These days, in the smartphone world, it’s all about the displays and bezels — or the lack thereof. Two nearly borderless contenders are from brands which are known for their selfie capabilities.
The OPPO F5 and Vivo V7+, though still tagged as selfie smartphones, are marketed as “borderless” devices which cost only a fraction of those bezel-less flagships. These recent releases look pretty similar, so we decided to see where the phones differ.
The OPPO F5 and Vivo V7+ have taller displays with a 18:9 ratio. Both phones are the respective brands’ first attempt at near-borderless displays.
The OPPO F5 has a 6-inch screen while the Vivo V7+’s display is 5.99 inches — not much of a difference. However, the V7+ has a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels which pales in comparison to the F5’s 1080 x 2160 pixels.
Both phones have relocated the fingerprint scanner to the back with identical placements, the only difference being the actual shape of the scanner.
These phones have plastic backs, but they feel far from cheap. Both have a nice matte finish that makes them look premium.
On the upper-right, the OPPO F5 has the SIM card slot and power button; the Vivo V7+ has the volume rocker and power button.
On the other side, the F5 houses the volume rocker while the V7+ has only the SIM slot on there. Both phones have space for two nano-SIMs and a microSD card.
The speaker grilles, micro-USB port, and audio jack are all found at the bottom of the phones.
Admittedly, the only reason I could tell these two phones apart, face up, is the fact that our units came in different colors. I don’t think that will be the case had they been both black. ?
Now, on to the selfies!
To accommodate smaller bezels, the phones have done away with the dual-cam selfie setup. The OPPO F5 has a 20-megapixel front-facing camera while the Vivo V7+ has a 24-megapixel selfie camera and front-facing LED fill light (no need for these ridiculous light cases).
Both have their respective beauty and bokeh modes, though the F5 gets props for a standalone bokeh mode. On the V7+, the bokeh mode can only be done while on beauty mode, but you can always just toggle the beauty filter to zero.
Selfies come out great on both phones, with Vivo’s photos coming out noticeably brighter and more saturated — something most selfie-loving folks seem to prefer. Software bokeh cut-outs are looking pretty good on both, too.
A notable add-on would be the OPPO F5’s built-in artificial intelligence on its front-facing camera. OPPO claims that this feature allows for a beauty mode that’s more natural, even going as far as recognizing the selfie subject’s age, sex, and race for optimum selfie results.
Naturally, a group selfie was in order to test it.
With one tap (auto mode), better and more natural selfies were shot with the OPPO F5, especially compared to previous OPPO releases. The filter did not blur out features and our faces didn’t look washed out!
A comparable selfie is achievable with the V7+ after experimenting with the beauty mode; you have to find just the right settings. A quick zoom on the photos, though, will show you the slight but very important detail on photos from the F5: That are your pores are still visible, making for a more realistic beauty filter.
Both phones are equipped with 20-megapixel rear cameras with an LED flash. Beauty mode is available on the rear cameras for both handsets, though neither have a bokeh feature on this camera.
The shooters are very capable, even under low-light scenarios — without even activating the manual mode, which of course, both phones have. The photo above, however, shows the phones’ varying treatments for the same difficult shot.
The two devices have built-in beauty modes for video, but the V7+ only allows for this feature while on video calls for certain apps, and the OPPO F5 only has the function on its integrated camera app.
The OPPO F5 runs on a MediaTek MT6763T processor with Android 7.1 and ColorOS 3.2. The Vivo V7+ is powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor (a processor comparable to the older Snapdragon 625 as Dan had explained on his Vivo V7+ review) on Android 7.1 with FunTouch OS.
Both have 4GB of memory, but the V7+ has a higher storage capacity at 64GB compared to the F5’s 32GB. The V7+ also has a slightly bigger battery capacity of 3225mAh as opposed to the F5’s 3200mAh capacity.
Which is your GadgetMatch?
These phones deliver the bezel-less experience without having to cough up money for a flagship. At the end of the day, this led to certain sacrifices specs-wise — though that certainly doesn’t mean these aren’t capable devices, because they are.
It just depends where your priorities lie: The OPPO F5 for the more capable beauty mode, or the Vivo V7+ for more vivid photos and the more capable processor.
The main point is: If a bigger screen is your priority, one of these two phones — depending on what type of user you are — may just be your GadgetMatch. Priced at PhP 15,990 (around US$ 305) for the OPPO F5 and PhP 17,990 (close to US$ 355) for the Vivo V7+, these two are definite contenders for the more affordable bezel-less smartphone category.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro: Camera shootout
The current king and queen of flagship smartphones
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 10 series, which currently holds the crown in DxOMark camera ratings. Previously sitting was Huawei’s flagship, the P30 Pro. Both smartphones currently pride themselves as leaders in smartphone photography, so it’s time to compare through a blind shootout!
With this shootout, you’ll get a chance to analyze each photo and pick which one is the better shooter for you. Photos are shot in auto mode with default settings. Of course, no post-processing was done except for resizing so you can easily view the images. The answer sheet can be found at the end of this comparison.
#15 – Selfie
#17 – Portrait Mode
Galaxy Note 10+ — 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A, 8B, 9A, 10B, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14A, 15B, 16A, 17A, 18B
P30 Pro — 1B, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10A, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14B, 15A, 16B, 17B, 18A
Personally, both photos are astounding on their own. The Note 10+ and P30 Pro proves that they are indeed the king and queen of smartphone photography.
But when they’re being pitted against each other, the Galaxy Note 10+ shines when it comes to color reproduction. Its daylight photos have a better white balance complemented by high contrast which results in vibrant and saturated colors as seen in the blue skies and greenery. Even its night shots, the photos produced are more alive making every photos ready for uploading on social media. No more post-processing needed. However, it struggles in dark and low-light photos.
On the other hand, the P30 Pro produces brighter and warmer photos at daylight. Its colors are a little bit washed out due to added brightness and lesser contrast, however, mobile photography enthusiasts wouldn’t even bother since the photos produced can be altered depending on the user’s liking.
Furthermore, the P30 Pro provides a raw feeling on its night shots. It may be a little bit less vibrant compared to the Galaxy Note 10+, but it allows users to experiment and apply their artistic style on their captured photos during post-processing.
The Galaxy Note 10+ shines with its highly-rated cameras, but it’s still behind the P30 Pro when it comes to optical zoom. The Note 10+ has a 2x optical zoom while the P30 Pro has a 5x optical zoom.
It’s safe to say that both smartphones are winners at their own game, as it all comes down to a user’s preference. Thankfully, we’re now in an era where premium smartphones provide the best value their users deserve. All that’s left is for people to choose which phone they should buy.
So, how did you feel about the results? Did it help you decide which phone is really your GadgetMatch?
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Mi 9T vs Mi 9 SE: Camera shootout
Which Mi phone should you get?
Xiaomi has a lot of affordable yet performing smartphones. For half of what you would spend on a premium flagship, you get a decent midrange that delivers beyond its price.
Such examples are the latest Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE, which are both priced at PhP 15,990 (US$ 313). The two phones appeal to different users when it comes to its design and performance. However, if one is looking for camera capabilities as a prerequisite when buying a smartphone, one can’t help but think how they will fare against each other.
For this installment of our long-running series, we’re comparing Xiaomi’s affordable midrange headliners — the Mi 9T and Mi 9 SE.
As usual, photos are shot on auto mode except for scenes that need the portrait and ultra-wide angle mode. No post-processing was applied except for resizing so the images can load faster. You can find the results at the end of this article.
Now, get ready to take down notes. Let’s begin!
Mi 9T – 1B, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5A, 6B, 7A, 8A, 9B, 10A, 11A, 12B, 13B, 14A, 15B, 16B, 17A
Mi 9 SE – 1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8B, 9A, 10B, 11B, 12A, 13A, 14B, 15A, 16A, 17B
Both smartphones capture vibrant and detailed photos. As usual, midrange smartphones struggle at night and in low-light conditions. In the portrait department, bokeh cut-outs are still far from perfect. At least, selfies get a pass.
However, there is no real winner in this shootout. What matters is how you feel about these results. Did it help you decide which phone is really your GadgetMatch?
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Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs Huawei P30 Pro: Camera shootout
2019’s early flagship Androids
Now that Samsung and Huawei have released their respective flagships for the early part of 2019, it’s time to compare them in the funnest way we know how: a blind camera shootout.
Both brands make it clear that they’re proud of what their premium phones can achieve in the imaging department. While the Galaxy S10+ is incredibly versatile with its triple-camera setup and host of software tricks ranging from Live Focus to intelligent scene detection, the P30 Pro boosts its hybrid zoom and night mode game with a total of four rear cameras.
They rightfully deserve their scores at the top of DxOMark’s rankings, but what does the general public think about their camera output? With this shootout, you have your chance to analyze each photo and pick the better of the two without bias.
As always, every photo is shot in auto mode with default settings unless a category needs specific options applied. No post-processing was done except for resizing to keep the file sizes down. You may find the answer sheet at the end of this comparison.
#1 — Architecture
#2 — Building facade
#3 — Flower macro
#4 — Low-light indoor
#5 — Food close-up
#6 — Landscape
#7 — Ultra-wide landscape
#8 — Portrait
#9 — Colors
#10 — Food
#11 — Selfie
#12 — Dynamic range
#13 — Details
#14 — Nighttime outdoor
#15 — Nighttime indoor
Galaxy S10+: 1B, 2A, 3B, 4A, 5A, 6B, 7A, 8B, 9A, 10A, 11B, 12A, 13B, 14A, 15B
P30 Pro: 1A, 2B, 3A, 4B, 5B, 6A, 7B, 8A, 9B, 10B, 11A, 12B, 13A, 14B, 15A
Like past premium shootouts, the results here can often go either way. The Galaxy S10+ seems to shoot a little wider with its ultra-wide lens and tends to raise exposure more in certain situations; the P30 Pro, meanwhile, is slightly better at retaining detail in daytime and controlling light in dark areas.
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