We saw a lot of great mid-range phones make an appearance in the Indian market last year — thanks to the entry of many new players in this segment, the competition got heated up and smartphone buyers reaped the benefits. Since dual cameras were popular and so was taking selfies at every possible moment, manufacturers like Oppo and Vivo launched a few handsets that specifically targeted the selfie-obsessed crowd. We decided to compare two such phones, the Oppo F3 and the Vivo V5 Plus, against another excellent mid-range phone: the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max, to see which of the four offered the best in terms of specs, features and pricing. Let’s start by examining the price tags.
Oppo F3 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Max vs Vivo V5 Plus: Price in India
The Oppo F3 was released in May 2017 and is currently priced at ?16,890. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max was released a month after, in June 2017, and is currently available for a price of ?16,590. The Vivo V5 Plus is the oldest of the lot — it made its debut in January 2017. It’s currently priced at ?16,590, exactly the same as the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max.
Oppo F3 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Max vs Vivo V5 Plus: Display
The Oppo F3 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display which offers a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The pixel density on the F3 is 401ppi. The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels on its 5.7-inch PLS capacitive display, with a pixel density of 386ppi. The Vivo V5 Plus has a display that is identical to the Oppo F3, offering 1080 x 1920 on a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with 401ppi pixel density. The Vivo and Oppo phones come with Gorilla Glass protection, which the Samsung phone does not offer.
Oppo F3 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Max vs Vivo V5 Plus: Performance
In terms of performance, the Oppo F3 is powered by the MediaTek MT6750T octa-core 1.5GHz processor, whereas the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with a MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 octa-core 2.4GHz chip. However, the best processor among the three is the one on the Vivo V5 Plus — the phone comes with the popular Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2.0GHz chip from Qualcomm, which handles all the processing rather efficiently.
While the Oppo F3 and the Vivo V5 Plus offer 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space. But while the Oppo F3 and Samsung Galaxy J7 Max allow expandable memory via the microSD slot, the V5 Plus does not support additional storage. All three phones offer dual-SIM capabilities.
All three phones are currently upgradeable to Android 7.0 Nougat. While the F3 comes with ColorOS, Oppo’s custom Android fork, the Vivo V5 Plus offers FunTouch.
Oppo F3 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Max vs Vivo V5 Plus: Camera
The Oppo F3 comes with a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera, whereas the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is equipped with a 13MP f/1.7 shooter in the back. The Vivo V5 Plus sports a 16MP f/2.0 rear snapper, in comparison. While the Oppo and Samsung phones allow 1080p video recording at 30fps, the Vivo V5 Plus lets its users record 2160p video at 30 frames per second.
On to the selfie cameras: the Oppo F3 comes with a dual camera 16MP (f/2.0) + 8MP (f/2.4) array on the front, just like the Vivo V5 Plus, which offers dual lens (20MP + 8MP) as well. While the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max doesn’t offer dual cameras, it offers an LED flash on the front to go with its 13MP f/1.9 selfie shooter.
Oppo F3 vs Samsung Galaxy J7 Max vs Vivo V5 Plus: Verdict
Of the three phones, the Vivo V5 Plus is the best option. The phone offers a great camera setup, a powerful processor and looks great to boot. So if you ever have to choose between the Oppo F3, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Max and the Vivo V5 Plus, we recommend the Vivo V5 Plus.
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