Still, the specs are quite impressive. Astrophotography was a new addition to Pixel's skill set with this latest generation and Realme looks to be one of the few trying to stake its own claim in the field.

That's enough juice to watch a couple of movies during a cross-country flight before booking a ride home. 12.

It feels much larger than competing handsets with the same size screen , notably the Moto Edge. As with any high refresh rate screen phone, the endurance varied a lot depending on how you use it. X3's much-touted Object & Semantic Images & Eye-tracking (OSIE) technology, which supposedly uses artificial intelligence to improve image quality in select apps (again a limited number), doesn't seem to do anything. However, if you’d feel better using a case then there is a soft, silicone one in the box.

In artificial testing, the SuperZoom was able to dole out ten hours of screen-on time, however, in real-world testing, it lasted closer to eight - more than enough for a day's use in most cases. But low-light and night shots just aren't that nice to look at. The only other gripe is the thumb scanner placement. It's a shame that Realme decided to go with a single speaker. Video streaming through various services (Prime, YouTube and Netflix specifically) buffers quickly and streams without issues, websites and apps load rapidly as well and rarely chug along even during intensive mobile gaming.

Camera protrusion is also pictured. I guess sacrifices had to be made somewhere to reach the low price.

MacBook Air with M1 release date, pricing, features and design news, Why Clearpay created its own Pantone colour, "Encore une chose" : ce que Apple a annoncé lors de sa 3ème keynote. Our pre-release review device also came with a few bugs and quirks, which we're hoping are ironed out by the time the SuperZoom goes on sale. The X3 SuperZoom has enough power to handle all but the most strenuous day-to-day tasks. The X3 positioned itself at the upper end of most of our tests, which is reflected in its solid gaming performance and rapid multitasking chops; don't fret about the fact it doesn't have the absolute latest and greatest chip at its heart, it's still got enough clout to last you a long time. The Full HD+ resolution and hole-punch cutout for the phone's dual front-facing cameras won't be to everyone's taste, but visual fidelity should be fine for most - high-refresh-rate viewing is a definite bonus, though. Max joined Trusted Reviews as a features writer in 201…, Loads of storage and a powerful processor, It’s an interesting device that packs a hodge-podge of features, ranging from last year’s flagship Snapdragon chipset to a 120Hz LCD display.

It seems to have trouble with shadow exposure, as the phone almost always tries to "even out" the image by boosting dark areas. I think the software and backend need some work too as it’s hard to get reliably good photos even though it seems the hardware is there. An ultra-wide to 60x zoom is a big selling point.

The X3 SuperZoom is the company’s flagship unit designed to match all the requirements for average daily use without the pricey bells and whistles.

Ultrawide lens, manual mode in daylight.

16. There are a number of features packed inside the Realme X3 that make it really stand out for its price. There isn’t any wireless charging though, and you’ll need to use the included plug to get those speeds.

In truth, the OnePlus 7T is perhaps the biggest barrier to the SuperZoom's success. But the X3 can detect this and adjust refresh rates on the fly to improve battery life – hopefully the high refresh rate will future-proof the phone to some degree. 15. Available to pre-order from 26 May and on sale from both Realme's website and Amazon UK from 10 June.

The back, meanwhile, is headed up by a 64Mp main snapper - a favourite of Realme's current smartphone crop - alongside an 8Mp ultra-wide with a 119° field-of-view, a 2Mp macro sensor, designed to capture subjects as little as four centimetres away and its headline sensor - an 8Mp periscopic telephoto unit, boasting 5x optical zoom and OIS (optical image stabilisation). 1/4000, f/2.3, ISO-400. The secondary cameras, zoom lens aside, are merely window-dressing. So, anything beyond 5x zoom has to deal with the same issues of digital zoom as most other smartphones – chunky, blurry and somewhat pixelated images.

It supports high-resolution audio (up to 24-bit/196kHz) and Dolby Atmos decoding which is a very niche, but not unwelcome, addition. There is a 128GB model available too but beware, there’s no expandable storage here so choose your configuration wisely. The display also comes equipped with both Gorilla Glass 5 and a pre-installed screen protector. Selfie lens, automatic mode outdoors in daylight. Like many of Realme's phones, the SuperZoom is littered with cameras - some more useful than others. Though it's loud, clear and quite decent by smartphone speaker standards, it can sound a bit unbalanced, especially if you're used to stereo sound.

Better still, the SuperZoom actually outperformed the P40 Pro with regards to consistency, when moving between its various sensors and zoom levels - with more accurate colour and exposure throughout its range. It's on the right side of the phone which is convenient, but also easy to unintentionally tap during a call. Quite a few features have been stripped from Google’s vision of Android (notably the Now panel and the search bars position) but Realme has redone all the app icons and redesigned both the notification panel and the settings area. Normal (default) lens, night mode with artificial light (not flash). It's clearly borrowed touches from its competitors too, which for the most part, is a good thing. Macro lens, automatic mode in daylight.