realme X3, X3 SuperZoom now official in India

Near-flagship phones that don’t cost a bomb



realme is all set to take on the midrange segment with today’s launch of the realme X3 series. This includes the realme X3 and the realme X3 SuperZoom. The brand has been teasing the launch for a very long time and with Coronavirus lockdown easing, now’s the best time to amp up the game.

The two phones have similar specs except for the cameras. On the design front, it has a 3D quad-curved glass on the rear with a matte-like finish that aims to reduce fingerprint smudges and improve egonomics. The display also has a pill-shaped cut-out that houses dual front cameras.

The front sports a 6.6-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. In line with the current trend, the screen has a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth transitions and improvised gaming experience.

Powering the phones is a Snapdragon 855+ chipset but there’s no microSD card slot for storage expansion. The Realme X3 gets up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage while the SuperZoom option goes up till 12GB+256GB.

Coming to the cameras, the Realme X3 SuperZoom gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel periscope lens with 5x optical zoom, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. For selfies, a 32-megapixel shooter is coupled with an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.

Going by its name, the periscope lens will let you take detailed zoomed-in pictures. Realme has included a Starry Mode that leverages AI-based processing to enhance the sharpness and brightness of stars. This mode can be used along with the primary as well as the periscope lens.

On the other hand, the Realme X3 gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor tags along with an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.

Backing these internals is a 4200mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging. realme claims it can charge fully within 55 minutes. For authentication, a physical fingerprint scanner is located on the side.

Pricing and availability

The realme X3 SuperZoom with 8GB+128GB starts at INR 27,999 (US$ 370) while the 12GB+256GB option is marked at INR 32,999 (US$ 436).

On the other hand, the realme X3 starts INR 24,999 (US$ 330) for 6GB+128GB while the 8GB+128GB goes for INR 25,999 (US$ 343). They’ll be available in Arctic White and Glacier Blue color options and sales start from June 30 via Flipkart and


Samsung overtakes Xiaomi as top phone brand in India

As of Q4 2022



Attacking a huge smartphone market is difficult. With preferences constantly evolving, it can get tricky to figure out the best lineup to capture most of a market. Samsung, however, has just done it. In the last quarter of 2022, Samsung has taken the crown from Xiaomi as the bestselling smartphone brand in India.

India is an important market for most smartphone brands. It’s one of the largest markets in the world. However, despite its size, the biggest players are often those who offer more affordable devices for consumers. Budget is the name of the game if a brand wants to make it big in the country.

Things are changing, though. According to new market data (via Reuters), Samsung has nabbed the throne from the former leader, Xiaomi. In the last quarter of 2022, the Korean brand grabbed 20 percent of the market, while the latter only got 18 percent.

In a trend dubbed as premiumization, Indian consumers are reportedly enjoying more disposable income, resulting in more willingness to buy pricier products. Additionally, the report hints that consumers have started equating lower prices with inferior quality.

With the market trending towards more premium products, Samsung took the lead with a lineup that consists more of midrange to premium devices. It will also be interesting to see if Apple, an even more premium brand, can also make a dent in the Indian market.

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Apple is preparing to open its first stores in India

Based on new job listings



For one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, India is one of the rarer countries where Apple does not outright dominate. Undoubtedly, the company is trying to change that. Ongoing job listings in India are suggesting that Apple is ready to open its first brick-and-mortar store in the country.

First reported by Financial Times, Apple has posted job openings in India for several retail roles including for the iconic Genius Bar. Another clue even indicates that some spots have already been filled ahead of time. A few employees in the country have reportedly posted about their new jobs on LinkedIn.

Unfortunately, none of the job listings show how many stores are planned and where they will be. Narrowing things down by a bit, a few of the confirmed employees are from Mumbai and New Delhi. The report also does not indicate when the stores will open. However, since a few have already been hired, a grand opening might be coming soon.

Apple has a lot to gain by strengthening its foothold in India. The country is an important stronghold for smartphone companies. However, the company might find things harder as time goes by. The country recently dictated that brands must switch to USB-C if they want to sell their devices in India. All over the world, Apple remains the last stalwart against adopting the more universal standard.

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India to enforce USB-C on all phones by 2024

Smartphones and wearables affected



Last year, the European Union made a lot of waves by announcing the impending enforcement of USB-C across all devices sold in the region. Other countries, such as Brazil, joined in by pondering its own version of the same policy. Then, as 2022 wound to a definitive close, India, skipping a more deliberative phase, has announced a sweeping enforcement of USB-C coming in 2025.

In approximately two years’ time, most devices sold within India must use USB-C ports (via Business Standard). More specifically, Indian lawmakers have included smartphones and wearables as part of the new policy. Like policies in other countries, India’s policy revolves around the drive to reduce e-waste from devices.

Naturally, as is the case in other countries, Apple is the brand most affected by the ruling. While most Android-based smartphones already use USB-C across the board, Apple’s device still rely on the proprietary Lightning cable, severing a significant chunk of the populating from the more universal standard.

The country is nothing to shrug off, either. India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world. Though Android is much more prevalent than Apple, India’s new policy is certainly a significant speed bump for the iPhone maker.

Though Apple has publicly protested against the new policies, the company has also confirmed that it will comply with the new rules. While it has a slightly lengthier timeframe in India, the brand has to comply in the European Union by the end of 2024.

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