Let’s face it! Even though the push for 5G is well undergoing, for now few locations have access to it and things won’t change that much in the next year or so. That is why for most people, 5G connectivity is not only something they can leave without, it is something that they do not wish due to the extra cost that it involves. Realme had the same idea and that is why it released a high-end smartphone without 5G connectivity, but with some more useful right now.
The lack of 5G meant that the company could not go with the Snapdragon 865 since Qualcomm is forcing manufacturers to also include the X55 modem. Instead, the Realme X3 SuperZoom went with the Snapdragon 855+. It is still a really good processor, just a bit under the latest that Qualcomm has to offer. Furthermore, Realme paired it with 12GB of LPDDR4x dual-channel RAM and 256GB of UFS3.0 storage. Still a lot of power and really great multitasking potential.
You also get a 6.6” FullHD+ LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 2400×1080 resolution. There is a pill-shaped punch-hole for the dual selfie cameras which allows a 90.5% screen-to-body ratio. I would have loved to see an AMOLED panel, even if only at 90Hz, but guess they had to cut it in order to offer the phone at a lower price. Since it has an LCD panel the phone can’t have an under-display fingerprint reader. Instead, the company opted for a side-mounted one. There are quite a few that actually prefer this way due to increased speed and reliability.
Now comes the big guns: cameras. The Realme X3 SuperZoom comes with a quad-camera setup on the back. The main camera has a 64MP sensor with a 78.6° field of view and 6 part lens system. There is an 8MP Ultra wide-angle lens camera and a 2MP Macro lens camera. The most interesting one is the 8MP Zoom Camera that has a periscope lens system that offers 5x optical zoom and up to 60x hybrid zoom. This camera also comes with optical image stabilization for better quality even when the image is zoomed to the max. On the front, you will get a 32MP selfie camera as well as an 8MP ultra-wide angle selfie camera.
Everything else is pretty much standard: dual-4G connectivity, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, GPS and USB Type-C. The only missing feature which I honestly expected at this price is NFC. The 4200mAh battery supports 30W fast charge. All in all, the Realme X3 SuperZoom is a well-balanced phone considering the 499€ price tag. The Poco X2 Pro is the obvious rival here, having the same price. Guess you will have to decide if you want 5G and a better screen or better cameras.