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Vivo V17 vs Realme X2 vs Huawei Nova 5z: Specs Comparison

Three days ago, Vivo V17 went official, but it is nothing new. It is nothing more than a rebranded version of the Vivo S1 Pro announced days before. And just like its twin sibling, it has a lot of competition. Among the latest devices released with very similar specs and a very similar price to the Vivo V17, there are Realme X2 and Huawei Nova 5z. In this comparison, we will explain to you all the main differences between these three phones and what you should go for depending on your most common needs. Note that we are talking about mid-rangers focused on quality-price ratio suitable for average users, not about flagships and neither about entry-level devices.

Vivo V17 vs Realme X2 vs Huawei Nova 5z: Specs Comparison
Vivo V17 vs Oppo Realme X2 vs Huawei Nova 5z

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8Vivo V17Oppo Realme X2
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT158.3 x 75.3 x 8.4 mm, 190 grams159.3 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm, 186.7 grams158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm, 182 grams
DISPLAY6.3 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 409 ppi, IPS LCD6.38 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 404 ppi, Super AMOLED6.4 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, Super AMOLED
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core 2 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 665, octa-core 2 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 730G, octa-core 2.2 GHz
MEMORY3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB   – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot8 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD slot6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD dedicated slot
SOFTWAREAndroid 9 Pie, MIUIAndroid 9 Pie, Funtouch OSAndroid 9 Pie, Color OS
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS
CAMERAQuad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4

13 MP f/2.0 front camera
Quad 48 + 8 + 2 +2 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4 and f/2.4

32 MP f/2.0 front camera
Quad 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP f/1.8, f/2.3, f/2.4 and f/2.4

32 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY4000 mAh, fast charging 18W4500 mAh, fast charging 18W4000 mAh, fast charging 30W with VOOC Flash Charge 4.0
ADDITIONAL FEATURESDual SIM slotDual SIM slot Dual SIM slot

Design

Given the goodness of actual midrange smartphones, only a few people really need a flagship, even when it comes to the design. All of these devices are equipped with an elegant glass back, but my favorite one is the Huawei Nova 5z for two reasons. First, it has a punch-hole display: instead of a silly notch, it sports a single hole inside the display which integrates a front camera. Second, it is way more compact than both Realme X2 and Vivo S1 Pro. But unfortunately, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, while Realme X2 and Vivo V17 have an optical in-display fingerprint reader that is more comfortable.

Display

Huawei Nova 5z does not offer a bad image quality, but it has an IPS display and not everyone likes it. Both Vivo S1 Pro and Realme X2 come with a Super AMOLED display, so you may like them a lot more for their more vivid colors. On the Realme X2, you even get the Gorilla Glass 5 protection for the front panel.

Specs & Software

The most performing chipset is on board of the Realme X2 and it is the Snapdragon 730G, which means Realme X2 wins the hardware comparison. You can even find this device in a better memory configuration with up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage and UFS 2.1 storage as well. Unlike Vivo V17 and Huawei Nova 5z, it even sports a dedicated micro SD slot (separated from the dual SIM slot, so that you can use both at the same time). In the second place, we got the Kirin 810 which, despite being made with a better production process (7 nm), does not reach the performance of the Snapdragon 730G. These devices have a customized Android 9 Pie version out of the box with three different user interfaces.

Camera

Realme X2 has the best hardware and it even wins the camera comparison. All feature a quad rear camera, but the Realme X2 is the only with a 64 MP main sensor providing a higher level of detail and better overall quality. When it comes to the front camera, all sport the same 32 MP sensor. Both Vivo V17 and Huawei Nova 5z have a 48 MP quad camera, so you get more or less the same photo quality with marginal differences depending on the software optimization.

Battery

Vivo V17 offers 500 mAh more of battery capacity, that is why it lasts more on a single charge. But Realme X2 charges faster with its 30W VOOC fast charging technology.

Price

Vivo V17 is sold at €290/$319, Realme X2 has a €299/$330 price, and Huawei Nova 5z costs about €227/$250. At the end of the day, Realme X2 looks slightly more convincing due to its better rear camera and higher-end hardware.

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Vivo V17 vs Oppo Realme X2 vs Huawei Nova 5z: PROs and CONS

Vivo V17

PROs

  • Bigger battery
  • Original design
  • Great price
  • Nice display

CONS

  • Inferior SoC

Realme X2

PROs

  • Better chipset
  • Faster charging
  • Micro SD dedicated slot
  • Better cameras
  • Good display

CONS

  • Nothing particular

Huawei Nova 5z

PROs

  • Punch-hole display
  • Good design
  • Nice price
  • More compact

CONS

  • IPS display
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