Currently, there is a very limited amount of choice in the Indian market in smartphones between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000, but that is going to change soon with the launch of three new smartphones, the Vivo V9, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Asus Zenfone 5 (2018). The three smartphones are going to launch in India in a couple of months with a price tag between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000, and here is how they compare with each other.
Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Asus Zenfone 5 (2018): Price in India
The Vivo V9 is expected to be priced at Rs. 24,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The Nokia 7 Plus has already been listed on Nokia’s online store in India, but the pricing has not been revealed yet. We expect the Nokia 7 Plus to be priced at Rs.25,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant. Looking at the pricing history of Asus smartphones, they have always carried a premium of Rs. 2,000 or Rs. 3,000 over their competitors. Considering that, the Zenfone 5 (2018) is expected to be priced at Rs. 24,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and Rs. 26,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant.
Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Asus Zenfone 5 (2018): Display
The Vivo V9 not only has the highest screen-to-body ratio among the three smartphones, but it also has the largest screen among the three; it comes with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and bezel-less design. However, it is not confirmed whether the Vivo V9 has Corning Gorilla Glass protection or not.
The Nokia 7 Plus has a 6.0-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, bezel-less design, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Though the device has a bezel-less display, the bezels are thicker than that of the other two devices. The Asus Zenfone 5 has a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, bezel-less design, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Interestingly, in spite of being a mid-range smartphone, the display of the Asus Zenfone 5 has 95% DCI-P3 colour gamut.
Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Asus Zenfone 5 (2018): Camera
All the three smartphones in the comparison come with a dual-camera setup. The Vivo V9 has a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup, while the Nokia 7 Plus and the Asus Zenfone 5 have 12MP + 12MP, and 12MP + 8MP dual-camera setup at the back. The Vivo V9 and the Asus Zenfone 5 have phase-detection autofocus, whereas the Nokia 7 Plus an advanced focusing system, the dual-pixel autofocus. All the three smartphones can record 4K videos at 30 FPS.
Moving to the front-facing camera, as expected, the Vivo V9 has a 24MP shooter, while the Nokia 7 Plus and the Asus Zenfone 5 (2018) have 16MP and 8MP cameras respectively. The front-facing cameras of the all the smartphones have f/2.0 aperture and Full HD video recording.
Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Asus Zenfone 5 (2018): Performance
The Vivo V9 packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, which happens to be the least powerful SoC among the SoCs of the three smartphones. The Asus Zenfone 5 comes with a slightly more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, which according to us is better suited for the mid-range smartphones. The Nokia 7 Plus takes beats the other two devices in terms of power with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. While the Vivo V9 and the Nokia 7 Plus are available in only 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration, the Asus Zenfone 5 can be bought in 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, as well as, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.
All the three smartphones run on Android 8.0 Oreo OS, but only the Nokia 7 Plus has stock Android UI. The Vivo V9 comes with Funtouch OS 4.0 customisation, and the Asus Zenfone 5 has ZenUI customisation over the stock Android UI. As for the battery capacity, the Nokia 7 Plus has the largest battery of the lot; a 3800mAh unit, which is also capable of fast charging. The Vivo V9 packs a 3260mAh battery, whereas the Asus Zenfone 5 (2018) has a 3300mAh battery.
Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus vs Asus Zenfone 5 (2018): Verdict
The Nokia 7 Plus is a better device on paper than the other two devices, as it has a more powerful processor, better primary camera hardware, and a larger battery than the other two devices. The Vivo V9 is the least impressive on paper, as its processor is very weak, and it doesn’t come with technologies like Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and fast charging.