However, challenging the status quo is rival Realme's all-new Realme 3 Pro mid-ranger. The latest offering comes with an attractive design, impressive cameras, and a segment-leading Snapdragon 710 chipset.
So, which one is better?
Note 7 Pro v/s Realme 3 Pro: At a glance
Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a U-shaped notched display with a sizeable bottom bezel, a Gorilla Glass 5 body, and an appealing gradient design.
In comparison, the Realme 3 Pro offers a waterdrop notched screen, slimmer bezels, and a plastic casing that features a Le Mans-inspired Speedway gradient pattern.
Winner: Redmi Note 7 Pro for its premium all-glass body.
All about the screen
The Redmi Note 7 Pro features a 6.3-inch full-HD+ "Dot Notch" display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
On the other hand, the Realme 3 Pro also offers a 6.3-inch full-HD+ DewDrop display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
However, the Realme challenger offers a better screen-to-body ratio, thanks to its slimmer bezels.
Winner: Realme 3 Pro.
For the shutterbugs
The dual-lens rear camera on Realme 3 Pro comprises a 16MP (f/1.7) Sony IMX519 sensor, paired with a 5MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. The main camera supports 960fps slow-mo video at 720p, 64MP Ultra-HD mode, and Nightscape.
In contrast, Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 48MP (effective 12MP) main sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 5MP depth sensor.
Winner: Realme 3 Pro for its better optics.
For the selfie lovers
The Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 13MP selfie camera with support for HDR and facial recognition. In comparison, the Realme 3 Pro offers a much better 25MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture, HDR support, and AI Facial Unlock. Winner: Realme 3 Pro.
Under the hood
Xiaomi's popular mid-ranger, the Redmi Note 7 Pro, is backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB of internal storage (expandable upto 256GB).
On the other hand, Realme 3 Pro is powered by much superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, paired with Adreno 616 GPU, 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage (expandable upto 256GB).
Winner: Realme 3 Pro.
Sensors & Software
Lifeblood of your smartphone
Both phones come with a standard set of sensors including an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
In terms of software, Redmi Note 7 Pro runs Android Pie-based MIUI 10 whereas Realme 3 Pro gets a more spam-free Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.0 and performance-boosting HyperBoost 2.0 technology.
Winner: Realme 3 Pro for running on a cleaner OS.
Battery & Connectivity
Both phones offer the latest and standard connectivity options including dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and dual-SIM support with dual VoLTE. However, Redmi Note 7 Pro gets the hassle-free USB Type-C port while Realme 3 Pro settles for an outdated micro-USB port.
Lastly, Redmi Note 7 Pro has 4,000mAh battery while Realme 3 Pro offers a marginally bigger 4,045mAh battery.
Winner: You be the judge.
Pricing: The key factor
The Redmi Note 7 Pro is priced at Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB/64GB model and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB/128GB variant. The Realme 3 Pro also costs Rs. 13,999 for the base-end 4GB/64GB model and Rs. 16,999 for the top-end 6GB/128GB variant.
How things stack up?
With its premium design, good cameras, and dependable performance, the Redmi Note 7 Pro has rightly dominated the mid-range segment in India's cost-sensitive smartphone market.
However, the Realme contender convincingly outperforms Xiaomi's offering with much better cameras, a far superior processor, a cleaner OS, and a design second to none.
Surely, Realme 3 Pro is here to reign supreme until dethroned by another competitor.