Looking for a sub-Php5,000 to Php6,000 budget smartphone? Well, you’re in luck, as there are already a bunch of options out there. And in today’s specs comparison, we have two of the best options.

First, we have the new Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro. This upgraded version of the Redmi 8A now has a dual camera on the back and other features that makes it one of the best choices for the price.

Going against Xiaomi is another emerging brand, Realme, who also has a killer smartphone in the sub-Php5k category — the Realme C3.


Just like the former, this handset aims to be your top option if you’re looking for a budget smartphone worth your every penny.

In our Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro versus Realme C3 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which between the two is best for you and your hard-earned cash.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro/DualRealme C3
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Android 10
Realme UI
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.22-inch HD+ IPS
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
19:9 aspect ratio
6.52-inch HD+ IPS
1600 x 720 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass
20:9 aspect ratio
Processor2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G70 octa-core
GPUAdreno 505Mali G52
expandable up to 512GB via microSD
expandable via microSD
Front camera8-megapixel5-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel (f/2.2)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED Flash
AI Scene Detection
12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (Depth sensor)
2-megapixel (Macro)
LED flash
AI Scene Detection
Chroma Boost
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Headphone jack
Single speaker
SecurityFace unlockRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.0
FM Radio
Dimensions156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm164.4 x 8.95 x 75mm
ColorsSky White
Sea Blue
Midnight Grey
Frozen Blue
Blazing Red
18W charging
10W charging
Price2GB/16GB: IDR1,549,000 (~Php4,800)
3GB/32GB:IDR1,649,000 (~Php5,000)

Xiaomi have always been the people’s go-to for when looking for a great bang-for-the-buck smartphone. However, it looks like things are starting to change now that Realme is in the picture.

As you just saw, despite their similar price tags, the Realme C3 is way better than the Redmi 8A Pro — at least on paper.


Easily its biggest win is in the processing department. The Realme C3 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G70 processor. This is one of the first entry-level chipsets created with gaming in mind. That easily overpowered the Snapdragon 439 processor of the Redmi 8A Pro.

For a perspective, the Helio G70 has an average score of 190,000 in AnTuTu benchmark, while the Snapdragon 439 is only at around 80,000 points. Realme’s score is over 2x than that of Xiaomi.


The Realme C3 also has a 6.52-inch IPS screen that’s slightly bigger than the 6.22-inch panel on the latter.

Personally, we’re also liking the design of the Realme C3 better. It feels more imaginative and creative than the simplistic look of the Redmi 8A Pro.


On the back, the Realme C3 has a triple camera setup, while the Redmi 8A Pro only has two. Realme also managed to include a fingerprint scanner on the C3. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi device settles for a face unlock.



But to Xiaomi’s credit, the Redmi 8A Pro/Dual does come with a faster 18W fast-charging support (versus 10W). Plus, it has a newer USB Type-C port (versus microUSB).

It also has an 8-megapixel selfie camera, which is sharper than the 5-megapixel sensor that the former has.


But at the end of the day, the Realme C3 takes the win with its way more powerful processor, fingerprint scanner, and a larger screen. But if Xiaomi prices the Redmi 8A Pro around Php5,000, then it’s also a very good deal on its own once it arrives in PH.

On the other hand, Realme C3 is now available in the Philippines for Php5,990. You can learn more about it in our full review.

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