The Realme X3 is one of the best appealing packages of a smartphone when it comes to on-paper specifications. With its 120Hz display and the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, it makes the device very contemplating. But does the actual hardware reflect real-world performance? Is the Realme X3 the perfect choice for a gaming smartphone at the price of Rs. 22,999? Let’s find out in our detailed gaming review of the Realme X3.
Processor: Snapdragon 855+ on the Realme X3
The Realme X3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, an octa-core processor with Kryo 485 cores clocked at 2.96GHz. The GPU present here is the Adreno 640 with Qualcomm AIE (Artificial Intelligence Engine). The chipset is fabricated on a 7nm architecture. The RAM options for the Realme X3 are 6BG and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB of UFS storage. Here are some benchmarks of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset on the Realme X3.
- Realme X3 AnTuTu Benchmark Score: 500291 (CPU: 140017, GPU: 192466, MEM: 87469, UX: 80339)
- Realme X3 Geekbench 5 Benchmark Score: Single-core Score: 770, Multi-core Score: 2646
- Realme x3 3DMark Scores:Wild Life test: Score: 2361, Average frame rate: 14.10
Wild Life Stress test: Best loop score: 2356, Lowest loop score: 2307, Stability: 97.9%
Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 Overall score: 5161
What are the Graphics settings in PUBG Mobile on Realme X3?
The Realme X3 supports Smooth+Extreme settings by default, which enables true 60fps gameplay on the device. The maximum settings supported here are HDR+Ultra, which gives you 40fps gameplay. We tested PUBG Mobile Korean on all these settings and here are the details of the performance that we got in Erangel and Sanhok-Bootcamp.
- Smooth + Extreme 60fps
- Balanced + Extreme 60fps
- HD + Extreme 60fps
- HDR + Extreme 60fps
- UltraHD – 40fps
Smooth + Extreme Gameplay on the Realme X3
The Realme X3 managed constant 55-60fps gameplay during the entire gameplay at this setting. We landed at hot drops like Pochinki, Sosnovka Military Base, and even Georgopol with 3-4 teams around, and the frame rate was constant around 55fps. During close-range fights, the fps remained very stable with no issues being faced by us.
For the Sanhok-Bootcamp test, the frame rate takes a slight hit around 35-40fps during landing, which is very normal with 4-5 squads landing with us at Bootcamp. As the game progressed, the frame rate became stable again around 60fps and close-range fights were also handled well. Overall, at Smooth+Extreme setting, PUBG Mobile was very stable at around 55-60fps constant during all stages of the game.
HDR + Extreme Gameplay on the Realme X3
We set the Realme X3 for its maximum possible settings, which is HDR + Extreme that gives you a 60fps gameplay. The frame rate at this setting hovers between 50-55 fps and takes slight hits towards 40fps during close-range fights. The device also generates extra heat when you play the game in this setting for a long time. HDR does make the colors, highlights, and shadows look a lot better, but the lower frame rate results in slightly mediocre performance in Classic Matches, and heats the Realme X3 more.
We always recommend giving preference to frame rate over graphics and hence advise you to play the game at Smooth + Extreme Setting for Classic Matches, with HDR good enough for TDM matches in Arena Training and Library maps.
Does the Realme X3 support 90fps gameplay in PUBG Mobile?
The direct answer is, NO. The Realme X3 does NOT support 90fps gameplay as of now officially. The maximum supported frame rate is locked at 60fps. However, there are certain turnarounds of enabling 90fps gameplay on the RealmeX3 like changing config files or by using GFX Tools, but such methods can lead to a permanent ban on your ID. We at Gaming Josh are NOT responsible for any bans or suspended PUBG Mobile IDs for using such methods. We always recommend playing the game at settings that the OEM has provided. Users are free to use any turnarounds to get extra fps, but we shall NOT be held responsible for any complaints as mentioned.
Does the Realme X3 heat during PUBG Mobile gameplay?
The Realme X3 has a plastic unibody design that dissipates heat very quickly. The device itself does not generate much heat as the chipset present here, the Snapdragon 855+ is very much optimized for the game. Extra heat can be generated if you play on HDR settings, or conduct multiple rounds of Sanhok-Bootcamp. In regular gaming sessions, the device maintains its thermals very well with no thermal throttling noticed from our side. However, if you keep playing longer, the back feels a little warm which is normal for any device but can get uneasy for a certain set of users.
How is the gyroscope performance on the Realme X3?
The Realme X3 has a dedicated gyroscope sensor. We tested the gyroscope at the ‘Always-ON’ setting at full 400 sensitivity. The gyro performance was very good, and the response was in real-time. There was no delay in gyroscope movement and 6x scope sprays can be controlled very well. The end recoil control always depends on the player. Do note that we have received multiple reports from several users on our channel about the gyroscope automatically moving even when the phone is kept stationery. We have done a calibration video for you to try and fix it. If the user still faces such an issue then taking the device to the service center is the only option.
Can we stream PUBG Mobile using the Realme X3?
The answer is both yes and no. The Realme X3 does NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device also lacks HDMI-out support, so Elgato is also NOT supported here. You can still stream on speaker sound, using screen-mirroring by connecting your device to a PC/laptop, but the experience will be hampered by a margin. The live test on our YouTube channel was done by the same screen-mirroring concept with audio output from the speakers of the phone.
How much battery is drained while gaming on the Realme X3?
With Smooth + Extreme, the Realme X3 can get about 4-5 hours of gaming on headphones. The screen brightness was set to 50% during our testing. During extended gaming sessions, the heat generated can drain the battery a little faster. At the HDR setting, the battery drains very significantly. On a full 100% charge, you can get over 7 hours of uninterrupted gaming on the Realme X3.