The Indian smartphones market just took advantages of a very valid new-entry: the Realme 5 Pro. With its incredibly affordable price tag and its astonishing specs sheet for that price, the new mid-ranger has all the potentialities to become one of the best-sellers of 2019. But in India, there are already some potential best-sellers of the second half of 2019 which may cannibalize its sales. We are referring to the new Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A3 and to the older Redmi Note 7 Pro that is an upgraded version of one of the best-selling Android phones of the year in the global market. Will Realme 5 Pro stand a chance? Is it worth choosing it now considering the value for money? This comparison will shed some light on these questions.
|Xiaomi Mi A3||Xiaomi Redmi Note 7||Oppo Realme 5 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||153.5 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm, 173.8 grams||159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm, 186 grams||157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm, 184 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.01 inches, 720 x 1560p (HD+), 286 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, IPS LCD||6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712, octa-core 2.3 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie, Android One||Android 9 Pie, MIUI||Android 9 Pie, Color OS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 24 + 8 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2 and f/2.4|
32 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 48 + 5 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4|
13 MP front camera
|Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4|
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4030 mAh, fast charging 10W||4000 mAh, fast charging||4035 mAh, fast charging 20W with VOOC 3.0|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot, splash resistant|
If you do not need an ordinary, boring and cheap plastic body but you want a premium design more similar to flagship smartphones, you have no better choice than Xiaomi Mi A3, also known in China as the Mi CC9e (in China it has MIUI instead of Android One). It is the only composed of both a glass back and an aluminum frame, and it is even a very compact device, so it is excellent for people often using phones with one hand or traveling with their handset always in their pockets. While Xiaomi Mi A3 has the most premium design, it is worth noting that Realme 5 Pro is splash resistant.
Given the higher level of detail and the wider diagonal, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 5 Pro are better options when it comes to displays, despite they have an IPS LCD panel instead of a Super AMOLED one like the Xiaomi Mi A3. The Mi A3 boasts more vivid colors and it even has an in-display fingerprint reader, but the resolution is lower and the display is smaller-sized, so it is not exactly the ideal display for advanced and multimedia users. We won’t choose a winner between Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 5 Pro because differences are marginal and we do not think it is worth focusing on them.
Specs & Software
The hardware department is a key feature of the Realme 5 Pro. Indeed, it is powered by one of the most performing midrange chipsets out there: the Snapdragon 712. And it is the most affordable smartphone with this chipset released in the second half of 2019. Further, unlike its opponents, it is equipped with up to 8 GB of RAM. The second place goes to the Xiaomi Mi A3 and its Snapdragon 665 which also features a more interesting software department thanks to Android One and its direct support by Google. Redmi Note 7 Pro is a classic Xiaomi phone with MIUI, but it has a slightly better processor than the Mi A3.
Due to its quad camera setup placed on the rear side, Realme 5 Pro is the most versatile phone when it comes to camera features. Xiaomi Mi A3 wins the selfie comparison and it also features better rear cameras than Redmi Note 7 Pro, with an additional ultrawide sensor.
Similar battery capacities, but we believe Xiaomi Mi A3 will last a lot more on a single charge due to its smaller and more efficient display which features the AMOLED technology and a lower resolution.
You can get a Redmi Note 7 Pro in India for €170/$188 thanks to online street prices, while Xiaomi Mi A3 just debuted at the same price. Realme 5 Pro costs slightly more: about €177/$196. Overall, I appreciate the Realme 5 Pro more due to its great cameras, better hardware department, but Xiaomi Mi A3 and Redmi Note 7 Pro remain among the best choices available under €200/$220.
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Xiaomi Mi A3 vs Oppo Realme 5 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
- Big battery
- Good display
- Affordable price
- Worse hardware
Xiaomi Mi A3
- Premium build quality
- Amazing cameras
- Compact design
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- Worldwide availability
- HD display
Realme 5 Pro
- Higher performance
- Great cameras
- Good display
- Splash resistant
- Nothing particular