“The Vivo V11 Pro comes with a waterdrop notch and under-display fingerprint scanner”

Vivo has been on the forefront of innovation in recent times with its under-display fingerprint scanner, motorised selfie camera and all screen display to name a few. Its latest launches like the X21 (review) and NEX (review) are testaments to that. Now, the brand is getting even more aggressive and bringing some of these features to the mid-range with the latest launch, the V11 Pro (review). The smartphone packs features like an under-display fingerprint scanner, waterdrop notch, powerful selfie cameras and an attractive design. So where does it stack up against the tried and tested smartphone of choice in the sub-Rs 30k segment – the Nokia 7 Plus (review). Read on ahead to find out.

Design and display

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When it comes to the design, both these smartphones are at two extreme ends of the spectrum. While the Nokia 7 Plus is intended to be more utilitarian and practical with its design, the V11 Pro has been designed to turn heads. The Vivo V11 Pro comes features a gradiented back panel that’s designed to turn heads. Further, the front of the smartphone is all display as Vivo has cut down on bezels with the water drop notch and a very thin chin. In the front, the handset sports a massive 6.41-inch Super AMOLED 19:9 screen with full HD+ resolution.

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Coming to the Nokia 7 Plus, as we mentioned it comes with a more industrial design crafted from Series 6000 aluminium. The blocky slab design of the smartphone comes with a clever two-tone finish with copper accents, running along the edges of the frame. Flaunting the same sturdy build quality as expected from the brand, the Nokia 7 Plus is also the first one from Nokia to come with the taller 18:9 display. The handset comes with a 6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,240 pixels.

Vivo V11 Pro clearly wins this round with its stunning design and a display that is as immersive as it gets. However, Nokia 7 Plus will find takers among those who love their smartphones to be understated and more utilitarian.

Performance and software

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Both the Vivo V11 Pro and Nokia 7 Plus are neck-to-neck when it comes to the performance. These smartphones get Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset in the SD600 series – the Snapdragon 660. The native storage on these smartphones is pegged at 64GB and can be further expanded using a microSD card. However, the Nokia 7 Plus loses out in the RAM department as it comes with 4 gigs of RAM as compared to the 6GB on the Vivo offering. However, it doesn’t make a difference since Nokia 7 Plus is completely-bloat free and doesn’t require as many resources to run smoothly.

This brings us to the software. The Nokia 7 Plus is part of the Android One Program and as such comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Moreover, the smartphone is also entitled to two years of timely and regular updates as well as security patches directly from Google. The V11 Pro, on the other hand, runs FunTouch OS 4.5 atop Android 8.1 Oreo. The feature-loaded interface does bog down the smartphone and the brand is not particularly known for its update cycle, so this round goes to the Nokia 7 Plus.

Camera and battery

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In the imaging department, Nokia 7 Plus and Vivo V11 Pro are both capable shooters flaunting dual camera modules on the rear panel. The Vivo V11 Pro has been equipped with a 12-megapixel primary shooter at the rear with a 5-megapixel secondary snapper. The primary snapper has been equipped with Dual PDAF for faster focus lock and improved details in low-light conditions. As for the Nokia 7 Plus, it comes with a 12-megapixel primary snapper equipped with a 13-megapixel secondary shooter. The Nokia offering also flaunts the same Dual PDAF technology as the V11 Pro. 

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While the rear cameras are mostly on par, Vivo takes the cake when it comes to the selfie camera. The smartphone flaunts a powerful 25-megapixel shooter equipped with Vivo’s AI Face Beauty technology and offers a Portrait mode as well. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, has been equipped with a decent 16-megapixel shooter on the front for selfies and video calling. Certainly, on paper the Vivo V11 Pro is better at capturing self-portraits and given brand’s history of churning out impressive selfie smartphone, we can expect it to perform better in real life as well.

As for the battery, the Nokia 7 Plus gets a slight edge over the V11 Pro as it comes with a beefy 3,800mAh battery. The Vivo V11 Pro comes with a smaller 3,400mAh cell. You can expect both handsets to offer a day and a half’s worth of usage at the least.

Closing thoughts

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To sum it up, the Vivo V11 Pro does comes with a ton of added goodies over the Nokia offering, and if you can ignore the cluttered FunTouch interface, appeals more than the Nokia 7 Plus. You get the latest iteration of the notch display, one of the most powerful mid-range chipsets, a capable selfie shooter and a design that you cannot take your eyes off of. However, the Nokia 7 Plus offers an identical core spec sheet in a more practical and sturdy design as well as guaranteed regular updates straight from Google, which will sit well with tech nerds. Which one would you pick? Let us know in the comments below.