Oppo launches, with its brand Realme, a new smartphone very cheap. Here is the Realme 3, which will have the difficult task of competing with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
By creating the brand Realme, dedicated to the entry-level, the Chinese giant BBK Electronics (Oppo, OnePlus) had a very clear plan of confrontation with the Redmi of Xiaomi. A few days after the launch of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India, it launches its competitor, the Realme 3.
A more competitive rate than the Redmi Note 7
The Realme 3 is launched in India at the price of 9,000 Indian rupees, about 110 euros HT, for the 32 GB version of storage (3 GB of RAM), and a price of 11,000 rupees (about 135 euros HT), for the 64GB version of storage (4GB RAM).
For comparison, the Redmi Note 7 is launched at Rs 10,000 for the 32GB version of storage and 3GB of RAM. Realme therefore offers a rate slightly lower than its direct competitor. Let's see now what the smartphone offers at this price.
To reduce the bill as much as possible, Realme chose the plastic for the smartphone chassis. We find a fairly classic design in its rounded shapes, with a double camera and a fingerprint reader on the back, and a screen notch in the front, with a rather noticeable chin.
History to enhance the appearance of the smartphone, Realme has the good idea to dare colors a little more original with the paint that we have the impression that it was sprayed on the hull.
For an entry-level smartphone, the features of the phone are very important. It is hoped that the phone will provide the minimum to provide a fluid experience, with great autonomy and software not too old.
6.2 inch 1520 x 720 pixel screen
Android P with ColorOS 6.0
SoC MediaTek Helio P70 (12 nm, 4x Cortex-A73, 4x Cortex-A53)
3 or 4 GB of RAM
32 or 64 GB of storage
micro SD player
Two cameras on the back:
13 megapixels f / 1.8
13 megapixel front camera
4230 mAh battery
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n to 2.4 GHz)
Micro-USB and 3.5mm jack
The MediaTek Helio P70 SoC compares to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, except that Mediatek's chip is 2.1 GHz, compared to 1.8 for Qualcomm. This chip is already used by Realme for its highest-end smartphone, the Realme U1 launched in November 2018.
The chip from Mediatek should offer good performance to the smartphone, but the Realme 3 seems less interesting than the Redmi Note 7 on other aspects of the data sheet. The latter offers indeed a screen with better definition, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C.
Realme 3 sales will begin March 12 in India. The brand does not sell its smartphones in France for the moment.