Recently, Realme introduced Realme 3i in India, a new addition to the company’s budget series. The event was big in the news, as the phone was launched with the much talked about flagship model Realme X. Realme 3i nevertheless got enough attention of its own, featuring a Helio P60 SoC, Dual Rear Camera, and a 4230mAH battery.
Realme 3i comes at an attractive price of Rs 7,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option. Its other model, the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant, made its entry at Rs 9,999. The device is available for sale on Flipkart and Realme website.
Realme 3i fills the price gap between Realme C2 and Realme 3 (Review). The recent smartphone comes loaded with an impressive design language combined with good hardware and battery life. With the recent smartphone, the Realme brought back the Diamond-cut finish.
|Massive Battery life||Bloated software|
|Diamond Cut design||No fast charging|
|Excellent build quality||Weak low-light camera performance|
|Dedicated card slot||Lack Of Camera Stabilization|
|Decent Selfie Camera||No Full HD Display|
Will the Realme 3i be able to differentiate itself from its competitors? Or even compare with the existing budget devices of Realme? Let’s find out in our Realme 3i review…
In the box: Smartphone, Silicone case, Micro-USB cable, a 10W power adapter, a SIM ejecting tool, and quick-start and warranty guides
Realme 3i Design and Display:
The Realme 3i comes in Diamond Black, Diamond Blue and Diamond Red color options. The smartphone’s physical aspects are the same as Realme 3. It’s comfortable to hold because at just 175 g it’s not too heavy, and with one hand it’s easy to grip and use. The major difference in aesthetic is the use of a matte finish with a diamond pattern on the back, similar to the Realme C2. In comparison to the glossy textured Realme 3, the diamond pattern finish provides excellent grip, and smudges are not readily noticeable.
The Realme 3i’s power and volume buttons are positioned ergonomically, and have been much appreciated. On the left hand side, there is a triple-slot tray that can accommodate two 4G Nano SIMs, and a microSD card. We have a speaker at the bottom, a Micro-USB port, and a headphone jack of 3.5 mm. The dual-camera setup is placed with a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. The fingerprint sensor functions well, and can be accessed easily while operating with a single hand. There’s also face recognition that works really fast.
The Realme 3i sports a 6.2-inch HD+ Dewdrop display with 1520 x 720 pixel screen resolution, and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The screen has good brightness, punchy colors and excellent viewing angles. The low resolution is not a big issue, but when you compare this screen to one with a higher resolution device, you will notice a slight absence of sharpness.
Performance and Software:
Differing from the Helio P70 powered Realme 3, the Realme 3i comes with a MediaTek Helio P60 processor. This is not a major downgrade because the P60 is still a very competent octa-core chip, with excellent results for its class of CPU and GPU. Using microSD card slot, the internal memory can be further expanded to 256 GB.
During our review, most of the day-to-day tasks were handled by the Realme 3i without any trouble. The device could easily maintain around 7-8 applications in the background and, was able to switch between them without reloading.
We tried to further evaluate the device performance by indulging in some heavy gaming like PUBG and Asphalt 9, and the device managed to cope quite well. PUBG mobile runs on medium settings by default and we did not found any lag during gameplay. The expected stutters and frame drops appeared when we shifted to high graphics settings.
ColorOS has a feature called Game Space that automatically locks the brightness of the screen, and gives priority to the game’s system resources. Overall gaming experience on this phone was quite smooth and we did not find any battery drain or heating problem while gaming.
Considering the cost of the phone, its benchmark numbers aren’t too bad. AnTuTu produced a score of 1,32,996, while the GFXbench T-Rex test returned 45fps. The results are slightly lower than the Realme 3 scores, but this is to be expected.
The Realme 3i runs Android 9 Pie based on ColorOS 6. It comes with the latest security patch for June 2019. There are a lot of interesting features on the user interface. By default, the app drawer is now enabled, but if you prefer, you can move back to a single-layer look. The phone comes with lots of preloaded apps, but it is very much possible to completely uninstall the third-party applications.
Realme 3i Camera Performance:
Experience a dual-camera setup, with a combination of 13-megapixel primary lens with PDAF, f/1.8 aperture, 5P lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Thanks to PDAF, the camera is fast to focus, but only when there is sufficient light on your subject. Some shots look pretty nice, but sometimes there is a definite absence of detail and bad exposure.
The secondary 2-megapixel sensor does a good job of calculating depth, but there were moments when this phone got the edges wrong, particularly when taking pictures of individuals. The nightscape mode is amazing. Capturing each shot requires a while, but nightscape increases the dark’s clarity considerably. Chroma Boost enhances colors and enhances dynamic range for more light-balanced images.
The 13MP selfie camera does a great job. It captures good selfies, and the mode of beauty is not too aggressive. Portrait mode is also available here, but the blur impact is too overpowering and feels artificial. The Realme 3i can capture up to 1080p video, but it did not support stabilization. Video quality is average and focusing speed under good light is also impressive.
Realme 3i Battery and Connectivity:
Realme 3i is fueled by a 4230mAh battery, and it comes with a 10W normal charger. Using the bundled charger, the device can charge up to 48 percent in an hour. You should be able to get through a day and a half, or even two complete days, with light to moderate use. Realme 3i’s connectivity features include dual 4G VoLTE, 802.11b / g / n single-band Wi-Fi, 4.2 Bluetooth, GPS, USB-OTG, FM radio and 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Despite the need for enhancement of the software and camera, we feel the phone brings a lot at lesser price. Realme 3i’s base version at Rs. 7,999 is a good choice, as it is a good Rs. 1,000 lesser than Redmi 7, with the same choice for RAM and storage.
Realme 3i’s 4 GB version at Rs 9,999 though is a bit hard to recommend, as it competes with a higher level of phones like Redmi Note 7s, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 and even Realme U1. All of these options deliver somewhat better features such as displays of greater resolution, better cameras, and more strong processors.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, Realme 3i support direct video calls.
Yes, you can play PUBG Mobile without any lag.
No, Realme 3i comes with standard 10W charger.
Yes, Realme 3i support slow motion video capture.