The new Realme X3 series is about delivering a flagship smartphone experience with a strong focus on cameras, while pricing is as aggressive as possible. Realme has just announced the X3 and X3 Superzoom smartphones, and today, we’ll take a quick first look later.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom boasts of a periscope-style telephoto camera, which we have typically seen in phones that cost a lot. This enables 60x hybrid zoom, which is impressive considering the price of the phone. There are plenty of other flagship-level features such as 120-Hz display, fast RAM and storage, powerful processor and fast charging.
We start with the design. Apart from Realme X (Review), which had a pop-up selfie camera, most of Realme’s line-ups follow the same design principles. Where Realme innovates is in a pattern on the back of its phone. Each new model has a slightly different finish or design on the back, which helps keep things fresh. Realme has sent me the Arctic White color of the X3 Superzoom, which I think is really cool. The matte finish has a satin-like texture, and its colors change depending on the angle you see. It really reminds me a lot of the OnePlus 6 Silk White version.
The build quality looks great, and has rounded corners and sides all around, so the X3 Superzoom is comfortable to hold. It is slightly larger and heavier, weighing 202 grams. Button placement is convenient, and the X3 Superzoom has a capacitive fingerprint sensor in the power button on the right, which works as expected.
Realme has dropped the in-display sensor because this phone has an LCD panel instead of an AMOLED. The display in question is a 6.6-inch panel with a full-HD + resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. This is the highest refresh rate ever on a Realme device.
In a short period of time while using the X3 Superzoom, I noticed that the display can be really bright and the colors are porous. However, to really enjoy any content, the brightness level needs to be raised quite high. When using this phone with moderate to low brightness, the screen feels a bit dull.
The Realme UI feels fast and fluid thanks to the high refresh rate, and I’ll test it with the game even further, so keep an eye out for a full review, coming soon.
A part of Android’s snappiness also accompanies the processor. The X3 Superzoom uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, which is currently the fastest non-5G SoC for Android phones. Realme also claims that this phone can outperform the highest AnTuTu score compared to any other phone with the same chip. So far, SoC is performing well and I haven’t noticed any heating issues, but a full review will have my final report on it.
I am using the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, priced at Rs. 32,999. There is also a less expensive version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 27,999. You get dual-sim support but there is no option to increase the storage.
Other features include a 30W ge dart charge ‘4,200mAh battery with fast charging, a single bottom-firing speaker and support for common wireless and navigation systems. I think Realme included faster 50W charging and stereo speakers that you get with Realme X2 Pro (review).
Okay, let’s get to the X3 Superzoom’s main party trick – the periscopic zoom camera. The overall camera setup you get on the Realme X50 Pro 5G (review), the main change of which is the telephoto camera. Realme uses an 8-megapixel sensor with a periscope-style lens, similar to what you get on the Huawei P30 Pro (review) and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (review). It is capable of an impressive 5x optical zoom, and can go all the way to 60x hybrid zoom. I still have a lot of tests to do, but the initial samples I have taken certainly look promising. It will be fun to see how Realme X3 compares to SuperZoom OnePlus 8 Pro (review) and Samsung Galaxy S20 + (review).
Other rear cameras are a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. There are 32-megapixel main and 8-megapixel wide-angle cameras for selfies.
Realme has also added new features to the camera app. There are now several settings within Knight Mode, some of which have to be included, including Starry Mode. Like Google Pixel 4’s Astrophotography mode, Realme claims that it will allow you to capture stars in the sky, constellations, etc. A clear night sky is a prerequisite for such a shot, so I hope the God of Rain is kind to me. I will test it in the next few days.
Realme X3 Superzoom Price Rs. 27,999, which is a very aggressive price when you consider the entire package on offer. We’ll be testing its cameras, battery life, and overall performance over the next few days, so be prepared for a full review coming soon.
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