Realme has launched their latest device, Realme 3 Pro a few weeks back. We managed to get a unit of the same. Realme 3 Pro was the main rival of the Redmi Note 7 Pro and can be mentioned as the only rival. It is powered by Snapdragon 710 which is a 2017 chipset. In terms of CPU the newer Snapdragon 675 has an advantage and in terms of GPU the 710 has advantage. I think there is no need of repeating the spec sheet again and again here. Let’s straight away jumb into the hands on review.
Design and Build
Talking about the design, there is no major changes to the front from its predecessor Realme 2 Pro except a small increase in size. To the back, it has a vertical camera setup instead of the horizontal placement and the fingerprint sensor. The power button is placed to the right and on the left it has the sim tray which is not a hybrid one and is followed by the split volume buttons. To the bottom it has a micro USB port, headphone jack, speaker grill and the primary microphone.
The device still charges over a micro USB port, one of the major drawback. But the VOOC charging compensates this. It has gradient back design to the back and it’s still a polycarbonate one instead of glass used in Redmi Note 7 Pro. It attracts a lot of fingerprint smudges to it. The polycarbonate case provided in the box helps to avoid this The device feels solid in hands and one hand usage isn’t great here.
The device spots a 6.3 inch FHD+ IPS LCD display with a waterdrop notch. It has a ppi of 408 in the aspect ratio of 19:5:9. The display produces good colours and the viewing angles are good. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It can blow upto 400 nits. Adding to it the sunlight visibility is good. Realme has provided an option of adjusting the screen temperature and it turns to yellowish when adjusted. The device is widevine L1 certified so we can watch HD contents on Netflix.
Hardware and Software
The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710. It’s a mid-range chipset and has been used in a couple of devices before like the Mi 8se, Nokia 8.1 etc. The performance cluster has two Kryo 360 cores based on the Cortex A75 architecture, clocked at 2.2GHz. Meanwhile, the efficiency cluster has six Kryo 350 cores based on the Cortex A55 architecture clocked at 1.7GHz to improve battery efficiency. The chipset is coupled with the Adreno 616 GPU. The phone offers a decent performance. The gaming too is pretty decent. Snapdragon 710 has GPU advantage over the Snapdragon 675 which can be felt while gaming. The ui is smooth and of course there is no ads in this.
This has a decent camera performance i.e it has a 16MP sony imx 517 sensor which is coupled by a 8MP depth sensor. The dynamic range is quite good enough for the price it is offered at. Images are a bit over-saturated here. It has a dedicated night mode by default which creates good looking photos. Coming to portrait shots it has a decent edge detection. In artificial lighting also the phone gives a decent outputs. The video quality is also good, it can do upto 4K 30fps in which EIS is limited to 1080P 60fps. The footage without EIS is shaky but with EIS is well stabilised. Talking about the front camera it has a 25MP sensor with an aperture value of f2.0 . It takes some good shots, by default it smoothens the images but by turning off the smoothening mode the images look decent. Front camera videography is limited to 1080P. The footage is decent.
It is packed by a 4045 mah battery. Realme is always famous for this fancy capacity numbers. The device also supports VOOC 3.0 out of the box. This tech enables the phone to charge fully within 1hr 30mins. The battery easily lasts up to a day. For a normal person it would last more than a day. Even though it has 4045 mah battery it doesn’t feel so heavy
At a price tag of ₹ 14,000 the device feels a strong offering. Those who need a faster charging, better selfie camera can go with Realme 3 Pro. If your preference is a slightly better rear camera and you need custom roms to play around, you can go with Redmi Note 7 Pro.