Realme, a smartphone brand from China, has started selling its phones in the U.K. and Europe, beginning with the Realme 3 Pro. Weâ€™ve looked at Realmeâ€™s phones in the past, and have been consistently surprised by the low prices. Has this continued? Most definitely. The Realme 3 Pro costs 175 British pounds, or 200 euros, and the specification, build, and design is good enough to make it an astonishing value.
Itâ€™s cheap, but it doesnâ€™t look cheap, The plastic rear panel has an oblique gradient line, that Realme says was inspired by the look of a race track, and comes in two different colors â€” a blue and a purple. It catches the light nicely, and doesnâ€™t feel plasticky, even though it weighs a light 172 grams. A fingerprint sensor sits towards the top of the back, alongside a dual-lens camera and flash unit. Set inside a small bump, it does not stick out too far from the 8.3mm body.
The camera consists of a 16-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture main lens, and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 second lens. It has dual-pixel technology, can take bokeh portrait shots, and has a Nightscape mode that takes several photos at different exposures to create the best possible low-light photo. The Chroma Boost feature boosts colour and brightness, while the Ultra HD mode takes enhanced 64MP photos. It also has a 960fps slow-motion video model and 4K video recording with EIS, plus a 25-megapixel selfie camera with an A.I. beauty mode.
Around the front is a notched, 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen with a 2,340 x 1,080-pixel resolution, and covered in Gorilla Glass 5. Being displayed in Android 9, but covered in Oppoâ€™s Color OS user interface. If youâ€™re wondering why itâ€™s an Oppo interface, itâ€™s because Realme is part of the same smartphone empire as Oppo, Vivo, and OnePlus. There is a Realme theme over the top, and the entire experience differentiates the user experience greatly from the Android youâ€™ll find on the Google Pixel 3a, for example.
Other interesting features include a 4,045mAh battery with a super fast charging system, taking it from zero to 100% in just 80 minutes (although it does this through an aging MicroUSB connector), plus a 3.5mm headphone socket, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, and two configurations â€” 4GB of RAM and 64Gb of storage, or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The prices? Itâ€™s 175 British pounds for the 4GB/64GB, or 220 pounds for the 6GB/128GB model.
Youâ€™ll be able to buy the Realme 3 Pro from June 5 at the new realme website. We were recently impressed by the Realme X smartphone, and while we have had mixed experiences with previous models based mostly on the software side., itâ€™s impossible to deny the value on display here.