Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: The Battle of Sub-10k Devices

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: The Battle of Sub-10k Devices

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: The Battle of Sub-10k Devices

by May 6, 2019

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3

Chinese smartphone makers are dominating the sub-10k smartphone segment and Xiaomi is the leading the way with its latest offering- Redmi Note 7. However, its other Chinese counterparts are trying their best to have as much share of the pie as possible. In an attempt to do so, China-based Oppo has silently expanded its budget smartphone offering by means of Oppo A5s. The smartphone was earlier launched by the company in Russia dubbed as OPPO AX5s. The phone will go on sale in India soon via offline channels followed by leading online stores. There’s another Chinese player, Realme, that launched its Realme 3 smartphone last month to take on the Redmi Note 7. Today, we’ll compare the three phones on several key software as well as hardware parameters to find out if Oppo and Realme can give Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 a run for its money. Continue reading further if you are looking to buy a good budget smartphone under 10k in India.

As usual the comparison will be based on following key parameters:

  • Price in India
  • Design, Display and Dimensions
  • Processor, RAM and Storage
  • OS and Battery Capacity
  • Camera Configuration

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Price in India

The Oppo A5s is priced in India at Rs. 9,990 for the sole 2GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage model. It will be available in Black and Red colour options. The company is expected to launch another 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage variant later on in Green and Gold colour options.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for the base variant i.e. 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage and Rs. 11,999 for the top variant i.e. 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage variant. There are three colour options available for the interested buyers- Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red. The phone can be purchased via Mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Homes, and Mi Stores.

The Realme 3 yet another competitively priced smartphone that starts at Rs. 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The top variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage has been priced at Rs. 10,999. The phone will be available in Radiant Blue and Dynamic Black gradient colour options and is being sold via eCommerce giant Flipkart.com.

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Design, Display and Dimensions

The Oppo A5s is comes equipped with a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution of 720×1520 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. There’s a tiny waterdrop notch on the top of the screen which houses the selfie camera.

The Redmi Note 7 bears a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top and houses a tiny water drop shaped notch.

The Realme 3 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a dewdrop notch at the top. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass against accidental damage and scratches. The phone is also splash and dust resistant.

Undoubtedly the Redmi Note 7 is a winner in this department as it sports a slightly larger display with much better resolution.

In terms of dimensions, the Oppo A5s measures 155.9 x 75.4 x 8.2 mm and weighs about 170 grams. The Redmi Note 7 measures 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm and weighs in at 186 grams. Whereas the Realme 3 has dimensions of 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm and its weight is 175 grams. So, the Redmi Note 7 is the slimmest and the Realme 3 is the lightest of the three devices.

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Processor, RAM and Storage

The Oppo A5s draws its power from MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) SoC, paired with 2GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage respectively. The storage is expandable further up to 256GB via microSD card.

The Redmi Note 7 is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC along with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage respectively. However, there is no option to expand the storage as the phone lacks microSD card support.

The Realme 3 has a quad-core MediaTek P70 chipset underneath to keep things ticking. Further there’s Mali-G72 MP3 GPU onboard for graphics. The phone comes in two RAM configurations i.e. 3GB & 4GB. In terms of storage as well there are two options- 32GB and 64GB. The storage is expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot on both the variants.

Once again, the Redmi Note 7 gets the top spot in terms of performance, thanks to its powerful Snapdragon 660 SoC. The only drawback is that the storage is non-expandable.

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Battery and OS

The Oppo A5s runs an older Android 8.1 Oreo OS with ColorOS 5.2 on top and is backed by a 4,230mAh battery that can offer up to 13.5 hours of video playback as claimed by the company, thanks to AI algorithm optimization.

The Redmi Note 7 is shipped with Google’s latest Android 9 Pie OS out of the box based on MIUI 10. It is fueled by an impressive 4,000mAh capacity battery that comes with support for Quick Charge 4 and can last up to 2 days on a single charge as claimed by the company.

The Realme 3 houses a comparatively larger 4,230mAh battery and runs Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.

In terms of sheer battery capacity, the Realme 3 has a slight edge over Redmi Note 7 due to its 4230mAh capacity battery but the Redmi Note 7 has advantage of fast charge support on its side.

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: Camera Configuration

The oppo A5s sports a horizontally stacked dual rear camera setup which comprises of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The front hosts an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 lens

The Redmi Note 7 also packs a dual rear camera set-up consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. Notably, the Chinese variant gets a 48MP primary camera. For selfies and video calls, there’s a 13-megapixel snapper on the front.

The Realme 3 bears a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back. The primary camera gets a f/1.8 aperture, PDAF and 5P lens, while the secondary camera is used for depth sensing. There’s a 13MP shooter on the front with f/2.0 aperture for selfies.

The Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 are almost at par with each other on paper. You can refer to actual user reviews to know the exact camera output.

Oppo A5s vs Redmi Note 7 vs Realme 3: CompareRaja’s Verdict

The Oppo A5s lags behind in almost all the departments as compared to the other two devices. The Realme 3 is a good phone is few aspects such as camera configuration and battery capacity. But it is the Redmi Note 7 that gets the winner’s hat due to its due to the powerful chipset, good camera set up, fast charging support and better screen resolution. All of these combined together makes Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 a good value for money deal.

Here’s a quick specs comaprison between Oppo A5s, Redmi Note 7 and Realme 3 for your reference, which will aid you further in the decision making process…

Oppo A5s Redmi Note 7 Realme 3
Display Size 6.2-inch 6.3-inch 6.2-inch
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels 1520 x 720 pixels
Pixel Density 271 ppi 409 ppi 271 ppi
Aspect Ratio 19:9 19.5:9 19:9
Screen-to-Body Ratio NA NA NA
Screen Protection NA Corning Gorilla Glass 5 NA
Dimensions 155.9 x 75.4 x 8.2 mm 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm 156.1 x 75.6 x 8.3 mm
Weight 170 grams 186 grams 175 grams
Processor (in India) MediaTek Helio P35 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MediaTek Helio P70
Graphics PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 2 GB or 4 GB 3 GB or 4 GB 3 GB or 4 GB
Inbuilt Storage 32 GB or 64 GB 32 GB or 64 GB 32 GB or 64 GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256 GB No Yes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP + 2 MP 12 MP + 2 MP 13 MP + 2 MP
Secondary Camera 8 MP 13 MP 13 MP
Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash
OS Version Android v8.1 (Oreo) Android v9.0 (Pie) Android v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UI ColorOS 5.2 MIUI 10 ColorOS 6.0
Battery Capacity 4230 mAh 4,000mAh 4230 mAh
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Rear mounted Yes, Rear mounted Yes, Rear mounted
Fast Charge Support No Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No No
3.5 mm Jack Yes Yes Yes
Waterproof No No No
Dustproof No No No