Realme 3i Quick Review

Realme has launched two new smartphones, the budget phone Realme 3i and the midranger Realme X with a pop-up camera. The Realme 3i is on the affordable end, costs as low as Rs 7,999 and offers a diamond-cut design, a notch screen, 4,230 mAh battery, and more. Here’s our quick review of the Realme 3i.

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Realme 3i Specifications

  • Display: 6.22-inch IPS LCD display, HD+ resolution (1520 x 720 pixels), 19:9 aspect ratio, 450 nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Software: ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Fingerprint Scanner | Face Unlock: Yes, at the back | Yes
  • CPU: Up to 2.0 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, 12nm MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, 64-bit
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
  • Memory: 3 GB OR 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 32 GB OR 64 GB internal, expands via microSD card up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Main Camera: Dual Cameras (13 MP + 2 MP)
    13 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF
    2 MP depth camera f/2.4 aperture
  • Selfie Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectivity: micro USB, 3.5 mm jack Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
  • Cellular: 4G LTE, 2x nano SIM (GSM), Dual-VoLTE support
  • Battery: 4,230 mAh
  • Colors: Diamond Blue, Diamond Black, and Diamond Red
  • Price: ₹7,999 (3 GB + 32 GB), ₹9,999 (4 GB + 64 GB)
  • Availability: 23rd July via Flipkart and Realme website

Design & Display

The Realme 3i is trim down variant of the actual Realme 3 launched more than two months ago. In terms of performance, the Realme 3i is slightly below the Realme 3. It packs a MediaTek Helio P60 versus the MediaTek Helio P70 available on the Realme 3 and Realme U1.

While the Realme 3 and Realme U1 both offer a glass-like design at the back, the Realme 3i has a different design inspired by the Realme C2. The back has a stunning diamond-cut smudge-proof design which gives diamond-like patterns when light falls on it.

The phone has a unibody design, the body is made from polycarbonate materials. The front has a notch on its display which is a 6.22-inch 19:9 IPS HD+ and the back has a dual-camera setup alongwith a fingerprint scanner.

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On the specs side, the Realme 3i is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0 GHz and coupled with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It comes in two variants – 3 GB RAM with 32 GB storage, and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage.

The storage can be further expanded up to 256 GB via a microSD card. It is fueled by a 4,230 mAh battery with standard 10W charging i.e. with a 5V and 2A charger.

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The phone has a 3.5 mm jack, micro USB port, loudspeakers, and a microphone at the bottom. The right side has a power button while the left side has volume control and a triple-slot SIM tray which carries two nano SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot.

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Software & User Interface

Moving to the software side, the Realme 3i has the newest ColorOS version 6.0 which is based on the Android 9 Pie and comes with a security patch level dated 5th May 2019. ColorOS has a number of additions which you don’t find on the stock Android.

In our initial usage, the interface was smooth and lag-free. Just like the rest of the ColorOS versions, this one also has bloatware pre-installed on the phone, although you can remove it if not needed.

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Cameras

For imaging, the Realme 3i has dual cameras on the back, 13 MP + 2 MP. The 13 MP is the main camera with f/1.8 aperture and the 2 MP is the depth sensor for the Portrait mode.

Other camera features include the Chroma Boost, Nightscape, Expert, Slo-Mo, AI Beautification, Panorama, and Time-Lapse. The camera can record up to 1080p videos and 120fps slow-motion 720p videos.

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Here are some photo samples we took from the Realme 3i camera and they were quite impressive.

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Early Verdict

The Realme 3i comes in Diamond Blue, Diamond Black and Diamond Red colors and it is priced at Rs 7,999 for the base variant 3 GB + 32 GB and Rs 9,999 for 4 GB + 64 GB variant. At this price, the Realme 3i seems convincing, not only it has decent hardware, but a good camera package and a battery enough to last long for the day.

Here’s our full unboxing video of the Realme 3i and its features overview.