Vivo has been on a roll with its new smartphone launches in India of late. The company, over the past few months, has launched several new smartphones across varied price segments. In the latest such instance, Vivo refreshed its aging Y series line-up with a fresh addition called the Vivo Y19. This phone was launched just yesterday here in India under the INR 15K price segment. This puts the Y19 in direct competition from several offerings from competing brands like Xiaomi and Realme. In this comparison, we see how the newly launched Y19 fares against the Redmi Note 8 Pro from Xiaomi and the Realme 5 Pro, both of which are similarly priced. As usual, let us begin by first talking about the pricing of these three phones.
Vivo Y19 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Pricing, variants
The Vivo Y19 comes in a single version in India that gets 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This one shall set you back by INR 13,990.
Things aren’t as straightforward with the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This one comes in three versions; a base 6GB+64GB version, a mid-tier 6GB+128GB version and atop end 8GB+128GB option that retails for INR 14,999, 15,999, and 17,999 respectively.
The Realme 5 Pro is also available in three versions starting with a 4GB+64GB version priced at INR 13,999, a 6GB+64GB version that costs INR 14,999, and an 8GB+128GB variant that retails for INR 16,999.
Let us now check out how these three smartphones fare as far as the specifications go.
Vivo Y19 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Specifications compared
The Vivo Y19 is the newer among the three phones and comes powered by the Mediatek MT6768 Helio P65 chipset. This is a relatively new SoC that is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. It integrates an octa-core CPU with two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores. For graphics, the Y19 gets the Mali-G52 MC2 GPU for graphics.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro also uses MediaTek chipset, albeit a higher tier Helio G90T chipset. While also based on a 12nm manufacturing process, it gets an octa-core CPU with twin Cortex-A76 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores. The graphics are handled by the Mali-G76 MC4 GPU.
The Realme 5 Pro is the only phone in this comparison to use a Qualcomm chipset and comes powered by the Snapdragon 712 SoC that houses an octa-core CPU with two Kryo 360 Gold & six Kryo 360 Silver cores mated to an Adreno 616 GPU.
All three smartphones feature IPS LCD panels with the Realme 5 Pro being the smallest of the lot with a 6.3-inch panel. The other two phones smart a larger 6.53-inch display. The display resolution of all the three handsets is identical, with each one of them featuring an FHD+ panel with the same 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Vivo, however, doesn’t seem to feature any sort of glass protection while the Redmi Note 8 gets Gorilla Glass 5. The Realme gets by with Gorilla Glass 3+.
Vivo Y19 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Camera specs compared
The Vivo Y19 sports a triple camera setup at the rear consisting of a 16MP primary camera with an f/1.8 lens, a secondary 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel macro camera with f/2.4 aperture. At the front, the phone gets a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 64-MP primary camera mated to an f/1.9 lens. The secondary camera here uses an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide lens that has f/2.2 aperture. The third sensor here captures 2MP images and is dedicated to macro shots while the fourth sensor uses a 2MP depth sensor. At the front, the phone gets a 20Mp sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
As for the Realme 5 Pro, this one gets a 48-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and support for PDAF. The second camera at the rear uses an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture. Then we have twin 2-megapixel sensors – one for macro shots and the other for depth sensing.
Vivo Y19 vs Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Realme 5 Pro: Verdict
Of the three phones in this list, the Y19 and the Realme 5 Pro are the most affordable, with prices starting at 13,990. However, the Y19 offers the most internal storage at this price (128GB as opposed to 64GB on the Realme). In terms of sheer hardware performance, the Redmi Note 8 Pro does take the lead thanks to the higher end chip. However, you do pay a premium to get 128GB of storage on the Redmi. For the Realme, you have to pay INR 1K more than even the Redmi for the 128GB version, which doesn’t make sense in such a competitive market. Overall, we feel the Redmi Note 8 Pro’s mid-tier version makes the most sense among these three handsets with its INR 15,990 price tag.