The Xiaomi Mi A2, the Vivo V9 Pro, and the Nokia 7 Plus smartphones have an important thing in common. They all have the multi-faceted octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor humming within them. The stellar processor may not work in high-end or premium smartphones, but it is by far one of the most popular choices for mid-range Android smartphones.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor has worked relentlessly in several mid-range Android smartphones. The chipset is undeniably a star in the category. It offers reliable performance on demand, and yet manages to boost battery endurance. It is one the few processors that offers a great combination of power, efficiency and battery life. No wonder nearly every smartphone manufacturer trying to put forth a device that’s friendly on the pocket and still a powerhouse, chooses the SDM660 SoC.
The Xiaomi Mi A2, the Vivo V9 Pro, and the Nokia 7 Plus smartphones are surprisingly really similar Android handsets. Besides having the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset, they sport near identical screen sizes, camera resolutions, RAM and internal memory, and other features. However, they still differ on many specifications that are needed in a good Android smartphone. Let’s compare these three popular Android smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Price in India
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is available in two variants internationally. However, only one variant is available in India. The 4GB RAM + 64GB variant of the Mi A2 costs Rs. 16,999. The 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant is available in the international markets. It will obviously carry a bigger price tag if or when it launches in India. The smartphone is available in Black, Blue, Gold, and a special RED edition.
The Vivo V9 Pro is yet to officially sell in India. However, we had reported about the smartphone earlier. The smartphone will sell in a single 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant. The Vivo V9 Pro will sport a price tag of Rs. 17,999, and it will be an Amazon India exclusive device.
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The Nokia 7 Plus is the only smartphone on the list that is quite old. The handset launched early this year, but owing to competitive specifications, it is still relevant against its competitors. The smartphones packs 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone still commands the rather high price tag of Rs. 25,999 in India.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Design and Display
The Xiaomi Mi A2 features a large 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with 2160 × 1080 resolution, and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The handset boats of a 2.5D curved glass protective layer. There’s no notch on the display.
The Vivo V9 Pro has a slightly larger 6.3-inch FullView 2.0 Full HD+ display with 1080 x 2280 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display boasts an impressive 90% screen-to-body ratio owing to the notch and slim bezels.
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The Android One Nokia 7 Plus sports a 6-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with 1080 x 2160 resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. A layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects the display.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Performance, Hardware, and Software
All the three smartphones pack the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE processor. The processor is clocked at 2.2GHz. The SDM660 SoC works with Adreno 512 GPU. The processor and the GPU combination have so far proven to be an ideal solution for mid-range Android smartphones that need the occasional performance boost, and long battery life.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 gets 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory or 6GB RAM + 128GB internal memory. The Nokia 7 Plus gets 4GB RAM + 64GB internal memory. The Nokia handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, but it has begun receiving Android 9 Pie update. Incidentally, both the handsets are Android One devices.
The Vivo V9 Pro gets 6GB RAM + 64GB internal memory. It runs on the Funtouch OS 4.0 custom layer that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The RAM and memory configuration is ample for the processor to ensure the users can keep several applications running in the background. Although clocked at a high frequency, Qualcomm has ensured the SDM660 is quite frugal about battery consumption. Moreover, the Mi A2 and the Nokia 7 Plus offer pure and stock Android experience that’s devoid of memory hungry bloatware and custom skins.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Camera, Imaging
The Xiaomi Mi A2 packs a dual-camera on back. It comprises of a 12MP + 20MP configuration camera unit. Each lens is coupled with an f/1.8 aperture. There is a powerful 20MP camera for selfies and video calling on the front of the smartphone. The camera also offers Face Unlock.
The Vivo V9 Pro, too, has a dual camera setup on the back. The unit comprises of 13MP + 2MP sensors. There’s a 16MP AI selfie camera on the front with features like AI Selfie Lightning and an AI Face Beauty mode. The camera supports Face Unlock.
The Nokia 7 Plus sports a 12MP + 13MP dual-camera setup at the rear. Being Zeiss optics, the camera sensors are quite powerful and possess exceptional imaging capabilities. The camera also offers 2X optical zoom. The smartphone has a 16MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and Zeiss optics.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Battery life, OS
The Xiaomi Mi A2 packs a rather small 3,010mAh battery pack. However, it comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology. The Xiaomi device is an Android One smartphone. It currently runs Android 8.1 Oreo, but Android 9 Pie is already under development.
The Vivo V9 Pro packs a 3,260mAh capacity non-removable battery. Sadly, the V9 Pro does not have any Fast Charging support. The smartphone runs on the Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Owing to the recent launch of the handset, Vivo could offer Android 9 Pie-based Funtouch OS soon.
The Nokia 7 Plus is another Android One smartphone on the list. However, it is the first one among the lot to already receive the Android 9 Pie update through the Over The Air (OTA) route. The smartphone also packs the biggest battery. The handset has a 3,800mAH battery that supports Fast Charging.
Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 Pro vs Nokia 7 Plus: Verdict
All the smartphones pack the capable Snapdragon 660 SoC. Coupled with decent amount of RAM and internal storage, all the three devices are dependable and reliable as far as performance is concerned. However, despite being quite a few months old, the Nokia 7 Plus shines in the battery as well as imaging department. Incidentally, Xiaomi has adopted the Android One operating system, and hence the Mi A2 offers a pure Android experience at an attractive price, an area where the Nokia smartphone cannot compete.