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Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 Specs Comparison – Which is a better budget phone?


Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 is perhaps one of the most sought budget devices out there for obvious reasons. But with the arrival of Realme 3 offering yet another budget phone for general consumers, will it be enough to reconsider your options?

Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7 Differences


Advantages of Realme 3

  1. attractive gradient finish
  2. Helio P60’s dedicated AI unit
  3. dual 13MP f1.8 + 2MP main camera (brighter)
  4. dedicated microSD slot
  5. larger 4230mAh battery

Advantages of Redmi Note 7

  1. metal and glass build
  2. Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  3. FHD+ resolution
  4. Snapdragon 660
  5. up to 6GB RAM
  6. BT 5.0
  7. USB Type-C
  8. 18W wired charging

Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7 Similarities

  1. teardrop notch
  2. IPS LCD panels
  3. Android 9.0 Pie
  4. microSD slot support of up to 256GB
  5. dual main camera
  6. 13MP selfie camera
  7. audio jack
  8. rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

Which is a better buy between the Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7?

Redmi Note 7 Colors

Starting with the design, the Redmi Note 7 easily offers “premium feel” in the hands with its glass and metal build but the polycarbonate body of the Realme 3 sports a rather gleaming design that looks even better compared to other glass-clad phones.

For the display, both come with teardrop notches for their IPS LCD panels but the Redmi Note 7 comes out better and crisper looking in quality due to its FHD+ resolution. Protection against scratches should be better on the Xiaomi phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 as opposed to the version 3 of Realme’s.

Moving to the performance category, the Snapdragon 660 of the Redmi Note 7 sits better on performance against the Realme 3’s Helio P60 but it lacks a dedicated AI processing unit for lesser power consumption.

We all know that the Redmi Note 7 features a 48MP main camera which basically processes it into a 12MP photo – along with a 5MP depth assisting sensor. Which means, this put the Realme 3’s 13MP + 2MP closer in technicalities. In terms of selfies, both come with a single 13MP sensor.

Battery-wise, we are seeing a larger 4230mAh for the Realme 3 capable of 10W charging while the Redmi Note 7 makes do with still a large 4000mAh but with faster 18W charging.

Realme 3 is expected to go on sale for Php5,990 for the 3GB/32GB variant while the Redmi Note 7 is directly converted to Php7,700 for the same configuration. Although you can get one from the black market for Php10,990.

No doubt that Xiaomi’s device is a better overall phone but the Realme 3 also offers compelling reasons to get it as your next budget phone due to its attractive design, larger battery, and a dedicated microSD slot.

Specs Redmi Note 7 (global version with no 48MP camera) Realme 3
Display 6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+, ~409ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 19.5:9 ratio 6.22-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 270ppi, 19:9 ratio
Dimensions 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186g 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (global version Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
Memory 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + microSD slot, up to 256GB 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256GB
Main Camera 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF +
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor (global version)
13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF
2 MP, depth sensor
Front Camera 13 MP 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.12µm
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB Type-C, headphone jack Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB, headphone jack
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (18W charging) Non-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery, 10W charging
OS Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.0 Android 9.0 (Pie)
Official Price (3GB/32GB) (~Php7,700 or $150)(4GB/64GB) (~Php9,200 or $180)

(6GB/64GB) (~Php10,800 or $200)

$120 or P5,990 estimate 3GB model
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