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Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Confrontation to be best mid-ranger

05 March 2019 5

Finally after a long streak of rumors and leaks the Oppo's subsidiary Realme wraps off the cover from the Realme 3. Realme 3 is the latest best mid-range offering from the company for the Indian market. The Realme 3 will have to face stiff competition from the already saturated Indian market in which customers have a number of options around INR 10,000. Samsung also announced new Galaxy M20 as a new mid-range offering to compete against the Chinese brands.

However, the Realme 3's main competitor will be Redmi Note 7. The Redmi Note 7 goes official just a few days ahead of Realme 3. It is the company's latest best offering, unfortunately, it lacks the 48MP snapper like the Chinese model. Still, the company is hopeful the Redmi Note 7 cameras will perform well. There is a number of aspects which makes the Realme 3 a direct competitor of Redmi Note 7. Today we will put the latest Realme 3 against the Redmi Note 7 to know which smartphone is better in what aspects.

We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understanding which smartphone is worthy to be your next mid-range companion. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.


Most of the latest phones either have gradient finish or glass and metal sandwich design. Fortunately, both phones are adopting the latest design trend. The Redmi Note 7 features glass and metal sandwich design. The glass is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Realme 3 comes with unibody plastic design with gradient finish.

Like most of the latest phones both have dewdrop notch, however, the finish is different. The Realme 3 has V-shaped dewdrop notch whereas the Redmi Note 7 sports U-shaped notch. Both have prominent bezels at the bottom of the display. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side of both the phones.

The Realme has dual rear cameras aligned vertically at the top left corner. The module also has an LED flashlight. On the other hand the Redmi Note 7 also has dual rear cameras at the top left corner, however, the LED flashlight is placed separately below the sensors.

The Realme 3 edges are curved which makes it an easy device to grab single handidly whereas the Note 7 edges are almost flat. For connectivity, the Realme 3 rely on the old traditional MicroUSB port whereas the Xiaomi's phone has Type-C port. Both have 3.5mm headphone jack.


Thanks to the dewdrop display both the phones have a full front-facing display which provides an immersive experience to watch videos and playing games. The Redmi Note 7 comes with a 6.3-inches display. It's an LTPS LCD panel with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9.

The Realme 3 lags behind not only due to smaller display but also in screen resolution. It features a 6.2-inches LCD display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9. It's quite unfortunate to see HD+ resolution when almost all OEMs are offering Full HD+ in this pricing. Due to higher pixels density and ample brightness, the Redmi Note 7 is a better option. The Realme 3 display isn't worst but it isn't as good as its counterpart.


Fortunately, the Redmi Note 7 retains similar hardware like the Chinese variant. It is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC with max clocking at 2.2Ghz. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

The Realme U1 was the brand's first phone with MediaTek P70 chipset, the company retained the SoC for the Realme 3 as well. It also has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for the base model. Both devices support memory expansion via MicroSD. The Realme 3 has dedicated slot whereas the Note 7 rely on the hybrid slot.

The P70 is the company's flagship chipset whereas the Snapdragon 660 is powering many mid-range phones. You can play games smoothly without worrying about glitches. Overall both the phones are good enough to be your daily driver.

Specs Redmi Note 7 Realme 3
Display 6.3-inches 6.2-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 720 x 1520 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 660 MediaTek P70
Storage 32GB, 64G Expandable via MicroSD 32GB, 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+2MP 13MP+2MP
Front camera 13MP 13MP
USB Type-C MicroUSB
Software Android Pie with MIUI 10 Android Pie with ColorOS 6
Battery 4,000mAh 4,230mAh

The best thing is both the phones are running on the latest version of Android OS, however the custom UI skin is different on both the phones. The Redmi Note 7 is running on the MIUI 10 ROM which is more close to iOS than Android OS. The amount of bloatware is reduced than earlier versions but still, it has bloatware apps and ads are certainly not liked by everyone.

The Realme 3 is pre-installed with ColorOS 5.2 which is more close to stock Android OS UI. However, it also comes pre-loaded with tons of extra features. There is a number of aspects where MIUI 10 and ColorOS 6 are quite close to each other.


In the cameras department both the phones have dual cameras on the rear side. The primary rear snapper on the Redmi Note 7 is a 12MP module with f/2.2 aperture and the pixels size is 1.25µm whereas the secondary depth-sensing module is 2MP for capturing portrait shots.

The Realme 3 primary rear snapper is a 13MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 2MP depth-sensing sensor. Thanks to larger aperture the Realme 3 cameras setup is slightly better than the U1. Up front, the selfie snapper on both the phones is 13MP with f/2.0 aperture.

The best thing is both the devices support Camera2 API which allows you to install third party camera apps to beautify your shots. You can also install Google camera mode as well. One of the grey areas for both phones is certainly the low-light conditions. Both the phones struggle in low-light scenarios, however, the results are good in stable light conditions.


The battery cell on both phones is quite gigantic. The Redmi Note 7 comes with a 4,000mAh battery whereas the Realme 3 has an even higher battery of 4,230mAh. Even on heavy usage both the phones are capable to easily last one day. You can get more than one day life on moderate usage.

As far as the fast charging is a concern the Redmi Note 7 features Quick Charge 4 for ultra-fast charging. However, you have to grab the QC 4.0 charger separately. The device is shipped with a 10W charger. The Realme 3 also rely on the 10W charger but it has MicroUSB port instead of Type-C. It's good to see Xiaomi introduced Type-C port for a mid-range phone.


In the budget segment, the most important aspect is usually the price tag, the same is the case here. Both the phones are aimed to attract budget-conscious customers of the Indian market. The Redmi Note 7 emerged as a hot cake option under INR 10,000 when it was announced. To counter it Realme took the game to the next level by introducing Realme 3 for INR 1000 cheaper. The Redmi Note 7 base model costs INR 9,999 whereas the Realme 3 starts at INR 8,999.


Both the packed with stylish design, solid hardware, and cameras, gigantic battery cell at a pocket-friendly price tag. Both the devices have a full front-facing display, now it's up to you whether you prefer glass and metal sandwich designed Redmi Note 7 or the unibody plastic designed Realme 3.

In the hardware department, both phones are solid performers. As OS both are pre-installed on the latest version of Android OS. The battery life on both the phones last more than one day. Last but not the least the Realme 3 is INR 1000 cheaper which certainly will play a deciding role here. Feel free to share your thought regarding the Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

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Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Confrontation to be best mid-ranger
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I'd have been happy to see the mention of the Indian variant in the chart above. The dual rear camera setup and 48MP associated with the Redmi Note 7 can easily cause confusion.


This is actually a dampener to see that the Indian version doesn't have that 48MP camera module. Compared to that, the dual rear camera setup of 12MP and 2MP doesn't really make up for my understanding.


Already being a Redmi Note 4 user, I'm more inclined to vote for the Redmi Note 7. But the Realme 3 is here to compete, which is quite evident from the above table.


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