Realme 3 Pro is arguably the best budget gaming phone for the first half in 2019, as it’s priced at a very competitive P12,990. Now that Xiaomi has debuted its Mi CC9 with a price of CNY 1,799 or ~ P13k before taxes, could we finally see a shift in power?
Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Realme 3 Pro Differences
Advantages of Mi CC9
- metal and glass build (premium design)
- Super AMOLED panel
- HDR display support
- triple main camera
- 32MP selfie camera
- aptX HD codec
- under-display fingerprint scanner
- Infrared port
- USB Type-C
Advantages of Realme 3 Pro
- polycarbonate build (durable and lighter design)
- dedicated microSD slot
- 16MP f1.7 main sensor
- capacitive fingeprint scanner (faster and more accurate)
- 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging
Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Realme 3 Pro Similarities
- teardrop notch
- FHD+ resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Android 9 Pie
- up to 6GB/128GB
- expandable storage up to 256GB
- secondary depth sensor
- singe selfie camera
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Wi-Fi ac
- BT 5.0
- FM Radio
- at least 4000mAh battery
- at least 18W fast charging
Which is a better buy between the Xiaomi Mi CC9 and Realme 3 Pro?
Both phones have a similar design — from the teardrop notch to the iridescent hue on the back. Where the two differ is the way it will feel when in use. The Mi CC9 sports a glass and metal body that feels substantially more expensive in the hand. On the other end, the Realme 3 Pro sports a polycarbonate body with a glass-like finish on the back. The upside to this design is the fact that it’s more durable when dropped and less slippery in the hand.
With both clocking in at FHD+ 6.3″, there’s a significant difference in display quality. Thanks to the Super AMOLED panel on the CC9, the quality looks better due to the infinite contrast ratio and vibrant colors. Although the IPS LCD panel on the Realme 3 Pro looks muted, it has wide viewing angles and not prone to permanent burn-in.
The similarities continue as both make use of Snapdragon 710 chipset. However, the base configuration of the Realme device is 4GB/64GB. While the Xiaomi device has more headroom in the 6GB/64GB configuration. The added RAM should translate to more apps open in the background and smoother transitions between apps. In terms of day-to-day usage, your experience may vary between MIUI 10 and ColorOS 6 — both based on Android 9 Pie.
Buyers will need to take a look at the camera personalities as one is clearly better than the other. In the case of Realme 3 Pro, it has a decent dual main camera offering — 16MP f1.7 and 5MP f.24 depth sensors. Perhaps, the only advantage of it in this comparison is the brighter aperture. As for the CC9, it’s a jam-packed setup featuring a 48MP f1.8 wide + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP depth.
While the selfie camera favors the Xiaomi device with its 32MP f2.0 sensor, the Realme competitor isn’t far behind with a 25MP f2.0 sensor. You can check out the sample shots from our review.
With at least 4000mAh battery in tow, even the fast charging output is very close. The CC9 goes up to 18W while the Realme 3 Pro goes up to 20W, boasting up to 50% in 30 mins.
We are glad to report that both phones have an audio jack. But the CC9 is far ahead with the use of a USB Type-C port, under-screen scanner, NFC, and infrared port. All of these are missing from the Realme 3 Pro, except for the fingerprint scanner that’s of capacitive type.
The Mi CC9 is estimated at CNY 1,799 (~P13,300) for the 6GB/64GB model and goes up to CNY 1,999 (~P14,800) for the 6GB/128GB. While the Realme 3 Pro is priced at P12,990 for the 4GB/64GB model and P14,990 for the 6GB/128GB model.
In another comparison, we assumed that the CC9 is priced at P16k (around P15,990). Applying that term here, the CC9 is clearly the better overall phone. However, there’s no stark difference in performance. Which means — the Realme 3 Pro is still the best budget gaming phone at P12,990.
|Specs||Xiaomi Mi CC9||Realme 3 Pro|
|Display||6.39-inch Full FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, teardrop notch, HDR||6.3-inch IPS LCD FHD+, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, fullscreen, HDR|
|Dimensions||156.8 x 74.5 x 8.7 mm, 179g||156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm, 172g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 616|
|Memory||128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM, with microSD of up to 256GB||64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM, with dedicated microSD of up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF|
8 MP, (ultrawide)
2 MP, depth sensor
|16 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF|
5 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
|Front Camera||32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm||25 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 0.8µm|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, aptxHD, USB Type-C, headphone jack, NFC, infrared port||Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, hotspot, BT 5.0, LE, microUSB, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4030mAh battery (18W fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4045mAh battery (20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10||Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6|
|Official Price||CNY 1,799 (~P13,300) and goes up to CNY 1,999 (~P14,800)||P12,990 – P14,990|