Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Who Is The Undisputed Budget Champion Here?

Redmi Note 7 has changed the dynamics of the budget smartphone niche. Can Realme 3 beat it?

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7
Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi and Realme will soon lock horns against each other with Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 respectively. Both the smartphones come at very aggressive pricing backed by top-rated features.

Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 both will go on sale this week.

The new Redmi Note packs in a water drop notch, gradient finish, Snapdragon 660 chipset, all at under 10,000 bucks. Realme 3 on the other hand, takes on Redmi Note 7 with its own budget flagship features.

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: In-Depth Comparison

Let’s do a quick comparison to find who’s going to be a better contender the under 10K segment.

Design & Build

Realme 3 has an all-plastic body with a gradient finish. In comparison, Redmi Note 7 has a glass sandwich body protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The new Redmi Note 7 looks more stylish compared to Realme 3.

In terms of looks, both do a great job. But the complete glass body on Redmi Note 7 stands out against the all-plastic Realme 3.

Display

Redmi Note 7 sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS display with a dot notch in a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display offers a screen resolution of 1080 × 2340 pixels. While Realme 3 features a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 720p+ resolution

Both the smartphones offer good screen space with lesser bezels.

But Realme 3 has a 720p HD-only display. It’s not noticeable unless you play some high-end game like PUBG. So, Redmi Note 7 has a definite advantage here.

Hardware

Realme 3 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 coupled with up to 4GB of RAM. Redmi Note 7, on the other hand, comes with the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core chip with up to 4GB of RAM.

Both Realme 3 and Note 7 can handle day to day tasks and mid-end games with ease.

Though, built on a more efficient 12nm process, Realme 3 with Helio P70 will offer 40 percent lower power consumption and will offer a more refined performance. Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is built on a 14nm-based process.

Storage

Realme 3 offers upto 64GB of internal storage with support for expandable memory. In India, Realme 3 is available in two variants: 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage.

Redmi Note 7 has also been launched in similar storage models: 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB, both support expandable storage.

Software

Redmi Note 7 runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. Similarly, Realme 3 also runs on the new Color OS 6.0 based on Android Pie. The new OS has some upgraded features including a number of tweaks and a near-stock Android experience.

As both have their respective UIs, it’s up to particular use preferring an OS.

Rear Camera

Realme 3 sports a dual rear camera system consisting of a 13MP f/1.8 primary sensor and a second 2MP depth sensor. In comparison, the Redmi Note 7 will come with a 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture paired with a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Both the smartphones are capable of capturing some great shots with ample details in good lighting and average low light performance.

Redmi Note 7 rear camera may have a slight edge in details, but Realme 3 boasts new image processing features for better overall performance irrespective of lighting conditions.

Front Camera

Up front, Redmi Note 7 comes with a 13-megapixel selfie camera backed by AI capabilities. Similarly, Realme 3 also has a 13-megapixel single sensor.

Both the smartphones can capture some decent wide-angle selfies backed by their instant editing AI features.

Connectivity

Both Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 come with Dual SIM connectivity, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth, GPS and a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack.

Battery

Redmi Note 7 packs in the same old 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0 technology, but ships with standard 10W charger in the box. In comparison, Realme 3 has a slightly higher 4,230mAh battery with no support for fast-charging support.

Redmi Note 7 has a USB Type-C port, the most affordable phone in India to come with USB Type-C. Realme 3 has the same old micro-USB.

Pricing & Availability

The Realme 3 has two variants available in India:

    • Rs 8,990 (3GB/32GB)
  • Rs 10,990 (4GB/64GB)

Realme 3 will be available exclusively via Flipkart and Realme India online store.

Redmi Note 7 is available in two versions in India starting at:

    • 3GB/32GB for Rs 9,999
  • 4GB/64GB for Rs 11,999

Redmi Note 7 will be available exclusively via Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home store.

Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: CONCLUSION

Both Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7 are pretty good budget phones from Xiaomi and Realme each. Redmi Note 7 comes with a new book, better-looking display and an awesome camera. While, the Realme 3 has a better processor, a plastic body to save against falls, slightly larger battery and a new OS.

Both Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 are complete packages at their respective prices.

Realme 3 is priced very aggressively and is a great option under 9,000 rupees. But, Redmi Note 7 would win against Realme 3 with 1,000 rupees more. Redmi Note 7 actually beats all the best selling budget smartphones in the range.

To sum up, Realme 3 has a better processor, but a downgraded display. Redmi Note 7, on the other hand, is well above average in all the departments. Redmi Note 7 has a clear advantage here over the Realme 3.

Here’s a final quick comparison.

Realme 3 Redmi Note 7
Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top
Plastic body Glass body, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Only HD+ display FHD+ display
12nm processor 14nm processor
No fast charging Fast charging
Micro USB Port Type C Port
Android Pie Android Pie
Dual cameras Dual cameras
13MP selfie camera 13MP selfie camera
Polycarbonate unibody built Premium glass sandwich body
Dedicated MicroSD slot Hybrid MicroSD slot
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