Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 Pro is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A51, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V17 Pro!

Samsung Galaxy A51  Vivo V17 Pro 
Samsung Galaxy A51 Vivo V17 Pro
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Excellence Score
51.1
60.3
Value for Money Score
64.1
66.5
Price ₹ 25,250 onwards ₹ 27,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jan, 2020 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.44 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 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 AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 612
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Dedicated Macro camera, 5MP: f/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR 48MP: F/1.78 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; Sony IMX 582 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; 6P Lens, 8MP: 120° Ultra Wide Lens; F/2.2 Aperture; 13MP: Telephoto Lens; 2X Optical zoom; 10X Digital Zoom; F/2.5 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, Pro Mode, Slo-mo Video, Time-lapse, Camera Filters, Live Photos, HDR, Portrait, Panorama, Touch to Shutter, Voice Control, Palm Gesture, AR Stickers, Super Night Mode, Jovi Image Recognizer, AI Scene Identification, Super Macro
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP + 8MP
Secondary Camera Features f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR Pop-up cameras, 32MP: F/2.0 Aperture, 8MP: 105° Ultra Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mmMedium 9.8 mmThick
Weight 172 gmMedium 202 gmHeavy
Width 73.6 mmOk for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4100 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, 15W Fast Charging Yes, 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display fingerprint sensor; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning looks, similar rainbow-like effects at the back as the Galaxy A50s when caught against the light, and a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - it's a head-turner no doubt
  • While it supports a polycarbonate back, it still manages to look premium
  • The front looks stylish and modern too with a single punch-hole in the upper middle of the display
  • Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, at just 172g, and 7.9mm in thickness
  • Bright, large 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution - its punchy colours make it a joy to stream content, while games also look great on the panel because of its high colour accuracy
  • There's Widevine L1 support by default, which makes streaming content in HD possible
  • Comes with Android 10 out of the box - Samsung's One UI 2 is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added some neat features including a Game Booster and an intuitive gesture-based navigation system
  • Decent performance with the same Exynos 9611 processor as the Galaxy A50s (similar to Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/665) - the experience is fairly smooth throughout with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Decent quad camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary sensor + 12MP wide-angle camera + 5MP macro camera + 5MP depth sensor
  • Under good light, the Galaxy A51's primary camera managed to capture detailed shots with good dynamic range - images are reasonably sharp, noise is also competently removed, colours are generally nice, and the phone strikes a good balance with saturation
  • The ultra wide-angle cam is a significant upgrade from the one on the A50s, and it offers improved sharpness and detail - dynamic range is also substantially better, making for an altogether pretty capable ultra-wide camera as far as mid-rangers go
  • Macro camera turns out quite good close ups - you can get a lot closer to your subject when using the macro camera and the sensor picks up a fair bit of detail
  • Very good portrait mode ("Live focus") - image quality is good and the depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent job of edge detection
  • The front 32MP camera is decent and produces nice colours, the detail is quite good as far as selfie cameras go - portrait selfie mode is decent too
  • Decent video recording from both primary and wide cameras with dedicated 'super steady' mode which allows you to shoot decent “action” videos (though stabilisation is not available at 4K)
  • Decent bottom-firing speaker - sufficient for personal listening
  • Solid, dependent battery life from the 4000 mah battery - will easily manage to get a day and a half's worth of regular use
  • Reasonable 15W fast charging - charges 67 percent in an hour (though, not as quick as others in this segment such as the Redmi K20 Pro)
  • Overall, a decent and likeable smartphone from Samsung - offers a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand (though, the performance at this price is a letdown)
  • Attractive looking smartphone - one of the better designed in its price segment - the glass body adds to the overall premium aesthetics of the Vivo V17 Pro
  • The good bit is despite sporting so many cameras the design of the quad-camera module on the back has clean lines and doesn't look cluttered
  • The front is a sharp, modern all-screen affair - the dual front cameras are embedded in a broad pop-up module
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast and unlocks the smartphone quickly
  • Beautiful 6.44-inch, notch-free, Super AMOLED display with a screen-to-body of 91.65 per cent - in other words, lots of screen, lots of pixels, and a great screen for watching videos
  • The full-screen display also get pretty bright in all lighting conditions, and exhibits very good viewing angles
  • The Vivo V17 Pro also comes with an always-on display option, which is useful
  • Solid, smooth performance with the Snapdragon 675 at the core - every-day use to gaming - it's all lag-free
  • Excellent 6 camera setup - 4 on the rear (48MP primary Sony IMX582 sensor, 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP wide angle lens and 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots) + 2 on the front (32MP primary shooter and second camera is an 8MP super wide-angle lens)
  • The Vivo V17 Pro captures some great shots, especially in good light - details are great, and colors are original-like - the dynamic range is also pretty good
  • The ultra wide-angle lens offer a new perspective and lets users click wider area at close range to the subject
  • The camera app also includes a super macro mode that again captures good amount of details and spot-on colours
  • Low light performance is respectable too - especially if you use the handy Night mode
  • The Vivo V17 Pro also clicks pretty good selfies with accurate facial details
  • Low light performance in selfies is helped too by the Night mode
  • The second 8MP front camera can be used to click decent group selfies
  • Overall, the Vivo V17 Pro is one of the better phones you can buy right now under Rs 30, 000 if you want good camera performance
  • Very good battery life with a large 4100mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • With the 18W fast charging support, it takes around 1.5 hours (approx) to charge the V17 Pro fully with its bundled charger
  • If camera and design are your primary priorities, the Vivo V17 Pro is an good choice to consider in the under 30k segment - it does very well on both those parameters
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor as well as the facial recognition are on the slower side
  • The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints
  • There's still some bloatware pre-installed, including third-party apps and some of Samsung's own apps such as Samsung Shop (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • At this price, the performance feels weak - there are cheaper phones that offer much better performance, like the Redmi K20 & the Realme X2
  • Low light photos out of the Galaxy A51 aren't great (from all cameras) - The output is soft and noisy, while the colours are relatively desaturated
  • Overall, while the Galaxy A51 offers good cameras, there are certainly better options available, such as the Redmi K20 Pro
  • However, as far the value for money goes, the Galaxy A51 is far behind from the competition - there are better options like the Redmi K20 Pro which gets you a flagship-grade processor, an HDR display, more premium materials, and even better cameras - in fact, for a bit less money, you could also get the Redmi K20, which is also very capable
  • A bit bulky/chunky
  • No face unlock
  • Software continues to be a relative 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 855 in the cheaper Redmi K20 Pro - in fact, there are the Vivo Z1 Pro and the Vivo Z1X that again cost less and come with a newer Snapdragon 712
  • Sub-par low-light video quality
  • 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 Pro
Expert Reviews
  1. If you absolutely must have a Samsung, this one isn't bad to spend the brand-related premium on... but there are better options available
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A nice-looking phone that offers a beautiful AMOLED display, very good battery life, and we don’t mind the plastic build at all... but the performance is underwhelming
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy A51 appeals to those looking for a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand... but a more powerful processor at this price would be preferred
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy A51 gets few things right like the great display, versatile camera setup, sleek design, and slim form factor... but it does not pack the power, considering its price point
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. There’s a lot to like including the Infinity-O display, stylish design as well as good cameras.
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung Galaxy A51 has great design and display, decent cameras, reliable battery and Samsung's brand trust and loyalty... but performance could have been better
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A very respectable mid-range mobile
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you aren't too bothered about gaming and just want a great everyday driver which is sleek and lasts through the day on a single charge, the Galaxy A51 will certainly not disappoint... but the overall performance is a bit of a letdown
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Offer a unique Samsung experience tailored to the next gen Indian buyer
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Buy it for daily tasks, and if you like the looks... ignore if you're looking for power
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The Galaxy A51 is a mid-range smartphone that does a good job in all areas and takes good photos
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. This is a phone that you could flaunt
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Brand loyalty aside, we can't recommend the V17 Pro over competing phones because they are cheaper while offering even higher specs
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you live and breathe selfies, the Vivo V17 Pro might appeal to you....If not, you should look at phones such as the Redmi K20 Pro and Oppo Reno 2Z
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Six fun cameras, one mediocre phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Although the performance of the phone is not bad, the price tag of Rs 29,990, will make it hard to for Vivo V17 Pro to stand out in this crowded segment.... Still for those who want a device for smartphone photography, Vivo V17 Pro remains a good option
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive midranger...but there are better buys around
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  6. An average phone that doesn’t match its price tag
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Six cameras and great battery life don’t quite make this phone as attractive as we’d hoped
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good smartphone to consider if camera and design are your key concerns...but there are some great competitors too
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are a photography enthusiast, the V17 Pro is not a bad option...but it should have been priced a bit lower
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. While it offers great cameras, premium looks and good battery life, it doesn't do enough to justify the price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If and only if camera is the criteria of buying a smartphone, then go for the Vivo V17 Pro.... Otherwise you can do better at this price
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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