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Realme 3 Unboxing and First Impressions

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Another phone that people are raving about is the Realme 3. On its first day, the said device was sold out immediately. While you are waiting for Realme to restock, let’s take a closer look at the device itself.

Realme 3 specs:

  • Helio P60 12nm Octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 graphics
  • 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage (Php 6,990)
  • 3GB RAM/ 64GB internal storage (Php 7,990)
  • 4GB RAM/ 64GB internal memoery (Php 9,990)
  • expandable up to 256GB via dedicated slot
  • 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display, 720×1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Dual rear cameras
    13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF
    2 MP, depth sensor
  • 13MP front camera (f/2.0 aperture)
  • Fingerprint scanner + Facial Unlock, FM Radio
  • 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 4,230 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0

What’s inside the box?

  • Realme 3 unit
  • Soft jelly case
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Wall adapter
  • SIM card ejector tool (not shown in photo)

Hardware

The Realme 3’s hardware reminds us of its OPPO F7 cousin. It is slightly thick but its fine considering the large 4,230 mAh battery inside it. Its a simple and very straightforward design and finish. Realme also borrowed Huawei’s vertical placement of its branding on the bottom left corner as it is aimed to be a camera phone.

The display is a 6.2-inch IPS panel with a 720p resolution. It has a lower resolution compared to its main competition the Redmi Note 7’s Full HD display. Despite the lower screen resolution it is bright and color accurate.

Let’s check the rest of the hardware – we have the volume rocker and the SIM card tray. By the way, it has a dedicated microSD card slot. On the right, we have the power button. The bottom houses the speaker, USB 2.0 port and the 3.5mm audio jack. At the back, we have the fingerprint scanner and the dual rear cameras.

Software

The Realme 3 comes with Android 9.0 Pie with OPPO’s custom skin ColorOS 6. If you are not aware, Realme is a sub-brand of OPPO. ColorOS 6, gets a major overhaul from its previois versions. The UI now has an app drawer just like stock Android, Even the drop down notification and quick settingd gets a major design change. Overall, we do like this new version now. ColorOS has been our favorite skin over Android because of its sheer fluidity especially for long term use. Not to mention the unit we have here is the 4GB/64GB variant. More RAM means it can handle multitasking better

First Camera Samples

In the camera department, we have a 13 megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and backed up with a 2 megapixel depth sensor. All our first camera samples were taken raw and in auto mode. So far most of our shots are indoors and they look pretty good. These cameras look promising!

Here are some of our first sample photos

First Impressions

We were left impressed with the Realme 3 and very fresh looking new colorOS 6. We think it is the star of the show! If you are using an old OPPO smartphone, the difference in design and fluidity is night and day considering the older versions are already smooth. Plus, the camera takes very good photos and we can’t wait to take take it out for a spin.

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