Our Opinion

The iQOO 3 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the realme X3 SuperZoom (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the iQOO 3 128GB

iQOO 3 128GB  realme X3 SuperZoom (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
iQOO 3 realme X3 SuperZoom
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Excellence Score
73.9
66.4
Value for Money Score
66.7
83.8
Price ₹ 36,990 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2020 Jun, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 399 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 120 HzSuper High
Display Features Super AMOLED, HDR10+, 180Hz Touch-sensing, 2.5D Curved Glass N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.96 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP + 13MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 13MP: f/2.5 aperture; Telephoto, 13MP: f/2.2 aperture; Ultra-wide, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Super night mode, Super Anti Shake, Portrait mode, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Super wide-angle 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/3.4 Aperture; 124mm Focal Length; Periscope Telephoto Lens; PDAF; OIS; 5x Optical Zoom, 8MP: f/2.3 Aperture; 119-degree Field-of-view; 16mm Focal Length; Utra-wide Lens; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Lens, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60fps; [email protected], EIS
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.5 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Screen Flash 32MP: f/2.5 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size, 8MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 105-degree Field-of-view; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, EIS
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.2 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 214 gmHeavy 202 gmHeavy
Width 74.9 mmOk for one-handed use 75.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4400 mAh 4200 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 55W Fast Charging Yes, 30W VOOC Flash Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 3.1 Storage; Pressure-sensitive buttons; Noise Filtration UFS 3.0 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good-looking smartphone with a punch-hole display and curved glass back - the Volcano Orange variant has a unique soft matte texture with a much better grip
  • At the right side of the phone are touch sensitive “Monster Touch Buttons” which in certain games allow you to use index fingers to control some in-game actions - the implementation is even better than the ROG Phone, combined with optimised haptics, it makes for a rather pleasurable experience
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock are both quick to unlock and consistent
  • Vibrant, large 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a tiny punch-hole camera on the top-right corner - the screen offers an expansive way to enjoy games or anything else you might throw at it
  • It also supports HDR10+ which adds to the contrast and makes supported content on the screen more enjoyable
  • The phone’s brightness is also great under all lighting conditions
  • Super fast performance with Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset, combined with the latest LPDDR 5 standard RAM, and UFS 3.1 storage - the phone aces all benchmarks and every game you throw at it will run perfectly
  • The phone doesn't heat up even during long hours of heavy gaming, like playing PUBG Mobile
  • Decent quad-camera setup - a 48MP primary shooter + 13MP ultra-wide lens + 13MP telephoto sensor + a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures with the primary camera outdoors in natural daylight had ample detailing and adequate sharpness, these shots retain good brightness levels with decent contrast levels and less saturation (though, images shot indoors are a tad on the softer side)
  • Decent ultra-wide lens, encapsulates a lot more in the frame than the primary sensor - the ultra-wide lens also doubles up as the macro lens and can let you go as close as 2.5cm to the subject (though, the quality isn't matched with the primary camera)
  • Telephoto lens is decent too with the right amount of sharpness and dynamic range and you can zoom in upto 20X (though, the 20X zoomed photos are distorted)
  • The 16MP front camera takes good selfies and manages to capture true-to-life images with a good amount of detail and even lighting
  • Good audio quality from the single speaker - can deliver high volume levels, retaining the flawless output
  • Included earphones in the box, a rarity among smartphones these days
  • Good battery life with the 4440 mah battery - you can easily manage a day and a half of use from the phone with moderate usage
  • Incredibly fast 55W fast charging with the included charger - the battery can be charged to 50 percent in just 15 minutes
  • The major advantage iQOO 3 has over it's competition are the gaming centric feature and optimisation and if the touch sensitive buttons are a must have for you, iQOO 3 is a solid choice
  • The design of the Realme X3 SuperZoom is identical to the Realme 6 Pro - it looks elegant and beautiful (though, the plastic frame and overused design might not be of everyone's taste)
  • The dual hole-punch cutout at the front gives the phone a modern appearance
  • Fingerprint Sensor is embedded in the unlock button and it is quick (though, it is a bit unreliable)
  • Good 6.6-inch IPS LCD FHD+ display - it gives off quite punchy, and vivid colours (though, an AMOLED display would be appreciated at this price)
  • The 120Hz refresh rate on the Realme X3 SuperZoom makes for a smooth and seamless visual experience
  • Brightness levels are more than sufficient for outdoor use
  • Software is one place where Realme has taken a big leap, the Realme UI is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as app cloning, Google Assistant, a gaming mode, digital wellbeing, and contactless payments among others - there are some more interesting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Excellent performance for the price - the Snapdragon 855 Plus is a powerful chip, so as expected, general usage and multitasking is handled superbly - gaming performance is nothing to scoff at, the phone handles heavy games like PUBG at the highest settings with ease
  • Good quad cameras for the price - there's a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP periscope telephoto camera, and a 2MP macro camera
  • Daylight photos from the SuperZoom's main cam are very good - it captures a lot of fine detail and processes it in a natural manner, so it doesn't have an artificial look
  • The 8MP ultra-wide angle cam turns in a solid performance too, with good detail and wide dynamic range
  • The telephoto camera of the Realme is the real standout feature - it can zoom up to 5x optically and captures sharp and detailed images with high contrast - colours and dynamic range are praiseworthy as well
  • Portraits are good too, the blur quality is nice and the intensity is just right
  • Very good dual selfie cameras, 32MP primary and 8MP Ultra-wide - 32MP camera of the Realme X3 SuperZoom takes really good selfies with a ton of detail and the wide-angle camera is great for taking a group selfie
  • Very good battery life with the 4200 mAh cell - the SuperZoom delivers a solid day and a half of battery life, even with heavy usage
  • The bundled 30W fast charger is very quick and manages to charge the battery from zero to about 90 per cent in an hour
  • The X3 Superzoom is a pretty good buy for its price - the display is great for an LCD, performance is solid, and battery life is excellent and the cameras are good enough
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty chunky and a tad heavy, at 9.2 mm thick and 215 g weight - long gaming sessions might tire your wrists
  • At this price, most phones support 90Hz or higher refresh rate and seeing only 60Hz on a gaming centric smartphone is a downer
  • The iQOO UI based on Android 10 OS is just the retouched Vivo FunTouch OS and a bit disappointing - the software comes across as a weak point as it is cluttered and not well optimised (though, it is very feature packed)
  • Portrait mode can be a hit or miss on the iQOO 3, as the edge-detection algorithm just doesn't do a very good job
  • Low-light performance is just average as images invariably turned out soft and lacking in detail
  • Video recording is average too - stabilisation is only offered till Full HD and videos are noisy
  • However, the Realme X50 Pro brings faster charging, a more versatile array of cameras, and, most importantly, a 90Hz display - in comparison, the iQOO seems to be second in the race it hoped to inaugurate
  • The Realme X3 SuperZoom is quite chunky at 8.9mm and a bit heavy at 202g
  • Low-light photos from the Realme X3 SuperZoom aren't quite as good, images from the main cam are on the soft side and quite noisy too - Night mode improves things a bit but the quality of the shots is still not exciting
  • The macro lens doesn't really excel at what it is supposed to do, the detailing of the images is low because of the very low 2MP resolution (though, it help take closer shots of smaller subjects)
  • Overall, the Realme X3 SuperZoom offer versatile cameras, but they are inconsistent and a bit unreliable to be the go-to shooter in your pocket
  • No headphone jack
Expert Reviews
  1. There’s nothing wrong with the iQOO 3, performance, cameras, charging, and an enjoyable interface are all spot on... but the Realme X50 Pro also have all of that and some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Packs in some really powerful hardware
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The iQOO3 is the best multimedia and gaming phone you can buy at this price segment right now
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. With impeccable hardware that puts the user at the cutting edge of smartphone technology, the iQOO 3 5G ticks all the boxes for a heavy user
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. There is no reason to not consider iQOO 3
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Unless air triggers are somehow a must-have for you, the Realme X50 Pro is also a solid choice
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. iQOO 3's big advantage is the latest Qualcomm processor and more features geared towards gaming
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The iQOO 3 is a potent smartphone that delivers power-packed performance and importantly, could be a potential segment disruptor
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The iQOO 3 is a great package for anyone who wants to explore beyond the OnePlus and Samsung territory in the flagship killer category
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. From its design to performance, the IQOO 3 5G is a very solid phone and one that definitely deserves your attention... but the competition is stiff
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. The iQOO 3 is right up there among the leading options for anyone looking for a very powerful and yet well-crafted smartphone
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. The iQOO 3 is definitely one of the most capable value-for-money-flagships you can buy right now
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Snapdragon 865 and Monster Touch Buttons are reason enough to buy this phone
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  16. thehindubusinessline.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. business-standard.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If value the 5x periscope zoom above everything else, the X3 SuperZoom meets those demands
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Super zoom, Super speed
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A killer camera, stacks of storage and ample power for the price
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  4. Realme has delivered an impressive set of specifications, with compromises made in all the right places
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This might be one of the best bang-for-your-buck phones at this price
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. tech.hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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