Today, we are comparing three smartphones that cost just under Rs. 15,000, the Sony Xperia XA1, Vivo V5s, and the Samsung Galaxy On Max. Even though these smartphones have a smilier price tag, they differ vastly in terms of their looks, performance, UI design, camera, and displays.
Let us first have a glance at the history of these three smartphones. Starting with the Sony Xperia XA1, it is the successor to the Xperia XA. The Xperia XA1 was announced back in February 2017, at the MWC event, and it entered the Indian smartphone market in April 2017. At the time of launch, the smartphone was priced at Rs. 19,990. The Vivo V5s is the successor to the Vivo V5, and it became available to purchase in India in April 2017 with a price tag of Rs. 18,990. As for the Samsung Galaxy On Max, it is a slightly customised variant of the Galaxy J7 Max. The Samsung Galaxy On Max launched in India in July 2017 with a price tag of Rs. 17,990.
Sony Xperia XA1 vs. Vivo V5s vs. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Display
The Samsung Galaxy On Max has a 5.7-inch PLS LCD display with Full HD resolution, which makes it the smartphone with the largest display and the highest resolution among the three. The higher resolution makes the content on display look sharper than that on the other two smartphones. However, the On Max does not come with Gorilla Glass protection.
The Vivo V5s has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with HD resolution. The display also has 3D Touch technology (pressure sensitive display) and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Thanks to the 3D Touch technology, the display of the Vivo V5s allows the user to carry out more tasks with lesser navigation around the UI. However, we would prefer the Galaxy On Max’s display over the V5s’s display, as the On Max’s display has more sharpness.
The Sony Xperia XA1 comes with the smallest display of the lot, a 5-inch IPS LCD with HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The smaller screen size could have been a positive point for the Xperia XA1, as it makes the smartphone more compact, and many users tend to buy a smartphone that has a compact footprint. However, due to the thick bezels, the Xperia XA1 measures almost similar to a smartphone that has 5.5-inch screen size. Hence, according to us, the displays of the other two smartphones are better than the display of Xperia XA1.
Sony Xperia XA1 vs. Vivo V5s vs. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Camera
The Sony Xperia XA1 comes with the highest resolution primary camera in the comparison. The 23MP primary camera has phase-detection autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording capability. The Xperia XA1 is also the only device among the three to come with an autofocus front-facing camera.
Vivo smartphones are known for their selfie cameras, and the V5s is no different; it comes with a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. However, we doubt if it’s any better than the 8MP autofocus shooter of the Xperia XA1. As for the primary camera, it is a 13MP unit with phase-detection autofocus and an LED flash. Both the cameras in Vivo V5s can record Full HD videos.
The Samsung Galaxy On Max has the least pleasing primary camera, at least on paper. The 13-megapixel unit misses out on phase-detection autofocus, which means that the camera will focus slower than the other two smartphones in the comparison. However, the device has a high-resolution 13-megapixel front-facing camera with an LED flash.
Sony Xperia XA1 vs. Vivo V5s vs. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Performance
The Sony Xperia XA1 features MediaTek Helio P20 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The device ships with Android 7.0 Nougat and it will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update in the future. The UI of the device is simple and fast. However, it lacks many features that Samsung and Vivo offer, such as dual-apps, and an application locker.
The Samsung Galaxy On Max too features MediaTek Helio P20 SoC, but it comes paired to 4GB of RAM. Similar to XA1, the On Max also ships with Android 7.0 Nougat. However, it is not yet confirmed if the smartphone will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update. The Android 7.0 Nougat that the device comes with is wrapped under Samsung’s Experience UI, and it is the most modern looking UI among the UI’s of the three smartphones.
The Vivo V5s features a lesser powerful processor than the other two smartphones; it has MediaTek MT6750 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. The device also comes with the outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Hence, the overall performance of the Vivo V5s lacks behind the other two smartphones in the comparison.
Sony Xperia XA1 vs. Vivo V5s vs. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Battery
The Samsung Galaxy On Max comes with the largest battery of the lot, a 3300mAh unit. The Vivo V5s comes with a slightly smaller battery capacity of 3000mAh. Whereas, the Sony Xperia XA1 features the smallest battery among the three, a 2300mAh sealed unit. However, the Xperia XA1 features Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging, which the other two smartphones lack.
Sony Xperia XA1 vs. Vivo V5s vs. Samsung Galaxy On Max: Verdict
The Samsung Galaxy On Max has larger and a sharper display than the other two smartphones. The device also has latest Android OS filled with tons of features. Lastly, it has the largest battery of the three smartphones. Hence, it wins our comparison test. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia XA1 has the smallest display and the smallest battery capacity; it even lacks the basic fingerprint scanner. Therefore, it ranks last in our comparison, which leaves the Vivo V5s in the second position.
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