Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Xiaomi finally meets its match
Xiaomi has made it big in the Indian market by offering Redmi phones that have shaken, stirred and disrupted the budget to mid-range segments, making life difficult for pretty much every other player in the market. And then Realme burst into the scene last year, taking a page out of Xiaomi's own book by offering phones with great hardware and design at knockout prices. Realme has been launching a series of impressive Redmi competitors, culminating in what is perhaps the company's best phone yet, the Realme 3 Pro.
Priced at Rs 13,999, the Realme 3 Pro is Snapdragon 710-powered flagship from the company that also touts a dewdrop display, gradient design, some stellar flagship-grade cameras and a long-lasting battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It's safe to say that this is a loaded device and possibly one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. It also means the phone will go head-to-head against the identically priced Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design and Display
There is no doubt that the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium design. Xiaomi has used some high-end materials such as Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. Glass, of course, gives it a rich feel and is pretty rare to find in this segment. Add to that, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
While it's true that the Realme 3 Pro does not offer an all-glass design, it doesn't stop from being an attractive phone. In fact, the Realme 3 Pro offers better ergonomics with its 3D curved rear panel, solid metal frame and well-positioned rear fingerprint sensor and buttons on the side of the frame. It is also lightweight at 172 grams compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which weighs at 186 grams.
The Realme 3 Pro offers a terrific in-hand feel and it also comes in some unique gradient colours that includes Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also offered in two gradient colours, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red.
After using both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, I have to say that the Realme flagship offers a brighter and more vivid 6.3-inch FHD+ display compared to the Redmi phone. Viewing angles are better on the Realme 3 Pro and the display looks rich and saturated with deep colours. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is confirmed to come with Widevine L1 certification when it ships out to consumers, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support the standard yet.
The Realme 3 Pro's design is completed with a triple card slot that can handle two nano SIM cards and a microSD card slot, a single bottom-firing speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two nano SIM cards or a SIM + microSD card combination. It also gets a speaker, headphone jack and notably a Type-C port.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Performance
The Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro get some of the most powerful mid-range processors in the market right now. While the former gets an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset, the latter is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. They are offered with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and both the phones support expandable storage up to 256GB.
According to benchmark tests on AntuTu and GeekBench, the Redmi Note 7 Pro's SD675 chipset outscores the Realme 3 Pro's SD710 SoC. However, in real-world usage with day-to-day tasks like messaging, social media browsing, multitasking and loading and running heavy apps, both the phones perform equally and admirably.
Both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro are some of the fastest and most powerful phones you can find under Rs 15,000. But the Realme 3 Pro gets an edge over the Redmi Note 7 Pro in gaming performance. The SD710 chipset comes with a capable Adreno 616 GPU that runs graphic intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 absolutely smoothly on high graphics settings without lags or stutters. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is also the only phone among the two that supports Fortnite as of now.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Camera
Realme did not take the 48MP camera route as the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Instead, the company decided to take a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor that can be seen on premium phones like the OnePlus 6T, and added it to the Realme 3 Pro. The result is that you get excellent sharpness and detail in photos captured in daylight. The Chroma Boost mode boosts colours saturation and dynamic range, resulting is some really attractive photos in most lighting conditions.
The Realme 3 Pro comes with versatile cameras as it also manages to capture some great macro shots that are not possible on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The secondary 5MP depth camera does a decent job at bokehs, while the 25MP front-facing cameras captures detailed selfies with good colour reproduction. The Realme 3 Pro's cameras also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps, which is a first for a phone in this segment.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro has already secured its position as a photography powerhouse in this segment thanks to its 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera that can capture great detail in most lighting conditions. The standard 12MP mode uses pixel binning to stitch together photos and offer high-quality 48MP shots. The phone also comes with a 5MP secondary depth camera and a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies.
After taking a bunch of photos on both the devices, here's what I felt. Both the phones capture fantastic details and sharpness in daylight, but the Realme 3 Pro offers better dynamic range and higher contrast thanks to the Chroma Boost feature. Photos captures via the Realme 3 Pro look brighter and more vibrant, while photos from the Redmi Note 7 Pro look more natural and colour-accurate.
Selfies on the Realme 3 Pro look sharper as well with punch and vibrant colours, natural skin tones and balanced exposure. Selfies on the Redmi Note 7 Pro look softer in comparison and often overexposed which leads to blown out backgrounds.
But the Redmi Note 7 Pro still takes better low-light shot compared to the Realme 3 Pro. Both the phones come with dedicated long-exposure night modes that can capture a good amount of light to offer brighter, clearer photos in low-light settings. The Night mode on the Redmi phone does a great job in retaining detail and reducing noise. The Realme 3 Pro's Nightscape feature does admirably in low-light but photos look a touch softer and blurrier compared to Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Battery
The Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro come with similar battery capacities with the former getting a 4,000mAh battery and the latter coming with a 4,045mAh battery. The batteries ensure you get a solid full-day worth of juice on a single charge. If you're not using the devices beyond the average messaging, social media browsing, and some gaming, you should get around a day and a half of battery with both the phones.
A big advantage with the Realme 3 Pro is the support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which can charge up the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes. You also get a 20W fast charger with the box/ The Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support such fast charging speeds, and the company only ships a 10W charger with the box.
Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro?
Both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are priced identically starting at Rs 13,999. And for that price, both the phones offer terrific value, so there is no wrong decision here. That being said, Realme seems to have a clear edge in some areas such as gaming performance, VOOC fast charging and offering versatile cameras. It is the perfect alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro right now.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also a fast-performing phone with great cameras, especially for low-light photography. It also comes with a premium glass design and a Type-C port. But the Realme 3 Pro offers more features and more bang for the buck and is perhaps the best phone under Rs 15,000 right now.