May 29, 2020

Realme X3 SuperZoom Debuts with SD 855+ Chip and Periscopic 8MP Telephoto Lens

The Realme X3 SuperZoom mirrors the periscopic telephoto setup we've already seen on the HUAWEI P30 Pro, OPPO Reno 10X, and Xiaomi Mi 10 Youth Edition.

Since its debut in 2018, Realme has already grown so much that it's a feat in itself how the once-budding smartphone manufacturer is now one of the most sought-after, not only in the entry-level segment but in the flagship class as well.

Today, Realme has officially expanded its portfolio by announcing the Realme X3 SuperZoom phone, the company's first foray in the realm of camera-centric zoom. Well, in this case, the fancy, periscopic ones.

About Realme X3 SuperZoom

Display and design

In terms of design, the Realme X3 SuperZoom is almost identical to that of the X50 5G, which launched in the Chinese market in January 2020.

The phone sports a familiar 6.6-inch IPS LCD display, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels. Also, the handset's display supports a 120Hz refresh rate and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

There is also the display's pill-shaped cutout, in which the phone's dual front-facing camera setup resides.

Power and storage

The Realme X3 SuperZoom has gone with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ SoC, instead of the newer SD 865 chip. The surprising addition of the processor could be done to avoid the high cost of the 5G modem on the American chip maker's latest flagship iteration. As it stands, the phone doesn't support 5G connectivity.

Meanwhile, the smartphone receives 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage, alongside the Host Performance Booster (HPB) and Turbo Write for faster transfer rates. The phone also comes with vapor chamber cooling technology.

The Realme X3 SuperZoom is listed with a 4,200mAh battery, with 30W Dart fast charging.

Cameras

Easily the best highlight of the phone is its 8MP telephoto setup. It supports 5x optical zoom, and up to 60x digital zoom. The sensor also comes with optical image stabilization, which should ensure blur-free shots.

Apart from the key sensor, the device's quad-cam setup on its rear is equipped with a 64MP wide sensor, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro lens.

On its front, the phone's punch hole houses a 32MP wide lens and an 8MP ultrawide lens.

OS and other features

Software-wise, the Realme X3 SuperZoom runs on realme UI, based on Android 10.0. It also features a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB Type-C port.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 8MP periscope lens with 5x optical zoom and up to 60x digital zoom
  • 12GB of RAM
  • Vapor chamber cooling tech
  • Quad-cam setup

Cons

  • No 3.5mm headphone jack

Pricing and availability

The phone, which is set to go on sale on June 2, carries a price tag of EUR 499 (around PHP 27,900) for the 12GB/256GB trim. It will retail in two colors – Arctic White and Glacier Blue.

Arctic White
Glacier Blue

Realme is yet to announce whether the X3 SuperZoom will arrive in the Philippines.

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