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Xiaomi vs Realme 2021 |What’s the difference?

by Jenny Xiao

I’ve been using Xiaomi devices for well over two years now and it’s truly made an impact on the way my daily tasks are carried out. As one of the fastest growing companies, Xiaomi has made a name for itself thanks to their entry into the smartphone segment and low price points for their products and gadgets. Check it out our comparison on Xiaomi vs Realme for all the details.

Earlier this year, I happened to come across a few contenders and one which stood out was Realme, the child company of Oppo. Realme has been in the market for almost 2 years now and they seem to be growing at a slower rate than Xiaomi but have managed to gain traction in developing countries across South-Asia. 

With similar specs to almost identical designs, Realme has been in the news for some time with people claiming their smartphones to be rip-offs from other brands

Let’s take a look at Xiaomi vs Realme and what they are all about and which one of these would emerge a winner.

Xiaomi vs Realme

Both, Xiaomi and Realme have been racing to get major control over the smartphone market, especially in Asia. This race to see who can acquire the most users has brought out the best of both the companies. 

Over the last few quarters, Xiaomi and Realme have introduced smartphones one after the other and in doing so they have managed to release devices designed for every kind of user. 

Let’s go over the comparison between their flagship killers, their budget-friendly smartphones and their mid-range smartphones.

What is Xiaomi?


A Chinese multinational consumer electronics company that’s based in Beijing, Xiaomi has taken the world by storm with their wide range of smartphones, laptops, home appliances and other consumer electronics. 

Xiaomi, though an international brand has been focusing on developing markets rather than tier one countries such as America or Europe. In 2020 Xiaomi was rated the third best smartphone company in the world, just after Apple and Samsung. 

Xiaomi is well known for their flagship device, the Mi Note 10 series that comes with a bundle of features and is not your run of the mill smartphone 

What is Realme?


Realme started off as a spin-off from Oppo and launched their first smartphone in 2018. Based in China, Realme began with the idea that their products will be targeted to the youth of today while delivering gadgets which will be trendsetting.

Earlier in 2020, Realme stood as one of the fastest growing smartphone brands of all time with a growth rate of well over 150% for two consecutive years. 

A few months ago, Realme launched their flagship killer and their most powerful smartphone, the X50 Pro 5G. This was their attempt to compete with the likes of OnePlus and Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi 10 vs Realme X50 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 10 and Realme’s X50 Pro were launched earlier this year and both run on Qualcomm’s latest, Snapdragon 865, the same processor in most of the flagships of today. Both devices have a 2.4 GHz Octa-Core processor but there are a number of limitations with the Realme X50 Pro. For example,


The X50 Pro has a smaller Super AMOLED display that measures in at 6.44” as compared to the Mi 10’s larger screen of 6.67” dot display. Xiaomi’s Mi10 Pro has a display density of 386 pixels per inch whereas the X50 Pro can deliver a clearer picture with its 402 PPi display. The clarity of the display is not always about the size off the screen.


In terms of memory and storage, Xiaomi’s Mi 10 and the X50 Pro have 8GB each. The storage capacity on these smartphones are the same at 128GB on the Mi 10 Pro and 128GB on the X50 Pro.

Camera Setup

The Xiaomi Mi 10 has a 108MP Quad camera array, the X50 Pro comes with a low resolution 64MP Quad camera setup, but would end up outshining the Mi 10 with their 32MP + 8MP dual Selfie camera. 


Realme X50 Pro 5GXiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi vs Realme - Realme X50 ProXiaomi vs Realme - Mi 10 Pro
Display TypeSuper AMOLED (16.7M)Super AMOLED (16M)
Display Size6.44” 1080 x 2400 pixels, 90 Hz6.67” 1080 x 2340 pixels 90Hz
Rear Camera64 MP f/1.8 (Main)12 MP f/2.5 (Telephoto)8 MP f/2.3 (Ultra Wide)2 MP f/2.4 (Mono) with autofocus108 MP f/1.7 (Wide Angle)8 MP f/2 (Telephoto)12 MP f/2 (Portrait)20 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide) with autofocus
Front Camera32 MP f/2 (Wide Angle)8 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)20 MP f/2 (Wide Angle)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865; 2.84 GHz, Octa Core ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865; 2.84 GHz, Octa Core Processor
Battery Capacity4200 mAh4780 mAh

Verdict : In overall terms of performance, price and design, the Mi 10 emerges victorious. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro vs Realme 6 Pro

Coming to mid-range super performers, we have the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 Pro. Both these devices run on a Snapdragon 720G SoC that focus on power efficiency as well as for gaming. 


The Note 9 and the 6 Pro feature the same display size and resolution, the only difference is that the Realme 6 Pro uses Gorilla glass 5 as compared to  the Note 9 Pro’s Gorilla glass 3. 

Camera Setup

In terms of camera set up, the Realme 6 Pro gets a 64MP Quad-camera setup while the Note 9 Pro comes with a 48MP Quad-camera setup.

Battery Capacity

Powering the Note 9 Pro is a large 5020 mAh battery that in reality does not come close to the backup provided by the relatively smaller 4300 mAh battery on the Realme 6 Pro. With fast charging support, both phones can recharge to full capacity in under an hour.


Realme 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
Xiaomi vs RealmeXiaomi vs Realme
Display Size6.6” 1080 x 2400 pixels6.67” 1080 x 2400 pixels
Rear Camera64 MP f/1.8 (Main)8 MP f/2.5 (Telephoto)5 MP f/2.3 (Ultra Wide)2 MP f/2.4 (Mono) with autofocus48 MP f/1.7 (Wide Angle)8 MP f/2 (Telephoto)12 MP f/2 (Portrait)2 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide) with autofocus
Front Camera16 MP f/2 (Wide Angle)8 MP f/2.2 (Ultra Wide)16 MP f/2 (Wide Angle)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G; 2.3 GHz, Octa Core ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 720G; 2.3 GHz, Octa Core Processor
Battery Capacity4300 mAh5020 mAh

Verdict : The champion here is the Realme 6 Pro. with a better camera array, battery backup and overall efficiency.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 vs Realme 6

Finally, time for some budget friendly smartphones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 and the Realme 6. Both these smartphones fall within the same price category but run on different processors. 


The Realme 6 has a large display which is 6.5” as compared to the Redmi Note 7’s 6.3” IPS LCD display. The larger display on the 6 is not as clear though with lesser pixels per inch making it a rather okay smartphone when it comes to overall clarity.

Storage Capacity

The Redmi Note 7 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory that can be expanded with the help of a microSD, while the Realme 6 has a 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD. 

Camera Setup

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is equipped with a 12MP+2MP dual camera setup while the Realme 6 has a 64MP Quad-camera. The front facing camera or the Selfie camera is better on the Realme 6, with a 16MP front camera in comparison to  the 13MP front camera on the Note 7.


Realme 6Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi vs RealmeXiaomi vs Realme
Display TypeColour IPS LCD (16M)Colour IPS LCD (16M)
Display Size6.52” 2340 x 1800 pixels 90Hz6.3” 2340 x 1080 pixels
Rear Camera64 MP f/1.8 (Main)8 MP f/2.2 (Wide Angle)2 MP f/2.4 (Portrait )2 MP f/2.4 (Macro ) with autofocus48 MP f/1.8 (Main)8 MP f/2.2 (Wide Angle)2 MP f/2.4 (Portrait )2 MP f/2.4 (Macro ) with autofocus
Front Camera16 MP f/2.213 MP f/2 (Main) with Flash
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G90T; 2.05 GHz, Octa Core ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 665 MSM8956; AIE Octa Core Processor
Battery Capacity4300 mAh4000 mAh

Verdict : Clearly in terms of overall budget smartphone, the winner is the Realme 6.

Overall Verdict

By now you may have already guessed it, on the higher note Xiaomi does wonders with their Mi 10 but as we explored the mid-range and budget segments it was evident that Realme is a better choice to make from these two brands. 

This will definitely give Realme the ability to grow exponentially over the next few years and may even take over Xiaomi’s spot in the mid-range best smartphone segment. 

However, if you’re looking for a top notch, high performance flagship killer Xiaomi is the choice to make, whereas if you’re looking to spend less but have a smartphone with decent specs, Realme will be the right pick. 

Is Redmi and Realme the same?

Unfortunately no, Redmi is a sub-brand of Xiaomi that has their own line of smartphones and accessories. Realme is the sub-brand of Oppo and they too have their own lineup of smartphones and accessories.

Do Xiaomi phones have Google?

Yes, as a matter of fact all Xiaomi smartphones which were launched internationally post the Mi 9T Pro will have access to Google’s Photos and Messenger App apart from Play Store.

Why are Realme phones so cheap?

Realme phones are cheap because of the effort and funding put in by their parent company to take over the mid-range segment in the smartphone market.

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