Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Realme 3 Pro specs comparison
As expected, we see more capable mid-range smartphones in the market, and just this month, two smartphone brands have released their latest offerings – the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and the Realme 3 Pro. Given their specs and pricing, let’s find out which one looks better on paper.
|Xiaomi Mi 9 SE||Realme 3 Pro|
|5.97-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED Dot Drop display, 432ppi||6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display, 409ppi|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 (10nm) 2.3GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (10nm) 2.2GHz octa-core CPU|
|Adreno 616 GPU||Adreno 616 GPU|
|6GB RAM||4GB, 6GB RAM|
|64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage||64GB, 128GB storage|
|microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|48MP F1.8 + 13MP F2.4 (ultrawide) + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) triple rear cameras||16MP F1.7 Sony IMX 519 + 5MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras|
|20MP F2.0 front camera||25MP F2.0 front camera|
|Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE, aptX HD||Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo|
|Fingerprint scanner (in-display)||Fingerprint scanner (rear)|
|Face Unlock||Face Unlock|
|3.5mm audio port|
|USB 2.0 Type-C||microUSB 2.0|
|MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)||ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9 Pie)|
|3,070mAh battery w/ 18W Fast Charge||4,045mAh battery w/ 20W VOOC 3.0 flash charge|
|147.5 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm||156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm|
|155 g||172 g|
Summary of advantages
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE:
• Higher screen PPI count
• Slightly higher CPU clock speed
• UFS 2.1 storage
• Triple rear cameras w/ higher resolution
• IR Blaster
• USB Type-C
• In-display fingerprint scanner
Realme 3 Pro:
• Larger screen
• 4GB RAM model
• Expandable storage w/ dedicated microSD card slot
• Higher front camera resolution
• 3.5mm audio port
• Larger battery
• More affordable
It looks like both smartphones have plenty of advantages over the other. When it comes to the display, the Realme 3 Pro’s IPS screen is larger, which is good for those who want the biggest screen possible for watching videos or gaming. Although Mi 9 SE’s Super AMOLED is smaller, it has a higher pixel count but only by a mere 23ppi. Both have notched screens and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Quality is different on both, but if you want punchier colors and deeper blacks, you can go with the Mi 9 SE, for more natural colors, you can go with the Realme 3 Pro.
For the cameras, the Mi 9 SE has the advantage of having three rear cameras, providing users with more versatile shooting experiences. The cameras also have a higher resolution compared to the Realme 3 Pro. For selfies, the Realme 3 Pro wins for having a higher front camera resolution. As for the quality, we’ll know which one is better once we’re done reviewing the Mi 9 SE.
When it comes to storage, both units are available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, but the Mi 9 SE has UFS 2.1 for faster read/write speeds. However, the Realme 3 Pro wins for expandability as it supports microSD cards with a dedicated slot. For the RAM, the Realme 3 Pro is offered in 4GB and 6GB capacities, while the Mi 9 SE only has 6GB. The Realme 3 Pro’s lower RAM offering gives it an advantage in pricing, which we’ll discuss later.
Snapdragon chipsets power the two devices. The Mi 9 SE has the Snapdragon 712 while the Realme 3 Pro has the Snapdragon 710. They also have the same Adreno 616 GPU. The only difference between them is that the 712 has a slightly higher clock speed.
|Xiaomi Mi 9 SE||Realme 3 Pro|
|3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme||1,970 (OpenGL)||1,810 (OpenGL)|
|1,222 (Vulkan)||1,735 (Vulkan)|
|PC Mark||6,809 (Work 2.0)||6,618 (Work 2.0)|
|Geekbench 4||1,864 (Single-Core)||1,475 (Single-Core)|
|5,643 (Multi-Core)||5,816 (Multi-Core)|
|7,310 (RenderScript)||6,685 (RenderScript)|
|AndroBench||462.37 MB/s (Read)||284.86 MB/s (Read)|
|187.42 MB/s (Write)||190.2 MB/s (Write)|
Looking at the benchmark scores of both devices, Both have almost the same level of performance with the Mi 9 SE scoring higher in most aspects.
This is the part where the part has a disparity. The Mi 9 SE has a 3,070mAh battery with an 18W Fast Charge while the Realme 3 Pro has a larger 4,045mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge. Although the Realme 3 Pro wins in capacity, it’s a different story when it comes to our battery test. As the Mi 9 SE got 17 hours and 10 minutes worth of playback, while the Realme 3 Pro got 12 hours and 44 minutes. This can be attributed to the type of panel used and software.
When it comes to features, the Mi 9 SE has NFC, IR blaster, and USB Type-C, which are convenient to have. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, has a 3.5mm audio port, which is handy if you don’t like dongles to use your favorite wired headphones. Both have fingerprint scanners, but we like the in-display type on the Mi 9 SE.
Lastly, the price. Take a look at them below.
Mi 9 SE:
• 6GB + 64GB: PHP 15,990
• 6GB + 128GB: PHP 17,990
Realme 3 Pro:
• 4GB + 64GB: PHP 12,990
• 6GB + 128GB: PHP 14,990
The Realme 3 Pro is the most accessible of the two starting at PHP 12,990 for the 4GB + 64GB configuration which is a good starting point for a casual user. Plus, you can enjoy all the features such as expandable storage and higher selfie camera resolution. Even with the 6GB + 128GB model, it’s still priced below the Mi 9 SE’s starter. But if you have a bigger budget, and want the triple rear cameras, USB Type-C, and in-display fingerprint scanner, among others, then you can’t go wrong with the Mi 9 SE.