Realme introduced the Realme 3 Pro and Realme C2 Android smartphones at an event held in Delhi University yesterday. The Realme 3 Pro happens to be the company’s flagship offering in the budget segment. Similar to its predecessor, the Realme 3 Pro comes with several segment-first features that make it among the most impressive budget phones to have been released so far this year. Is the latest offering from Realme good enough to beat the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M30? Let us find out.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Price in India
The Realme 3 Pro will be available in two variants: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. While the 4GB RAM version of the phone is priced at INR 13,999, the 6GB RAM version will cost INR 16,999. It is set to go on sale via Flipkart and Realme.com starting April 29. Redmi Note 7 Pro also comes in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. The base variant of the Redmi phone costs INR 13,999, while the 6GB RAM variant is priced at INR 16,999. Samsung’s Galaxy M30 is the more expensive than the Realme and Redmi smartphones, starting at INR 14,990 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB variant. The smartphone’s 6GB RAM variant with 128GB storage costs INR 17,990.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Display, Performance
Realme’s latest budget flagship smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen featuring 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-core processor. Manufactured on a 10nm process, the Snapdragon 710 offers significantly improved performance compared to the Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset inside the Realme 2 Pro. Thanks to an Adreno 616 GPU, the Realme 3 Pro boasts class-leading gaming performance. As mentioned earlier, the Realme phone packs up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot, you can expand the storage further by up to 256GB. As for software, Realme 3 Pro runs on ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0.
Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 6.3-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Under the hood, it features an 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor with an Adreno 612 GPU. While the GPU isn’t as powerful as the one in the Snapdragon 710 AIE, the Snapdragon 675 uses newer and more powerful Kryo 460 cores. When it comes to memory, the phone has up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal memory. Unlike the Realme 3 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 Pro does not offer a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. On the software front, it currently runs on Android Pie-based MIUI 10.
Samsung Galaxy M30 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution and a >90% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by Samsung’s new 14nm Exynos 7904 octa-core processor with a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU. In comparison to the Snapdragon 675 and 710 chipsets, the Exynos 7904 is significantly less powerful. Moving on to the memory department, the M30 is available with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. You get a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion up to 512GB. When it comes to software, the Galaxy M30 is quite disappointing as it runs on the older Android 8.1 Oreo OS currently. An update to Android Pie is expected to arrive sometime in the third quarter of the year.
If you are a fan of Super AMOLED displays, there is no doubt that the Galaxy M30 will be the one that you are going to find the most appealing. In the performance department, however, the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are significantly ahead of it. While the Redmi Note 7 Pro is superior in most benchmarks, the Realme 3 Pro offers better gaming performance with its Adreno 616 GPU.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
The Realme 3 Pro has a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the rear with the primary Sony IMX519 sensor boasting 1.22um pixel size and an f/1.7 aperture. It offers support for 4K Ultra HD video recording and has EIS as well for shake-free videos. For low-light shots, the phone has a Super Nightscape mode that is claimed to help users capture blur-free handheld shots. The Ultra HD mode merges 8 shots into one to create a 64-megapixel photo. Another segment-first feature is support for 960fps Super Slo-mo video. Selfie fanatics will love the smartphone’s 25MP AI selfie camera with AI beautification, HDR, and AI Facial Unlock. The Realme 3 Pro packs an impressive 4045mAh capacity battery and is the first phone from the brand to have 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging support right out of the box. On the connectivity front, it offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Dual 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, and a microUSB 2.0 port.
Redmi Note 7 Pro is among the best budget Android smartphones currently when it comes to camera performance. It has a 48MP + 5MP dual-camera setup at the rear with the primary Sony IMX586 sensor boasting 1.6um pixel size and an f/1.79 aperture. Just like the Realme 3 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 Pro supports 4K video recording, EIS, and steady handheld night photography. The front camera uses a 13MP sensor with AI beautification, HDR, and AI studio lighting features. In terms of battery life, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is quite impressive, thanks to a 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Connectivity standards supported by the Redmi phone include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS BeiDou, IR blaster, Dual 4G VoLTE, and a USB Type-C port.
Samsung Galaxy M30 comes with a triple-camera setup on the back. It has a 13MP primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, 5MP Live Focus sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP ultra-wide angle sensor offering a 123-degree field of view. However, the Galaxy M30 lacks 4K video recording and nor does it offer stabilization for videos. For selfies, the phone has a 16MP selfie snapper with Live Focus support. As for battery life, the Galaxy M30 has a massive 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support. Connectivity features offered by the Galaxy handset include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, USB Type-C port, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Dual 4G VoLTE.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro’s 48MP primary camera is slightly better when compared to the Realme 3 Pro’s 16MP primary sensor. However, the Realme 3 Pro manages to edge past the Redmi phone when it comes to selfies. Samsung’s Galaxy M30 may have triple rear cameras but it doesn’t quite offer the same level of performance as the other two. In terms of battery life, all three phones are more or less similar to one another. On the connectivity front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has a slight edge thanks to a USB Type-C port and an IR blaster.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy M30: Verdict
The Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are undoubtedly two of the best budget Android smartphones currently on the market. Since they are both excellent phones, it is very difficult to pick a clear winner. If you are someone who loves to play games on your phone and capture a lot of selfies, Realme 3 Pro is the one for you. It also offers faster 20W charging out of the box and has a more refined UI. Redmi Note 7 Pro is very slightly better than the Realme 3 Pro as an overall package. It offers better CPU performance, a more impressive 48MP primary sensor, and truly premium glass sandwich design.