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Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: Best futuristic phone?

21 June 2018 3

Ok! let’s admit that Chinese brands like OPPO and Vivo have brought some amazing concepts to life. When most of the brands are blindly copy-pasting Apple iPhone X’s design or the notch, these lesser known brands are opening gates of new possibilities and have shown the world that true innovation needs the courage to think and do stuff differently.

Also, most of us trusted brands such as Apple, Samsung, LG or even HTC to a certain extent, being the global leaders in technology, to lead by example. However, most of the phones coming out of these brands either carry repetitive old design or are one of the many notch-toting cheap iPhone X replicas.

At MWC 2018, no one expected that Vivo Apex will become the hottest piece of tech not only because of its no-gimmick-bezel-less display but also for the practical implementation of a periscope-like front camera. Unfortunately, Vivo Apex left us with very little hope since the company announced that it will remain as a concept phone and will never enter production phase.

Fast forwards a few months, we have now witnessed the commercial launches of both Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X. Both the phones beat the normalcy and show us a practical solution to getting an all-display front without a notch. On paper both the phones may have a lot of similarities like a pop-up camera, best in class processor and RAM, over 90% actual screen to body ratio and not to forget the fact that both Vivo and OPPO along with OnePlus are owned by the same parent company, BBK Electronics.

However, barring the similarities on-paper, both Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X are amazingly unique phones with their own independent solutions to the common cause. So let us have a look at both the phones and compare them. Honestly, there is no other phone in this league at least for the moment.

Design

Both Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X sport a refreshingly new design and push the bezels to a bare minimum. The OPPO Find X comes with dual curved edges and bezels that are barely there on both top and bottom. It comes with a 6.4-inches AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution. The display here sports a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The OPPO Find X also features a minimalist glass back and carries regular OPPO branding.

The real magic of OPPO Find X lies in its slide-out top. There is a ton of technology housed in this motorized sliding top apart from a 25-megapixel front camera, a dual rear camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary and 16-megapixel secondary sensor and flash. It is also home to a dot projector, ranging sensor, a flood illuminator, and an IR camera which combines to form a 3D face recognition system to unlock the smartphone.

Since the phone does not have a physical fingerprint sensor, the front camera setup pops out every time you want to unlock the device. As per OPPO, this mechanism has been tested over 300,000 times hence can work for at least 5 years.

Vivo NEX, on the other hand, comes with a 6.59-inches AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 19.3:9 aspect ratio. The phone has minimal bezels on three sides and a narrow chin at the bottom. It also features a minimal design and has a dual rear camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary and 5-megapixel secondary sensor along with Vivo and NEX branding at the back.

The NEX does not need a 3D imaging technology and comes with its own tried and tested solution, the in-display fingerprint sensor. Vivo NEX houses Screen SoundCasting technology to replace the front earpiece and a periscope-like pop-up front selfie camera.

While the Vivo NEX started it all, in terms of sheer design and looks, OPPO Find X has a marginal lead here and is a winner.

Hardware

Both Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X are flagship smartphones. They cater to premium segment and demand a premium price tag as well. In terms of hardware both the companies have ensured that they include best in class hardware specifications. Both the devices feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

There is a stripped down variant of Vivo NEX with a Snapdragon 710 processor while OPPO Find X comes with a premium Lamborghini variant that comes with a crazy fast SuperVOOC charging technology, carbon fiber back and 512GB RAM.

Both devices have quite similar specifications while one offers a slightly lesser powerful variant keeping budget and affordability in mind, the other one has brought a super-premium variant. Hence calling one a winner here would be difficult.

Specs OPPO Find X Vivo Nex
Display 6.4-inches 6.59-inches Super AMOLED
screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2316 pixels
Chispet Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 8GB 8GB
Storage 128/256/512GB 128/256GB
IP-ratings None None
Rear cameras 20MP + 16MP 12MP + 5MP
Front camera 25MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack yes yes
OS Android Oreo 8.0 Color OS 5.1 Android Oreo 8.1/FunTouch OS 4.0
Battery

The OPPO Find X comes with a 3,730 mAH battery with a fast VOOC charging tech. This is the same tech that we are used to seeing in OnePlus phones while the Vivo NEX is powered by a 4000 mAH battery which supports fast charging and comes with a 22.5W charger. Both the phones come with a USB Type-C connectivity.

Both the phones do not support wireless charging, though Vivo NEX may have a slightly large battery, VOOC/SuperVOOC gives a leading edge to OPPO Find X here.

Software

Both OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX run on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, while the Find X comes with a custom skin called Color OS 5.1, the NEX runs on FunTouch OS 4.1. Vivo has included an AI-based virtual assistant, like Bixby from Samsung, called Jovi. The phone also comes with a physical shortcut button on the side to activate Jovi.

In terms of software, Vivo Nex gets a thumbs up here.

Camera

OPPO Find X comes with an impressive camera setup. It houses a 25-megapixel camera at the front and a dual camera setup with a 20-megapixel primary and 16-megapixel secondary sensor. On the other hand, Vivo NEX has an 8-megapixel front camera along with a 12-megapixel and a5-megapixel rear camera setup.

OPPO wins here handsomely. Both front and rear cameras on OPPO Find X are better than Vivo NEX and not to forget the Find X also has a 3D face recognition tech going in.

Price

Though with phones in a premium category, pricing doesn’t matter much as compared to budget smartphones. However, it is still a deciding factor. The OPPO Find X carries a price tag of 999 Euros or $1150 approximately while the OPPO Find X Lamborghini variant is priced further higher at 1,699 Euro or $1960 approximately.

Vivo NEX is priced at a CNY 4,498 or $702 for the base variant while the top of the live variant comes at a price tag of CNY 4,998 or $780. The stripped down variant of Vivo NEX is pegged at CNY 3898 or $608.

In sheer terms of affordability, Vivo NEX is a winner with a fair stretch since OPPO Find X is outrageously costly.

Conclusion

While Vivo could be credited for starting this new trend off motorized camera, OPPO has only taken in one step ahead by housing entire 3D face recognition system along with both from and rear cameras in the slide up section. We should also not forget that both of these brands were responsible for bringing iPhone X's notch to budget Android smartphones.

The fact remains that both the phones have their own highlights and unique features and it is really difficult to pick one. One can pick Vivo NEX purely on the price perspective and you also get an in-display fingerprint sensor along with the pop-up camera. If you’re one of those crazy for design and budget is not an issue for you than Find X is the phone for you.

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