Realme has officially launched Watch 3 at an event in India this morning. The wearable comes with a massive 1.8 inch display and support for Bluetooth calls.
The second generation made its debut around a year ago. It comes with pretty much the same specs as the original device, apart from battery life which was doubled.
Realme Watch 2 was followed by a Pro version of the same in late May last year. That one packed an even larger battery that increased the time between charges from about a week to 12 days. The other important upgrades were built-in GPS and a huge display.
Now we have details of the next iteration in the series.
Realme Watch 3 – a bigger display and some new smarts
The most obvious upgrade here is a bigger display. To remind, Realme Watch 2 comes with a 1.4 inch TFT LCD touchscreen. The Pro iteration of the same comes with a huge 1.75 inch display. Now we are getting something with an even bigger – 1.8 inch screen.
As shown in the image below, the shape of the device has not changed. No surprise there. But the display is 35% bigger as compared to Watch 2 and provides a screen-to-body ratio of 67.5%. The device also packs a curved dome and up to 500 nits of brightness. Mind you, the resolution is not that great. Only 240 x 286 pixels. But you can pretty this up with a choice of more than 100 watch-faces.
The watch is made of plastic and it has a metallic bezel which helps to make it look a bit more premium. All of this is attached to a silicone strap.
Another important upgrade is the ability for Bluetooth calling. With support for AI noise cancellation and a built-in smart amplifier, you can now conduct conversations via your connected smartphone. The tech should ensure good clarity of sound. This is actually the brand’s first smartwatch with support for Bluetooth calling.
To enable the functionality, Realme Watch 3 has a built-in microphone, speaker and support for Bluetooth 5.3. There will be no e-sim version so you will have to make due with keeping your smartphone in close vicinity to conduct conversations.
On-board is the standard gamut of fitness sensors including heart rate, SpO2 and support for stress monitoring. The number of sports modes tops 110.
An area which was ripe for an upgrade was water-resistance. The previous iterations have a IP68 rating – meaning they are good to be submerged up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for up to thirty minutes. In reality, that’s not really great water-proofing. Unfortunately, this stays the same on Watch 3.
In addition to the standard model we should also get a Pro variant. But at the time of writing this version has not yet been officially confirmed. If we do see it, most likely, that one will come with the addition of built-in GPS. An improvement over the 12 days of Realme Watch 2 Pro battery life is also possible. The iteration announced today has a 340mAh battery, which can last for up to 7 days with typical use.
Watch 3 is a budget category timepiece. Starting on August 2nd, you’ll be able to purchase it in India for Rs 3,499 (around $50). If we get a Pro version with GPS, it is likely to run about $30 extra. No word yet on international availability.
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