The ban did not stop Huawei from releasing affordable phones for the global market. The company just came up with the new Huawei P Smart 2021, but is Huawei still competitive in the affordable segment? There is no better way to understand it than comparing it with other potential best-sellers of this year offering amazing specifications at very affordable prices. For this comparison with P Smart 2021, we chose the Redmi Note 9 and the Realme 7. Is Huawei still able to release something as interesting as the latest Xiaomi and Realme budget phones? Let’s find it out together.
Huawei P Smart 2021 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 vs Realme 7
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 9||Huawei P Smart 2021||Oppo Realme 7|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm, 199 grams||165.7 x 76.9 x 9.3 mm, 206 grams||162.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm, 197 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, IPS LCD||6.5 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 405 ppi, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||MediaTek Helio G85, octa-core 2 GHz||Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 710A, octa-core 2 GHz||MediaTek Helio G95, octa-core 2.05 GHz|
|MEMORY||3 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot||4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10, MIUI||Android 10, EMUI||Android 10, Realme UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4
13 MP f/2.3 front camera
|Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, f/2.4 and f/2.4
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.3, f/2.4 and f/2.4
16 MP f/2.1 front camera
|BATTERY||5020 mAh, fast charging 18W||5000 mAh, fast charging 22.5W||5000 mAh, fast charging 30W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, water-repellent, reverse charging||Dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
Due to its huge camera module including a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Redmi Note 9 is not brilliant if we talk about the aesthetics. With their rectangle-shaped camera modules and side-mounted fingerprint readers, Huawei P Smart 2021 and Realme 7 are definitely more attractive. Realme 7 is actually the most beautiful one because of its color variants and more compact dimensions, despite not everyone may like it since it comes w ith a smaller display.
The winner of the display comparison is the Realme 7 for a simple reason: it provides a higher 90 Hz refresh rate. For the rest, the display specifications are more or less the same as its rivals. Realme 7, Redmi Note 9, and Huawei P Smart 2021 are equipped with 1080p displays, but the Huawei P Smart 2021 has a wider 6.67-inch panel, while Redmi Note 9 and Realme 7 stop at 6.5 and 6.53 inches, respectively. Besides getting a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, with the Realme 7 you also get a higher 480 nits brightness.
Specs & Software
Realme 7 wins even when it comes to the hardware department. It is powered by a stronger Helio P95 chipset by MediaTek, which is naturally better than the Helio G85 found on the Redmi Note 9 and more powerful than the Kirin 710A found on the Huawei P Smart 2021. Besides packing a better chipset, Realme 7 has a higher-end memory configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. There is no challenge: Realme 7 is way better under every point of view. Further, note that the Huawei P Smart 2021 does not have Google services installed: they were replaced by Huawei Mobile Services due to the U.S. ban.
Realme 7 actually comes with a better main camera than Redmi Note 9 and Huawei P Smart 2021 on its rear camera setup. We are talking about a Sony sensor with a 64 MP resolution and f/1.8 focal aperture. Just for this reason, Realme 7 is a better camera phone. The secondary sensors are similar to the ones of its opponents, including the 8 MP ultrawide camera and a pair of 2 MP lenses for macro and depth info. Even the front camera is actually better with its 16 MP resolution.
Realme 7 and P Smart 2021 pack a 5000 mAh battery, while Redmi Note 9 has a 5020 mAh unit. Realme 7 has an inferior battery life because it comes with a 90 Hz display which is more energy-demanding. Redmi Note 9 should last more thanks to its standard refresh rate and smaller display than Huawei P Smart 2021. On the other hand, Realme 7 features a faster charging technology with a 30W power.
Redmi Note 9 is priced less than €200/$230 globally, Huawei P Smart 2021 costs €230/$270, and Realme 7 starts from €174/$203 in India and it is still not available globally. Realme 7 wins this comparison thanks to a higher refresh rate, better chipset, and cameras.
Huawei P Smart 2021 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 vs Realme 7: PROs and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
- Very affordable
- IR blaster
- Reverse charging
- Uglier design
Huawei P Smart 2021
- Nice design
- Side-mounted fingerprint reader
- No GMS
Oppo Realme 7
- Faster charging
- Best cameras
- Great hardware
- 90 Hz display
- Side-mounted fingerprint reader
- Limited availability
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