Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 is a significantly better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint, we recommend the Vivo V17.

Vivo V17  Xiaomi Mi A3 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo V17 Xiaomi Mi A3
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Excellence Score
52.1
36.1
Value for Money Score
71.3
73.1
Price ₹ 20,199 onwards ₹ 14,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2019 Aug, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 720x1560 pixels (~ 286 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Punch-hole Camera, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 610
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 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; 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 48MP: Sony IMX586 Sensor; 1.6um Pixel Size; 6p lens; F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; PDAF, 8MP: Ultra wide-angle camera; 118° Field-of-View; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor, AI Portrait mode, Steady Handheld Night Photography, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60/120fps; 720p@240fps/120fps, EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Super night selfie, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Pose Master, AI Makeup, Burst, Gender detection F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.54 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 176 gmMedium 173 gmMedium
Width 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use 71.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4500 mAh 4030 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 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 (Upto 18W)
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Premium build & gorgeous design: Dual Gorilla Glass 5 build, with an attractive, striking gradient design
  • Modern front panel, with a small notch
  • Compact form-factor - fairly easy to use one-handed
  • Decent, reasonably accurate under-display fingerprint scanner (it's not the fastest though)
  • Large, high-contrast AMOLED display
  • Being part of the Android One series, you get a simple/stock Android experience, along with a promise of minimum 2 years of Android updates
  • With the powerful Snapdragon 665 at the core, you get smooth dependable performance all-round - it's great for gaming too
  • Very good triple camera setup on the rear (48MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP depth)
  • Images turn out with high level of detail and true-to-life colors - the contrast is also excellent, while the dynamic range is notably wide
  • 8MP images with the ultrawide-angle camera are decent too - its per-pixel quality is much lower than the main camera, but the colors are still nice, and noise is minimal
  • Portrait mode works well - shots are detailed, with excellent subject separation and convincing faux blur
  • Night mode works decently well too
  • Excellent selfies too, from the 32MP selfie camera - there is enough detail, the colors are nice, and the images are sharp enough
  • Good video recording performance too - both 4K and 1080p videos are sharp and detailed, contrast is excellent, color rendition is quite nice and true to life, and the dynamic range is decent - at 1080p 30fps, there is also EIS, which works well
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is easily one of the better camera phones in this price bracket, going head-to-head with excellent camera phones like the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Very good speaker - loud, with fairly rich and deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a large 4030mAH battery - you will comfortably get 1.5 days of use
  • Fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0) support, with up to 18W charger
  • Overall, the Mi A3 is an all-round good Android One phone, that does well on most counts, and additionally packs a stock Android experience (plus promised updates) - for a lot of users, who value a stock Android experience, and whose main consumption on the phone is images & video, it will be a good bet
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The 720p resolution is on the low side though for a PenTile AMOLED display of that size, and this is the only weak-ish point of the Mi A3 - the screen is not the most ideally suited for long reading or browsing
  • The phones ships with a lower 10W charger though, that gives still decent, but not the quickest charging speeds - it recharges from 0 to 28% in 30 mins, while a full charge takes about 150 mins
  • But if you tend to do a lot of long reading on your phone, then you might want to consider higher resolution phones in this price bracket (and there are many good ones out there)
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Gets many things right ...but the 720p screen makes the Mi A3 more of a niche device as it is best suited for gaming and videos instead of browsing and reading
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Two steps forward, one step back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good Android One phone...but the display is a compromise
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers a lot of bang for the buck, but competition in this price segment is fierce to say the least....this one is for the purists
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty good value smartphone...a safe bet for people looking for a cheap and cheerful smartphone that comes with all the right features, and none of the hassle
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good choice for an affordable phone
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth buying if you want a stock Android phone in this price bracket...but there are compromises too
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The 720p display really complicates what is otherwise a very agreeable Android phone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. An otherwise solid phone with one major drawback - a 720p display
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Xiaomi Mi A3 has everything that should be there in a mid-segment smartphone, however, the display resolution could be a dampener for some
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Good but not great
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very good device for Android One fans..but if you do not value stock Android, then consider alternatives
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A pretty solid offering that offers a lot for its price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Buy the Mi A3 if you want an all-rounder of an Android One smartphone that is priced just right
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Offers great value...a rival to the Google Pixel 3A in photography and performance, but at a significantly lower price
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  16. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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