Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the realme 5 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Vivo V17 Pro

Vivo V17 Pro  realme 5 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo V17 Pro realme 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
64.4
55.3
Value for Money Score
72.2
86.7
Price ₹ 25,800 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 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 version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 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 AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 612 Adreno 616
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 USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 48MP: F/1.79 Aperture; 6P lens; PDAF; 10x Digital Zoom; Sony IMX586 Sensor, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse, EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP + 8MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features Pop-up cameras, 32MP: F/2.0 Aperture, 8MP: 105° Ultra Wide Sensor; F/2.2 Aperture, LED flash Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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
Thickness 9.8 mmThick 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 202 gmHeavy 184 gmMedium
Width 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use 74.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh 4035 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, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Premium looks and design - with a beautiful, abstract geometric pattern on the back, and a smooth, metallic sheen - this is one of the hottest looking devices coming at this price point
  • Very easy to grip - the rounded sides and curved back panel make it fit comfortably in a palm
  • It is actually more compact than the Realme 5 - and you will not have any trouble using it even with one hand
  • The front is modern and sharp too - with a big 6.3-inch LCD screen, with a 'waterdrop notch' - and a 90.6 screen-to-body ratio - the chin is fairly prominent but the rest of the borders are narrow and modern-looking
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back, and face recognition - both work well, and are fast to unlock - and can be used to unlock not only the phone but also individual apps
  • Good, 6.3-inch full-HD+ IPS display - the screen can get quite bright and is easy to use outdoors - and video content looks good, with decent colours and sharpness
  • Support Widevine L1 DRM for high-res video streaming
  • ColorOS is now much more refined and streamlined than before - customisation options include a 'Smart Assistant' to the left of the first home screen, icon density on the home screens, UI animation speed, themes, and various gestures - you can long-press the phone's power button to call up Google Assistant, and launch apps with gestures on screen when the phone is in standby - and the standard Android navigation buttons can be replaced with a variety of gesture schemes
  • There are also no spammy ads in the interface - an issue that has recently plagued phones from Xiaomi
  • Excellent, top-bracket-for-the-price-range performance backed by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC which has a slight edge over the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 660, which are commonly found in phones in this segment - everything from daily use to high-end games is smooth
  • Good quad camera setup at the rear - 48-megapixel primary + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera + 2-megapixel macro camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • The primary camera especially delivers impressive photo quality in daylight - focus speed is fast - and the images are sharp, details are high, and the colour balance is good
  • Shots from the wide-angle and the macro camera, while not that that good in quality, give you some interesting shot framing options
  • Portrait shots utilize the depth sensor, and generally come out well
  • The 16MP selfie camera too delivers decent selfies, and also has a (decent) software-based portrait mode
  • Video recording quality is good too, especially in daytime - there's also electronic stabilisation, which works fairly well at 1080p
  • Nightscape mode works fairly well for night photography (though it takes several seconds for the phone to save a shot)
  • Overall, the camera setup on the Realme 5 Pro is easily among the best in this price bracket
  • The single speaker is quite loud and voices are clear even at high volumes (though of course, like most phones in this price bracket, there's no bass or depth when listening to music)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life with a 4035 mAh battery - you will get 1 day with heavy use, and 1.5 days with moderate use
  • Very fast charging with Oppo's proprietary VOOC quick charging technology - and a large 20W charger in the box with this phone - using the included charger, you will get up to 15 percent in 10 minutes and 70 percent in just over 30 minutes - pretty cool
  • The Realme 5 Pro looks like yet another winner from Realme, that once again sets the bar high for other competitors to try and match - it impresses across the board - and it should definitely be in your shortlist for this price bracket
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • There are still a number of pre-loaded apps however - though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled
  • The camera app looks slick but the layout is a bit awkward at times - for instance, to use the macro lens, you have to select the Ultra Macro mode which is buried in a spillover menu next to the standard Photo, Video, and Portrait mode selection buttons - this menu is unnecessarily small and you actually have to scroll down within it to find the Ultra Macro mode
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. An amazing offer...there is hardly a better phone for this amount of money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A great phone...The Realme 5 Pro impresses us almost entirely across the board
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A leap in camera over the Realme 3 Pro...again shows that Realme has got what it takes to build a reliable smartphone camera on budget
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Solid set of hardware..unfortunately let down by poor software
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Beauty meets beast...a top pick in the mid-budget line-up
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Best camera phone you can buy on a budget
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. All-round smartphone that looks really impressive in front of the competition..an easy recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers quite a lot, for the price it comes for
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A real game-changer
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Makes a complete package, that thrills with its all-round performance
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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  15. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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