The Chinese smartphone assault on the Indian smartphones market shows no sign of abating. The past few months have been witness to a slew of launches from all the major Chinese brands that operate in India. The most recent launch of the series was that of the Realme X that was officially launched just yesterday in the country. This handset is a decent performer and is likely to become one of the more popular handsets in its segment. However, there are a couple of other smartphones in the same price range that will undoubtedly make life difficult for the Realme X. In today’s comparison, we will check how the Realme X fares against the Vivo Z1 Pro and the OPPO F11.
Realme X vs. Vivo Z1 Pro vs. OPPO F11: Pricing and availability
The Realme X is the most recent of the three and is available in two versions; a base 4GB+128GB version priced at INR 16,990 and 8GB+128GB version that costs INR 19,990. Other soon to be launched versions include the Onion and Garlic color options that will also be sold for INR 19,990. The most expensive version will be the one with the Spiderman themed gift box that will retail for INR 20,990. The standard variants will go on sale starting July 24. The other variants will go on sale starting next month.
The Vivo Z1 Pro comes in three versions in India starting with a base 4GB+64GB version priced at INR 14,990 followed by a 6GB+64GB variant that costs INR 16,990 and a top-end 6GB+128GB version that costs INR 17,990.
As for the OPPO F11, this handset comes in two versions, a base 4GB+128GB version priced at INR 17,990 and a 6GB+128GB version that costs INR 19,990.
Realme X vs. Vivo Z1 Pro vs. OPPO F11: Specifications compared
The display size of all three handsets in this comparison is identical. All three handsets get a 6.53-inch FHD+ panel with identical resolutions (1920 x 2340 pixels) in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Realme X, however, uses an AMOLED panel instead of an IPS LCD panel that is found on the other two devices. The Realme is also the only one in the group to use Gorilla Glass 5 for the panel.
While the Realme X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, the Vivo Z1 Pro uses the slightly better Snapdragon 712 chipset. The F11, on the other hand, is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. In terms of sheer processing and graphics prowess, the Realme X and the Vivo Z1 Pro at least on paper looks to be the better bet. All three devices run Android 9 Pie underneath their own skins. While the Realme X and the F11 run ColorOS 6, the Vivi gets by with Funtouch OS 9.
The Realme X, with its 3765 mAh battery, has the least battery capacity amongst the three phones here. At the other end of the spectrum is the Vivo Z1 Pro with its massive 5,000 mAh battery. The F11 gets by with a 4020 mAh battery. All three devices support fast charging, but the Realme X is the only one that gets a USB Type-C port. In our real-world test, the Realme X, even with its low battery capacity, managed to deliver more than six hours of screen on time with the brightness set to full.
Moving on to the imaging department, the Realme X stands out here with its pop-up front-facing camera that uses a 16MP sensor. The Vivo Z1 Pro wins the megapixel battle with its 32MP front camera. The OPPO F11 also gets a 16MP sensor for the front-facing camera. As far as the rear camera setup is concerned, the Realme X and the OPPO F11 both get a 48MP camera with f/1.7 and f/1.8 aperture values. The secondary camera on the Realme X is a 5MP depth sensor. The Z1 Pro is the only handset to feature a triple camera setup with the secondary camera using an 8MP sensor. The second camera on the F11 is a 5MP depth sensor.
Realme X vs. Vivo Z1 Pro vs. OPPO F11: Conclusion
Looking at the specifications and overall value proposition of all three devices listed here, the base version of the Realme X makes for the right choice if you cannot expand your budget. If you have a slightly higher budget, the top-end variant of the Vivo Z1 Pro looks like an overall better package. The OPPO F11 has started to show its age, and once Xiaomi launches the Redmi K20 series in India, this segment is sure to undergo a churn.