Our Opinion

The realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
41.1
55.8
Value for Money Score
87.3
91.2
Price ₹ 11,999 onwards ₹ 13,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Colour Temperature Adjustment, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading mode 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 2MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, Panorama, Face recognition, HDR, Low light enhancement, Video EIS, 120fps Slow Motion Recording (720p/1080p), AI Beautify 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Sony IMX519 sensor; 1.22um Pixel Size; EIS, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, 960fps Super Slo-mo Video Rec., Nightscape, Ultra HD mode, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode, Expert Mode, HDR
Secondary Camera 13MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, HDR, Selfie timer, AI Scene Detection F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 1.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.1 mm 8.3 mm
Weight 186 gm 172 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4045 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 383 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A 32.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, VOOC 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time: 126 hrs, Gaming: 7 hrs, Video Playback Time: 9.7 hrs @ 1080P
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Display; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks stunning, with an all-glass design - Xiaomi has gone the extra mile here and really knocked it out of the park in terms of an exquisite design
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy, premium build quality
  • Great hand feel
  • The front and the back are fitted with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 with an additional 0.8mm-thick layer for extra durability
  • The LED notification light sits comfortably on the chin - it can only be seen when it lights up, it's really subtle
  • Splash resistant body
  • The capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and it also has a different texture, so it's hard to miss - plus it's quick
  • Apart from the quick fingerprint sensor, the phone also has decently quick AI face recognition (under good light)
  • Big, sharp 6.3inch LCD screen with a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels
  • You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and colour temperature, which is nice
  • Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the latest version takes a more simplistic and clean approach
  • There is also an option to chose between the standard navigation buttons and navigation gestures
  • The excellent Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smooth without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games
  • Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras, especially in daylight - colours and details are good, and the camera app's AI system does a good job in detecting objects such as buildings, plants, flowers, etc, and boosting the image accordingly
  • The depth sensor helps in capturing good portrait shots - edge detection is good for objects and people
  • The front-facing 13-megapixel camera too captures good selfies under good lighting - the AI beatification isn't too aggressive thankfully
  • You can also shoot selfies with a bokeh effect too, and the edge detection is not bad
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Gets the modern USB Type-C port - a rarity in this price bracket
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7 also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Very good battery life - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC means you will comfortably get over a day of use - it's not as amazing as the Note 7 Pro though, which does significantly better, thanks likely to an even more efficient processor
  • The Redmi Note 7 is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great bang for the buck, especially in terms of performance
  • Gorgeous design, with some eye-catching color combinations for the (plastic) back panel
  • Very good build quality and finish
  • Fast fingerprint sensor, and face unlock
  • Good 6.3inch IPS panel, with a small dewdrop notch, and minimal bezels - it's sharp, decently bright, has high contrast, and accurate colors
  • Media playback is handled well, and videos are rendered with punchy colours
  • ColorOS 6 UI has a new, cleaner look, and is quite feature packed, including plenty of motion and screen gestures
  • Thankfully, unlike, its main competitor, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, there are no spammy ads in the UI
  • Class leading performance (especially in terms of GPU) with a Snapdragon 710 at the core - everything from daily use to complex games like PUBG is a breeze
  • The phone also doesn't heat too much even after prolonged gaming sessions
  • Excellent camera package - mostly on par with the leading camera phone of this price bracket, the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Packs the 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture - this is the same sensor used in some premium phones such as the OnePlus 6T - there's also a secondary 5-megapixel depth sensor for the phone's Portrait mode
  • In daylight, the the Realme 3 Pro captures very good details in landscape shots
  • Macros are sharp and well detailed too
  • The phone's AI scene recognition is quick to recognise most common objects such as flowers
  • Night photography is pretty decent too - and the the phone's Nightscape mode comes in handy here - it takes a second or two longer than usual to capture your shot, but the end result is a sharper image with much better detail
  • The depth sensor does a very good job with edge detection, and even in low light, you can get a very pleasing bokeh effect
  • Good 25-megapixel selfie camera too - selfies from the Realme 3 Pro pack a lot of detail and noise is kept in check - colors are excellent as well
  • Selfie portraits are quite good too, even though they don't get the benefit of a dedicated depth sensing camera - subject separation is very competent, there are no clipped ears and blur is natural-looking as well
  • Good video recording performance too - with good overall footage quality, and nice color reproduction
  • The single speaker gets loud enough for media playback
  • Excellent battery life - the combination of a large 4045mAh battery pack, an efficient processor, and Realme's optimizations means that this an easy 2-days battery life phone, even beating out (slightly) the excellent Redmi Note 7 Pro in battery life tests
  • Super fast VOOC fast charging using the bundled charger is again class-leading - it can top up the battery from zero all the way to 90 percent in about an hour
  • Overall, the Realme 3 Pro is absolutely great bang-for-the-buck, and is pretty neck-to-neck with the other top phone in this price bracket - the Redmi Note 7 Pro - while the Redmi Note 7 has a more premium glass build, and the modern USB Type-C port, the Realme 3 Pro has an edge in terms of a bundled fast charger, a slightly better processor, and cleaner (ad-free) software
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • At 186g, it's a bit on the bulky side
  • There continue to be pesky ads in the MUIU interface these days, and these do somewhat diminish the experience of using an otherwise excellent smartphone (there are ways to disable these through settings, but not a lot of people who buy the phone are going to be technically aware enough to know how to do that)
  • Low light performance of both the rear cameras and the front camera is average
  • Video quality isn't too impressive either - when shooting outdoors in daylight, bright areas are often overexposed
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent, but this is not the best camera package in this price range - if you are looking for that, look at the Realme 2 Pro, or Xiaomi A2 instead
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, and though it has a decent charging speed (about 57% in 1 hour), you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy true 'fast charging'
  • If you are looking for the best camera in this price bracket though, then you'd be happier with the Realme 2 Pro or even Xiaomi's Mi A2
  • Realme continues to pre-install quite a few third-party apps such as a Webnovel, NewsPoint, ShareChat, etc (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • Video stabilization at 1080p could have been better though
  • Uses the old microUSB port, instead of the modern USB Type-C port
Expert Reviews
  1. There are plenty of good smartphones in India right now under Rs. 15,000 - and the Redmi Note 7 is certainly one of them
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Most powerful smartphone in this price bracket...definitely a great buy
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Well packaged phone...great value for money at this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  1. Some serious value for money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A good iterative update over the Realme 2 Pro...If you're looking for a smartphone that's great for gaming for less than Rs. 20,000 then the Realme 3 Pro is a good place to start
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Realme has a formidable phone in this year’s Pro series
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A formidable offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Has all the ingredients for a great mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worthy rival to Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The best budget gaming phone of 2019...Xiaomi has good reason to be worried
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Redefines the capability of ‘budget smartphones’
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fantastic value...the phone to beat under Rs 15,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Redmi Note 7 Pro redefined the price to specifications ratio, and the Realme 3 Pro demolishes that with an even more stable and reliable experience
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great display, good camera, but Redmi Note 7 Pro is better overall
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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