Vivo has launched its loaded mid-ranger, the Vivo Z1 Pro in India today. The phone is a strong competitor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy M40. With a punch-hole display and triple rear cameras, the Vivo Z1 is a promising contender in its price segment. Let’s see how it fares against the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
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Vivo Z1 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro: price compared
The Vivo Z1 Pro comes in three variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. They are priced at Rs 14,990, Rs 16,990 and Rs 17,990, respectively. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes in three variants with identical configurations, and they are priced at Rs 13,999, Rs 15,999 and Rs 16,999, respectively. Xiaomi leads in this aspect but the difference between the costs is not huge. In fact, for those who love full-screen displays, Vivo Z1 Pro would still look like a better deal.
Vivo Z1 Pro vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro: specifications compared
The biggest USP of the Vivo Z1 Pro is its punch-hole display which measures 6.53-inches and carries a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. The screen to body ratio is 83.17 percent while it also boasts of a Widevine L1 certification which means that it can play high-resolution content easily. The Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inches LTPS IPS display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and a screen to body ratio of 81.2 percent. There is a waterdrop notch on the top and a prominent chin at the bottom.
The Vivo Z1 Pro relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor. The device comes with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone also boasts of an Ultra Game mode that provides PUBG specific features. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with the same RAM and storage configurations, but relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor. Both the smartphones are decent performers, but if you’re a gamer, the Vivo Z1 Pro is the way to go.
The camera set up on the Vivo device carries a 16MP primary sensor, 8MP AI super wide-angle lens and 2MP bokeh lens. For selfie enthusiasts, the phone is equipped with a 32MP front camera placed inside the display itself. Features like AI Beauty, Bokeh mode, Live Filter and HDR are also available. On the Redmi Note 7 Pro, you will get a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor and a 5MP depth sensor. For selfies and video calling, the device houses a 13MP sensor. The main camera is capable of shooting up to 4K videos @30fps.
The Vivo Z1 Pro relies on a humongous 5,000mAh battery with support for Fast Charging. It runs Android 9 Pie-based Funtouch OS 9. The Redmi Note 7 Pro boasts of a slightly smaller, 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W Fast Charging, however you’ll have to buy a fast charger separately. However, it’s worth mentioning that Vivo is sticking to the outdated micro-USB standard for the Z1 Pro, while the Note 7 Pro gets USB Type-C. It runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top. The latest offering by Vivo has a glossy rear panel and three shades – Mirror Black, Sonic Black and Sonic Blue with gradient hue. It also has a dedicated Jovi assistant button which can be customised to Google Assistant or Search. The Note 7 Pro comes in three gradient colours – Neptune Blue, Nebula Red and Space Black. It also has a glossy back panel which would sound appealing to people.
Among the two smartphones, the Vivo Z1 Pro comes out on top with its more powerful processors, versatile cameras and long-lasting battery. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also performs admirably on all these fronts, but Vivo might just have the upper hand here, if you can forgo FunTouch OS and the older micro-USB standard.