The mid-range segment of smartphones in India has seen a lot of churn in the past year or so. Handsets in this segment are typically priced between INR 20k and 30k. People who bought devices from this price segment included the ones who either had enough money to spend or were looking to upgrade from a handset from the lower 10k- 15k price segment. One of the most important launches in this segment last year was the POCO F1 from Xiaomi. Thanks to this device, for the first time since 2014-15, people had the opportunity to purchase a handset with a flagship-grade processor for less than INR 25K. Several months down the line, Xiaomi’s competitors from China; OPPO and Vivo adopted a different strategy to counter Xiaomi’s rising influence in this segment. They launched handsets like the OPPO F11 Pro and the Vivo V15 Pro/V15 with all three of these handsets featuring an attention-grabbing popup front-facing camera, and formidable rear camera setup to boot. In this article, we take a closer look at Vivo’s recently launched Vivo V15 and check how it fares against OPPO’s F11 Pro and Xiaomi’s POCO F1.
Vivo V15 vs OPPO F11 Pro vs Xiaomi POCO F1: Hardware Specifications compared
Both the Vivo V15 and the OPPO F11 Pro feature similar sized IPS LCD displays that measure 6.53-inches across. Both these panels boast of a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The V15 gets a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for added durability. The POCO F1, on the other hand, gets a smaller 6.18-inch IPS LCD panel with a prominent notch at the top. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels in the 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
The SoC is where Xiaomi clearly takes the lead over the OPPO and the Vivo. While the V15 and the F11 Pro get by with a strictly mid-range Helio P70 SoC from MediaTek, the POCO F1 comes with the powerful, flagship grade Snapdragon 854 chipset from Qualcomm. If sheer performance is what you are looking for, you simply cannot go wrong with the Poco F1.
All the three handsets in this comparison get a large 4,000 mAH battery. All the handsets also support quick charging using their respective chargers. Noticeably, only the POCO F1 is the handset that offers USB Type-C connectivity for users. The other two devices still use the micro USB port for connectivity.
Vivo V15 vs OPPO F11 Pro vs Xiaomi POCO F1: Camera Specifications compared
Moving on to the camera, this is somewhat of a mixed bag. On paper, the camera set up on the OPPO F11 Pro looks the most impressive of the three thanks to the 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, and the secondary 5-megapixel, f/2.4 depth sensor. The F11 Pro also gets a 16-megapixel, f/2.0 front-facing camera. The V15 Pro, on the other hand, gets a triple camera system at the rear consisting of a 24-megapixel, f/1.8 primary camera, a secondary 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel, f/2.4 depth sensor. The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is a 32-megapixel f/2.0 unit. As for the POCO F1, the handset gets a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a 12-megapixel, f/1.9 primary camera, a 5-megapixel, f/2.0 depth sensor. At the front, the POCO F1 gets a 20-megapixel, f/2.0 camera.
Vivo V15 vs OPPO F11 Pro vs Xiaomi POCO F1: Price in India, conclusion
The Vivo V15 just went on preorder sale in India and is sold in a single 6GB RAM + 64GB version that retails for INR 22,999. As for the OPPO F11 Pro, this handset also comes in a single 6GB RAM +64GB version. The POCO F1, on the other hand, is offered in several versions starting from a base 6GB RAM +64GB version, a mid-range 6GB RAM + 128GB version and a top of the line 8GB RAM +256GB variant. The handset also comes in an armored version with a Kevlar coating on the back panel. This version is sold in 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB versions. Anyway, the base version of the POCO F1 costs INR 19,999 while the standard 6GB +128GB version retails for INR 21,999. The top of the line 8GB +256GB version will set you back by INR 28,999.
To conclude, the POCO F1 is the phone to go for in case you have nothing but performance in mind. The OPPO and the Vivo devices score high on style quotient especially because of their pop up cameras. At the end of the day, it is up to the user to choose what they want from their device. For me, however, the choice is clear. I would go with the POCO F1.