7. Realme X3 SuperZoom
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
Despite the Realme X3 SuperZoom's mid-range price point, the manufacturer's latest smartphone on the Australian market boasts specs that would be perfectly at home on a premium flagship handset.
We're talking a Snapdragon 855+ chipset (the same featured in US models of Samsung's Galaxy S10 range and in Google's Pixel 4 lineup), up to an astonishing 12GB of RAM, onboard storage up to 256GB, a quad camera with a 64MP primary sensor... all for the max price of AU$799. Feel free to take a moment to let that information sink in.
Additionally, you have a 1080p LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate – a feature that's only now becoming commonplace amongst flagship smartphones. This allows for silky smooth scrolling and gameplay, and unlike some other handsets on the market, the X3 SuperZoom can automatically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz where appropriate in order to conserve battery.
Speaking of battery life, the Realme X3 SuperZoom has a lot of it, with a 4,200mAh capacity that will last you well into the next day – even with the 120Hz mode on at all times.
In terms of its camera, the Realme X3 SuperZoom offers quite a bit of variety, with the aforementioned 64MP primary sensor being the clear standout. As the handset's name would suggest, the SuperZoom has a periscope telephoto lens that's capable of 5x optical zoom without distortion, and 60x hybrid zoom that makes Monet's Water Lillies look Ultra HD by comparison. Oh well, at this price point it's the thought that counts.
As for its remaining sensors, the X3 also offers an 8MP ultra-wide camera, which admittedly struggles a little when it comes to capturing fine detail, and a 2MP macro lens that's surprisingly good for up-close photography.
Performance-wise, the Realme X3 SuperZoom is an absolutely winner. Running Android 10 out of the box, the device feels consistently fast and responsive during navigation and gameplay. If you're after a powerful device with a good camera and a smooth gaming-focused display, you're unlikely to find better value for money than Realme's X3 SuperZoom.
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