Our Opinion

The Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi 7 (3GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 7 (3GB RAM) 
Vivo U10 Xiaomi Redmi 7
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Excellence Score
25.5
24.2
Value for Money Score
69.4
69.9
Price ₹ 9,990 onwards ₹ 8,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Apr, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.35 inches 6.26 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 269 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight Mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 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 microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: Ultra-wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI filter, HDR, Portrait bokeh, Slow Motion Video, Time-lapse, Ai Beauty 12MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF, Portrait Mode, Night Light Enhancement, HDR, Auto HDR, Continuous Shooting, Face Recognition
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, AI Filters, AI Beauty, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Beautify 4.0, Portrait mode, HDR, Screen flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Palm shutter
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB 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 8.92 mmMedium 8.47 mmMedium
Weight 191 gmHeavy 180 gmMedium
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 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 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]
  • Stylish, slick, premium looks (looks more expensive than it is), good build quality
  • The grip is comfortable enough to operate the phone with one hand
  • The front is modern with a 6.35-inch HD+ IPS display that offers 89 per cent screen-to-body ratio, and a dewdrop notch
  • Both the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock are quick
  • Decent 6.35-inch HD+ IPS display - good for watching videos and consuming content
  • Very good performance for the price category with a powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core - it's capable enough for smooth performance not just in daily use, but high-end games like PUBG
  • Decent rear and front camera performance, overall, for the price bracket (not best in class though)
  • There is a three-camera setup on Vivo U10's back panel, that includes a primary 13MP sensor, 8MP wide-angle lens and a 2MP depth sensor
  • You get fairly good and clear pictures in daylight
  • Portrait mode works quite well too
  • Excellent battery life with a large 5000mAh battery - you should get a comfortable 2 days of use
  • Fast charging support - you can recharge your phone's battery to about 80% in just one hour, which is quite good
  • The U10 is an overall excellent device from Vivo for the 10k price bracket, and looks capable enough to give a fight to the Redmis and Realmes of the world
  • Beautiful, premium, slick colorway back panel - one of the best looking phones in this price bracket
  • Modern, sharp design up-front too, with a large screen and water-drop notch
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Good, 6.26-inch IPS LCD HD+ display - easily among the best in this price bracket - it has good sunlight legibility, great viewing angles, and good color tuning - watching movies and images on the screen is a pretty good experience
  • MIUI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and has plenty of customization features - you can easily do things like switch between buttons and gestures for navigation and turn off the notch depending on your preference
  • Very good performance, with a Snapdragon 632 chipset at the core - daily use is smooth and pleasant, simple games are a breeze, and even complex games like PUBG do fine on low graphics settings
  • Good dual-rear camera setup - a combination of a 12MP primary camera paired with a 2MP depth sensor - the end results are fairly impressive
  • Images shot outdoors in good light come out very well with retained details even in shadow regions
  • Portrait mode is good too - edge detection is rather good and the bokeh fall-off is fairly natural
  • Good selfie camera too, with a decent software-based portrait mode, and a decent beauty mode
  • Overall, Xiaomi has scored here again, with probably the best overall camera package at this price point
  • The phone has a single speaker but it manages to be pretty loud - there is little to no bottom end, but on the flip side, music doesn’t crackle even with the volume cranked up to the maximum
  • Excellent battery life - with a 4000mAh battery, the phone comfortably lasts a day and a half on a single charge - and with lighter usage, you can easily manage two days
  • Overall, the Redmi 7 is a very good deal for anyone looking for an entry-level smartphone that can handle all the basics and more - it delivers good performance and a well-optimized usage experience, and it looks smashing while at it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Somewhat bulky and boxy - it's a handful at 8.92mm thick and 190.5g in weight
  • The glossy back finish attracts scratches and fingerprints
  • Vivo's Funtouch UI is one of the heavier Android skins around, and packs plenty of bloatware - which means that if you like your phones simple and fuss-free, it's not the best option around
  • Low light performance is average (there is plenty of noise)
  • It's an all plastic affair though, so the build quality is definitely not as premium as the Redmi Note series (which have glass backs)
  • The glossy back, like all glossy backs, attracts a lot of fingerprints, and will scratch relatively easily too (so using a case is a good idea)
  • It continues to be ad-strewn though - and by default you will get ads on the lock screen, ads whenever you install an app on your phone, and ads in the notification shade - all of this can be turned off, but that requires a few steps and know-how - something a lot of people using the phone won't have
  • Low light shots are more of a mixed bag (the phone tends to reduce the shutter speed, which makes it harder to get a sharp image), and video recording lacks stabilisation - but that's to be expected in this price bracket
  • That said, if you can raise your budget by about a 1000 bucks, the Redmi Note 7 with an all-glass design, a Snapdragon 660 processor, and a Full HD display is an even better value proposition
Expert Reviews
  1. Seriously competitive hardware on a tight budget
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Performance, cameras, and battery life are the three parameters that matter the most for a budget smartphone and the Vivo U10 does good on all three of them....it should not have a problem competing with Redmi and Realme phones in the budget segment
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Not the best package in this price bracket...there are more compelling alternatives such as the Redmi Note 8 smartphone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The complete package under 10k
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good choice for an average smartphone user on a budget
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  8. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you’re looking for a smartphone that offers a great value for your money, then the Redmi 7 is the one to go for
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Has an advantage in terms of features and specifications overall at its price... however the software experience, particularly all the advertising, is likely to put a lot of people off
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable, value for money offering
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A cracking deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. For its price, Redmi 7 is certainly an excellent package
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Value-for-money smartphone
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs a punch...Budget phone done right
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Has all boxes ticked...among all the options you can choose from in the price bracket, the Redmi 7 just seems to be a slicker package overall
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A dependable smartphone that ticks most of the right boxes
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Has the feel of a phone that costs way above its price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi has once again created a great smartphone at an affordable price
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  12. Value for money
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
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