Jun 03, 2020 Reviews
Realme has been consistently making waves across the smartphone world with constant new additions to their lineup of top-tier phones at affordable prices. Such companies are usually more adored by the masses due to offering a lot of value and near-flagship performance for a fraction of their price. Realme has made sure to follow in the footsteps of manufacturers like Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei, and just like them provide bang-for-your-buck phones in the market that give flagship phones a run for their money. A similar case can be seen with the X3 Zoom, as Realme aims to offer all the top-notch specs and features of a flagship at barely half the price. However, they have another trick up their sleeve in the camera department, which comes in the form of a 5x periscope lens. Let’s get into the review to see what the X3 is really about.
The X3 Superzoom has great build quality, with glass both on the front and back, However, it’s good to see that Realme has managed to make the back look premium without it being a fingerprint magnet. Moreover, you also get aluminium on the side frames which again is only seen on higher end flagship devices. A type-C connector can be seen on the bottom, and a single speaker setup as well. However, you don’t get a headphone jack on this phone, but considering almost all new phones are ditching the jack, we don’t think it’ll be much of a dealbreaker. However, one thing that we hoped to see done differently on the Superzoom would be the camera module setup. The quad camera design in a vertical module is dried up now, and it has been overdone by so many phones now that it just looks boring in 2020. That’s not to take away anything from the build quality as a whole of the phone though.
Well, performance is going to be top-notch on this phone. With the addition of a Snapdragon 855+ on the Realme X3 Superzoom, you’re going to get a powerhouse chipset on your phone and unmatched performance at this price point. The 855+ chip was the one that came before the current main SoC in phones being the 865. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about your phone lagging anywhere. Moreover, you can easily play all your games on full HD graphics at the highest possible frame rate thanks to the powerful processor inside. Realme’s UI is fairly close to stock Android as well, which will be appreciated by most users due to the smooth browsing experience across the interface and the exclusion of the amount of bloatware you’d find on other phones. Kudos to Realme for giving this phone such a strong engine to run on at this price segment.
Display is one of the things that phone manufacturers usually compromise on to bring down the costs of a phone.This is due to the fact that most users don’t notice the extra punchy colors that an OLED or an AMOLED display brings along, and thus companies take note of that, and instead put that money on a flagship chipset because that’s usually given preference amongst consumers. The X3 Superzoom doesn’t have a poor panel by no means, but it is an LCD display after all, and it can’t compete with the likes of OLED whatsoever. However, Realme has more than compensated for that by including a 120Hz refresh rate on its 6.6” screen, which is a trend we hope is here to stay. A 120Hz at this price point is probably unheard of, and that’s why despite the X3 Superzoom despite having an LCD panel, is one of the best screens you can get at this price.
The camera setup on the X3 Superzoom is a bittersweet tale to say the least. The phone comes with a quad camera module consisting of a 64MP main shooter, a 8MP periscope telephoto lens, an 8MP ultra-wide and a disappointing 2MP macro lens too. The main shooter takes decent photos in good lighting conditions, with plenty of details overall. However, the software side of things tends to over-saturate images which ends up making them look artificial and unpleasing to the eye. The ultra-wide does an average job as well, which is acceptable for the price, as it will be fun to use nonetheless. We believe macro lenses shouldn’t exist on a phone unless they are 5MP at least, but hey it can take close-ups if you’re into that. However, the periscope on this phone is extremely impressive in the price point, or at any price for that matter. You can go upto 5x optical zoom thanks to the periscope lens, and get incredibly close up to things without losing detail. The results we got out of the “Superzoom” were
amazing, and could definitely be put to good use in the hands of a skilled person.
The battery unit on the X3 Superzoom is 4200 mAh, which is slightly lower than the average we see these days on phones, be it a mid-ranger or a flagship. That being said, the battery life is average on the device, and you might be able to last a day on a full-charge if you don’t do gaming or any power-intensive usage. However, one bright aspect to the battery performance is that it can juice the phone back up fairly quickly, with support of upto 30W of fast charging.
All in all, the X3 Superzoom is an amazing deal, and probably the best you’ll be able to get in the sub 500 dollar price range. You get top-tier specs and performance, decent cameras, great all around build and a battery that can charge pretty fast. Plus the inclusion of a capable periscope on an approximately 500 dollar phone is impressive. We think you won’t find many better phones for this segment when it does roll out.