Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Which is the Best Mobile Under Rs 20,000?

Here is a spec comparison between the newly launched Realme 7 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, and Samsung Galaxy M31s.

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Realme announced the all-new Realme 7 Pro at an event in India last week. Realme 7 Pro starts at Rs. 19,999 in India and is a poses a good challenge to the other devices in segments, such as Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy M31s. In this post, let us put all three phones against each other and see which one should be your choice in case you’re looking for a new smartphone around Rs 20,000.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Price in India

Realme 7 Pro comes in two variants, the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 19,999, while the higher memory variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Rs. 21,999. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is available in 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant which is priced at Rs 16,999, the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 18,499, while the top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs. 19,999. The Samsung Galaxy M31s is priced at Rs. 19,499 for 6GB RAM and 128GB, while 8GB RAM and 128GB costs Rs. 21,499.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Design

All three devices feature a modern bezel-less edge to edge display with a punch-hole notch. Realme 7 Pro has a polycarbonate back, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a curved glass back while the Samsung Galaxy M31s has a glasstic back. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max looks good due to the glass back but the paint jobs on the Realme 7 Pro and Galaxy M31s make Redmi Note 9 Pro Max look dull in competition.

Realme 7 Pro features an in-display fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy M31s have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor which is embedded in the power button.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Display

Realme 7 Pro features a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 resulting in a pixel density of 409ppi, and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. On the other hand, Redmi Note 9 Pro packs a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD panel with 2400 × 1080 resolution, 450nits brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, while the Galaxy M31s comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

All three devices feature a punch-hole notch for the selfie shooter which is located on the top left side on the Realme 7 Pro, while Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and Galaxy M31s have it in the center. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max certainly lacks in the display department as the other two devices pack AMOLED display but the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with superior Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Performance

On the performance front, Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G built on the 8nm process, while the Samsung Galaxy M31s packs Exynos 9611 SoC built on 10nm process. The graphics duties on the Realme 7 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max are handled by Adreno 618 GPU which is clocked at 750MHz while Galaxy M31s has a Mali-G72 GPU. All three devices feature LPDDR4X RAM coupled with UFS 2.1 storage along with a dedicated Micro-SD card slot.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Cameras

Coming to the optics, the Realme 7 Pro packs a 64MP quad-rear camera setup with a Sony IMX682 primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119° field of view and f/2.3 aperture, a 2MP B&W portrait camera, and a 2MP macro sensor. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also has a 64MP quad-rear camera setup with a Samsung ISOCELL sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119° field of view, and f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP depth sensor. Similar to Realme 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M31s also packs a 64MP quad-rear camera setup with a Sony IMX682 primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 123° field of view and f/2.2 aperture, a 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture.

Coming to the front shooter, Realme 7 Pro packs a 32MP sensor with an 85° field of view and f/2.5 aperture, Redmi Note 9 Pro Max also packs a 32MP sensor while the Samsung Galaxy M31s has a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Battery and Charging

The Realme 7 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery with 65W SuperDart charging support, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max comes with a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging support. On the other hand, the Galaxy M31s has a mammoth 6000mAh battery but comes with 25W fast charging. All three devices have a Type-C port for charging. In the battery department, Galaxy M31s emerges as a winner but the 65W SuperDart tech on the Realme 7 Pro is insanely fast and unmatchable in the segment.

Realme 7 Pro vs Redmi Note 9 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy M31s: Verdict

Realme 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M31s both come with AMOLED display, while the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max lacks in the display department as it comes with an LCD display. The camera setups on all three devices are similar but the Realme 7 Pro with in-display fingerprint sensor and 65W SuperDart charging gets an edge over the competition.



Arpit grew his liking for gadgets almost a decade back while searching for his first smartphone, and started writing about tech recently in 2018. Arpit comes from Mathematics research background and can be found discussing Mathematics when not looking at his phones.