There are a lot of budget flagship smartphones now in the Indian market and most of them have cropped up in the past year or so. OnePlus was a pioneer in the budget flagship space and as such it has recently announced the OnePlus 8 in India starting at Rs 41,999. In its competition is the IQOO 3 which recently got a price cut and is now selling starting at Rs 34,990. Apart from that Realme had also launched its current flagship Realme X50 Pro which starts at Rs 39,999. While the Coronavirus lockdown situation has stopped most of the smartphone sales, it might be prudent to understand which of these smartphones you should buy once the lockdown has lifted.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Price
In terms of pricing, it would seem that the iQOO 3 has the edge over the OnePlus 8 and Realme X50 Pro. The top-end 5G variant of the iQOO 3 with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced about as much as the OnePlus 8’s 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. Realme’s top-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage is priced at Rs 47,999. Clearly there are other factors at play to IQOO 3’s low pricing, but if it is power, storage, and high memory is what you want at an affordable price, then you cannot go wrong with the IQOO 3.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Display
The OnePlus 8 has a 6.55-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate while the same X50 Pro also has a 90Hz screen with nearly a similar 6.5-inch size and FHD+ resolution. The iQOO 3 has opted for a 60Hz screen but keeps the same exact specs as the other two phones. All three phones have a hole-punch display, with the X50 Pro having the widest cutout thanks to two cameras.
It is clear that a higher refresh rate is a winner and therefore the choice comes down between the Realme X50 Pro and OnePlus 8. Since the latter has a slightly bigger screen and a smaller hole-punch, we can say that OnePlus 8 wins this category but only by a small margin.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Processing and software
All the phones are powered by the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset and have an ample amount of RAM and storage. All the phones have the latest LPDDR5 RAM and the latest UFS 3.1 storage options. The only difference is that the IQOO 3 has an extra Carbon Fiber Cooling system which kicks in while gaming and can sustain high frame rates under load for a longer time. On top of that, the iQOO 3 also has the highest AnTuTu benchmarks amongst all the three phones.
While the difference may not be readily apparent, the iQOO 3 takes the cake in the processing department.
In terms of software, all phones are running a custom skin over Android 10. However, OnePlus 8’s custom OxygenOS is the most minimalistic and user-friendly amongst all the three. Both IQOO’s new IQOO UI and Realme’s Realme UI have bloatware issues that give the clean look of OnePlus’s software an edge.
It may come down as a difference of opinion but OxygenOS on the OnePlus 8 takes the crown here.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Camera
All phones have an extensive camera array with only the OnePlus 8 harboring a triple-camera setup while the other two have quad-cameras. The main sensor on the Realme X50 Pro is a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL GW1 while the IQOO 3 and OnePlus 8 have to contend with a 48MP Sony sensor. Supporting the primary camera on the X50 Pro is an 8MP wide-angle, 12MP telephoto, and a 2MP mono sensor. For the IQOO there is a 13MP ultra-wide sensor, 13MP telephoto with up to 20x zoom, and 2MP depth sensor. The OnePlus 8 does not have any telephoto camera or a depth sensor. Instead, it uses the same 16MP ultra-wide sensor like the OnePlus 7T and adds a 2MP macro sensor. The Realme X50 Pro also has two cameras upfront while both the iQOO 3 and OnePlus 8 have a single camera system.
While specs aren’t the only determining factor in a phone’s photo-taking capability, it is clear that the X50 Pro has a more versatile camera system both on the front and the back. For this category, the winner is the Realme X50 Pro.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Battery
The OnePlus 8 comes with a 4,300mAh battery with a 30W charging support. The Realme X50 Pro packs in a 4,200mAh cell with an insane 65W Superdart charging solution. The IQOO 3 has a 4,440mAh cell with a comparable 50W fast charging solution.
All phones have different battery requirements, but it seems that Realme X50’s comparable battery with the other two devices along with one of the highest charging speeds in a smartphone makes it the winner.
OnePlus 8 vs iQOO 3 vs Realme X50 Pro: Final Verdict
All phones are great in different categories but the IQOO 3 offers a great value for money proposition due to its incremental performance advantage and comparable optics and battery capacity.