Realme X3 SuperZoom Review: One of the best offering from Realme this year

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Realme launched two of its models this week namely the Realme X3 and X3 Superzoom. Both smartphones have larger 120Hz displays and come with a powerful Snapdragon 855+ chipset which was seen in last year’s OnePlus 7T.

The Realme X2 Pro was a really good smartphone which made the manufacturer Realme enter the flagship range. It also came with a higher refresh rate display and the Snapdragon 855+ thus providing everything in perfection.

Let’s have a quick look at the Realme X3 Superzoom.

Realme X3 Superzoom Design :

The Realme X3 Superzoom has a glass sandwich design both on the front as well as back as it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. On the front, a bezel-less display is present with a dual punch-hole cutout for the front cameras.

On the sides, there are the volume controls and power button which feel a bit plasticky. At the bottom, there is a loudspeaker vent, USB Type-C port and a SIM card slot. There is no microSD card slot for expansion of storage.

The back of the device resembles a typical Realme smartphone with a quad-camera setup. The back has a P2i coating which means it is splash resistant.

So overall, the design looks and feels fresh.

Realme X3 Superzoom Display:

The Realme X3 Superzoom comes with a 6.6 inches full HD+ display. It is an IPS LCD panel with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The 120Hz refresh rate makes the device smoother to use.

But the color reproduction of the screen is not as good as some of the AMOLEDs. However, under direct sunlight, there is good visibility and the auto-brightness sensor calibration has been done very well.

There are two modes- Vivid and Gentle which can change the temperature of the screen. The device also has support for HDR content and has Widevine L1 to stream HD content from Netflix, Prime, etc.

Due to this LCD panel, the fingerprint scanner has moved to the side which is mapped to the power button. It is quite fast and accurate.

Realme X3 Superzoom Performance:

The Realme X3 Superzoom ships with last year’s flagship Snapdragon 855+ chipset which is an octa-core chipset built on the 7nm process. It has an Adreno 640 GPU that handles all demanding tasks like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9, etc.

There is also a liquid cooling system that dissipates heat while gaming heavily. The higher 120Hz refresh rate does come into the picture as it enables smooth gaming throughout.

The GameTurbo enhances the CPU and GPU performance of the device while gaming.

Coming to benchmarks, on Anutu v8, the device scores 445007 which is good for a Snapdragon 855+ chipset.

Realme X3 Superzoom Cameras:

Now the talking point of the Realme X3 Superzoom is the cameras. There is a similar 64MP Samsung ISOCELL CW1 main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and most interestingly an 8MP periscope zoom camera with a 2MP macro camera.

We have seen this 64MP sensor on many smartphones including last year’s Realme X2 Pro. The images have a good amount of detail and the dynamic range is well maintained. The color saturation works well but the contrast needs to be improved.

At night, there is a dedicated Night Mode which highlights the details in shadows and the dynamic range improves thus bringing in more details and reduces noise.

The 8MP ultrawide camera does a good job as it has a 117-degree field of view and the dynamic range works well. Similarly, at night, the ultrawide images come out good but lack color saturation and the noise is quite prominent.

The 8MP periscope zoom is the main highlighting camera of the device. It has zoom capabilities of 2x digital zoom and 60x optical zoom. The images have a good amount of detail and the presence of OIS helps take better images with less noise.

At 5x zoom, the images come out well. Similarly, the camera can zoom up to 60x which is amazing but at that level, the colors look washed out and the dynamic range is not so good. The best is up to the 30x, where images retain a good amount of detail and have good saturation.

The 2MP macro camera takes some very good images but the colors do look a bit washed out.

In terms of portraits, the Realme X3 Superzoom takes some very good images as the 2MP depth camera provides depth and proper subject separation from the surroundings.

On the front, the Realme X3 Superzoom gets dual cameras which include 32MP main camera which is a Sony sensor, and an 8MP ultrawide camera for wider shots.

The images come out good as the 32MP images have more natural colors and the dynamic range works well. The 8MP ultrawide camera also takes wider selfies and has a good amount of details.

On the video side, the Realme X3 Superzoom takes 4K videos at 60fps. The video footage at 4K comes out good but the stabilization is not so good. The colors look good in videos but there is a considerable amount of noise in the videos.

At night, the lack of OIS does result in noisy videos but turning on the Night Mode, the videos have lesser noise.

The periscope zoom camera also takes some very good videos as the presence of OIS helps capture good stabilized videos and also has a wider dynamic range.

The videos taken from the ultrawide camera are good but when it comes to night, the performance is not so good. The videos lack sharpness and the level of details does get hit.

On the front, the videos come out well from the dual cameras. Especially the ultrawide camera has a wider dynamic range and the EIS kicks in providing good stabilization. There is also a Bokeh Mode to take portrait videos and you can adjust the background blur.

Overall, the periscope zoom camera lifts the appeal of the Realme X3 Superzoom but the ultrawide camera needs some improvements regarding low-light photography.

Realme X3 Superzoom Battery Life & Charging

The Realme X3 Superzoom sports a 4200mAh battery with support for 30W VOOC charging. The device lasted one and a half day with normal to moderate usage with the display set to 60Hz.

When the display is set at a 120Hz refresh rate, the battery easily lasts for a day with around 10-15 percent left. This is also due to the aggressive optimization of RealmeUI.

You can also set the refresh rate at the Auto-refresh option.

The 30W fast charger charges the device from 0 to 100 percent in 56 minutes which is quite faster but slightly slower compared to 50W SuperVOOC charging on the Realme X2 Pro.

Realme X3 Superzoom Software:

The Realme X3 Superzoom runs on RealmeUI built on top of Android 10. The RealmeUI shares most of its components with the ColorOS 7 seen on Oppo smartphones.

There is an enhanced dark mode that applies to all third party applications, enhanced Night Mode and the experience is almost close to Stock Android.

The RAM management has been done well and the fingerprint scanner works well and fast.

Verdict:

The Realme X3 Superzoom is an excellent smartphone with a higher refresh rate display, a powerful chipset, and a larger battery. The biggest talking point of the device is the periscope zoom lens that has 60x digital zoom capabilities.

The 30W fast charger is quite fast while charging and RealmeUI provides a good software experience. But the device needs some improvements when it comes to the main camera video and ultrawide camera low-light camera performance.

Priced at Rs.27,999, the Realme X3 Superzoom is an excellent device and will surely give Realme a strong foothold in the market.

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