Our Opinion

The realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S (3GB RAM, 32GB)  realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S realme 3 Pro
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Excellence Score
33.7
43.6
Value for Money Score
89.6
92.1
Price ₹ 8,999 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
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 #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 616
RAM 3 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 48MP + 5MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, Low Light Enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation (EIS), Burst mode, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Dynamic Bokeh, AI Studio Lighting 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, Selfie timer, HDR, AI Studio lighting, AI Scene detection F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 1.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR
Internal Memory 32 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 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 (P2i Coating) 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 Support Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (Upto 18W) Yes, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
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 7S also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Uses a similar high-res rear camera setup (48MP + 5MP) as the Redmi Note 7 Pro - though the sensor is different, and not quite as amazing
  • In daylight, the performance is good, as expected - there's plenty of detail, contrast is good, and colors are punchy
  • Decent Night mode - improves the colours and details a bit - though it's not as good as the excellent Night mode on the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Portraits with the dual rear cameras are also good - the detail is nice while the edge detection is good - indoor portraits are good too
  • With the front camera, the selfies turn out to be quite nice as well - there's enough detail from the 13MP snapper and its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm's length so you don't need to get really close to the phone to get the sharpest possible result - the portrait mode also seems to do quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing)
  • Overall, the cameras on the Redmi Note 7S are very good for the price bracket, and a step up over the Redmi Note 7, though not quite as amazing as Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • 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 7S 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 7S is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great overall bang for the buck - the only significant compromise you are making over the Redmi Note 7 Pro is in terms of the camera - if that's not super important to you, you can go for the Note 7S and save some money
  • 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)
  • 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'
  • 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. Not only checks all the boxes for a great mid-range device, but it also re-defines the meaning of budget phones
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Mostly the great phone that you think it is
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The complete budget package
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Premium all-rounder in a budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Outstanding device for the price
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Easy to recommend
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A complete package
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Flawless for the price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. Compelling
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. You will surely get your money’s worth with Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. At this price tag the Redmi Note 7S is a sweet deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Some serious value for money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you don’t have a lot of cash to splash and are looking for the best value possible, your search should go no further than this
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. 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 »
  4. Realme has a formidable phone in this year’s Pro series
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A formidable offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Has all the ingredients for a great mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Consumers have a choice between two great phones in the mid-range price bracket: the Realme 3 Pro or the Redmi Note 7 Pro - you can choose either of the phones and not regret the decision
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Worthy rival to Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The best budget phone we’ve ever seen
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  10. The best budget gaming phone of 2019...Xiaomi has good reason to be worried
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Redefines the capability of ‘budget smartphones’
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. Great specs for an insane price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. Great display, good camera, but Redmi Note 7 Pro is better overall
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Fantastic value...the phone to beat under Rs 15,000
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. 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 »
  16. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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  18. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
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