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

Realme 3 - Our Verdict + Award | Specification Comparison

Our Verdict + Award!

Since its inception, Realme has shocked the industry with their ability and willingness to push against the boundaries of what’s possible.

Their first slew of smartphones were incredible value propositions that helped make Realme a household name in just a few months. And they did it without noticeably sacrificing quality or features.

The new Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) impressed us no less with its incredible combination of great features, a classy unibody design, and an unbelievable price point. Unbelievably, it is a BIG UPGRADE from its predecessor, the Realme 2.

Realme 3 in hand diagonal

First, they gave it a big performance boost with the MediaTek Helio P60 processor.  Impressively, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) was as fast as the flagship-class Kirin 970 in work performance, and delivered 32% faster gaming performance than the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and Samsung Exynos 7885 processors.

Next, they upgraded the display; replacing the wide notch with a small dewdrop notch, and adding Gorilla Glass protection. The biggest upgrades though came in the form of its front and rear cameras.

In the front, Realme replaced the 8 MB selfie camera with a higher-resolution 13 MP camera with a brighter f/2.0 lens.

In the back, it upgraded the 13 MP camera with a new sensor with larger pixels, and a new, brighter f/1.8 lens. This camera also boasts new AI capabilities in the form of Nightscape and Chroma Boost photography modes.

The Realme 3 (RMX1821) Smartphone In-Depth Review!

Everything was packed into a really classy unibody chassis with a large 4,230 man battery. The Radiant Blue model is especially beautiful, with its blue-green gradient tones.

Now, here is the punchline. These features are not unique to Realme. You can find them in other smartphones from other brands. But only the Realme 3 offers all that at these incredible price points :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 / ~US$ 147 / £ 112
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 699 / ~US$ 172 / £ 131

Ultimately, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) offers you a powerful mid-range smartphone with high-resolution front and rear cameras, at the price point of entry-level smartphones!

For delivering an incredible value proposition.. an incredible bargain.. yet again, we proudly award the Realme 3 our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Great job, Realme!

Tech ARP Reviewer's Choice Award

 

Realme 3 Specifications Compared

SpecificationsRealme 3 (India)Realme 3 (International)Realme 2
Display6.2-inch display
- 720 x 1520 pixels
- 19:9 aspect ratio, 271 ppi
6.2-inch display
- 720 x 1520 pixels
- 19:9 aspect ratio, 271 ppi
6.2-inch display
- 720 x 1520 pixels
- 19:9 aspect ratio, 271 ppi
ProtectionCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla GlassNA
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 with ColorOS 6.0Android 9.0 with ColorOS 6.0Android 8.1 with ColorOS 5.1
PlatformMediaTek Helio P70MediaTek Helio P60Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.1 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A73 cores (2.0 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.0 GHz)
8 x ARM Cortex A53 cores (up to 1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G72 MP3 (900 MHz)ARM Mali-G72 MP3 (800 MHz)Qualcomm Adreno 506
Memory3 GB / 4 GB RAM3 GB / 4 GB RAM3 GB / 4 GB RAM
Storage32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
32 GB / 64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera13 MP image sensor with f/2.0 lens13 MP image sensor with f/2.0 lens8 MP image sensor with f/2.2 lens
Rear Camera13 MP image sensor with f/1.8 lens
2 MP depth sensor
13 MP image sensor with f/1.8 lens
2 MP depth sensor
13 MP image sensor with f/2.2 lens
2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 lens
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-mountedYes, Rear-mountedYes, Rear-mounted
Other SensorsLight Sensor, G-sensor, Acceleration sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compassLight Sensor, G-sensor, Acceleration sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compassLight Sensor, G-sensor, Acceleration sensor, Magnetic induction, Proximity Sensor
NFCNot availableNot availableNot available
Battery4,230 mAh lithium-ion battery4,230 mAh lithium-ion battery4,230 mAh lithium-ion battery
Dimensions75.6 mm wide
156.1 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
75.6 mm wide
156.1 mm tall
8.3 mm thick
75.6 mm wide
156.2 mm tall
8.2 mm thick
Weight175 g175 g168 g
Available ColoursBlack, Dynamic Black, Radiant BlueBlack, Dynamic Black, Radiant BlueDiamond Black, Diamond Red, Diamond Blue

 

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