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Compared: realme 8 5G, Redmi Note 10 5G, POCO M3 Pro 5G

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The deployment of 5G in the Philippines is now in full swing, thanks in part to the concerted efforts of local telcos Smart and Globe. With speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE, 5G sets the stage for better mobile internet and AIoT experience in the country.

However, to enjoy 5G and the speed it offers, you will need a compatible 5G phone. Thankfully, we have seen quite a number of devices enter the Philippines. For the budget-conscious crowd, three midrange phones show promise — the realme 8 5G, Redmi Note 10 5G, and POCO M3 Pro 5G.

In this article, we are going to compare the three phones. They have similar specs and the same price range, but which one offers the most bang-for-your-buck? Let’s find out.

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realme 8 5G vs Redmi Note 10 5G vs POCO M3 Pro 5G

realme 8 5GRedmi Note 10 5GPOCO M3 Pro 5G
DISPLAY6.5" FHD+ IPS LCD (90Hz)6.5" FHD+ IPS LCD (90Hz)6.5" FHD+ IPS LCD (90Hz)
PROCESSORMediaTek Dimensity 700 5GMediaTek Dimensity 700 5GMediaTek Dimensity 700 5G
RAM
STORAGE
4GB + 128GB
8GB + 128GB
4GB + 128GB
8GB + 128GB
4GB + 64GB
6GB + 128GB
REAR CAM48MP + 2MP + 2MP48MP + 2MP + 2MP48MP + 2MP + 2MP
FRONT CAM16MP8MP8MP
NETWORK5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE
SIM TRAYTriple SlotHybridHybrid
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPSWi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPSWi-Fi Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS
OTHERSUSB-C, Side Fingerprint Sensor, Headphone JackUSB-C, Side Fingerprint Sensor, Headphone JackUSB-C, Side Fingerprint Sensor, Headphone Jack, IR Blaster, 360° Light Sensor
OSrealme UI 2.0, Android 11MI UI 12, Android 11MI UI 12, Android 11
BATTERY5000mAh
18W Type-C Quick Charge
5000mAh
18W Type-C Quick Charge
5000mAh
18W Type-C Quick Charge
PRICEPhp 10,990
Php 11,990
Php 9,990
Php 11,490
Php 8,990
Php 11,990

Looking at the comparison table above, you can hardly tell them apart by just their spec sheets.

The realme 8 5G, Redmi Note 10 5G, and POCO M3 Pro 5G are all powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.

realme 8 5G comparison
realme 8 5G

They have 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS displays with 90Hz refresh rates and 5000mAh batteries with 18W fast charging. Even the camera systems are the same with a 48MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors.

As such, the performances of the phones are not far from each other. RAM/storage configurations do affect how they perform, but its still close.

Speaking of configurations, all three phones come in two variants each. The realme 8 5G has 4GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB variants, the Redmi Note 10 5G in 4GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB, and the POCO M3 Pro 5G in 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB.

Redmi Note 10 5G comparison
Redmi Note 10 5G

Now that we know the similarities, what about their differences? Well, if you look closely, you’ll see that the realme 8 5G has a leg up in selfies. The phone packs a 16MP front camera, compared to the other two’s 8MP.

This next one may be a small difference, but it matters to some. The realme 8 5G has a triple SIM slot. That means you can fit two nano SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time.

The phones also run on different operating systems. The Redmi Note 10 5G and POCO M3 Pro 5G both run on MIUI, while the realme 8 5G runs on realme UI. Both OS’s are based on Android 11 with colorful UI’s and a host of useful features.

POCO M3 Pro 5G comparison
POCO M3 Pro 5G

And finally, we have the design. Each took a different approach. The POCO M3 Pro 5G has a bold look with a black strip around the camera module with the POCO branding in large letters. It also has a larger punch hole at the top center of the display.

The realme 8 5G and the Redmi Note 10 5G have a more subdued look with a cleaner and overall appealing aesthetic. Both also have smaller punch holes, with the former’s on the left corner of the display and the latter’s on the top center.

Final Remarks

The realme 8 5G, Redmi Note 10 5G, and POCO M3 Pro 5G are three of the most promising midrange 5G phones in the market right now. They offer a good balance between cost, performance, and features.

realme 8 5G initial review

Though they have similar specs, my money is on the realme 8 5G with a slight lead because of the higher MP selfie camera and a cleaner design. I also like that the punch hole is smaller and located on the left corner, which I find less distracting when watching media. The Redmi Note 10 5G is a close second because of its pleasing design and smaller punch hole.

In the end, you can’t go wrong with any of the three devices. The best, of course, will depend on how you use your device and what you prioritize on your smartphones.

All three devices are now available in the Philippines.

Author

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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