Our Opinion

The Vivo Z1x (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the realme 5 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Vivo Z1x (8GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Vivo Z1x (8GB RAM, 128GB)  realme 5 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Vivo Z1x realme 5 Pro
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Excellence Score
55.0
54.2
Value for Money Score
82.9
86.0
Price ₹ 17,990 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 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 6.38 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 404 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, SCHOTT Xensation Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features Super AMOLED Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #25 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 616 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 + 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/1.79 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; Sony IMX582 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size, 8MP: 120-degree Ultra-wide lens; F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: Depth Sensor; F/2.4 Aperture, AI Filter, Backlight HDR, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light effects, AR stickers, Slow motion, Time-lapse, AI Beauty, Live Photo, Fun Video, AI Super Night Mode 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 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, AI Filters, AR stickers, Portrait light effects, Live Photo, AI Beauty, Fun Video 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.13 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 190 gmMedium 184 gmMedium
Width 75.2 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 4500 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, 22.5W Flash Charge Yes, 20W VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Reverse Charging; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Eye-catching colorway (plastic) design that is unapologetically flashy - this one is sure to turn heads
  • Dedicated Google Assistant button on the left side
  • Fast, accurate in-display fingerprint scanner and face unlock options
  • Beautiful, full HD 6.38-inch Super AMOLED panel - you will get punchy colours, deep blacks, and good sunlight legibility
  • It also has Widevine L1 support which means you’ll be able to stream videos in Full HD on video streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime Video
  • An interesting addition to the display on the Z1x is the new low brightness anti-flicker mode - when switched on, it reduces screen flicker to alleviate visual fatigue - particularly useful during late-night gaming sessions
  • Funtouch OS is an iOS-look-alike that is filled to the brim with customizations
  • It now also packs a useful Dark mode
  • There is also a dedicated PUBG feature (apart from the separate dedicated Gaming mode) that helps users make the most of their time while in the waiting room (Users can quit the application while waiting for the game to start and the game timer is displayed as a chat bubble in the UI)
  • Very good performance backed by the excellent Snapdragon 712 SoC that powered its predecessor - gamers too won’t be disappointed - the phone is more than capable of playing heavy games, at top graphics settings
  • Thermal management is pretty good too and the phone does not warm up easily
  • Very good set of cameras - front and back - you will get good detailed pictures in all lighting conditions
  • On the rear, the Z1x houses a triple-camera setup that consists of a primary 48MP sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The pictures from the primary camera are visually appealing, generally saturated, and the colours pop
  • The wide-angle camera also takes images good enough to be shared on social channels
  • The camera application is also pretty comprehensive and houses a dearth of other features like Fun Video and AR stickers
  • There is also a a dedicated night mode present which does help in balancing exposure and getting a bit more detail in low-light scenarios
  • Portrait shots come out reasonably well - with good subject separation
  • The selfie camera is a 32MP snapper and takes really good selfies, especially in good light - there’s an AI Beauty mode too that lets you change just about any feature of your face - you can also play around with a bunch of different portrait effects and edge detection on these portraits is pretty decent too
  • Decent video recording quality - 1080p videos are stabilised well and colour reproduction is also decent (though focus lock can sometimes be jittery) - 4K videos, on the other hand, are a bit jerky
  • Overall, this is a very good camera setup for the price - perhaps only a shade behind the top camera phones of this price bracket - the likes of the Realme X and Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Reasonably loud speaker (though, of course, as usually expected in this price range, it lacks depth)
  • Very good battery life with a large 4500mAh battery - you can easily get 1.5 days of use
  • Vivo has amped up charging speeds on the Z1x too, compared to the Z1 - the phone now supports 22.5W vivo FlashCharge that takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to completely charge the phone from the 15% mark
  • Overall, Vivo Z1x presents itself as another excellent all-rounder alternative from the Vivo camp for the mid-budget segment after the successful Vivo Z1 Pro - it stands up to the likes of Realme X, Oppo K3, Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy A50 - all great phones on their own accord
  • 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]
  • On the bulky side
  • It still continues to be one of the more cluttered Android UIs however, and can prove to be overwhelming for someone coming from a lighter/stock UI
  • 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. The most mature execution we have seen from Vivo to date...does a great job at standing shoulder to shoulder with the fan favourite offerings from Redmi and Realme
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Definitely an attractive option
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. At this price point, the Vivo Z1x is definitely a good smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A well rounded device for the price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Attractive design and good-enough specs
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good mashup of style and performance...worth considering at this price point
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A more refined version of the Vivo Z1 Pro
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good phone for the price point...but don't expect a lot
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. One of the best bets in the mid-range smartphone segment
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Value-for-money phone
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Almost perfect, and at the right price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. A great device in every aspect
    asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. An all-rounder at this price
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. firstpost.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. A fantastic value budget handset
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  6. All-round smartphone that looks really impressive in front of the competition..an easy recommendation
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best camera phone you can buy on a budget
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Beauty meets beast...a top pick in the mid-budget line-up
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Offers quite a lot, for the price it comes for
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Nice little mix of impressive hardware and aggressive price
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Makes a complete package, that thrills with its all-round performance
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Formidable proposition
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A real game-changer
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  16. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  17. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  18. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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