Realme has as soon as once more raised the bar for what shoppers ought to anticipate from a mid-range premium smartphone with its new X3 and X3 SuperZoom gadgets. With costs beginning at simply Rs. 24,999 for the Realme X3 and Rs. 27,999 for the Realme X3 SuperZoom, you possibly can anticipate a top-of-the-line 4G SoC, a quick 120Hz show, and high-quality optics. At the moment we’ll be testing the X3 SuperZoom, whose spotlight characteristic is an impressive-looking telephoto digital camera that is able to 5x optical and 60x hybrid zoom. Periscope-style digital camera methods have to this point been utilized in costlier Android telephones, however with the X3 SuperZoom, Realme is bringing this tech to a wider viewers.
Merely wanting on the specs and value, the Realme X3 SuperZoom appears all set to be an awesome all-rounder. Must you purchase it moderately than different equally priced choices such because the Realme X2 Pro (Review) or the OnePlus 7T (Review)? Let’s discover out.
Realme X3 SuperZoom cameras: Nice in daylight
The principle distinction between the Realme X3 and the SuperZoom mannequin is the telephoto digital camera. The X3 SuperZoom options an 8-megapixel periscope-style digital camera, which permits it to realize a claimed 5x optical zoom. This digital camera additionally has an f/3.Four aperture and optical stabilisation. The opposite cameras embody a major one with a 64-megapixel Samsung GW1 sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle digital camera, and a 2-megapixel macro digital camera. For selfies, you get two cameras embedded within the show, a primary 32-megapixel digital camera with a Sony IMX616 sensor and a f/2.5 aperture, and an 8-megapixel wide-angle digital camera with a f/2.2 aperture.
The digital camera app provides buttons within the viewfinder to leap to zoom ranges equivalent to 2x, 5x, and 10x. The zoom buttons change to a vertical slider in the event you long-press them, supplying you with extra granular zoom management. You possibly can push the slider all the best way as much as 60x, and that is even doable in Night time mode. The X3 SuperZoom will digitally enlarge a scene until about 4.9x, after which, it switches to the telephoto digital camera all the best way to 60x.
Regardless that you get 5x magnification, the true optical zoom degree appears to be about 2.1x, which I obtained by dividing the focal lengths of the primary and telephoto cameras. Most phonemakers by no means reveal true optical zoom values, as these are sometimes lots decrease than marketed numbers, which most likely does not make for excellent advertising.
Naturally, I needed to evaluate picture high quality produced by the Realme X3 SuperZoom towards a few of the finest smartphones I may get my palms on — the OnePlus 8 Pro (Review) and the Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Review). At 5x zoom, the picture high quality from the X3 SuperZoom is spectacular. This telephone managed to seize higher particulars than the Eight Professional and Galaxy S20+, which says lots. Shifting to 10x magnification, the Galaxy S20+ caught up however the X3 SuperZoom continued to provide a clear picture with good particulars, nudging previous the OnePlus Eight Professional.
At 20x zoom, we see that the Galaxy S20+ has the cleanest picture, however as a result of aggressive de-noising, it additionally flattens most textures. The OnePlus Eight Professional priorities element over noise, which is why the shot appears to be like a bit grainy however edges look sharper. The shot taken with the X3 SuperZoom falls someplace in between, because it does an honest job of cleansing noise but in addition crushes particulars within the shadows.
At 30x, the standard of photographs taken by all three telephones takes a flip for the more severe, however the Eight Professional manages barely higher particulars. The X3 SuperZoom can maintain going until 60x, and as you possibly can see, picture high quality suffers fairly a bit. Nevertheless, contemplating the value distinction between the X3 SuperZoom and the others, it is a formidable efficiency general.
In low mild, the telephoto digital camera captures poor particulars, except you employ one of many Night time modes. The Realme X3 SuperZoom options Nightscape 4.0, which incorporates extra low-light taking pictures modes referred to as Professional Nightscape and Starry. The previous principally offers you handbook controls and solely works with the primary digital camera, whereas the latter is claimed to have the ability to seize stars and constellations within the sky. I wasn’t in a position to seize any stars as a result of a perpetually cloudy monsoon sky, however I hope it should work, given appropriate circumstances. Starry mode works with the primary and telephoto cameras.
Tripod mode lets the shutter keep open longer to permit extra mild to enter the sensor, but it surely’s simplest you probably have the telephone both resting nonetheless towards one thing or on a tripod. That is one other helpful characteristic, and I managed to seize some handsome landscapes at nightfall utilizing this. It may be used with the primary, wide-angle and telephoto cameras.
Night time mode works for the wide-angle digital camera too, which helps seize higher particulars. The principle digital camera, surprisingly, did not handle excellent high quality low-light pictures with out Night time mode. In auto mode, textures typically regarded blurry and grainy, and edges had been poorly outlined. Night time mode helped repair this however there’s nonetheless loads of scope for enchancment.
The principle sensor actually shines when taking pictures in the course of the day. Particulars and hues are typically good and even the wide-angle digital camera manages to maintain up. Shut-up photographs in daylight look good too, with loads of particulars and vibrant colors. The macro digital camera works decently nicely, supplied there is a good quantity of sunshine round. Even with no devoted depth sensor, portrait photographs regarded good, with pretty correct edge detection.
The X3 SuperZoom captures selfies on the full 32-megapixel decision, as an alternative of utilizing pixel binning for a smaller file dimension. Particulars are good when taking pictures in daylight, though HDR might be hit-or-miss. The wide-angle digital camera is beneficial and I discovered HDR photographs to be a bit extra in line with this sensor. Picture particulars are typically weak in low mild, however you should utilize Night time mode for each selfie cameras, which helps getting barely higher photographs.
Now, let’s check out video. Sadly, Realme hasn’t included a Professional video mode, however the X3 SuperZoom can shoot as much as 4K at 60fps. You possibly can swap between the primary, wide-angle, and telephoto cameras, supplied you are taking pictures at 1080p. At 4K, solely the first digital camera is used. Colors look fairly exaggerated at 4K, however not a lot at 1080p.
Stabilisation is nice in the course of the day, however in low mild, video is grainy and your footsteps could cause annoying shakes within the video. There is a toggle for Extremely Regular video, which boosts stabilisation for the primary digital camera. Enabling the ‘Max’ toggle switches to the wide-angle digital camera and crops footage for a gimbal-like impact, however picture high quality drops. The HDR toggle is meant to spice up the dynamic vary of video however I did not discover it to be as efficient as OnePlus’ resolution on the Eight Professional.
General, I feel the telephoto digital camera within the X3 SuperZoom is superb, supplied you shoot primarily in daylight and at as much as cheap magnification ranges. I just like the expanded Nightscape modes too, which might be very helpful. Nevertheless, with out Night time mode, all of the sensors actually appear to wrestle with low-light stills and even video.
Realme X3 SuperZoom efficiency: No complaints
Realme is bragging concerning the X3 SuperZoom’s capability to pump out the best AnTuTu benchmark rating for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ powered gadget. Whereas Realme might need gotten its claimed 5,17,743 rating in its lab, I used to be solely in a position to get round 5,08,491 factors, which continues to be good. After all, a benchmark rating does not at all times assure real-world efficiency, however I am completely happy to report that the X3 SuperZoom feels speedy in use. I am utilizing the top-end variant, with 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.Zero storage.
Aside from these strong core specs, the opposite purpose for the snappy really feel is the 120Hz LCD show. Realme determined to go along with an LCD panel with a sooner refresh fee as an alternative of a slower (90Hz) AMOLED panel, like on the X2 Professional. The 6.6-inch full-HD+ LCD panel is kind of good, with robust colors. A recent update seems to have mounted a problem with brightness that I observed once I first unboxed this telephone. Nevertheless, I might have most well-liked a slower AMOLED show, for extra vibrant colors and higher distinction at decrease brightness ranges.
One of many stuff you forfeit with an LCD panel is the potential of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The X3 SuperZoom has a capacitive sensor within the energy button on the correct, which works nicely with only a mild faucet. There’s face recognition too, which is equally fast. One other helpful characteristic that the X2 Professional has however is lacking right here is stereo audio system. The X3 SuperZoom has to make do with a single bottom-firing speaker. It is loud, and there is Dolby Atmos too, however the expertise is not as immersive as I might have preferred.
Realme UI, based mostly Android 10, runs very nicely on the X3 SuperZoom. I observed the identical helpful customisations and shortcuts that we have seen in different current Realme telephones, plus a system-wide darkish mode. You possibly can examine them in more detail here.
Gaming efficiency is superb. The X3 SuperZoom can simply deal with demanding video games from the Google Play retailer. The physique of this telephone will get heat after extended gameplay however I by no means discovered it too scorching to deal with. Realme says it has used a vapour cooling system, which appears efficient.
You need to use two Nano-SIM playing cards within the Realme X3 SuperZoom on the identical time, however there is no microSD card slot for increasing the interior storage. You additionally get dual-band Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5, and assist for the same old array of sensors and satellite tv for pc navigation methods.
Realme X3 SuperZoom battery: Heavy obligation
Battery life was strong, and even with heavy utilization, I used to be in a position to comfortably use the X3 SuperZoom for a complete day earlier than needing to cost it. The 4,200mAh battery additionally did nicely in our HD video loop check, lasting for a superb 21 hours and 42 minutes. That is spectacular, contemplating the top-end SoC and high-refresh-rate show. You get a 30W ‘Dart Cost’ quick charger within the field, which manages to fill the battery in a bit underneath an hour. The Realme X2 Professional supported 50W charging, however that is nonetheless lots quick in the event you ask me.
Realme X3 SuperZoom design: Basic Realme
I’ve stored this part for the very finish as a result of there’s not lots that is new. In traditional Realme trend, you get a particular end for the again of the telephone, and this time it is mentioned to be impressed by the Arctic. The X3 SuperZoom is available in two colors, Arctic White and Glacier Blue, of which I’ve the previous. The curved glass again feels nice to the contact, due to its easy matte end. The gadget feels sturdy general, and although the X3 SuperZoom is barely huge and hefty, it is nonetheless snug to make use of.
Verdict: Must you purchase the Realme X3 SuperZoom?
In the event you’ve made it this far, you most likely know by now that the Realme X3 SuperZoom is certainly a superb all-rounder. The bottom variant is priced at Rs. 27,999 for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, whereas the second variant prices Rs. 32,999 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Each variants of the telephone provide immense worth contemplating all of the options they pack in.
A few of this telephone’s robust factors embody the graceful show, glorious battery life, robust efficiency, and the spectacular telephoto digital camera. Low-light digital camera efficiency continues to be a bit weak, and I do miss having stereo audio system.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom overlaps with the Realme X2 Pro (Review) a bit, however moderately than substitute it, I feel there’s sufficient purpose for each to coexist. With the X2 Professional, you aren’t getting the prolonged zoom vary and second selfie digital camera, however alternatively, you get a richer HDR10+ licensed AMOLED show, stereo audio system, and 50W quick charging.
Finally, all of it will depend on what you need out of your smartphone. If a telephoto digital camera with a protracted zoom vary is a better precedence, then the X3 SuperZoom is the apparent alternative. Else, in the event you watch movies much more than you’re taking photographs, then I really feel the Realme X2 Professional and even the OnePlus 7T (Review) are nonetheless nice choices.
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