Xiaomi has retained the top spot long enough for anyone to be able to belittle its success as coincidental or a temporary upheaval. At the same time, the last few products from the company felt hackneyed, and the Note 6 Pro (Review) was a sort of a disappointment to fans, even when it remained one of the good buys through its rather short life cycle.
But all that was Xiaomi’s side of the story. Now that we have handled Redmi Note 7 Prolong enough, is it still as impressive? Let’s elaborate in our detailed Redmi Note 7 Pro review.
There are some major design changes with this Note iteration. And perhaps for the first time, Xiaomi’s Note is up with the latest design trends. The Redmi Note 7 Pro offers Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back, a semi-circular ‘Dot’ notch at the front, and gradient patterns that are currently in. The handset retains the IR Blaster (something MI fans value), and switch to a reversible USB Type-C port at the bottom is a much welcome change.
Another bonus is splash resistance. The Note 7 Pro is not waterproof or water-resistant but has a higher probability of emerging unscathed after a spillage or being accidentally caught up in rain.
On the downside, the phone feels thick since the back is flat, the microSD card slot is hybrid, buttons are slightly clicky, and the side frame in still plastic. Bezels around the screen are reasonably slim.
Unlike the low-end Note 7, the Pro variant has a bigger camera hump (understandable considering the bigger sensor), and unfortunately, the bundled case doesn’t even it out.
Speaking of back covers, Xiaomi will also sell its own perforated case covers for Redmi Note 7 Pro, and those don’t even out the camera hump either. I am guessing Xiaomi isn’t using sapphire glass over the camera assembly, and users could end up scratching the camera glass after a period of usage.
Redmi Note 7 Pro Long Term Using Review Pros and cons
- Ads in the UI (can be mostly turned off)
- Hybrid card slot
- No HD streaming on Netflix and Prime
- Fast charger not bundled in the box
- Gets hot with extended gaming
- That camera hump isn’t easy to even out
- Excellent performance
- Excellent rear camera
- Elegant glass finish
- USB Type-C and Quick Charge 4.0 support
- Decent battery backup
- Aggressive price
Realme 5-series phones are successors to the Realme 3 Pro and Realme 3 smartphones offering improved hardware and new Quad Cameras. Recently, the Realme 5 Pro entered our den and since then we have been pushing it hard.
Realme Launching competitive products back to back at disruptive prices is one prime reason why Realme has managed to rapidly grow in stature in such a short time.
The Realme 5 Pro retail in the standard package. The Realme 5 Pro box content includes the phone, a TPU case for extra protection, a SIM ejector tool, documentation, 20W VOOC charger, and USB-C cable.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Design and Build Quality
As evident from images, we have the Realme 5 Pro Crystal Green variant that sort of reminds us of Vivo Z1 Pro. One of the reasons is perhaps the ‘holographic gradient back’. The rear panel has a diamond design pattern which is a variation of the gradient that we usually see on Realme phones. Realme says the fine details are achieved through a complex process and it took them 78 adjustments to perfect the final look.
Realme phone is predominantly made out of polycarbonate and has a glass finish. The rear panel is smooth with seamless curves on edges ensuring a firm grip. Though it isn’t as premium as the Realme X, it doesn’t feel cheap either. On the right of the rear camera module, there is a capacitive fingerprint sensor that is aptly placed, fast and reliable. And yes, the handset has a reversible Type-C charging port.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Performance
It is driven by Qualcomm’s new age 700-series chipset – the Snapdragon 712. Competitors have been calling out Realme for use of dated chipset, so this should temporarily put them to rest. The Realme 5 Pro’s Snapdragon 712 is a higher clocked variant of Snapdragon 710 and shows 10% performance improvement.
it also available in 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB options. The good thing is the type of RAM is LPDDR4X and the storage class is UFS 2.1. This is as good as it gets in this price segment. Realme also claims that its Game Boost is optimized to improve performance of top 100 games on play store. How about our gaming experience on the phone? Well, we are perfectly content. We tested a handful of games including PUBG mobile which by default set to high settings.
Realme 5 Pro Review: Battery Test
The Realme 5 Pro relies on its 4,035 mAh battery that comfortably managed to deliver a full day millage. Realme bundled it with a 20W (5V/4A) VOOC 3.0 fast charger that takes a little more than an hour to fully refill our Realme 5 Pro battery from a dead state. All said and done, the battery experience is excellent for the price.
- Battery life, Fast charging
- Versatile cameras
- Dedicated SD card slot
- Software needs improvement
The Mi A3 is basically a modified version of Mi CC9e (from China) running Google’s pure Android instead of MIUI software. The Mi A3 brings back the audio jack, has a new-age CPU, improved cameras, and a reasonably attractive glass body, but Xiaomi has made a controversial move by switching from FHD to HD+ screen, which is surely grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Design and Build Quality
The Xiaomi Mi A3 comes with a refreshed design, which is in line with current design trends. The Xiaomi’s new Android One phone also has the new U-shaped notched screen on the front. The chin at the bottom isn’t quite minimal but that’s fine, especially considering the price.
The power key and volume buttons sit on the right side, whereas the hybrid tray for SIM and microSD card finds a place on the left side. This year, Xiaomi also undid its move of quashing headphone jack from Mi A-series. So, a 3.5 mm port and IR blaster sits on the top, while the USB-C port and speaker grille find a place at the bottom edge.
Mi A3 Display.
Let’s now address the contentious part – the HD+ display. On one hand, the Mi A3 offers an AMOLED screen for a very reasonable price, and on the other, the resolution of the screen has been downgraded to HD+. Moreover, since this is an OLED panel and uses a Pentile matrix, the effective resolution is even a tad lower than HD+.
While going into this review, we were quite optimistic that the advantages of a high contrast AMOLED screen would outdo the lack of pixels, but after going hands-on with the Mi A3, we are not quite sure.
Mi A3 Hardware and Software.
The Mi A2 was a powerful device in its segment and was backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660. The MI A3 ships with the more recently announced upgrade to the SD660, the Snapdragon 665. It’s an 11nm process based octa-core chip where 4 Kryo 260 Gold cores clocked at 2.0GHz and the other four Kryo 260 Silver core tuned to run at 1.8GHz.
Mi A3 in India is offered in 4GB and 6GB RAM and 64GB and 128GB storage options. Now, you can slip in a micro-SD card, but only if you are fine with using just one SIM. The phone draws juice from 4,030mAh battery with USB Type-C charging port and support for 18W fast charging. The charger bundled in the box is rated 10W, though.
In-Display Fingerprint Scanner.
Another advantage of Mi A3 is, it features an under-display fingerprint scanner instead of rear fingerprint scanner. Also, it has an AMOLD screen. It is also an upgrade in this phone over the Mi A2. It is world’s first smartphone having an in-display fingerprint scanner at a price of Rs. 12,999.
Xiaomi Mi A3 Cons or Pros.
No Fast Charger Battery
Wireless charging Camera
Hybrid SIM Slot In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Realme 5 price in India starts at Rs 9,999 for the base model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage will cost Rs 10,999, whereas the 4GB RAM with 128GB storage variant will set you back by Rs 11,999. The smartphone can be purchased from Flipkart, realme.com and partner retail outlets. It competes with the HTC Wildfire X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S, and Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 to name a few. On paper, the Realme 5 looks very promising, but what about the real-world performance? Here is my Realme 5 review.
Realme 5 Design Review.
Ever since Realme entered the market, design and aggressive price point have been the company’s two strong points. The same is true with the Realme 5 too. You still get a hard plastic frame and laminated plastic back which looks and feels like glass. Realme has updated the diamond pattern design which looks stunning, especially for a device that is available under Rs 10,000.
Realme Cameras Review.
The smartphone’s camera setup includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The second is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, whereas the third and fourth are 2-megapixel sensors for depth and macro mode. Upfront, you get a 13-megapixel selfie snapper with AI beauty mode. The cameras are AI-enabled with scene detection to capture better photos. There is also chroma boost mode, which increases the color saturation of the captured photos. But what about the quality?
The macro mode is a hit and miss. I clicked close-up photos of keyboard keys and it turned out to be well. However, close up of flower lacked details. The camera struggled to focus, and the end result wasn’t that good. In the portrait mode, the edge detection works well.
Realme 5 Software and performance Review
The Realme 5 ships with Android 9 Pie with ColorOS skin on top. My review unit ran of July 2019 Android security patch, which isn’t that bad. There are some customizations from Realme in the form of Smart Driving assistant. When activated, it notifies callers that you are busy driving and will call back. There is an app market from where you can download games and apps.
You have the Realme Store from where you can buy Realme products. There is also Theme Store to download new themes and wallpapers. My problem is with the bloatware apps that Realme has bundled. Thankfully, they can be uninstalled too.
Lastly, it’s time to talk about another USP of the phone – 5,000mAh battery. It is not the first phone in this range to come with a massive battery, as you already have the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 and M2. But the optimizations done by Realme does ensure that the battery lasts little over a day without breaking a sweat. And even with heavy usage, the battery lasts a day.
Should you buy the Realme 5
The Realme 5 is a significant upgrade over the Realme 3. It brings a bigger battery, more cameras, slightly larger display and a new design pattern. There is a new and improved chipset and more storage option. The quad cameras at the back perform well, and I wish the macro lens was a bit better. The smartphone also offers excellent battery life in its segment.
If you’re looking for an all-round performer in under Rs 10,000, the Realme 5 should be in the top of your list.
- Multi-purpose cameras
- Long battery life
- Dedicated SD card slot
- Big form factor
- Software needs improvement
- Dwindling gaming experience
The first time we held the Realme 3 Pro, it didn’t feel radically different than most other phones in the segment that we run into these days. However, soon after we started using it we could appreciate subtle refinements.
The 3 Pro has an attractive finish, big screen, dual camera that promises some great capabilities, and software that sets it apart from other Android manufacturers. Does all that add up to a compelling enough experience to convince British shoppers to hand over their money for one in what’s an already fairly saturated market?
Realme 3 Pro Display Review.
Like a lot of these long displays there are pluses and minuses. Being a long aspect ratio does mean that some elements within games and apps are pushed right to the edges, sometimes partly hidden. Videos shot and produced in traditional 16:9 will give you black bars on either side.
On the display side of things, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a competitively priced smartphone. It has a Full HD+ IPS panel that takes up around 84 per cent of the available front space. That’s not a bad screen-to-body ratio, but current flagships offer less bezel by comparison.
That works out as a pretty high pixel density of 409 pixels-per-inch, meaning details are sharp. LCD means you don’t get the punchy colours or contrast with inky blacks that you get from an OLED screen, but at this price point that makes total sense.
Realme 3 Pro Performance and Software Review.
Realme 3 Pro rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC which is built on 10nm FinFET process. The octa-core chipset uses dual Kryo 360 cores and six Kryo 350 cores which could reach up to 2.2GHz clock speed under stress. The processor is backed by the Adreno 616 GPU has received additional optimization for Tencent gaming.
Just quickly flicking through software interfaces and scrolling through lists and menus, the smoothness isn’t quite up there with the top phones. We’ve noticed some slight stutter and frame-dropping with pretty much every interaction. It’s not slow, by any means, just isn’t anything like as smooth as what you’ll see on a flagship.
Realme 3 Pro Camera Performance Review.
If all you want from a camera in a smartphone is shots for sharing with friends and family, then the Realme 3 Pro’s dual lens setup will more than cover your needs. Images in good light come out sharp, with natural colours and relatively even shadows and highlights. Considering the price of the phone, the results are impressive.
To counter Xiaomi’s 48MP primary sensor, Realme banks on Sony IMX519 sensor, which is the same sensor that’s used on the OnePlus 6T. The RM 3 Pro includes a 16MP + 5MP setup at the rear and a 25MP selfie camera on the front.
The camera app is not very well laid out, but it includes all sorts of modes and options you’d need, including Portrait mode, Panorama, Chroma Boost mode, and Nightscape mode.
Coming to the night photography, the Realme 3 Pro’s nightscape really helps. The multi-exposure shots offer far better clarity and result as compared to its auto mode. The AI can automatically turn on the night mode as well.
Realme 3 Pro Battery Review.
The more impressive feature is the 4,045 mAh battery capacity, which is easily more than enough to get you through even the busiest of work days. Left in standby, it can go many days without needing to be charged. That’s because, like the rest of its software, the battery optimisations are developed by Oppo and enable a lot of customisation and power management.
Realme surprised us by adding VOOC charge 3.0. The phone comes bundled with a 20W VOOC charger which can refill the drained 4000mAh+ battery in about 80 mins. Fast charging support with bundled fast charger still isn’t very common for phones under 15K, and this is surely a thing to cherish.
- Gaming performance
- Comfortable to hold
- Low light camera performance
- VOOC fast charging
- Dedicated SD card slot
- Dual camera system
- 16MP primary camera
- 5MP depth sensor
- No Type C
- Colors OS
- Yet to get DRM L1 certification