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Realme 3: for just $130, you can get this budget 6.22-inch smartphone with octa-core, 3GB RAM, dual 13MP+2MP camera and 4230 mAh battery

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The Chinese sub-brand for Oppo, Realme 3 had just been released. Could this be the budget smartphone that you are looking for?

It was not long ago that the Realme 2 hit the streets back in September last year. Let’s do a quick throwback at its specs as per below:

  • 6.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~271 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm) chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera with 13MP with f/2.2 aperture and AF + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1/4" and 1.12µm
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4230 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2018 release date
  • 8,990 Indian Rupee or ~$129 USD for 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage

Realme 2 is a budget smartphone that would have wiped its competition clean, provided it comes with a Full HD resolution. Other than that, it is a real value for money device.

With that in mind, here comes the Realme 3 as its successor:

  • 6.22-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~270 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek Helio P70 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G72 MP3 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 13MP with f/1.8 aperture, 1/3", 1.12µm and PDAF + 2MP with depth sensor, LED flash and HDR
  • 13MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3", 1.12µm and HDR
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4230 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2019 release date
  • $8,999 Indian Rupee or ~$129 USD for 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and $10,999 Indian Rupee or ~$159 USD for 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage

Just by taking a glance between the two, you can see that there’s not much of an upgrade for the Realme 3.

The screen size gets a slight boost with a slightly larger 6.22-inch HD IPS screen, that also comes with Fullview display, Gorilla Glass and fingerprint sensor.

Under the hood of the Realme 3 gets a slight upgrade in the form of the Helio P70 chipset paired with a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and either 3GB or 4GB RAM. Good enough for your daily dose of apps and games.

Even the primary camera is stagnant, with the Realme 3 sporting a similar 13MP+2MP camera combo. At least there’s the upgraded 13MP selfie camera, to cater for all selfie lovers out there.

The Realme 3 gets a nice software upgrade in the form of the latest Android Pie 9.0, which lets you get all the goodness and smoothness that it has to offer.

Finally, even the battery gets a similar treatment with the 4230 mAh battery.

                       

Conclusion:

Not much of an upgrade, right? If you had previously bought Realme 2, then yes – no point in upgrading. It seems like they didn’t bother to get the Full HD resolution at the very least. But those who are looking for a budget smartphone, then it has all the qualities of a budget smartphone alright.

Realme 3 is currently available for 8,999 Indian Rupee or ~$129 USD for the 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage variant and 10,999 Indian Rupee or ~$159 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage. Three colours for you to choose from, namely Black, Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue.

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