Realme 3i, Realme X hands-on review

Enrique Villacrez, 15 July 2019.

Realme 3i hands-on

When the Realme 3 arrived in India with Helio P70, it was priced at INR8,999 ($130). Now, to provide Android Pie experience with a big battery for a slightly lower price, the company decided to launch Realme 3i. The quad cluster of Cortex-A73 cores is 2 GHz (instead of 2.1 GHz), but that is hardly noticeable. A company executive told us the Realme 3 is out of stock, so this phone is your best option in this price range.

A more notable difference is on the outside. The gradient paint job has been replaced by a diamond-cut texture akin to the Realme C2. Our unit in Diamond Black felt pretty nice to the touch and with very decent grip levels.

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Realme 3i from all sides

The fingerprint scanner sits on the back and it is lightning-fast. It is as comfortable as we remember it from the Realme 3 (remember, they share the same footprint) and once you unlock the phone, you are immediately immersed into the ColorOS 6 experience. The camera brings some AI features that are hit or miss - the 13 MP works on its own, while the 2 MP jumps in to help only for portrait shots with defocused backgrounds.

Priced at INR7,999 for the 3/32 GB variant, the Realme 3i finds itself in a good position to become a market success. We did love the Realme 3 back when we reviewed it and we suggest you check that out to know more about the software and performance of the 3i as well - after all the differences are all cosmetic.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

3i when arrive myanmar?

  • Anonymous

India gets upgraded P70 cpu at a cheaper price

And super vooc will not work on a USB-C?