Every Penny Counts when it comes to a budget buy. The buying decision for us customers becomes a tough task when there are multiple options vying neck to neck. Things get even more tricky when the pick is between similarly named as well as specced alternatives. Yes, we are talking about the archrivals Redmi and Realme’s latest offerings.

Redmi 8A has just debuted on the close heels of Realme C3’s premiere. So, if you’re thinking of buying a new budget device either for you or your loved ones, this comparison article will help you out. We have bifurcated the differences so that you get to an easy decision.

Redmi 8A vs Realme C3 comparison: Specs

Models Redmi 8A Dual Realme C3
Display 6.22-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels), LCD dewdrop display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 5 6.52-inch HD+ LCD minidrop display with 20:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 MediaTek Helio G70
Internal Storage 32GB, Dedicated MicroSD card slot up to 512GB 32GB/64GB eMMC 5.1 (microSD up to 256GB)
Software MIUI 11 (Android Pie) Realme UI (Android 10)
Rear Camera 13MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor, 1080p@30fps,
Google Lens
12MP (f/1.8) + 2MP (f/2.4) depth, PDAF, Macro 8cm, 1080p@30fps, 480p slow-mo
Front Camera 8MP 5MP
Battery 5000mAh, 18W fast charging support (USB-C, reverse charging) 5000mAh, 10W charging (Micro-USB, OTG reverse charge)
Indian Price
  • 2GB RAM+ 32GB: Rs. 6,499
  • 3GB RAM+ 32GB: Rs. 6,999
  • 3GB+ 32GB: Rs. 6,999
  • 4GB+ 64GB: Rs. 7,999


Redmi 8A Dual vs Realme C3: Design, Display, and Build

Redmi 8A Dual

Both the phones embellish new design traits. While Redmi brings the Aura X-Grip’s textured touch at the back, the Realme sports a Sunrise pattern. Both look fresh and vaunts a nice grip. Both claims to be splash-resistant.

Realme C3

To the front, you’ll be welcomed by a familiar notched display. If you prefer bigger expanse, go for Realme C3 which scales 6.52-inches compared to 6.22-inches in Redmi 8A Dual.

Also, the Redmi 8A Dual enjoys slightly better scratch and drop resistance. The display is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5 as against GG 3 on the Realme C3.

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Redmi 8A Dual vs Realme C3: Performance and Battery

In our Realme C3 review, which was our first time with the MediaTek G70, it exhibited a satisfactory performance. In fact, it fared better in benchmarks than its counterparts, which includes the Snapdragon 439-wielding Redmi 8A Dual. That said, Redmi 8A Dual won’t disappoint you in any way. Both the device will be capable of carrying out your everyday mobile chores.

Coming to memory config though, things trickle down to your preference. Redmi sticks to the 2GB+ 32GB RAM model along with a 3GB+ 32GB one and higher expandable storage offer up its sleeve. Now, whether you opt for a pricier memory card solution is your personal affair. Realme, on the other hand, has 3GB+ 32GB and 4GB+ 64GB models coupled with microSD expansion up to 256GB.

Redmi 8A Dual
Redmi 8A Dual

Although both the phones pack the same 5000mAh of juice, the 18W fast charging support with Redmi 8A Dual will be well, faster than the 10W adapter on Realme C3. Redmi has a USB Type-C socket whilst Realme has the older Micro USB port. Both of them let you reverse charge, in case you need it.

Realme UI initial impression
Realme UI

Last but definitely not the least, Software gets an oomph inside the Realme C3. It bears the latest Android 10 with Realme UI. Realme has optimized its OS for the better. In the Redmi side of things, we have MIUI 11 which has its own enhancements and features to ramp up your experience. The only gripe is that it’s still skinned on Android 9, which is dated for 2020.

Redmi 8A Dual vs Realme C3: Camera

Realme C3

The camera setup is kind of the same on both the handsets with the real-world difference likely to differ due to underlying processing and software treatment. In the case of the newly launched Redmi 8A Dual, you get a 13+2MP duo at the back whereas Realme wields a 12+2MP pair on the rear.

Redmi 8A Dual launched in India
Redmi 8A Dual

As for the front, Redmi and Realme carry an 8MP and 5MP shooters respectively. The 8A has a Google Lens feature while C3 bags macro shots (up to 8cm) capability. Videographers get to shoot FHD videos at 30 frames on both. Realme has stowed in slow-mo recording at 480 frames.

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Redmi 8A Dual vs Realme C3: Closing Thoughts

Having read all that, you would have made your mind by now. Both Redmi 9 and Redmi 9A are fairly similar. So, the real pick is between Redmi and Realme. Summarising, as cliche it may sound, but the choice boils down to what matters to you the most.

Factors in favor of Redmi 8A Dual

  • Higher expandable storage solution
  • USB Type-C and 18W fast charging
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection against scratches and drops

Factors in favor of Realme C3

  • Android 10 based Realme UI
  • More RAM and Storage option
  • More powerful chipset



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