Realme 3 launches in India with a waterdrop notch, MediaTek Helio P70, 4230mAh battery, and more

Realme 3 launches in India with a waterdrop notch, MediaTek Helio P70, 4230mAh battery, and more

At its launch event in New Delhi today, Realme officially announced the Realme 3. The successor to last year’s Realme 2, the new device claims to bring improved camera performance along with an attractive design. Realme, a sub-brand of Oppo, was formed in May 2018 as an online-exclusive brand and has emerged as a solid competitor to Xiaomi’s Redmi lineup. The company mainly focuses on selling budget and early mid-range smartphones and has managed to sell 5 million smartphones in such a short run, making it the no. 4 smartphone brand in Q4 2018 in the online segment in the Indian smartphone market.

Realme 3 Design and Specifications

The Reame 3 features an injection molded unibody design instead of the traditional sandwich structure of screen, mid-frame and back cover. The front of the device is covered with a 6.22″ HD+ 19:9 display featuring a waterdrop notch with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720. The notch holds the front camera sensor and the proximity sensor while just above is the earpiece. The back holds a vertically-arranged dual camera setup, perpendicular to the brand logo along with a slightly recessed fingerprint scanner.

Reame 3 Specifications (click to expand table)

SoftwareAndroid 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0Connectivity2+1 SIM tray, Dual 4G VoLTE, GPS, microUSB port. No NFC
CPUMediaTek Helio P70 @2.1GHZ – 4x Cortex-A73, 4x  Cortex-A53).Audio3.5mm headphone jack, Dirac HD sound.
GPUARM Mali-G72 MP3Rear cameras
  • 13MP + 2MP
  • 1.12μm pixel size
  • Single tone dual-LED flash
  • [email protected] video recording
  • Digital zoom/dual zoom
  • AF: PDAF, autofocus
RAM and storage3GB / 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 32 / 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage

(microSD support up to 256GB)

Front-facing cameras
  • 13MP f/2.0
  • 1.12μm
  • Face unlock
  • Digital Zoom
  • Fixed focus
Battery4,230 mAhFingerprint scannerYes (rear-mounted)
  • 6.22″ 1520×720 resolution LCD IPS display. 19:9 aspect ratio with a display notch
  • 16.7 million colors
  • 450 nits brightness
  • Gorilla Glass protection
In the box
  • Realme 3
  • Protection case
  • microUSB charger and plug
  • SIM eject tool
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)ColorsDynamic Black, Dynamic Blue, Black
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Network bands
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA: 1/5/8
  • LTE: 1/3/5/8/38/40/41

Powering the Realme 3 is the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, featuring 4x ARM Cortex-73 and 4x Cortex-53 cores clocked at 2.1GHz frequency, paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage respectively. The camera setup also sees an upgrade and features a 13MP primary shooter with a bigger f/1.8 aperture and 2MP depth sensor for portrait photography. Realme is also including a dedicated night mode called Nightscape for better night photography and the Chroma Boost mode, which helps bringing out more details and dynamic range in tricky lighting conditions. The front camera has also been updated from an 8MP shooter to a 13MP f/2.0 sensor coupled with a larger 1.12-micron pixel size.

In an attempt to make the device more accessible for custom ROM development, the company says they’ll be providing bootloader unlocking for the Realme 3 from day one. Moreover, the device also comes with Camera2API enabled, allowing users to take advantage of aftermarket camera solutions like GCam mod without rooting their devices.

On the software front, the device comes running Android 9.0 Pie with Realme’s custom UI ColorOS 6.0 running on top. Other specifications of the Realme 3 include a 4,230 mAh battery, a micro USB port, a 3.5mm jack, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.2 and 2+1 SIM tray.

Realme 3 specs & availability

Availability and Pricing

The Realme 3 comes in three color options: Dynamic Black, Gradient Blue, and Black. It will go on sale on 12th March at 12 PM IST from Flipkart and As for pricing, the 3GB/32GB model is priced at ₹8,999 ($127) (for the first 1 million buyers) while the 4GB/64GB will cost ₹10,999 ($155).

Realme 3 Pro Incoming

During the launch event, Realme’s CEO Madhav Sheth also teased the launch of the Realme 3 Pro. He didn’t reveal much about the device itself but said it will be “a beast and a speed racer”, highlighting the performance aspect of the upcoming device and pitching it against the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro will be launched in April, although the company hasn’t confirmed the final launch date yet.

Realme 3 Pro teaser

Source: Realme

About author

Kishan Vyas
Kishan Vyas

A loyal Android user since Android 2.1 Eclair. Direct inquiries to [email protected]