Our Opinion

The Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor 9X (4GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor 9X (4GB RAM)  Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor 9X Vivo Z5x
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Excellence Score
34.4
35.4
Value for Money Score
72.1
73.5
Price ₹ 13,999 onwards ₹ 13,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.59 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 391 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 710FRanked #42 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #27 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Adreno 616
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C microUSB
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.4 Aperture; 13mm Focal length (Ultra-wide), 2MP: f/2.4 Aperture, Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, AI filter, Backlight HDR, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light, AR stickers, Slow motion, Time Lapse, AI Beauty, Live Photo
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features Motorized Pop-up Camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, AI Filters, AR stickers, Portrait light effects, Live Photo, AI Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.8 mmMedium 8.85 mmMedium
Weight 197 gmHeavy 201 gmHeavy
Width 77.3 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 77.3 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 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 Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unique, striking glass rear panel design - one of the best looking phones in this price range, with its Sapphire Blue finish combined with Honor’s trademark reflective geometric tiles (the Midnight Black colour option is much more subdued though)
  • The front is modern and cutting edge too, with a 'full screen' notch-less display thanks to the pop-up selfie camera mechanism (its the cheapest pop-up selfie camera phone, as of today)
  • There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back that works well
  • Large, surprising bright, 6.59-inch Full HD+ IPS display - overall quality of the display is really good for an affordable smartphone
  • The lack of a notch makes watching video and playing games much more immersive
  • Honor's EMUI based on Android 9 Pie (with all Google services and access to Play Store) is in a good place these days and is one of the better custom Android skins - there are no ads here and a decent assortment of useful extras (the lack of Android 10 at the time of the launch is a letdown)
  • This might also be one of the last Honor phones to provide access to the Google app ecosystem (because of the ongoing ban on Huawei by the Trump administration, future models of Honor might not have access to Google Play Services)
  • Good, fast mid-range performance with the Kirin 710F SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - Honor 9X will do for lag-free daily operations and stutter-free gaming
  • Good triple camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • In good lighting, the primary camera can shoot decent 12MP pixel binned photos - exposure is good in most environments, white balance and the colours are pretty accurate too - there's an AI mode that can boost colours even more
  • Low-light performance is good for a phone in this price bracket - noise is kept reasonably in check even in very dark shots - Night Mode also helps boost the phone’s low light capabilities, provided you have steady hands
  • Depth sensor works pretty well and produces some good portrait shots
  • Good 16MP pop-up selfie camera - shots are detailed, colours are accurate, and the contrast is nice
  • Very good battery life with a 4000 mAh cell - will easily see you through a full day and a half of moderate use
  • Honor 9X continues Honor's tradition of making good quality, desirable, but affordable phones with its eye-catching looks, notch-less display and good set of triple cameras (it's far from perfect though, with the lack of fast charging and the year old processor)
  • Attractive, eye-catching glossy plastic rear panel with a beautiful multi-coloured gradient finish, that catches the light as you tilt the phone around
  • The front is sharp and modern with a 6.54-inch Full HD+ display, thin bezels, and a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the display
  • On the whole, the Z1 Pro is arguably the best designed phone of this price segment
  • Has a handy dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Large, sharp Full HD+ display, with good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility - you get an immersive experience while watching videos, playing games and consuming other multimedia content on it
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS UI is fairly feature packed, and aesthetically is similar to iOS
  • There is also now a ‘Dark Mode’ feature that turns almost all the popular apps dark
  • The Vivo Z1 Pro also has a gaming assistant and mode rolled into one called Game Cube - it offers functions like blocking background calls, blocking notifications, reject calls during gaming, turning on Esports Mode and other things
  • Excellent, class-leading performance with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor - you will get snappy performance all-round, and even high-end games will run effortlessly in their 'high graphics' settings
  • The smartphone also has good temperature control, so even with long times of gaming, there isn't much heating up
  • Good set of triple rear cameras (16-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor)
  • You get some pretty detailed photos in most lighting conditions - the color reproduction and balancing is quite accurate as well
  • On the front, it comes with a excellent 32-megapixel snapper, which again does very well with details
  • Overall, this is a good camera setup for the price bracket, and only a bit behind the top cameras of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the Realme 3 Pro
  • Excellent battery life, with a huge 5000mAh battery - you will get a comfortable 2 days even with heavier use
  • Fast charging support - the device goes from 0 to 100% in 2 hours - which is pretty decent for the battery size
  • The Z1 Pro looks like a smart winner from the Vivo camp, with hardly any flaws, and an excellent performance to price ratio - if you value performance in a phone, or are into gaming, this is the mid-range phone to get - if you are looking for the best possible cameras instead, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and Realme 3 Pro have a slight advantage
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The Honor 9X is a gargantuan handset - it certainly isn’t built for small hands or pockets - also a bit heavy at 197gm
  • Face Unlock is not available on the Honor 9X
  • If you are an Android purist, and prefer stock like Android and minimal bloat, you should look elsewhere
  • Sadly, Honor 9X is far from being the most powerful smartphone at this price range, there are better options available, like the Redmi Note 8 Pro with MediaTek G90T & the Realme 5 Pro with Snapdragon 712
  • The image quality from wide-angle camera is disappointing (however, it does provide exaggerated perspective shots on the cheap)
  • Video performance is average from both primary and wide-angle cameras - there's no 4K here and no electronic stabilisation at Full HD
  • Overall, while the Honor 9X offers good cameras for the price, Xiaomi & Realme offer even better cameras
  • The phone’s single speaker is average at best
  • The phone doesn’t sport any nifty fast-charging technology - it takes a painfully long 128 minutes to fully charge the 4000 mAh battery
  • If you're looking for an all-rounder, you'll have better luck with the Redmi Note 8 Pro or the Realme 5 Pro, especially in terms of processing power and faster charging
  • On the heavy and bulky side (thanks to the large battery it packs)
  • The display does not have a Widevine L1 certification - as a result, you can stream videos available on the over-the-top platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos at a maximum resolution of only 480p — not HD or fullHD
  • For people who like a stock Android interface though, Funtouch OS may not be to their taste (once again, it's more iOS like in its aesthetic, and also packs some bloatware)
Expert Reviews
  1. A rather good mid-ranger with balanced features for its asking price...but we have some doubts about its future
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 9X is a good phone and will appeal to those who value style.. but it lacks what it takes to decisively edge out its rivals
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Honor 9X is an decent mid-range smartphone with a large no-notch display, attractive design... but you have to live with the Kirin 710F SoC and the lack of fast charging
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Honor 9X is a safe bet for those looking for a cheap pop-up camera phone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Honor handsets always offer eye-catching looks and the 9X is the company’s most distinctive affordable phone yet
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A solid all-rounder that will satisfy most people's needs...However, the elephant in the room is the lingering uncertainty over the relationship between parent company Huawei, and Google
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Honor 9X looks like a decent smartphone... but it is difficult to recommend, especially given the older processor and the lack of fast charging
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Looks like something far more expensive than what it actually costs, and manages to hold this veneer up to close scrutiny....The only fly in its ointment is that, underneath its slick exterior, it’s hiding the same processor that appeared in last year’s m
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. One of the best value phones around
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A gorgeous design and well-made hardware let down a little by some performance critiques
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. This fashionista phone is dressed to impress, but what's underneath can't keep up the pace with similarly-priced rivals
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. Honor has a record of producing phones that look like flagships, but are actually less than half the price, and the 9X is no exception
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. The Honor 9X is a good buy if you are wowed by its full-screen display and characteristic design... not so much if performance and user experience are your top priorities
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You are getting the flaunt factor of the all-screen front and the pop-up camera, and if that interests you, the Honor 9X is a good buy... but the performance isn't the best
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Honor 9X looks fresh and brings a decent mix of cameras, design and performance to the table
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. At this price, Honor 9X looks like a great choice with its all-round capabilities
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. The absence of a notch on that large screen, the eye-catching Dynamic X design and the great battery life all make for a solid affordable handset
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  21. digit.in hands-on Read Review »
  22. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Strong all-rounder...Definitely worth considering in this price bracket
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Fully loaded smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the better smartphones in its price segment...recommended buy
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Competent mid-ranger...An excellent choice, especially if design is your primary consideration
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If gaming is your main focus and you want a phone that looks good, you do not need to look any further than this
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Pretty solid offering
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A mixed bag of hits and misses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Overall well-rounded device... look like a winner
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fantastic phone at these prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
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