Realme X3 SuperZoom: The hardware looks better at a second glance
The first impression is not very positive: The combination of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ and 12 GB of RAM is powerful. However, it is unable to beat the competition. At a second glance, the flagship from Realme looks much better, thanks to fast internal storage, fast Wi-Fi and support for many satellite navigation systems.
The X3 fails to beat the Google Pixel 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite. Both of these smartphones come with a normal Snapdragon 855 and less RAM. The X3 gains the upper hand only in the storage and Wi-Fi benchmarks.
The X3 does well when it comes to geolocation. This is good news, because other Realme smartphones from the 6 series struggled in this dispsline.
The main feature of the X3 SuperZoom is the 5x zoom Periscope camera, which can take great nighttime shots thanks to the software-powered star mode. Our review was conducted in a week with a full moon and a very clear sky, which is why we were not able to test this camera mode properly. When compared to the Galaxy S20 and the Find X2 Pro, which is made by Realme’s parent company Oppo, the images taken with the X3 appear less colour-accurate and rather washed-out.
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