realme 3 offers midrange specs, great camera performance, at below-P10k pricing

The realme 3 is a wake up call to budget smartphone makers (and a “This is it!” to phone buyers) – it shows us that a smartphone aimed at user satisfaction (in build, design, camera and gaming performance, battery life) can be offered at a staggeringly low price without a budget-therefore-subpar expectation.

Starting at PHP6,990, the realme 3 (6.22-inch HD dewdrop display, 3/4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, 13MP+2MP rear cameras, 13MP selfie, triple slot tray, 4,230mAh battery) offers midrange specs, a comfortable tactile feel, a durable body, great camera performance, all for a budget price.

It comes in 3 variants:

  • a Shopee exclusive (3GB RAM+32GB storage, PHP6,990) which voucher users (Code: SHPXREALME3) can get for only PHP6,290 during March 25 12AM Shopee flash sale;
  • and two “offline” variants (3GB RAM+64GB storage = PHP7,990; 4GB RAM+64GB storage = PHP9,990) is available at retail stores starting October 6. Pre-order buyers of the offline models (from March 20 to April 5) get freebies worth P1,299 and can claim their purchase on April 6 (4GB RAM+64GB) and April 13 (3GB RAM+64GB).

The realme 3 will also be available via Home Credit. Two realme 3 cases are also available (see below): Diamond Blue (PHP499) and Grey (PHP399).

Click on each image below to see its full size. realme 3 full specs below.

realme 3 Full Specs

Display6.2-inch HD+ (1520 x 720 resolution), 19:9 aspect ratio, 271 ppi
2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3-protected IPS screen
CPUMediaTek 2.0GHz Helio P60 octa-core processor with dual-core AI
GPUMali-G72 MP3
RAM3GB/4GB
Storage32GB/64GB storage, up to 256GB via dedicated micro SD slot
Rear
Camera
13MP F1.8 + 2MP F2.4 with LED flash
PDAF Fast Focusing, Nightscape, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost,
Portrait Mode, 90fps/720p slow motion
Selfie13MP F2.0 with AI face beauty
1.12um pixels, HDR, AI Face Unlock
Battery4,230mAh with 10W fast charging
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, OTG,
FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
SecurityRear fingerprint sensor, face unlock
ColorsDynamic Black, Radiant Blue
Dimensions156.2 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm
Weight175 g
Price PHP 6,990 (3GB RAM/32GB ROM)
PHP 7,990 (3GB RAM/64GB ROM)
PHP 9,990 (4GB RAM/64GB RO
M)

The realme 3 offers impressive build, midrange specs, very good camera output, long battery life, and satisfying performance (even for mobile gaming) for a budget smartphone.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.