Realme 3 Pro: Should You Buy This Budget Flagship Killer? (Strategic Comparison)
Realme started a price war against some of the top budget smartphones under 15,000 rupees. It’s their latest offering, Realme 3 Pro comes with top flagship level features and specs.
Priced at a starting cost of Rs 13,999, Realme 3 Pro is already being held a winner in the category.
But is it so?
We have done a complete analysis to find out whether Realme 3 Pro triumphs in all the departments. We have divided the primary categories into six sections: design and build, display, hardware, software, camera and battery.
Every category has been analysed in detail to see what’s good and what’s not.
Here’s a strategic comparison of all the departments to find whether Realme 3 Pro has edge over other smartphones in the same price range.
Design & Build
Starting with the built quality, Realme 3 Pro comes with a polycarbonate body with a gradient finish on the out. The smartphone has some striking colour combinations made up of high-quality plastic.
So, if the design is your primary concern, there’s a better option than Realme 3 Pro.
While plastic is durable than glass, but a glass body feels far more premium.
Redmi Note 7 Pro has a fantabulous design on the out. Made up of glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, Redmi Note 7 Pro looks more premium and has a better design.
Realme 3 Pro comes with the same display as its predecessor Realme 2 Pro. It’s the same old 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a water drop notch on top. The display is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under.
It does the job, and you won’t face any issues in terms of the viewing experience.
But, in the same price range, there’s Samsung Galaxy M30 who offers a better display. Galaxy M30 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a water drop notch on top called the Infinity U display.
The Super AMOLED does a better job with the best of possible colours and viewing experience with minimum brightness at 3.1nit.
Realme 3 Pro runs on the entry-flagship Snapdragon 710 chip with up to 6GB of RAM. Based on a 10nm architecture, the SoC offers top-level performance at a budget. It’s the closest competitor is Snapdragon 675 in the range which powers Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Though both will offer almost similar levels of performance, Snapdragon 710 will have an added advantage due to its architecture.
So, in terms of hardware, Realme 3 Pro is certainly the current best smartphone in the range. The smartphone can run top-end games with extensive multitasking performance.
The smartphone runs on the latest Color OS 6 UI. It’s refreshing and the new structure feels better compared to the last generation Color OS. Based on the latest Android 9 Pie, it new UI packs in a bunch of user-friendly features and tweaks.
But again, they run on the old Snapdragon 660 with backdated specs and features.
Realme 3 Pro will do your job. If you are someone who is not a fan of Color UI at all, it’s a different case altogether then. But the new Color OS 6 is user-friendly and have better features.
Realme 3 Pro comes with a dual camera set up at the back. The camera system comprises of a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 519 primary sensory coupled with a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor. This is the same sensor used in current OnePlus flagship, OP 6T.
Up front, the smartphone comes with the same 25MP Sony IMX 576 sensor as Realme U1.
The camera does a fair job offering great dynamic range and almost accurate colours.
But, in the same price range, Redmi Note 7 Pro with the Sony IMX 586 48-megapixel sensor does a better job.
We have tested both the cameras, and Redmi Note 7 Pro has an edge here. Realme 3 Pro does its job good too, but we would pick Note 7 Pro if we had to go for a camera smartphone in the same budget.
Finally, coming to the battery, Realme has surprised us all with a fast charger inside the box. This is the same charger ship with the old OnePlus smartphones. Realme 3 Pro comes with a 4,045 mAh battery powered by VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology.
This Micro USB powered fast charging technology from Oppo can offer 20W charging. It can charge up the device to 100 per cent under 80 minutes.
On the other hand, Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by 4,000 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with a USB Type C port and supports 18W fast charging, but doesn’t ship with a fast charging supported brick.
Here Realme 3 Pro has a clear edge over Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of battery and fast charging.