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Realme 3 is the third generation of Chinese manufacturer’s flagship Smartphone which was introduced in the Indian markets with the aim of taking on the Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7. But soon Xiaomi took a leap with the Redmi Note 7 Pro last month that left Realme longing for more. Now, the Realme 3 Pro is here to lock horns with the Redmi Note 7 Pro in the Indian mid-segment market. If you haven’t read our detailed Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review, we recommend having a look as it will be easier for you to compare these devices.
Realme 3 Pro has some really big shoes to fill. Given the fact that its predecessor the Realme 2 Pro is still a dominating Smartphone in its price segment, the new entrant from the brand has some pretty high benchmarks to cross. Competing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro won’t be an easy challenge either as we have already established in our review that it might be the best Redmi Note ever. With a glass-body, powerful hardware and 48MP camera, there’s a lot for the Real 3 Pro to compete against.
In the launch event, Realme 3 Pro indicated some surprise cards of its own, let’s find out whether this new Realme device will win against its biggest rival or not.
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Realme 3 Pro Design
One can easily mistake the Realme 3 Pro with the Realme 2 Pro because of the astonishing similarity between the two devices in terms of design and display. However, on closer inspection, you will realize the subtle differences between the designs. The new Smartphone from Realme has curved back panel whose edges are tapered to blend in with its polycarbonate frame.
The curved edges of the back panel make it easier to get a hold on the phone. The back panel is made from injection-moulded plastic and not glass which is more common these days. But we find it as an advantage because glass back panels, although look premium they are a nightmare to be handled. There are some new colours made available with the Realme 3 Pro like the Nitro Blue, Lighting Purple and Carbon grey.
Not difficult to grip, the Realme 3 Pro might force you to use both hands for reaching the notification shade, thanks to its extra-tall height. With 8.3mm thickness and 172g weight, there is no struggle in carrying this phone around in your pocket. All the buttons are thoughtfully placed around the frame. We loved that Realme has allowed two Nano-SIM slots along with the microSD card slot so users don’t have to compromise. At the bottom of the Realme 3 Pro, you will find the 3.5mm headphone jack along with Micro-USB port and single speaker grill.
At the back, you have the dual-camera setup protruding slightly over the back panel. The capacitive fingerprint sensor finds its place at the top centre. On first impression, it appears that the Realme 3 Pro’s body can withstand wear and tear of everyday use but it is still recommended that you use the protective case to prevent any scuff marks, especially on the edges.
Realme 3 Pro Display
Realme has used full-HD+ 6.3inch IPS display on this Smartphone. The display has slim bezels on all sides, nothing intrusive but the chin at the bottom is fairly thick. Realme 3 Pro display is provided with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection and comes with a screen guard pre-installed. The IPS display has 1080×2340 resolution that produces sharp and vivid colours and offers good viewing angles. The legibility of the screen under the sunlight is enough thanks to the sufficient brightness.
At the top of the display, Realme 3 Pro flaunts the notch that houses the front camera, just like the Realme 2 Pro. The earpiece sits just above the notch.
Realme 3 Pro Hardware & Software
Speed is the main aspect of the Realme 3 Pro based on which the company is marketing this device which is why the SoC chosen for this Smartphone is first in this price segment. The Realme 3 Pro uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC which has better graphics capabilities than Snapdragon 675 used in the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Also, this Realme 3 Pro’s CPU is more power-efficient because of its 10nm fabrication. This directly translates to better battery life when you do heavy stuff with the phone such as play games and use the camera.
There are two variants of the Realme 3 Pro made available in India-the base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. While the internal storage provided should be sufficient for most users, you still have the ability to expand the storage up to 256GB via microSD. For connectivity, you get the standard suite of sensors with dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, FM radio, GPS and USB-OTG.
You will find the ColorOS 6 based on latest Android 9 Pie running at the heart of the Realme 3 Pro. The android is updated with the March 2019 Android security patch so you have maximum safety while using the phone. The ColorOS 6 has the similar look as that of Realme 3 in which you can change the navigation keys to swipable button style like in Google Pixel 3 or get rid of them entirely to use gestures instead.
There are plenty of motion and screen gestures to customize the UI of the ColorOS like in the previous iterations. Realme continues to preinstall many third-party apps like the ShareChat, Webnovel and NewsPoint, but fortunately, you can uninstall all of them. As an answer to Apple’s AirDrop, Realme 3 Pro has a file sharing feature called the Realme Share which lets you share files between compatible devices fast. You will see this feature whenever you try to share a file from the gallery.
Altogether there is not much of an improvement on the software front in Realme 3 Pro as compared to its predecessor.
Realme 3 Pro Performance
Realme 3 Pro actually impresses with its performance which is solid on all fronts. The interface is fast and smooth, multitasking is problem free and performance during heavy use is glitch free. The firmware available on the device (RMX1851EX_11_A.1.0) is a pre-release version and Realme pointed out that the retail units will have the updated version with bug fixes and more features.
One of the fixes promised is the Widevine L1 DRM certification that lets you stream videos on apps like Amazon Primevideo and Netflix at resolutions higher than HD. While playing videos, Realme 3 Pro display renders punchy colours and the single speaker gets loud enough for audio clarity. However, a second speaker for better stereo effect would have been nice. The area around the notch is hidden when you watch videos but you can expand the video to fill up space around the notch.
When playing games, Realme 3 Pro performed exceptionally well. PUBG Mobile plays at high graphics preset and no stuttering or lag is reported by any user till now. Even after playing games for longer sessions, the device doesn’t heat up much.
The fingerprint sensor on the device works as intended and you get the face recognition feature in this device as well just like other Realme devices.
Realme 3 Pro Camera
The primary camera of the Realme 3 Pro packs the powerful 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor with f/1.7 aperture which is decent when compared to Redmi Note 7 Pro’s Sony IMX586 sensor just not as powerful. Some of the premium phones like the OnePlus 6T use the same sensor as used in this Realme device. The second camera is a 5MP depth sensor that helps when taking Portrait mode pictures.
The pictures captured with Realme 3 Pro during daylight have very good details. The colours are automatically boosted which helps when taking pictures in overcast conditions. The sharpness is, however, lacking in pictures, although it is only noticeable when you zoom in all the way. The AI software is fast to recognize the objects in the frame and the macros are sharp and detailed as well.
During low lighting conditions, capturing pictures with the Realme 3 Pro is difficult. The shutter speed in such lighting conditions is reduced to 1/10th of a second which makes it difficult to capture moving subjects. Although when taking pictures of still subjects you still capture a lot of details. Landscape pictures were not that impressive in auto mode.
Here are the image samples taken with Realme 3 Pro:
Image Credit: NDTV Gadgets
The Nightscape mode of Realme 3 Pro camera comes to rescue in low light conditions. It takes a second or two to capture the image but the end result is a picture with sharper colours and more details. When zooming in lack of sharpness is still evident but if you are not cropping images too much, you get usable pictures using Nightscape mode. The depth sensor works well at detecting the edge even in low light conditions which helps when taking bokeh effect images.
On the front, the Realme 3 Pro flaunts a 25MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. You can capture some good images under good lighting conditions and using HDR mode. However, in low light conditions, the images appear to be grainy and flat. The bokeh effect applied to selfies is good but it makes images look too artificial.
You can shoot videos at 4K resolution with the Realme 3 Pro, but there is no stabilization when shooting 4k videos. However, if you record videos at the 1080p resolution the video is stabilized. The camera app is easy to use with its simple and intuitive design. You get all kinds of video shooting modes like Slo-mo, Timelapse, Pano and Expert.
Realme 3 Pro Battery
This Realme device is powered by a 4045mAh battery which is impressively large. The battery life offered by this device is pretty solid. On a video loop test, the Realme 3 Pro battery lasted for 14 hours and 13 minutes. On an average day use involving internet surfing, a bit of gaming and watching videos, making calls and using chat apps, the phone can easily last for a little longer than a day on a single charge.
Even when you use the camera or play games, there is not much of a life drain in the battery life noticed which is a good sign. This Smartphone comes with a fast charger, unlike Redmi Note 7 Pro that can charge the battery all the way up to 90% from 0 in under an hour. The Realme 3 Pro also supports Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging standard. However, to use the VOOC charging you will need the bundled micro-USB cable that comes with the phone as the regular one will not work.
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Should you buy Realme 3 Pro?
Under its price segment, the Realme 3 Pro is a worthy contender which is a good choice as a gaming Smartphone available under Rs. 20,000. With a powerful SoC which is also more power-efficient, this Smartphone is a better choice over the Realme 2 Pro. However, if you already own a Realme 2 Pro there is no need to upgrade.
With a bigger battery, more colour options and better performance, Realme 3 Pro is still not up to the mark to compete with the Redmi Note 7 Pro but that doesn’t make it a lost cause. Realme has delivered on its promise of a much faster and powerful smartphone without jacking up the price.