Realme 3 finally gets its official pricing in the Philippines – Php6,990(3GB/32GB). However, Xiaomi recently announced the Redmi 7 which could arrive at the same price. This time, should you even wait for the new Redmi device?
Realme 3 and Redmi 7 Differences
Advantages of Realme 3
- slightly faster Helio P60
- better graphics and gaming experience
- brighter, sharper main camera
- larger 13MP camera
- larger 13MP selfie camera
- larger 4320mAh battery
- more efficient processor
- available in the Philippines
Advantages of Redmi 7
- p2i nano hydrophobic coating
- newer Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- up to FHD 60fps video recording
Realme 3 and Redmi 7 Similarities
- IPS LCD panels
- 720p+ resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- polycarbonate body
- Android 9.0 Pie
- dedicated microSD slot
- up to 4GB/64GB
- dual main camera
- single selfie camera
- BT 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n
- micro USB 2.0
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 10W charging
- Black, Blue, Red variants
Which is a better buy between the Realme 3 and Redmi 7?
The design construction and material of Realme 3 and Redmi 7 are the same from the notch to the camera placement on their polycarbonate bodies. Only the former has a sharper notch while the latter has an edgier look instead. But what could be the clincher for Xiaomi’s device are the newer Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with P2i nano hydrophobic coating for splash resistance.
Snapdragon vs Helio
When it comes to performance, the Helio P60 inside the Realme 3 is around 10% faster(based on Geekbench) compared to the older Snapdragon 632. Despite the small difference, both are running Android 9.0 Pie with their respective UI designs.
Close call for the cameras
The camera will come down to user preference as it’s too close on paper with 13MP + 2MP(Realme 3) vs 12MP + @2MP(Redmi 7). But do take note that Xiaomi’s budget device can record up to a smoother 60fps. As for the selfie camera, expect better quality from the larger 13MP of Realme.
Other features are present on both devices with the audio jack, fingerprint scanner, and micro USB port. Although both come with at least 4000mAh battery, Realme 3 takes it further to 4230mAh.
Similarly priced variants
Realme 3 has official prices of Php6,990 (3GB/64GB), Php7,990 (3GB/64GB), and Php9,990(4GB/64GB). While Redmi 7 is estimated(before taxes) to arrive at Php5,500(2GB/16GB), Php6,100(3GB/32GB), and Php7,800(4GB/64GB).
Xiaomi normally wins the budget segment but Realme 3 has proved, with its better SoC and slightly larger battery, a perfect fit for budget gamers. But given the small difference in price and features, Redmi 7 is also a decent choice should you want smoother video recording and larger file repository.
|Specs||Redmi 7||Realme 3|
|Display||6.26-inch IPS LCD HD+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, P2i nano hydrophobic coating||6.22-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 270ppi, 19:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Dimensions||158.7 x 75.6 x 8.5 mm, 180g||156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 (14 nm)||Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 (12 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 506||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Memory||64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 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||12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25µm, PDAF +2 MP, depth sensor||13 MP, f/1.8, 1/3″, 1.12µm, PDAF|
2 MP, depth sensor
|Front Camera||8MP f/2.0||13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.12µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, 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 4000mAh battery (10W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery, 10W charging|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.0||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6|
|Official Price||P6,500 3GB + 32GB||$120 or P6,990 3GB RAM model + 64GB memory|