The Realme 2 series from last year came in three different models - the C1, Realme 2, and Realme 2 Pro. I personally got the chance to review the Realme 2 Pro, which I thought that it lived up to its “Max Style, Max Power” slogan with sleek design and, at that time, the best mid-range processor, the Snapdragon 660. It had a few flaws but ones that its perks completely overshadowed. For the Realme 3, they actually took some elements from each of the three aforementioned devices and made it a more complete phone.
Realme really stepped up their build quality game for this third series - the phone is apparently made of plastic, but looking at it and holding it, you never would’ve guessed. This was the same for the Realme 2 Pro, but now the gorgeous design also comes with some heft, making it feel more secure when in your hands. The Unibody design also helps the phone in the looks and comfort department - the phone has two noticeable elements, simply the body and the display, instead of the display-frame-panel designs of yesteryear. Additionally, the Realme 3 comes in Classic Black, Dynamic Black, as well as Radiant Blue, which is the one you see in the photos.
Speaking of display, it is 6.22 inches IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch of the Realme 2 Pro, unfortunately with a resolution of 720 x 1520, which is probably how they kept the cost down. But, if you’re streaming 720p content onto that screen, it’s hard to distinguish the difference in quality. However, if the content is originally 1080p, especially Youtube where the video will be stuck at 720p for this phone, then the quality loss can be clearly seen. If you don’t mind this aspect of the display, then more power to you.
The Realme 3 is running the MediaTek Helio P60 which is a decent mid-range processor that will carry you through your daily smartphone needs. If 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage is less than ideal, you could consider the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. That being said, performance on this phone is actually very smooth in gaming, multiple tasking and browsing, but it’s still not advisable to have a lot of apps running on this phone.
The ColorOS is definitely one of the Android operating systems that I don’t hate. It’ a lot more stripped down than most Chinese brands and that’s the way I like it - the UI is clean and simple, plus app drawer!
The rear cameras were one of the few surprises for me with the Realme 2 Pro and I’m glad the Realme 3 is performing just as well, if not better. The rear cameras for the Realme 3 are a dual-camera setup with 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel depth sensor that captures great photos with Chroma Boost when in good lighting, but the quality still goes down in low light. However, their Nightscape mode can make up for some of that drop in performance. You can see how well the NightScape mode did when I tested it out at their event.
The Realme 2 Pro had a 3,500mAh battery, which is pretty huge already for its class - but the Realme 3 has a 4,230mAh battery which was seen in the Realme C1 and it’s definitely one of the reasons that makes the Realme 3 a phone you could consider. It still uses a micro-USB for charging that fills up the phone in bit over two hours - with the phone off that is.
At an affordable price of MYR599, the Realme 3 is one of the best phones you can get. The Realme has some great specs for its price, but its battery was really what I liked about it - I use my phone mostly for Youtube and Browsing, sometimes to work on-the-go so it’s nice to know the battery will have my back.