Our Opinion

The realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)  realme 3i (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 8A realme 3i
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Excellence Score
24.0
26.8
Value for Money Score
77.2
79.9
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 7,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Jul, 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 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #75 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P60Ranked #47 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 Yes Yes
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; 5P Lens, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Nightscape, 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 32 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)
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
  • Inherits the beautiful, striking, diamond-back design of the Realme C2 - making it easily one of the best looking budget phones
  • The body is polycarbonate, so the design is essentially smudge free (which is a problem that a lot of glass phones face these days)
  • The front is sharp and modern too, with a dew-drop notch design
  • Great build quality
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor, at the back
  • Super fast face unlock
  • Nice, modern dewdrop notch display with good colours and wide viewing angles
  • ColorOS is now leaner, and more streamlined compared to before and has some useful add-on features like Clone Apps, Call Recording, Game Space, Quiet Time, Night Shield screen, etc
  • Very good performance for the price bracket with a relatively powerful MediaTek Helio P60 (similar to Snapdragon 653) - day-to-day use, as well as high-end games in low/medium graphics settings, are smooth
  • Reasonably ok camera setup for the price
  • The dual rear camera setup is capable of taking good pictures in bright outdoors with accurate colours reproduction
  • The 13MP front camera also does decently well - in good lighting conditions
  • Portrait mode on the front camera is pretty good too
  • The speaker on Realme 3i is very loud (though of course, as expected, it lacks depth)
  • Excellent battery life - you will get about 1.5 days of use, with moderate usage
  • Realme 3i is another welcome addition to the Realme 3 series and it caters to the users who want something between the Realme C2 and Realme 3, both in terms of performance and price - it's a good option at this price point
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
  • Sunlight legibility could be better
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock Android though - very few custom skins are
  • Overall detail levels, exposure, and dynamic range though are just average though
  • Indoor shots under artificial lighting carry a lot of noise and low light shots are not that good
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. Worth considering
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A worthy budget contender
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The excellent build quality and beautiful build of this phone, is what separate it from the pack
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. For users who want a smartphone at this price point which can deliver an all-rounder performance, Realme 3i is not a bad deal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good new entry to the budget segment...positives outweigh the negatives
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A perfect device for anyone who’s looking for something inside the 10k budget
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Excellent performer in its segment, with good on-battery time
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Your money’s worth
    financialexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
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