Realme just launched the new Realme C3 in India and a lot of people are already considering it as the king of entry-level smartphones. But is it true? Is it the best phone you can get for that price? We already gave you an idea about it by comparing it to the Redmi 8 and the Infinix Hot 8 actually available in the Indian market, but there are other entry-level devices among its rivals. That is why we made a second comparison: Redmi 8A and Vivo Y91 are the new rivals to beat: go ahead with this post if you want to know which one offers the highest value for money.
Oppo Realme C3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 8A vs Vivo Y91
|Vivo Y91||Oppo Realme C3||Xiaomi Redmi 8A|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||155.1 x 75.1 x 8.3 mm, 163.5 grams||164.4 x 75 x 9 mm, 195 grams||156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm, 188 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.22 inches, 720 x 1520p (HD+), 270 ppi, IPS LCD||6.5 inches, 720 x 1560p (HD+), 270 ppi, IPS LCD||6.22 inches, 720 x 1520p (HD+), 270 ppi, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, octa-core 1.95 GHz||Mediatek Helio G70, octa-core 2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, octa-core 1.95 GHz|
|MEMORY||2 GB RAM, 16 GB – 2 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||2 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||2 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo, Funtouch OS||Android 10, Realme UI||Android 9 Pie, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 13 + 2 MP f/2.2 and f/2.4
8 MP f/1.8 front camera
|Dual 12 + 2 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4
5 MP f/2.4 front camera
|Single 12 MP f/1.8
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||4030 mAh||5000 mAh, battery charging 10W||5000 mAh, fast charging 18W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot, reverse charging||Dual SIM slot|
If you want an entry-level device, then you have to face several compromises and one of them is the design. These three devices all come with a plastic design and they do not feature premium materials like flagship smartphones. But they are still elegant and well-built. Realme C3 and Redmi 8A are even splash resistant. In each case, you get narrow bezels around the display thanks to a waterdrop notch, but the Redmi 8A is my favorite one since it has a more compact size than Realme C3. Note that in this trio, only the Vivo Y91 sports a fingerprint reader.
Entry-level displays, nothing special. A high brightness, but a below-average resolution, with either 720 x 1520 or 720 x 1560 pixels. You do not get a high level of detail, neither very accurate colors. But they are sufficient displays. What you should be very interested to know is that Realme C3 has a much wider panel than Redmi 8A and Vivo Y91: 6.5 inches vs 6.22 inches. So Realme C3 is a better device for power users and multimedia lovers, despite it has a lower pixel density due to its wider diagonal.
Specs & Software
Both Redmi 8A and Vivo Y91 are equipped with a Snapdragon 439 SoC, while Realme C3 sports a much more powerful Helio G70. It is a toned-down version of the Helio G90 and it is one of the best MediaTek midrange chipsets. It provides higher CPU and GPU performance and it is a good SoC even for gamers. Further, only the Realme C3 comes with Android 10 out of the box. Redmi 8A is based on Android 9 Pie, while Vivo Y91 still comes with the old Android 8.1 Oreo. We think you already got the ranking: Realme C3 wins, then Redmi 8A, then Vivo Y91.
On the paper, Realme C3 offers the best rear camera setup. It consists of a primary 12 MP lens with a bright f/1.8 focal aperture and a secondary 2 MP depth sensor. Right after, we got the Redmi 8A, even though it has just a single rear camera. Vivo Y91 wins the selfie comparison with a very interesting selfie snapper, while the second place goes to Redmi 8A when it comes to selfies.
Redmi 8A and Realme C3 feature a mammoth battery: with a 5000 mAh capacity, they are able to last three days with moderate usage. We believe Redmi 8A will last a bit more due to its smaller display and good software optimization. Redmi 8A even offers a faster-charging technology, while Realme C3 is the only one who supports reverse charging.
To get Realme C3 in India, you just need Rs.6,999/€90/$99. Redmi 8A sets you Rs.6,499/€83/$90, while Vivo Y91 starts from Rs.8,890/€114/$125. The clear winner of this comparison is Realme C3: it ships with Android 10, it has a way better hardware department, it features a huge battery, a wider display and it even supports an innovative feature such as reverse charging. Redmi 8A comes right after, despite Vivo Y91 is the only sporting a fingerprint reader.
Oppo Realme C3 vs Xiaomi Redmi 8A vs Vivo Y91: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi 8A
- Very affordable
- Huge battery
- Splash resistant
Oppo Realme C3
- Amazing performance
- Wider display
- Android 10 out of the box
- Splash resistant
- Reverse charging
- Good front camera
- Fingerprint reader
- Smaller battery
- Android Oreo