The Realme 3 (RMX1821) Review – An Incredible Bargain!

Realme 3 Performance - Work, Gaming, Battery Life + Recharging Speed

Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the Realme 3’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browsing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

Realme 3 PCMark results

Work 2.0 Realme 3 Honor Play OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Performance Score 7309 7361 6475 5379
Web Browsing 7779 7695 6572 5278
Video Editing 5292 5499 5387 4413
Writing 7479 6649 5617 5056
Photo Editing 13871 13326 10740 7427
Data Manipulation 4921 5764 5331 5147
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The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) did very well in this test. Its MediaTek Helio P60 virtually matched the flagship-class Kirin 970 powering the HONOR Play.

It was 13% faster than the far more expensive OPPO R17 Pro, and 35% faster than the Galaxy A7 2018 smartphones!

 

Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the Realme 3’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

Realme 3 3DMark results

Ice Storm Unlimited Honor Play Realme 3 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018
Gaming Score 31622 20205 15354 15354
Graphics 37351 19444 15788 15788
Physics 20576 23414 14005 14005
Graphics Test 1 208.9 fps 119.9 fps 136.5 fps 136.5 fps
Graphics Test 2 132.8 fps 65.3 fps 45.8 fps 45.8 fps
Physics Test 65.3 fps 74.3 fps 44.5 fps 44.5 fps
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The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) also delivered good gaming performance. It was 36% slower than the HONOR Play which boasts the flagship-class Kirin 970 mobile SoC.

On the other hand, it was 32% faster than the OPPO R17 Pro and Galaxy A7 2018,, which are both more expensive mid-range smartphones!

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the Realme 3’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

Realme 3 battery life

Work 2.0 OPPO R17 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Realme 3 Honor Play
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 3,300 mAh 4,230 mAh 3,750 mAh
Battery Life 11 hours 54 mins 11 hours 25 mins 10 hours 35 mins 9 hours 56 mins
Battery Utilisation 5.18 mAh / min. 4.82 mAh / min. 6.66 mAh / min. 6.29 mAh / min.
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Thanks to its large battery, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) delivered a good battery life of 10.5 hours. Note that this is not just screen-on time. It’s running the Work 2.0 benchmark over, and over again, for 10.5 hours!

That said, it is the least efficient model in this comparison, using 6% more power than the HONOR Play, 28.5% more than the OPPO R17 Pro, and 38% more than the Samsung Galaxy A7 2018.

 

Battery Recharging Performance

The Realme 3 comes with a 10 watt fast charger. Let’s take a look at how fast it recharges the 4,230 mAh battery.

Realme 3 battery recharging speed

Recharging Speed OPPO R17 Pro Honor Play Samsung Galaxy A7 2018 Realme 3
Battery Capacity 3,700 mAh 3,750 mAh 3,300 mAh 4,230 mAh
Charger Output 50 Watts 18 Watts 7.75 Watts 10 Watts
Recharging Time 33 Minutes 92 mins 115 minutes 190 minutes
Recharging Speed 112 mAh / minute 40.7 mAh/ / minute 28.7 mAh / minute 22.3 mAh / minute
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The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) took 3 hours and 10 minutes (190 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%. This is not very good performance for a 10 watt charger, because the Galaxy A7 2018 recharges 29% faster with its less powerful 7.75 watt charger.

Its battery life : recharging ratio of 3.3 : 1 is also below average. A rule of thumb – for one hour of battery life, you’ll need to charge it for 18 minutes.

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