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Realme 3 VS Realme 3 Pro: What’s Changed?

We take a look at the two phones side by side

The Realme 3 Pro has been officially announced in the Philippines today, and many of you are probably wondering what the new device has over its older and less expensive sibling.

Realme 3 Specs

  • MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core processor
  • 3GB/4GB RAM
  • 6.2-inch HD+ LTPS IPS Dewdrop display, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 32GB/64GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 and 2-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash, PDAF, Chroma Boost, and Nightscape
  • 13-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner, AI Facial Unlock
  • 4230mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6

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

Quite a lot actually. While the phone is almost the same size thanks to near identical screen sizes (6.22-inches for the Realme 3 VS 6.3-inch for the Realme 3 Pro), the screen resolution is quite different, with the Realme 3 having an HD+ resolution panel (1520 x 720) VS the Realme 3 Pro’s full HD+ display (2340 x 1080p).

Screen protection is also quite different, as the Realme 3 Pro has a tougher Gorilla Glass 5 layer VS the Realme 3’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Cameras are also much improved for the Realme 3 Pro VS the Realme 3, with the former sporting a 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 main camera with an f/1.7 aperture and 5-megapixel depth sensor, and the latter possessing just a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Selfies also turn out quite differently when using the Realme 3 Pro VS the Realme 3, as the more expensive mid-range phone has a 25-megapixel f/2.0 front camera VS the 13-megapixel f/2.0 front camera on the budget phone.

The biggest change obviously, is the processor. The Realme 3 uses MediaTek’s Helio P60 octa-core processor, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM along with 32GB/64GB of storage.

While MediaTek’s P60 chipset performs well enough, it’s eclipsed by the performance of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is usually found on more expensive mid-range phones. That’s paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM, and storage up to 128GB.

Both phones still use rear-mounted fingerprint scanners for security, and both phones have face unlock capabilities as well. The software side is the same as well, as both phones run Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6 layered on top of it.

Annoyingly enough both phones still use the aging micro USB port.

Realme 3 Pro on the left, Realme 3 on the right

While the Realme 3 has a slightly bigger battery than the Realme 3 Pro (4,230mAh VS 4,045mAh), the latter has 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging tech that the former doesn’t have. Surprisingly enough, the Realme 3 Pro manages a longer run time than the Realme 3 in our PCMark Battery benchmark rundown test.

Moving onto price, the Realme 3 is available for Php 6,990 for the 3GB/32GB version, Php 7,990 for the 3GB/64GB variant and Php 9990 4GB/64GB version.

The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, is substantially more, priced at Php 12,990 for the 4/64GB variant and Php 14,990 for the 6GB/128GB variant.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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