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Realme 3 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Redmi Note 7: best budget smartphone india

Realme 3 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Redmi Note 7: best budget smartphone india

For the same price, Realme, Samsung and Xiaomi have lined up their newly launched budget smartphones with mid-range chipsets, large battery units, dual camera setups for photography and bezel-less displays with notches on the top. Does the Realme 3 have what it takes to topple the Galaxy M20 or the Redmi Note 7?

Realme today announced the budget-centric Realme 3 smartphone in India with mid-range hardware and a decent design. The device comes with a price tag of Rs 8,999 for the 3GB RAM+ 32GB of internal storage, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage for Rs 10,999.
For around the same price, Samsung and Xiaomi are lining up the Galaxy M20 and the Redmi Note 7 respectively offering mid-range chipsets with large battery units, dual camera setups for photography and bezel-less displays with notches on the top. Does the Realme 3 have what it takes to topple the newly reinvigorated budget Galaxy or the picture-centric Redmi Note? Let’s talk about that. 
Hardware:
We generally talk about the design first but since this is a budget phone, performance is what primarily matters.
Realme 3
Realme 3

The latest of the three which is the Realme 3 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 processor clocked at 2.1GHz, which can give some hard competition to devices running Snapdragon 660 and can multi-task with several apps in the background. For the sake of this comparison, we’re taking the higher 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version which is available for a price of Rs 10,999. 

We did that because for a budget phone, the Realme 3 packs in larger RAM and storage at the same price as its competitors. While the Galaxy M20 comes at the same price and only feature 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, Redmi loyals have to chip in Rs 1,000 more than the Realme 3’s price to get the same 4GB + 64GB configuration.


The Snapdragon 660 on the Redmi Note 7 is a proven chipset and has stood the test of time and offers the same performance as MediaTek’s Helio P70. The Exynos 7904 on the other hand still needs some rough testing though it can handle most of the daily tasks properly. However, considering it’ll run Samsung’s interface performance could get a little sluggish with time. 
Winner: Realme 3. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version is the real deal breaker. 
Display:
Samsung Galaxy M20
Samsung Galaxy M20
The Galaxy M20 features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ PLS IPS Infinity V display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. Samsung has used a TFT panel in this smartphone as opposed to AMOLED displays which are quite common in Galaxy J and On series. That said, the display is still one of the best displays present in this price band.
The Realme 3 features a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1520 x 720 pixels. The phone comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 88.3 per cent and has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The company has used LTPS in-cell display for its latest smartphone, which is claimed to deliver better output as compared to standard LCD screens and are more battery efficient. The device has a 450nits brightness meaning that you will not face trouble reading from the display when viewing under sunlight.
In terms of pure screen real estate, it’s the Galaxy M20 which comes with the highest screen-to-body ratio of 83.6 percent compared to the 81.4 percent on the Note 7 and 81.8 percent on the Realme 3.


Winner: Galaxy M20 for an FHD+ screen and minimal bezels, followed by Redmi Note 7 for Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. 
Design:
The Redmi Note 7 has taken inspiration from the Xiaomi’s other top-end smartphones with a flat glass body that transitions up to the frame. It’s back panel is also yet another glossy affair but instead of standard colours, the Redmi Note 7 Pro arrives in Onyx Black, Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue colours. Not to forget, these glossy colours are protected on the outside by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.
Samsung Galaxy M20 Design
Coming to the Galaxy M20, it is not the best of what Samsung can offer, but the design is pretty much standard. You get a polycarbonate body at the back panel, which comes with a glossy and smooth finish. The finish looks similar to what we have seen in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and the Realme U1. Besides its plastic nature, the M20 still attracts smudges, scratches and fingerprints at the back, which can only be protected by a case. 
The Realme 3 like the Realme U1 is an all-plastic smartphone with yet another pinch of new colour schemes in the form of Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. However, it’s still plastic and doesn’t offer the build of a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.


Winner: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Camera:
The Realme 3 equips a 13-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel secondary shooter. The rear camera offers f/1.8 aperture, 5P lens, LED flash and 1.12-micron pixel size. The front camera is equipped with a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12-micron pixel size and AI beautification. The shots taken in broad daylight came out to be decent while there’s some loss in detail when the images are zoomed in. 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
For the camera department, the Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a dual camera setup with one 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor with LED flash and f/1.8 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth information. Up front, there is a 13-megapixel selfie sensor as well. The imaging setup is precisely the same as the one on the Note 7 Pro. The shots are well detailed in different lighting conditions and the camera autofocuses really well from subject to subject. 
Samsung Galaxy M20 features a dual-camera setup, 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture + a 5MP ultra-wide sensor. For the front, the company has employed an 8MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture. Unlike other companies, which majorly uses a secondary camera for depth sensing, Samsung has given you an ultra-wide lens, which is a rarity in this price band. The M20 in our review was able to take some good shots in broad daylight and gives the option to take wide angle pictures.


Winner: A high performing 48MP camera on the Note 7 or an added wide angle sensor on the M20? It’s subjective and it’s up to you. 
Software:
The Galaxy M20 still runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience UX 9.5 interface but it offers a slew of customisation. The app drawer can be opened with a simple swipe-up, which is pretty smooth and animations are pleasing to the eyes. Samsung is also providing apps like a Game Launcher and Samsung Max with a promise to save mobile data and privacy. 
The Redmi Note 7 runs on Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top with a slew of customisations and features. While there’s no app drawer, stuff like quick toggles is similar to what we’ll see on a stock Android Pie running phone. The single swipe brightness slider is the more convenient feature yet and so are the inbuilt gestures which allow one hand usage.
Realme 3

Just like its Xiaomi counterpart, the Realme 3 is also based on Android 9 Pie but on top of Oppo’s ColorOS 6.0 interface. The user interface is now more refined and it looks smoother as compared to its predecessor. The company has given the option of an app drawer, which is a welcome change. 

Winner: Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 for Android Pie, Galaxy M20 for simplicity 
Battery:
You know that stoned have been turned when Samsung is offering the largest battery on a smartphone compared to its similar prices competitors. The Galaxy M20 offers 5,000mAh battery compared to the Realme 3’s 4230mAh and Note 7’s 4000mAh power units. While all three will easily last you through a day, the M20 will last you a little longer even when used for gaming sessions. While the M20 leads the battery chart, it’s the Redmi Note 7 which offers a faster 18-watt charging through Quick Charge 4 support. The M20 offers a slightly slow 15-watt charger while the Realme 3 offers standard charging with a 10-watt power brick. 
Winner: Galaxy M20 for a larger battery, Redmi Note 7 for the fastest charging tech


  Realme 3 Samsung Galaxy M20 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Processor MediaTek Helio P70 Exynos 7904 Snapdragon 660  Display 6.2-inch HD+, 1520 x 720 pixels 6.3-inch Full HD+, 2340 x 1080 pixels 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD, 2340 x 1080 pixels Memory 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB storage Camera Rear: 13MP + 2MP, Front: 13MP Rear: 13MP + 5MP ultra-wide, Front: 8MP Rear: 48MP + 5MP; Front: 3MP Battery 4230mAh 5,000mAh 4,000mAh OS Android 9 Pie, ColorOS 6.0 Android 8.1 Oreo, Samsung Experience UX 9.5 Android 9 Pie, MIUI 10 Price Rs 8,999, Rs 10,999 Rs 10,990, Rs 12,990 Rs 9,999, Rs 11,999
At the time of its launch, the Realme 3 sounds like a refined take on the Realme 2. But now that we’ve come to terms with what it really packs in, it doesn’t seem that impressive. Yes, it’s a bag of mix and match as there’s a decent chipset on the inside with an okay camera and a less impressive HD+ display. Realme 3’s only praise comes from its 4GB + 64GB model that’s available for cheap. For everything else, users can either look at the well built Gorilla Glass 5-clad Note 7 Pro with a 48GB camera and Android Pie or the Galaxy M20 which offers the largest screen real estate and simple to use software for users across all ages.

REALME 3 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY M20 VS REDMI NOTE 7 COMPARISON


REVIEWS

REALME 3
  • Good
  • Sturdy body
  • Powerful processor
  • Quick face recognition
  • ColorOS 6.0 looks slick
  • Bad
  • Front and rear get smudged easily
  • Average cameras
  • Videos aren’t stabilised
  • HD resolution display

SAMSUNG GALAXY M20
  • Good
  • Sharp, crisp display
  • Good battery life
  • Up-to-date specifications
  • Bad
  • Advertising on lock screen and spammy notifications
  • Disappointing cameras
  • Gets slightly warm under stress

REDMI NOTE 7

NOT AVAILABE



KEY SPECS

REALME 3
Display6.20-inch
Processor2.1GHz
Front Camera13-megapixel
Resolution720×1520 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid Pie
Storage64GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Battery Capacity4230mAh

SAMSUNG GALAXY M20
Display6.30-inch
Processor1.6GHz octa-core
Front Camera8-megapixel
Resolution1080×2340 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage32GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel + 5-megapixel
Battery Capacity5000mAh

REDMI NOTE 7
Display6.30-inch
Processor2.2GHz
Front Camera13-megapixel
Resolution1080×2340 pixels
RAM3GB
OSAndroid 9.0
Storage32GB
Rear Camera12-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Battery Capacity4000mAh


REALME 3 VS SAMSUNG GALAXY M20 VS REDMI NOTE 7 COMPARISON

Model
RealMe 3
Samsung Galaxy M20
Redmi Note 7
MRP
8,999/-
10,990/-
10,998/-
GENERAL
Release date
March 2019
January 2019
January 2019
Launched in India
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dimensions (mm)
156.10 x 75.60 x 8.30
159.21 x 75.21 x 8.10
Weight (g)
175.00
185.00
Battery capacity (mAh)
4230
5000
4000
Removable  Battery
No
No
No
Colours
Dynamic Black, Black, Radiant Blue
Charcoal Black, Ocean Blue
Twilight Gold, Fantasy Blue, and Bright black
Wireless Charging
No
Body Type
Glass
Fast Charging
Quick Charge
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)
6.20
6.30
6.30
Resolution
720 X 1520 pixels
1080×2340 pixels
1080×2340 pixels
Protection type
Gorilla Glass
Gorilla Glass
Aspect ratio
19:9
19.5:9
19.5:9
Pixels per inch (PPI)
409
HARDWARE
Processor
2.1GHz
1.6GHz octa-core (2×1.8GHz + 6×1.6GHz)
2.2GHz
Processor make
MediaTek Helio P70
Samsung Exynos 7904
Snapdragon 660 AIE
RAM
4GB
3GB
3GB
Internal Storage
64GB
32GB
32GB
Expandable Storage
Yes
Yes
Yes
Expandable storage type
microSD
microSD
microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)
256 GB
512 GB
256 GB
Dedicated microSD slot
Yes
Yes
CAMERA
Rear Camera
13-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel
13-megapixel (f/1.9) + 5-megapixel (f/2.2)
12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.25-micron) + 2-megapixel
Rear autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Yes
Yes
Rear flash
Yes
Yes
Yes
Front Camera
13-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
8-megapixel (f/2.0)
13-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)
Front flash
No
SOFTWARE
Operating system
Android 9.0(Pie)
Android 8.1 Oreo
Android 9.0
Skin
ColorOS 6
Samsung Experience 9.5 UX
MIUI 10
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Yes, v 4.20
Yes
Yes, v 5.00
USB OTG
Yes
Micro-USB
Yes
NO
Number of SIMs
2
2
2
Active 4G on both SIM cards
Yes
Yes
USB Type-C
yes
Yes
SIM 1
SIM Type
Nano-SIM
Nano-SIM
Nano-SIM
4G/LTE
Yes
Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type
Nano-SIM
Nano-SIM
Nano-SIM
4G/LTE
Yes
Yes
SENSORS
Face unlock
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer
Yes
Proximity sensor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Accelerometer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ambient light sensor
Yes
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Yes

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