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Realme Chroma Boost Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

Realme Chroma Boost Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

One of the new photography features of the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro smartphones is Chroma Boost – an advanced HDR photography feature!

Find out what Chroma Boost does, and how you can use it to take better photos.

We will also share with you the many Chroma Boost photos we took across the US West Coast!

 

Realme Chroma Boost Primer

Realme introduced two new photography features in their Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro smartphones – a Nightscape mode, and Chroma Boost.

Chroma Boost is an advanced HDR feature that goes beyond HDR, which involves taking and combining multiple photos with different exposures.

On top of increasing the photo’s dynamic range, it will also correct and boost colour, while keeping control of noise.

 

Turning On Chroma Boost

Chroma Boost is so important that Realme made it the second icon at the top of the Camera app.

  1. To turn it on, just open the camera app, and tap on the second icon at the top.
  2. The Chroma Boost Is ON message will appear, and the Chroma Boost icon will appear in colour.

Until you turn it off, every photo your Realme 3 / Realme 3 Pro takes from now on will use Chroma Boost.

 

Turning Off Chroma Boost

  1. To turn it off, just open the camera app, and tap on the second icon at the top.
  2. The Chroma Boost Is OFF message will appear, and the Chroma Boost icon will turn black and show grey mountains.

 

When To Use Chroma Boost

Chroma Boost takes a considerable amount of time to take and process each shot – about 3 to 5 seconds.

So it is best used for planned shots of subjects that are not moving much. In fact, that’s the reason why it is turned off by default.

For most candid shots, or occasions where you want to take multiple shots quickly, you will probably want to disable Chroma Boost.

In the next part, we will show you the kind of shots Chroma Boost can deliver with our showcase of the Realme 3 in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Chroma Boost Sample Of Pier 39

This is the famous dock at the end of Pier 39, home to a number of California sea lions. It’s dusk – a really tricky time where the light isn’t great, but it’s not quite the time for using the Nightscape mode.

Surprisingly, it turned out much brighter than in real life, without getting washed out. You can see the sea lions in the foreground, as well as the bright lights of downtown San Francisco at the back.

 

Chroma Boost Samples Of Lombard Street

No tourist worth his or her name will visit San Francisco without going to the winding Lombard Street, even though it is really NOT the most crooked street in San Francisco.

That title really belongs to Vermont Street, near South of Market, although Lombard Street is definitely more picturesque. Plus, the Powell-Hyde cable car stops at the top!

As it so happened, we were there when the Zoox team decided to test their autonomous vehicle going down Lombard Street!

Next Page > Chroma Boost Samples of Alcatraz Island + Downtown San Francisco

 

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Alcatraz Island

A short (but expensive) hop off San Francisco is the infamous Alcatraz Island.

It’s ironic how so many people are clamouring to get into Alcatraz when quite a few prisoners (and guards) lost their lives during several escape attempts…

One thing we like about Chroma Boost is how well it keeps control of the highlights, while lifting out details from the shadows.

This picture was taken in very bright sunlight. Yet you can see the blue sky, and even the clouds!

In this example, the former residential apartments are in the shadow, and would normally look dark. But the doors and windows are clearly visible.

It also work great indoors. Especially if you are taking shots of static objects.

Take a close look at this picture. Not only does it have great dynamic range, it managed to capture the bird flying and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the distance.

In fact, you can even see the sloping streets of San Francisco!

It was not easy to get this shot, but well worth the many tries!

The only problem with using Chroma Boost – it limits the number of photos you can take in a certain amount of time. Not very suitable if you are on a fast moving boat!

In this shot of the Alcatraz Cruises pier, with the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower in the background, note the shadows which show the direction of the sun.

Even though it was very bright, and the shadows much darker in real life, Chroma Boost managed to bring the details out of the shadows. And yet, the sky remained blue and not overblown.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Downtown San Francisco

Residential buildings in San Francisco are generally not very unique or interesting architecturally. The slopes of San Francisco are what’s truly interesting and unique.

Only when you get to the San Francisco Chinatown do you see more interesting building designs…

Next Page > Chroma Boost Samples of The Golden Gate Bridge + Muir Woods

 

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Chroma Boost Samples Of The Golden Gate Bridge

No tourist to San Francisco will ever skip going to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Featured in countless movies, and even torn apart by the likes of Godzilla, a Kaiju, earthquakes, a tsunami and Magneto, it is the very symbol of San Francisco!

But instead of just heading to the Visitor Center, we trekked to Golden Gate Bridge from the south side on a cold misty morning.

Chroma Boost helped to bring out the colour of the foreground, but the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin headlands remained enveloped in mist.

Here is a closer view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Welcome Center. You can see the bridge trusses clearly detailed, even on its underside.

We then drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to the North Vista Point.

Right next to it is Horseshoe Bay, home to the US Coast Guard Golden Gate Station, and the Presidio Yacht Club.

You can even see Alcatraz Island in the background on the right, and Treasure Island on the far right.

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Muir Woods

To the north of San Francisco is the Muir Woods National Monument. Home to giant California redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens), it is a very beautiful and peaceful place.

Even though these redwoods grow very tall, lighting is not a severe problem for taking photos at the bottom of these giants.

However, if you are attempting to take pictures of them from the bottom up, sunlight could make it really difficult to get a well-exposed shot.

Try using Chroma Boost, or a similar HDR feature, to capture the sunlight shining through the treetops while capturing the intricate bark details that would normally be shrouded in the shadow.

See how well it worked out in these two samples.

Next Page > Chroma Boost Samples of Hollywood, Rodeo Drive + The Griffith Observatory

 

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Hollywood + Rodeo Drive

We only had a short stay in Los Angeles, so we hit the usual tourist spots in Hollywood and Rodeo Drive.

First up is the TCL Chinese Theatre, located oh the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many still know it as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

As it so happened, they barricaded it for the premiere of Catch-22. But this made it a great opportunity to use Chroma Boost – there was no one running across to spoil the shot!

While famous for its luxury boutique stores, Rodeo Drive isn’t very picturesque.

Arguably, the most picturesque spot is this internal street of the Two Rodeo shopping mall, which I believe is known as Via Rodeo Drive?

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Chroma Boost Samples Of The Griffith Observatory

Sitting on the top of Mount Hollywood is the Griffith Observatory. It’s an awesome spot to look out at downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and the Pacific Ocean.

Unfortunately, it was a downcast day when we arrived. But Chroma Boost helped to boost exposure, and give the colours a little more pep.

View of downtown Los Angeles from the Griffith Observatory at 2X digital zoom with the Realme 3.

Despite the downcast skies, Chroma Boost brightened the sky and visibly increased the colour of the houses in the foreground.

It is actually possible to use Chroma Boost with moving indoor objects like this Foucault’s Pendulum. Look at the colour.

You just have to time it so that movement is minimal. In this case, it took us several tries to catch the pendulum at the end of the swing.

Next Page > Chroma Boost Samples of Santa Monica, Where To Buy Realme 3 + Realme 3 Pro

 

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Chroma Boost Samples Of Santa Monica

What’s a trip to Los Angeles without a trip to the world famous Santa Monica Pier?

Over a hundred years old, it is a large, double-jointed pier that juts out of the end of Colorado Avenue into the Pacific Ocean.

It is more than just a pier, of course. It is home to Pacific Park, an amusement park, shops, pubs and restaurants.

Right at the very end is also a very popular angling spot.

Chroma Boost can really bring out the colours that are usually hidden in the shadows, like the pillars of the Santa Monica pier.

Despite being almost dusk, using Chroma Boost can increase the brightness of the scene.

Opened in 1996, Pacific Park is a 2-acre amusement park that is open to public on the Santa Monica Pier.

It was really getting pretty dark, so Chroma Boost came in handy in boosting the exposure of the scene, while keeping the colours looking pretty pep.

On the way back, we stopped by the Santa Monica 3rd Promenade, home of this Triceratops water fountain sculpture.

Despite the low light (it was dusk!), Chroma Boost helped to keep the Triceratops sculpture well-exposed, without overblowing the brightly-lit cafe in the background.

Any darker, we would definitely have to use the Nightscape mode!

 

Realme Smartphone Price + Availability

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The Realme Chup Dulu + Mid-Year Sale Deals Revealed!

Realme just announced a Chup Dulu pre-sale offer for the Realme C1 smartphone, and some nice mid-year sale offers for their other smartphones!

Here are the full details on the Realme Chup Dulu and Mid-Year Sale offers!

 

Chup Dulu + Mid-Year Realme Sale – What’s On Offer?

On 12 July 2019, there will be a one-day only Realme sale, as part of the Lazada Mid-Year Festival. Here is a quick primer on the FIVE Realme smartphones that will be on sale!

Realme C1

The Realme C1 was designed to be the “New King of Entry Level Smartphones“. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, it comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.

Even at this price point, it boasts a dual-lens camera – a 13 MP main camera with a 2 MP depth sensor!

Recommended : The Definitive Realme 2 vs. Realme C1 Comparison!

Realme 2 Pro

The Realme 2 Pro impressed us so much with its incredible value, we gave it our Editor’s Choice Award!

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, it comes with up to 8 GB of RAM and a whopping 128 GB of storage!

In addition, it has a 16 MP front camera, and a dual-lens camera with a 16 MP main camera in the back.

Recommended : The Realme 2 Pro In-Depth Review – Max Power, Max Style!

Realme 3

The Realme 3 also impressed us very much, winning our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

With a powerful MediaTek Helio P60 processor, and upgraded front and rear cameras, it is an incredible bargain of a smartphone!

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

Realme 3 Pro

The Realme 3 Pro is a significantly upgraded version of the Realme 2 Pro, offering a faster and less power-hungry Snapdragon 710 processor, a new 25 MP front camera, and a real dual-lens camera!

Recommended : The Realme 3 Pro – Everything You Need To Know!

 

The Realme Sale Deals Analysed

Here are the Realme sale deals, and our quick discount analysis!

Chup Dulu Realme Pre-Sale Offer

To get the Realme C1 at the special price of RM 349, you will need to deposit RM 34.90 (10%) and checkout on 12 July. Otherwise, you can buy it at the sale price of RM 399.

Realme Device Regular Price Lazada Realme Sale Price Discount
Realme C1
(2 GB + 16 GB)
RM 449 RM 349 (with 10% deposit)
RM 399 (on 12 July, without deposit)
-RM 100 (22%)
-RM 50 (11%)
Realme C1
(2 GB + 32 GB)
RM 499 RM 429 -RM 70 (14%)
Realme C2
(2 GB + 16 GB)
RM 429 RM 429 + FREE 32 SD Card
Realme C2
(3 GB + 32 GB)
RM 499 RM 499 + FREE 32 SD Card
Realme 2 Pro
(4 GB + 64 GB)
RM 799 RM 499 + Lazada Plus Care * -RM 300 (37.5%)
Realme 2 Pro
(8 GB + 128 GB)
RM 999 RM 699 -RM 300 (30%)
Realme 3
(3 GB + 32 GB)
RM 599 RM 579 + FREE JBL Speaker -RM 20 (3.3%)
Realme 3 Pro
(4 GB + 64 GB)
RM 899 RM 899 + JBL Speaker
Realme 3 Pro
(6 GB + 128 GB)
RM 1099 RM 1099 + JBL Speaker

* Lazada Plus Care is an extended 1 year warranty that covers cracked displays, parts replacement, and electrical and mechanical defects.

 

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The Realme Selfie Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

Realme smartphones are not known for the selfies, which is a shame. We took the Realme 3 on a trip across the US West Coast, and here is our Realme selfie guide and showcase!

Find out what settings you should use on Realme smartphones, and check out the selfies we took from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles!

Don’t forget to also check out our Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

 

The Realme 3 Selfie Camera

The Realme 3 selfie camera has a higher-resolution 13 MP sensor with a brighter f/2.0 lens. The Realme 2, you may recall, has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens.

Its f/2.0 aperture puts its front camera on par with many flagship-class smartphones like the HUAWEI Mate 20, the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, the HONOR 20, and the OPPO R17 Pro.

Its higher-end brother, the Realme 3 Pro, also has a front camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture. The only difference is it has a higher-resolution 25 MP sensor, instead of a 13 MP sensor.

 

The Realme Selfie Camera Guide

We highly recommend that you enable these settings before you start shooting – Location, Flip Selfie, and Auto HDR. These are the common settings you find in other Realme smartphones, like the Realme 2 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro.

Location

While travelling in the US, we do not always have time to note the exact location (building, street address, etc.) where we take these photos.

Enabling Location lets the Realme 3 add the GPS coordinates to every photo, so you can always look up the location when you get back.

Flip Selfie

We highly recommend turning on the Flip Selfie option, which basically gives you a mirror image of the selfie. This is important because it makes sure any text in the background will be readable.

This was not enabled by default, which led to some of our selfies not turning out right. Make sure you enable this option before you start taking your selfies!

Auto HDR

Selfies are often impromptu… spontaneous… There’s very little time to set-up a selfie, unless you’re an influencer and you would have a buddy or two, with LED lighting, etc (you get the idea).

This is why you should make sure Auto HDR is enabled. It lets the Realme 3 automatically decide when is the best time to take HDR shots (combining multiple shots with different exposures).

HDR will bring out the details in both dark and overexposed areas of a photo, while increasing the picture’s dynamic range. Take a look at this example :

Without Auto HDR, both faces in this selfie shot would be too dark because of the overly bright background.

It may not be obvious in the picture above, but it was CRAZY HOT and BRIGHT at the Grand Canyon when I took that photo in the shade. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!

Recommended Reading : The Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

 

Realme Smartphone Price + Availability

These are the latest Realme smartphones that are currently available for sale :

Next Page > Realme 3 Selfie Samples (Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas)

 

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Boulder City

After landing in Las Vegas, we headed straight for Boulder City, which is a small town about 30 minutes away.

You will pass it on the way to the Grand Canyon, or Hoover Dam. So it’s a great place to stop for the night, especially if you plan to visit Hoover Dam.

But first, we had some burger and chicken fingers at The Chicken Shack. The folks here are extremely friendly!

Here is Nick with the Double Shack burger, with double beef patties and cheese. Only$9.79 before taxes, , with a side of fries and a drink!

And here are Steve and Justin with my order of chicken fingers!

The chicken tenders here are large strips of chicken breast meat. I prefer dark meat, but they were juicy and tender. Only $7.99 for 5 of “em!

This is Allyson from the Boulder Pit Stop, serving our Pit Burger and Turkey Burger. Seriously great burgers even without adding cheese, bacon or mushrooms.


The Pit Burger with a 1/3 lb patty is only $5.75 before taxes, and the Turkey Burger only $4.50 before taxes. If you’re ever going to Boulder City, make sure you try them out!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Hoover Dam

The best view of Hoover Dam is actually midway across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Just turn off about a mile after the security check point, and walk up to the Memorial Plaza, which leads to the pedestrian walkway of the bridge.

There’s no need to walk all the way to the end. Just walk until you get a picture you like, or to the mid-point, so you can have one foot in Nevada, and another foot in Arizona! 😀

The lifts were undergoing maintenance so there were no tours that day. However, Hoover Dam tour guides like Alan gave us a presentation on the Hoover Dam instead.

You can feel the pride and love they have for this American engineering marvel!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From The Grand Canyon

Being short on time, we took a short plane + helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon at a Boulder City airport.

Scott here took us on a short cruise down the Colorado river, through the Grand Canyon West Rim.

The bulk of the Grand Canyon West Rim (seen behind us) belongs to the US National Park, while the opposing side is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

It was CRAZY HOT and really bright at the Grand Canyon that day, but thanks to its Auto HDR capability, this selfie taken at Guano Point turned out much better than I expected!

Since it was so bright, I expected harsh shadows on our faces, and a terribly blown-out background. Yet, the shadows were surprisingly soft, and you can clearly see the Grand Canyon in the back, and even the clouds and the blue sky!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Las Vegas

It’s been years since my last visit to Las Vegas, and while much has remained the same, a lot has changed!

Here is the venerable Las Vegas landmark – the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signboard!

While it has not changed, it has been upgraded with a special parking lot built into the median, so tourists can park and not get hit by traffic on both sides of the Las Vegas Boulevard! 

I then spent three days at Dell Technologies World 2019, where I met really nice people like Stephanie Silva from McLaren…

And Ben Driscoll and Kendall Peters, who ran the always-busy Press and Analyst Room!

We also had the opportunity to meet and take selfies with the incredibly funny and entertaining Penn & Teller!

These guys are AWESOME! If you can only catch one magic show in Las Vegas, you MUST catch Penn & Teller.

Next Page > Realme 3 Selfie Samples (San Francisco, Los Angeles)

 

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From San Francisco

After so many days in Sin City, we flew ourselves to San Francisco, and checked ourselves into the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary!

Located just 1.25 miles or just over 2 km from the San Francisco, it served as a federal prison for 29 years. during which 36 prisoners tried to escape.

Ironically, hundreds of tourists now pay good money to visit Alcatraz every day!

Welcoming us was Ray Hood, a volunteer with the US National Parks Service.

He commutes from Sacramento to help US Park Rangers like Wendy Solis here educate visitors on the rich history of Alcatraz, and to warn us about being “painted white” by the current avian occupants of Alcatraz…

Prison chow at Alcatraz did not agree with us, so we escaped on a boat and headed to the Fisherman’s Wharf, where Ernesto served us Boudin’s new crab chowder in a sourdough bowl!

I met Rodrigo “Roy” Gutierrez outside of Pier 33. He spray painted that piece for me in just 5 minutes! 

Again, Auto HDR kicked in for a nicely exposed photo, even though it was a dastardly bright day.

While I was in San Francisco, I had my MacBook Pro checked out by Brennan Duong at Apple Store Union Square.

Finally, we had to stop by The Baked Bear for their humungous and really delicious ice-cream sandwiches! This is Sam with my tastic ice-cream sandwich!

That’s a  of an ice-cream sandwich! Not a  or a  but an actual … 

We originally planned to have one each, but it was so big – we had to share!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Los Angeles

We only had a short time in LA, but I had the opportunity to chat with Officer Raviol of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Joshua thinks he looks like Nicholas Cage. I think he looks like Arnold Vosloo. What do YOU think?

 

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These are the latest Realme smartphones that are currently available for sale :

 

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The Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

The Realme 3 is a mid-range smartphone with flagship aspirations. It is full of features that are usually found only in flagship smartphones. Like its Nightscape mode.

Let’s take a look at what the Realme Nightscape mode does, and show you how it can be used to take really awesome night shots!

 

Nightscape Mode

The Nightscape mode was first introduced in the Realme 3, and included in the recently-launched Realme 3 Pro.

It uses artificial intelligence, multi-frame capture and an anti-shake algorithm to produce significantly better low-light photos.

Nightscape Mode In Realme 3

When used in the Realme 3 smartphone, Nightscape delivers these improvements :

  • Increased exposure in dim lighting, allowing for better low-light photography
  • Better control of overexposed areas, bringing out details that would normally be washed out
  • Brightening underexposed areas, allowing details to emerge from the shadows
  • Keep noise under control, even in dark areas

Nightscape Mode In Realme 3 Pro

In addition to the above, the higher-end Realme 3 Pro will take multiple frames in the RAW format. This allows it to create Nightscape photos with more detail, greater brightness with lower noise and motion blur.

 

How To Turn On Nightscape Mode

Here is a short guide on how to turn on Nightscape mode in the Realme 3 smartphone. It should be the same for the Realme 3 Pro.

 

When To Use Nightscape

Now, as great as Nightscape mode is, there is a reason why Realme did not turn it on by default.

Each Nightscape shot takes between 4 to 7 seconds to complete – multiple shots are taken over 3 seconds, and it takes anywhere from 1 to 4 seconds to process them.

So you need to decide when is a good time to use Nightscape, and when you can skate by without it. After all, the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro have great cameras with fast, bright lenses.

Not Necessary : With Decent Lighting

Sometimes, an indoor scene may not seem bright enough. But the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro have bright, fast lenses – f/1.8 and f/1.7 respectively.

This corridor in The Venetian Las Vegas was not brightly-lit, but there was no need to use Nightscape to create such a great photo.

Worth Trying : When There Is A Mix Of Good And Poor Lighting

There will be times when some parts of a scene are well-lit, while other parts are not. It’s worth using Nightscape to bring out the details in the shadows.

Recommended : When There Is Poor Lighting

The Siegfried and Roy Commemorative Statue is not directly lit at night, although hey, it’s Las Vegas so there’s indirect lighting from across the street!

Still, it is recommended to use Nightscape to bring out details in the shadows, and reduce noise in the dark areas.

Next Page > The Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Part 1

 

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Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Photo Samples (Part 1)

We took the Realme 3 to Las Vegas for a photography session. Here is a comparison of various scenes with and without Nightscape mode.

You should see better results with the Realme 3 Pro, which supports multi-frame recording and processing in RAW.

Treasure Island

Now, do remember that this is Las Vegas, so it’s pretty much brightly-lit at night. But that doesn’t mean it is an easy night shot, because the brighter lights can and do throw off the camera, causing it to underexpose the photo.

Take this example of Treasure Island. The bright LED billboard literally fooled the camera into thinking its very bright, and so the photo came out underexposed.

But turning on Nightscape captures a multitude of photos over 3 seconds, so the camera won’t get fooled by a single take.

The result – a well-exposed photo where the bright billboard is not overly-exposed, and yet you can see details of the much darker hotel building.

The Mirage Volcano

The Mirage Volcano was also a difficult shot. The volcano was lit by lights in the water, which cast deep shadows at the top.

It also made the background much darker in comparison. In fact, the trees behind the volcano appeared pitch black, while the tree on the upper right corner was cloaked in darkness.

When we took the same shot with Nightscape mode, you can now see details of the volcano top that was earlier hidden in the shadows.

You can also see the colour and details of the trees in the background. And not only can you clearly see the tree on the upper right corner, you can even see that there is another tree next to it!

The Venetian

There is lots of bright lights in this sample of The Venetian. But there are also lots of areas that appear significantly darker in comparison.

Turning on Nightscape not only brought out those darker areas, the brighter areas had a more natural, warmer look. It was essentially creating a HDR image, with greater dynamic range.

Of course, your results will vary depending on the lighting conditions. In this example, the differences are less significant.

Next Page > The Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Part 2

 

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Realme 3 Nightscape Comparison Photo Samples (Part 2)

Generally, Nightscape will produce greater dynamic range by combining multiple photos, as these other samples will show.

You may be tempted to use it for all of your night shots even if there is plenty of light.

However, you have to balance that against the fact that it takes a few seconds to take each shot.

 

Realme 3 + Realme 3 Pro Price + Availability

The Realme 3 is available in two variants :

  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage : RM 599 / ~US$ 147 / ~£112 / ~€129
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 699 / ~US$ 172 / ~£131 / ~€150

The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants as well :

  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage : RM 899 / ~US$216 / ~£167 / ~€192
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage : RM 1,099 / ~US$264 / ~£204 / ~€235

 

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

The new Realme 3 smartphone is here! It boasts a new design, new cameras, and a more powerful processor – all at an INCREDIBLE PRICE!

Find out what the Realme 3 offers over its predecessor, and why we gave it out Reviewer’s Choice Award!

 

The Official Realme 3 Tech Briefing

Let’s start off with the official Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) tech briefing!

 

India + International Variants

Before we kick off the preview, we need point out that there are two Realme 3 variants. Internationally, it runs on the MediaTek Helio P60. Yes, the same mobile SoC used in the far pricier OPPO F9.

The Indian variant though runs on the faster MediaTek Helio P70 mobile SoC. What’s different?

  • Its four high-speed ARM Cortex-A73 cores run 2.1 GHz, instead of 2.0 GHz
  • Its ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU runs at 900 MHz, instead of 800 MHz

Basically, the Helio P70 variant has a slightly faster CPU, with a GPU that is said to be 13% faster.

 

Realme 3 Colour Options

Globally, there are three colour options – Radiant Blue, Dynamic Black and Classic Black. However, here in Malaysia, they are only bringing in the Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black, which are 3D gradient colours.

The Radiant Blue colour combines semi-transparent blue-green colours with a silver mirror reflective layer.

The Dynamic Black colour, on the other hand, is created by black and blue painting in three separate spray and bake sessions, with pearl powder added to add depth.

 

Realme 3 Price List + Deals

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) will be available in two configurations, from 6 April 2019 onwards.

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

 

Unboxing The Realme 3

The Realme 3 (Price Check) comes in a grey cardboard box that features the new Realme visual identity.

Let’s take a look at the box and unbox it to see what’s inside!

When you fully unbox it, you will find the following items :

  • One Realme 3 smartphone, wrapped in plastic
  • One Realme 3 clear TPU bumper case
  • One set of Realme 3 documents
  • 10 watt Realme fast USB charger
  • One micro USB data and power cable
  • One SIM tray extractor pin

We really like its bundled bumper case, and highly recommend that you use it. It provides a thick protective border along all sides of the display. It is also thick enough to protect the camera bump.

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The Realme 3 Smartphone Up Close!

Evolving from last year’s Realme 2, the Realme 3 uses the same form factor.. In fact, it is just 0.1 mm shorter, and 0.1 mm thicker – virtually similar in size!

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) retained the 6.2-inch display, with the same resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The display notch has, however, been replaced with a smaller dewdrop notch.

Realme also added Gorilla Glass protection, although we are not sure what version they used. Most of what’s changed is literally under the hood.

On the left side, you will find the SIM tray positioned right above the two Volume buttons.

The Power button is located on the right side.

Realme chose to stick with the old micro USB port, probably to ensure compatibility with older cables and devices. The new bidirectional USB Type C port is, frankly, far more convenient to use. We are glad to see the 3.5 mm audio port though.

The only microphones we spotted are here – between the audio port and micro USB port. It looks like it may lack noise cancellation capabilities. The longer row of ports are the speaker ports.

 

Setting Up The Realme 3 Smartphone

It’s really easy to setup the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB). After all, it is running on the new Android 9.0 Pie. It should take you no more than 5 minutes to set it up as a new device.

 

Realme 3 Specifications Compared

We created this table to show you the differences between the Indian and International variants. You can also compare them against last year’s Realme 2 smartphone.

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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Dewdrop Notch Display

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB)has a 6.21-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels, like the Realme 2.

But Realme upgraded it with a dewdrop notch, and added Gorilla Glass protection. This gives it a distinct advantage over smartphones at the similar price range, like the HONOR 8C.

Thanks to the smaller notch, there is a lot more space for your notifications. It also increases the screen-to-body ratio to 88.3%.

 

A Big Boost In Performance!

The last generation Realme 2 used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, which is a decent mid-range mobile SoC.

This year, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) gets a big performance boost in the form of the MediaTek Helio P60.

It boasts four high-speed ARM Cortex-A73 cores and four low-power ARM Cortex-A53 cores – all running at 2.0 GHz. In addition, it has a faster ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU running at 800 MHz.

On top of that, the Helio P60 is fabricated on the newer 12 nm FinFET process technology. This means a significantly lower power consumption, and thermal output.

The MediaTek Helio P60 modem supports LTE Cat7 (300 Mbps) download and LTE Cat13 (150 Mbps) upload, as well as 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

 

Memory + Storage

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) comes with 4 GB of RAM with 2.25 GB of free memory to use. If you opt for the 3 GB model, you will probably have 1.25 GB of available memory to use. That’s still more RAM than entry-level smartphones come with!

The base model comes with 32 GB of storage., Our higher-end model comes with 64 GB, of which 48 GB or 75% is free to use.

This is enough space to store about 13,000 photos or 6 hours of 1080p videos.

 

MicroSD + SIM Card Tray

If you don’t find 64 GB of storage sufficient, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) comes with a dedicated microSD card slot that supports up to 256 GB of additional storage.

Even if you don’t use that much storage, using a microSD card will help protect your data in the event the phone is damaged or destroyed.

Those who need dual SIM capability will be delighted to know the Realme 3 comes with two dedicated nano SIM slots. So you can use two SIM cards together with a microSD card. This is as good as it gets!

 

Fingerprint Sensor

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) retained the same rear fingerprint sensor as the Realme 2. It is fast and accurate, taking only about a dozen finger presses to register. 

The Realme 3 also supports basic facial recognition using the front camera. It is certainly convenient, but for those who are security conscious, we recommend sticking with the fingerprint sensor.

 

Aesthetics

Despite its very modest price point, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) looks premium, thanks to its injection-moulded unibody with curved edges and a really beautiful gradient colour scheme.

This combination of a curvy silhouette and gradient colours, with a mirror-like finish gives the Realme 3 a really premium look and feel.

Realme offers a classic Black option in some countries, but most countries will have two 3D gradient colour options – Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue.

The Radiant Blue colour combines semi-transparent blue-green colours with a silver mirror reflective layer.

The Dynamic Black colour, on the other hand, is created by black and blue painting in three separate spray and bake sessions, with pearl powder added to add depth.

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Better Cameras

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) has a new 13 MP main camera with a new, brighter f/1.8 lens. While it is still a 13 MP sensor, this sensor has larger 1.12 µm pixels.

The brighter lens and larger pixels will deliver better low-light performance with lower noise levels.

In addition, this new camera now supports 90 fps slow-motion video recording at the 720p resolution.

Like the Realme 2, it is still paired with a 2 MP depth sensor, and supported by a single LED flash.

The depth sensor does not actually take any pictures. Instead, it lets the camera to more accurately differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects..

The front camera has been upgraded with a higher-resolution 13 MP sensor with a brighter f/2.0 lens. The Realme 2, you may recall, has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens.

 

Nightscape Mode

For the first time at this price range, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) camera has a Nightscape mode.

Like the HDR feature, it takes multiple shots in quick succession and combine them for a brighter scene, and to bring out the details in the shadows.

Nightscape goes beyond, applying a combination of AI and anti-shake algorithms to dramatically increase exposure in extremely dim lighting, while keeping noise under control.

 

Chroma Boost Mode

Also new to this price range is the Realme 3’s Chroma Boost mode. It is similar to the Scene Optimiser feature in flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10+ or the Samsung Galaxy Note9.

It uses AI algorithms to recognise scenes in a photo, and automatically optimise the photo’s colour, dynamic range and detail. The resulting pictures have greater dynamic range and have more vivid colours.

 

Ergonomics

Despite its large display size, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) is just 75.6 mm wide, and 156.1 mm tall. Thanks to its narrow bezels and dewdrop notch, it feels relatively compact in the hand.

Even though it only delivers a HD+ resolution on such a large screen, the icons and text look sharp and crisp. Realme did not reveal its maximum brightness, but it held up well in bright sunlight.

The ultra-wide aspect ratio is great for playing games, but you will have to live with some pillarboxing – a black bar on each side of a movie.

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Realme 3 Camera Performance – Photo Samples

The Realme 3’s main camera has a new 13 MP sensor with larger 1.12 µm pixels. In addition, it is paired with brighter f//1.8 lens usually found in flagship-class smartphones.

The maximum 13 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. The photos are 4160 x 3120 pixels in size; with a file size of between 3 MB and 4 MB.

Here are 12 high-resolution unedited samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos. You can also download them to examine up close.

Despite its modest price point, the Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) is delivering close to flagship-class photos. Blow up the picture to 100% and marvel at the detail the sensor captured.

Even without using its Chroma Boost feature, the camera is already capable of producing remarkably vivid colours.

We have to point out though that the camera is not great for macros. It has trouble focusing at short distances. But you can get pretty good results if you are careful about the focus distance.

The bright f/1.8 aperture naturally creates a narrow depth of field, with a nicer bokeh effect. But for the ultimate bokeh effect, you should leverage its Portrait mode, which leverages its depth sensor to separate the subject from the background and lets you create really nice bokeh for the background.

 

Realme 3 Camera Performance – Video Samples

The Realme 3 (64 GB | 32 GB) only supports 1080p video recording from both the front and rear cameras. Here are two video samples.

Video Sample #1 : Piano Performance

When you play the video, you will notice that it lacks both optical and electronic stabilisation. So if you can afford it, get a gimbal. It will iron out this problem.

Later in the video, you will see us zoom in and out. The Realme 3 does not have a zoom lens, but it has a 2X software zoom button. However, we don’t recommend using it because it seems to have focus issues.

The audio recording was not good either. It was overly bright, with too much echo and an odd background buzz. Without doubt, the Realme 2 Pro has superior video recording capabilities.

Video Sample #2 : Street Market

In this video, you can clearly see that there is no stabilisation of any kind. So make sure you get a gimbal if you want to do serious video recording.

You can also clearly hear the background buzz we were talking about in the previous video. That’s not wind noise, because we are not moving that fast. It’s just ever-present in the video, even when we paused for a moment.

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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.

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.

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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  OPPO R17 Pro
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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%.

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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Galaxy A7 2018
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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.

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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Price Check MY | US MY | US | UK MY | US | UK MY

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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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.

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.

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!

 

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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Realme 3 Price List + Deals + Specifications Revealed!

The new Realme 3 boasts a more powerful processor, a new dewdrop display and new cameras. Get the official Realme 3 price list and deals, as well as its full specifications!

 

The Realme 3 Smartphone

Evolving from last year’s Realme 2, the Realme 3 (Price Check) uses the same form factor.. In fact, it is just 0.1 mm shorter, and 0.1 mm thicker – virtually similar in size!

The Realme 3 retained the 6.2-inch display, with the same resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The display notch has, however, been replaced with a smaller dewdrop notch.

Realme also added Gorilla Glass protection in the Realme 3 (Price Check), although we are not sure what version they used. Most of what’s changed is literally under the hood.

 

Realme 3 Colour Options

The Realme 3 (Price Check) comes in three colour options – Radiant Blue, Dynamic Black and Classic Black. However, here in Malaysia, they are only bringing in the Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black, which are 3D gradient colours.

The Radiant Blue colour combines semi-transparent blue-green colours with a silver mirror reflective layer.

The Dynamic Black colour, on the other hand, is created by black and blue painting in three separate spray and bake sessions, with pearl powder added to add depth.

 

Realme 3 Price List + Deals

The Realme 3 (Price Check) will be available in two configurations, at these official prices :

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

They will be available for sale from 6 April 2019 onwards. But Realme has a special offer for early adopters!

Realme 3 Special Offer!

At 12 AM sharp on 27 March, 2019, the Realme 3 (3 GB + 32 GB) model will be sold at a special discounted price of just RM 549 / ~US$ 136 / £ 103!

Free Lexis Hotel Stay!

In addition, the FIRST 3 customers who purchase the Realme 3 (or any other Realme products) on 27 March 2019, will win a 2D1N Premium Tower Seaview stay, including breakfast, at the Lexis Port Dickson Hotel!

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Realme 3 Specifications Compared

We created this table to show you the differences between the Indian and International variants. You can also compare them against last year’s Realme 2 smartphone.

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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