In India, the sub ₹10,000 price bracket is perhaps the most competitive of the lot. This can largely be owed to the fact that a large number of Indians now have access to 4G technologies and wish to utilize it to the fullest using a smartphone. This is also the reason why we have seen a lot of growth in the segment and cheaper phones are getting consistently better.
Today, we take an in-depth look at the Realme 3 and the Redmi Note 7, both of which are the top players in this bracket and see which one deserves your money.
Off late, it seems every phone that comes out has some sort of a notch. Both these phones also sport a notch at the top of the display but the good thing is that the manufacturers have opted for the space saving and premium looking water-drop style notches. Of the two phones, the Redmi Note 7 has a slightly larger 6.3-inch display while the Realme 3 has a 6.2-inch display.
As for screen resolution, the Redmi Note 7 has a higher resolution of 1080x2340 pixels while the Realme 3 has a 720x1520 pixel resolution display. To keep the phone free of scratches, the companies have opted to make use of Gorilla glass panels. The Redmi Note 7 has Gorilla glass v5, while the other uses Gorilla glass v3
When it comes to the design language of the two phones, they both have a premium look and feel. The phones do not have an especially groundbreaking design, but at the price point, they both are perhaps the best looking phones you can buy. One thing that must be kept in mind is that the Realme 3 has a gradient back, which gives it an edge over the competitor.
When using a phone on a daily basis, this is perhaps the most compelling factor. To help with multitasking, gaming and day to day needs, the Redmi Note 7 comes with the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz while the Realme 3 uses a MediaTek Helio P70 processor. Both the chipsets are equally matched and should perform well in any situation you throw at it. As far as RAM and storage is concerned, both the phones have identical 3GB RAM + 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB of onboard storage variants. The Redmi Note 7 also comes in a 6GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant.
Another difference in the phones comes as part of the GPUs. The Redmi Note 7 uses the widely known Adreno 512 while the other phone uses a Mali G72 MP3 GPU. Owing to this, you can expect more performance when playing mobile video games.
For many potential buyers, this is the most important aspect of a smartphone. Both the phones have dual camera setups at the back. The Redmi Note 7 houses a primary sensor of 13-megapixels at an f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 2-megapixel sensor. The secondary lens is to help with depth sensing and portrait mode shots.
As far as the Realme 3 is concerned, it comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixels and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixels, the same as the Redmi. The company claims that the phone makes use of AI technologies to help with scene detection and vibrant, more detailed shots.
Up front and in the notch, both the phones sport a 13-megapixel sensor at an f/2.0 aperture. However, it remains to be seen how the cameras will perform in real-world usage.
Most of the mid-range phones that come out these days house some massive batteries and these two are no exceptions. The Redmi Note 7 has a 4,000mAH battery and the Realme 3 has an edge over this because it sports a slightly bigger 4,230mAH battery.
Both the phones run on Android v9.0 with skins applied on top. The Redmi comes with a MiUI skin while the Realme comes with a ColourOS 6.0 skin. Long term performance of the software will have to be tested to see how well it holds up against time.
The phones come in the sub- ₹15,000 price bracket and are great performers in the segment. The Redmi Note 7 is priced at ₹9,999 for the base model while the mid-tier model is for ₹11,999. The top tier of the phone, the 6GB RAM variant is priced at ₹16,999 The Realme 3, on the other hand, is priced at ₹8,999 for the 3GB RAM variant and the higher RAM variant will be priced at ₹10,999. Both the phones are currently available at online stores.