Realme 3 Unboxing, Initial Impressions and Sample Photos

On April 13, after pre-ordering and waiting for almost two weeks, I was finally able to get my hands on the most popular and highly successful value-for-buck smartphone from OPPO's sub-brand - the Realme 3. I chose the 3GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of this series and purchased it from 8Telcom, one of the biggest gadget stores here in Davao city. And here is my unboxing and initial impressions of the Realme 3 in Radiant Blue color version. I also included a few sample shots taken on this device which you can see below.

What's in the box

Similar to the Realme C1 which I happen to review as well, the Realme 3 also does not have a pair of earphones in the packaging. Though I am happy to report that there is still a 3.5mm audiojack port, so we can still use our favorite earphones or headphones with this device. My JBL earphones works perfectly well with this device and I must say that the audio quality produced by the Realme 3 is pretty good. Aside from the unit itself, we have the free soft clear case for immediate protection, USB-to-microUSB cable and a charger that is now branded with Realme logo compared C1's OPPO branding. User Guide and Warranty Card together with a SIM ejector tool are also in the boxing. That's it and nothing more.

The Realme 3

Now on to the main star of the show itself. There are only two colors available for the Realme 3, one in Dynamic Black and another in Radiant Blue.  I liked the Radiant Blue more than the other so that's what I decided to have for myself. And upon taking it out of the box, I find this particular variant more attractive in person than seeing its images online. It's a glossy plastic back panel though, so you know what that entails, a smudge and fingerprint-hungry surface. Thanks to the included clear case which we can use right away if we want to keep that back surface shiny as glass and protected from scratches and smudges.

More on this side of the device, here we can see the dual rear camera setup together with the LED flash all stacked vertically. The primary 13MP shooter has the company's signature yellow ring surrounding the lens.  It's a little touch but a nice one. Also we have here is the round-shaped fingerprint scanner which of course works the fastest and always ever reliable compared to Face Unlock which is also available on this phone. And then down at the lower left part is the realme branding sitting nice and simple.

Turn the Realme 3 around and we are greeted with the 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display panel with a waterdrop notch holding the 13MP selfie camera, just right above it is the earpiece. While the screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 panel according to Realme, which is nice of course, the phone still comes with a screen protector already installed onto the display panel. Sadly, there is no LED notification light anywhere on this phone. So if you would like to know if you missed any notifications while the phone is asleep or in your pocket, you will need to wake up the phone to check which sometimes feels like too much of an effort to do so.

On the right side of the smartphone lies the power/wake up key alone. While on the left is where the volume rocker and triple SIM tray are situated. Yes, you read that right. The Realme 3 still supports two SIM card and microSD card at the same time just like what we have with the C1 phone. So in case you need more space than the default 32GB or 64GB, you can do so by sliding in a microSD card up to 256GB in capacity.

There is nothing to be found at the top of the device where we can usually find the noise cancelling microphone. The rest of the ports are all located at the bottom of the phone. Here, as you can see, we have the microUSB port, the 3.5mm audiojack port, mics, and the speaker grilles.

Initial Impressions

I have been using this phone for almost a week now and so far what I can say is that the realme 3 definitely provides real value to its users, whether one is into mobile photography or gaming. The phone looks and feels way more premium than what I paid for. For its price tag of only Php7,990 for the 3GB+64GB variant, I actually paid for a smartphone that is powered by the same processor found on the likes of OPPO F7, OPPO F9, and Nokia 5.1 Plus to name a few which if you google are priced higher than the Realme 3. Plus the 3GB of RAM is just about right in today's demand for a lag-free and smooth user experience, 2GB and below is no longer recommendable these days. The 64GB of storage is absolutely fine, you will not run out of storage space anytime soon and in case you do, you can use a microSD card to save the day.

One of the reasons why I decided to get one of these for myself is the camera. The Chroma Boost and Nightscape modes are really intriguing me. The more I see users sharing their photos on social media captured using these modes, the more I wanted to buy one for myself and experience it myself. And for that part, I can absolutely say that I am pretty happy with it, especially the Nightscape feature.

In case you don't know yet, Chroma Boost is a smartphone camera feature of the Realme 3 which auto-enhances the color reproduction in a photo as well as adding more dynamic to it for a much better image quality. Nightscape, on the other hand, is for low-light or nigh photography which basically captures images with long exposure functionality with some smart post-processing algorithm. Combine that with the phone's built-in AI feature, the output is pretty amazing especially knowing that this is a sub-Php10K smartphone. See below some of the photos I captured using the Chroma Boost and Nigthscape mode features as well as in Auto Mode.

Auto Mode
LEFT: Auto Mode , RIGHT: Nightscape Mode
Nightscape Mode
LEFT: Auto Mode ,  RIGHT: Chroma Boost Mode
Auto Mode
Panorama Mode

Which one should you get? 

So as mentioned, there are a total of three variants of this Realme 3 only differentiated by the RAM and storage sizes, the rest of the specs, looks and features are just the same. The most basic one has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, another has 3GB RAM and 64GB storage, and the third one sporting 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. All priced at Php6,990, Php7,990, and Php9,990, respectively. So your next question maybe which one should you buy?

My suggestion would be the middle one. Just add Php1,000 and you'll get additional 32GB of storage if you plan on getting the 32GB variant, though 32GB internal storage is still fine, Php1K for double the size is a much better deal. Now if you are torn between having the 3GB or the 4GB RAM models, I don't think spending Php2,000 more is worth paying for the additional 1GB RAM, if it's just Php1K, maybe. Of course I don't know how much difference we can have comparing the two in terms of overall performance, but so far with my 3GB variant I have not experienced any lag or freezing yet. 

Realme 3 specs:
  • 6.2-inch HD+ IPS display with Waterdrop Notch
  • 1520 x 720 resolution
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core Mediatek Helio P60 processor
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB
  • 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras with f1.8, PDAF, Depth Sensor, and AI Scene Detection
  • 13MP front camera with f2.0 and Beautification
  • Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.0
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • Triple SIM Tray
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • 3.5mm audijack
  • FM Radio
  • 4230mAh battery
  • Php7,990

The Realme 3 both in 3GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage models are currently available at offline stores nationwide. As of today, Realme has more than 1,500 authorized retail stores and 25 concept kiosks in the Philippines. The 3GB+32GB variant is a Shopee-exclusive release and won't be available at physical stores, at least as of the moment.

If you live in Davao City and not quite sure where to buy yours, I got mine from one of 8Telcom's stores in the city. This one is located at the ground floor of Victoria Mall Plaza right in front of the Bench store. 

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