Vivo V3 Max vs Oppo F1 Plus: Battle of premium smartphones

Besides cut-throat competition in the budget segment of the Indian smartphone market, things are also heating up in the premium segment. We’ll be doing a head to head comparison between the Oppo’s premium F1 Plus and the Vivo V3 Max.

Both devices rock an impressive set of specs. We’re here to find out what are the features that differentiate these two power-packed devices, and which one is going to attract the price-sensitive Indian buyer.

Design and Display

Both devices feature metallic bodies which lend them that premium looks and feel. While both these devices also get the same 5.5-inch full HD display. The F1 Plus, however, has an AMOLED  display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 while the V3 Max has an IPS panel with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass.

Hardware and Fingerprint scanner

The Oppo F1 Plus gets powered by a 2.0GHz 64-bit octa-core MediaTek processor bundled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. It comes with a massive 64GB of built-in storage further expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot. While the Vivo V3 Max gets a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor bundled with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. In terms of storage, the Vivo V3 Max offers 32GB of in-built storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD slot.

Both devices also come equipped with a fingerprint scanner to unlock the device. The fingerprint scanner on the Oppo F1 Plus gets integrated with the Home button at the bottom of the display. We did review the Oppo F1 Plus and found the phone’s scanner to be blazingly fast and responsive. It unlocks the device in about 0.5 seconds, which is pretty impressive.

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While the V3 Max has it’s fingerprint scanner on the phone’s back, we are yet to try the Vivo V3 Max. At this point, we can’t give out a judgment about the performance and responsiveness of the phone’s fingerprint scanner.

OS and UI

The Oppo F1 Plus runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s proprietary ColorOS 3.0 on top. While the Vivo V3 Max also gets Android 5.1 Lollipop, though runs its own Funtouch OS.

Camera

Oppo F1 Plus is being advertised as a selfie expert, as it features a 16MP front-facing camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens, PDAF, and f/2.0 aperture. On the back, the smartphone gets a 13MP camera bundled with LED flash and f/2.2 aperture.

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While the Vivo V3 Max sports a 13MP primary camera unit with LED flash, HDR, and PDAF. On the front is an 8MP camera for selfies.

Battery

A good battery performance in a modern day smartphone is rather crucial. The Oppo F1 Plus and Vivo V3 Max both address this concern with a dependable battery performance. Juicing the Oppo F1 Plus is a 2850mAh battery with support for VOOC flash charge, which speeds up charging times significantly.

The Vivo V3 Max packs a slightly beefier 3000 mAh battery equipped with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Price and Wrap-Up

Oppo F1 Plus is priced at Rs. 26,990 while the Vivo V3 Max costs Rs. 23,980. It is indeed a difficult task to decide which one is a clear winner as both devices come equipped with an impressive set of specs.

The Oppo F1 Plus gets a slightly higher price tag, in which you get a high-res upgraded camera with enhanced camera features and double the storage compared to the Vivo V3 Max.

However, the Vivo V3 gets the latest Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor which means it’ll be more consistent when it comes to real-time performance and day to day usage. It also costs around Rs. 3,000 less compared to the Oppo F1 Plus.

Hence, it entirely depends on what you’re looking for in a smartphone. If you’re photography enthusiast and a selfie aficionado, the Oppo F1 Plus is a better alternative. While the Vivo V3 Max is better suited for those, who are looking for a powerful device that can handle anything you throw at it.

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