Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Mid-rangers with Snapdragon 660

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Mid-rangers with Snapdragon 660

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Mid-rangers with Snapdragon 660

by October 8, 2018

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 PlusThe mid-range smartphone market has been buzzing since the start of 2018 with new phone being launched almost every week. Just a couple of weeks ago China-based handset maker Vivo launched its Vivo V9 Pro smartphone in India with Snapdragon 660 SoC. The chipset is a star in mid-range smartphone segment as it offers a reliable performance in terms of power, efficiency and battery life. Today we’ll compare the Vivo V9 Pro with Xiaomi’s Mi A2 (launched in August) and Nokia’s Nokia’s 7 Plus (launched in April) as they also feature the same Snapdragon 660 SoC that powers the Vivo V9 Pro. The comparison will be based on several key software and hardware parameters such as Design and Display, OS and Battery, RAM and Storage, Camera and last but not the least- Price in India. Continue reading if you were planning to buy any of these devices…

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Design and Display

Being mid-range phones, do not expect anything great in terms of design. All three phones sport a typical design language with vertically stacked dual camera set up and fingerprint sensor on the back.

The Vivo V9 Pro sports a slightly larger 6.3-inch Fullview Display 2.0 with screen resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and screen-to-body ratio of around 90 percent.

The Xiaomi Mi A2 bears a 5.99-inch full-HD+ display panel with resolution of 1080×2160 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9 and 2.5D curved glass. There is Gorilla Glass 5 layer on top for protection against scratches

While, the Nokia 7 Plus features a 6-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with 1080×2160 pixel resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass protection

Although there is no clear winner here as all three phones offer a similar display, the Vivo V9 Pro has a slight edge over the other two in terms of display size and resolution.

In terms of dimensions, the Xiaomi Mi A2 measures 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm and weighs 166 grams. The Vivo V9 Pro measures 154.81 x 75.00 x 7.90 and weighs in at 150 grams. While the Nokia 7 Plus measures 158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm and weighs around 158.3 grams.

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: OS and Battery

The Vivo V9 Pro is shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box based on Funtouch OS 4.0. It packs a 3,260mAh battery.

Both Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus are part of Google’s Android One programme and will be among the first smartphones to get Android Pie update. The Nokia 7 Plus Android 9 Pie OS update has already started rolling out to users as announced by HMD Global in the last week of September. The Mi A2 runs an optimised stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo and will also support Android’s new gesture-based update with the Pie update. The battery capacity of the device is 3,010mAh and it has Quick Charge 4 fast-charging support. The Nokia 7 Plus runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box and is fueled by 3,800mAh battery with fast charging support.

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: RAM and Storage

As mentioned earlier, all three phones are powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC but differ in terms of RAM, Storage and GPU.

The Vivo V9 Pro features Adreno 512 GPU and 6GB of RAM along with 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded up to 256GB using a microSD card.

The Mi A2 is powered by Adreno 512 GPU along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. There are two options in terms of inbuilt storage- 64GB and 128GB with an option to expand via microSD card.

The Nokia 7 Plus draws power from 4GB of RAM and comes in single 64GB storage variant which can be increased further up to 256GB using a microSD card.

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Camera

All three phones come with dual camera set up on the back but differ in terms of specifications.

The dual rear camera is Vivo V9 comprises of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with LED flash and an f/2.2 aperture + a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies, there’s a single 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and features like AI selfie lighting, AI face beauty etc.

The Mi A2 features a dual rear camera set up consisting of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture + a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture. The rear camera setup also features dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. The front hosts a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 camera with f/1.75 aperture and a soft-LED flash for selfies and video calls.

The Nokia 7 Plus comes with a dual rear camera set up of 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/1.75 aperture + a secondary 13-megapixel sensor with aperture of f/2.6. For selfies and video calls, there’s a 16-megapixel fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

We recommend the reader to refer to actual user reviews before taking a purchase decision based on camera performance as the on paper camera performance can be different as compared to the actual.

Vivo V9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Price in India

The Vivo V9 Pro is priced in India at Rs. 17,990 but will be available at a discounted price of Rs. 17,990 during Amazon’s upcoming Great Indian Sale. There is only single colour available i.e. Black. The phone can also be purchased online via Vivo’s official store.

The Mi A2 base variant i.e. 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage comes with a price tag of Rs. 16,999. The other variant i.e. 6GB RAM + 128GB inbuilt storage will hit the market soon as announced by the company. Notably, the 4GB RAM variant has gone on open sale in India since last month via Amazon India and Xiaomi’s So, you don’t have to worry about the phone going out of stock as it used to during the flash sales.

The Nokia 7 Plus is priced in India at Rs. 25,999 and is sold via Amazon India, the Nokia Mobile Shop, and select retail outlets. It comes in two colour variants- Black + Copper and White + Copper.

CompareRaja’s Verdict:

All three phones are decent in terms of performance. There is no clear winner here as there are some plusses as well as minuses in each of them. However, we would recommend the Xiaomi’s Mi A2 as it offers a pure Android experience with a good performance and is priced aggressively just like all other Xiaomi smartphones. Xiaomi is a market leader in the mid-range price segment and provides good after sale service as well. The Nokia 7 Plus is good in terms of battery and camera output but comes with a higher price tag.

Don’t forget to refer to the quick specs comparison between Vivo V9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus…

Vivo V9 Pro Xiaomi Mi A2 Nokia 7 Plus
Display Size 6.3-inch 5.99-inch 6.0-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 400 ppi 403 ppi 402 ppi
Aspect Ratio 19:9 18:9 18:9
Dimensions 158.8×75.4×7.6 mm 158x73X9.90 mm 155×73.9×7.8 mm
Weight 150 grams 166 grams 158.3 grams
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Graphics Adreno 512 Adreno 512 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 4 GB or 6 GB 4 GB
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB 64 GB and 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera 13 MP + 2 MP 12 MP + 20 MP 12 MP + 13 MP
Secondary Camera 16 MP 20 MP 16 MP
Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, Soft Light Flash Yes, Dual LED Flash
OS Version Android v8.1 (Oreo) Android v8.1 (Oreo) Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI Funtouch OS Android One Android One
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh 3010 mAh 3800 mAh
Fingerprint Sensor Yes (rear mounted) Yes (rear mounted) Yes (rear mounted)
Fast Charge Support Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No No
3.5 mm Jack Yes No Yes
Waterproof No No No
Dustproof No No No