Realme and Vivo’s sub-brand, iQOO have been in a fierce race to launch India’s first 5G-enabled smartphone. Realme came out ahead by launching the X50 Pro 5G (first impressions) first. iQOO made its Indian debut just a day later with the iQOO 3 5G (review). Both the devices host flagship-level features at affordable prices. With several specifications in common, the phones make for an obvious comparison for those looking to buy a flagship in the Rs 30k-40k segment. Let’s compare the two and decide which one is the best for you.
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Realme X50 Pro 5G vs iQOO 3 5G: prices compared
The Realme X50 Pro 5G has been launched in three variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. They are priced at Rs 37,999, Rs 39,999 and Rs 44,999, respectively. On the other hand, the iQOO 3 5G has been announced in only one variant with 5G. It costs Rs 44,990 for 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. The phone’s 4G version has two variants – 12GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. They are priced at Rs 36,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively.
In this department, the Realme offering looks more affordable since it provides 5G capability at a lower price. The iQOO 3 5G phone is only available in one variant while the Realme offering has more options.
Realme X50 Pro 5G vs iQOO 3 5G: specifications compared
Design and Display
The Realme X50 Pro 5G has a similar design to its X-series of smartphones. It has a glass back with a frosted finish. The company has skipped 3.5mm audio jack and microSD slot. The phone offers a quad-camera setup arranged vertically on the rear panel. The power button is available on the right-hand side while volume rocker is placed on the left. It has been launched in Moss Green and Rust Red colour variants. The iQOO 3 5G phone features a curved glass back with a fine mesh finish pattern. The quad-cameras on the back are placed inside an L-shaped design while a 3.5mm audio jack sits on top. The power button and volume rocker are placed on right side while a Smart Button to launch Google Assistant/Google Search/Jovi Vision is available on the left. It comes in three shades – Volcano Orange, Quantum Silver, and Tornado Black.
In terms of the display, the Realme offering sports a 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with dual punch-hole selfie cameras and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It features support for HDR 10+ while being equipped with Blue Light filter, 1,000 nits brightness, Widevine L1 certification and a 90Hz refresh rate. The iQOO 3 5G phone plays host to a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint reader. The screen provides brightness up to 800 nits and houses a 60Hz refresh rate. A single punch-hole selfie snapper also sits in the left corner of the device. It lacks the L1 certification which means users can stream videos in standard quality only.
Hardware and Performance
The Realme X50 Pro 5G phone is the first device in India to come equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core processor. It features LPDDR5 RAM and FS 3.0 storage. There are three variants to choose from – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. The phone also houses a Vapour Chamber Cooling system to avoid overheating. It runs Android 10 with Realme UI on top. Consumers can uninstall all the bloatware that is present on the device.
Challenging the Realme device is iQOO 3 5G phone. It relies on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset along with UFS 3.1 storage. The device is the first in the world to come with UFS 3.1 flash storage. When it comes to its 5G version, there’s only one configuration available – 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM + 256 GB of internal storage. A Multi-Turbo Mode and Game Assistant are also available to provide a better gaming experience, as are two pressure sensitive ‘Monster Touch’ buttons on the top. It runs Android 10 with iQOO UI on top. The latter is an optimised Vivo Funtouch OS but consists of uninstallable bloatware.
The camera configuration on the Realme product includes a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL sensor at the helm with an aperture of f/1.8. It is supported by an 8MP ultra-wide+macro lens, 13MP telephoto lens and a 2MP BnW portrait shooter. The 13MP telephoto lens comes equipped with 2x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and 20x digital zoom while the SAT Zoom technology helps in switching between audio and video modes. It supports RAW image format while playing host to Nightscape 3.0, portrait mode, HDR, EIS and video stabilisation. For selfies and video calling, the device features a dual setup with a 32MP Sony IMX616 sensor + 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens.
The iQOO 3 5G phone sports an L-shaped camera setup. It includes a 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor, a 13MP telephoto lens with 20x digital zoom, a 13MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor. It supports 4K recording at 60fps. Features like super night mode, super anti-shake, portrait bokeh, portrait lighting, HDR, super macro, slo-mo, pro mode and panorama are available. On the front, it houses a single 16MP snapper placed inside the punch-hole. iQOO claims to offer the smallest punch hole camera in its segment.
Another crucial aspect of a smartphone is its battery backup. In this area, the latest Realme device features a 4,200mAh unit with support for USB Type-C and 65W SuperDart fast charging. The fast charging technology claims to provide over 100 minutes of video watching, up to 4 hours of voice calling and 40 songs playback after a three-minutes charge.
The iQOO 3 5G houses a larger 4,400mAh battery unit with support for USB Type-C and 55W Super FlashCharge technology. The company goes on to claim a 50 percent juice-up within a matter of 15 minutes.
As expected, both of the offerings are on par with each other. The Realme X50 Pro 5G offers a better refresh rate, more options to choose from, a 64MP camera setup, dual cameras and faster charging. The iQOO 3 5G is no less and can be an ideal option for those who need a 3.5mm audio jack on their device. However, with a more affordable price point, the Realme offering looks like a better option out of the two if price is your main consideration.