OPPO’s sub=brand Realme has rocked the smartphone world when it introduced smartphones with amazing specs at rock bottom prices. Last year, Realme stepped into the local smartphone scene, testing the waters and introduced the Realme C1, its first entry level smartphone offering. Sales went very well.
This year, Realme introduced the Realme 3 and it was a big hit. But many hardcore smartphone gamers are seeking “more power please”. So Realme brought the Realme 3 Pro. Aimed for gamers, it intends to give you the best gaming experience with spending so much for a flagship price. But how about those Instragramers who wants a great camera? Let’s find out on this review.
Realme 3 Pro specs
- Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
- Adreno 616 graphics
- 4GB RAM/64GB internal memory
- 6GB RAM/128GB internal memory
- Expandable via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (2340 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Dual Rear Cameras
- 16 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
- 5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- 25MP f/2.0 front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Scanner (rear mounted)
- Sensor – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 4,045 mAh battery with 20W fast charge (VOOC 3.0)
- Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6
- Price Php 12,990 (4GB/64GB) and Php 14,990 (6GB/128GB)
Hardware and Design
Putting the Realme 3 Pro to the regular Realme 3 side by side, there no noticeable difference in terms of looks and design. We notice that the Realme 3 Pro has a sharper screen. Before we go to the screen, let’s take a look at the rest of the hardware.
We have an audio jack along with the microphone, the old USB 2.0 port and single firing speaker. By the way, that speaker is loud but there are noticeable distortions when in max volume. On the right there’s a power button that doubles as a Google Assistant button. Press it once activates the Google Assistant while a long press prompts the phone to turn off or to restart. On the left we have the volume rockers. On the top there is a noise cancelling microphone. Fingerprint Scanner is located at the back. It works fine and unlocks the phone fast.
Make no mistake, the phone is made with polycarbonate which totally fine for us. We prefer a plastic construction rather than glass and metal. We believe it is more durable. Overall look and feel is very solid.
Software and Performance
If you are a long time OPPO user and you intend to switch to Realme 3 Pro, you will very much at home. All Realme phones runs on ColorOS 6, OPPO’s custom skin on top of Android. For the longest time, we’ve praised ColorOS for its mere smoothness even if the phone is already 3 years old. Our very old OPPO F3 Plus is still surprisingly smooth. On the flip side, Android purists never liked its interface for being so inspired with Apple’s iOS.
This year, OPPO released ColorOS 6 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. We saw a major revamp on its overall look. It is still colorful but not cartnoonish which we very much like but we do appreciate the option to put an app drawer which is very much like stock Android. With two weeks of use, we never encountered any slowdowns in the UI. ColorOS does not disappoint.
Under the hood is where everyone is excited about. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with either 6 or 4GB RAM. This phone is by far the most affordable we’ve seen running this chipset. The Snapdragon 710 is just a step lower in terms of performance with the flagships Snapdragon 855 or 845. Playing PUBG Mobile is so smooth! We admit we are not hardcore gamers but playing games on this things is getting addictive. It nearly destroyed our daily productivity.
If you are going to ask us, we think it is better to get the 6GB RAM to maximize the memory allocation for gaming. If you are not a gamer but you want a smooth daily driver, we think the 4GB RAM model is a best option.
Normally, a gaming centric smartphone does not have great cameras. But Realme’s camera DNA comes from OPPO and they make pretty good camera phones. Here we have a 16MP main sensor and 5MP depth sensor at the back and a 25MP selfie camera. Photos taken in daylight are very good – nice dynamic range and sharpness. It gets even better with low light photos. Go to Nightsight and all low light photos are impressively good.
Here check out some of our photos.
Daylight and indoor shots
Connectivity and Battery
A big battery is a nice addition for a phone being marketed for gaming. The 4,045 mAh battery is just the right size for your intense use. We did a video loop test to drain the battery – 4 hours of You Tube and IWant with 4G/LTE on and the battery only dropped from 100% to 62%. That’s very impressive! Battery life may vary when use it more on gaming especially if you adjust the graphics settings to high.
As for the connectivity, we used our Smart SIM and used this phone as our daily driver. We get consistent internet speeds with no sudden drop in signal and internet quality. Calls are clear with no issues.
The Realme 3 Pro will make you a gaming pro in no time. Instragrammers won’t be disappointed either because of its very capable camera system. Daylight or low light shots are one of the best we’ve seen in a phone at this price. The Realme 3 Pro can be a phone for both worlds. With this,we give our #FTARecommended badge of recommendation for meeting this kind of standard for a very low price.
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