Sub-brand vs sub-brand — Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 is one of the best budget phones out there right now starting at P7,999 and goes up to P11,490. OPPO, on the other hand, recently released the Realme 3 Pro with an estimated price of P10,990. Although the difference in price is significant, there’s a reason why it’s worth your attention.
Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Differences
Advantages of Realme 3 Pro
- slightly higher screen-to-body ratio (83.7%)
- weighs 172g only
- Snapdragon 710
- bigger pixel size at 1.22µm and wider aperture at f1.7 for the main camera
- up to 4K video recording, FHD @ 120fps
- 25MP f2.0 selfie camera
- dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
- Super VOOC 3.0 fast charging at 20W (50% in 30mins)
Advantages of Redmi Note 7
- glass body
- 48MP + 5MP main camera
- bigger pixel size at 1.25µm for the selfie camera
- USB Type-C
Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Similarities
- waterdrop notch
- FHD+ IPS LCD panel
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- microSD slot of up to 256GB
- dual main camera
- single selfie camera
- Android 9.0 Pie
- 1080p selfie video recording
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 4000mAh battery
- BT 5.0
- Wi-Fi ac
Which is a better buy between the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7?
Glass vs Plastic
The looks of the two phones might be the same, however, the difference lies in the build quality. The Realme 3 Pro has a polycarbonate build providing a cheaper feel in the hands, while the Redmi Note 7 comes with a glass back already for that premium feel. But in terms of display quality, it’s the same FHD+ IPS LCD panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Snapdragon 710 vs 660
Both are based on Android 9.0 Pie with their respective OSes. However, the Realme 3 Pro should come with better performance due to the Snapdragon 710 (vs the SD 660 of Redmi Note 7).
The cameras might see the Redmi Note 7 taking the lead, but the Realme 3 Pro gets a slight technical advantage — the Redmi has a 48MP camera, while Realme has a bigger pixel size at 1.22µm (vs 0.8µm). In theory, this provides better low-light photos. The same story is shared with the selfie cameras, but vice versa.
Micro USB vs USB Type-C
Where the Redmi Note 7 stands out is port-selection. It comes with a USB Type-C port providing faster data transfer speed.
Both phones come with 4000mAh battery but expect faster top ups with the 20W Super VOOC charging of Realme 3 Pro vs the 18W Quick Charge 4 of Redmi Note 7.
At 4GB/64GB configuration, the Redmi Note 7 is priced at P9,990, while the Realme 3 Pro is expected to arrive at P10,990. The former device offers more premium build for its less expensive price, however, sacrificing that means a better overall handset when picking up the latter.
|Specs||Realme 3 Pro||Redmi Note 7|
|Display||6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+ 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass 5,||6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+, ~409ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 19.5:9 ratio|
|Dimensions||156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm , 172g||159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)||Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 512|
|Memory||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256GB||64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + microSD slot, up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||16 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF +
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
|48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF +
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
|Front Camera||25 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm||13 MP, f/2.2, 1.25µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, micro USB, headphone jack||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, USB Type-C, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4045mAh battery (20W Super VOOC fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (18W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10|
|Official Price||P10,000 to P10,990 for 4GB model in the Philippines||P7,990 (3GB/64GB)