If you’re shopping for an inexpensive smartphone in 2019, your list of Android mobiles to consider just got a little bit bigger.
Dubbed by Realme as ‘the speed king’, the 3 Pro is on its way.
With prices for premium smartphones creeping beyond £1,000 in some cases, Realme is offering something different. The brand is landing in the UK with an Android phone that pairs the looks of a premium mobile with a price tag that doesn’t hit the wallet as hard.
But what sort of features can you expect from a smartphone costing less than £200? We’ve got all the details on the Realme 3 Pro.
Who is Realme?
Realme is an emerging Chinese smartphone company that was originally a sub-brand of another Android mobile maker, Oppo.
Back in 2018, Realme confirmed its plans to become a separate brand from Oppo, focusing its efforts purely on affordable phones. This year, Realme has its sights set on conquering the European market.
With the two companies being connected, some features are shared. Realme phones run on Oppo’s ColorOS, for example. The new Realme 3 Pro also has VOOC flash charging, a feature we tried for ourselves on the Oppo RX 17 Pro.
Where to buy Realme smartphones
As it’s early days for Realme in the UK, you can only buy its products through the official EU Realme website.
The Realme 3 Pro will go on sale there from June 5 at 12PM GMT.
Realme 3 Pro: premium looks at a discount (£175 / £219)
The Realme 3 Pro starts at just £175, a price that makes it hard to ignore. It’s the first smartphone that Realme is selling in the UK, which sees it sparring similarly-priced phones from Huawei, Motorola and Sony. On paper, the Realme 3 Pro looks like great value for money, although we haven’t put it through our own expert tests just yet.
This cheap Android has a 6.3-inch Full HD display with an almost bezel-less front and a Snapdragon 710 processor. It’s running on ColorOS 6.0 (based on Android P), a popular OS over in China. As a part of ColorOS you get access to Hyper Boost, which ‘accelerates performance’ when you’re playing games.
The front camera uses a 25Mp lens to capture your cheesy grin, while the back of the phone, which is rocking a satisfying S-curve pattern, has a dual camera setup – 16Mp and 5Mp. The Realme 3 pro supports 4K video, slo-mo video and portrait pictures, blurring the background of your shots to bring your subject to life.
We’re keen to see how long this sleek smartphone lasts on a single charge as it has a hefty 4,045mAh battery. Realme says you’ll get “9.7 hours of video playback” from the 3 Pro, with Flash Charge powering the battery by “up to 50% in 30 minutes”.
If you’re convinced by the Realme 3 Pro, you’ll have two models to choose from – a 64GB version with 4GB of Ram (£175) and a 128GB alternative with 6GB of Ram (£219). Both models support expandable storage up to 256GB if you’re running low on space. More