Realme 3 Pro (review) has launched with a strong set of specs in the affordable segment. The elder brother of the Realme 3 (review) is powered by Snapdragon 710 and it would be up against another powerful Snapdragon 675 engined device – the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review). Both of them are identically named, feature packed and similarly priced phones. So, if you’re about to pick a new phone and are in a pickle betwixt the two, this Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro detailed comparison will help.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro Price and Specification
|Model||Realme 3 Pro||Redmi Note 7 Pro|
|Display||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels IPS LCD with dewdrop notch||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 IPS LCD with Dot Notch|
|Processor||2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675|
|Internal Storage||64GB/128GB (expandable up to 256GB) Dedicated card slot||64GB/128GB, Hybrid slot, expandable up to 256GB|
|Software||Color OS 6.0 (Android Pie)||MIUI 10 (Android Pie)|
|Primary Camera||16MP (F/1.7) + 5MP (F/2.4)||48MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.4)|
|Secondary Camera||25MP (f/2.0)||13MP (f/2.0)|
|Others||4G Dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, micro-USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, proximity sensor, light sensor, and accelerometer||4G Dual VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm audio jack, proximity sensor, light sensor, and accelerometer|
|Battery||4045mAh, 20W VOOC fast charging||4000mAh, 18W Quick Charge 4.0 Support, bundled 15W only|
|Price||· 4GB + 64GB – Rs. 13,999
· 6GB + 128GB – Rs. 16,999
|· 4GB + 64GB – Rs. 13,999
· 6GB + 128GB – Rs. 16,999
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Display, Design and Build Quality
Right when you pick up and hold both the devices, you would feel Redmi Note 7 pro to be bulkier than the Realme 3 Pro. While the former weighs around 186g, the latter feels handy and nimbler with a mass of 172g. Redmi’s heftiness could be attributed to its Gorilla Glass 5 body back and forth. Realme, on the other hand, has used a plastic back and Gorilla Glass 5 for the front.
We’d say that the glassy panel of Note 7 Pro looks and feels more premium. The Realme 3 could have faired a lot better it wasn’t for minor gripes. The concentric yellow rings on the camera and the chrome finish bordering the camera module just don’t feel right. The lack of micro USB Type-C port, clicky buttons, and a comparatively feeble vibration motor are other such minor peeve points that add up.
The camera hump is a problem on Note 7 Pro, especially since the bundled case fails to cloak it. This isn’t a problem with Realme 3 Pro.
Upfront we have similar 6.3-inch (1080×2340 pixel) IPS LCD display configurations with Dot-notch (U-shape) on Redmi and Dewdrop (V-shape) on Realme. While both of them offers color and contrast correction, the default white tone is more neutral in case of Realme display.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Performance and Software
Realme 3 Pro vs. Redmi Note 7 Pro Benchmark Scores
|Benchmark Score||Realme 3 Pro||Redmi Note 7 Pro|
|Geekbench 4 Single-core||1445||2391|
|Geekbench 4 Multi-core||5849||6559|
|GFX Bench (Aztec Ruins, normal tier)||787||574.3|
|GFX Bench (Manhattan 3.1)||1246||906.2|
|GFX Bench (Car Chase)||657.6||459.4|
|3D Mark Sling Shot||2648||1786|
However, benchmarks don’t always reflect real-life day-to-day usage. During our testing, gaming, multi-tasking, and overall performance passed like a breeze on both the handsets, thanks to the robust and reliable chipsets helming them.
Realme 3 Pro offers better gaming performance as compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Heat dissipation is also better on the Realme 3 Pro. Besides, the handset offers Fortnite support out of the box.
Realme 3 Pro offers the same RAM+ROM combos as the Redmi Note 7 Pro- 4GB RAM +64GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 128GB. While both of them offers expandable storage up to 256GB, the dedicated slot in Realme 3 Pro is simply icing on the cake.
When it comes to software and user interface, both of them have feature-packed skins on top of Android 9.0 Pie. The major gripe against the MIUI 10 are the intrusive ads and lack of an app drawer. However, you could disable the ads, slap on a third-party launcher and enjoy the customization granted by MIUI theme store. The phone might soon get the MIUI 11 update.
Realme’s ColorOS 6.0 is a major upgrade from the previous software iteration bringing nifty features such as configurable offscreen gestures and button actions. Realme assures that they will keep pushing security patches.
Coming to media consumption, especially Netflix bingeing, the Realme could be your pick. At the time of testing, the Widevine certification rating was L3 in its case. However, the company claims to patch the L1 certification support in future updates along with Netflix HD streaming compatibility. Redmi Note 7 Pro on the other hand, though supports L1 DRM rating, still doesn’t run Netflix and Amazon Prime HD streaming.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Camera Comparison
The major hype around Redmi Note 7 Pro has been its 48MP rear shooter. However, the catch is that it’s hidden within the Pro mode in the camera app. Moreover, by default, the camera output is 12MP due to the pixel binning technology. This facilitates lower file size using interpolation and is convenient for sharing and storage. The selfie snapper is a 13MP sensor.
Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, bears 16MP primary rear sensor, that’s also employed on the OnePlus 6T. The front shooter is also a larger 25MP sensor. It also features a multi-frame synthesizer technology with which you get Ultra HD 64MP shots. You could record Slo-Mo videos at 960FPS and 4K resolution videos.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Real Life Camera Comparison
Under artificial lighting condition, both Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro do an impressive job in metering and exposure.
While the Redmi Note 7 Pro camera output is truer to the real subject, at times you’ll get underexposed and bleached blues. Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, tends to take sharper, warmer and over-saturated route.
You won’t go wrong with either of the phones during night photography. Capture the nightlife and take it up a notch with native night modes in the camera apps of both phones.
When it comes to portrait mode (night), edge detection is evenly balanced in both the phones. While Redmi Note 7 Pro’s bokeh implementation looks more appealing, the detailing is done better on Realme 3 Pro.
Overall, the low light photography is better with Realme 3 Pro with extra detailing and vibrant colors.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro tends to outmatch Realme 3 Pro in daylight. The former delivers more details and better color accuracy with some exceptions of overexposure. The Face detection algorithm is better in Redmi.
Realme 3 Pro on the other hand, relatively lacks sharpness and pops out the highlighted color in different scenes. Realme 3 Pro’s field of view is also cropped in portrait shots and selfies. However, it does shine with its quicker focus in macro mode.
Both phones gladly support Camera API 2.0. So you could draw out Google Camera’s computational photography.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Battery
Simply in size, the Realme 3 Pro’s 4045 mAh beats the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 4000mAh by a narrow margin. When it comes to the charging tech, Redmi Note 7 Pro bundles a 15W fast charger in the box while it supports 18W Quick Charge 4.0 Support. Realme 3 Pro’s 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging is a massive advantage.
We will update you on the real-life battery longevity comparison in our Full review.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which One To Buy?
This is a neck-to-neck competition between two evenly powerful phones retailing in an affordable and ultra-competitive segment. Comparing the hardware and the overall experience, Redmi Note 7 Pro does take the lead, albeit by a narrow margin. Ergo, when it comes to better value for money, Redmi Note 7 Pro wins the crown.
Realme 3 Pro has its own set of advantages that can not be ignored. It offers better gaming performance, is relatively more ergonomic, has VOOC 3.0 fast charging, and better night mode photography. We are guessing that it will also be relatively easier to add in your cart.
Redmi Note 7 Pro still has better camera experience (particularly in proper lighting), has a better software design (provided you turn off the ads), and a more premium look.
So, you can’t go wrong with either of them. And it all comes down to your personal preference, taking into consideration the difference in software experience and everything discussed above.
Let us know in the comments, which one gets your pick. We would love to know your experience with either of the brands in the past too.
Points in favor of Realme 3 Pro
- Better gaming performance
- VOOC 3.0 fast charging
- Better lowlight camera performance
- No ads in the interface.
Points in favor of Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Better look and feel
- Better daylight camera performance
- Better software