Realme’s answer to both entry and midrange offering of its competition is the new Realme 3. It’s a new Budget King smartphone from the Oppo’s sub-brand and could put a serious fight against with the more expensive rivals like the new Samsung Galaxy M20.
With both phones released in the Philippines, which phone makes a better buy in camera, gaming, battery, and value? Let’s see if the Realme 3 could be a better smartphone offer than the more expensive Samsung Galaxy M20.
|Specs||Samsung M20||Realme C3|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~409ppi||6.3-inch display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~409ppi|
|Size||8.8 mm thickness, 186g weight||8.3mm thickness, 175g weight|
|Color||Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black||Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue|
|Chip||Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm)||MediaTek Helio P70|
|Graphics||ARM Mali-G71||Mali-G72 MP3|
|Processor||Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)||Octa-core (2.1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 2 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)|
|Main camera||13 MP + 5 MP dual camera||13 MP + 2 MP dual camera|
|Multimedia||1080p@30fps video recorder||1080p@30fps video recorder|
|Front facing camera||8 MP, f/2.0||13 MP, f/2.0|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot GSM/HSPA/LTE||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot GSM/HSPA/LTE|
|OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo); Experience 9.5||Android v9.0 (Pie)|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery||4230 mAh|
|Ports and charging||USB v3.0, Type-C reversible connector, Fast battery charging||USB v2.0|
|Price and availability||P10,990 (3GB)||P6,990 (3GB)|
Both have small V-shaped notch and dual camera. The Realme 3 comes in a chromatic glass-like plastic backing. Though it’s made of plastic, the finger marks aren’t much of a problem. Going to Samsung, it has a clean matte finish that reflects a bit of light. The two looks sophisticated though it has a different finish individually.
As for dimensions, Samsung M20 is quite bigger with 8.8 mm thickness and weighs 186g vs. Realme that has an 8.3mm thickness and weighs 175g.
But overall, the Realme 3 is a winner since it has a decent all-screen midrange looks on a budget price.
Winner: Realme 3
Both sports 6.3-inch displays with the Galaxy M20 having a sharper 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution or ~409ppi compared to the HD+ of the Realme 3. However, upon looking closely, the difference is hardly noticeable. The Realme budget has Gorilla Glass 3 while the Galaxy has standard protection only.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy M20
Their cameras have both good and bad sides. Samsung M20 has 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera while Realme has 13 MP + 2 MP main dual camera and 8 MP, f/2.0 and 13 MP, f/2.0 front camera, respectively.
Samsung M20 was fun to use because it has useful features like portrait mode and wide lens. But I had a hard time to have it focused on my subjects. On the other hand, though it doesn’t have features like Samsung M20 Camera App, the Realme 3 did the job better. Realme 3’s output has better post-processed results and overall better quality than Samsung M20.
The contrast and colors on Realme 3’s camera shots are deeper and more natural looking as compared to the greyish tint on some photos from the Samsung shooter.
Overall, the budget Realme selfie camera takes the cake on this round also as the results showed it has more life-like and better beauty shots.
Winner: Realme 3
Performance and benchmark
Samsung M20 is powered by Exynos 7904 Octa (14 nm) with ARM Mali-G71 GPU while Realme 3 has MediaTek Helio P70 or P60 (region dependent) paired with Mali-G72 MP3. With light task, both were smooth and fast in everyday use while the Realme 3 performs considerably better in demanding tasks like PUBG and Mobile Legends Bang Bang gaming, thanks to its faster CPU and GPU.
|Device||AnTuTu||Geekbench (single core)|
|Samsung Galaxy M20||107.452||1318|
Winner: Realme 3
Battery and Charging
Despite the Samsung Galaxy M20 having larger 5000mAh battery capacity, its rival, the Realme 3 managed to have long battery life as well. The reason behind is the large 4230 mAh battery coupled with a more efficient processor and fewer display pixels on the Realme. Expect both to have 2 days of battery life including light gaming, streaming, and internet use.
Charging both devices takes roughly 2 hours using their original power adapters from the box. The budget Realme has 10W support and the Galaxy has a 15W but with a larger battery to fill.
Conclusion: Realme 3 is the new Budget King Smartphone
Our comparison proves that despite the Realme 3 having a cheaper price tag, its overall features and package prove to be better than the Galaxy M20 priced at P10,990. Its camera and more powerful hardware make it a more compelling option than the Samsung Galaxy M20 with a sharper screen and larger battery.
With reasonable price and solid specs, the Realme 3 is definitely the new Budget King Smartphone this 2019.
Winner: Realme 3
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy M20 with 3GB RAM is priced at PHP 10,990. and is available at Samsung Stores nationwide. Realme 3 will be available this end of March with an official price of P6,990 (3GB + 32GB) and P7,990 (64GB) to P9,990 (4GB +64GB) depending on the memory configurations or model.
Read: Realme 3 Full Review – The New Budget King Smartphone