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Nokia 7 Plus vs Vivo V9 Comparison: Which device is better in the midrange segment?

HMD Global has released a Nokia 7 Plus in India today with a Full View display and dual camera setup with Zeiss Optics. The Nokia 7 Plus was previously unveiled at the MWC 2018 held in Barcelona, and we already know all the details about this smartphone. Nokia 7 Plus is the first smartphone from Nokia to feature a full view display, but other brands like Vivo had already launched devices with full view display.

Vivo had earlier launched  the Vivo V9, which is priced similar to the Nokia Plus. In this post, we will compare these two smartphones according to their characteristics and see which one offers better value for your money.


The Vivo V9 comes with a unibody design with a display which features a notch on the top. The smartphone has very thin bezels around the screen and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the smartphone for better reach. The smartphone’s outer casing is made of plastic and comes with a matte finish paint over it.

The Nokia 7 Plus is built with a series 6000 aluminum unibody which has a beautiful diamond cut design with a matte finish on the back. The display comes with thin bezels on the top and the bottom to provide a full view display. The smartphone comes with a ceramic feel coating which gives it a premium feel. The Nokia 7 Plus is definitely a better smartphone in terms of design and build quality.

Hardware: Which device is more powerful?

The Vivo V9 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor which has Cortex A53 cores, all of which are running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz. The smartphone features the Adreno 506 GPU for gaming and media rendering. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The Nokia 7 Plus comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor which is an octa-core processor featuring Kryo 260 cores, four of which are running at 2.2 GHz and other four are clocked at 1.8 GHz. The processor is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable. The Nokia 7 Plus is the first smartphone in India to feature the Snapdragon 660 CPU which makes Nokia 7 Plus a better option than the Vivo V9.

Camera: Which smartphone captures better images?

The Vivo V9 comes with a a dual camera setup at the rear which includes a 16MP sensor and a 5MP sensor which provides a good out focusing photography to create Bokeh effects. The aperture size of the camera is f/2.0 and it comes with dual LED flash. The front-facing camera is a 24MP shooter with AI selfie features to capture better selfies.

The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 12MP + 13MP dual camera setup at the back with Carl Zeiss Optics, gyro EIS, 2X optical zoom and dual LED dual-tone flash. The front-facing camera is a 16MP shooter for selfies. Nokia 7 Plus is a clear winner here because it comes with 2X optical zoom and stabilization in the rear camera to stabilize the videos. But when it comes to the selfie camera, the Vivo V9 has a better camera sensor and AI features to enhance the selfies. Both the smartphones can capture 4K videos at 30 frames per second.

Software: Which one is smoother and faster?

Vivo V9 is running the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with the OEM’s own FunTouch UI on top. The smartphone is filled with some unnecessary apps and services which you might never use. If you like customization then you will like the FunTouch OS which lets you install themes from the theme app.

The Nokia 7 Plus runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box and it comes with the Android One program. The smartphone comes with minimal apps from Nokia or HMD Global which provides a smooth user interface. The smartphone will also get more Android version updates than the Vivo V9 because it is a part of the Android One program.

Battery: Which one lasts longer?

The Vivo V9 comes with a 3,260mAh battery which lacks any kind of fast charging support and it comes with traditional microUSB port. The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 3,800mAh battery which will last longer than the Vivo V9. The Nokia 7 Plus also uses a USB Type-C port to charge the smartphone which is comparatively faster than the traditional micro USB charging.


The Nokia 7 Plus is a winner here at most of the places like the build quality, performance, rear camera and the battery capacity. The Vivo V9 comes with the notch display, which has become the latest trend since the launch of the Apple iPhone X and if you like the notch design, you will be disappointed to know that the Nokia 7 Plus does not come with a notch. Additionally, if you are a selfie lover, the Vivo V9 is the ideal device for you.

However, if you want a more powerful device with a better primary camera, battery and near stock Android experience, you can go with the Nokia 7 Plus.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.