Realme X3 hands-on review

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The X3 and X3 SuperZoom aren’t too different, actually. Obviously, the SuperZoom’s periscope telephoto is exclusive to that model and the vanilla X3 gets a more modest 2x zoom module instead. The remainder of the rear cams is the equivalent between the two. Over on the front, the Realme X3 gets a 16MP main selfie shooter instead of the SEZs 32MP unit, yet saves the secondary cam for ultra-wide selfies. So there’s been a couple of camera downgrades, yet at the same time a compelling configuration all things considered.
Furthermore, that is really everyone that separates them. The Realme X3 is still powered by a similar Snapdragon 855+ chipset that genuine flagships had the previous Fall, a 120Hz 6.6-inch LCD sits on the front and there’s a 4,200mAh battery to get you through the day.
Realme X3 specs

Body: 163.8×75.8×8.9mm, 202g; glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back, plastic frame; Colors: Glacier Blue, Arctic White.

Display: 6.6″ IPS LCD, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 perspective ratio, 399ppi; 120Hz revive rate.

Chipset: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855+ (7 nm): Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 and 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485); Adreno 640 (700 MHz).

Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 3.0.

OS/Software: Android 10, Realme UI.

Rear camera: Wide (main): 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.72″; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚, 16mm, 1/4.0″; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.5, 51mm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4; LED streak, HDR, panorama.

Video catch: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps; gyro-EIS

Front camera: Wide (main): 16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm. Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2; Panorama; Video catch: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS.

Battery: 4200mAh; quick charging 30W.

Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, and proximity, compass.

You also get a lot of a similar pack with the X3 that ships with the X3 SuperZoom. A 30W quick charger comes in the box and we clocked a full charge from the level at 58 minutes on the SuperZoom, so with the identical bits between the two handsets, there’s no reason to expect anything else from the X3. You do need to utilize the included link, however, as it’s a proprietary framework – though OnePlus and Oppo links may still work, wink.

Inside the box, you’ll also get a smoked straightforward silicone case – extraordinary for protection and furthermore for preventing wobbling when the phone’s lying down on its back. That is one thing we noticed in our initial experience with the X3, more of which – on the following page.

We got fortunate to receive the Realme X3 in the Glacier Blue colorway – that way we’ve seen both paint jobs and finishes between the X3 and the X3 SuperZoom. Furthermore, the two are altogether different, actually.

The Realme X3 here is all shiny and glossy on its back, unlike the frosted Arctic White SuperZoom we had. Mind you, if you get the vanilla X3 in white, which too will be frosted. There are pros and cons to either finish with the glossy X3 being extremely prone to accumulating fingerprints, however the smooth satin Arctic is notably more slippery, despite the fact that it covers fingerprints a lot better.

Realme X3 hands-on review

Speaking of fingerprints, the side-mounted power button with a built-in fingerprint sensor is not really our favorite. Likewise, with the X3 SuperZoom, we found ourselves unlocking the X3 effectively only every other time, roughly speaking.

On a positive note, the volume buttons on the left of the phone are nicely positioned and have an exceptionally solid click action.

The overall build is similar to that of the X3 SuperZoom and the 6 Pro, including the plastic frame and the glass back of unspecified origin. Meanwhile, the X2 and X2 Pro both component Gorilla Glass 5 on their backs, and the X2 Pro’s frame is aluminum.

The camera group on the Realme X3 gets a silver outline as a highlight and it stands apart nicely. It prompted us to view the Arctic White SuperZoom we had and it turned out it too had that, only it’s not as prominent against that backdrop.

Much like the X3 SuperZoom, the vanilla model will rock to and fro if put on its back on a level surface. The camera get together isn’t quite as raised on the X3, however, it’s enough. That is the place the packaged case will help if you’re one to be irked by wobbly phones.

On the bottom of the phone, you’ll find the USB-C port and the SIM card slot – It’s a double SIM plate with no option for microSD cards. The loudspeaker is also here, similar to the primary mic. Up top, there’s another mic, yet a headphone jack is nowhere to be found on the X3.

The Realme X3 shares the 6.6-inch display with the SuperZoom, and it’s not a board we are particularly ecstatic about. Without a doubt, it has a 120-hertz invigorate rate capability however that is only limited to some UI components. It’s a fairly dim LCD with brightness boost under direct light. The slightly more expensive X2 Pro has a vastly improved OLED display.

The display of the X3 is protected with Gorilla Glass 5, and there’s a factory-applied screen protector on top of that too – double security.

Similarly, as with the X3 SuperZoom and the 6 Pro, the Realme X3 has a double camera on the front – so you get ultra-wide selfies on top of the routinely wide selfies. It’s an almost identical arrangement to the 6 Pro’s with a 16MP main cam and an 8MP ultra-wide, while the X3 SuperZoom trades the 16MP module for a 32MP one. A double selfie cam comes with a pill-molded display cutout – it’s one superior to a notch, possibly, quite possibly.

The Realme X3 weighs 202g and measures 163.8×75.8×8.9mm so it’s precisely the same physical bundle like the X3 SuperZoom and the 6 Pro. It’s not little, yet you can’t realistically hope to have ‘little’ and a 6.6-inch display both simultaneously.

Software

The Realme X3 runs Android 10 with an in-house layer of Realme UI on top. We’ve had a lot of experience with it on the X3 SuperZoom and multiple units from the 6-series and we’re liking its more loosened up approach to customization and more stock-ish look than previous iterations.

The UI defaults to a navbar for navigation yet you can opt for signals in settings. Folders open full screen, however, the icons remain within simple reach. An application cabinet is also present with a row of recommended applications up top. The pre-installed applications are mostly equivalent to on other late Realme, however, the App Market, for instance, is missing.

The 120-hertz display is one of the Realme X3’s key selling points. In the Settings menu, you get the chance to choose between an auto mode that will pick the best invigorate rate for the main job or forced 60Hz or 120Hz setting. Much like the SuperZoom, the X3 wouldn’t generally regard these settings – all for the sake of power-saving, of course – and it will alter the invigorate rate as it sees fit in both Auto and 120Hz mode.

One observation we had was that the X3 has the Google default applications for Dialer and Messages, as opposed to the in-house customized solutions we’ve seen previously. Realme discloses to us that will be the situation going forward.

Benchmarks

The Realme X3 is powered by the Snapdragon 855+ chipset – the augmented version of Qualcomm’s 2019 flagship-grade silicon. That is imparted to the X3 SuperZoom from this year yet in addition the slightly older X2 Pro. Meanwhile, the X2 from 2019 utilizations the midrange 730G, while this year’s 6 Pro opts for a 720G. We ran a lot of benchmarks on the Realme X3 and here are the outcomes.

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