Realme seems to have struck the right chord with Indian audiences, having started its journey under Oppo, and soon breaking away to become an independent company. Since then, Realme has expanded its portfolio beyond phones to include audio and travel accessories as well. The company is also planning to set up exclusive retail stores in the second half of 2019, which shows its commitment to the Indian market.
Now, the company has launched the next model in its main smartphone product line, simply called the Realme 3. The phone is the successor to the Realme 2 (Review) and is priced similarly too. However, in order to stay competitive, the company has given the new model a much-needed boost in CPU power. Add to that a new design language and updated software, and we have an interesting new choice at around the Rs. 10,000 mark. Let’s see if the Realme 3 should be your top pick in this price segment.
Realme 3 design and display
The big change with the Realme 3’s design compared to its predecessor is the presence of the waterdrop notch, which gives you a higher screen-to-body ratio. Realme is also touting its new ‘unibody’ design for the back, which curves all the way to the sides without any visible seams. The back is made of injection moulded plastic rather than glass, but it feels rigid and comfortable to hold.
The Realme 3 is not particularly light at 175g and not slim at 8.3mm, but weight distribution is good and there’s ample surface on the sides for a good grip. Fingerprints are a real nightmare. The pre-applied screen guard and glossy back are impossible to keep clean. After a couple of days of usage, we also noticed some minor hairline scuff marks around the edges of the back.
We have the Radiant Blue colour trim, but the Realme 3 is also available in Black and Dynamic Black. The upper three-fourths of the phone is black, while the blue gradient (purple at times, depending on the angle you hold it) is only towards the bottom fourth.
The SIM tray can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards and a mciroSD card, all at once. 4G with Dual VoLTE is also supported. At the bottom, there’s a 3.5mm headphone socket, Micro-USB port, and speaker.