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Realme 3 Pro review: outperforms Redmi Note 7 Pro?

by Rohit Pakalapati
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These days, budget smartphones have nothing to do with the term “mediocrity”, which of course is an amazing fact.  All thanks to smartphone makers like Xiaomi and Realme, as they started redefining the budget category which made a path for bigger brands like Samsung and Asus to follow. End of the day, it benefits a lot to the end consumers.

There was a time when Xiaomi is the only player in this market when it comes to offering great specs for a reasonable price. But now Realme, a one-year-old brand is on par with Xiaomi. Keeping the competition aside, the two new budget offerings from them are now ruling the budget category. One among them is the Realme 3 Pro which has been my primary device for almost a month and I’m about to share my experience of using this budget beast while keeping this tagline “outperforms Redmi Note 7 Pro?” in my mind.

Box contents:

  • Device itself
  • 20W VOOC charging adapter
  • micro-USB cable
  • Sim ejector tool
  • Transparent TPU case
  • Some usual documentation
Specifications
Display6.3-inch full HD+ (2,340 x 1,080) LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710
GPUAdreno 616
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage64GB/128GB
Expandable
CamerasRear:
Main: 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture
Secondary: 5MP depth sensorFront:
25MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Battery4,045mAh
SensorsFingerprint
Accelerometer
Magnetometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Ambient light
Water resistance (IP Rating)No
SoftwareColorOS 6
Android 9
Dimensions and weight156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3mm
172g
ColorsCarbon Gray
Nitro Blue
Lightning Purple

The Realme 3 Pro Review

Before getting into the review, I just want to clarify that this review was written after updating the Realme 3 Pro to the latest software.

RMX1851EX_11_A.14

24/5/2019
2.61GB
7E22CA5F1BC6064593774B454F0EB5F0
Android Security Patch Level: May 5th, 2019

Design and Build Quality: Premium looks with not so premium build!

The Realme 3 Pro is definitely a looker with its gradient back and teardrop notch but it falls short when it comes to in-hand feel, which doesn’t mean its bad to hold or it has bad quality plastic. You just won’t get that premium feel when you hold it and this is the place where the Redmi Note 7 Pro shines in, as it has a glass back with Corning gorilla glass 5 protection, which of course makes it more premium to hold.

But it depends on your personal preference as not everyone likes glass backs as they are slippery and takes smudges easily. In fact, I myself am not a big fan of glass backs which did make me go for Realme 3 Pro instead of Redmi Note 7 Pro and I’m quite happy with it as it doesn’t cost a premium. By the way, I’m that kind of a guy who is hoping for sandstone backs in this price range.

Talking about the front, just like every other budget phone in the market, it comes with a notch display and it looks just like its predecessor, Realme 2 Pro. But the screen quality, however, is great and it is easily one of the best displays in this price range.

Performance and Software: Powerful beast with decent software experience.

Realme 3 Pro is a beast when it comes to performance. It packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 coupled with the powerful Adreno 616 GPU which makes it a no-brainer if you are looking for a high-performance smartphone under 15,000 Indian rupees which indeed covers your gaming needs as well. I mean you can play PUBG at the highest settings possible without any trouble, what more can you ask for? and it can even run Fortnite, in case if anyone plays this game on mobile.

Coming to the software front, the Realme 3 Pro runs on Color OS 6 which is definitely much better than previous Color OS versions as it comes closer towards stock android experience. Hopefully, with Color OS 7, they may achieve that stock experience. During my usage period, I’ve never faced any major lags or any kind of memory management issues. It felt smooth for the most part and it even has a High-Performance Mode, in case if you want to push it to the core.

Don’t get me wrong, but the software experience on the Realme 3 Pro is much better than the Redmi Note 7 Pro. I just feel the Color OS 6 is much refined than Xiaomi’s MIUI. Hope Xiaomi works more on the software side and most importantly please remove those Ads, Xiaomi.

Camera Performance: The OnePlus 6T’s cousin

The Realme 3 Pro packs a Sony IMX 519 sensor as its primary camera just like the OnePlus 6T, but that doesn’t reflect in getting similar results. Let me explain, along with the sensor, lots of things come into play to achieve an image, like the quality of lenses being used, type of image processor and finally the software processing. 6T being a higher-end device, it uses a much better ISP and a much-refined software algorithm.

Having said that, the Realme 3 Pro is definitely one of the best smartphones in terms of camera performance, especially in this price range. However the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a slight edge when it comes to camera performance but that doesn’t make Realme 3 Pro a bad performer, in fact, the Realme 3 Pro has better video recording capabilities when compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

As far as daylight photography is concerned, it lacks consistency in maintaining white balance and results were more on the warmer side. If you like warmer tones then there’s no issue, and the in-built chroma boost makes the image look artificial and somehow doesn’t look natural at all. But after the recent update, I think Realme did put some work in rectifying it. What’s good about its daylight performance is its dynamic range, the dynamic range is much better than the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Talking about its low-light performance, the Realme 3 Pro did manage to surprise me with the results. The in-built Night Scape mode works like a charm giving it a slight edge over the Redmi Note 7 Pro. And talking about the camera interface, it’s not that good or not that bad either. However, it has tons of modes to choose from along with the much needed Pro mode.

Coming to the front camera, it is a 25 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. And I can definitely say that this is the best selfie camera you can get in this price range. It does struggle in broad daylight but when you turn on the HDR then it handles neatly.

 

Battery Performance, Others:

Realme 3 pro comes with 4045mAh battery and comes with a 20W VOOC charger straight out of the box which is just bonkers especially considering the price at which it is being offered. Because of this, the Realme 3 Pro has a massive advantage over the Redmi Note 7 Pro as it doesn’t come with a fast charger bundled with the device, but yes the Redmi Note 7 Pro supports Qualcomm Quick charge 4.0, however, it’s pretty hard to find the adapter online making that feature unusable.

I’ve heard that the Realme 3 Pro has over heating issues, But i’ve never faced faced any major heating issues during my entire usage period. There can be a slight chance that some devices might face that issue, but that is totally because of hardware malfunction. You better reach-out to Realme Support and ask for a replace or refund.

If you are concerned about charging speeds, then Realme 3 Pro is the best you can get in the market right now. And moreover, the battery can easily survive a day. Initially, when I got the device there are some power consumption issues, especially when using cameras. However, that was solved after the recent update, not completely though but it did make a difference. And there’s also a “Super High power Efficiency mode”, in case if you want your device to last more than a day.

Talking about speaker output the quality was good and it gets pretty loud as well but it does struggle at higher levels and other things like call quality and cellular reception were also good.

Verdict:

Finally, I think the Realme 3 Pro is a perfect smartphone for those who are seeking to get a performance beast with amazing cameras and great battery life under 15,000 Indian Rupees. However, if you want better build and slightly better cameras then you should go with the Redmi Note 7 Pro.  So far this has been my favorite smartphone in this price range and I would definitely recommend this over the Redmi Note 7 Pro.

Where to buy:

You can buy the Realme 3 Pro in both offline and online stores. Online, it will be available through Flipkart and right now the Realme 3 Pro is on open sale. By the way, this is one more reason to get the Realme 3 Pro over the Redmi Note 7 Pro, availability.

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Does it really outperforms Redmi Note 7 Pro?

Considering aspects like performance, video recording capability, software experience, and charging speeds, yes it does outperform the Redmi Note 7 Pro. However, in aspects like the build quality and camera quality, the Redmi Note 7 Pro outperforms the Realme 3 Pro.

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