Value for money is the name of the game
2019 is turning out to be a great year for mid-range phones. While Xiaomi continues to dominate the segment with its value-for-money offerings, Realme has emerged as their biggest rival to date. The young brand’s latest mid-range phone—the Realme 3 Pro—is aimed at doing battle with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro.
It’s hard to choose which is the better mid-range phone, as both are market disruptors with incredible price-to-specs ratio. But if you really had to choose between one of them, here’s a handy comparo to see how they stack up:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor
- Adreno 612 GPU
- 4GB/6GB RAM
- 6.3-inch Full HD+ display, Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
- 64GB/128GB internal storage
- 48-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX586 primary rear camera, 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera
- 13-megapixel front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Fingerprint scanner, face unlock, USB-C
- 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0
- Android Pie with MIUI
Realme 3 Pro Specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor
- Adreno 616 GPU
- 4GB/6GB RAM
- 6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS IPS Dewdrop display, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- 64GB/128GB of expandable storage
- 16-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX 519 and 5-megapixel f/2.4 rear cameras with LED flash, Dual Pixel Autofocus, EIS, Chroma Boost, Ultra HD mode, 960FPS slow-motion video, Speed Shot, Nightscape, and 4K video recording
- 25-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with AI beautification, Smart Groufie
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS,
- Fingerprint scanner, AI Face Unlock, Smart Audio Amplifier
- Dust and splash resistant
- 4045mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 20w fast charging
- Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6
Powerful internals for their asking price
What makes both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro incredibly value-packed is the fact that they come with Qualcomm’s latest mid-range Snapdragon processors for very little money. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675, while the Realme 3 Pro comes equipped with the Snapdragon 710.
The devil is in the details though: while the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s Snapdragon 675 has newer Kryo cores, the Realme 3 Pro’s Snapdragon 710 processor comes with a more powerful GPU. We’ve tried both processors in the past, and benchmark results proved that the 11nm Snapdragon 675 is better than the 10nm Snapdragon 710.
Same display, different notch
Both phones have the same 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. They differ when it comes to the notch and bottom bezel: the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a smaller dewdrop notch, while the Realme 3 Pro has a slimmer chin.
Not all about the megapixel game
Megapixel numbers aside, both phones sport impressive Sony-branded main rear cameras. The Realme 3 Pro’s 16-megapixel IMX 519 snapper is the same one found on the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, and OPPO Find X, so we more or less know what the Realme 3 Pro’s main camera is capable of.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 48-megapixel IMX 586 snapper is said to be the better 48-megapixel camera (the other being Samsung’s ISOCELL GM1). However, we haven’t tried any phone using a Sony IMX 586 sensor, so we can’t vouch for its image quality until we get our hands on an actual unit.
As for selfies, the Realme 3 Pro has a better front camera with its 25-megapixel snapper compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 13-megapixel snapper.
Big batteries to last you the day
Both Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro come with big batteries, with the former having a slightly larger cell. While you will need to buy the quick charger separately with the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Realme 3 Pro comes with a dedicated VOOC 3.0 charger. If ports matter to you, the Realme 3 Pro sticks with MicroUSB while the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with USB-C.
Both phones come with aggressive, cutthroat pricing.
When converted, the Realme 3 Pro starts at around Php 10.5k for the 4GB/64GB variant, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro starts at around Php 10.3k for the same variant.
Realme has officially launched the Realme 3 Pro in the Philippines, with the 4GB/64GB variant priced at Php 12,990. The 6GB/128GB variant is a little bit more at Php 14,990.
As for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, it’s not available in the Philippines right now officially, but we have seen people selling the device for Php 14,000 for the 6GB/128GB variant online. Take note that there is NO global version of the Redmi Note 7 so you’ll have to contend with the phone having a Chinese ROM, as well as having NO warranty from Xiaomi Philippines since it’s a grey market (AKA smuggled) unit.