Vivo Z1X vs Realme 5 Pro: Who’s Winning The Budget Battle Of Smartphones? (Strategic Comparison)
Vivo is all set to launch another budget superhouse in the country under its latest Z series, the Vivo Z1X. Vivo Z1 Pro has been a huge success, and it continues to do well in the sub-15,000 segment. Vivo Z1X will come with a triple rear camera system featuring a 48MP Sony sensor as primary lens along with a water drop notched styled AMOLED display.
Vivo Z1X will launch in India this week on September 6, the company has confirmed.
The phone will come with the same powerful hardware, a new AMOLED display, big battery and much more. Today we will compare it with another new budget superstar, Realme 5 Pro. The Realme smartphone is now on top, and it’s expected to rule the sub-15,000 segment for the time.
Here’s our in-depth comparison between Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1X.
Build & Design: Who Got It Better?
The Realme 5 Pro comes with a high-quality polycarbonate body. It’s plastic, but does feel premium. The high quality polycarbonate built is backed by some of the striking gradient colour schemes made to look like glass. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The colour mixes are stylish, but a glass body would have been better.
Coming to Vivo Z1X, it also sports a similar body made out of plastic. The sides are properly curved, and are very similar to the current Z1 Pro. As an upgrade, the smartphone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
In terms of looks and build quality, both Vivo Z1X and Realme 5 Pro do an above average job here. In all, it’s good and feels good to be used. The overall ergonomics are perfect, while the new curves on both the notched smartphones make it really easy to hold.
Display: AMOLED vs Full HD+
Realme 5 Pro features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Mini-Drop display with 450 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90.77 percent with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels with a new smaller-sized V-shaped notch to offer a full-screen display.
The display has very thin bezels. Realme has done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience. It’s also an apt choice for content consumption.
The company unveiled new Mini-Drop panels with Realme 5 smartphones.
Vivo Z1X will come with a 6.38-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED display. The Z-series device this time has a water drop notch instead of a hole on the screen. This increases the screen-to-body ratio of the device and offers a more enhanced immersive viewing experience.
Both displays are quite vibrant with minimal bezels on the sides with a little chin down under, but the Super AMOLED panel would be our pick.
There’s no big difference, and you won’t notice anything unless you dive deep. Vivo Z1X also has an in-display optical fingerprint scanner, while 5 Pro has a physical scanner. Many prefer it, but again we would embrace the latest screen embedded fingerprint unlocking technology.
Hardware & Storage: Powered By The Same Chip!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset has been used for both Vivo Z1X and Realme 5 Pro. Z1X packs in the same Qualcomm chip as the first Z series Vivo smartphone, Z1 Pro. Based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU. Snapdragon 712 is almost 10 per cent faster than Snapdragon 710 chip.
It offers 45 per cent better graphical performance and 2 times better AI performance, helping the Realme smartphone deliver around 25 percent better overall performance sharing the same Adreno 616 GPU for graphics.
In terms of daily performance, both Realme 5 Pro and Vivo Z1X can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. The respective UIs will play their own role where you may notice some negligible difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.
Both the smartphones do a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are three models to choose from: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.
Both the smartphones offer some in dedicated gaming features to offer an enhanced gaming experience. There won’t be any difference given day to day performance on both smartphones.
Software: Color OS vs Funtouch OS
Realme 5 Pro 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. You can notice the differences on the notification toggle and some changes in the settings menu.
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 Z1X also runs on Android 9 Pie, but with Funtouch 9.0 UI on top. The UI comes loaded with features and bloatware, and delivers a clean performance as any other non-stock device. There’s bloatware and customisations, but it isn’t bad.
The company has added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and sorted.
Both the UIs are heavily customised, so we leave this to you to prefer anyone of the two for daily use.
Reamle is reportedly working on its own UI, RealmeOS. It’s supposed to launch by the end of the year, and will be pushed to all the existing Realme smartphones via OTA updates. Though the company didn’t mention anything about RealmeOS at the Realme 5 series launch event, we need to wait to know further about the actual developments.
48MP Quad Camera vs 48MP Triple Camera: How They Differ?
Realme 5 Pro features a rear four camera system. Realme 5 Pro is the first 48MP quad camera phone under Rs 15,000. Realme 5 Pro sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Up front, Realme 5 Pro has the same 16-megapixel selfie camera with HDR and AI beautification as Realme X.
The selfies we took had a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details. The colours were a bit overdone and slightly artificial, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.
The four camera setup has multiple sensors for multiple purposes.
Both the rear and front camera on both the Realme 5 smartphones have EIS support, while the much-hyped Nightscape mode also has been improved.
Vivo Z1X will see an upgrade over the current cameras on Z1 Pro. Z1X feature a 48MP Sony IMX582 primary lens with an ultra-wide-angle secondary sensor and a third depth sensor for portraits and bokeh shots. Upfront, Vivo Z1X will come with the same 32MP camera sensor.
Both Vivo Z1X and Realme 5 Pro can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Realme 5 Pro manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours, while Z1X do an average job too. We are yet to test the camera in-depth, but the initial results are very impressive.
The dynamic range is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours.
Z1 Pro did a fair job, and the new Vivo Z1X also offers improved great dynamic range with almost accurate colours irrespective of lighting conditions. Both support Google Camera and has a dedicated Night Mode for long-exposed shots.
The difference between the 48MP Sony IMX586 and IMX582 isn’t much significant, as the IMX582 only can’t shoot videos at 4K 30fps. The video quality of Realme 5 Pro on 4K 30fps is no good either. Rather the use of EIS does improve videography at 1080p resolution producing quite stable videos.
The HDR works fine on Realme 5 Pro, and the 8MP ultra-wide lens work great. It loses out on details in low-light, but does a good job overall. The boosted colours remain a problem for Realme smartphones, but they are working on the image processing to provide more natural colours.
The macro lens and portrait sensor does their job decently. Vivo Z1X has no such 4cm macro lens. It’s a 2MP sensor on Realme 5 Pro, but it does capture the right depth of field.
Realme 5 Pro certainly have some edge here in terms of overall photography. If you would love to experiment with some professional-level mobile photography, the new Realme phone could be your key driver. No need to spend a bomb on any premium smartphone.
The stock camera interface is quite minimal on both, and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography. AI works on both sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.
Battery: 22W FlashCharge Technology vs 20W VOOC 3.0 Fast Charging
Realme 5 Pro houses a big 4,035mAh battery. Compared to Realme 5, it’s slightly smaller, but the smartphone supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging with a Type C 20W fast charger included in the box. Realme 5 Pro can charge up the whole device under 80 minutes from 5 to 100 percent.
Coming to how it performs, the Realme 5 Pro can easily last more than a day on heavy usage, and even a day and a half on moderate use.
With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Realme smartphone can easily shoot up for a whole day without being charged.
Vivo Z1X will pack a larger 4,500mAh battery supporting 22W fast charging with USB type C support. The charge time may vary from 90 to 100 minutes. Both the smartphones ship with the respective 20W and 22W fast chargers inside the box.
Pricing: Who Will Have The Edge Here?
Realme 5 Pro in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There are two other models with 6GB RAM and 64GB, and a top model with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively. It’s way cheaper than Redmi K20, but it does challenge up the mid-range device in a number of departments.
Talking about the price, the company has done a great job again.
Vivo Z1X is expected to priced somewhere around Rs 16,000 in the country. It already has Z1 Pro at under 15,000 rupees, and hence the Z1X may appeal to a different segment here.
Verdict: Does Realme 5 Pro Beat Vivo Z1X?
Realme 5 Pro packs in the right set of features at this price. With top competitors in the space as Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1 or Vivo Z1 Pro, this new Realme smartphone obviously has some of its own unique features to stand out high. If we go head go head, Vivo Z1X will have a slight advantage here with a few better features.
Both Vivo Z1X and Realme 5 Pro does offer some excellent features onboard at a very affordable price.
The budget-friendly quad camera smartphone does make a good choice considering some of the departments as performance, price, cameras, display and battery.
In all, Realme 5 Pro packs in a solid performance backed by a good processor, bigger display, a large battery and finally the four cameras for different occasions with the 48MP lens backing it up. Vivo Z1X on the other hand have an AMOLED display, an in-display fingerprint sensor and bigger battery.
With the new quad camera smartphone technology at a budget price, Realme 5 Pro will have a heads up against the competition. Given the price to performance ratio, Realme 5 Pro offer good value for money proposition at this range, and Vivo Z1X is also expected to do the same.
In all, both the Realme and Vivo smartphones tick all the boxes right. It packs in a solid performance backed by a really good processor, bigger display, multi camera setup powered by the 48MP sensor, larger battery and 20W+ fast charging support.