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POCO M3 vs Realme 7i: Specs Comparison

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 is one of the latest and most capable mobile chipsets in the market today. Xiaomi and POCO have smartphones that have this CPU, and today, we’ll be comparing the two of them.

First, we have the latest POCO M3. Just like its siblings, this has extra features that make it a viable option for this price.

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We’ll be comparing it with the Realme 7i, another compelling smartphone in the budget category.

Besides the processors they share, both devices are equipped with the right features that make them a great workhorse for basic day-to-day tasks, photography, gaming, and more.

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So the question is, which between the two is right for you? We find out in our POCO M3 versus Realme 7i specifications and features comparison.

POCO M3Realme 7i
Operating SystemAndroid 10
MIUI 12 for POCO
Android 10
Realme UI
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.53-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~394ppi
6.5-inch HD+ IPS
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
~270ppi
90Hz refresh rate
Processor2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core
RAM4GB4GB/8GB
GPUAdreno 610Adreno 610
Storage64GB/128GB
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
128GB
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
Front Camera8-megapixel
Waterdrop notch
16-megapixel
Punch-hole
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night mode
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64-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.3)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Nightscape
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AudioHeadphone jack
Stereo speakers
Hi-Res audio
Headphone jack
Single loudspeakers
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, BDS, Galileo, GLONASS
FM Radio
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, BDS, Galileo, GLONASS
FM Radio
USB Type-C
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Back: Plastic
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass
Back: Plastic
Dimensions162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6mm164.1 x 75.5 x 8.9mm
Weight198g188g
ColorsPOCO Yellow
Cool Blue
Power Black
Polar Blue
Aurora Green
Battery6,000mAh
18W fast charging support
22.5W charger included
Reverse charging
5,000mAh
18W fast charging
Reverse charging
Price4GB/64GB: Php6,990
4GB/128GB: Php7,990
4GB/128GB: Php9,990
8GB/128GB: Php11,990

Design and Build Quality

Design preferences differ from people to people, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide. Personally, we like the POCO M3’s design better. It has a relatively new and distinct look.

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It’s available in this vibrant POCO Yellow color and a clean Cool Blue option. There’s also a Power Black for a more subtle look.

The M3 has a matte plastic back. Upon looking closely, it has a leather-like finish that you should feel to the touch. Of course, there’s the large backdrop on the top, which transcends the triple rear cameras and the large POCO logo.

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On the other hand, the Realme 7i went with a more traditional glass-like plastic look, with geometric patterns. It has a two-tone finish, albeit the shiny surface makes it more prone to fingerprint smudges.

Their built are the same. Being budget smartphones, they both have plastic bodies but with sturdy Gorilla Glass protection on the front.

Display and Audio

One of the key highlights of the Realme 7i is its 90Hz refresh rate. However, in our full review, its difference from a regular 60Hz panel is unnoticeable in most cases. What’s worse, it only has an HD+ resolution.

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With that, we’d rather go with the POCO M3’s sharper FHD+ pixel resolution and stick with its regular 60Hz refresh rate.

The Xiaomi device also gets a one-up thanks to its stereo speaker setup and Hi-Res audio — something that the competition lacks.

Hardware and Performance

As stated earlier, both devices use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processors. Their key difference relies on the RAM and storage configuration.

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The Realme 7i comes with an 8GB option, twice the POCO M3 has. However, you have to pay much more for it. And frankly, having that much memory in a budget processor almost doesn’t make sense.

So for this one, we gotta hand the win to the Xiaomi device as it’s just more practical.

Camera

The Realme 7i’s higher price tag is justified in the camera department. As you can see, it has a 64-megapixel main camera — sharper than the 48-megapixel that the former has.

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It also has an extra sensor with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, while the POCO device settles for the macro and depth sensors.

The M3 also has a 16-megapixel selfie camera, sharper than the 8-megapixel front-facing sensor that the Realme 7i has.

Battery

The POCO M3 takes back the win thanks to its bigger battery. Its 6,000mAh capacity shall last longer than the 5,000mAh of the latter.

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It also comes with a faster 22.5W fast charger in the box. Although, both only have 18W fast charging support.

Conclusion

Most people shopping for budget phones are in it for practicality. If you’re one of them, the POCO M3 offers the same processor, sharper screen, stereo speakers, larger battery, and faster-charging brick — all for a much lower price.

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The POCO M3’s top-tier model costs Php7,990, which is Php2,000 cheaper than the Realme 7i’s Php9,990 price with the same RAM and storage. And if you’re really on a budget, the M3 also comes in 4GB/64GB model, which is Php1,000 cheaper at Php6,990.

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