Realme looks to dominate mid-tier smartphone market with X3 SuperZoom

Straddling the thin line between upper mid-tier and lower high-end, the X3 SuperZoom is the latest smartphone from Oppo spin-off brand realme. And if the spec sheet is anything to go by, this will be one to watch for photography enthusiasts who are looking for something a bit more powerful than the typical mid-market phone.

Often reserved for super premium phones is a 60x periscope SuperZoom lens, which is so central to the feature-set here that realme have named the phone after it. It’s part of a quad-lens set up on the rear on a dual camera system on the front and is accompanied by an ultra wide-angle lens so boasts a zoom range of 0.5x to 60x digital zoom (5x optical). Optical image stabilisation should keep it steady, with the promise being that users can get clear shots even from 100 metres away.

The full rear camera system includes a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP zoom sensor, 8MP wide angle lens and 2MP megapixel macro lens. On the front, you’ve got a 32MP main sensor and an ultra wide angle lens which should keep selfie-takers happy.

Display wide you’ve got a 6.57-inch LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate on top, and a Snapdragon 855+ processor underneath, accompanied by either 8GB RAM/128GB storage or 12GB RAM/256GB storage depending on the model. Gamers should be happy with the Snapdragon Elite Gaming Engine across either model.

“The realme X3 SuperZoom is our latest premium device, and is the perfect option for those looking to up their photography skills, stream their favourite film or play the latest games with their friends,” said Andy Yang, Managing Director of realme Australia. “With smartphones now available at every price point, and a range of additional smart devices being launched across the country, realme are connecting with more Aussies than ever before.”

30W fast charging, an upgraded liquid cooling system, and NFC connectivity round out the spec sheet, along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner promising an unlock speed of 0.29 seconds and enough space for dual SIM cards.

The realme X3 SuperZoom will be available in Australia from 2nd July for a price of A$699 (128GB model) or A$799 (256GB model). Pick one up from realme e-store, JB HI-FI, Officeworks, Bing Lee, Make it Mine, mobileciti, 5GWORLD, Essential Appliance Rentals, Amazon, Kogan, eBay and, although do note that JB Hi-Fi will be the only store stocking the more expensive model.

Chris Singh

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