Originally part of Oppo, Realme split from its parent firm in May 2018 and has since been producing handsets to sell in both China and India.
As for price, that’s where this phone is interesting. The basic version is set to cost Rs 13,999 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage,6GB RAM 64 GB storage Rs15,999 while the 6GB of RAM and 128GB version will be a touch more at Rs 16,999.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 4045 mAh battery
- Dual 16MP imx 519 + 5MP depth rear & 25MP selfie
- 6.3 inches (16 cm) ltps ips lcd
- Dual, Nano-SIM + dedicated micro sd slot
- Android v9.0 (Pie) with color os
Design and display
The Realme 3 pro doesn’t immediately feel like a premium handset like the ‘Pro’ name suggests, but its build quality seems to be high considering the handset’s price.
The Realme 3 Pro debuts with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen (19:9) with 2340 X 1080p resolution and a pixel density of about 408 PPI. Just like the last three or four Realme phones, this one too sports a dewdrop notch (that you may hide).
As for the outdoor visibility, the screen goes 400nits bright and the phone was useable under direct sunlight.
The rear of the phone feels a little cheap to the touch as you tap around on the back, but it has a metal edge, and from the front, it looks similar to a lot of other phones.
The rear cover has a gradient effect, which is something we’ve gotten used to on handsets but it offers a different look than just a block color choice.
The version of the phone pictured here is the Nitro Blue, and there’s also a Lightning Purple variant that has a mixture of the aforementioned color and black mixed together.
It gives the phone a different effect in a variety of lighting scenarios, and it’s an attractive look. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the phone, too.
Around the edges, you’ll find the power button on the right and the volume buttons on the left-hand side of the phone.
The bottom edge is home to a 3.5mm headphone jack – allowing you to listen to wired headsets wherever you are – as well as a speaker and a micro USB port to charge up the device.
We would have preferred this handset to use the more popular USB-C port, and this is likely one way the company has kept the unit price lower than some of the competition.
Performance and Software
Realme 3 Pro rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC which is built on 10nm FinFET process. The octa-core chipset uses dual Kryo 360 cores and six Kryo 350 cores which could reach up to 2.2GHz clock speed under stress. The processor is backed by the Adreno 616 GPU has received additional optimization for Tencent (maker of PUBG) and Unity (maker of Fortnite) games.
So, how does it fare against the SD 675 on Redmi Note 7 Pro? “The Snapdragon 710 elevates gaming experience over the Snapdragon 675 SoC,” says Qualcomm.
Apart from better GPU, use of 10nm technology and presence of L3 system cache are factors that lend it an edge over the Snapdragon 675.
After scrutinizing performance on both RN 7 and Realme 3 Pro, we can confirm this to be true. Gaming is noticeably better on the Realme 3 Pro, even if the margin isn’t much. It’s also the first phone in its class to be certified by Fortnite.
Long story short, this is the best performing phone you could gun for under 15k.
As for the software, Realme is still using Oppo’s Color OS 6. The custom OS is based on Android 9 Pie and has ample customization options. We are glad that the new Color OS has an option to added a decent App drawer to the default launcher.
Having said that, I personally didn’t enjoy the user interface of the Colors OS. The UI has a dated feel to it with animations and transitions lack that sublime charm. Presence of bloatware apps like DailyHunt, Opera, and UC Browser, ShareChat, Web novel, and few others doesn’t help Color OS case either.
You may install a customer launcher from Play store, but you’d have to go through layers of settings to set it as your default one.
It has recently got the DRM L1 license for HD streaming in Netflix and amazon prime.
The Realme 3 Pro fingerprint sensor is extremely snappy, and so is the face unlock. The mono speaker at the bottom is loud enough. Audio experience on earphones is mediocre.
To counter Xiaomi’s 48MP primary sensor, Realme banks on Sony IMX519 sensor, which is the same sensor that’s used on the OnePlus 6T. The RM 3 Pro includes a 16MP + 5MP setup at the rear and a 25MP selfie camera on the front.
The camera app is not very well laid out, but it includes all sorts of modes and options you’d need, including Portrait mode, Panorama, Chroma Boost mode, and Nightscape mode.
The Chrome Boost mode works similar to HDR mode by stacking multiple images to offer better dynamic range and richer color tones. Nightscape, on the other hand, is low light photography solution where it takes long exposure shots handheld.
The Realme 3 Pro camera shots turned up really good, considering the price. It manages to take sharp images in daylight through the color are excessively warm. The clicked images show great dynamic range and contrast.
AI mode detects the scene and automatically kicks in to further boost colors. Coming to the night photography, the Realme 3 Pro’s nightscape really helps. The multi-exposure shots offer far better clarity and result as compared to its auto mode. The AI can automatically turn on the night mode as well.
As for selfies, I am more inclined towards the Realme 3 Pro. With beautification options set to zero, it managed to shoot better selfies. The edge detection and bokeh in portrait mode are really good too.
As for the Videos, the Realme 3 Pro camera can shoot 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps. The phone also supports 720p slow-mos at 960 fps which a rare feature in this budget. You may shoot 10-second clips at 960fps, but this works well only outdoors. Overall, baring the laggy camera app, photography experience on the Realme 3 Pro is among the better ones in the price.
Realme 3 Pro Review: Battery
The Realme 3 Pro packs a massive 4,045mAh battery which can comfortably last for more than a day (on most days). There are also a couple of power saver modes, like Super High Power Efficiency mode to extract some extra mileage during critical times.
Realme surprised us by adding VOOC charge 3.0. The phone comes bundled with a 20W VOOC charger which can refill the drained 4000mAh+ battery in about 80 mins. Fast charging support with bundled fast charger still isn’t very common for phones under 15K, and this is surely a thing to cherish.
Realme 3 Pro Review Verdict: Should You Buy It?
The Realme 3 Pro has what it takes to call out the Redmi Note 7 Pro for a dual. It lags behind the Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of benchmark scores but offers a discernably better gaming experience. So, yes, if gaming is your top priority, we have no qualms about recommending the 3 Pro.
The look and feel aren’t very premium, but still, it’s very difficult to complain if you keep the entire package in mind. The handset offers impressive battery mileage, pleasant display, and lowlight camera performance are other significant positives.
The UI is the biggest drawback that Realme needs to fix ASAP. Apart from that, the Realme 3 Pro is a powerful phone that covers all basics.
- Gaming performance
- Comfortable to hold
- Low light camera performance
- VOOC fast charging
- Dedicated SD card slot
- good battery life
- No Type C
- Colors OS