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Samsung Galaxy F42 5G vs Realme 8s 5G vs iQOO Z3 5G: price in India, specifications and features compared

The Galaxy F42 is the latest F-series Samsung phone to debut in India. While it is priced at Rs 20,999, it can be purchased for as low as Rs 17,999 through an introductory offer. This pricing allows it to compete with the Realme 8s that debuted last month with a starting price of Rs 17,999.

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Launched in June, the iQOO Z3 is a popular 5G smartphone that is available with a sub-Rs 20,000 starting price in the country. Here is a comparison of specifications and features of the Galaxy F42, Realme 8s, and iQOO Z3 to find out which one is a better phone.

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: complete specs

Specs Samsung Galaxy F42 5G Realme 8s 5G iQOO Z3 5G
Display 6.6-inch HD+ TFT (90Hz) 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD (90Hz) 6.58-inch FHD+ LCD (120Hz)
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 700 MediaTek Dimensity 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G
RAM 6GB | 8GB LPDDR4x 8GB |12GB LPDDR4x 6GB | 8GB LPDDR4x
Storage 128GB 128GB UFS 2.1 128GB | 256GB UFS 2.2
OS One UI based on Android 11 Realme UI based on Android 11 FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11
Rear cameras 64MP + 5MP + 2MP 64MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP 16MP 16MP
Battery 5,000mAh 5,000mAh 4,400mAh
Fast charging 15W fast charging 33W fast charging 55W fast charging
Dimensions 167.2 x 76.4 x 9mm 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.8mm 164 x 75.3 x 8.5mm
Weight 203g 191g 185.5g
Price Rs 20,999 starting price Rs 17,999 starting price Rs 19,999 starting price

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: price in India

The Galaxy F42 comes in two options such as 6GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 20,999 and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage for Rs 22,999. During the upcoming Big Billion Days sale on Flipkart, both models will be available for Rs 17,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively. It comes in two colours such as Matte Black and Matte Aqua.

The Realme 8s 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variants are priced at Rs 17,999 and Rs 19,999, respectively. It can be purchased in Universe Blue and Universe Purple colours.

The iQOO Z3 comes in multiple options such as 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. These variants cost Rs 19,990, Rs 20,990, and Rs 22,990, respectively. Buyers can avail it in Ace Black and Cyber Blue colours.

The Realme 8s clearly wins in the pricing department as it comes with up to a Rs 2,000 discount with credit cards and credit cards EMI.

Winner: Realme 8s

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: display

Realme 8s 5G

Realme 8s 5G features a 6.5-inch punch-hole display

The Galaxy F42 is fitted with a 6.6-inch display with a waterdrop notch design. It is unclear whether the device has a TFT or LCD panel. It sports an FHD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a 90Hz refresh rate.

The Realme 8s has a 6.5-inch LCD panel with a punch-hole design. It offers a 1,080 x 2,400 pixels FHD+ resolution, a 90Hz refresh rate, and 600nits peak brightness. The iQOO Z3 has a 6.58-inch LCD waterdrop display that offers the same Full HD+ resolution, a higher 120Hz refresh rate support, and a 180Hz touch sampling rate.

The Realme 8s offers a less intrusive punch-hole display and a higher screen-to-body ratio. However, the iQOO Z3 users can enjoy playing games thanks to the smoother refresh rate.

Winner: iQOO Z3

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: performance and software

The Galaxy F42 features the Dimensity 700 SoC, which is not as powerful as the Dimensity 810 available on the Realme 8s and the Snapdragon 768G that fuels the iQOO Z3. The Snapdragon 768G chipset offers slightly better performance, but the Dimensity 810 SoC offers a faster GPU frequency.

The Galaxy F42 and Realme 8s come with 6GB / 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The iQOO Z3 offers 6GB / 8GB of RAM and 128GB / 256GB of storage. All three phones have LPPDDR4x RAM. The Realme 8s is equipped with UFS 2.1 storage, whereas the iQOO Z3 offers UFS 2.2 storage.

Since the iQOO Z3 is built for gaming, it is packed with a 5-layer liquid cooling system for heat dissipation. It also comes with up to 3GB of extended RAM. The Realme 8s and Galaxy F42 lack a heat dissipation unit. The Realme 8s offers up to 5GB of virtual RAM, whereas the F42 lacks support for it. The Galaxy F42, Realme 8s, and iQOO Z3 are equipped with Android 11 and their custom UIs such as One UI 3.1, Realme UI 2.0, and FunTouch OS 11.1 respectively.

Winner: iQOO Z3

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: cameras

The Galaxy F42 5G has an 8-megapixel selfie, whereas the Realme 8s and iQOO Z3 are both fitted with a 16-megapixel selfie camera. The F42’s rear camera module comprises a 64-megapixel main camera optimised for low-light photography, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens with 115-degree FOV, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

The Realme 8s’ triple camera unit has a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. It comes with EIS video stabilisation, 30fps 1080p video recording, Super Nightscape for the front and rear cameras, and more.

The iQOO Z3’s rear camera island has a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree FOV, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It comes with features like EFB autofocus tracking that tracks subjects that take up the biggest proportion of the camera frame, 60fps 4K video recording, and Super Night mode,

Winner: iQOO Z3

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: battery

IQOO Z3 5G

IQOO Z3 5G carries support for 55W fast charging

The Galaxy F42 has a 5,000mAh battery that supports 15W charging. A same-sized battery is available inside the Realme 8s along with support for 33W rapid charging.

The Z3 has a smaller 4,500mAh battery, which can be fully charged in around 50 minutes through its 55W FlashCharge technology. The company claims that it can gain around 50 percent battery juice by charging it for only 19 minutes.

Winner: iQOO Z3

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: other features

The Galaxy F42 supports twelve 5G bands, the Realme 8s comes second in this department as it supports around five 5G bands. Unfortunately, the iQOO Z3 supports only two 5G bands, which makes it less future-ready as compared to the Samsung and Realme phones.

All three phones have a side-facing fingerprint scanner and a dedicated microSD card slot. These devices also offer other features like Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, dual SIM, 5G, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy F42

Samsung Galaxy F42 vs Realme 8s vs iQOO Z3: conclusion

The Realme 8s and iQOO Z3 are value for money 5G devices. While the Galaxy F42 is a future-ready phone with support for numerous 5G bands, it does not offer what Realme and iQOO have managed to do at a reasonable price.

The Realme 8s beats the Z3 in the pricing department, but the offers better performance and faster charging, ultimately coming out the winner in this comparison.

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Anvinraj has been writing about smartphones and other gadgets for over 10 years, with 10,000+ articles published to date. He owns a POCO X3 Pro and Realme X7 Max 5G. His interests include exploring new places, reading, photography, and church activities. At Pricebaba, he covers breaking news and features.