Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Vivo Y17, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Vivo Y17  Xiaomi Mi A3 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Vivo Y17 Xiaomi Mi A3
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Excellence Score
26.1
32.6
Value for Money Score
61.6
72.6
Price ₹ 13,990 onwards ₹ 12,740 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2019 Aug, 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 versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.35 inches 6.01 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1544 pixels (~ 268 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 IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #58 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 665Ranked #39 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 610
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
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 48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 8MP: Wide Angle Lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, Palm Capture, Auto Scene, Voice Control, Time Lapse, Live Photos, HDR, Portrait Mode, Panorama, AI Face Beauty, Camera Filter 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 20MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Gender Detection, Panorama, Face Beauty, Live Photo, Palm Capture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beauty Camera Filter F/2.0 Aperture, 1.6um Pixel Size, HDR, Panorama selfie, 5p lens, Video: 1080p@30fps
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 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 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 190 gmMedium 173 gmMedium
Width 76.8 mmInconvenient 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 5000 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, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks quite slick with the deep jewel-tone colours for the frame and rear panel
  • Fingerprint and face recognition both work well
  • Modern screen design with a water-drop notch
  • Good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility
  • Vivo's custom AI assistant Jovi is useful at places - the screen to the left of the first home screen is called Jovi Smart Scene, and it shows cards for things like sports scores, the weather, to-dos, and a system-wide reading list that you can save articles or screenshots to from any app
  • The 20MP front camera takes good shots, especially in daytime
  • Lots of storage space, with a generous 128GB of memory
  • Battery life is the big USP of the phone with a giant 5000mAH battery - you will get a cool 2 days of use with moderate usage
  • Fast charging support
  • 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]
  • As nice as the finish of this phone is, it picks up fingerprints and smudges very easily
  • The Vivo Y17 is also fairly heavy and thick - that's the tradeoff you have to make in order to fit in the enormous 5000mAh battery
  • Screen resolution is on the low side
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS, while it does have some useful features, is in general quite cluttered, and a far cry from the simplicity of stock Android
  • There's also a ton of bloatware that comes pre-installed, and a lot of it is also can't be uninstalled
  • Then there are quirks that you need to learn your way around - for instance, if you choose to enable gestures instead of buttons for UI navigation, you'll have to learn exactly where to swipe so you don't pull up the iOS-like Shortcut Center inadvertently
  • While day-to-day performance is pretty smooth, the Vivo Y17 underperforms for this price category with a relatively weak MediaTek Helio P35 processor inside (similar to Snapdragon 632)
  • Gaming, especially with more complex games like PUBG, is a laggy, jittery experience
  • Average set of triple rear cameras (primary + wide-angle + depth)
  • The focus doesn't always lock perfectly and the Vivo Y17 tends to struggle with subtle contrasts
  • Switching to the wide-angle camera makes the quality dip further with much less accurate colours, and a lot of overprocessing
  • Low light performance is also quite poor - the focus is soft, objects in the foreground are grainy, and details are murky
  • The default video resolution is 1280x720 for some reason, and there's no stabilisation so your recordings will be quite shaky - overall video quality is also disappointing
  • The camera app also has some quirks, and is not the most intuitive to use
  • The single speaker on the bottom is quite average, producing only grating, harsh sound
  • Uses the old Micro-USB port, instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • Overall, with the ordinary processor and cameras, the Vivo Y17 is quite simply outclassed by other phones available at its price, and even by several that cost a lot less - you will be better off looking at the competition
  • 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. Simply outclassed by competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Gigantically hefty with premium features and a wow factor
    timesnownews.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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