Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 is a significantly better phone than the Oppo A9 (8GB RAM, 2020), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V17!

Oppo A9 (8GB RAM, 2020)  Vivo V17 
Oppo A9 2020 Vivo V17
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Excellence Score
35.7
52.1
Value for Money Score
69.5
71.3
Price ₹ 16,149 onwards ₹ 20,199 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Dec, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1600 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features N/A Super AMOLED, Punch-hole Camera, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 612
RAM 8 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: 1/2.25" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Ultra-wide lens; F/2.25 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: Mono-chrome Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: Macro Lens; F/2.4 Aperture, 1.75um Pixel Size 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide); 1/4" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/5" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size (Macro camera), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Super night mode, Ultra Stable Video, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, EIS, Super wide-angle (Photo+Video), Super macro, Portrait framing, Burst, Slo-mo, PRO Mode, AI Scene Recognition
Secondary Camera 16MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, HDR, Beautification, Filters F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Super night selfie, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Burst, Gender detection
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 9.1 mmThick 8.54 mmMedium
Weight 195 gmHeavy 176 gmMedium
Width 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4500 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 Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, impressive dual-color 3D gradient design, and good built quality
  • The curved back panel gradually meets the side to provide an easy-to-hold experience
  • Decent, large 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD+ (720×1600 pixels) resolution, an 82.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, and a water-drop notch
  • Decent color reproduction and brightness
  • Widevine L1 certification for HD video playback on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
  • ColorOS is a fairly refined, sophisticated custom Android skin, with a number of useful add-on features
  • Solid performance with a Snapdragon 665 powering the internals - both day-to-day stuff, and gaming is smooth
  • Decent overall camera performance for the price bracket
  • The device comes with a quad-camera setup - a 48-megapixel primary sensor + 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens + two 2MP cameras for "artistic portrait effects"
  • You get good results in ideal lighting conditions across the board - the 48-megapixel primary sensor captures good images with decent texture, colors, and detail - the camera can capture impressive images in an ideal or sometimes challenging situation with good amount of dynamic range
  • The camera manages to take okay images in low light, but things improve dramatically with the dedicated “Night” mode
  • With the portrait mode, the A9 2020 does a decent job in background separation (though the 2 additional cameras for "artistic portrait effects" don't seem to add much value)
  • Decent 16-megapixel front camera sensor for selfies
  • Offers a good stereo audio effect with its bottom and top firing speakers
  • Very good battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • Support for reverse charging - you can use the device as a power bank to charge another smartphone
  • Slick, trendy design - with a punch-hole front camera, which is one of the smaller ones on a phone to date
  • The good bit is despite sporting the four cameras, the back panel of the V17 doesn’t look cluttered - the rectangular (vertically) quad-camera module on the top left corner of the back adds to the overall design
  • Amazingly lightweight, for a phone with 4500 mAh battery inside
  • Despite having the same screen size as the V17 Pro model, it very easy to use with just one hand - which was difficult with the V17 Pro
  • Both the in-display fingerprint sensor & Face Unlock are fast and unlock the smartphone quickly
  • Beautiful 6.44-inch, Super AMOLED display with a punch-hole, which gives it an amazing screen-to-body of 91.38 per cent - it’s a delight watching videos on the Vivo V17
  • The full-screen display also get pretty bright in all lighting conditions, exhibits very good viewing angles and punchy colours
  • The Vivo V17 also comes with an always-on display option, which is useful
  • Solid performance with the Snapdragon 675 at the core - every-day use to gaming - it’s all lag-free
  • Good quad-rear camera setup (48MP main camera + 8MP ultra-wide camera + 2MP macro camera + 2MP depth sensor)
  • Pictures shot in bright daylight show a good amount of details and decent colours - Vivo V17 doesn’t pop the colours too much and captures the right colour-shade
  • The ultra-wide-angle lens offers a new perspective - shots look decent (though they are less detailed)
  • The portrait shots also turn out to be good, but the edge detection could have been better
  • Super Macro camera mode shows great details and good colours - the macro mode works best in good lighting conditions
  • The low-light pictures with the V17 turn out well - the Night camera mode of the V17 especially captures better details and colours in low-light conditions compared to the default photo mode
  • The 32MP front camera on the Vivo V17 clicks great selfies in good light
  • The night mode also works for the front camera and again it works pretty well
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500mAh battery - you will easily get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • 18W fast charging support: it takes around 1.5 hours (approx) to charge the V17 fully with its bundled charger
  • Overall, the V17 is reasonably good value - especially if camera and design are your primary priorities, the Vivo V17 is a solid choice to consider in the under 30k segment - it does well on both those parameters
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • A bit bulky
  • Like all glossy rear panels, the rear does easily attract fingerprints and smudges
  • The panel is quite glossy so you may find it difficult to read content under direct sunlight
  • Like most custom Android skins, it's not quite as simple, and clutter-free as stock Android
  • It's definitely not category-leading performance though, many competitors provide faster processors
  • Overall, while the camera setup is good for the price bracket, again it's not category leading
  • No fast charging support (the included 10W charger inside the box with charges the device from 0 to 100 percent in about 2 hours and 25 minutes)
  • On it's own the Oppo A9 2020 is a pretty decent mid-range phone with 2 key highlights - a stylish design and a very good battery life - but its cameras and performance are nothing special, which puts it behind a lot of the competition in this hotly contested price category
  • The Software continues to be a relatively weak point for Vivo, with a cluttered Funtouch UI (though it is quite feature-packed)
  • This is certainly not the best performing phone of this price bracket though - you get a much more powerful Snapdragon 730 with the Redmi K20 - in fact, there are the Vivo Z1 Pro and the Vivo Z1X that again cost less and come with a newer Snapdragon 712
  • Low light video though, is below average
  • If you are looking for an all-rounder though, you will have better options around especially in terms of software & performance - you will want to look at the likes of Realme XT, and Redmi K20
Expert Reviews
  1. One of the best affordable phones for those who stream a lot of video, and a still great option for almost everyone else on a limited budget
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has a few good features to offer...but overall, it is outclassed by rivals like the Realme X
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Fighting the competition in style...but the competition might give you better value for your hard earned cash
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A decent smartphone...but given the better value for money competition from likes of Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme 5 Pro, Vivo Z1X, and Moto G8 Plus, the Oppo A90 2020 might find it difficult to stay in the race
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Proof that you don’t need to pay a fortune for flagship features...highly recommended
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. Without any standout feature, we are afraid Oppo A9 2020 may find it difficult to carve a space for itself in the India smartphone market
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Ideal choice for those looking for good camera and premium looks
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. We expected more...would have a tough time competing with its rivals in the price segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. The Vivo V17 brings a next-gen design to last-gen internals
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Feels a little overpriced
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Offers great value
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a phone in this price range, and your priority is an exceptional camera that’s versatile and does low light like no other in the same price band, you definitely need to give the Vivo V17 a long hard thought
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  5. Feels a little overpriced
    dnaindia.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Gets the job done...but it's overpriced
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Even though there is nothing terribly wrong with the Vivo V17, it becomes a hard recommendation in a sea of great value-for-money phones
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Enjoy its fancy looks and decent camera, but that's about it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
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