Realme X3, X3 SuperZoom flagship killers and Realme Buds Q in-ear TWS launch in India
Realme, true to its tagline of “dare to leap,” has taken several long-range leaps over the past couple of years since its inception. After stuffing the market with its entry-level and budget offerings, Realme launched its first true flagship – Realme X2 Pro (review) – last year followed by its first 5G-enabled signature device – the Realme X50 Pro (review) – earlier this year. Now, Realme added another flagship (read flagship killer!) device to its portfolio. The Realme X3 SuperZoom has launched in India along with the regular Realme X3, which just got unveiled. Along with these smartphones, Realme is also launching its third pair od TWS earphones – the Realme Buds Q.
The Realme X3 and the X3 SuperZoom are almost identical. But before we outline the differences, here are the features that the two devices share. Realme has chosen to base the X3 Series on last year’s Snapdragon 855+ mobile platform to avoid the extra costs attached to the 5G support on the Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. The Realme X3 gets 6GB/128GB and 8GB/128GB variants while the X3 SuperZoom comes in 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB options.
The biggest highlight of the Realme X3 SuperZoom is the periscopic zoom telephoto setup that allows up to 5x optical and up to 60x digital zoom. After smartphones like the Huawei P30 Pro and the OPPO Reno 10X popularized the concept, Samsung started mass producing these periscopic camera units and Realme could be using one of those. This periscopic camera also comes with OIS
The regular Realme X3 replaces the periscopic camera with a fixed 2x telephoto camera, as we saw on the Realme X2 Pro. Other cameras in the array are the same for both devices and include a 64MP Samsung GW1 primary camera that Relme has been using on every mid-range and premium device since the Realme XT. The other cameras include an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP macro camera.
Realme has added a slew of interesting camera features along with a special emphasis on night photography. The company has added features such as Super Nightscape for hand-held night scenes, Ultra Nightscape for super low light shots, a Tripod Mode for long exposures shots in extremely low-light conditions, Starry Mode similar to Google Camera‘s Astrophotography feature, and lastly Pro Nightscape which is a manual mode specifically for the night.
Skipping out on an AMOLED display, the Realme X3 uses a Full HD+ LCD display with a dual-hole-punch cutout to accommodate two selfie cameras. The lack of an AMOLED display is made up for by a high 120Hz refresh rate for the display. The 120Hz panel will support gaming on higher refresh in several popular titles like Hitman GO, Dead Trigger 2, Alto’s Adventure, Mortal Kombat, Temple Run etc.
Both the devices feature 4,200mAh batteries and support Realme’s DART 3.3 fast charging. The company claims that this will allow the battery to refilled fully in less than an hour.
In terms of software, Realme UI based on Android 10 powers these devices. Realme pushes out software updates proactively and Android 11 beta for the Realme X50 Pro has already been announced so we can expect the X3 series to get Android 11 updates by the end of this year or early next year.
Price & Availability
The Realme X3 will be available in two variants in India and will be priced as follows:
- 6GB + 128GB – ₹24,999 (~$330)
- 8GB + 128GB – ₹25,999 (~$345)
The Realme X3 SuperZoom, on the other hand, will also come in two variant but different configurations and will be priced as follows:
- 8GB + 128GB – ₹27,999 (~$370)
- 12GB + 256GB – ₹32,999 (~$435)
The devices will be available via Flipkart and Realme’s online store and the first flash sale will take place on noon, June 30th.
Realme X3 and X3 SuperZoom Specifications
|Specifications||Realme X3/X3 SuperZoom|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|RAM & Storage||Realme X3:|
Realme X3 SuperZoom:
|Storage Type||UFS 3.0 + Turbo Write + Host Performance Booster (HPB)|
|Fingerprint Sensor||Side-mounted fingerprint|
|Android Version||Realme UI based on Android 10|
Realme Buds Q
Along with the two new smartphones, Realme has also announced its third pair of TWS earphones – but, the first with an in-ear design. The Buds Q are Realme’s most affordable TWS earbuds so far and come with the smallest – 10mm – drivers. Each of the earbuds weighs only about 3.5 grams. For controls, there are touch-sensitive capacitive buttons on both the earbuds instead of tactile buttons, and much like the Realme Buds Air, the Buds Q also customization of touch controls using the Realme Link app which can be used to control all of its wellness products including Realme Band and Watch.
The Realme Buds’ charging case comes with a 400mAh battery while each earbud is equipped with a 40mAh battery. The case uses a microUSB port for charging and there’s no wireless charging. Realme claims a battery life of 20 hours per full charge. While the earbuds come with an IPX4 rating, there’s no such protection for the case. Realme has also added its signature low-latency Gaming mode.
The Realme Buds Q will be available in three different colors – including Black, White, and Yellow. In contrast to the glossy surface of the Buds Air, the Buds Q come in a matte finish for all three options.
Price & Availability
The Realme Buds Q will be available for ₹1,999 on Amazon India and Realme’s online store and will be available starting July 1st.
Realme Buds Q Specifications
|Specification||Realme Buds Q|
|IP rating||IPX4 for earbuds only|
Charging Case only:
|Controls||Touch controls on earbuds (also customizable using Realme Link app)|