Who would have thought that entry-level smartphones can become exciting? Thanks to brands like Xiaomi and Realme, consumers on a tight budget now have killer options that can cater to the modern world’s demanding needs.

Recently, Xiaomi released its latest bang-for-the-buck budget phone, the POCO M3. Just like its siblings, this device is more than enough to handle or your day-to-day tasks, camera, and gaming needs. All that while maintaining a below Php10k price tag.


It goes head to head with the Realme Narzo 20, another killer option in this price category.

Both devices are well-equipped with all the features you might need, thus redefining what budget phones used to be.


But the question is, which between these devices is actually better? We find out in our POCO M3 versus Realme Narzo 20 specifications and features comparison.

POCO M3Realme Narzo 20
Operating SystemAndroid 10
MIUI 12 for POCO
Android 10
Realme UI
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.53-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
6.5-inch HD+ IPS
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
Processor2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core2.0GHz MediaTek Helio G85 octa-core
GPUAdreno 610Mali-G52
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD
eMMC 5.1
expandable via microSD
Front Camera8-megapixel
Waterdrop notch
Waterdrop notch
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Night mode
720p@120fps slow-mo
48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
720p@120fps slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Stereo speakers
Hi-Res audio
Headphone jack
Single speaker
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
FM Radio
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
USB Type-C
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Back: Plastic
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass
Back: Plastic
Dimensions162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6mm164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8mm
ColorsPOCO Yellow
Cool Blue
Power Black
Silver Sword
18W fast charging support
22.5W charger included
Reverse charging
18W fast charging
Reverse charging
Price4GB/64GB: Php6,990
4GB/128GB: Php7,990

Design and Build Quality

Just by looking at the pictures, you can already tell which is the winner here. As you can see, the POCO M3 has a more distinct and attractive look over the Realme Narzo 20.


It features a wide backdrop that encapsulates the triple cameras and the large POCO logo. Moreover, upon looking closely, you can notice that it has a textured back panel.

What’s more interesting is its color options. There’s the bright but matte POCO Yellow color, which is a signature of the brand. We also have the Cool Blue and a more subtle Power Black color. I also like how Xiaomi used a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for a cleaner look.


Realme went with a cleaner look on the Narzo 20. It has plain colors that come in Blue and Silver Sword. Unlike the former, it appears to be shinier with V accents as it reacts to light.

Since they are budget devices, neither have waterproof protection or glass/metal build. They are also relatively heavier than other devices, but that’s due to their large batteries (more on that later).

Display and audio

Here’s another obvious win for the POCO M3. Despite their similar sizes, the Xiaomi device has a sharper FHD+ resolution. Having an HD+ screen, like what the Narzo has, is already acceptable for the price, but it’s nice to see Xiaomi going above and beyond.


Another evidence of Xiaomi going above and beyond is adding a stereo speaker and Hi-Res audio on the M3. Definitely earning extra points on this comparison.

Hardware and Performance

Having the best possible performance is important for a budget phone. With that, we gotta hand the win to the Realme Narzo 20 on this one. A couple of Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 vs Helio G85 showdowns reveal that the latter is more powerful than the other


However, the M3 makes up for it by having a faster UFS 2.1 storage and 128GB option for the same price as the 64GB Realme Narzo 20.

Havinga faster storage translates to faster app loading times, taking pictures, watching videos locally, file transfers, and more. Still, raw performance should be better on the Narzo 20.


Both the POCO M3 and Realme Narzo 20 have the same 48-megapixel main cameras, 2-megapixel macro, and 8-megapixel selfie snappers.



However, the Narzo 20 overtakes the M3 thanks to its 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera. That’s obviously more useful than the 2-megapixel depth sensor that the former has.


Just like most budget phones, the POCO M3 and Realme Narzo 20 makes up for their least interesting hardware by having extra-large batteries, 6,000mAh to be exact.


They also have 18W fast charging support. But like most Xiaomi devices, the POCO M3 does come with a 22.5W fast charger in the box.

Although it has a sharper FHD screen, the battery life might be shorter on the M3. That’s one of the very few benefits of having an HD screen, like what the Narzo 20 has.


Knowing which between the POCO M3 and Realme Narzo 20 is best will depend in your preference. If you’re all about entertainment, the sharper screen and stereo speakers of the M3 might suite you better. But if performance is top priority, you’re better off with the Narzo 20.


The pricing favors the M3, but shouldn’t be a big issue since they are similar. For the same price of Php7,9990, the M3 already comes with 128GB of storage, while the Narzo 20 only has 64GB. The POCO device do have the same 64GB option, but at a much cheaper price of Php6,990.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Realme is always playing second fiddle to Xiaomi. Look at the monthly sales via lazada and shopee, 10.10, 11.11 etc and you will see why Xiaomi is #1. This is despite having fewer stores than Realme (which is backed by oppo and vivo). Trully a feat.