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The Realme Q3 Pro launches with a new 5G processor for just under US$280

The new Q3 Pro. (Source: Realme)
The new Q3 Pro. (Source: Realme)
Realme has launched the Q3 Pro as the brand's first ever phone with the new Dimensity 1100 SoC. It is joined by the vanilla Q3, powered by the Snapdragon 750G, and the Q3i, which has an older Dimensity 700 chipset. The latter starts at just 1000 yuan (~US$154).

Realme has made the Q3 official, along with its Q3i and Q3 Pro variants. The latter is decidedly the flagship of the series, with its 120Hz 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. It also has MediaTek's new Dimensity 1100 platform, which has high-end ARM Cortex-A78 cores and an on-board 5G modem.

Realme had hinted that this phone, or one of its siblings, would have a phosphorescent finish. This has not really held up in reality, although its new yellow option might well be vibrant enough to glow in the dark. The Q3 Pro also has triple rear cameras with a 64MP main sensor and a 4,500mAh battery that charges at up to 30 watts (W).

The vanilla Q3 5G also has this charging technology for its 5,000mAh battery. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate, although the display in question here is a 6.5-inch LCD panel. It also has triple rear cameras, with a 48MP main sensor, even though their housing has a 2x2 stove-top conformation.

The Q3i has a similar appearance, although its rear cameras has an underpowered 48+2+2MP configuration. It also has a 5,000mAh battery, albeit without Realme's fast charging in this case. This final variant is the one with the well-hyped 999 yuan (~US$153) starting price, for a 4GB RAM/128GB internal storage SKU.

The Snapdragon 750G-based Q3 goes up to 1,299 yuan (~US$200) for a 6GB/128GB unit. The Q3 Pro, on the other hand, only has 8GB of RAM, and starts at 1,799 yuan (~US$277). Therefore, Realme seems primed to take on the budget 5G smartphone market with this new Android 11- and 3.5mm jack-enabled Q3 line.

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The Q3i and Q3 5G. (Source: Realme)
The Q3i and Q3 5G. (Source: Realme)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-22 (Update: 2021-04-26)