Realme, only a year old but already bringing out its 10thsmartphone, the Realme Pro 3, which is no small feat.
On the 20th May 2019, Realme introduced the Pro 3 to the UK with a launch date of the 5th June 2019 at 12:00 PM exclusively only at www.realme.com/eu. It will also be coming to France, Spain and Italy besides the UK, which is the first 4 European countries Realme has chosen to bring its new flagship to.
Levi Lee, the director of Realme Europe brought to the stage the new flagship from the challenger brand for young consumers. The entire brand message around the brand is “Proud To Be Young” and its target audience is young individuals.
TLRD; The Realme Pro 3 boasts fantastic specs starting at just over £170 such as a Snapdragon 710, 4045mAh battery, 6.3-inch display with a full HD+ resolution and VOOC 3.0 charging.
The back of the Pro 3 is inspired by the Le Mans racetrack in France with a signature S curvature with elements of light reflections and refraction allowing the stunning 3D glass to glimmer. Of the 2 colours, Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple, I personally preferred the Lightning Purple variant because the seamless transition from the black area makes it feels ever so sleek. Whereas with Nitro Blue, the Le Mans track inspiration is much more visible and is the more bold colour.
The display is of a dewdrop variant with a 2340 x 1080 resolution with a 90.8% screen to body ratio which is fairly high regardless of the price tag especially such as devices like the Huawei P30 Pro, OnePlus 7 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 family. It is an IPS panel which I thought was a really nice panel from my limited initial hands-on time. The 408 PPI (pixels per inch) level is far over the retina level made an industry benchmark by Apple and I personally couldn’t see any pixels from normal viewing distances. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 also makes a presence on the 2.5D glass with a 1200:1 contrast ratio but the 400 nits brightness is a bit lacklustre.
I think I should mention the pricing first of all since it will allow you to understand what kind of market this device is targeting. The Realme 3 Pro with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage debuts at €199 which is roughly £175 which is incredibly competitive. The higher spec 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model is a €249 price tag which equates to around £219. This pricing is rough conversions so it may differ slightly when it is available for purchase in early June.
The “Speed Awakens” device’s battery has a 4045mAh capacity which is a great size especially since the device doesn’t feel especially thick in the hand even though it does sit at 8.3mm deep which isn’t particularly slim. Having Micro USB might be one of the biggest drawbacks of the device since the rest of the market is more or less using USB C, however the Huawei P Smart (2019), a device aimed at a similar market also uses the antiquated connector first introduced back in 2007.
Something that micro USB port does have is VOOC 3.0 which Realme inherited from sister company Oppo. The signature yellow micro USB cable allows charging speeds of up to 50% in 30 minutes and 100% in 80 minutes at 20W (5V at 4A). This is included inside the box which is a nice touch unlike the Xiomi Redmi Note 7 which it is constantly compared against especially the Indian customers.
One thing we were made aware of was the fact that many phones lose fast charging support whilst the display is on, however the VOOC 3.0 technology allows for the fast charging to be continued. Realme’s own test shows that the device’s battery charged up by 60% using the included cable and plug whereas the Redmi Note 7 was severely behind at just 8% however this is something I would like to test myself once I get my hands on a unit.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 also makes a significant appearance on this device, the octa-core processor is also backed up by the Adreno 616 GPU. It is the same processor that is the heart of the recently released Google Pixel 3A and 3A XL but at less than half the price, the Realme has a significant advantage.
The rear 16MP camera was impressive based on my short hands-on time with accurate colour and significant detail and especially good performance with shadows. Having the Sony IMX 519 sensor allows for 960 FPS super slow motion video which is a first at this price range according to Realme. It has a f/1.7 aperture which is great for this kind of device. The secondary lens on the Pro 3 is only 5MP with a f/2.4 aperture, this is a depth sensor which assists with bokeh and portrait mode.
The drew drop display on the front houses a 25MP sensor and it is being described as an AI Selfie Camera which is in line with current trends. It has an updated portrait mode which brings it up to version 2.0 and this uses software to blur out the background however I didn’t test this out during my hands-on session.
Miscellaneous Features: The Realme Pro 3 uses Color OS 6.0 which is also borrowed from its sister brand Oppo; the camera allows a multi-shot mode which allows you to get 64MP final images; a nightscape mode is also built in which uses the RAW image format to improve low light performance.
Overall, the Realme Pro 3 coming out in early June seems to be a really strong contender for the best budget phone under £200 and as previously mentioned, we will be bringing a full review once we get our hands on a device.