Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) 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 Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Vivo Y17  Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo Y17 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
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Excellence Score
28.8
50.3
Value for Money Score
66.6
85.8
Price ₹ 13,499 onwards ₹ 14,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 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
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P35Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 612
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 5MP
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: F/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 1.6um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Steady Handheld Night Photography, AI Portrait mode, Low Light Enhancement, Standard HDR, Auto HDR, Video Stabilisation (EIS), Burst mode, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Dynamic Bokeh, AI Studio Lighting
Secondary Camera 20MP 13MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Gender Detection, Panorama, Face Beauty, Live Photo, Palm Capture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beauty Camera Filter AI Portrait mode, AI Beautify, Face recognition, Selfie timer, HDR, AI Studio lighting
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 GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.92 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 190 gm 186 gm
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, Dual Engine Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0 (Upto 18W)
Included Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration WiFi Display; 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
  • 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 6.3inch LCD screen with fairly thin side bezels - and a small, unobtrusive notch
  • Good overall display quality, with especially good brightness levels - though it's not quite as good as the AMOLED panel on the Galaxy M30 - that's the one area where the Samsung phone takes a clear lead
  • 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 powerful Snapdragon 675 SoC makes sure that the device runs super smooth without performance drops even with complex games - everything is fast and lag-free - this is best-in-class performance for this price segment
  • The primary camera is the rear dual camera setup is a huge 48MP sensor - which shoots 12MP at default settings (there is a way to shoot in the sensor's full 48MP resolution if you prefer that, but you'd have to go to the camera's Pro mode for that)
  • In daylight, the performance is good, as expected - there's plenty of detail, contrast is good, colors are punchy, and noise is virtually non-existent
  • The actual benefit though of the large sensor is that users get sharper 12MP photos with less noise even at high ISO values compared to the regular 12MP sensors - what that means is that the night time shots are the real strong point of the phone, and are surprisingly good for a phone at this price point - there's no prominent noise, details are good and light sources appear to be rather well-preserved
  • Additionally, the Night mode really makes a difference by restoring the highlights and bringing out the shadows - the result is nicely balanced and subjects look more detailed
  • Portraits with the dual rear cameras are also very good - comparable to much more expensive handsets - the detail is nice while the edge detection is stellar - indoor portraits are good too
  • With the front camera, the selfies turn out to be quite nice as well - there's enough detail from the 13MP snapper and its focus sweet spot is almost a full arm's length so you don't need to get really close to the phone to get the sharpest possible result - the portrait mode also seems to do quite well despite the hardware limitations of the front camera (no secondary unit for depth sensing)
  • Overall, the cameras on the Redmi Note 7 Pro are top-notch, and this is now the camera package to beat in the under Rs. 20k price segment
  • Despite having just a single bottom-firing loudspeaker, the handset impresses with a loud sound - and it sounds clean at high volumes as well
  • Audio quality via headphones is very good too - and loudness remains just as impressive when headphones come into play - one of the highest in the market, let alone the price range
  • Has a modern USB Type-C port
  • Like other Redmi phones, the Note 7 Pro also packs a handy IR blaster, which can be used for remote controlling home appliances via the Mi Remote app
  • Excellent battery life, as has been the hallmark of the Redmi Note series - the 4000 mAh battery paired with the fairly efficient Snapdragon 675 SoC makes sure that it easily overtakes some upper-mid-range and high-end smartphones when it comes to endurance - you will comfortably get a 1.5-2 days of use
  • The Redmi Note 7 Pro is yet another winner from the Xiaomi camp, again going on to redefine the expectations of a budget phone
  • It's main competition will likely come from the Realme 2 Pro - and here the Redmi Note 7 Pro takes the lead with more premium glass build, faster processor, better battery life and more capable camera
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
  • 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)
  • The phone does tend to heat up a bit though, with long gaming times
  • 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'
Expert Reviews
  1. Simply outclassed by competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  1. All-rounder at a killer price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are in the market for an affordable performer, look no further than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Definitely one of the best smartphone in this segment
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A complete package, with very little flaws
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Class apart...Right now, you won't find a better phone that can match Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro in Indian mid-range mobile segment
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. In a different league altogether
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A wholesome balanced smartphone that's not expensive
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Great smartphone let down by pesky ads
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking to buy an all-rounder smartphone under Rs 20,000, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is the best option in India right now
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The budget phone to beat in 2019
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Stands out...The budget smartphone we would recommend
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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