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More and more budget 5G phones are coming up. Here we have two of the latest ones that arrived in the Philippines, the Realme 8 5G and POCO M3 5G.

The new Realme 8 5G is the brand’s second 5G phone here in the country. Quite fitting since the X50 Pro is a flagship release and exclusive to postpaid plans. It’s nice to see a more accessible 5G phone.

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We’ll be comparing that device to the POCO M3 Pro 5G, which arrived locally a few weeks earlier.

Like the former, this one is sitting in the sub-Php10,000 price range and already offers 5G connectivity and other modern features.

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So the question is, which between the two should you get? We’ll answer that question in our Realme 8 5G versus POCO M3 Pro 5G specs and features comparison.

Realme 8 5GPOCO M3 Pro 5G
Operating SystemAndroid 11
Realme UI 2.0
Android 11
MIUI 12
SIMDual SIM
Dual standby
Dual SIM
Dual standby
Display6.5-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
405ppi
90Hz refresh rate
600-nits
6.5-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
404ppi
DynamicSwitch refresh rate
(30Hz/50Hz/60Hz/90Hz)
1500:1 contrast ratio
1100-nits
360-degree ambient light sensor
Processor2.2GHz MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G octa-core2.2GHz MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G octa-core
RAM8GB4GB/6GB
GPUMali-G57 MC2Mali-G57 MC2
Storage128GB
UGS 2.2
expandable via microSD
64GB/128GB
UFS 2.2
expandable via microSD
Front Camera16-megapixel8-megapixel
Rear Camera48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
BnW
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AudioHeadphone jackHeadphone jack
Hi-Res audio
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, GALILEO, QZSS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BDS
NFC
IR Blaster
USB Type-C
Dimensions162.5 x 74.8 x 8.5mm161.81 x 75.34 x 8.92mm
Weight185g190g
BodyFront: Corning Gorilla Glass
Back: Plastic
Frame: Plastic
Front: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Back: Plastic
Frame: Plastic
ColorsSupersonic Black
Supersonic Blue
Power Black
Cool Blue
POCO Yellow
Battery5,000mAh
non-removable
18W fast charging
5,000mAh
non-removable
18W fast charging
PricePhp11,9904GB/64GB: Php8,990
6GB/128GB: Php11,990

Design and Build Quality

Build-wise, both smartphones are equally the same. They both have plastic back panels and frames. They also have Gorilla Glass protection, but the version used on the Realme device was not mentioned.

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Design is subjective, but we’ll let you decide. Personally, we like the POCO M3 Pro 5G’s more expressive design with the large POCO logo, edgy colors, and black paint that accents the camera glass on the back.

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The Realme 8 5G went for a cleaner look. The 2×2 camera layout is similar to the other Realme 8 models. It looks fine, but then again, it’s up to you to decide on this one.

Display and Sound Quality

Both the Realme 8 5G and POCO M3 Pro 5G have similar display specs. They’re both FHD+ IPS panels on a 6.5-inch size. They also share the same 90Hz refresh rate.

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The POCO device overtakes the Realme one with its dynamic refresh rate that switches from 30Hz to 90Hz, depending on the task on hand to save battery.

It also has a brighter 1100-nits peak brightness. Plus, a secondary ambient light sensor for 360-degree coverage can adjust the right screen brightness depending on your surroundings.

Hardware and Performance

It’s almost a draw on this one. As you can see, the duo is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G processor, which is actually the same chip we’re seeing in a lot of budget 5G phones in the market today.

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However, the Realme device was able to one-up the competition by having a larger 8GB of RAM instead of 6GB for the same price.

Realme is also giving users a 4GB/64GB option if they want a cheaper alternative.

Cameras

Here’s another round where the Realme 8 5G slightly surpasses the POCO M3 Pro 5G. As you can see, it has a sharper 16-megapixel selfie camera versus the 8-megapixel of the latter.

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Other than that, everything is almost the same. They both have a 48-megapixel main shooter with two 2-megapixel auxiliary sensors. Sadly, neither have ultra-wide cameras.

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Battery

It’s a tie on this round. Both devices share the same 5,000mAh battery, which is actually standard on smartphones at this price. However, unlike 4G-only phones, battery life may be shorter on these devices, especially if you plan to browse via 5G a lot.

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They also share the same 18W charger which is, again, common for the price.

Verdict

Basing on the specs comparison table above, it appears that the Realme 8 5G won this battle. They may be similar in key areas, but Realme’s bet managed to overtake the POCO device by having a sharper selfie camera and a bigger RAM capacity for the same price.

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To POCO’s credit, the M3 Pro 5G does have a better design and extra display features. Although, they are overshadowed by the extra perks you can get with the Realme 8 5G.

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With that said, the Realme 8 5G is now available for Php11,990 and comes with an 8GB/128GB configuration. The POCO M3 Pro is also available for the same price but only comes with 6GB of RAM.

On the upside, if money is an issue, the POCO device also comes with a 4GB/64GB option for a cheaper price of Php8,990.

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