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Realme 3 to go on sale in India today: Should you buy it?

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Realme 3 to go on sale in India today: Should you buy it?

The Realme 3 will go on sale on Flipkart and Realme's online store starting 12pm on Tuesday, March 12 in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours.

The Realme 3 will be going on sale for the first time in India today. This is the first phone from the company in 2019 and is the successor to the popular Realme 2. The Realme 3 brings a bunch of upgrades to the design and hardware compared to its predecessor, which includes a dewdrop display, Helio P70 chipset and a gradient colour design, among other things.

The latest Realme phone has a starting price of Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The 4GB/64GB variant of the Realme 3 has a price tag of Rs 10,999. The Realme 3 will go on sale on Flipkart and Realme's online store starting 12pm on Tuesday, March 12 in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colours. Launch offers on Flipkart includes a flat discount of Rs 500 via HDFC cards or on EMI. Reliance Jio customers can also avail benefits of Rs 5,300 on purchasing the Realme 3.

Realme 3 specifications

The Realme 3 touts a new unibody design that sees the plastic rear panel seamlessly stretch all the way around the frame to meet the display on the front. The rear panel gets two gradient colour options in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520x720) dewdrop display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a waterdrop notch. The bezels are thin all around, which allows for an 88 per cent screen-to-body ratio.

The phone is powered by the latest 2.1GHz octa-core Helio P70 chipset, which also powers the Realme U1. This is also the first Realme phone to ship with ColorOS 6.0 based on Android Pie out-of-the-box. The new ColorOS software comes with an app drawer as well as features like Moto Ride mode and Game Space. The Realme 3 houses a large 4,230mAh battery, much like the Realme 2. This promises to deliver over a full day of battery life on a single charge.

As for the cameras, the Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera will be used for depth sensing. The cameras get two useful new features, called Nightscape and Chroma Boost. Nightscape allows you to capture impressive low-light photos by increasing the exposure. Photos come out clearer and more detailed compared to regular low-light images. Chroma Boost uses software to boost dynamic range and contrast in photos, especially in daylight.

Should you buy the Realme 3?

We reviewed the Realme 3 recently and found it to be a good all-round device that offers an attractive gradient design, great battery life and a smooth performance at a price under Rs 10,000. What makes the Realme 3 really attractive is the Nightscape feature that uses computational photography for better low-light images. This makes the Realme 3 one of the best phones in this segment for low-light photography.

It is worth going for the 3GB RAM variant of the Realme 3 if you're on a strict budget. The 4GB RAM option is priced at Rs 10,999, but you might as well spend a little extra to get the Realme U1 then, which offers the same chipset but better cameras and a 1080p display.