There are two new budget laptops in the market that have shaken the industry for their incredible price-to-performance ratio. However, which one should you go for? As both of them have very close pricing, choosing the right one becomes even more important.
The RedmiBook e-learning Edition and the RedmiBook Pro, priced at ₹41,999 and ₹49,999, respectively; these are excellent budget laptops. Sporting 15.6-inch FHD anti-glare displays, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD and sporting up to 10 hours of battery life, Xiaomi has kept the basic right.
Also, you have a great design, good build quality, a large trackpad and a nice keyboard with 1.5mm key travel. The only big difference between the two is that the RedmiBook 15 e-learning Edition sports an Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, while the RedmiBook Pro 15 has a better Intel Core i5-11300H processor. So, overall, considering the price, these are really very cheap and affordable options.
Now, coming to the recently launched Realme Book Slim, this is another laptop that is also quite premium in terms of design and further enhances the price-to-spec ratio.
The Realme Book Slim comes with a 14″ 2K Full Vision IPS display with a peak brightness of 400 nits. It has a display that comes with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The laptop has a metal body with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and a 100% sRGB colour gamut. Also, it will be one of the slimmest and lightest laptops in India, with a thickness of 14.9mm.
With Intel Iris Xe graphics, you also have Wi-Fi 6 technology for connectivity and a Thunderbolt 4 port to charge the battery; the 65W charger provides up to 50% of charge in just 30 minutes. Also, the Realme Book Slim provides an incredible battery life of up to 11 hours; not to forget, you have a backlit keyboard and two Harman Kardon speakers that support DTS Audio.
The laptop comes at an introductory starting price of 44,999 INR for the basic version that features an Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB RAM along 256GB SSD, while the one with an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD is priced at 56,999 INR.
Now, for comparing the prices for the first sale, buying the Realme Book Slim makes more sense, as you have to spend Rs.3k more on the base variant with similar specs. Here’s a side by side comparison:
|RedmiBook 15 e-learning Edition||Realme Book Slim (Base Variant)|
|Intel Core i3-1115G4||Intel Core i3-1115G4|
|15.6-inch Display Full HD (1920 x 1080) Resolution||14 inch 2K QHD, IPS LCD Display with 3:2 aspect ratio and covers 100% sRGB colour gamut|
|256GB SSD||256GB SSD|
|8GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM||8GB LPDDR4X 4266MHz|
|Wi-Fi 5 & Bluetooth v5.0||Wi-Fi 6 & Bluetooth v5.1|
|Built-in Dual Speakers||Built-in Dual Speakers|
|46WHr Battery with up to 10 hours of battery life||54WHr Battery with up to 11 hours of battery life with Type-C charging|
|Polycarbonate build with a brushed metallic finish, weighs 1.8 kg, 19.9 mm thin||All-metal body with Smooth Aluminium Finish and weighs only 1.38Kg, 14.9 mm thin|
Scissor Mechanism keyboard with 1.5mm key travel
Backlit Keyboard with 1.3mm key travel
|Comes with Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student pre-loaded||Comes with Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student pre-loaded|
On paper, there are very minute differences between both laptops, but considering only Rs.3k price difference for the first sale, buying the Realme Book Slim makes more sense if you target the base Core i3 variant. This Realme laptop is more premium in terms of build and quality and has many subtle features that help in daily life, so get it in the first sale for sure!
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When you are considering buying the Core i5 variant, things change a bit as there are differences in prices; overall specs are almost identical to the base variants. However, the RedmiBook Pro 15 sports a faster Intel Core i5-11300H processor than Realme Book Slim’s Intel Core i5-1135G7; however, it sports a ThunderBolt 4 port which you miss out on the RedmiBook Pro 15.
The RedmiBook 15 Pro is priced at ₹49,999, while the Realme Book Slim Core i5 variant will cost you ₹56,999 for the first sale but will again be available for ₹59,999 when you buy it normally. So, if you want a premium laptop with a better display & build quality and features like WiFi 6 or Thunderbolt 4, then choosing the Realme Book Slim during the first sale makes more sense.
Or you can also buy the RedmiBook Pro 15, which can be bought with ₹3,500 Instant Discount using HDFC Bank Credit Cards to make it available for only ₹46,499; for that price, it makes more sense to go for the RedmiBook Pro 15: http://fkrt.it/C7OUjSNNNN.