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Realme X3 – the power of 60x SuperZoom in your pocket
4.9Overall Score
Name: realme X3 SuperZoom
Price (RRP): $699/799
Manufacturer: realme

You could think the headline refers to a camera. But no, the realme X3 is a smartphone as well with some impressive flagship hardware, a quad camera with 60x SuperZoom and fast 30W charging.

realme is part of the BBK group – the world’s second-largest smartphone maker and sibling to OPPO, vivo, OnePlus and more. The realme X3 SuperZoom wraps up the latest smartphone and camera tech into a very attractively priced package.

In fact, the realme X3 SuperZoom costs from $699/799 and for that you get a Qualcomm 855+ flagship SoC, 8/128GB or 12/256GB and a 6.6” 120Hz 2400×1800 screen. Yes, it is another case of shut up and take my money before they are all gone!

Australian Review: realme X3 ZuperZoom Model RMX2086

  • Australian website here
  • Price: $699/799 8/128 and 12/256GB
  • Warranty: 2-years ACL
  • Colours: Glacier Blue or Arctic White
  • Country of manufacture: China
  • realme is a youth-focused, online-only brand with the mantra ‘Dare To Leap’. So, if you are a Millennial or an old fart, don’t let youth have all the fun. BBK has no known links to the Huawei/ZTE/China spying debate.
  • Other realme reviews here

Online only from realme e-store Australia, JB Hi-Fi online, Bing Lee, Amazon realme store, and eBay realme store.

Do not buy it online from any other store that promises ‘Australian stock’ unless it explicitly has the much-needed LTE band 28, comes with an Australian charger and has the Australian C-tick symbol on its regulatory page.

realme X3 – first impression

I have a sneaking feeling that realme designers sit down and discuss how they can shove it to big brothers OPPO et al. They seem to take the best tech and through an agile online-only model produce gear that we would normally pay more for. The online model cuts out the middleman and distribution profit, but it also means that support is online as well.

Fear not – if you buy Australian certified stock from an authorised outlet then a nice man from OPPO slips on a yellow realme T-shirt to service you.

And they prolifically produce niche models to fill gaps in the market – this is but one of over 40 models since its launch a year or so ago.

Back to the phone. The realme X3 SuperZoom main features

  • 6.6” 2400×1800, 120Hz IPS display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm SD855+ Soc
  • 8/128GB or 12/256GB LPDDRX4/UFS 3.0 (fastest ram and storage but no micro-SD)
  • Quad-rear camera and 60X Periscope SuperZoom
  • Dual front selfie with wide-angle
  • Wi-Fi AC, BT 5.0, Dual Band GPS
  • 4200mAh battery and 30W Dart Charge
realme X3 features

How we rate smartphones

We conduct over 70 tests and mark the major headings with FAIL, PASS or EXCEED. These criteria are on what you can normally expect for a price/bracket of phone.

Screen – PASS++

  • 6.6″ IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080x2400px) resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 399 ppi. 20:9
  • Brightness Claimed 400/480nits (measured 470 nits and no boost or auto brightness)
  • Contrast Claimed 1000:1 typical and 1500:1 maximum (Measured 1300:1 – blacks are more a deep grey)
  • Adreno 640 supports HDR10, HLG but we were unable to test screen support
  • Gamut: 81.5% NTSC and Gentle mode is almost 100% sRGB Delta E 1.3
  • Vivid and Gentle modes with an additional Cool-to-Warm slider
  • Screen protection: Gorilla Glass 5 and pre-fitted screen protector
  • Daylight readability: it is a reflective screen so fair

The major appeal of the screen is its 120Hz refresh rate. It is buttery smooth when you can find an app or content that supports it. For 90% of the time, it defaults to 60 or 90Hz – whatever the app supports. In fact, the only 120Hz content you can rely on is the realme menu system.

YouTube allows for some 120Hz content, but we were unable to locate many games or apps for that.

The default video player caps at 60Hz. Firefox and Opera cap at 90Hz and Chrome at 120Hz – if you set it to ‘forced’.

Despite the 60Hz preference, the screen gives solid gaming performance.

Summary: Not as saturated colours as AMOLED but on the whole has good colour and performance.

Processor – 2020 version of 2019 flagship SoC – EXCEED

Qualcomm SD 855+ (7 nm): Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz, 3×2.42 GHz, 4×1.78 GHz)

It is in the premium Galaxy Z Flip and way better than the 2020 Qualcomm SD7XX series.