It was only last month when OPPO’s sub-brand released the “Budget King” Realme 3. However, the company is back at it again, this time, with the Realme 3 Pro. Seemingly another mid-range performer under the budget segment, it’s looking like Realme 3 owners should’ve waited for this one.
Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro Differences
Advantages of Realme 3
- slightly larger 4230mAh battery
Advantages of Realme 3 Pro
- slightly larger screen (6.3-inch) and higher screen-to-body ratio (83.7%)
- FHD+ resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Snapdragon 710
- up to 6GB/128GB
- 16MP f1.7 + 5MP f2.4 main camera (up to 4K @ 30fps)
- 25MP f2.0 selfie camera
- BT 5.0
- Wi-Fi ac
- Super VOOC 3.0 fast charging at 20W (50% in 30mins)
Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro Similarities
- polycarbonate body
- IPS LCD panel
- dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
- dual main camera
- single selfie camera
- Android 9.0 Pie based on Color OS 6
- 1080p selfie video recording
- microUSB 2.0
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- at least 4000mAh battery
Which is a better buy between the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro?
In terms of design, both the Realme 3 and Realme 3 Pro sport glass and polycarbonate build, waterdrop notches, fingerprint scanner, and dual camera placements. Where the two differs is the finish on the back — with the newer device having an S-shaped reflection for a crafty look.
As for the display, Realme 3 Pro takes a clear advantage with the crisper FHD+ resolution.
Although both are running on Android 9.0 Pie based on ColorOS 6, the performance on the Realme 3 Pro gets a huge upgrade thanks to its Snapdragon 710. The same can be said on RAM and storage that goes up to 6GB and 128GB, respectively.
Due to the upgraded hardware, it’s expected for the newer device to perform better due to a 16MP + 5MP dual main camera with a larger f1.7 aperture. The deal is even better as it’s capable of recording up to 4K @ 30fps and FHD @ 120fps. The front camera gets a huge upgrade too with a massive 25MP sensor.
Connectivity-wise, Bluetooth 5.0 arrives on the Realme 3 Pro together with better Wi-Fi ac standard. However, you still have to make do with a micro USB 2.0 for some reason.
Smaller battery but faster charging
Lastly, the battery capacity is smaller at 4045mAh compared to the 4230mAh of the Realme 3. But in terms of fast charging, the Realme 3 Pro packs a whopping 20W Super VOOC feature — reaching 50% charge in just 30 mins.
For the price, the Realme 3 starts at P6,990 (3GB/32GB) up to P9,990 (4GB/64GB). On the other hand, the Realme 3 Pro is estimated to arrive up to P10,990(4GB/64GB). Whether you’re upgrading to the newer device (coming from Realme 3) or buying a new budget phone, the Realme 3 Pro is a great pick.
|Specs||Realme 3 Pro||Realme 3|
|Display||6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+ 1080p, Corning Gorilla Glass 5,||6.22-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 270ppi, 19:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Dimensions||156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm , 172g||156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)||Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Memory||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM + dedicated microSD slot, up to 256GB||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM + dedicated 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
|13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF|
2 MP, depth sensor
|Front Camera||25 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm||13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.12µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, micro USB, 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 4045mAh battery (20W Super VOOC fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery, 10W charging|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6|
|Official Price||P10,000 to P10,990 for 4GB model in the Philippines||$120 or P6,990 3GB RAM model + 64GB memory|