Realme recently introduced its budget-centric smartphone, the Realme 3i, in India. The smartphone comes with a price tag of Rs 7,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage is priced at Rs 9,999.
With this, Realme is strengthening its position in the budget segment by offering a different design language coupled with some standard hardware and camera specifications. The Realme 3i features almost similar hardware when compared to the Realme 3. So, the question here is, does it make any sense to go for the Realme 3i? Let’s find out.
What we like in the Realme 3i
The first thing you will like about the Realme 3i is the design language. The company has brought back the Diamond-cut finish, which it introduced with the Realme 1. However, this time the brand has taken a different approach by introducing a matte finish and the Diamond-cut finish is given via a laser carving technique. You still get different colours when light falls on it. We believe this implementation is much better as compared to the earlier version of Diamond-cut finish. One main reason is that it does not attract smudges at the back panel and secondly, you get a good grip.
Another area where the phone does a good job is performance. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 processor along with Mali-G72 GPU. The performance of the smartphone is quite satisfactory. You will not face any trouble with daily tasks like browsing, streaming content or more. Multitasking is quite and you will have no trouble with that as well. On the gaming front, the phone is able to handle most of the casual games easily, though, with high-end games like PUBG Mobile or Asphalt series, you can encounter some lag or shutter.
Realme 3i also features a better battery backup. The phone comes with 4230mAh battery and it delivers almost one and a half-day of battery backup under normal usage. If you are a power user, then you should get a battery backup of almost one full day. The phone is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor and face unlock, which are quite fast to unlock the device. The speaker output is decent and the earpiece volume is just fine.
Realme 3i is loaded with ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. The user interface comes loaded with a host of interesting features including Smart Assistant, which basically shows app shortcuts, weather information and more. The Assistant can be accessed by swiping left from home screen. Then there is app drawer support along with gesture-based navigation controls. The phone is also loaded with Driving mode, which blocks notification when you are driving a vehicle.
What we did not like in the Realme 3i
Coming to the cons, the display of the Realme 3i is not great. The phone is equipped with a 6.2-inch HD+ Dewdrop display with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The display offers some good viewing angles, though the colour was not that punchy. The sharpness is quite average in nature and the outdoor visibility is not that great.
Another down point of the smartphone is the amount of bloatware. You get lots of company’s application and some third-party apps with the Realme 3i. Furthermore, there are two folders namely Hot Games and Hot Apps that basically shows promoted applications. This spoils can spoil a good user interface.
Lastly, the camera performance of the Realme 3i was decent. The outdoor shots lacked the desired colour reproduction and were a bit washed out. The phone did a slightly better job in capturing macro shots in daylight. In low light conditions, the results were quite average as the photos lacked detailing and noises were quite visible. The selfie performance is better as compared to the rear, though in low light, the selfie shooter also shimmers.