Chinese smartphone maker Vivo recently expanded its Y-series smartphone portfolio in India with the launch of the Y15. We compared the company’s Y17 against the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro a few weeks back. It is now time for us to see if the new Y15 is a good alternative to the two most popular budget Android smartphones on sale in India currently.
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Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Vivo Y15: Price in India
Realme 3 Pro is available in India for a starting price of INR 13,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. On the other hand, the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the smartphone costs INR 16,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, similar to the Realme 3 Pro, is available in two variants in India – 4GB RAM + 64GB and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. While the base variant costs INR 13,999, the 128GB storage variant of the phone costs INR 16,999. Unlike the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Vivo Y15 comes in just a single variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, priced at INR 13,990.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Vivo Y15: Display, Performance
The Realme 3 Pro features an IPS LCD Dewdrop Notch display measuring 6.3-inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top. Thanks to the waterdrop notch and slim bezels, the handset boasts an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, it features a 10nm Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-core mobile chipset with an Adreno 616 GPU. The powerful chipset is coupled with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. A dedicated microSD card slot lets users expand storage further by up to 256GB. It runs on the Android Pie operating system with the custom ColorOS 6.0 user-interface layer on top.
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 Pro also sports a 6.3-inch sized panel, which the company calls a Dot Notch display. The IPS LCD display offers 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top. It is powered by an 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset with an Adreno 612 GPU and up to 6GB RAM. It comes with up to 128GB internal memory but does not feature a dedicated microSD card slot. When it comes to software, the Redmi Note 7 Pro runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Vivo Y15 has a 6.35-inch IPS LCD Halo FullView display panel with a less impressive 720 x 1544 HD+ resolution and 19.3:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone has a 12nm MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor featuring an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU for graphics processing. As mentioned above, the handset packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal memory. The Y series smartphone includes a dedicated microSD card slot for further storage expansion. On the software front, it runs on Funtouch OS 9 based on the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
The Vivo Y15 may have a marginally larger display than the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro but the lower HD+ resolution is no doubt disappointing. It is much less impressive in terms of performance as well, thanks to a significantly less powerful chipset.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Vivo Y15: Camera, Battery
The Realme 3 Pro is equipped with a 16MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup at the rear, featuring a Sony IMX519 primary sensor and a large f/1.7 aperture. To help with low-light performance, the smartphone comes with a Super Nightscape mode. For selfies, the Realme smartphone has a 25MP AI selfie camera with a slew of AI-powered features such as AI beautification, AI Facial Unlock, and more. Fueling the Realme 3 Pro is a 4045mAh non-removable battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging support.
Redmi Note 7 Pro is among the most impressive budget camera smartphones available right now. It offers a 48MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup on the back with a Sony IMX586 sensor featuring an f/1.79 aperture. Like the Realme 3 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 Pro features electronic image stabilization (EIS) and supports up to 4K video recording. On the front is a 13MP AI selfie camera with AI studio lighting and AI beautification features. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh capacity battery with 18W fast charging.
Vivo Y15’s main selling point is a triple-camera setup at the rear with a 13MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide angle snapper, and a 2MP depth-sensing camera. The handset sports a 16MP selfie camera inside the waterdrop notch at the top of the display, clubbed with an f/2.0 aperture. Battery life is another area where the Y15 impresses, thanks to a massive 5000mAh capacity battery. Unlike the other two phones, however, it does not offer fast charging.
While the Vivo Y15 boasts a triple-camera setup, it isn’t as impressive as the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro in terms of camera performance. Selfie fanatics are likely to be most impressed by the Realme 3 Pro, thanks to its 25MP front-facing camera. In terms of battery life, the Vivo handset fares a lot better but the lack of fast charging support may disappoint some buyers.
Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro vs Vivo Y15: Verdict
The only area where the Vivo smartphone has a slight edge over its rivals is battery size. Unlike its rivals, however, the Y15 does not come with fast charging support, which could be an issue for some, especially considering the massive battery size. In all other areas, however, the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are definitely superior to the Vivo Y15. If gaming is your main priority, I would suggest going with the Realme 3 Pro. If you care more about build quality and camera performance, get the Redmi Note 7 Pro instead.