Our Opinion

The realme 3 (3GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 3 (3GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)  realme 3 (3GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 8A realme 3
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Excellence Score
24.3
28.7
Value for Money Score
78.4
84.3
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 May, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.22 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 12MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Sony IMX363 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual PDAF, 6P Lens 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Nightscape mode, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless) Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.4 mmThick 8.3 mmMedium
Weight 188 gmMedium 175 gmMedium
Width 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating) Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4230 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unlike earlier entry-level Xiaomi phones, this one packs a trendy thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Excellent construction and tactile feedback
  • The matte finish at the back feels reassuring in the hands, and gives a good grip to the phone
  • Fairly manageable weight-wise at 188g, which is commendable since it packs a large 5000 mAh battery
  • Splash resistant
  • Good, vivid display - one of the better ones in the entry segment - watching movies is an enjoyable experience
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a huge bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is a pretty refined and feature packed Android skin - some of the key add-ons include dual apps, second space, in-built call recording and the option to tweak the app icons
  • Dependable performance backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa core processor - daily use is pretty smooth (though of course this phone is not really meant for high-end PUBG sort of gaming)
  • Pretty decent camera quality (front and back) for the price bracket
  • Daylight shots come out reasonably well in bright conditions - AI & HDR help in other conditions
  • Thanks to Dual PD auto focus, it can focus on objects quickly
  • Macro shots are good with good amount of details
  • Portrait mode is decent too
  • The 8-megapixel front camera is ok too - portrait for front camera uses software-based blur, and the edge detection is decent
  • Uses the modern USB-C standard, a first for this price segment
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000mAH battery combined with a 720p display - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast charging support, which is again really commendable for this price point (though only a 10W charger is included in the box)
  • Redmi 8A is another excellent entry-level phone from the Xiaomi camp - it will be an especially good option if battery life is very important to you
  • Dazzling design, with a beautiful gradient color finish - the sort of design that you can really brag about
  • Fast, effective fingerprint sensor
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, modern, bright, 6.22 inch, dewdrop notch screen, with good viewing angles
  • The new and improved ColorOS 6.0 is now lighter and more refined
  • Isn't strewn with ads like Redmi phones (which are going to be the main competition here) now tend to be
  • Excellent, unmatched performance for this price bracket with a powerful Helio P70 chipset at the core (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - it will steamroll through anything you throw at it, including high-end games like PUBG (which easily runs at 30fps)
  • Decent dual camera setup on the rear, with AI features (can recognize 16 independent scenes and 100 scene combinations)
  • Does reasonably well in good lighting conditions with decent resolved detail, decent contrast, and accurate colors
  • New modes like Chroma Boost and Night mode, can be handy at times
  • Decent portrait mode too - subject separation works well, there aren't many abrupt transitions from sharp to blurred, and the bokeh is nice
  • Decent selfie camera too - with good detail, nice colors and sharp enough images
  • The selfie cam also offers simulated bokeh, and it does a ok job
  • Impressive battery backup with a large 4230mAh battery - you will end a full use day with a comfortable 35-40% left in the tank
  • Realme 3 is very likely another big hit from the Realme brand, especially for the exceptional (and unmatched) performance it brings to this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • Face unlock is a bit slow/inconsistent at times (and there is no fingerprint sensor)
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock (or stock-like) Android phones - very few custom skins are - and like other recent Xiaomi phones, does have plenty of ads (you can disable them though)
  • While the overall camera quality is decent, it's a notch behind its main competitor, the Realme C2, which packs a better dual rear camera setup
  • The Realme 3's glossy back, of course, attracts plenty of smudges very easily
  • Screen resolution is on the low side
  • Sunlight legibility also could have been better
  • Average video recording performance - there's no stabilisation, so footage is shaky if you move about too much
  • Low-light photography is nothing to write home about
  • There are some very good competitors in a slightly higher bracket though - like the Redmi Note 7, and Realme U1 - which have similar hardware but higher resolution displays - so you might want to look at these especially if display quality is key for you
Expert Reviews
  1. If you want a budget smartphone or a low-cost secondary device, the Redmi 8A is a solid phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget blockbuster
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Incredible value at an incredible price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good option for those looking to get a stylish budget phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worth recommending
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone in this price bracket, but only if you don't mind ads
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best phone in its segment. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking to upgrade from an older budget phone or are a first-time smartphone user, the Redmi 8A is totally worth it
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great buy for the price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Very good value
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Has a lot to offer, way beyond what its budget price tag suggests
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Its competitive pricing makes it a better alternative to the other phones in this segment
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Fairly good all-round upgrade to the Realme 2
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The new budget king
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One for the budget fans
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Realme 3 still offers good value for money, but it's not as impressive as some of the company's previous offerings
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you are looking for a pocket-friendly phone, you can bet on the Realme and it will serve you well for long
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The Realme 3 might not feel as premium as the Redmi Note 7, but it definitely has the punch to compete against Xiaomi’s newest budget beast
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Realme 3 is a fine device and works well..but it doesn't offer that wow factor that we got from past Realme phones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. notebookcheck.net hands-on Read Review »
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