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Redmi Note 7 vs realme 3 Specs Comparison

Redmi Note 7 and realme 3 are two new killer phones that changed the meaning of an affordable phone.
Redmi Note 7 vs realme 3 Specs Comparison
Team Redmi or team realme?

Both are packed with modern designs, powerful specs, big batteries, and cameras that are not commonly found at this price point.

But which comes with the better specs at this price point? Read on!

Redmi Note 7 vs realme 3 Specs Comparison

DeviceRedmi Note 7Realme 3
Display6.3-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protected IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi6.2-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protected IPS screen w/ HD+ 1520 x 720 resolution at 271 ppi
2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor
2.0GHz Helio P60 octa-core processor w/ dual-core AI
GPUAdreno 512Mali-G72 MP3
ROM32GB/64GB/128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB32GB/64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
Back Camera48MP f/1.8 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 + 5MP f/2.4 w/ PDAF, EIS, and LED flash13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 w/ PDAF and LED flash
Selfie Camera13MP f/2.0 w/ AI portrait13MP f/2.0 w/ AI face beauty
4,000mAh w/ Quick Charge 4+
4,230mAh w/ 10W fast charging
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie w/ MIUI 10 
Android 9.0 Pie w/ ColorOS 6.0
WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR blaster, USB-C, AK 98937 Smart PA, Colors: black, blue, purple, neptune blue
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Colors: dynamic black, radiant blue
Dimensions159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm156.2 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm
186 g
175 g
PricePHP 7,990 (3GB RAM/32GB ROM), PHP 9,990 (4GB RAM/64GB ROM), PHP 11,490 (4GB RAM/128GB ROM)
PHP 6,990 (3GB RAM/32GB ROM), PHP 7,990 (3GB RAM/64GB ROM), PHP 9,990 (4GB RAM/64GB ROM)

Bang for the buck supremacy battle!

Redmi Note 7 has a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 protected glass black and front with plastic frame. The realme 3 is made out of polycarbonate material with 3D-like curved back. It also has a glossy finish that gives an illusion of a glass panel. It also goes with a Gorilla Glass 3 protected front.
Glossy back finish
Glossy back finish

In the build quality, although the realme 3's build is no slouch the Redmi Note 7 used more premium materials.

Gradient back design
Gradient back design

Both phones come with gradient design at the back. Redmi Note 7 also has a version with a more traditional solid black color.

In the looks department, the darker look of realme 3 is a direct contrast of the Redmi Note 7 vibrancy.

DisplayThe Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3-inch IPS screen with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It also has a sharper FHD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 at 409 ppi.
Redmi Note 7 screen
Redmi Note 7 screen

On the other hand, realme 3 has a 6.2-inch screen with a 1520 x 720 HD+ resolution. It may not be FHD+ but it is still respectable given the price point. Colors are accurate with great pop. Blacks are not that deep but it is more than usable in media consumption.
Realme 3 screen
Realme 3 screen

Both phones have a dewdrop-style notch which is a welcome design choice. They also have slim side bezels. The chin is a bit thick on both phones but forgivable for the price.

The max brightness level of both devices is comparable.

Specs - This part is a very close one! Realme 3 has a 2.0GHz Helio P60 octa-core processor with dual core AI, Mali-G72 MP3, up to 4GB of RAM with up to 64GB of expandable storage and a 4,230mAh battery with 10W fast charging.

Redmi Note 7 has a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor, Adreno 512 GPU, up to 4GB of RAM with up to 128GB of expandable storage, and 4,000mAh battery with up to 18W fast charging tech.

Ok, this is practically a deadlock. The Helio P60 processor can go toe to toe with the Snapdragon 660 AIE processor. It is even a bit ahead in terms of AI. The Adreno 512 GPU takes a slight lead over the Mali-G72 MP3.

Note 7 can be maxed out at 128GB, but the realme 3 has a slightly bigger battery.

Both also come with speedy 4G LTE connectivity.

Cameras - The Redmi Note 7 champions a 48MP f/1.8 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor paired with a 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor. It also has PDAF, EIS and LED flash. For selfies, it has a 13MP f/2.0 sensor with AI portrait.

Realme 3 has a 13MP f/1.8 main sensor paired with a 2MP f/2.4 secondary depth sensor with PDAF and LED flash. It also has a 13MP f/2.0 with AI face beauty.

Redmi Note 7 highlights the pixel binning tech that combines 4 pixels into 1 crisp 12MP output. Realme on the other hand comes with the Chroma Boost and Nightscape modes.

Based on our initial tests, it could go either way for the main cameras. Bigger main camera pixels doesn't automatically mean better. To check the images that we too, click this link.

For selfies, both are equipped with AI-assisted 13MP f/2.0 shooters.

Watch: Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs realme 3 Night Camera Comparison

Other features - Both devices are packed with more than what you would expect at this price point. The Redmi Note 7 pushes it a bit more with extra features such as an IR Blaster, USB Type-C, and an AK 98937 Smart PA.

Redmi Note 7 advantages - Gorilla Glass 5 protection, FHD+ screen, better GPU, USB-C port, IR blaster
Realme 3 advantages - Better AI chip, slightly bigger battery capacity, more affordable price tag

Our thoughts

Both arrived with game-changing specs for the price. Redmi Note 7 and realme 3 brought mid-range specs and features into the a more affordable price segment with almost no compromise in design and build quality.

On paper, Redmi Note 7 is a bit ahead as it comes with more features. However, the Realme 3 has a more affordable starting price tag.

It will be even priced at just PHP 6,290 later (March 25 midnight) at Shopee. On the other hand, Redmi Note 7 will go on sale on March 27 at Lazada.

For us, either of the Redmi Note 7 or realme 3 is a win-win for consumers since both have capable specs given that they are falling under the budget smartphone line.

We're not giving any conclusion or final judgments here yet because we'll be doing a full comparison of these smartphones.`

Stay tuned!
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