Most of the specifications of realme 3i are same as realme 3. But the main difference between the two phones is the processor and the design. Will the Realme 3i manage to carve a niche for itself in the budget smartphone crowd? Let’s know…
realme 3i design
The dimensions and weight of the Realme 3i match perfectly with the Realme 3. Weight of 175 grams can’t be said much and it is easy to grip in hands. The new handset comes with a diamond pattern on the back and a matte finish. The diamond pattern is similar to that of the Realme C2. We have reviewed the Diamond Black finish unit of the Realme 3i. It gives a feeling of being more royal blue than black. The phone is also available in Diamond Blue and Diamond Red colors.
There is a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) panel on the front panel. It has the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The bezels are very thin. But the border of the lower part is a little wider. The phone has a dewdrop notch, due to which it looks modern. The brightness of the display is good. Colors are punchy and viewing angles are also quite good. No problem with low resolution. But when compared with the higher resolution display, the lack of sharpness in Reality 3i is clearly visible.
Power and volume buttons give good response in Reality 3i. Their position is also good. There are three slots on the left. It has space for two nano SIMs and a microSD card. There is also support for dual VoLTE. The speaker, micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are on the bottom.
The diamond pattern finish gives good grip. Fingerprints are not easily visible. The fingerprint sensor is easily accessible and it works well. It also has face recognition and works as fast as other realme smartphones.
In the retail box, the Realme 3i comes with a silicone cover, a 10W power adapter, micro-USB cable, SIM ejector tool and some important documents.
realme 3i specification and software
MediaTek Helio P60 processor has been used in Reality 3i, while Reality 3 comes with Helio P70 processor. This is not a big cut, as the Helio P60 is a capable octa-core chipset. At the time of launch, Reality had introduced two variants of the phone. The 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant of Reality 3i is priced at Rs 7,999, while the price of 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant is Rs 9,999. We have reviewed the powerful variant.
Talking about other specifications, Realme 3i comes with single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB-OTG, FM radio and other common sensors.
Like Realme X, Realme 3i is also equipped with the latest software. It has ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie. It has the security patch of June 2019. At the same time, there is no change in the feature of ColorOS.
Now the app drawer is already enabled. But you can switch to single layered UI if you want. Many apps are already installed in the phone. All of these third party apps can be uninstalled. You will get shortcuts like Smart Sidebar.
Google’s Digital Wellbeing feature still hasn’t found a place. Apart from this, Realme has not yet given access to the battery graph of Android 9.
realme 3i performance and battery life
We used the 4 GB RAM variant of Reality 3i for several days. Apps loaded smoothly. There was no problem accessing the menu. The phone did not even heat up. The phone definitely gets hot during gaming. But not too much to be a problem.
Even in gaming, Reality 3i cannot be considered weak. You have to play powerful games like PUBG Mobile on lower settings. But there is no effect on the gameplay. We were able to win the 40 minute pubg mobile round on this phone. But during this time there were no complaints regarding battery consumption and phone heating. ColorOS has a feature called Game Space which automatically locks the screen brightness and transfers system resources to the game.
We had the same problem while gaming. The position of the loudspeaker is such that it is easily blocked. The same happens while watching videos. There is a loud sound from the speaker of Reality 3i. But the audio quality is very average. If you use a wired headset, then you can control the sound through realme power sound customization.
Now let’s talk about the camera. Here too there is not much difference from Reality 3. Realme 3i has a 13-megapixel primary camera with F / 1.8 aperture and is equipped with phase detection autofocus. It is accompanied by a 2-megapixel sensor, which works to measure the depth for portraits.
PDAF makes the camera focus faster. But for this there should be enough light on the subject. Landscape shots come with fine detail. But the details of small leaves or distant trees are not captured. We also encountered chromatic aberrations when photographed in contrast to light.
Close-up shots generally came out fine. But some macros shots were quite flat. The secondary sensor of 2 megapixels does a good job of measuring the depth. But on some occasions, the phone did not define the edges properly while taking portraits of humans.
The phone also has creative modes like Chroma Boost and Nightscape. Would recommend not using Chroma Boost while shooting trees. Because the green tone gets aggravated too much. However, landscape shots can benefit from a boost of color.
Nightscape works. But not so much Reality X. This is probably due to the sensor. Night scenes look brighter. But there are complaints of grain and chroma noise. With Nightscape enabled, the camera lags in focus in close-up shots and the lack of detail is evident in landscape.
The 13-megapixel selfie camera isn’t too bad. If you are patient and the lighting is adequate then you will be able to take work shots. There is also portrait mode here. But the blur effect is very aggressive and it looks artificial. You can’t even control it.
With Reality 3i, you will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels. But there is no stabilization. The video is not stabilized even at 720 pixels which is disappointing. Image quality is very average. But the focusing speed isn’t bad. At least in sufficient light.
The battery of the phone is 4,230 mAh. It lasted 16 hours 59 minutes in our HD video loop test. that would be considered good. We were able to easily use the phone for about one and a half days.
There is no support for fast charging. With the charger provided in the retail box, it gets 48 percent charged in 1 hour. It takes about 2 hours for 100% charge.
Reality 3i has been launched in the market because realme c2 ,review) And realme 3 ,review) to bridge the gap. Its initial variant of Rs 7,999 is a good option. Because it is Rs 1,000 cheaper than Redmi 7. Apart from this, there is no reason to buy the top-variant of Realme C2, as it is priced at par with the Realme 3i.
Recommending to buy the 4GB variant of Reality 3i is not easy. Even though its price is about Rs 1,000 less than Reality 3. but its clash Redmi Note 7S ,review, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 And Realme U1 ,review) as from the handset. All these handsets come with higher resolution displays, better cameras and more powerful processors.
If your budget is limited and you can settle for an average camera, then you can consider buying the 3GB RAM variant of Reality 3i.