Realme X3 SuperZoom review: 120 Hz and periscopic zoom for everyone

A real river in flood. This is how we could define OPPO and its realme, a spinoff of the Chinese giant that has long made thousands of fans fall in love thanks to the quality of the technical data sheets of its products, and the rather low sales prices. And for all those who have never heard of this brand, just take a look at the technical data sheet of the new one Realme X3 SuperZoom to be quite surprised: 12 GB RAM memory, screen from 120 Hz, you are cameras and Snapdragon 855 + which, of course, is the top of the range Qualcomm of 2019 but that still manages to guarantee very good performance.

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

A smartphone that focuses entirely on the photographic sector, in which the six cameras should - at least on paper - ensure good quality shots in any situation you are in and who should - again, at least on paper - being able to take photographs even in the firmament, thanks to the "Starry" functionality with which those of Realme have decided to enter the world of astrophotography. With many difficulties, but let's go in order.

Package Contents

The sales package of the Realme X3 SuperZoom all in all in line with those of the other products of the company, there are no particular innovations that can distinguish this model from other competitors and includes:

  • Realme X3 SuperZoom.
  • USB-A / USB-C cable.
  • Wall power supply, with 30W European socket.
  • Instruction manual.
  • Soft TPU cover.

Design and constructionRealme X3 SuperZoom review

Realme X3 SuperZoom it is certainly not a smartphone characterized by particular design ideas. However, it is a decidedly comfortable device to hold, in which, however, the presence of a structure and materials that are decidedly less "solid" than those of a top of the range is slightly felt. The back is made of glass and is curved on the sides and creates beautiful reflections especially in the coloring Arctic White, a sort of pearly white decidedly pleasing to the eye. The profile is made of opaque aluminum and on the back there is a new bump chamber that always remains vertical, in which the presence of the periscopic zoom with an orange detail.

On the right there is the power button which integrates the fingerprint sensor, very solid and quality, while on the left there is the volume rocker with two keys, perhaps a little too dancers. This is not a light smartphone, it weighs 206 grams, but on the other hand it is decidedly comfortable to use and the processing with which the back cover was made does not make it a victim of fingerprints. At the bottom there is the dual-sim trolley, the USB-C input and the only speaker with which the smartphone is equipped in addition, of course, to the ear capsule which, however, does not perform any function for stereophonic sound.

Hardware and performance Realme X3 SuperZoom

The hardware that drives the Realme X3 SuperZoom it is (almost) a top of the range hardware. If as regards the processor those of the Chinese company have relied on a SoC of 2019, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 +, certainly it cannot be said that Realme's engineers had the "short arms" for the rest. The version we tested is equipped with 12 GB of LPDDR4X RAM memory and 256 GB of UFS 3.0 internal memory. In short, from the hardware of the X3 SuperZoom it is quite clear that the real flagship of the company remains the Realme X50 Pro.

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

No stereo sound, but the only speaker that will be used to listen to the hands-free content is of a decidedly sufficient quality, and reproduces a well-balanced sound in the tones which, ok, perhaps tends a bit at medium and high frequencies but which guarantees an excellent volume of 'I listen.

The headset capsule is also good, guaranteeing audio quality and listening volume that is definitely more than enough to make calls, but given the positioning on the upper edge of the display, I found it rather uncomfortable to use: it will seem nonsense, but wearing sunglasses I found myself in the situation of having to slightly tilt the device in order to listen well to my interlocutor, it is not a very annoying problem, of course, but I am convinced it depends on the shape of the glass which tends to fall perhaps a little too much.

Sufficient the reception of dual band WiFi ac and the reception of the cellular network, which in our test have always proved stable and very useful the presence of NFC which can also be used for payments via smartphone with Google Pay and similar.

In short, although the now widespread Snapdragon 865 is not used, the performance of the Realme X3 SuperZoom are very important and guarantee excellent fluidity in the daily use of the operating system, with all the animations that never miss a beat, but also with more complex operations such as those related to gaming (thanks to the GPU. Adreno 640): I don't have never encountered any slowdown whatsoever, even playing fast and very heavy titles.

Looking at the numbers, however, the differences relating to the results obtained with the various benchmarks are quite remarkable when compared to what we managed to achieve with a Poco F2 Pro which, for example, uses a decidedly more aggressive and performing hardware. But the reality of the facts, and this can be seen above all with the AnTuTu stress test, is that the processor, even with a decidedly intense use, is always stable and constant in performance, and the temperature management is practically optimal: under this point of view, that is, that of the stability of the SoC, the Snap 855+ has performed better than the Snap 865, although it is clear that in this game several factors come into play, in addition to the characteristics of the processor alone.

The vibration system has definitely improved compared to previous generations and the haptic feedback is pleasant and solid. In a nutshell, what we definitely miss in Realme X3 SuperZoom it is only related to stereo audio and the possibility of being able to expand the memory via microSD, two shortcomings that in my opinion could be heavy for a certain type of user.

Battery

The battery is one 4200 mAh with 30w Dart Flash recharge, which manages to guarantee an autonomy of just over a day even with intense use and which, in my case, managed to power the smartphone for 4 hours and 31 minutes of display on (fixed at 120 Hz), going from 100% to 10% with CoD Mobile gaming sessions and a rather stressful use of the camera too. The performance of the 30W fast charging system is also good.

Realme X3 SuperZoom display

The issue relating to the screen of the Realme X3 SuperZoom, is perhaps the most controversial one regarding this device. Because if on the one hand the 120 Hz refresh rate in a decidedly cheaper price range compared to the top-of-the-range range could almost make the miracle cry, on the other the decision to use a IPS panel personally it definitely made my nose turn up.

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

But don't get me wrong, it's an excellent 6.57-inch Full HD + panel with a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels and a pixel-per-inch density of 401 ppi, but it carries all the weight of the IPS technology: it certainly has a balance of saturation and whites decidedly good, but blacks are shallow and very narrow viewing angles.

All in all, however, this is a more than adequate solution for the price range, indeed, in some respects it is much more performing than the competition: through the operating system settings it is possible to choose between the automatic update speed, or the 120 Hz or 60 Hz fixed.

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

I was a little perplexed by the sensitivity of the sensor for ambient light, which in some cases I found rather "cheap" and tending to energy saving obtained by setting the automatic brightness too low, but I was very amazed by the maximum brightness of the device and the excellent image quality even in direct light conditions.

camera

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

That the Realme X3 SuperZoom points everything on the camera is a fact. It integrates six of them and they are all of excellent quality, especially if compared to the smartphone in the price range in which it is sold. But forget to get astronomical photographs taken with Starry Mode like the one shown in the tweet of Madhav Sheth (the CEO of the company), which I fear are possible only if you are in the Arctic circle, but be prepared to get good quality photographs with all cameras integrated in the smartphone.

Official shot on the left, one of our shots on the right

The main sensor is a Samsung GW1 64 megapixelf / 1.8 which does its duty very well and takes photographs of undoubted quality, well balanced and with a good depth of field. Then there is a sensor ultra wide angle 115 ° f / 2.3 8 megapixels, a lens 2 megapixel f / 2.4 macro and one 5X 8 megapixel f / 3.4 stabilized periscopic zoom optically that, despite being smaller than the one seen in the Oppo Find X 2 Pro, it guarantees decidedly pleasant photographs even with such a magnification factor.

In the camera settings you can choose between different zooms, and in addition to the wide angle and 1X, you can also shoot in 2X (using the main sensor and a digital zoom), in 5X and 10X in hybrid mode with very interesting results. On the map the zoom of Realme 3X SuperZoom it can go up to 60X in digital mode, but personally I would have preferred that those of the company had stopped at a very honest 10X, avoiding to enter this possibility because the results obtained at this zoom factor are nothing short of ridiculous.

Also good videos, which can be recorded at the maximum resolution of 4K to 60 FPS and that enjoy good optical stabilization and the ability to use HDR recording. While recording at maximum resolution, however, I noticed some problems related to autofocus, which sometimes could decide not to focus precisely, and - always recording at maximum resolution - it is not possible to use the other lenses of the device and even if in the graphical interface the zoom selector will be present, the magnification will be digital only.

There is also a good night mode, which returns decidedly pleasant shots to look at on the device display, very colorful and contrasted, but which if enlarged show all the micro-shakes definitely visible even with the naked eye.

There are two front cameras and they are also used for unlocking the face. The main sensor is a Sony IMX616 to 32 megapixel which does its job very well, and which is accompanied by an ultra wide angle selfie camera from 8 mega-pixels which although it may be less bright and more suffering in low light environments, makes the selfie shot much more fun and dynamic.

Software

To animate the Realme X3 SuperZoom he thinks about it Android 10 customized by the new Realme UI. A graphical interface rather similar to the Color OS, but which has been customized by the company in a much more enjoyable way than Oppo has done over the years. The more you go forward, the more it seems that Realme developers listen to users and optimize their graphical interface: everything is in its place, the GUI organization is made with a criterion and all system animations are decidedly fluid and pleasant, especially if you set the display to 120 Hz.

Widevine L1 certification is clearly present, one-handed mode is present, apps can be used with the split screen and there is a good game mode that optimizes in-game performance and which is characterized by a decidedly less invasive interface than the competition. In the operating system you navigate by gesture and all company customizations are not very invasive and very pleasant to use.

Price and date of sale Realme X3 SuperZoom

Il Realme X3 SuperZoom will be available from June 2 on Amazon and on the official website of realme at a price of 499 €. And yes, considering that at the same price it is possible to take home a Poco F2 Pro which, of course, does not have a 120 Hz display and has a much lower camera than the X3 SuperZoom, it is clear that in this case the choice must be made based on the compromises one feels to accept.

Realme X3 SuperZoom review

If you want Qualcomm's latest processor, then the alternatives are different in this price range. If you want an AMOLED display with an extreme refresh rate, again, the alternatives are there (just think of the RedMagic 5G and its 144 Hz display). But even all these alternatives are not perfect and require very important compromises.

In short, it is clear that in this price range there is no perfect smartphone. But in evaluating a device it is necessary to take into consideration what are the characteristics that really can not be done without and the choice can only be made by each of you. There is no doubt, however, that this X3 SuperZoom is a smartphone with good attention to detail, and able to guarantee a well-balanced daily use, with few particular sacrifices, at a decidedly aggressive price.

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