Xiaomi and Realme are one of the most popular and value for money brands in the Indian smartphone market as of now. This holds especially in the budget segment, as both the brands offer great products at pocket-friendly prices. These two brands have disrupted the budget-range segments, giving an unbeatable competition to every other player in the market.
The most popular and much-awaited phones offered by these brands in this year has to be the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro. Both devices offer great hardware and design at knockout prices. With these smartphones ruling the sub-Rs 15,000 categories, it is truly getting competitive with many users thinking twice before buying a premium flagship phone. Even the decision of choosing between the two mid-rangers have left many people confused.
A similar comparison was seen last year too when the Realme 2 Pro fired warning shots at the Redmi Note 6 Pro. So here is a comparison putting the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro against each other to see whether the Redmi Note 7 Pro can remain still the best smartphone in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price category or whether the Realme 3 Pro is powerful enough to overtake it.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro:
- 6.3-inch IPS LCD display FHD+, 409ppi, 81.4% screen-to-body-ratio
- Snapdragon 675 processor, Adreno 612
- Android 9.0 Pie, MIUI 10
- 48MP + 5MP with F/1.8, F/2.4 | 13MP front camera
- 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB
- 4000 mAh battery
- Type-C fast charging
Realme 3 Pro:
- 6.3-inch IPS LCD display FHD+, 409ppi, 83.7% screen-to-body-ratio
- Snapdragon 710, Adreno 616
- Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
- 16MP+5MP with F/1.7, F/2.4 | 25MP front camera
- 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB
- 4045 mAh battery
- VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging 20W
Both the smartphones boast dual-coloured rear panels and waterdrop notch displays. Unlike the Realme 3 Pro which has a glossy plastic back, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium design featuring Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back, whereas the Realme 3 Pro has Gorilla Glass 5 on its front. Overall, the glass sandwiched design of the Redmi Note 7 Pro looks more appealing and premium. But the glass at back attracts scuffs and fingerprints making it hard to keep it clean.
Both have capacitive fingerprint sensors at the back which are easy to reach. Both have a 3.5mm audio jack. Realme holds a disadvantage in terms of ports as it still features a micro-USB port for charging compared to the USB-C port on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Although it doesn’t matter for many of us, it can still be a deal-breaker for many enthusiasts.
Realme 3 Pro is also lightweight at 172 grams compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which weighs at 186 grams.
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Both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro sport a large 6.3-inch Full HD+ panel with dewdrop notch at the front. We see a cooler colour tone on the Realme 3 Pro as compared to the slightly warmer tuning and ever so slightly saturated colors on the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Both phones have plastic frames, but the Realme 3 Pro has thinner bezels all around compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Both the smartphones feature the exact same pixels per inch in terms of display. If you look at both the phones closely, you’ll notice that Realme 3 Pro has much higher screen-to-body-ratio which is a good thing in my opinion.
Software and Performance
Performance is another aspect that justifies the price tag of both of these smartphones. The Realme 3 Pro boasts the Snapdragon 710 chipset which is terrific for gaming thanks to a
capable Adreno 616 GPU. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 7 Pro features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC. It is hard to pick a clear winner between the two Snapdragon chipsets as the 710 performs better in GPU tests and the 675 is slightly better in CPU tests but both of them seriously overpower the ones in the smartphones lying in the same price segment.
Technical specifications show that the 675 is an octa-chipset with a group of two and six Kryo 460. The Snapdragon 710, on the other hand, uses the older Kryo 360 cores. Comparing generally, you won’t note a much different Real-world CPU performance between the two.
As for software, the Realme 3 Pro runs on ColorOS 6.0 with Android 9.0 Pie on top offering some much-needed refinement compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s MIUI 10 which known
for its annoying although it provides a great UI. But the priority and experience may differ for different users. We also get face recognition in both devices and when using face
recognition, the Realme 3 Pro was faster than the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The Realme 3 Pro makes use of a 4045mAh battery that gets 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. As for the Redmi Note 7 Pro, you have a 4000mAh battery that gets 18W Quick Charge 4.0+ support. The main advantage the Redmi Note 7 Pro has is that it supports USB Type-C charging while the Realme 3 Pro relies on the dated micro USB standard.
The Realme 3 Pro comes with a 20W charger, whereas Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 10W charger which takes over two hours to charge the device completely. The Realme 3 Pro charges significantly faster, and we got up to 90 per cent in an hour.
Camera performance is one of the top priorities and needs for most of the users looking to buy a smartphone nowadays. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.79 aperture along with a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Realme 3 Pro boasts a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor, the same sensor as seen on the OnePlus 6T. The dual camera setup at the back has 16MP+5MP sensors with a single 25MP front-facing selfie camera.
At the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Both phones can record 4K video. Another major highlight of the Realme 3 Pro is that it is scheduled to get 960FPS super slow-motion capabilities as well via an OTA update.
We get AI features in the camera of both the smartphones helping to choose optimal settings before taking a shot. The Realme 3 Pro gives some excellent sharpness and detail in photos captured in daylight with some great macro shots that are not possible on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Realme 3 Pro offers better dynamic range and higher contrast with vibrant photos, thanks to the Chroma Boost feature.
Whereas, we get more natural and colour accurate photos on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. For better low-light shot and night mode, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a winner which does a great job in retaining detail and reducing noise. As for selfies, both smartphones managed good bokeh effects but the Redmi Note 7 Pro delivered better results overall.
Both the smartphones offer great value for money with powerful processors, good cameras, and offer all-day battery life. The phone’s pricing is outrageous with the price tag of 13,999 rupees (for 4GB + 64GB). The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a fast-performing phone with great cameras, especially for low-light photography.
It boasts a premium glass design and a Type-C port. But Realme 3 pro should be your pick as it gets a dedicated microSD card slot, a bundled fast charger, better and versatile camera capabilities, better software, better battery technology and gaming performance. This all makes the Realme 3 Pro more bang for the buck and perhaps the best phone under Rs 15,000 right now.