Realme 3 Arrives in the Philippines: The 2019 Midrange Market Just Got Real

The Realme 3 has arrived in the Philippines and the local midrange market has just gotten real! The PH market is getting 3 different RAM/ROM variants and they’re all under Php10k! So what are you getting?


The Realme 3 boasts of a 6.22 inch HD+ IPS screen with a waterdrop notch designed to maximize the display area while still retaining a front camera. On top of that, it’s protected with Gorilla Glass 3, for exemplary scratch and shatter resistance.


Although there’s a variant of the Realme 3 that comes with a Helio P70 SoC, the ones that made it to the Philippines only come with the Helio P60. That’s not to say it’s a bad chip, especially at this price point. It’s quite the powerful midrange processor we saw brands like Oppo and Vivo slap on their phones with prices ranging Php15K and upwards.


If you’re looking for capable camera smartphone, the Realme 3 could be the phone for you. Its 13mp+2mp dual rear camera setup can help you achieve those DSLR quality blurred background shots and its nightscape mode performs better than that of more expensive phones. Its selfie camera is nothing to sneeze at either. It has an AI beauty mode as well and can blur the backgrounds of your portraits too.

Color Variants

Its not often that I write about color variants being an actual feature, but the Realme 3’s glossy Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient finishes are something you’ll come to appreciate. It’s not as good as what Huawei has done on some of their phones though, although those have tended to be mid-high end phones, not near-entry level phones like the Realme 3.


As mentioned, the Realme 3 is priced quite attractively. The 3GB+32GB variant goes for just Php6,990 but is an online-only exclusive. If you’re quick though, you might be able to get it for just Php6,290 when it goes on sale at March 25 with Shopee using a 10% discount voucher. The 3GB+64GB and 4GB+64GB variants on the other hand go for Php7,990 and Php9,990 respectively.

DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.22 inches, 96.6 cm2 (~81.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
Aspect Ratio19:9 ratio
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
PLATFORMOSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
ChipsetMediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)
CPUOcta-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-G72 MP3
Expandable?microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3", 1.12µm, PDAF
2 MP, depth sensor
LED flash, HDR
Secondary13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3", 1.12µm
CONNECTIVITYNetworkHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat12 600/50 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
FM RadioNo
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
BATTERYmAhNon-removable Li-Ion 4230 mAh battery
ChargingFast battery charging 10W
MISCSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
ColorsBlack, Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue
Body156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm (6.15 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)
175 g (6.17 oz)
Front glass, plastic body
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Price3GB+32GB, Php6,990
3GB+64GB, Php7,990
4GB+64GB, Php9,990

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