Our Opinion

The Vivo V17 Pro is a slightly better phone, but the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Vivo V17 Pro  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo V17 Pro realme XT
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Excellence Score
66.9
63.2
Value for Money Score
82.0
89.4
Price ₹ 25,499 onwards ₹ 18,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.44 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2400 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 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, 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 #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 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
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 64MP + 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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 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
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 mm 8.6 mm
Weight 202 gm 183 gm
Width 74.7 mm 75.2 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 4100 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 Dual-Engine Fast Charging Yes, 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; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
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 is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
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. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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