Xiaomi India launched the selfie-focused Redmi Y3 alongside the Redmi 7 at an event held in New Delhi yesterday. Designed for selfie lovers, the Redmi Y3 is the most affordable smartphone to come equipped with a 32MP selfie camera. The smartphone is expected to face stiff competition from the Realme 3 as well as Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 7. Does the 32MP “super selfie” camera make it a better buy than the Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7? Let us find out in our spec comparison today.
Redmi Y3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Price in India
We will begin by comparing the prices of the three phones. Xiaomi Redmi Y3 will go on sale in India starting April 30 in two variants. While the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration is priced at INR 9,999, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version will cost INR 11,999. Redmi Note 7 is also priced at INR 9,999 for the 3GB + 32GB variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. Realme 3 is more affordable than the two Redmi phones, starting at INR 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version of the phone costs INR 10,999.
Redmi Y3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Display, Performance
Redmi Y3 sports a 6.26-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD display panel with 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to protect it against drops. Under the hood, Redmi’s latest selfie-focused offering runs on a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core chipset with an Adreno 506 GPU. The phone is available with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot, the phone supports further expansion up to 512GB. As for software, Redmi Y3 will be shipping with Android Pie-based MIUI 10.
Redmi Note 7 has a slightly larger 6.3-inch Dot Notch IPS LCD display with higher 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer for protection. The smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.2 GHz with an Adreno 512 GPU. Just like the Redmi Y3, the Redmi Note 7 packs up to 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage. However, the Redmi Note 7 does not have a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. In terms of software, the phone runs on Pie-based MIUI 10 currently.
Realme 3 comes with a 6.22-inch Dewdrop display offering 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top. Powering the Realme 3 is a 12nm MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.1 GHz with an ARM Mali-G72 GPU. The phone packs up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, expandable further by up to 256GB with a dedicated microSD card slot. Realme 3 runs on ColorOS 6.0, which is based on the latest Android 9.0 Pie OS.
The Redmi Note 7 is undoubtedly superior to the Redmi Y3 and Realme 3 in the display and performance departments. It is the only smartphone here to feature a Full HD+ resolution panel and runs on a powerful Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset.
Redmi Y3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Moving on to optics, the Redmi Y3 features a 12MP + 2MP AI dual-camera setup at the rear. The primary 12MP sensor has large 1.25um pixel size and an f/2.2 aperture. AI-powered features on offer include AI Beautify 4.0, AI Portrait Mode, AI Scene detection, and more. For selfies, the phone has an impressive 32MP front-facing camera with an f/2.25 aperture and several AI-powered features. Fueling the internals of the selfie-focused phone is a 4000mAh battery with adaptive power saving technology. Connectivity options include GPS with A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, IR blaster, and Dual 4G support.
The Indian Redmi Note 7 sports a 12MP + 2MP AI dual-camera setup, similar to the Redmi Y3. For selfies, the Redmi Note 7 has a 13MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and various AI-powered features including AI Beautify and AI Portrait mode. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh non-removable battery and is bundled with a 10W charger in the box. However, it offers support for up 18W fast charging with a compatible power adapter. On the connectivity front, it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, IR blaster, USB Type-C port, and Dual 4G.
Realme 3 (review) is also similar to the Redmi smartphones in the camera department, featuring a 13MP + 2MP setup on the back. The primary sensor is coupled with an f/1.8 aperture and offers a Nightscape mode for impressive low-light photography. On the front is a 13MP AI selfie snapper with AI beautification, HDR, and AI Face Unlock. The Realme smartphone packs a 4230mAh battery, giving it a slight edge over the Redmi phones in the battery life department. Connectivity options supported by the phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, Dual VoLTE, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and a MicroUSB port.
Overall, the Redmi Y3 is definitely the most appealing of the three smartphones in the camera department, all thanks to the 32MP selfie snapper. When it comes to battery life, the Realme 3 is very slightly ahead of the two Redmi phones, although the difference is only marginal.
Redmi Y3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Verdict
If you are a selfie fanatic, there is no doubt that the Redmi Y3 is simply the best option in the budget segment right now. The rest of its key specs aren’t too shabby either. As an overall package, however, it is the Redmi Note 7 (review) that makes the most sense. For the same price as the Redmi Y3, you get a Full HD+ resolution panel and a more powerful Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset.