Vivo launched its Z1 Pro in India today. The new mid-range phone from Vivo has some great features like 32MP in-screen selfie camera, Snapdragon 712 processor, triple rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh battery. The Z1 Pro starts at Rs. 14,990 and it will be available on Flipkart from July 11.
So, if you have been planning to buy a new Vivo Z1 Pro, you should also know the other good options in the segment- the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Realme's phone has features like an FHD+ dewdrop notch display, Snapdragon 710 processor, dual cameras, and a big battery. Its price in India starts at Rs. 13,999.
Xiaomi announced Redmi Note 7 Pro in India back in February but the phone is still very popular in this segment. The highlight of Xiaomi's phone is its 48-megapixel camera with Sony IMX586 sensor. Other features are Snapdragon 675 chipset, FHD+ dot notch display, and 4,000mAh battery and it also starts at Rs. 13,999.
Let's check out which of these phones is the real pro in the segment.
Vivo Z1 Pro Vs Redmi Note 7 Pro Vs Realme 3 Pro
Design: Glass is better than plastic?
If you look at the back of these phones, you will see a major difference between Redmi Note 7 Pro and the other two. Only Xiaomi's phone comes with a glass body and the Realme 3 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro sport a polycarbonate body.
However, they both still look premium with a glossy back panel having a gradient pattern. The Vivo's phone has a wave-like pattern on the back and Realme has a subtle but shiny glasstic look.
Up front, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro look kind of similar with a small waterdrop notch on top of the display. Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a new punch-hole screen with a small hole at the top left. Of course, Vivo takes a lead here.
The Z1 Pro is a little bit heavier and thicker than the other two. But you can use all these phones with just one hand easily. Design wise, they all are good devices and you can for anyone whether it's a glass back or not.
Display: Punch-hole vs notches
The Z1 Pro has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with an FHD+ resolution. Its punch hole design allows it 19.5:9 aspect ratio and more than 90% screen to body ratio. The display offers good brightness and colors also look sharp. Daylight visibility is also not bad.
The Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Pro also come with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340 ×1080 pixels) IPS display. The brightness levels and daylight visibility are good on these phones also.
The Redmi and Realme ones come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, however, Vivo lacks in this segment. Z1 Pro's display is probably not protected by Gorilla Glass.
So, you can see here all the phones have a big and bright FHD+ display which is quite a trend at this price point.
Performance: SD 712 vs SD 710 vs SD 675
Vivo Z1 Pro packs a new octa-core Snapdragon 712 processor inside. The new 10nm chipset has Kryo 360 CPUs clocked at up to 2.3GHz and an Adreno 616 GPU. This is the first phone with this chipset in India.
While Realme 3 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 710 10nm processor. It is also an octa-core processor with same Kryo 360 cores but clocked at 2.2GHz and has the same Adreno 616 GPU.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with Snapdragon 675 processor which is based on the 11nm process. However, this one has Kryo 460 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.0GHz. It has an Adreno 612 GPU which is a downgrade from 616.
All the phones come with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options. You can see how these three compete closely with almost similar internals. However, Vivo still takes a lead here with the latest and the first chipset in the segment.
AnTuTu Benchmark Scores
Cameras: Triple camera vs 48MP vs dual camera
The Vivo Z1 Pro has a triple camera set up at the back with a 16 MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel 120° wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. It has a 32 MP selfie camera.
The Realme 3 Pro comes with a dual camera set up at the back with a 16 MP primary Sony IMX 519 sensor with wide f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP secondary depth sensor. It has the same sensor which is used in OnePlus 6T.
The Realme 3 Pro’s camera comes with a 64MP Ultra HD mode and a nightscape mode which does wonders in low light. It has a 25 MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera.
The Redmi Note 7 Pro also has dual cameras at the back with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.79 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera for depth. It offers 12MP image output using super pixel tech but you can also click in 48MP resolution in Pro mode. There is a 13MP front camera.
As you can see in the above camera samples, there is stiff competition among the three. Realme offers good details, Vivo has accurate colors and Redmi also offers sharp pictures with less detail than Realme. Vivo also offers the best selfie among these.
Software: Funtouch OS vs MIUI vs ColorOS
The smartphones run the latest Android 9 Pie with their own custom UIs. Vivo's Funtouch OS 9, Realme's Color OS 6 and Xiaomi's MIUI 10 have their own set of features. Though they all come with unwanted bloatware. So, we leave the choice of UI on users.
Battery: Vivo has the biggest
The Vivo Z1 Pro packs a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18W dual engine fast charging. The Realme 3 Pro has 4,050mAh battery supporting VOOC 3.0 fast charging. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also gets a big 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support.
Vivo's phone comes with a fast charger in the box and Realme 3 Pro also comes with a 20W fast charger in the box. However, Xiaomi doesn’t offer a fast charger in the box.
For connectivity, Z1 Pro and Realme 3 Pro support two Nano-SIM cards and a micro SD card via three dedicated slots. While the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a hybrid card slot so you can use either a second SIM or a micro SD card.
One good thing you will see in Redmi 7 Pro is the use of USB Type C, which is not been used in Realme 3 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro. Other connectivity features remain the same.
All three phones offer decent features at the same price point. Vivo Z1 Pro has a new design with a hole in the display as well as new hardware. Realme and Redmi look similar, but Realme has a plastic back. All of them offer almost the same camera results and performance.
If you want better looks, latest hardware, better gaming, 32MP selfie, better connectivity features, big battery, a fast charger in the box, Vivo Z1 Pro will be the right choice for you in the mid-range segment.