The latest flagship killer released by Realme is incredibly affordable. We are talking about the Realme GT Neo, offering flagship-class performance to a lot of people thanks to its price. Given the high value for money of this phone, we decided to compare it with its main Xiaomi rival in the same price tag, at least for the Chinese market. For this comparison, we chose the Redmi K40 for obvious reasons. None of these devices is actually global, so this will be a comparison especially thought for Chinese readers, at least for now.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 vs Realme GT Neo
|Xiaomi Redmi K40||Realme GT Neo|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, 196 grams||158.5 x 73.3 x 8.4 mm, 179 g|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED||6.43 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870, octa-core 3.2 GHz||MediaTek Dimensity 1200, octa-core 3.0 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, MIUI||Android 11, Realme UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 48 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2
20 MP front camera
|Triple 64 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.3 + f/2.4
16 MP f/2.5 front camera
|BATTERY||4520 mAh, fast charging 33W||4500 mAh, fast charging 50W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
The design of the Realme GT Neo is more original and suggestive, thanks to its very brilliant color effects on the rear side, especially in the Final Fantasy color variant. The Realme GT Neo is even lighter than the Redmi K40, as well as more compact. On the other hand, the Redmi K40 is thinner because it has a body with bigger dimensions. Another important difference is the punch hole: you get a hole on the top left corner with the Realme GT Neo, while Redmi K40 has a hole placed centrally.
On the paper, the Redmi K40 has a superior display, but we are only talking about marginal differences. With the Redmi K40, you get the HDR10+ certification, as well as a very high 1300 nit peak brightness. Both the phones feature an AMOLED panel and a 120 Hz refresh rate, but the display of the Redmi K40 is wider (6.67 inches vs 6.43 inches). Note that the Realme GT Neo features an in-display fingerprint reader, while the Redmi K40 does not.
Specs & Software
The Redmi K40 is powered by the Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, while the Realme GT Neo has a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 inside. While the Dimensity 1200 is built with a better production process (6 nm) and is more efficient, the Snapdragon 870 is slightly more powerful. You can get the same maximum amount of RAM and storage: up to 12 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of UFS 3.1 native storage, respectively. Redmi K40 and Realme GT Neo run Android 11 out of the box, customized by MIUI and Realme UI 2.0, respectively.
The Realme GT neo comes with a superior main sensor for its rear camera, so it wins the camera comparison. We are referring to a 64 MP rear camera against a 48 MP sensor found on the Redmi K40. With the Redmi K40, you actually get a better macro camera, but it does not matter as the main camera is inferior. Unfortunately, none of these handsets is a camera phone. They are mid-range class and there are a lot of better choices in the same price range if you need a great camera setup. So, if you are looking at these devices especially for the cameras, you should go for something else.
Realme GT Neo has a 4500 mAh battery, while Redmi K40 has a 4520 mAh battery. The difference in battery capacity is minimal and these devices should provide a similar battery life. We expect the GT Neo to offer a slightly longer battery life due to its smaller display and a chipset with a 6 nm production process, but it will also depend on the software optimization. You can see a bigger difference when it comes to the charging speed: the Realme GT Neo has a 50W fast charging technology, while Redmi K40 stops at 33W.
The starting price of the Redmi K40 in China is about €367/$432, while Realme GT Neo starts from just €250/$274. Despite the lower price, the Realme GT Neo has a better rear camera and it offers faster charging speeds. The Redmi K40 has a slightly more powerful mobile platform and a slightly better display, but this is not enough to justify the price difference and the difference in the user experience. That is the reason why the GT Neo wins this specs comparison.
Xiaomi Redmi K40 vs Realme GT Neo: PRO and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi K40
- HDR10+ display
- Wider diagonal
- Powerful chipset
- IR blaster
- Inferior camera
Realme GT Neo
- Original design
- Better rear camera
- Faster charging
- Under-display fingerprint reader
- Nothing particular
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