Realme – a sub-brand of OPPO – has launched the Realme 3 Pro in Malaysia on May 14.
The company is calling it a high-end mid-range phone which as the name insinuates, is basically a powerful mid-range device.
I was given some time to have a feel for the device and I have some thoughts.
Mid-range phone with good looks.
Lets cut to the chase, it’s a mid-range phone so don’t expect to feel any glass or aluminum when holding it. To keep the cost low, they had to go with a plastic body, but somehow, the company managed to make it work to their advantage.
The back has this curve light reflection effect going on which symbolizes speed. I don’t know how true that might seem to other people, but it sure does add some bling to the phone.
The front sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display, while it’s not able to beat the OnePlus 7 Pro’s or Samsung S10 series’ display, it still manages to hold its own. Colors are not as vibrant as I would like it to be, but it still gets the job done if you’re watching Netflix or playing a game.
Performance is surprisingly good.
Realme is marking this as a gaming phone, and while it does come with some gaming modes, like stabilizing the frame rates or boosting the performance of the hardware. It doesn’t have significant features that gives it a ‘gaming phone’ badge.
Nevertheless, a colleague and I played a game of PUBG Mobile found that turning the graphics to medium, the Snapdragon 710 equipped in the phone gave us a rather smooth gaming experience.
Granted there were some slight jitters and frame drops, after just a minute or two, the game started to stabilize. I’m still not sure if that’s because of the game boost features or another factor, but we had a good experience nonetheless.
Mid-range camera that’s actually impressive.
I usually adjust my expectations when it comes to mid-range cameras, but the Realme 3 Pro is quite surprising as it manages to perform above my expectations!
The rear 16MP+5MP configuration might lack the color reproduction that an Samsung Galaxy S10 or iPhone XS might give you, but when it comes to details, it excels quite well.
I did not manage to take back the pictures I took, but my personal opinion is that during the day, shots were detailed and have good dynamic range. Colors were a little on the flat side but if you don’t mind putting in a bit of editing effort, it can come out nice.
The front houses a 64MP selfie camera and while it does take a decent shot but again, the color reproduction is not great.
Powering the phone is a 4045mAh battery which supports OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge 3.0., which can give you 50% of battery with a 30-minute charge. However, it’s still using a micro USB charging port which is quite a bummer.
Finally, it comes with Android 9.0 out-of-the-box which is a nice touch.
The Realme 3 Pro will come in two variants of 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB which retails for RM899 and RM1,099 respectively.