The launch of the Nothing Phone (1) has stirred up the upper mid-range segment of the smartphone market. This segment has since seen the arrival of two heavyweights from Vivo and OPPO. The Vivo V25 Pro and the OPPO Reno8 5G feature striking designs and are powered by the same MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor. The two smartphones are pretty similar in more ways than one – which is not surprising considering they are both from the same parent company – BBK Electronics.
All three of these phones stand out from the sea of smartphones out there. The Nothing Phone (1) features a unique LED-based GLYPH interface, and both the Vivo V25 Pro and OPPO Reno8 offer good performance and blazing-fast charging paired with a striking design. The term ‘flagship killer’ might have become a bit stale, but it sure is apt for these smartphones.
Which of these ‘flagship killers’ is the best buy for you? Let’s take a deep dive and find out.
First, let’s quickly run through the specifications of all three devices.
The Vivo V25 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor. It features a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage, and a 4,830mAh battery with support for 66W wired charging. On the imaging front, the smartphone has three cameras at the back – a 64MP primary sensor with OIS, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies, the smartphone has a 32MP sensor. The Vivo V25 Pro comes with FunTouchOS 12 out of the box based on Android 12.
The OPPO Reno8 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 processor and features a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging. The smartphone has a 32MP selfie camera and three rear cameras – a 50MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. The smartphone ships with Oppo’s Color OS 12.1, based on Android 12.
Finally, we have the Nothing Phone (1), which is powered by Snapdragon’s capable 5G mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 778G+, and features a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 33W wired charging. The Nothing Phone (1) runs Nothing OS on atop Android 12. The smartphone has a 16MP selfie camera and two rear cameras – a 50MP primary camera with OIS and a 50MP ultra-wide sensor.
Pricing in India
The OPPO Reno8 is the most affordable smartphone here – it is priced at Rs 29,999 for the lone variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Nothing Phone (1) starts at Rs 33,999 for the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage and goes up to Rs 39,99 for the variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The mid-tier variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 36,999.
The Vivo V25 Pro is offered in two configurations. At the time of writing this article, the variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be found for Rs 35,999, and the high-end model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage retails for Rs 39,999.
Nothing Phone (1)
Reasons to buy
In a nutshell, the Nothing Phone (1) is an excellent option for those who want to stand out from the crowd and are ready to invest in a new company’s product. The smartphone has a unique and futuristic design courtesy of a set of light strips underneath a semi-transparent back panel. These LEDs – over 900 in total – can pulse to show notifications and the charging status. The lights also flash in time with ten preloaded ringtones and can be used to illuminate your environment whilst using the camera. The Snapdragon 778G+ processor inside the Nothing Phone (1) punches above its weight and is capable of handling everyday use with ease.
The Nothing Phone (1) is also an excellent option for those who value a clean stock-like Android experience. Nothing OS – the company’s skin atop Android 12 – offers many customization options and is fast and fluid with little to no bloatware. The smartphone also has wireless charging support – a feature quite rare at this price point.
Reasons to avoid
Fast charging on the Nothing Phone (1) is limited to 33W – compared to 66W on the Vivo V25 Pro and 80W on the OPPO Reno8. While undeniably unique, the GLYPH interface is a bit half-baked at the moment and needs more customisation options. The LED light array also makes the phone quite thick. As a result, it is not easy to hold in hand or use one-handed.
Those not willing to take a chance with a new and upcoming brand might also want to avoid the Nothing Phone (1).
Vivo V25 Pro
Reasons to buy
While the Nothing Phone (1) might be grabbing headlines with its unique futuristic design, the Vivo V25 Pro also has a striking – albeit more conventional – design. The smartphone has a curved AMOLED display which looks stunning. A colour-changing matte-finish glass back adds to the visual appeal. The smartphone also supports 66W wired fast charging – a considerable step up from the 33W setup found on the Nothing Phone (1).
The MediaTek Dimensity 1300 – while not flagship-grade – is a capable processor that should easily tackle even demanding workloads. Pair that with fast UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR4X RAM and you have a compelling hardware package.
Reasons to avoid
In many ways, FunTouchOS is the complete antithesis of Nothing OS. While Nothing OS is near-stock and devoid of bloat and unwanted ads, FunTouch – while heavily customisable – is full of bloat and is very heavily skinned. If you want a clean, stock Android-Esque software experience, you should steer clear of the Vivo V25 Pro.
Other downsides include the lack of stereo speakers. The Nothing Phone (1) is the only one among the three smartphones in this comparison to offer stereo speakers. The Vivo V25 Pro only has a single speaker, which is quite disappointing at this price point. Additionally, the macro sensor is just a mediocre 2MP affair and is there to just artificially increase the camera count.
Reasons to buy
The OPPO Reno8 is also powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset – a reasonably capable processor capable of tackling day-to-day use. The smartphone also has a sleek and streamlined unibody design. A single piece of glass runs across the entire rear panel. As a result, the camera module is integrated with the rest of the body giving a seamless appearance. The smartphone is also fairly thin and light – which reduces fatigue over extended use.
If fast charging is vital to you, the Reno8 is the smartphone for you. OPPO’s blazing-fast 80W SUPERVOOC flash charging technology allows you to top up the battery in a matter of minutes. The Chinese tech giant claims the phone can be fully charged in only 28 minutes, and a 50 per cent charge takes just 11 minutes.
Reasons to avoid
Those who value a clean and bloat-free software experience should stick to the Nothing Phone (1). Admittedly, Color OS 12.1 is less bloated and intrusive than FunTouch OS but is still a fair bit heavier than Nothing OS.
While the primary camera of the Reno8 is capable, it lacks optical image stabilisation (OIS) – a feature found in both the Vivo V25 Pro and Nothing Phone (1). The lack of OIS will affect camera performance, especially in low-light scenarios. Additionally, just like the Vivo V25 Pro, the 2MP macro sensor in the Reno8 is just there to inflate the camera count. The smartphone also lacks stereo speakers – a feature found only in the Nothing Phone (1) in this comparison.