Last week was a busy one for folks from over at both Oppo and Vivo. Both these Chinese smartphone makers launched their new mid-range smartphones in India in the previous week. While Vivo launched the much talked about Vivo V9, Oppo followed that up by announcing the launch of the Oppo F7 just a few days later. Both the smartphones being made by sister companies, share a lot of similarities. There are, however, several differences too. Interestingly, Oppo has announced that it will sell the Oppo F7 in a one-time flash sale one week before the handset officially goes on sale across the country. This sale is quite unique in that it will also be held “offline” across 77 authorised Oppo retail stores across the country.
Oppo F7, Vivo V9: First sale date
While both the handsets were released at around the same time, there are slight differences in the dates when both of these would officially go on sale in India. While the Vivo V9 will go on sale on both online and offline platforms starting today (April 2), the Oppo F7 will be on sale starting just a week later – on April 9. However, you can get your hands on the Oppo F7 earlier if you manage to get today’s flash sale at 12 PM on Flipkart and authorised Oppo stores in India.
Let us now take a closer look at the spec sheet of both these devices for a small comparative analysis
Oppo F7, Vivo V9: Specifications, Features
The Oppo F7 and the Vivo V9 look quite identical. Both the handsets feature an aluminium body and have toughened glass at the front. Both the phones feature an IPS LCD panel with an iPhone X-inspired ‘notch’ at the top. The display sizes too are nearly identical with the Vivo’s panel being slightly larger at 6.3-inches compared to the Oppo F7’s 6.23-inches. The resolution of both the displays, however, remains the same at 1080 x 2280 pixels. The displays are both in the new 18:9 aspect ratio.
Powering the Oppo F7 is the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC that houses the Mali G-72 MP3 GPU for graphics. The phone comes in two versions – a 4GB RAM version with 64GB of storage and a 6GB RAM version that gets 128GB of storage space. Both these versions get a microSD card slot for additional memory. The Oppo F7 gets a single 16-megapixel, f/1.8 camera at the rear and a 25-megapixel, f/2.0 camera at the front.
As for the Vivo V9, this handset uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC with the Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The phone will be offered in a single 4GB RAM + 64GB version. The Vivo V89 gets a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a primary 16-megapixel shooter and a secondary 5-megapixel camera. At the front, the handset gets a 24-megapixel f/2.0 camera for selfies and video calls.
As for the battery, the Oppo F7 gets a slightly larger 3400 mAh battery compared to the Vivo V9’s 3240 mAh power plant.
Oppo F7, Vivo V9: OS Updates and software
Both the handsets, the Oppo F7 and the Vivo V9 being released in early 2018 run Android 8 Oreo – the newest stable version of Android. While the Oppo runs the company’s own ColorOS UI, Vivo users will be able to use Vivo’sin-housee FunTouch UI. It remains to be seem of both the companies will issue regular Android updates to both these handsets in the future.
Oppo F7, Vivo V9: Price in India
The Oppo F7 comes in two versions in India with the following prices:
Oppo F7 4GB RAM + 64GB: Rs.21,990
Oppo F7 6GB RAM + 128GB: Rs. 26,990
The Vivo V9 comes in a single 4GB RAM + 54GB version and has been priced at Rs. 22,990.