Our Opinion

The Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Vivo U10 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Vivo U10 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
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Excellence Score
25.5
24.6
Value for Money Score
69.4
68.1
Price ₹ 9,990 onwards ₹ 9,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Mar, 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 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.35 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 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 IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Colour Temperature Adjustment, Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #40 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #41 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 610 Adreno 512
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 USB-C
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: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; PDAF; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, AI Scene detection, Panorama, Face recognition, HDR, Low light enhancement, Video EIS, 120fps Slow Motion Recording (720p/1080p), AI Beautify
Secondary Camera 8MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, AI Filters, AI Beauty, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, HDR, Selfie timer, AI Scene Detection
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 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 8.92 mmMedium 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 191 gmHeavy 186 gmMedium
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
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 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration WiFi Display; 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
  • Looks stunning, with an all-glass design - Xiaomi has gone the extra mile here and really knocked it out of the park in terms of an exquisite design
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy, premium build quality
  • Great hand feel
  • The front and the back are fitted with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 with an additional 0.8mm-thick layer for extra durability
  • The LED notification light sits comfortably on the chin - it can only be seen when it lights up, it's really subtle
  • Splash resistant body
  • The capacitive fingerprint sensor is easy to reach with your index finger and it also has a different texture, so it's hard to miss - plus it's quick
  • Apart from the quick fingerprint sensor, the phone also has decently quick AI face recognition (under good light)
  • Big, sharp 6.3inch LCD screen with a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels
  • You also get software tweaks to adjust the contrast and colour temperature, which is nice
  • Xiaomi's custom skin overlay, MIUI, has come a long way and the latest version takes a more simplistic and clean approach
  • There is also an option to chose between the standard navigation buttons and navigation gestures
  • The excellent Snapdragon 660 SoC makes sure that the device runs smooth without thermal throttling or performance drops even with complex games
  • Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 7 also doesn't have any heating issues
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras, especially in daylight - colours and details are good, and the camera app's AI system does a good job in detecting objects such as buildings, plants, flowers, etc, and boosting the image accordingly
  • The depth sensor helps in capturing good portrait shots - edge detection is good for objects and people
  • The front-facing 13-megapixel camera too captures good selfies under good lighting - the AI beatification isn't too aggressive thankfully
  • You can also shoot selfies with a bokeh effect too, and the edge detection is not bad
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Gets the modern USB Type-C port - a rarity in this price bracket
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7 also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Very good battery life - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 660 SoC means you will comfortably get over a day of use - it's not as amazing as the Note 7 Pro though, which does significantly better, thanks likely to an even more efficient processor
  • The Redmi Note 7 is another great device from the Xiaomi camp, and gives a great bang for the buck, especially in terms of performance
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)
  • At 186g, it's a bit on the bulky side
  • There continue to be pesky ads in the MUIU interface these days, and these do somewhat diminish the experience of using an otherwise excellent smartphone (there are ways to disable these through settings, but not a lot of people who buy the phone are going to be technically aware enough to know how to do that)
  • Low light performance of both the rear cameras and the front camera is average
  • Video quality isn't too impressive either - when shooting outdoors in daylight, bright areas are often overexposed
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent, but this is not the best camera package in this price range - if you are looking for that, look at the Realme 2 Pro, or Xiaomi A2 instead
  • While the smartphone supports Quick Charge 4.0, the included adapter maxes out at 5V/2A, and though it has a decent charging speed (about 57% in 1 hour), you will have to look for a QC 3 or QC 4-capable brick to enjoy true 'fast charging'
  • If you are looking for the best camera in this price bracket though, then you'd be happier with the Realme 2 Pro or even Xiaomi's Mi A2
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. There are plenty of good smartphones in India right now under Rs. 15,000 - and the Redmi Note 7 is certainly one of them
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Most powerful smartphone in this price bracket...definitely a great buy
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Well packaged phone...great value for money at this price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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