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After about 2 days of research, I bought a Xiaomi Redmi 9C over the Realme alternatives, and I thought to myself, “Why don’t I make a new article about these two brands?”
You can also read here another comparison that I did on Huawei vs Oppo. This wasn’t as close as this one is.
To find out which one is the best, I will compare them based on their pricing, battery life, service, design, and software/hardware. Both options have pros and cons, which is what I am going to analyze in this post.
- While Realme phones have better cameras(with the exception of the latest ones where Xiaomi uses the Leica lenses), Xiaomi is still the best pick overall because of slightly stronger specifications and battery life.
- Because of its large market share, Xiaomi can sell superior phones for less money.
- Xiaomi’s flagship devices cost an average of roughly $700 vs $500 for Realme’s high-end devices.
- Compared to Realme phones, Xiaomi’s batteries often have a greater mAh capacity. That’s not true for every device though.
Which brand is better overall, Xiaomi or Realme?
Most Realme phones offer higher camera quality and better customer service but Xiaomi is the better option overall by having slightly superior specs and battery.
SIDENOTE: The recent Xiaomi phones with Leica lenses will outperform the Realme ones so keep that in mind if you want to purchase a flagship device.
Their high market share allows them to give better products at a lower price which makes them a very attractive choice for customers on a budget.
As a result, I opted to go for Xiaomi and so far the results I am getting are great. I am not using it to do any heavy lifting since I don’t spend much time on my phone and even if I did, I wouldn’t expect it to perform very well since it is just an entry-level phone.
Of course, this is just my opinion based on what I could find on the web and I think you should buy your phone based on your needs, budget and the design you prefer.
Both brands have similar pricing when it comes to low-budget and mid-range smartphones but Xiaomi’s flagship phones are way more expensive with an average price of around $700 than the Realme ones which will cost you about $500.
Overall, the winner in pricing is Realme as the extra features that you might get from the high-end phones of Xiaomi do not really justify the higher price.
As for their batteries, both companies make large-capacity batteries in comparison to their competitors such as Samsung or Apple.
However, Xiaomi tends to produce batteries of higher mAh so they will last a few hours longer than Realme phones. As a result, Xiaomi is our winner when we compare their battery lives.
Here both of them tie in as they offer Top-Quality customer service and support which is to be expected for sure considering the size of the companies.
Although, the Realme warranty does not cover accidental damage which is a pretty good feature that Xiaomi offers; it seems that they get overall higher ratings from their customers so I suppose they have better and more friendly staff in their Customer Centre.
Now, this is purely subjective but I think that compared to Realme, Xiaomi phones look more attractive.
Both brands have similar styles and a glossy feel when touching the phone. Both brands make phones that are about the same large size so don’t expect to find a very compact phone here.
Even though, there are some Realme smartphones that have amazing designs. I think it depends on the version that you buy as the flagships of both brands look equally insane.
Software | Hardware
As I mentioned above, Xiaomi has slightly better specs than Realme if you compare their phones in the same price range.
Both can support Google services and are provided the same processors (Snapdragon, MediaTek, etc…) and chipsets to implement in their production.
Furthermore, Realme User Interface is not as optimized as MIUI currently is which can cause problems for users who might push their phones a bit more than the average ones.
Most Realme phones are equipped with better Cameras though so if you are solely interested in taking pictures with your phone do not invest in Xiaomi unless it’s one of their latest models(Leica all the way). Overall, Xiaomi is the way to go for performance and software.
In addition, the Leica lenses allow Xiaomi to completely crush the competition in low-light photography.
Advantages and Drawbacks
Like any other brand, both Xiaomi and Realme have pros and cons. Nevertheless, I think that their benefits just outweigh their drawbacks so both brands can be a great fit for you.
Below you can take a look at the details:
Xiaomi Pros – Cons
Realme Pros – Cons
To summarize, Xiaomi and Realme are both exceptional companies and I am pretty confident you will be left satisfied by either of them. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Realme is a bad brand, I just personally prefer Xiaomi over them.
At the end of the day, both companies offer high-quality phones in every price range so it will come down to personal preference. Let me know in the comments down below which one of these 2 you like the most. Until next time, stay safe everyone!