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Realme 3i: Impressive Look in a Budget Smartphone (Tech Review)

Conclusion: Realme 3i comes with premium features like fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This phone has good battery backup, better camera and stylish design

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Realme 3i: Premium features in a budget smartphone. (Representational image). Pixabay

By Bharat Upadhyay

To give some competition in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment aiming at Redmi 6A, smartphone player Realme recently brought a budget device 3i to the Indian market.

Realme 3i comes in two variants — the 3GB RAM+32GB model priced at Rs 7,999 and 4GB RAM+64GB at Rs 9,999.

Realme 3i is the first smartphone in the new Realme “i” series and is available in three colours — Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red.

We tested 3GB+32GB device (Rs 7,999) in Diamond Blue. Let’s see how it fares.

The overall look is impressive. The use of 3D blue diamond-cut design gives it an aesthetic feel.

The fingerprint sensor, placed at the back, was fast. On the lower-left corner at the back, Realme logo is placed vertically in style.

The left edge of the device hosts a dual-SIM slot. The SIM tray hosts a dedicated space for SD card and the users can expand in-built 3GB memory up to 256 GB. The lock button is placed at the right edge of the phone.

Realme 3i features 6.2-inch touchscreen HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection to increase the level of protection. We had no trouble in accessing the device with the face unlock feature.

On full brightness, the display worked well both indoors and outdoors; colours on the screen appeared brighter even under direct sunlight.

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While Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Huawei and OnePlus provide fast charging with their flagship smartphones such as the P30 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro, handset makers like Realme provide it in its mid-tier Realme X. Pixabay

The 13MP+2 MP dual rear camera is placed at the upper left corner alongside the LED flash.

The rear camera has some interesting image-enhancing features like Artificial Intelligent (AI)-filters, AI scene recognition, slow motion and time-lapse photography, among others.

The “Nightscape Mode” helped capture detailed and quality pictures even in dim-light conditions. The camera app also comes with “Chroma Boost” mode that produced good images.

The 13MP front camera was also decent.

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Powered by MediaTek Helio P60, the device runs ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie.

Helio P60 brings a significant improvement in the device, making sure that the power consumption drops by 15 per cent, thus resulting in better performance and user experience.

The smartphone houses 4,230mAh battery — outpacing premium ones like OnePlus 7 Pro and Redmi K20 Pro that offer 4,000mAh battery. On a full charge, the phone lasted for a day and a half.

The good thing about the device was it did not heat up during use and charging. While playing video games like PUBG mobile and streaming videos, the device worked OK.

Conclusion: Realme 3i comes with premium features like fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This phone has good battery backup, better camera and stylish design. (IANS)

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Realme X2: Worth Your Buy or Not?

Realme has used 6.4 inch AMOLED panel for the X2's display with a dew-drop notch on the top that houses the camera

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Realme X2 has an upgraded 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture. IANS

Chinese smartphone maker Realme that is witnessing exponential growth in India while delivering performance, design and quality in its devices, has created ripples among the consumers with its X series.

The company has now refreshed the line-up with X2. Essentially identical to XT, this device sports 64MP quad-camera setup but has some outstanding features on its own.

The Realme X2 has been launched in three variants: 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 16,999, 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs 18,999 and one with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage for Rs 19,999.

Let us see how the 8GB/128GB variant fared in real life.

Realme X2 carries the same design language as XT and it would be difficult to distinguish between the two when kept closely.

The build is exceptional and the rear has same hyperbolic design we saw in the XT, which makes it shine when light falls.

Realme has used 6.4 inch AMOLED panel for the X2’s display with a dew-drop notch on the top that houses the camera.

The screen size makes this device not fit for single-handed usage. However, the placement of keys is excellent.

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Chinese smartphone maker Realme that is witnessing exponential growth in India while delivering performance, design and quality in its devices, has created ripples among the consumers with its X series. IANS

A high point of the device is the chipset. The Realme X2 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G system on chip, which ensured that even heavy gaming went smooth.

It also ensured that the device did not heat up during extensive usage and multimedia consumption.

Our usage included browsing multiple social media apps, video streaming and making and receiving video calls.

There’s 4,000mAh battery, which gave us a day and a half of juice on a single charge.

Additionally, the company’s proprietary VOOC charge (supports 30W charging) is a plus as it charged the battery from 0-50 per cent in a little over 30 minutes.

Talking about the camera specs, barring the selfie camera, everything is similar to what we saw on the XT, which means there’s 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor.

Realme X2 has an upgraded 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

We found both cameras to be pretty good. Image quality was great and there were no loss of details.

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company has now refreshed the line-up with X2. Essentially identical to XT, this device sports 64MP quad-camera setup but has some outstanding features on its own. Wikimedia Commons

However the edges of each frame had some visible noise but that became noticeable only when we zoomed into the photograph.

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Conclusion: The X2 is a significant upgrade over the XT in terms of internals and overall performance of the device. At this price point, it makes perfect sense to consider the Realme X2 over options like Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. (IANS)