Xiaomi may have cemented its place as the king of the budget segment of the Indian smartphone market, but it definitely doesn’t mean the Chinese company is ignoring the higher pricing brackets. For example, we have the Mi Mix 2 and the upcoming Mi 7, both of which lie in the Rs. 30,000 range. While we don’t yet have an official confirmation on whether the Mi 7 will make it to Indian shores (the Mi 6 didn’t), and the Mi Mix 2 has a successor lined up for launch this year (the Mi Mix 2S), we decided to compare these two phones with another phone that recently made its debut — the Vivo V9. So let’s go ahead and see how these phones stack up against each other in terms of features and specs and choose the best of the three.
Vivo V9 vs Mi 7 vs Mi Mix 2: Price in India
The Vivo V9 was released in the third week of March this year and is currently priced at Rs. 22,990. The Mi 7 is rumoured to be lined up for a launch in the next 2-3 months if the leaks community is to be believed (which you should, given the credibility). The device from Xiaomi is expected to be priced at Rs. 32,000 approximately. Lastly, we have the Mi MIx 2 which first made an appearance in September 2017 and was a crowd favourite because of its minimal bezel look. The Mi Mix 2 carries a price tag of Rs. 32,999 currently.
Vivo V9 vs Mi 7 vs Mi Mix 2: Display
The Vivo V9 offers a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of about 400 pixels per inch (ppi). It is among the first phones this year to launch with the iPhone X-esque notch on top of the display. The Mi 7 is rumoured to have a notch too, but we are gonna wait for a credible source or the company to confirm that. The Mi 7 will have a 5.65-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels at an aspect ratio of 18:9. It will offer a pixel density of 427ppi. The Mi Mix 2 also offers 1080 x 2160 pixels at an 18:9 aspect ratio with a pixel density of 403ppi.
Vivo V9 vs Mi 7 vs Mi Mix 2: Performance
The Vivo V9 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm MSM8953-Pro Snapdragon 626 chipset clocking 2.2GHz. It comes with an Adreno 506 graphics processing unit (GPU). The Mi 7, being a flagship device, will have the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core (4 x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver) chipset under the hood, with an Adreno 630 GPU handling the graphics processing. The Mi Mix 2, on the other hand, is driven by Qualcomm’s best processor of 2017, the octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset. An Adreno 540 GPU takes care of the graphics grunt work for the Mi Mix 2.
The Vivo V9 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with the FunTouch OS on top, which is currently at version 4.0. The Mi 7 will come with the MIUI version of Android Oreo as well. The Mi Mix 2 is currently a step lower at Android Nougat, running MIUI 9.0.
In terms of memory specs, the Vivo V9 offers 4GB RAM paired with 64GB of onboard storage. The Mi 7 will offer 6GB 64GB and 8GB 128GB configurations when it launches. The Mi Mix 2 offers 6GB of RAM with the option of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. It also comes as an 8GB 128GB variant.
Vivo V9 vs Mi 7 vs Mi Mix 2: Camera
The V9 offers a 16MP+5MP dual camera setup on the rear, whereas the Mi 7 will offer twin 16MP lenses in a dual array. The Mi 7’s rear camera will offer 4-axis optical image stabilisation as well, so rest assured that your videos will have minimal jitters. The Mi Mix 2 is equipped with a single 12MP shooter on the rear. All three phones offer 4K recording capabilities at 30 frames per second.
On the front, the V9 features a monstrous 24MP selfie shooter. Comparatively, the Mi 7 features an 8MP snapper and the Mi Mix 2 offers a 5MP front camera.
Vivo V9 vs Mi 7 vs Mi Mix 2: Verdict
The Mi 7 is easily the best phone among the three. It features a superior processor and solid camera specs as well. Our suggestion is to wait until Xiaomi makes an official announcement regarding the Mi 7 so you can buy it instead of the Vivo V9 and the Mi Mix 2.