Update 12/Mar/2019 – Realme 3 is going on sale today at 12:00 pm on Flipkart. You can get Rs. 500 discount on the purchase when using HDFC Debit or Credit card.
Realme sold 210000 units of the Realme 3 in the first sale and according to CEO Mr Madhav Seth it is a very big achievement for the brand. We checked after couple of minutes of sales starting, and it was still in stock unlike some of the Redmi series phones.
Read below to find out if you should buy it or not.
Realme 3 India Launch – Helio P70, Dual Rear Cameras, Price Rs. 8,999
4th March 2019 – Realme has today launched the new Realme 3 smartphone in India. The phone will go on sale on Flipkart starting 12th March at 12:00 pm. The Realme 3 is not the successor to the Realme 2 Pro but is the successor to the more affordable Realme 2.
It is launched with a new Dual tone poly-carbonate design with a waterdrop notch and dual rear cameras. It is available in three color options – blue-black, purple-black, and deep black.
Further, the phone comes in two storage/ram variants:
- 32 GB Storage and 3 GB of Ram – Price Rs. 8,999
- 64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram – Price Rs. 10,990.
The phone is showcased in a transparent case which costs a whopping Rs. 599. The accessories are a real money spinner for many Chinese brands such as Oppo and Xiaomi. They don’t make too much money from the phones but from the sale of accessories.
Let’s have a quick look at the specs and features and how it compares with the rival Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung M20.
Realme 3 – 13MP + 5MP Dual Cameras
The Reame 3 comes with Dual rear cameras with 13 MP + 5 MP cameras. The camera comes with an f/1.8 aperture and also has AI mode to increase the saturation (Chroma Boost), Nightscape, and portrait mode.
The phone has 90 FPS slow motion support and can record videos upto 1080P. There is no 4K video recording support or EIS which is a bummer.
For selfies, it comes with a 13 Megapixel front camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Also, Realme has shared that the phone comes with Camera2API support out of the box, so you can install the Google Camera App.
The Realme 3 comes with the Helio P70 processor, this is the second phone from the brand to use the P70. The first one was the Realme U1.
The processor is about 13% faster in comparison to the Helio P60 used in the Realme 1.
There is Mali G72 MP3 GPU which is incredibly fast and is capable of playing games like PUBG or Asphalt 9 with ease.
Further, there are reports stating that a global version of the device can launch with Helio P60 but Indian version will have the P70.
The benchmark performance for the Helio P70 is equivalent to the Snapdragon 660 (used in Redmi Note 7). However, in gaming or real-world usage, the SD 660 and Adreno 612 are very slightly better.
Aforementioned, the phone comes with either 3 GB /4 GB ram with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. There is a dedicated micro-sd card slot to use the Dual sim and the micro-sd card simultaneously.
The phone runs on the new Color OS 6.0 along with the Android Pie OS. The new Color OS is more refined and comes with a new riding mode and stock Android looks.
Realme is adapting and listening to Indian fans. Good Move, Realme !!!
Please check the detailed comparison table below for the Antutu and Greek benchmark Scores for Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7.
Display and Design
Further, the phone comes with a large 6.2 Inch Display with HD+ (1520 by 720, 19:9) resolution and a waterdrop notch. The display is a downgrade in comparison to the rival Redmi Note 7 which offers a better Full HD+ display.
The design looks stunning and the phone comes with dual tone back cover made from plastic. The dual tone designs look better compared to the vanilla variants on devices like Samsung M20/M30.
Lastly, the display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Also, the new Realme 3 comes with a 4230 mAH capacity battery that is slightly more than the 4000 mAH battery on the rival Redmi Note 7. The phone comes with 10 Watts charger in the box.
Sadly, the Realme 3 comes with a micro-USB port for charging instead of the latest USB Type C.
Moreover, Realme has recently dropped the price for the Realme U1 and the Realme 2 Pro in India and can be bought at a discount.
Also, I recently reviewed the Realme 2 Pro and let me tell you it was one of the most impressive phones in the sub 15k price range. A couple of stand out features were there like the Waterdrop Notch and the Snapdragon 660.
Overall the Realme 2 Pro is really impressive and I am expecting the same from the Realme 3.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Vs Redmi Note 7 Vs Realme 3
|Specs Comparison||Samsung M20||Redmi Note 7||Realme 3|
|Design||Plastic Back Cover||Glass Back Cover||Plastic Dual Tone Cover|
|Display||6.28 Inch FHD+ TFT Display||6.3 Inch FHD+ LTPS LCD||6.2 Inches|
|Pixels, Aspect Ratio||2340*1080, 19.5:9||2340*1080, 19.5:9||HD+ 1520 by 720, 19:9|
|Display Protection||Asahi Dragontail Pro||Gorilla Glass 5||Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core (14 Nm)||MediaTek Helio P70 (12 Nm)|
|Clock Speed||1.8 GHz||2.2 GHz||2.1 GHz|
|GPU||Mali-G71 MP2||Adreno 512||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Geek Single Core||1318||1470||1475|
|RAM||3/4 GB DDR4 RAM||3/4 GB DDR4 RAM||3/4 GB DDR4 RAM|
|Storage||32 / 64 GB Storage||32 / 64 GB Storage||32 / 64 GB Storage|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, Dedicated||Yes, Hybrid||Yes, Dedicated|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.1, Samsung Experience 9.5||Android Pie 9.0, MIUI 10||Android Pie 9.0, Color OS 6.0|
|Rear Camera||Dual 13+5 MP (wide angle), f/1.9||Dual 12+2 MP, f/2.2||Dual 13+5 MP, f/1.8|
|EIS||No||Yes (upto 1080P)||No|
|Front Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||13 MP, F/2.0||13 MP, F/2.0|
|Battery Capacity||5000 mAH||4000 mAH||4230 mAH|
|Fast Charging Support||Yes||No||No|
|Supplied Charger||15 watts||10 watts||10 watts|
|Port||USB Type C||USB Type C||Micro-USB|
|Fingerprint Scanner||At the back||At the back||At the back|
|Thickness||8.8 mm||8.1 mm||8.3 mm|
|Weight||186 grams||185 grams||175 grams|
|Price (Low Variant)||32 GB Storage and 3 GB of Ram – Price Rs. 10,999||32 GB Storage and 3 GB of Ram – Price Rs. 9,999||32 GB Storage and 3 GB of Ram – Price Rs. 8,999|
|Price (High Variant)||64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram – Price Rs. 12,990.||64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram – Price Rs. 11,990.||64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram – Price Rs. 10,990.|
Clearly, the Redmi Note 7 is a winner in the above comparison as it offers best display, performance and even the cameras in the segment.