Realme 3: Should Existing Realme 2 Users Upgrade to This Latest Phone? Find Out

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OPPO’s sub-brand Realme has been around in India for a little less than a year now. The brand has in a short amount of time raked up significant popularity in the country thanks to the value for money offerings they have for India. The company launched its first product the Realme 1 back in May 2018 in India and followed that up with the Realme 2 in September. The company also launched the Realme 2 Pro and the Realme C1 a few months later. The company’s newest launch, however, is the Realme 3 which is the successor to the Realme 2. Priced below the psychologically important INR 10,000 price segment, the Realme 3 does make for a compelling purchase of you are on the lookout for an affordable smartphone. That said, in case you already own a Realme 2, does it make sense for you to upgrade to the Realme 3?

That’s what we are about to discuss in this article.

Lets first start off with a specs comparison

Realme 3 and Realme 2 comparative specifications

Both these handsets are quite decent lookers and come with a glossy rear panel. While such designs have now become fairly common on devices under INR 15K, that was not the case last year when the Realme 2 was first announced. Both the phones, therefore, look quite contemporary and the Realme 2 still looks fresh as far as the design elements are concerned. Both the phones feature a 6.2-inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution. Both the panels also get Gorilla Glass 3 for added durability. The only difference here seems to be the design of the notch with the Realme 2 featuring a traditional notch while the Realme 3 comes with a waterdrop style notch.

The Realme 2 was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 which is based on a  12nm manufacturing process. The Realme 3, on the other hand, uses the Mediatek Helio P70 SoC in India which is faster than the SD450 and is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. Both the handsets come in two versions, a base 3/32GB version and a 4/64GB variant for those of you who need more storage capacity and RAM.

The rear camera setup on both the handsets is near identical with both the phones featuring a 13-megapixel primary camera mated to a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Realme 3 gets an upgraded 13-megapixel sensor at the front as opposed to the 8-megapixel shooter on the Realme 2. The connectivity options on both the handsets are also identical and so is the battery capacity.

The software part is another area where the Realme 3 sees an upgrade over the Realme 2. The newer device uses Color OS 6 which is based on Android9 Pie. This is a much-improved software when compared to the Color OS 5 version that the Realme 2 comes preloaded with.

Should you upgrade to the Realme 3 from the Realme 2?

Unless your Realme 2 has some sort of an issue, we do not really think the Realme 3 is a big enough upgrade to warrant an upgrade. Additionally, people tend to upgrade to a higher class handset when they upgrade and the Realme 3 in our opinion is in the same class as the Realme 2. If you really wish to upgrade to another Realme device, it might be worth waiting for the Realme 3 Pro instead which we believe will be announced sometime in April.



Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.