Realme 3 Pro (review), a competitive phone powered by Snapdragon 710 chipset is now official and strikes a chord as a value package for the price tag it carries. Though we and the whole smartphone sect pits it against the Redmi Note 7 Pro (review), we felt there is one another contender in the lineup.
Yes, we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy A50 (review). The Exynos 9610 powered phone is significantly expensive, but it has its own merits to boast. In case you are looking for a phone priced under Rs 20,000, both of these must be on your radar.
We will keep the comparison objective and factual. So, no bragging rights for either and let’s compare the real world experience of using the Realme 3 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A50.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Price and Specifications
|Model||Realme 3 Pro||Samsung Galaxy A50|
|Display||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels IPS LCD with dewdrop notch||6.4 FHD+ Infinity-U display, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||2.3GHz Octa-core Exynos 9610|
|Internal Storage||64GB/128GB (expandable up to 256GB) Dedicated card slot||64GB (expandable up to 512GB) Dedicated card slot|
|Software||Color OS 6.0 (Android Pie)||Android 9 One UI|
|Primary Camera||16MP (F/1.7) + 5MP (F/2.4)||25MP (F1.7) + 5MP (F2.2) + 8MP (Ultra-Wide)|
|Secondary Camera||25MP (f/2.0)||25MP (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||In-display, 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, 15W fast charging|
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Display, Design and Build Quality
Realme 3 Pro has a smaller IPS LCD display whereas the Samsung Galaxy A50 sports a Super-AMOLED screen. Samsung AMOLED displays are a standard in the smartphone world.
Though both the companies feature a glossy gradient design, A50’s 3D Glasstic which is basically Polycarbonate with the glass finish looks and feels more premium than the Realme 3 Pro’s plastic back. When it comes to ergonomics and heft, again Samsung Galaxy A50 is the lighter and slimmer phone.
Though Samsung gives us under-display fingerprint scanner, it’s slower than the capacitive sensor you’d get on the Realme 3 Pro (rear mounted).
In terms of protection, Realme offers Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, while Samsung offers Gorilla Glass 3. (Quick trivia: Gorilla Glass 3 is better for scratch-resistance while the later version is the better bet against drops.)
While the Galaxy A50 already support Widevine L1 certification and you could HD stream on both Netflix and Amazon Prime, Realme 3 Pro will soon receive an update bringing the L1 certification.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Performance and Software
Realme 3 Pro is powered by a 10nm Snapdragon 710 chipset outsmarts Samsung Galaxy A50 engined by a 10nm based Exynos 9610 in the Antutu and Geekbench 4 multi-core tests. However, the results go in A50’s favor in case of Geekbench 4 Single-core test.
|Benchmark Score||Realme 3 Pro||Samsung Galaxy A50|
|Geekbench 4 Single-core||1445||1716|
|Geekbench 4 Multi-core||5849||5504|
Coming to other internal substances, we have 4GB RAM+ 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM+ 64GB as well as a 6GB+ 128GB ROM (expandable up to 256GB via dedicated slot) on Realme 3 Pro, while Galaxy A50 features 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable up to 512GB via dedicated slot).
So, in terms of performance, the Realme 3 Pro leads by a margin. Realme will also introduce an 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant of the 3 Pro that will retail for almost the same (if not lesser) price as the base Galaxy A50 variant.
If you’re a hardcore gamer, Galaxy A50 might prove a dismal choice. During our testing, we faced some minor frame drops while playing PUBG in high settings. The game ran fine on ‘balanced’ graphics at medium frame-rates. Realme 3 Pro on the other track, the graphics are rendered by the Adreno 616 GPU with additional optimization for Tencent (maker of PUBG) and Unity (maker of Fortnite) games.
On the software side, Samsung’s Android 9.0 Pie implementation with One UI skin gives a polished experience, relatively better than the feature-rich yet bland Color OS 6.0 skin on the Realme 3 Pro.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Camera Comparison
Realme 3 Pro sports 16MP primary rear sensor, that’s also employed on the OnePlus 6T (review). This is an f/1.7 aperture lens coupled with a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front shooter is a larger 25MP (f/2.0) 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. You could install and make use of Google’s computational photography via Camera API 2.0 support.
In numbers, Samsung would win with its camera triplet at the back comprising of 25 MP (f/1.7) primary one, 8 MP (f/2.2) ultrawide sensor and finally a 5 MP (f/2.2) depth sensor. Upfront, we have an identical camera, at least in the sheet with a 25 MP (f/2.0) selfie snapper.
When it comes to videography, Samsung sticks to a standard 1080p@30fps. Apart from slo-mo and Hyperlapse, Samsung extends its support of high-efficiency HEIF and HEVC format into A50 which can be enabled from the setting.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50 camera samples
In proper daylight, the Realme 3 Pro can capture more details as compared to Galaxy A50. Colors pop nicely on shots clicked by Galaxy A50, while Realme 3 Pro aims to reproduce more appealing color tones. Even when we pixel-peep into the photos, the Realme 3 Pro is exhibiting more details as compared to Galaxy A50.
Having said that, the Galaxy A50 comes out with a natural representation of colors, whereas the Realme 3 Pro tends to oversaturate.
The portrait shots on Realme 3 Pro are processed and more social media-ready. They are supersaturated yet exposure and detailing are done better. Galaxy A50 takes dull and dim portraits in comparison by bringing down shadows and highlights.
Selfies are one round, where Galaxy A50 snaps pleasing photos as compared to the Realme 3 Pro – both in outdoor light and in low light. Even when you zoom in for details, Galaxy A50 does a finer job.
In low light, the Realme 3 Pro outsmarts Galaxy A50 in both regular as well as native nightscape mode. Overall, we’d say that the Realme 3 pro has the better camera of the two.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Battery
Once again, Realme 3 Pro’s 4045 mAh beats the Galaxy A50 4000mAh by a slim margin. But the practical battery mileage is almost similar on both phones.
When it comes to the charging tech, Realme 3 Pro’s 20W VOOC 3.0 (bundled) charger still gets the pick over Samsung Galaxy A50’s 15W (bundled) charger.
Realme 3 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Which One To Buy?
Now that the comparison is done, let’s get into the verdict on which one to bet your money on. If you want a slick and slim phone that gives you a premium in-hand feel as well as a refined software experience, then grab a Galaxy A50. Moreover, the scales also weighs towards it due to a larger storage solution and better portrait photography.
On the flipside, if you want a phone that does a better job in gaming, daylight and low-light photography (except for human portraits), go with Realme 3 Pro. It also has a slightly larger battery that could be refilled swiftly, courtesy of VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. Even details like Camera API 2.0 compatibility, 4K Video recording, and 960FPS Slo-mo could add to the enhanced experience.
In the end, it all boils down to which of the two ticks your wish list of features. So, let us know your pick. We would love to answer your queries on both the phones to help you with an educated buying decision.
Points in favor of Realme 3 Pro
- Better gaming performance
- VOOC 3.0 fast charging
- Better camera performance
- Support for 4K video recording and Slo-Mo videos at 960FPS.
- Faster fingerprint sensor (capacitive)
Points in favor of Samsung Galaxy A50
- More premium design
- Excellent display
- HD streaming works on Netflix and Prime Videos
- Better software experience
- Larger expandable storage option