Our Opinion

The realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the realme U1 (3GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

realme 3 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme U1 (3GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
43.6
31.6
Value for Money Score
92.1
82.1
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 9,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 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 3
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass LCD, Dewdrop Full Screen, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.1 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 710Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks MediaTek Helio P70Ranked #35 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 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 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Portrait Lighting, Slo-mo Video, Bokeh Effect
Secondary Camera 25MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 1.8um Pixel Size, AI Beautification, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX576 Sensor, AI Beauty+
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mm 8 mm
Weight 172 gm 168 gm
Width 74.2 mm 74.0 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 4045 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby 383 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 32.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Audio Playback Time: 126 hrs, Gaming: 7 hrs, Video Playback Time: 9.7 hrs @ 1080P N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Classy, eye-catching design - identical to the Realme 2 Pro
  • The light pillars (as Realme likes to call the reflective pattern on the back) on the Realme U1 make it look stunning in different lighting conditions
  • Attractive color options
  • Light-weight
  • Comfortable grip and in-hand feel - it’s also slightly thinner than the 2 Pro and that makes a considerable difference in daily use
  • Nice, responsive fingerprint sensor
  • Fast, snappy Face unlock (it's even a tad quicker than the OnePlus 6’s Face unlock)
  • Very good display - one of the best in this segment - with the tiny dewdrop notch - it's a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ LTPS IPS display, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body ratio - the color reproduction is on point, the display gets quite bright in indoor conditions and holds up quite well in direct sunlight as well - it's only slightly behind the excellent display on the Realme 2 Pro
  • ColorOS is iOS inspired and packs a number of ad-on features (including the Smart Assistant and Smart Sidebar, along with Kids Space, Voice Call Effects, and many others)
  • Supports gesture-based navigation (though it can sometimes be a bit buggy - hopefully that will resolve with software updates)
  • Snappy performance backed by the new Helio P70 chipset which offers performance similar to the Snapdragon 660 - it smoothly handles anything you throw at it with no lag or stutter in sight
  • Realme U1 also comes packed with the Realme Game Space and it comes in handy for freeing up the memory to run games smoothly, while also muting app and call notifications so as not to hinder your gaming experience
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - especially in broad daylight, the Realme U1 performs well and can give some really good images - the device is quick to focus and manages to capture details and shadows right
  • Excellent selfie camera - is especially good at capturing details - and has a good portrait mode too
  • It also comes with portrait lighting effects – similar to iPhones (but of course not as good) - there are also some cute AR face stickers
  • Decent, loud, bottom-firing speaker
  • Good battery life with a 3500mAh battery on board - lasts about 1 and a half days with moderate use
  • The Realme U1 is another winner from the Realme camp - and will likely dominate this price segment along with the Redmi Note 6 Pro (better camera, better software, but bigger display notch and bigger chin), and Realme 2 Pro (better rear camera but not as good selfie camera)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • Body attracts smudges easily
  • There is plenty of app bloat - as if often the case with custom Android UIs
  • There is no notification LED and ColorOS is typically never in the mood to surface the latest notifications as they come in
  • On the whole, software continues to be the one area where Realme phones tend to fall behind the best in the business (the stock Android UI of Nokia's phones, or MIUI of Xiaomi phones tend to be a much better experience)
  • No 4K video recording, and only average overall video recording performance, with no stabilisation
  • In low light, the performance of both the rear and front camera is average
  • Overall, while the front camera is excellent and does better than Realme's sister phone, the Realme 2 Pro, the rear camera setup (for both photos and videos) is a notch below the best camera phones of this segment - the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the Realme 2 Pro
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  17. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Insane bang for buck ratio
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Arguably Realme's best effort to date
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Worth recommending
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A fairly good phone
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Has a lot going in its favor
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Realme smartphone till date
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Another winner from a brand that seems to be moving from strength to strength
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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