Realme has launched the first quad-camera phone in the budget price range, the Realme 5 (first impressions). This device was also the first to launch with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor in the Indian market. A day after the Realme 5 was unveiled, Xiaomi launched the third iteration of its Android One offering, the Mi A-series, which is powered by the same processor. So does the Realme 5 compare with Xiaomi Mi A3? Let’s delve into all the details:
Realme 5 vs Xiaomi Mi A3: prices compared
The Realme 5’s USP is its price range, as mentioned earlier. The device has been launched in three variants – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The price of the variants is Rs 9,999, Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively.
The Xiaomi Mi A3, on the other hand, comes in two variants – 4GB of RAM + 64GB internal storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB of storage. These versions sell for Rs 12,999 and Rs 15,999, respectively. If we look at the prices, we can see that Realme 5 is a clear winner. With more storage variants and options, the phone is likely to satisfy a wider range of Indian buyers.
Realme 5 vs Xiaomi Mi A3: Specifications compared
Design and Display
In terms of design, the Realme 5 looks almost identical to its Pro version. The diamond cut on the glossy polycarbonate chassis and holographic colours do well to make the device look premium for its price range. There is a waterdrop notch on the display while the quad rear cameras sit in a vertical fashion. A physical fingerprint sensor is also present at the back. The Xiaomi Mi A3 features a wave-like design on the rear panel on its ‘Not Just Blue’ variant, while the ‘More Than White’ colour sports a glossy gradient finish. The back and front panels of the device feature Gorilla Glass 5 protection, as does the triple camera module. The phone sports an under-display fingerprint sensor while the triple rear camera is arranged vertically on the left side. Additonally, the Mi A3 also comes with a splash-proof P2i coating. Both the offerings host a 3.5mm audio jack.
Both devices look elegant and impressive in terms of design, but the Mi A3 has the upper hand thanks to its glass back panel and in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a waterdrop notch that houses a selfie snapper. The aspect ratio of the display is 19:9 and it supports gesture navigation. The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with a 6.01-inch S-AMOLED Full-HD+ display panel with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection. A waterdrop notch is present on the phone along with an under-display fingerprint reader. Once again, the Mi A3 is the winner thanks to full HD+ resolution and a superior AMOLED panel.
Hardware and OS
Realme’s latest offering depends on the AI-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor with 3GB/4GB of RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. The device relies on the Adreno 610 GPU for graphics and runs Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0 on the top. Features like Game Space, Clone Apps and Smart Devices are also made available to the users.
The Mi A3 runs on the same processor, and the performance further relies on 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB /128GB of internal storage, respectively. Being an Android One phone, this offering runs Android 9 Pie with a promise to roll-out all the latest software updates on time for the next two years. While both devices should offer a similar experience on the hardware front, the choice of software boils down to the end user. While ColorOS offers several customised features, the Mi A3 offers a vanilla Android experience.
The Realme 5 houses a quad rear camera setup coupled with an LED flash. It includes a 12MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP super macro sensor and 2MP portrait lens. It features a 13MP selfie snapper while the camera is equipped with features like nightscape, HDR, pro, portrait mode and Chroma Boost. It is also capable of 4K video recording at 30fps and slow-motion video recording at 240fps.
The Xiaomi Mi A3 plays host to a triple rear camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 lens with PDAF, 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP depth sensor. The configuration also includes an LED Flash while a 32MP selfie snapper sits on the front. The Realme 5’s quad cameras are a definite plus, although the Mi A3 does come with a higher resolution primary camera.
The battery on the Realme 5 is a 5,000mAh unit with support for micro-USB. The package doesn’t include a fast charger and this might disappoint some consumers. The Mi A3, on the other hand, is powered by a smaller 4,030mAh battery with support for 18W Quick Charge 3.0 and USB Type-C. The Realme 5 is the clear winner when it comes to battery life, and while the Mi A3’s fast charging works in its favour, it ships with a standard 10W charger in the box.
While both smartphones should offer the same performance, the Mi A3 gets brownie points thanks to its stock interface, better display and in-display fingerprint scanner. The Realme 5 however is no slouch, and packages a premium design, big battery and quad cameras for a cheaper price.