Our Opinion

The Vivo V11 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Vivo V11 Pro.

Vivo V11 Pro  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) 
Vivo V11 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
69.0
53.2
Value for Money Score
84.4
87.7
Price ₹ 24,899 onwards ₹ 14,899 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.41 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Super AMOLED, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 509
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Dual Pixel, Ultra HD mode, Professional mode, Slow-mo, Time-lapse Photography, Live photo, Bokeh mode, HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, AR Stickers, AI Face Shaping, Time watermark, AI Scene recognition Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 25.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait Mode Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 156 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Jovi Assistant; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Super stylish design - the gradient color on the back adds the touch of flair, and plays with light in interesting ways - and then there is the 'tear-drop' notch - there are no two ways about it, the Vivo V11 is a striking-looking device
  • Being polycarbonate (as opposed to the more common metal/glass designs of today), the phone is pretty light too, and likely more durable over the long term
  • Another key USP of the phone is the in-display fingerprint scanner - it works just fine - although, like other such scanners - it's not quite as fast a physical scanner - but even to include such cutting edge tech on a phone at this price is quite an achievement for Vivo
  • Vivo has improved its infrared face unlocking too, using 1024 facial feature points to unlock your device, even in the dark
  • Great, tall AMOLED screen, with the tiny teardrop notch - manages to achieve a fantastic 91.3 percent ratio of screen/body - that ensures that even at 6.41 inches of display, the V11 never feels like a large phone - also colors are rich, the contrast is great, the blacks are suitably deep, and the V11 gets plenty bright enough outdoors - there is also an always-on display option in the lock screen settings that you can use
  • Vivo’s FunTouch OS UI is pretty decent, looks a lot like iOS and delivers a lot of additional functionality - including gesture navigation, app privacy, duplicate apps, gesture shortcuts, and custom shortcut for long-pressing the volume down button
  • Solid all-round performance backed by the efficient Snapdragon 660 and 6GB of RAM - it's butter smooth throughout
  • Good set of rear dual cameras, especially in daylight (although low light performance is also pretty decent) - the AI chops help, bokeh shots come out good, and overall picture quality is pleasing - all in all, the V11 camera performs admirably for a mid-tier device
  • The selfie camera is good too
  • The single bottom-firing speaker next to the micro-USB port is loud and sounds pretty decent, with generally crisp, clear highs and decent mids
  • Very good battery - the 3400mAh battery on the Vivo V11 lasts at least a day, with heavy use, and a day and a half with more moderate use
  • Quick charging support - Vivo’s Dual Engine Fast Charging tech fills the V11 up in less than an hour and a half
  • On the whole, in the fiercely competitive mid-range market the V11 manages to have a bunch of stand-out features, and is a pretty strong choice - there's not another phone out there for that price to offer under-display fingerprint scanner and a characteristic waterdrop notch - add those gradient paintjobs in the mix and it makes for a very good all-round phone - the phone will compete with the Oppo F9 Pro (it swaps the OLED for an LCD panel, and doesn't have a in-display scanner, but keeps the waterdrop notch, and is cheaper) - of course, there is also the Poco F1 to consider, and if you value sublime performance over stylish looks, then it's a no brainer - but overall, the V11 Pro is still a very good phone on it's own and one with some surprisingly legitimate A.I. smarts
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The V11’s shiny polycarbonate back panel collects fingerprints very quickly
  • Video recording is decent but could have been better with image stabilization
  • Micro-USB charging (instead of USB-C) is a bit of an odd thing for a phone that is otherwise on on the cutting edge of tech
  • The design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
Expert Reviews
  1. In the fiercely competitive mid-range market, the V11 manages to stand out
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A solid all-rounder at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. This is a very good — but not quite great — phone with some surprisingly legitimate A.I. smarts
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Mid-ranger with flagship features
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Bites off more than it can chew
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Looks like a phone from 2019
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Innovative features at an affordable price
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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