Realme X3 SuperZoom is the new mid-ranger in town that aims to make a splash with its optics. Its entailing “SuperZoom” surname translates to a sizeable 60X magnification. And that’s just one amongst several highlights of the phone, a few of which are literally printed on the box. These include a 64MP Quad Camera setup, 32MP+8MP dual selfie snappers, Snapdragon 855+ chip inside, and a 120Hz display outside.

Sure, all that definitely sounds impressive. But, is it worth the starting price of ₹27,999, especially since there’s the almost identical Realme X3?

Lemme tell you what I’ve gathered from the time I have been using the phone. So, tag along, this is the Smartprix review of Realme X3 SuperZoom, wherein we’ll be covering:

Realme X3 SuperZoom Price in India and Specs

ModelRealme X3 SuperZoom
Display6.57-inch dual-hole-punch FHD+ LCD, 120Hz, Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back, up to 480 nits peak brightness, 405 PPI, HDR10
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Memory8/12GB+128/256GB,
LPDDR4x+ UFS 3.0 + Turbo Write (1500mb/s read speed) + Host Performance Booster (HPB)
Battery4,200mAh with 30W Dart 3.0 fast charging
Rear Cameras64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 primary sensor, 8MP 119° wide-angle sensor, 8MP 5x periscopic telephoto, 2MP macro camera
Front Cameras32MP Sony IMX 616, 8MP 105° ultrawide sensor
SoftwareRealme UI based on Android 10
Misc. thingsNo Headphone Jack; Tactile Engine Linear Motor, solo bottom-firing speaker
ColorsArctic White 3D & Glacier Blue
Indian Price8GB + 128GB: ₹27,999
12GB + 256GB: ₹32,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom Unboxing

The screen comes with a pre-applied screen protector and also there is a TPU case within the box.

Here’s what you get within the box:

  • Handset
  • Charger
  • USB-C cable
  • Sim Ejector tool
  • Protective case
  • User guide booklets

On to the very thing you’re here for – the Realme X3 SuperZoom review.

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review: Design and Display

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review
The LCD panel obviously looks better than it is in this pic.

Realme has used a 6.57-inch LCD display. While I would’ve preferred an AMOLED panel, this one isn’t half bad. It outs pleasing and fairly accurate colors. But, the real sell here is the 120Hz refresh rate. You get to toggle between auto or stick with 60Hz or 120Hz all the way.

To the top left corner lies the phone’s dual front cameras within a pill-shaped cutout. This might sit fine with many, but we feel that it is relatively more obtrusive than a central hole that you’d find on phones like the Galaxy A71 (review). Moreover, stuff like date and other status bar icons have been pushed to the right.

Also one thing you can’t help but notice is how insufficiently bright the display is. This dulls the outdoor usage of the phone.

To me, that rectangle border around the periscope telephoto camera is visually itchy.

Aesthetically, Realme Z3 SuperZoom looks the part with that dual-eyed face and two comely colors. I like how the design is unassuming and the base is less prone to smudges. Also, in certain angles, you’d notice light sliding over the silky frost surface.

Rest on the right periphery, there is a power plus fingerprint reader combo key. This is ergonomically a convenient place for the fingers to land and the reader is responsive enough. Meanwhile, you’d find the volume rockers on the left frame. Both these and the fingerprint scanner feel mushy.

Realme X3 SuperZoom lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack

Lastly, the lack of a 3.5mm opening is clearly an opening for Bluetooth earphones like Realme’s own Buds Air (review), Buds Air Neo (review), and Buds Q. Or else you can use Type C earphones; whichever sails your boat.

Let’s now switch gears onto —

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review: Performance

Under the hood, the handset houses theSnapdragon 855+ silicon, coupled with up to 12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB non-expandable UFS 3.0 storage.

On top, you have the Android 10 based Realme UI. By now, I have used this on plenty of devices and I must say this one has matured over the ColorOS days. A few things I would like to appreciate include the way notification shade is cleanly managed. Then, its reliably faster face unlock which is snappy under favorable lighting condition. Save for a few apps, there’s hardly any intrusive bloatware too. It is feature-stocked and at the same time, maintains some closeness to vanilla Android.

This software aided with loads of memory, and a powerful processor means everything runs like a horse. Even that 120Hz display adds to the experience. I had a good time racing on the streets of Asphalt 9 and blasting Kamehameha on Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (using Dolphin Emulator).

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As for number junkies, here are the Realme X3 Superzoom benchmark scores:

  • Geekbench Single-core: 784
  • Geekbench Multi-core: 2419
  • Geekbench OpenCL: 2893
  • 3DMark Slingshot Extreme: 5217
  • Antutu: 490980
  • Androbench Sequential R/W: 1548.6/531.27 MB/s
  • Androbench Random R/W: 220.41/201.87 MB/s

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review: Audio, Battery, and Connectivity

30W USB Type-C fast charger with Realme X3 SuperZoom

The 4200mAh battery is sufficiently big and the support for 30W charging makes it all the more reliable. It goes from flat to full in an hour. The resulting charge ekes out more than 8 hours of screen-on time, which is handsome in my book.

Right next to the USB-C socket reside the phone’s solo speaker grille. The output isn’t worth writing home about. Even more so in the case of the headphone jack, or the lack thereof. This is evidently a collective industrial push for better or worse. Ergo, you are left with wireless or USB-C earphones for a decent audio experience.

The SIM slot also sits here. You can slot in two cards. The call quality is alright.

Realme X3 SuperZoom Camera Review

Camera specs of the Realme X3 SuperZoom include a 64MP main sensor, accompanied by an 8MP 119° wide-angle sensor, again an 8MP 5x periscopic telephoto sensor (with OIS), and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, you get a 32MP Sony IMX 616 paired with an 8MP 105° ultrawide sensor.

In broad daylight, the JPEGs share natural colors with ample details, contrast, and saturation levels.

Moving to human subjects, the color composition and skin tones switch between modes. In portraits, both background blur and subject separation is done well. But the highlights in the backdrop are pretty blown out. In the selfies, ultrawide mode kicks in HDR and adds a bit more contrast (see the right side image above).

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A wider field of view also comes with issues like fewer details, color fringing, and fish-eye distortion by the edges.

The main pitch here, however, is that 60x SuperZoom, which comes with an asterisk. If you read the fine print, you’ll know that optical zoom is only up to 5x. So, the rest is a hybrid zoom with the help of digital cropping and computation. Hence, the quality up to 5x zoom is good. Hell, you can even make do with the digital zoom up to 10x. But anything beyond that isn’t worth the “Super” suffix.

Macro works within 4cm radius

I don’t think the 2MP macro lens is of much use either as it demands certain modus operandi to function and the output isn’t worth the hassle.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t witness the Starry mode at play (blame the sky for not being star-studded) or try other extolled camera features. As for the go-to night mode, the results were passable. If not for the lockdown life, I could have treated the sensors with the glittering city lights. Anyhoo, that finally brings us to the —

Realme X3 SuperZoom Review: Verdict

Realme X3 SuperZoom is Made in India

Realme X3 SuperZoom is a well put together phone for the most part. You get powerful hardware and palatable software packed in a trendy yet modest design.

On the camera front, you have got a variety to play with, thanks to the rear quad-optics, the selfie duo, and a decent app. It all serves well on paper. In my experience, that SuperZoom feature is not super impressive but is fun and good to have at the said price point. If you want that zooming prowess, go for this one. If not, the vanilla X3 checks all the other boxes and costs even less.

Pros 

  • Versatile cameras
  • Reliable performance
  • Long battery mileage and fast charging
  • 120Hz smooth display
  • Retains audio jack

Cons

  • No microSD card slot
  • Absent Headphone jack
  • Flimsy fingerprint reader button
  • Relatively dimmer display

Realme X3 SuperZoom FAQ

What is the price of Realme X3 SuperZoom and Realme X3?

The Realme X3 SuperZoom 8GB + 128GB storage variant is priced at ₹27,999 while the 12GB + 256GB storage option comes at ₹32,999 price tag.

On the other hand, the vanilla Realme X3 6GB + 128GB storage variant costs ₹24,999 and the higher 8GB + 128GB storage model costs Rs. 25,999.

What’s different between Realme X3 and Realme X3 SuperZoom?

The key difference between the two devices is in their cameras and memory options offered.

The Realme X3 sports a 12MP telephoto sensor for 2x optical zoom only, while the SuperZoom true to its name brings 5X optical and goes all the way up to 60X hybrid zoom.

The variation creeps in the front cameras too. The primary camera in the X3 SuperZoom is a 16MP sensor while its 32MP in the big brother.

Oo also, the X3 has a circular ring around the camera instead of a rectangle.

Where to buy the Realme X3 SuperZoom and Realme X3?

Both Realme X3 and X3 Superzoom’s first sale will be on June 30 at 12 pm via Flipkart and Realme.com.

Is the Realme X3 and X3 SuperZoom available offline?

Yes, the phones will be sold via offline stores too in the coming weeks.

What is the SAR value of Realme X3 SuperZoom?

Realme X3 SuperZoom SAR Value is 1.188 W/Kg (head); 0.906 W/Kg (body).

Does Realme X3 SuperZoom offer Gorilla glass protection?

Yes, the Realme X3 SuperZoom comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on both front and back.

Is Realme X3 SuperZoom display an AMOLED or LCD?

Realme X3 SuperZoom has a LCD screen.

Does Realme X3 SuperZoom display support HDR10?

Yes, Realme X3 SuperZoom supports the HDR10 display.

Is the Realme X3 SuperZoom water-proof?

Realme claims the X3 SuperZoom features three splashproof layers. But, it is not IP certified for water-resistance.

Is there a notification LED on the Realme X3 SuperZoom?

No, the Realme X3 SuperZoom doesn’t have a notification LED light.

Is there an IR blaster on the Realme X3 SuperZoom that can be used to control TVs and other devices?

No, there is no IR blaster on the Realme X3 SuperZoom.

What is the AnTuTu score of Realme X3 SuperZoom?

In our testing, Realme X3 SuperZoom’s Antutu score is 490980 points.

Does Realme X3 SuperZoom support MicroSD card storage expansion? Is it a dedicated slot?

No, there is no support for dedicated expandable storage on the Realme X3 SuperZoom.

Is there Widevine L1 support on the Realme X3 SuperZoom for HD streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc?

Realme X3 SuperZoom has DRM Widevine L1 support and is HD streaming ready. So, Netflix and Prime Videos should stream in HD quality.

Does Realme X3 SuperZoom support wireless charging?

No, Realme X3 SuperZoom doesn’t support wireless charging. So, that lack of reverse wireless charging goes without saying.

Does Realme X3 SuperZoom support call recording?

Yes, Realme has baked in an automatic call recording feature in the Realme X3 SuperZoom. Find this option hidden within System apps> Calls> Call recording.

Does the Realme X3 SuperZoom support USB OTG?

Yes, you can connect the external pen drive to the Realme X3 SuperZoom using the USB OTG feature.

Does the Realme X3 SuperZoom support NFC?

Yes, Realme X3 SuperZoom does support NFC.

Does the Realme X3 SuperZoom support aptX codec?

No, Realme X3 SuperZoom does not support the aptX codec.

Does the Realme X3 SuperZoom support VoWiFi?

Yes, Realme X3 SuperZoom does support the VoWiFi.

Do Realme X3 SuperZoom support Camera2API and Google camera app (GCam)?

Realme X3 SuperZoom comes with Level 3 Camera2API support out of the box and thus, GCam should work just fine.

What’s the Realme X3 SuperZoom maximum screen brightness?

Realme X3 SuperZoom’s advertised peak brightness is 480 nits.

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