Realme X3 SuperZoom
Put the spec sheet for Realme’s new X3 SuperZoom next to that of the Samsung S20 Ultra, and the only bit that’ll jump out at you without the help of a 60x ‘periscope’ zoom lens will be the price: less than £500, compared to £1199 for the Samsung.
It’s handy, then, that you’ll find just such a lens on the X3 Super Zoom–hence the name. Of course, there are some other differences between the two – there’s no 5G here for starters – but in terms of value for money, the X3 is right up there. It has a 6.6in FHD+ LCD screen with a Samsung-matching 120Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage and a 4200mAh battery, but it’s that camera setup that’s likely to turn the most heads. There’s a main 64MP sensor, an 8MP wide-angle and a 2MP macro, plus that 8MP periscope job (which, sadly, doesn’t pop up like a real periscope). The very top end of that zoom range won’t be worth bothering with, and the pictures it pumps out are unlikely to quite match up to those captured by flagship phones from the likes of Samsung and Huawei, but that’s not going to trouble anyone who’s just saved £700.