There is some interesting bouquet of offerings in the highly competitive Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000 price segment in India. In this comparison, let us take a look at three handsets that have been doing pretty well in this segment. Two of these handsets are quite popular in the offline market in the country. The third handset, the Nokia 7 is yet to officially arrive in India. Currently, Nokia only sells the Nokia 2, Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and the flagship Nokia 8 in the country. In case you are wondering, the two other handsets in the comparison are the Oppo F5 and the Vivo V7.
Oppo F5 vs Nokia 7 vs Vivo V7: Design, display
Let us start off the comparison by talking about the design aspects of these three devices starting with the Oppo F5.
The Oppo F5 features a front glass and an aluminium body – a feature common to the other two handsets in this comparison as well. The display on the Oppo F5 measures 6-inches across and is of the LTPS IPS LCD type. Current trends dictate that the smartphone screens to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio and that is what the Oppo F5 gets as well. The 18:9 display boasts of a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels thereby claiming a pixel density of 402 PPI. Oh, and lest we forget, the phone also gets a Corning Gorilla Glass coating for scratch resistance.
Moving on to the Nokia 7, this mid-ranger features a relatively compact 5.2-inch IPS LCD panel in the standard 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display also gets the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating for scratch resistance. The pixel density figure stands at 424 PPI.
Lastly, we have the V7 from Oppo’s sister firm, Vivo. This handset is a toned down version of the Vivo V7 Plus and for the same has slightly lower specs. The Vivo V7 gets a large 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. From the resolution, you might have realised that this one too, features an 18:9 aspect ratio display. Thanks to the lower resolution, the PPI density figure is much lower at just 282 PPI. There also doesn’t seem to be any sort of scratch protection for the display.
Oppo F5 vs Nokia 7 vs Vivo V7: Hardware and Software
Let us now get into the more interesting bits.
The Oppo F5 finds itself being powered by the MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 SoC. This SoC houses an octa-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz. The Oppo F5 is offered in offered in two versions – an expensive 6GB RAM, 64GB variant and a lower priced 4GB RAM, 32GB version. Both these versions get a dedicated microSD card slot for additional memory expansion. For security, the phone adds a fingerprint scanner. The battery capacity of the Oppo F5 is a 3200 mAh battery. As far as software is concerned, the Oppo F5 runs Android 7.1.1 Android Nougat underneath Oppo’s ColorOS 3.2 interface.
The Nokia 7 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC that houses an octa-core Cortex A53 chip clocked at 2.2 GHz. The SoC also houses the Adreno 508 GPU for graphics. The Nokia 7 is also offered in two versions – a 6GB version with 64GB storage and a 4GB version – also with 64GB of storage space. The phone also gets a MicroSD card slot for additional memory expansion. Powering this hardware is anon-removable 3,000 mAh battery. The Nokia 7 runs a near-stock version of Android 7.1.1 with a planned upgrade to Android 8 Oreo soon.
The Vivo V7 gets the lower-rung Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC that houses an octa core chip clocked at 1.8GHz. The phone gets 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and comes in only this single variant. Like the Oppo F5, the Vivo V7 gets a dedicated microSD card slot – separate from the dual SIM slots. The Vivo V7, like the Nokia 7, also gets a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. The Vivo V7 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat underneath Vivo’s Funtouch OS 3.2.
Oppo F5 vs Nokia 7 vs Vivo V7: Camera and imaging
Let us now check out the imaging capabilities of these three devices.
The Oppo F5 features a 16-megapixel camera at the rear with f/1.8 aperture and support for phase detection autofocus. The rear camera also supports full HD videos at 30fps. At the front, the oppo F5 gets a 20-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The front camera can also record full HD videos.
The Nokia 7 gets a 16-megapixel camera at the rear with f/1.8 aperture, Carl Zeiss optics, and support for phase detection autofocus. For low light imaging, the phone also gets a dual LED dual-tone flash. The primary camera also records videos in 4K at 30fps. At the front, the Nokia 7 gets a 5-megapixel shooter with f.2.0 aperture and support for autofocus. The front camera also records full HD videos.
The Vivo V7 gets a 16-megapixel f.2.0 camera at the rear with support for phase detection autofocus and LED flash for low light imaging. The rear camera also records full HD videos at 30 fps. At the front, the Vivo V7 gets a 20-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Oppo F5 vs Nokia 7 vs Vivo V7: Price in India, Verdict
Since the Nokia 7 is not yet available in India, we will exclude that phone from the verdict
The current price of the Oppo F5 32GB/4GB RAM version is Rs.19,990, while the 6GB RAM version will set you back by Rs.24,990. The Vivo V7, on the other hand, comes in a single version for Rs.16,990.
Clearly, looking at the spec sheet, the Oppo F5 is the better of the two. However, even the base version of the Oppo F5 is Rs.3,000 more expensive than the Vivo V7. In case you do not worry about spending nearly Rs.20,000 on a new phone, the Oppo F5 seems to be the better option amongst the two.
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