The sister companies Oppo and Vivo just came up with two new mid-range devices focused on the quality-price ratio: Vivo X21s and Oppo RX17 Neo. They can be considered a middle way between mid-rangers and upper-midrange devices and they can provide very nice performances even though their price is all but excessive. Today, we compare them with Nokia X7, the best HMD Global’s upper-midrange device also known in Europe as Nokia 7.1 Plus. Which is the best smartphone of the trio? Let’s go find out.
Vivo X21s vs Oppo RX17 Neo vs Nokia X7 (7.1 Plus)
|Vivo X21s||Oppo RX17 Neo||Nokia X7|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||157.9 x 75 x 7.9 mm, 156 grams||158.3 x 75.5 x 7.4 mm, 156 grams||154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm, 178 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.41 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, Super AMOLED||6.41 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Super AMOLED||6.18 inches, 1080 x 2280p (Full HD+), 408 ppi, 19:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core 2.2 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD dedicated slot||4 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot||4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 8.1 Oreo, Funtouch OS||Android 8.1 Oreo, Color OS||Android 8.1 Oreo, Android One|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|CAMERA||Dual 12 + 5 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4
25 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 16 + 2 MP f/2.4
25 MP f/2.0 front camera
|Dual 12 + 13 MP f/1.8
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast Charging 18W
Fast Charging 10W
Fast Charging 18W
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
Vivo X21s and Oppo RX17 Neo have a similar design and it is impressive in both cases. They have a very high screen-to-body ratio thanks to narrow bezels and a waterdrop notch, as well as gradient color variants, while Nokia X7 is less attractive with its thicker bezels. If you like to have a reflective glass back with light waves, you will love the Oppo RX17 Neo more, while if you want the highest screen-to-body ratio, Vivo X21s is for you
With its higher screen-to-body ratio and the Super AMOLED technology, Vivo X21s has the most convincing display among these devices. However, the viewing quality is more or less the same as the Oppo RX17 Neo, so if you choose the RX17 Neo you will just lose the X21s’ thinner bezels. Nokia X7 has a typical midrange-class IPS panel, and it is inferior to its opponents.
Hardware & Software
While you should definitely go for Vivo X21s or Oppo RX17 Neo when it comes to design, Nokia X7 offers the best hardware side thanks to the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. If you exclude the Snapdragon 8xx series, the Snapdragon 710 is the best Qualcomm’s SoC and it is paired with up to 6 GB of RAM on the Nokia X7. Vivo X21s and Oppo RX17 Neo have a customized user interface, while Nokia X7 comes with the stock Android One which will be treated with faster updates.
All of these devices are equipped with very nice cameras, even though they can not compete with the most important flagships. Whichever you choose, you will get a good camera phone, but Nokia X7 attracts me more and I think it is able to click more interesting shots with its Zeiss optics and OIS.
There is just a bunch of mAh of difference between the batteries of these handsets, so do not expect big differences in their battery life. Oppo RX17 Neo has the biggest battery, but we have to see how good the company optimized it on the software side to give a final verdict about which device is better.
While Vivo X21s and Oppo RX17 Pro are both available with a starting price tag of about €350, Nokia X7 was launched with a more affordable price of €250. That is why it wins this comparison: besides having better performance and a very nice camera, it has a higher value for money.
Vivo X21s vs Oppo RX17 Neo vs Nokia X7: PROs and CONS
- High stb ratio
- In-display fingerprint reader
- Nice cameras
- Best display
- Limited availability
Oppo RX17 Neo
- Awesome design
- Bigger battery
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- Thinner body
- Bigger dimensions
Nokia 7.1 Plus
- Better hardware
- Amazing cameras
- Android One
- More affordable
- Nothing special