2020 has been the toughest year for affordable flagship phones, as the Snapdragon 865 chipset is more expensive than previous high-end Snapdragon chips. Itâ€™s perhaps for this reason that Realme is taking a different approach with the newly announced Realme X3 SuperZoom.
The new phone sports last yearâ€™s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor instead of the latest Snapdragon 865 5G chipset. This means no 8K recording, 5G or the latest and greatest CPU and GPU, but itâ€™s still one of the best flagship processors around. So gaming, camera performance, and general day-to-day operations should be very smooth.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom also packs a 120Hz LCD panel, which means you wonâ€™t get an in-display fingerprint sensor here. Instead, youâ€™ve got a side-mounted scanner. Realmeâ€™s new phone also packs a 4,200mAh battery, featuring 30W charging. The device takes 55 minutes to reach 100% capacity, according to the brand.
In terms of camera quality, the phone packs a 64MP main camera, periscope camera (5x optical zoom with OIS), an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and macro shooter. A Realme representative said the periscope camera is capable of 60x hybrid zoom, but weâ€™re very skeptical of this claim. Selfies are handled by two cameras in a dual punch-hole cutout, namely a 32MP main shooter and 8MP ultra-wide sensor.
A phone for night shooting
Realme is also implementing a Starry Mode, being a take on the Pixelâ€™s astrophotography mode. The company says it uses AI algorithms and multi-frame image processing to produce shots of the night sky. More specifically, it uses over ten exposures, with the total â€œexposureâ€� time lasting for up to four minutes.
The Chinese brand says itâ€™s also offering a Nightscape Pro mode, giving you the multi-frame HDR and noise reduction goodness while still letting you tweak ISO, shutter speed, and other features. Thereâ€™s also an Ultra Nightscape Mode in addition to the standard Nightscape mode, with the new mode being designed for extreme low-light snaps.
Other notable features include Realme UI based on Android 10, a linear motor for improved haptic feedback, and USB-C. It doesnâ€™t look like the phone has a 3.5mm port unfortunately.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom will be available for â‚¬499 (~$547) for a 12GB/256GB model. Pre-orders kick off today (May 26), with sales commencing on June 2
The brand also announced the Realme 6S for Europe, and it seems to be the Realme 6 with NFC. Expect to pay â‚¬199 (~$) for a 4GB/64GB variant, with preorders from today and first sales on June 2.
Finally, the brand announced the â‚¬54.99 (~$60) Realme Watch, the â‚¬39.99 (~$44) Realme Buds Air Neo, the â‚¬24.99Â ($27) Realme Band, and the 10,000mAh Power Bank 2 (â‚¬24.99/$27).Â All of these extras are launching on June 22.
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