Realme 3 has finally been launched in India, and it comes with a dual rear camera setup, a Helio P70 SoC, a 4,230mAh battery, and a starting price of Rs. 8,990. The phone’s first sale is set for March 12 on Flipkart and Realme website, and the phone will compete with the likes of the Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy M20. The Realme 3 has been made available in three colour options, and the company has even announced a few launch offers. In addition to the Realme 3, the company revealed that it is also planning to bring a new Realme 3 Pro smartphone to the country. 

We pit the Realme 3 with the Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy M20 to see which of the new entrants fares better on paper.

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 price

The Realme 3 price in India has been set at Rs. 8,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option and Rs. 10,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option. The phone will be made available in Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue, and Black colour options on Flipkart and Realme website exclusively. The first sale (only Dynamic Black and Black colour options) will be held on March 12 at 12pm (Noon) IST, and Realme says that the 3GB RAM variant price tag is part of an introductory offer for the first 1 million buyers. The Radiant Blue variant will be available from March 26, and it will be available via offline stores soon.

Launch offers include instant discount of Rs. 500 on HDFC Bank cards, Jio benefits worth Rs. 5,300 on Flipkart, and 20 percent SuperCash on MobiKwik if purchased through the Realme website. A Realme 3 Iconic Case will also be made available, in Black, Diamond Blue, and Yellow, priced at Rs. 599.

Xiaomi has priced the Redmi Note 7 starting Rs. 9,999 for the 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage version. The 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model will carry a price tag of Rs. 11,999. According to the company, it will be offering the Redmi Note 7 in three colour options – Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue.

The first flash sale of the smartphone is scheduled 12pm IST on March 6. The phone will be offered via, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores. It will become available via select offline retail chains “soon”. As for launch offers, an “ultra-slim” case will be bundled, while a perforated case will be available for Rs. 349. Airtel will be offering up to 1,120GB with unlimited calling, as well as Airtel Thanks benefits like free access to Airtel TV premium, App advisor, Spam Block, Contacts Backup, and more.

The Galaxy M20, on the other hand, is available at Rs. 10,990 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration, while its 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version will go on sale at Rs. 12,990. Both Samsung Galaxy M-series models are on sale through and Samsung India e-Store. The new phones will come in Charcoal Black and Ocean Blue colour options. As an introductory offer, Jio 4G customers buying the Galaxy M-series models are entitled to receive “Double-Data” on Rs. 198 and Rs. 299 recharge packs.

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 specifications

Coming to specifications, the Realme 3 runs on the latest Color OS 6.0 based on Android Pie. On the software front, the Redmi Note 7 runs on MIUI 10 based on Android Pie, while the Samsung Galaxy M20 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 UX.

The Realme 3 phone features a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 88.3 percent screen-to-body-ratio, 450 nits peak brightness, and 19:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 7 and the Samsung Galaxy M20 both, on the other hand, sport a slightly bigger 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. All the three phones sport waterdrop-style notches. Samsung Galaxy M20 sports the company’s Infinity-V Display.

Talking about the processor, the Realme 3 is powered by the 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 SoC, the Redmi Note 7 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC, and the Samsung Galaxy M20 is powered by an Exynos 7904 SoC. All the phones pack 3GB and 4GB RAM options, and offer 32GB and 64GB storage options. All the phones also offer a microSD card slot for expansion of memory, with the Realme and Samsung offerings bearing dedicated microSD card slots.

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 Camera

Coming to the camera, the Realme 3 packs a dual rear camera setup aligned vertically – with one 13-megapixel rear sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, apart from the 2-megapixel secondary sensor. Features include PDAF, Nightscape mode, Hybrid HDR, Chroma Boost, Portrait Mode, scene recognition, and more. Up front, there is another 13-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and 1.12-micron pixels, apart from features like AI Beautification, HDR, and AI Face Unlock.

The Redmi Note 7 features a dual camera setup on the back that houses a primary 12-megapixel sensor (with 1.25-micron pixels) with a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is a 13-megapixel front shooter on-board as well. The company claims that the camera app on the Redmi Note 7 uses artificial intelligence (AI) to offer a better portrait mode, smart beauty features, and scene recognition support.

On the Samsung Galaxy M20, there is a dual rear camera setup along with a 13-megapixel primary sensor – sporting an f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. An 8-megapixel sensor along with an f/2.0 aperture is available at the front.

Samsung Galaxy M20 Review

Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 Battery

The Samsung variant wins the battery battle with a 5,000mAh battery pack. The Realme 3 and the Redmi Note 7 phones pack 4,230mAh and 4,000mAh batteries respectively. Samsung and Xiaomi offer USB Type-C port and the Realme 3 integrates a Micro-USB port. All the phones supports dual-SIM cards and feature a 3.5mm audio jack.

Realme 3 vs Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Redmi Note 7 comparison

  Realme 3
Samsung Galaxy M20 Redmi Note 7
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
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
Screen size (inches) 6.20 6.30 6.30
Resolution 720×1520 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
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
Internal storage 64GB 32GB 32GB
Expandable storage Yes Yes Yes
Expandable storage type microSD microSD microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 256 512 256
Dedicated microSD slot Yes Yes
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 LED
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
Operating system Android Pie Android 8.1 Oreo Android 9.0
Skin ColorOS 6 Samsung Experience 9.5 UX MIUI 10
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
Micro-USB Yes No
Number of SIMs 2 2 2
Active 4G on both SIM cards Yes Yes
USB Type-C Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
4G/ LTE Yes Yes
Face unlock Yes Yes 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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