If there’s one thing for certain, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series, including the latest Redmi Note 7 has flaunted its dominance over rivals for a while now. ASUS’ impressive Zenfone Max Pro M1 came close last year, but Xiaomi has upped the ante again. Entering the ring is a new contender, though: Realme 3 Pro.
The young Chinese upstart has been chugging at full speed since its introduction last year. Its second generation of devices sold some 5 million devices, a commendable feat. The Realme 2 Pro was a solid effort, without a doubt, giving the ZenFone Max Pro M2 a serious run for the money.
Realme’s 2019 campaign begun with the uprated but wallet friendly Realme 3. We found that it wasn’t a real update (pun intended) and advised readers to seriously consider the upcoming “Pro” version instead. Our recommendations don’t go unwarranted of course. Based on paper specifications and price point, the Realme 3 Pro looks to be a winner.
The Realme 3 Pro offers a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display (1080×2340) with a miniscule notch that houses the selfie camera. The display is reassuringly protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Powering the device is the upper mid-range Snapdragon 710AIE processor coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Redmi Note 7, for reference, uses the older Snapdragon 660AIE chipset.
On the front is a 25MP selfie shooter, enhanced by AI.
The device gets a large 4,045mAh that supports OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 rapid charge technology. Disappointingly, it still charges via micro-USB. Like most devices in its class, it offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Realme 3 Pro runs ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Pricing and availability
Realme 3 Pro is available in two configurations:
- Realme 3 Pro 4GB RAM + 64GB storage – MYR899
- Realme 3 Pro 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – MYR1,099
More details of availability and promo bundles (if any) at Realme’s 14 May launch later.
UPDATE: First sales (online) will be exclusively via Lazada Malaysia, starting 15 May 2019. First sales (offline) will begin 18 May 2019.
For more information, visit the official Realme 3 Pro page.