Samsung recently announced the launch of a new M-Series handset in India — the Samsung Galaxy M21. Positioned below another recently launched product — the Galaxy M31, the new M21 is the newest attempt from the Korean smartphone giant to arrest the fall of its declining market share in India. Ever since the company refreshed its A-Series phones and introduced the M-Series handsets, Samsung’s budget and mid-range phones have been doing pretty well in the market. That being said, even with these launches, the company’s overall market share in the country continues to tumble. This is due to the highly competitive products coming from the competition. Take the example of Xiaomi who recently launched the Redmi Note 9 series in India with excellent specs — and Realme which came up with Realme 6.
Samsung Galaxy M21 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6: Price in India, Variants
The Samsung Galaxy M21 is available in two variants in the country; a base 4GB/64GB variant priced at Rs 12,999 and a 6GB/128GB model that will set you back by Rs 15,999.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro is also sold in two versions in India starting with a base 4GB+64GB variant priced at Rs 12,999 and a higher-end 6GB + 128GB variant priced at Rs 15,999.
As for the Realme 6, this phone comes in three variants starting with a 4GB+64GB version priced at Rs 12,999, a 6GB+128GB version priced at Rs 14,999, and an 8GB+128GB version that will set you back by Rs 15,999.
Samsung Galaxy M21 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6 Hardware Specifications Compared
The Samsung Galaxy M21 uses Samsung’s bread and butter Exynos 9611 chipset which the company uses on several handsets ranging from the A51 and the M31 and even the older M30s and the A50s. While a decent performer, the Exynos 9611 lags when it comes to overall gaming performance. It is also a bit on the older side since Samsung’s older phones also use the same processor.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor that gets an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 618 GPU for graphics. This is a relatively newer chipset and offers very good performance both in daily tasks as well as gaming.
Moving on to the Realme 6, this phone uses the MediaTek Helio G90 chipset which has been around for a while now. This SoC houses an octa-core processor and uses the ARM Mali G76 GPU for graphics. While quite a competent device, several users have reported lag while gaming on the Realme 6. Overall, though, the phone does come with a modern, fast processor.
The Samsung Galaxy M21, with its massive 6000 mAh battery easily beats the other two phones when it comes to battery life. The phone also supports 15W fast charging using the supplied Samsung fast charger.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro also gets a massive 5020 Mah battery with support for 18W fast charging. This battery also promises day-long battery life even with heavy use.
As for the Realme 6, this phone has the smallest battery among the trio with a 4300 mAh battery. The Realme 6, however, wins the charging speed round thanks to the suppled 30W fast charger.
Samsung Galaxy M21 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6 Display
Moving on to the displays, the Samsung Galaxy M21 has an advantage over the other two phones in this department because it is the only handset of the three to get an AMOLED panel. The FHD+ panel of the Galaxy M21 measures 6.5-inches across and also gets a U-Shaped notch at the top to house the front camera. The display also gets Gorilla Glass 3 for additional protection.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro has the largest display among the three thanks to the 6.67-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels and a typical brightness value of 450 nits. The display has a standard contrast ratio of 1500:1 and gets a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for additional durability.
The Realme 6 also gets a 6.5 IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. This is the only phone to feature a punch-hole camera located on the top left corner of the device. Realme also confirms that the display gets Gorilla Glass for durability. However, the version that is used on the Realme 6 has not been revealed.
Overall, we think the Samsung wins this round because of the objectively better AMOLED panel it uses.
Samsung Galaxy M21 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6 Camera and Imaging
The camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy M21 consists of triple rear cameras with the primary camera using a 48MP sensor. The phone also gets an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth sensor. At the front, the handset gets by with a 20MP sensor. The M21 can also record 4K videos using the rear camera and 1080p videos using the front-facing camera.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro gets a quad-camera setup at the rear with the primary camera getting a 48MP sensor. The phone also gets an 8MP secondary ultra-wide-angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front, the phone gets a 16MP camera for selfies and video calling.
As for the Realme 6, this handset gets a quad-camera array at the rear. The primary camera used on this phone gets a 64MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a dedicated black and white sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. At the front, the phone gets a 16MP camera for selfies.
Samsung Galaxy M21 vs Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6: Which one to buy?
The Samsung Galaxy M21 is a good choice for someone who is on the lookout for an affordable phone from a known brand. It has the best display among the three, has class-leading battery life and offers good performance. On the flip side, Samsung continues to use an old chipset on the phone that has been around for a while now and gaming performance might suffer because of the older GPU.
The Realme 6 is an excellent offering from Realme and offers good all-round performance. The phone has a very good camera setup and also boasts of the fastest charging speeds in this price segment. Perhaps the only ‘stigma’ attached to the phone is its MediaTek Helio G90T chipset which people might have issues picking over a Qualcomm Snapdragon -toting competitor.
Moving on to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, this phone seems to have everything going for it. Honestly speaking, the only thing we think works against the phone is Xiaomi’s own MIUI which some people do not particularly like. Then there is the whole discussion around MIUI and ads. But that pretty much is all that you can complain about the phone. The handset offers incredible specs for the money you pay for it and pretty much ticks every box you can think of.
It was, therefore, pretty easy for us to pick the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro as the winner of this comparison.