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Realme 3: A redmi note 7 competitor or just a fluke

Realme a sub-brand launched by Oppo , a year go has taken the world by storm with its ultra-affordable pricing and high end specs. It has established itself as one of the biggest smartphone companies in India with a huge audience.

Now a product has been launched in the companies’ successful line-up,u00a0 Realme 3. The phone is the true successor to the Realme 2 and is priced similarly to.u00a0 In order to stay competitive, the CPU has been given a much needed upgrade Helio P-70 compared to its predecessor below par Snapdragon 450. The product here follows a whole new design and latest software, which makes it an interestingu00a0 choice at around the Rs. 10,000 mark.

Display

The Realme 3 is seen sporting a 6.2-inch waterdrop display with an HD+ (1520×720) resolution. The waterdrop notch can be considered n upgrade overu00a0 the wide, iPhone 10 like notch on the Realme 2. It makes the display a lot more beautiful The bezels are pretty thin on the top and sides, while the chin is very much thick. The chin brings down the screen to body ratio to around 88% as seen on Realme 2, compared to other smartphones with waterdrop notches possessing almost 91 to 92% screen to body ratio.

Performance

This the area where Realme 3 betters the Redmi Note 7, it has a 2.1 GHz Mediatek Helio P70 SoC(4x Cortex-A53 cores andu00a0 4x Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. This can be further paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB. Moreover it is the only SoC to offer P70 chipset in this price segment. The processor can be seen its full glory while plying graphic intensive games.The handset runs games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 at high settings really well(medium+high graphics and HD resolution for PUBG), which offers a very smooth, lag-free experience. The Gamespace also compliments the P70 SoC in the gaming performance.

Design

Looks and design may be very important for many smartphone users. Realme 3 shines in this area too. It comes withu00a0 gradient design in some colour options. It looks very premium at first glance and is a considerably light smartphone weighing 175 grams even after possessing a mammoth 4230 mAh battery, all thanks to the plastic bod and frame. The back is made of polycarbonate, a sturdy material but also a scratch and fingerprint magnet. The Redmi Note 7 comes with a 2.5 D glass back along with the gradient design which makes it feel a lot more premium.

Software

The phone comes with ColorOS 6.0(based on Android 9 Pie) out-of-the-box. This marks addition of the app drawer and gradient background.

Camera

With all the tight competition in this price segment Realme 3 disappoints a little in this region. The phone comes withu00a0 (13+2)Megapixel Rear camera and 13 Megapixel selfie shooter. The cameras are pretty average. The rear camera clicks appreciable pictures in sunlight but fails to impress in the low-light. To counter this, realme rolled out Nightscape through an update. The selfie camera is decent and clicks appreciable photos both in normal and bokeh mode. On the other hand Redmi Note 7 offers a much better 48 Megapixel camera in the similar price segment which clicks awesome pictures even in low-light.

Verdict

Realme 3 is a great phone in this price segment especially for gaming and challenges heavily the likes of Redmi Note 7. It is the one phone to go for, if the plastic scratch prone body and camera is not your concern. If you have a little bit more patience and want a more premium phone that clicks great pictures then I would suggest you to go with Redmi Note 7.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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