Realme X vs Vivo Z1 Pro: Pop-Up Sensor Or Punch-Hole, Who Wins?

The newly launched Vivo Z1 Pro has spurred up a new price war in the mid-budget smartphone segment. This would probably be the first time when Vivo came out so aggressively with such a set of offerings at such a price. The company launched the first punch-hole display smartphone under Rs 15,000.

Realme X vs Vivo Z1 Pro: Pop-Up Sensor Or Punch-Hole, Who Wins?

While it definitely targets Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro in the segment, it will also challenge the upcoming Realme X.

The new Realme entry-range flagship has some good features onboard, and Vivo Z1 Pro is good enough to challenge it in the entry mid-range segment. While both may not be exactly similar, Vivo does put up a good fight against Realme.

We have divided the primary categories into seven sections to compare Vivo Z1 Pro and Realme X: design and build, display, hardware, software, camera, battery and pricing.

Let’s begin.


Design & Build

Realme X comes with a polycarbonate body on the out, made to look like glass. It’s quite light and also feels premium in the hand. They have gradient finish on the out with some highlighting colour combinations, made out of high-quality plastic. The colour scheme and gradient style seem poppy.

In comparison, the just-released Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a high-quality polycarbonate body. It’s fully plastic, but does feel premium to an extent.

Both the devices are notchless. Realme X has a pop-up sensor, while Z1 Pro sports a punch-hole. Realme X has the rear camera module at the centre without any physical fingerprint sensor. But Vivo Z1 Pro has a physical fingerprint sensor with the camera module on the top left rear corner.

Both the devices are comfortable, the build quality is good and the smartphones are perfectly made.


Realme X features a 6.53-inch full-screen AMOLED display, again without any notch. The displays is quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under and an in-display optical fingerprint scanner.

Plus, the AMOLED helps with the best of darks.

In comparison, Vivo Z1 Pro has a similar-sized 6.53-inch Full HD+ display which offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.77 percent with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. It has a punch-hole and does look good. But it’s just a FHD+ panel if compared to Realme X.

Hardware & Storage

Realme X runs on the same entry-flagship Snapdragon 710 chip as Realme 3 Pro with up to 8GB of RAM. Based on a 10nm architecture, the Snapdragon SoC offers top-level performance on a budget.

While Vivo Z1 Pro runs on a slightly improved Qualcomm Snapdragon 712, based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU.

In terms of daily performance, both Vivo Z1 Pro and Realme X can run mid-end games with ease along with extensive multitasking. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use.

Additionally, Realme packs in dedicated HyperBoost and GameBoost to offer an enhanced gaming experience.

There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media, and both Snapdragon 712 and Snapdragon 710 will offer good experience in terms of extended gaming and extensive multitasking.

Finally, the respective UIs will play their own roles to boost up the real-world smartphone performance.


Realme X runs on the same new Color OS 6 UI. The newly improved UI does offer some refreshing features compared to the previous OS with an easy-to-use overall structure and few tweaks. It’s a big upgrade over the last generation Color OS.

Based on the latest Android 9 Pie, the new ColorOS 6 UI packs in a bunch of user-friendly features and functions.

On the other hand, Vivo Z1 Pro also runs on Android 9 Pie with Funtouch 9.0 UI on top. Both come preloaded with bloatware and customisations.


Realme X comes with a dual camera setup at the back featuring the 48MP Sony IMX 586 rear sensor with an f/1.7 aperture clubbed with a secondary 5MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It’s the same primary sensor currently being used on OnePlus 7 Pro.

In comparison, Vivo Z1 Pro features a triple camera setup.

Z1 Pro features a 16-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 8-megapixel super-wide secondary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Realme X has a motorised pop-up 16MP selfie sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, again the same Sony IMX 471 sensor used in OnePlus 7 Pro.

Upfront, Z1 Pro has a 32MP super selfie camera inside the punch-hole.

Both Vivo Z1 Pro and Realme X do a fair job offering a great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions. Though, Realme X will have some in some areas with the 48MP imaging sensor.

Vivo Z1 Pro can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Vivo Z1 Pro manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours.

But again, the additional wide-angle sensor does come in handy at times. Both support Google Camera and has a dedicated Night Mode for long-exposed shots.


Realme X is backed by a 3,765 mAh battery supporting Type-C USB powered 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging support. It can juice up Realme X from 0 to 100 per cent under 75 minutes.

Vivo wins here by a good margin with the mammoth 5,000mAh battery. The Vivo Z1 Pro also supports 18W fast charging. It takes around 2 hours to charge fully from 0 to 100 percent.

Both the smartphones ship with the fast charger inside the box.

Pricing & India Availability

Realme X has been launched in three versions in China: the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Yuan 1,499 (around Rs 15,000). The mid-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costs Yuan 1,599 (around Rs 16,000).

Finally, the top-end model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage costs Yuan 1,799 (around Rs 18,000) in China.

In India, the Realme X may cost a little higher compared to the China prices.

The company has confirmed the launch, and it’s happening on July 15. The company will also launch a special alongside the regular Realme X, a Spiderman themed edition. It will be available via Flipkart.

Realme will certainly target the sub-18,000 segment with the upcoming budget flagship to expand its portfolio.

The base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage may come at Rs 16,999 in India. The mid-end model may come at Rs 18,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and finally Rs 20,999 for top model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Vivo Z1 Pro is available in three models starting at Rs 14,990 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-end variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costing Rs 16,990 and a top model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at Rs 18,990.

Vivo Z1 Pro comes in three colour options: Sonic Blue, Sonic Black and Mirror Black.

CONCLUSION: Realme X vs Vivo Z1 Pro

Backed by sleek and flagship-level features, both Vivo Z1 Pro and Realme X have something good to offer at a budget pricing. The newly launched Vivo Z1 Pro targets the under 15,000 crowd, and it does have some great features to challenge the likes of bestsellers like Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro.

While Realme X will be a little higher up the margin targeting the sub-18,000 segment.

If we go head to head, Vivo Z1 Pro does excel in a few departments when it comes to battery, processor and to some extent the three camera system. The new punch-hole display also looks handsome, and you don’t need some mechanical sensor for a full screen display.

But again, Realme X may get some edge in terms of premium experience. The presence of an AMOLED panel, an in-display fingerprint sensor or the 48MP Sony sensor, it pushes the Realme smartphone to the next level.

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