The Realme 3i has finally been unveiled in India. Its naming conventions suggests the phone is a slightly undercut version of the Realme 3 (review). As such, the phone is also priced reasonably lower. With this new launch, the most pressing question everyone has is where exactly does the Realme 3i find itself in the OPPO sub-brands modest smartphone lineup. Let’s find out.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Price in India
The Realme 3i starts off at INR 7,999 for its 3GB RAM + 32GB storage base variant. There is also a 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage model that costs INR 9,999.
The Realme 3 and Realme U1 meanwhile, now cost the same at INR 8,999 for their base models with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. An upgrade to 64GB of storage on both smartphones costs INR 1,000 more. There is also a 4GB+64GB model of the two phones which will set you back by INR 10,999.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Design, Display
These days, most budget phones offer rear panel designs that look just as good as pricier options, and the three phones in today’s comparison are no exception. While all three devices make use of plastic rear panels. The Realme U1 and Realme 3 get glossy coating over theirs. Among these two, all three of Realme U1’s color options get single gradients, while the Realme 3 offers dual gradient design options. As for the Realme 3i, the beloved diamond-cut rear panel design makes a comeback, and it now incorporates a dual shade design.
In the display department, the Realme U1 is clearly the best thanks to its 6.3-inch Full HD+ resolution LCD screen. The Realme 3 and 3i, on the other hand, sport lower HD+ resolution LCD screens that measure 6.2-inches. All three phones happen to bear waterdrop-style notches up top and also come with Gorilla Glass protection.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Performance, Software
As far as performance goes, both the Realme 3 and Realme U1 are at the top with their use of the Helio P70 chipset. To compensate for the lower price of the Realme 3i, the phone maker compromised slightly in the CPU department by fitting the handset with a Helio P60 chipset instead. As for software, both the Realme 3 and 3i come with Android 9.0 Pie-based ColorOS 6 out of the box. While the Realme U1 comes with Android 8.0 by default, the phone has since received the Android 9.0 Pie-based ColorOS 6 update.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Camera
Rear imaging on all three of these smartphones is handled by a similar 13MP + 2MP camera setup. At the front, both the Realme 3 and 3i sport 13MP selfie shooters, while the Realme U1 gets a larger resolution 25MP camera.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Battery Life
Battery life on the Realme 3i and Realme 3 should be the same as both phones offer 4230mAh cells. The Realme U1, on the other hand, gets a slightly smaller 3500mAh battery.
Realme 3i vs Realme 3 vs Realme U1: Conclusion
Based on what we can see above, the Realme 3i finds itself in a comfortable spot below the Realme 3. We are talking about the base variant of the phone, of course, as at the price of the 4GB RAM model, the Realme U1 with its recently dropped price becomes a more compelling offer. In fact, the Realme U1 is an overall better option with the new pricing when compared to the Realme 3.