The Realme X3 SuperZoom is the first phone to launch with a 5x optical periscope zoom at an affordable price point. It is the best Realme camera specification to date, and I found the phone easily outperformed last years Realme X2 Pro with the overall camera performance being better than the flagship X50 Pro.
However, the SuperZoom camera means the phone costs more, with initial rumours suggesting that this will be 499-Euros, the same price as the just-launched Poco F2 Pro.
So this gives you an interesting choice of opting for improved camera performance over a superior 5G chipset.
[Update] UK price has been confirmed at £469
Chipset, Ram and Storage
The Realme X3 SuperZoom has a Snapdragon 855+ chipset which is superb but not as good as the SD865 on the Poco. It is also 4G only, personally, I am fine with this, I doubt 5G is going to be a big thing where I live for a couple of years yet.
Both phones have similar display dimensions, resolution and overall dimensions. The Realme is fractionally taller thanks to it having slightly thicker bezels.
The Realme X3 SuperZoom is 6.6 inches running at 2400 x 1080, and the Poco F2 Pro is 6.67 inches running at the same resolution.
Where things differentiate is the display technology. Realme uses an IPS display running at 120Hz while Poco has an AMOLED running at 60Hz. The increased responsiveness of the 120Hz panel is amazing, and gamers will certainly appreciate it, however, I found this comes at the cost of overall brightness and less colour accuracy than AMOLED counterparts.
The Poco also has the befit of no cut-outs or notches which gives the overall appearance of the phone a nicer look.
I have not reviewed the Poco F2 Pro yet, but it seems to get favourable reviews for its camera performance. However the Realme certainly has a more versatile hardware arrangement, and during my review, I was surprised how well that periscope zoom performed as well as the overall improvement with camera quality since the launch of the X2 Pro.
The Realme also has the benefit of a dual selfie, but this comes at the cost of a massive pill shaped cut-out on display.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
- 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/3.4, 122mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
- 8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
- 32 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, PDAF
- 8 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide)
Poco F2 Pro
- 64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
- 5 MP, f/2.2, 50mm (telephoto macro), AF
- 13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
- 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
- Motorized pop-up 20 MP, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
The Poco has a massive 4700 mAh battery while the Realme has a smaller, but still large 4200 mAh battery.
The Realme easily lasts over a day, pushing two days. I can get an 11h screen on time when running the PC Mark battery test-taking the phone down from 100% to 20%
While I have no benchmarked the Poco, I have benchmarked the Realme X50 Pro which has the same chipset. As you would expect, there SD865 offers a significant boost in performance with me being about to achieve 591514 in Antutu vs 491567 on the Realme X3 Superzoom which represents a 20% difference in performance.
Current rumours indicate the phones will be priced the same, but this will need confirming when the price is announced at 10 AM BST today (26th of May)
UK pricing has been confirmed as £469 which is a bit more expensive than the base model of the Poco F2 Pro but you get much larger RAM and storage with this.
Both phones are superb. Initially, I would say the Poco F2 Pro seems like the sensible choice with its superior 5G chipset and impressive design with its pop up selfie camera.
However, in reality, depending on how you use your phone, the X3 SuperZoom may be a superior alternative. I take far more photos than I do play games, and I can’t get 5G where I live, so the benefits of the Poco F2 Pro are possibly wasted on someone like myself.
Specification Comparison Table
|Realme X3 SuperZoom||Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G||GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G|
|Announced||2020, May 26||2020, May 12|
|Dimensions||164x75.8x8.9mm||163.3 x 75.4 x 8.9 mm (6.43 x 2.97 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||202g||219 g (7.72 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.57 inches, 104.2 cm2||6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~87.2% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|120Hz refresh rate||HDR10+|
|500 nits typ. brightness (advertised)|
|OS||Android 10, Realme UI||Android 10, MIUI 11|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855+ (7 nm)||Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1x2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)||Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 585)|
|GPU||Adreno 640 (700 MHz)||Adreno 650|
|Internal||256GB 12GB RAM||128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM|
|UFS 3.0||UFS 3.1|
|LPDDR4X||6GB RAM (LPDDR4X)|
|8GB RAM (LPDDR5)|
|Modules||64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76", 1.8µm, PDAF||64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72", 0.8µm, PDAF|
|8 MP, f/3.4, 122mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom||5 MP, f/2.2, 50mm (telephoto macro), AF|
|8 MP, f/2.3, 119˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0", 1.12µm||13 MP, f/2.4, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm|
|2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)||2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)|
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; gyro-EIS||8K@24/30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps; gyro-EIS|
|Modules||32 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm, PDAF||Motorized pop-up 20 MP, (wide), 1/3.4", 0.8µm|
|8 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide)|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers||Yes|
|24-bit/192kHz audio||24-bit/192kHz audio|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE||5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4700 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast charging 30W||Fast charging 30W, 100% in 63 min (advertised)|
|Colours||White, Blue||Neon Blue, Phantom White, Electric Purple, Cyber Gray|