Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Which Budget Phone is Better


Two companies that have mastered the art of manufacturing budget smartphones are Xiaomi and Realme. Xiaomi has been around for a few years but Realme is relatively new and has still managed to make quite an impact.

Both rely on delivering good hardware at very affordable prices. And the latest phones from them are the Redmi Note 7 and the Realme 3. Both start at prices below Rs 10,000 and both offer a lot for not too much money. Which one is better? Let’s try and figure out:

Redmi has got the glass looks
Both Realme 3 and Xiaomi Note 7 have some major plus points on their side in terms of design, following modern trends. It all really comes down to whether you prefer a glass or a polycarbonate body.

The Xiaomi Note 7 brings a very premium glass back to the party whereas the Realme 3 boats a very glass-like polycarbonate back with colour gradient. But if premium looks are what you are looking for, the Note 7 definitely wins in the design department, solely because of that glass back. 

Mi display> Me display
There may have been a slight competition between the two smartphones when it comes to the looks but the Redmi Note 7 wins the display category by a mile. This is because the Realme 3 sports a 6.2-inch drop notch, nearly bezel-less display.

But in terms of resolution is an HD+ display with 720 x 1520 resolution. The Redmi Note 7 brings a 6.3-inch drop notch full HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080 x 2340. The Note 7 has both a bigger display and a better resolution too.


Bigger aperture beats them Mi cameras
In terms of numbers, the Redmi Note 7 features a dual camera comprising a 12-megapixel sensor with f/ 2.2 and a 2-megapixel sensor whereas the Realme 3 comes with a 13 megapixel with f/1.8 and 2-megapixel sensor combination.

On the front, both devices have a 13-megapixel sensor. The numbers themselves suggest it is close battle between the two smartphones but the bigger aperture and the 13-megapixel sensor on Realme 3 makes us incline slightly more towards it. What’s more, even in terms of results, we felt the Realme 3 gave us much better colours and detail. 

Dragon processor beats Helio
The Realme 3 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 processor and is paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage while the Redmi Note 7 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (both have 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage options too).

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 has a slight edge over the Helio P70 and the difference generally comes through when you push the devices a little. The Redmi Note 7 performed better in the high-end gaming zone as compared to the Realme 3. But in other routine tasks, both phones matched each other.

Memory cad slots, infrared and USB ports
The Realme 3 comes with a dedicated microSD card as opposed to the Redmi Note 7’s hybrid SIM card slot. So you can use two SIMS and a memory card on the Realme 3, while using a memory card on the Redmi Note 7 would mean giving up one of those two SIM slots.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 7 comes with a USB Type C Port whereas the Realme 3 sticks to a micro USB port. The Redmi Note 7 also has an infrared port, allowing you to use it as a remote for supported televisions and air conditioners, while the Realme 3 has no such option. We would say, another win for the Redmi here.

Beating Redmi battery with a few extra mAh
When you hear big battery, Xiaomi’s name often pops up in mind but in the battery battle between the Redmi Note 7 and the Realme 3, the Redmi actually gets KO-ed by the ‘(real)me’ in business. This is because the Realme 3 packs in a bigger battery as compared to the Redmi Note 7.

The Note 7 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery while the battery on the Realme 3 is 230 mAh ahead of it in the game with 4,230 mAh. While this would not have had much difference in overall battery performance on a level playing field, the HD+ display of the Realme 3 actually benefits the device as it consumes less battery as compared to the full HD+ display present on the Redmi Note 7.

The Realme 3 can get through close to two days on a charge, the Redmi Note 7 gets close to a day and a half. Both are good but the Realme 3 has a clear edge here. 

MIUI over Realme Color
Both Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 are powered by Android 9.0 out of the box but come with different toppings. The Redmi Note 7 comes with a layer of MIUI 10 on top of the Android OS while the Realme 3’s Android Pie is topped with a layer of ColorOS 6.0.

While both the OS add a bit of personality to the smartphones, we like the Redmi Note 7’s a little more. This is because MIUI 10 is simpler and less cluttered as compared to Color OS 6.0 which seems a little complicated and can take a while to get used to (and also has a whole lot of third party apps).

So who wins?
All of which brings us down to perhaps one of the most important factors, especially in this price segment: the price. In terms of price tag, the Realme 3 is the more affordable as the device comes at Rs. 8,999 for 3 GB/32 GB model and Rs. 10,999 for 4 GB/ 64 variant while the Redmi Note 7’s 3 GB/32 variant will cost you Rs. 9,999, whereas the 4 GB/64 GB model is priced at Rs. 11,999. That said, the Note 7 does give a more classy design, a better display and processor for that extra bit of money that you spend on the smartphone.

So, which one these devices is the one for you? Well, it is pretty simple— if you are looking for super budget-friendly smartphone that does basics well, which comes with a good camera and a great battery then Realme 3 is your smartphone. But if you can shell out a bit more money and are looking for great looks bundled with a good display and better processing power, then the Redmi Note 7 is the one to bring home. Very good phones both. And the best part? Neither is crazy expensive!



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