VIVO continues to produce new smartphones to keep up with the competition, and one of the most recent ones is the VIVO Z5x with a punch-hole screen and triple rear cameras. I’ll put it against one of the best mid-range contenders out in the market, the Realme 3 Pro. Which one is better in each key smartphone aspect? Find out below!
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specifications||VIVO Z5x||Realme 3 Pro|
|Display||6.53-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display||6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display|
|Glass protection||n/a||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (10nm) 2.2GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (10nm) 2.2GHz octa-core CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 616 GPU||Adreno 616 GPU|
|RAM||4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM||4GB, 6GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB UFS 2.1 storage||64GB, 128GB storage|
|Expandable Storage||microSD up to 256GB||microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)|
|Rear camera||16MP F1.78 + 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide) + 2MP F2.4 (depth) rear cameras||16MP F1.7 Sony + 5MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras|
|Front Camera||16MP F2.0 front camera||25MP F2.0 front camera|
|SIM||Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|Mobile connectivity||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0 A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo|
|Biometrics||- Fingerprint scanner (rear)|
- Face Unlock
|- Fingerprint scanner (rear)
- Face Unlock
|USB||microUSB 2.0||microUSB 2.0|
|OS||Funtouch OS 9 (Android 9 Pie)||ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9 Pie)|
|Battery||5,000mAh battery w/ 18W Dual-Engine fast charge, OTG reverse charging||4,045mAh battery w/ 20W VOOC 3.0 flash charge|
|Dimensions||162.39 x 77.33 x 8.85 mm||156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm|
|Weight||204.1 g||172 g|
Here are the advantages of each smartphone:
- Larger screen size
- Higher maximum RAM capacity
- UFS 2.1 storage
- Dedicated ultra-wide angle lens
- Larger battery capacity
- Reverse charging capability
Realme 3 Pro
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Higher front camera resolution
- Higher wattage of charging
- VOOC 3.0 flash charge
The VIVO Z5x is the better option if you want the biggest screen possible. It doesn’t have a notch, unlike the Realme 3 Pro, but it uses a punch-hole design to house the front camera. However, the Realme 3 Pro has the advantage when it comes to glass protection as it comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Powering both devices is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset that comes with an Adreno 616 GPU, which means we can expect the same level of performance, however, the VIVO Z5x has a larger RAM variant which is beneficial if the OS runs plenty of background processes, and you are into heavy multitasking and gaming.
Another unique advantage of the VIVO Z5x is that it carries a Universal Flash Storage (UFS) which is faster than the storage used in the Realme 3 Pro. It’s like having an SSD instead of an HDD.
Camera-wise, the VIVO Z5x has triple rear camera setup with a dedicated ultra-wide angle lens, which makes it a more versatile shooter. The Realme 3 Pro, on the other hand, only has dual-rear cameras. For selfies, the latter has a higher resolution, but that doesn’t always mean that it provides better quality. We’ve yet to know which device has a better overall photo quality given that we don’t have the Z5x in our hands. Stay tuned for that!
The battery is an essential factor when it comes to choosing smartphones. While both devices did not disappoint, the VIVO Z5x has a larger capacity and USB OTG reverse charging. However, the Realme 3 Pro has a faster-charging technology thanks to the higher wattage and VOOC charging technology.
Here are the prices of each smartphone variants:
- VIVO Z5x 4GB + 64GB – CNY 1398 (~PHP 10,555)
- VIVO Z5x 6GB + 64GB – CNY 1498 (~PHP 11,311)
- VIVO Z5x 6GB + 128GB – CNY 1698 (~PHP 12,821)
- Realme 3 Pro 4GB + 64GB – PHP 12,990
- Realme 3 Pro 6GB + 128GB – PHP 14,990
Given these prices, the VIVO Z5x takes the lead here especially if you’re looking for a refreshing design (punch-hole design), its larger screen, faster storage, larger battery capacity, and reverse charging capabilities. However, you can always opt for the Realme 3 Pro as it has glass protection, higher front camera resolution, and VOOC 3.0 flash charging. Not to mention, it’s already available in the Philippines.
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.