Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi Y3 (review) into the mix of a similarly priced and specced phones such as Redmi Note 7 and Realme U1 (review). The latter of the three and the latest from the Redmi family are straight off the bat aims for the selfie fans. Better put, they are camera-centered phones, while Redmi Note 7 is more of a performance-focussed release. If you are in a pickle to pick one among the three, this comparison might prove useful.
Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Y3 vs Realme U1 Comparison, Price and Specs
|Model||Redmi Note 7||Redmi Y3||Realme U1|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution, Dot-notch||6.26 inches, 1520×720 resolution,Dot Notch IPS LCD, 19:9 aspect ratio||6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels);19.5:9; 409 PPI
Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core, Adreno 512||14nm 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Adreno 506||2.1 GHz MediaTek Helio P70 Octa-core; ARM G72 GPU|
|RAM||3GB/ 4GB||3GB/ 4GB||3GB/4GB|
|Internal Storage||32GB/ 64GB, Hybrid MicroSD card slot||32GB/ 64GB, Dedicated MicroSD card slot||32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB via dedicated slot|
|Software||MIUI 10 (Android Pie)||MIUI 10 (Android Pie)||Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS 5.2|
|Rear Camera||12MP + 2MP||12MP + 2MP||13MP + 2MP|
|Battery||4000mAh, 18W Fast Charging, Quick Charge 4.0 Support||4000mAh, 10W charger||3500mAh, 10W charger|
Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Y3 vs Realme U1: Design and Display comparison
In the aesthetics department, the latest Redmi Y3 sports an Aura Prism (with prism-like gradient shine) while the Redmi Note 7 has the regular Aura design. Realme U1 has a plastic body that garnishes the glass-finish. Both the Realme U1 and the recent Redmi Y3 might better withstand the test of time thanks to their relatively durable polycarbonate back when compared to the Redmi Note 7’s actual glass panel (which, by the way, feels more premium).
While the Redmi Note 7 and the Realme U1 sports a similar 6.3-inch display with 2340 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution. The Redmi Y3 has a lower resolution display which is of 6.26-inch. When it comes to protection, Redmi phones offer Gorilla Glass 5 while the Realme U1 sticks to Gorilla Glass 3.
Amidst the differences, all the three phones share the similarities of featuring dual rear cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, and 3.5mm headphone sockets. While the Redmi Note 7 has a USB Type-C port, the Realme U1 and Redmi Y3 take the older micro-USB route.
Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Y3 vs Realme U1: Performance
When it comes to internals, the Redmi Y3 runs on 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Realme U1 on 2.1GHz MediaTek Helio P70, and finally, the Redmi Note 7 on 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. This is coupled with a RAM + ROM going up to 4GB RAM+ 64GB in all the three phones. While the trio offers expandable storage solution, Redmi Note 7 is the only one with a hybrid slot.
While the Redmi Phones have an identical 4000mAh battery, the Realme U1 packs a smaller 3500mAh cell. To refill them, Redmi Y3, as well as Realme U1, offers 10W charging support. Here, the Redmi Note 7’s 18W fast charging support triumphs. The software is Android 8.1 Oreo-based Color OS in Realme U1 whereas you get Android 9.0 Pie based MIUI skin on both the Redmi devices.
Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Y3 vs Realme U1: Camera
As aforementioned, two of these are camera-centered phones. So, starting with their camera hardware, Redmi Y3 flaunts a 32MP selfie sensor upfront and a 12+2 MP rear duo. Redmi Note 7 ships with the same rear camera combination of Redmi Y3. In resolution count, its selfie camera comes third with a 13MP sensor. Our last contender, Realme U1 houses a 25MP front-facing shooter and a 13MP+2MP dual camera set up at the back.
While Realme U1 and Redmi Note 7 bags enhancement modes in its kitty such as HDR, AI beautification, etc, Redmi Y3 has a long list of features.
The company has put an emphasis on the selfie game of Redmi Y3 for sure, evident from the 32MP front snapper. This is of 1/ 2.8 – inch in size and uses pixel binning to produce an 8MP output with better details and wide dynamic range. Couple this with AI beautify 4.0, Auto-HDR, wider 80-degree field of view for group selfies, EIS on 1080p Full-HD video and some nice haves like- Palm shutter, and 360-degree face unlocking too.
Flip to the rear camera which shares the same specs and features as Redmi Note 7, you even get the integration of Google Lens right in the camera app. Overall, the Redmi Y3 is the better camera package out of the three.
Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Y3 vs Realme U1: In a Nutshell
If performance is your priority, Redmi Note 7 could be your number 1 pick. That said, the new member to the Redmi family i.e. Redmi Y3 stands out in the camera division. Our third in-ring contestant Realme U1 hits the sweet spot between the two Redmi handsets. If not for anything, its software is not plagued by ads like the Xiaomi phones. Moreover, it’s dependable as well if performance and picture quality are concerned.