the videography side. The color reproduction is still good enough. Low light performance is below average. 

For slow motion and time lapses, tripods or monopods are highly recommended. It can take up to 120fps for slow-motion videos at max. Time lapses are really great from a camera of this price point. 

Performance

The phone is packed with the very new Mediatek Helio P70 processor with the GPU ARM Mali-G72. From the benchmark scores, this processor took a lead of Snapdragon 660 processor.  In fact, the Helio P70 is one of the most powerful and capable SoCs in the mid-range segment. But, the actual performance is not that great to feel in hands than even a phone with Snapdragon 600 series chipset. This is not to blame the processor but the software which has been built around it. Often, the user interface gets laggy and unresponsive after using it for hours together. Although, it does come along with a gaming mode which boosts the performance of the chip and it actually does a really good job. The RAM management is better than its predecessors. It isn’t aggressive. Apps stay in memory for a long time and don’t get unexpectedly killed. During my test, the device was able to hold up to 11 apps in memory without any reloading when reopening them.

Gaming

Realme’s Gaming Assistant really comes handy when playing games. It helps get rid of pop-up notifications, sounds, as well as incoming calls for a distraction-free gaming experience. You can take screenshots and even record your gaming session with a single click. It also allows you to open WhatsApp and SMS app in a small pop-up window so you can chat with your gaming buddies right from the game screen without actually leaving the game.

The ARM Mali G72 has proved to be a better GPU from the performance observed from Realme 3. To put the unit on a test, some high graphic games are played and the frame rate has been analyzed. With medium graphics in PUBG, the phone gives smooth 26fps with minimal frame rate changes for 30 minutes. I have tried it with Asphalt 9: Legends which also gave smooth 27fps for 30 minutes straight. Overheating issues were never observed in my device until now even with 4-5 hours of screen on time in a day.

Software

Realme 3 run in Android pie v9.0 with its own UI ColorOS 6.0 on it. Impressively, they made a lot of changes from ColorOS 5.0. They included the app drawer, a new notification bar, bigger brighter app icons, A better navigation system etc. 

If you love the way iOS works, you will surely appreciate colorOS. There are different modes of how you want the interface to be. 

There is also Driving mode which mutes all notifications and sounds while you’re driving. You can whitelist contacts which you don’t want to mute or can use the “Ring for repeated calls” feature which let the device ring if the same number tries to call again within 3 minutes.

Although the software comes with a lot of perks, customization is difficult in a full-scale manner. To keep an external launcher the primary one, it takes a lot of time and mazing through settings which is really a pain in the ass. Battery analysis and screen on time reports are not given, hopefully, it will be addressed in upcoming updates. 

Security

It has both face and fingerprint unlocks with the conventional ways of unlocking. It has the fingerprint scanner in the rear where usually the index finger rests. Its decently fast and really responsive. It may not be the fastest, but it gets the job done. The face recognition is something which never expected to be this good. Its really fast and highly secure too. Face unlock is highly responsive than the fingerprint in better lighting. Although the face unlock is really good, it is still an RGB sensor and struggles in low light. In pitch black environments, the screen just brightens up slowly so to illuminate that light and use it to unlock the phone. It takes around 2-3 seconds but still, it gets the job done. 

Conclusion

Realme 3 has its own merits and demerits. It has a really great design, an impressive camera with a lot of in-built features, A better software, a great battery life and is also highly secure. But, the performance is not at par. The user interface needs a lot of improvement. The speakers and the display are below average. They indeed did some tradeoffs to push the product to a particular market. 

Gamers with a very tight budget can blindly choose this phone with no hesitation if at all that is the only thing you care about. It is easily a two-day phone for normal users. But for this price point, it seems very fair to mid-range smartphones.

Talking about its competitor, Redmi note 7 which is just rs.1000 more than Realme 3 also shares many aspects from this mobile. for example, It also has a great body, A great battery life, A good high res display. But the camera experience felt better in realme 3 than RN7. Personally, I would go for ColorOS than MIUI. Its just a personal choice. 

Recently, Realme 3’s bigger brother Realme 3 pro got released with better specs and better camera and better build. Do check it out too.

As far as I have used Realme 3 for past one month, my score for it would be
3.5/5

5 thoughts on “Realme 3: Low budget all-rounder, redefined.”

  1. Display is LcD ? Because if its that….then Black and White wont be much of a difference in power Saving. Because color or non color, the backlight is what consuming the power.

    1. The display is HD LCD panel. Although The display isn’t very crisp, they have made a lot of in-built applications to save battery.

  2. Just 3.5 🙄. C’mon it’s a mid-ranger. You can’t expect Galaxy like performance. I still amazed by the performance of my realme 1.

    1. The major drawbacks I experienced were on performance and display. I had more expectations on the camera which made me upset, just a little bit. Also, No OS will match the stock feel. Only these factors made me give a rating of 3.5/5.

  3. This is really helpful…n picture quality seems pretty good. I might buy this phone next…thanks for ur review👍👍

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