Hey guys, what is up? So, we’ve had a lot of Flagship devices coming out lately, and one really common thing about them is that they are really expensive.
If you are a kind of person that wants a phone that is fast, has a decent display, a reasonably good camera, and you don’t see yourself spending up to a thousand dollars, the Realme 3 is for you.
The Realme 3 is a budget phone. What this means is, at a reasonably cheap price, you’re not going to get some of the features a mid-range or a Flagship phone has.
But, if you’re really worried about spending a lot, but still want a phone that can deliver, you have to take a look at this phone.
Hey everyone, this is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Realme 3.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- ColorOS 6 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.22 inch 720 x 1520 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) / Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
- Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- 3GB / 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal Storage
- 13MP Front Camera
- 13MP + 2MP Rear Camera
- 4230mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
This phone has a pretty decent and basic build. Being a budget phone, I don’t think you should expect a lot.
On the back of the phone, is a really nice, shiny, highly reflective, mirror-like plastic build. Yeah, when I saw it at first I thought it was going to be a budget phone that had a glass build.
I couldn’t be more wrong. Not surprising though.
The good part about it is, even if you’re just getting a plastic covered phone, it doesn’t really give it away.
In the eyes of a stranger, it looks like a phone made with glass.
The back of the phone can be a really good fingerprint magnet. That’s not the only thing, it is also very slippery.
It’s a good thing you get a case straight out of the box, this will improve on the grip while you’re holding the phone or when you keep it on a slightly slanted surface.
You should always have the case on anyway, plastic isn’t strong enough to withstand basic drops. It will scratch easily and break if you don’t handle it with care.
The plastic is curved, and it covers the phone from the back all the way to the polycarbonate frame in the front (or sides).
This leads us to the build at the front. What you’re having here, surprisingly is Gorilla Glass.
Gorilla Glass isn’t new, we know how good they are when it comes to being tough enough to avoid scratches, not cracking on short occasional drops and being very responsive regardless of toughness.
Being a low-budget phone, you shouldn’t expect the latest Gorilla Glass. What you’re getting on the Realme 3 is Gorilla Glass 3.
3 on 3, see what they did there?
Yes, you get a Gorilla Glass that protects the phone, but it’s definitely not going to be as good as the latest Gorilla Glass 6.
At the top, you will find a Waterdrop Notch, that’s where you get the Selfie Camera and an earpiece for calls right above it.
On the left side of the phone, you get the SIM and MicroSD card slot, and the Volume Rocker.
The right side of the phone has the Power Button.
When you view the bottom, well, I guess the first thing you’d notice is that the Realme 3 doesn’t have a Type-C USB port, but a MicroUSB port. MicroUSB ports aren’t that popular anymore, you’d wish they’d just gotten rid of it.
Well besides that, you get a 3.5mm Headphone Jack which is a great thing to still have. You get a Speaker Grilles and finally, a Microphone.
The back of the phone has the vertically placed Dual Camera Setup with a LED Flash right under. And in the middle you get there’s a Physical Fingerprint Scanner.
If you’re wondering about the Colors you can get the phone in, there’s the Dynamic Black model, a Radiant Blue model and a Black model.
They all look great.
Considering how the Dynamic Black Model looks, it is a combination of Black and Blue (with a little bit of purple on the sides). The gradient look is just stunning.
I don’t know about you guys, but dark colors are great.
If you don’t like really dark colors, then the Radiant Blue model should be for you.
It is also a color combination of Dark Blue and Sky Blue (I think). It’s shinier, brighter but also has that gradient look.
The Black model is just black but it is also shiny.
Overall design is nice, all corners on the phone are curved and the phone feels really comfortable when held. It is pretty basic but you won’t be missing out on a lot.
Typically, this is where most phones try to impress you. With the Realme 3 though, I think you’ll be getting an okay display.
Although it has a large enough HD+ 6.22 inch screen, the resolution is 720 X 1520 pixels.
It isn’t a horrible screen, it does get a little blurry sometimes. Content doesn’t come out extremely sharp and detailed.
What you do get on the IPS LCD capacitive panel is really good color accuracy.
Colors come out punchy and the blacks are really deep.
You get a screen to body ratio of 81.8% on the phone, bezels aren’t so slim, especially at the bottom.
At the top is a Waterdrop Notch. There isn’t a way to hide it with a black bar, but it does get automatically hidden sometimes. This depends on the app you’re using.
Depending on the game you’re playing, the Notch may get covered.
Playing Asphalt 9 will leave the Notch visible but playing PUBG will cover it up.
Usability in direct sunlight isn’t that great. The screen doesn’t get bright enough outdoors.
Viewing angles aren’t that great either but it does hold its ground if you’re not looking at it from an extreme angle.
It’s not really surprising to get some of these remarks about the display, it is a budget phone anyway and I really think it slightly falls short on the display.
But think about it, for a phone with its price, you get a large enough screen (which is good, especially for gaming and video streaming), really punchy colors and finally, Gorilla Glass 3.
Some mid-range devices are only better than the Realme 3 by a little when it comes to the display.
To sum it up, you get a decent display, not recommended for outdoor usage but good enough to be used indoor.
Colors are accurate and content is sharp enough.
On the back of the phone, you get a Dual Camera setup. The Main Camera is 13 Megapixels while the other is a 2 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
The camera offers some nice features such as Chroma Boost Mode and Night Scape Mode.
There’s also the Portrait, Slow Motion and HDR modes.
In day light, photos come out great, with really good color accuracy, balanced noise and an okay dynamic range.
To put that depth sensor to work, Portrait Shots are great, you can almost compare how the phone handles portrait shots with some Flagship devices.
Subject separation is almost excellent and the background blur is really good.
If you activate Chroma Boost Mode, your photos are going to have better Dynamic Range and colors are going to get really improved.
Night shots aren’t really impressive with this camera, you will lose color accuracy and have a lot of noise on most shots.
Using the Chroma Boost Mode at night really improves photos, colors get a lot more accurate and noise is pretty much lowered.
In order to improve shots taken at night, the Night Scape Mode comes to play.
It takes a series of pictures and stacks them up together and tries to capture light from every shot.
Well, sadly, with the Night Scape Mode, you may get disappointed. Sometimes exposure gets out of hand and makes the photos look just awful.
If this happens, it’s best to just use the Chroma Boost Mode to capture your night shots.
For videos, the Main camera supports video recording of up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
There’s no Electronic Image Stabilization.
You still get really accurate colored videos with balanced noise and good dynamic range, overall.
Coming to the Selfie camera, what you’re getting is a 13 Megapixel lens.
Photos taken with the Selfie camera are nice, accurate and have really good detail.
The camera comes with the option to take Portrait shots, although they are okay, you will notice the significant difference between it and the Portrait shots taken by the main camera at the back.
Obviously it’s this way because you’re not getting a lens for depth sensing here.
For recording videos, the Selfie camera also records up to 1080p videos at 30 frames. You don’t get Electronic Image Stabilization here either so expect those jerky videos.
With the Selfie camera, you also have the Face Recognition feature.
It is fast and accurate but it doesn’t have all that 3D mapping features, so don’t expect to have the best security if you’re going to stick to using the Selfie camera for unlocking your phone.
To sum it up, with the Realme 3, you won’t get a camera that blows you away but you will be impressed with all the features it comes with.
Portrait shots are great with the Main Camera and that Chroma Mode is always going to improve your photos significantly.
There isn’t much to complain about here. The cameras will get the job done.
Features and Performance
Where this phone really stands out as a budget device is in Performance, the phone is a beast.
There’s actually two variants of the phone, the globally available variant and a variant only available in India.
There isn’t a huge difference in performance between the two. And to rephrase what I said in the beginning, the phones are beasts when it comes to performance.
The global version comes with a Mediatek Helio P60 Chipset which has an Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU.
The other one has a Mediatek Helio P70 Chipset and it comes with an Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU.
They both have a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
It’s safe to say this phone was really designed for people who really want to enjoy some epic gaming but can’t afford Flagship Devices that offer that kind of power.
With the Realme 3, gaming is smooth, heavy games like Asphalt 9 that can get really demanding plays really smooth here.
PUBG on the other hand plays great, but you will have to play it in Medium Settings to get a really smooth gameplay.
Playing the game in high settings works but there’s some lags here and there.
Currently, these are the most demanding games to play on any phone.
For the Realme 3 to handle to handle them really well, you just got the best deal if you’re looking for a wallet (or purse) friendly gaming device.
You do get the ability to play really good games on this phone. The experience is great, even if you are not getting the best graphics.
Android 9.0 (Pie) and Oppo’s ColorOS 6.
With ColorOS, it almost like Stock Android. You don’t get bloatware.
The interface is clean and the icons are really colorful… “ColorOS”.
What’s new about ColorOS is, you now get an App Drawer. So instead of all your apps being on the Home screen, there’s the option to view them with an App Drawer.
All you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the Home Screen and the App Drawer comes up.
You also get a little widget that stays on either the left or right side of the screen, depending on where you want it anyway.
Swipe on it to the center of the screen and you’ll see your favorite apps ready to be launched.
To improve the Gaming experience, there’s the “Game Space” feature. This improves your gameplay experience overall.
It does this by turning off some features, turn off notifications and some other technical stuff to ensure your gaming experience is really good.
ColorOS is great. For Navigation, you get two buttons at the bottom. The “Back” button and the Pill-Shaped “Home” button which also performs other features.
The Fingerprint Scanner is very fast and accurate.
The speaker at the bottom is okay. It is loud, but you’re not going to be getting a lot of bass.
Using headphones improves the bass but the loudness okay.
Overall performance is great, there’s no doubt about the phone being the best budget phone that satisfies the need for really good performance.
RAM and Internal Storage
It’s pleasing to get a phone that doesn’t cost that much to perform really well in terms of speed.
In order to support that speed, RAM is an important aspect. The bigger the RAM, the better.
The Realme 3 gives you two options in terms of RAM, a 3GB of RAM option and a 4GB of RAM option.
Now 4GB of RAM is what I usually recommend on any phone, when I get asked. And it’s what I will recommend you going for on this phone.
3GB of RAM is currently fine on a phone, but very soon, phones with just that amount will start to slow down…if they haven’t started already.
I believe anyone that wants to get this phone for the gaming aspect should just try as much to get the 4GB of RAM model. It will be a wise decision.
But hey, I’m just a guy on the internet right?
Anyway, for internal storage options, you get 32GB for the 3GB of RAM variant and 64GB for the 4GB of RAM variant.
Going back to why you’re really getting the phone should make things a little clearer here.
If you’re going to be gaming a lot, you’ll need a lot of room for OBB files and DATA files that get downloaded and created as you play games.
You might also add music files and videos and all that.
What’s great is that you can expand with a MicroSD card of up to 256GB. It has its dedicated slot so you shouldn’t worry about taking out one of your SIM cards.
But if you’re not willing to spend some extra money on an SD card, just get the 64GB of RAM variant.
The performance on the Realme 3 is great, to ensure you can do a lot of things without needing to constantly charge, it has been equipped with a really impressive battery.
What you’re getting here is a 4230mAh Li-Ion battery.
You can get to a full day on heavy use with this phone. Gaming, streaming, browsing and all the likes can be done all day.
Light users can use the phone for up to 2 and a half days before needing to charge.
To charge it up, you get a 10W charger out of the box, it isn’t that fast (even though the phone supports fast charging).
Charging for 30 minutes can get you up to 25% battery juice.
Overall battery life is great. You can’t be gaming all day on a phone with a horrible battery.
You will have to charge the phone every night before bed though.
For internet, you get WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G and 2G.
You also get an FM Radio (you have to use headphones as an antenna), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and a MicroUSB 2.0.
There’s no NFC here.
You can get the phone around $150.
For that price and all the features it offers, it definitely is a really impressive product.
*Please be aware that prices vary from time to time.
It’s been a while since a budget phone has blown us away. I’m pretty sure you’re satisfied with what this phone offers in terms of performance, battery life, a little bit on the design and camera.
I don’t have a lot to say besides “If you can’t afford a Flagship Device but need a phone that offers a lot in performance, go for the Realme 3.”
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