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 S20+ vs OPPO Find X2 Pro: Camera shootout
Which one shoots better for you?
OPPO just came out with what arguably is their best phone to date — the Find X2 Pro. So we decided to take the phone out for a camera shootout against the Samsung Galaxy S20+ — arguably one of the best phones to come out so far in 2020.
Can the OPPO give Samsung a run for its money? Let’s find out!
Make sure to jot down your answers, as the results of this blind test will be at the end of this article. As usual, photos were labeled, resized, and collaged (this time) for you to load the images faster. No post-processing nor any color adjustments were done in any of the photos. So, let’s begin!
So, I’m just messing with you guys. It’s not actually a blind test since all photos labeled Photo A were taken using the OPPO Find X2 Pro. Meanwhile, all photos labeled Photo B were taken using the Samsung Galaxy S20+.
If you analyzed the photos, the Find X2 Pro clearly holds out on its own. In certain lighting conditions, the Find X2 Pro produced brighter and more saturated photos during the daytime. At night, it tends to illuminate the scene captured, and process it with a warmer tone.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S20+ produced balanced results, although vibrancy and contrast were strengthened in both day and night shots.
The most notable differences are how the Galaxy S20+ has subtle bokeh — making it more believable — and wider scope on its wide-angle mode, while the Find X2 Pro has a softer look whilst retaining details. Both phones were astounding and as always, everything will depend on a user’s preference and how they use their smartphone’s cameras.
How about its selfie camera?
While the Find X2 Pro goes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S20+ on the rear camera department, its front camera samples look way different. The Find X2 Pro has a greener tint and warmer tone, while the Galaxy S20+ has a better white balance, but adds a pinkish tint.
Both phones upped their contrast and colors, adding an unnecessary beautification when processed despite not using beauty mode. The backlit selfies were captured properly, illuminating Michael Josh‘s face without compromising details. You just have to choose how you’ll post-process your selfies later on if you’re planning to upload it on social media.
Personally, both phones captured awesome photos. Even I had a hard time choosing between the two when putting this article together. Smartphones, particularly the best ones, capture outstanding results which makes it difficult for consumers to decide, especially when they’re concerned with the camera performance.
The key is to figure out how you’ll use the cameras. For instance, I’ll use the OPPO Find X2 Pro to capture more of my daily life — which I can readily upload to my social media platforms. The Galaxy S20+ proves handy though for frequent travelers, especially with its wide-angle lens.
Nonetheless, whatever you choose, know that you’re in good hands. Just don’t forget, there’s more to a smartphone than its cameras. Watch our YouTube videos for the Galaxy S20+ and Find X2 Pro to know more about these flagship devices.
Realme XT vs Samsung Galaxy A71: Camera shootout
64-megapixel camera battle!
Nowadays, midrange smartphones pack a punch in the camera department. Sporting 64-megapixel cameras, one can’t help but wonder which smartphone takes better photos. Here, we compared the Realme XT (PhP 16,990/ US$ 333) and Samsung Galaxy A71 (PhP 22,990/ US$ 450) with a PhP 6,000/ US$ 118 difference.
Just like all of our camera shootouts, no edits were done except resizing for faster preview and watermark to quickly identify the shot.
Which smartphone do you think will win? Let’s have a 64-megapixel camera battle!
We all know the Realme XT and Samsung Galaxy A71 produce 64-megapixel photos through pixel-binned 16-megapixel shots.
If you analyze the differences, the Realme XT has a red tint, but it produces an accurate color reproduction albeit a little bright and washed out.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A71 is a bit processed. It’s saturated yet lively, comprised of better contrasts and deeper blacks, but comes with a greener tint. Furthermore, its exposure is a hit or miss, and on most occasions, it produces bad highlights.
At the end of the day, both smartphones produce decent 64-megapixel shots, especially for the price it commands. However, it makes us wonder: Do we really need higher megapixels? Maybe we do, but maybe we also don’t.
For now, we can enjoy every smartphone’s attempt to make better images. After all, it’s us who benefit the most. So, which 64-megapixel camera phone shoots better for you? Let us know and share your thoughts with us on our social channels!
Huawei Mate 30 Pro vs Y9 Prime (2019): Camera shootout
Do you really need an expensive phone for your photos?
We all know Huawei phones are recognized for their superior camera quality. In this camera shootout, we decided to test the camera prowess (and differences) between a SG$1300 flagship phone over a SG$340 midrange smartphone.
The Mate 30 Pro reigns in the smartphone camera department. Meanwhile, the Y9 Prime (2019) is one of the affordable midrangers out there. Although the Mate 30 Pro has an extra telephoto lens, we just decided to exclude the zoom mode and use only the ultra-wide and wide lenses when shooting. Other than that, the Mate 30 Pro has a 3D ToF (Time of Flight) camera while the other one has a depth sensor.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
#2 Food (AI Mode)
#4 Wide-angle (Daylight)
#5 Ultra-wide angle (Daylight)
#6 Ultra-wide angle (Backlight)
#7 Selfie (Auto)
#8 Food (Low-light)
#9 Low-light (Auto)
#10 Low-light (Night Mode)
#11 Dawn (Night Mode)
#12 Night Mode
#13 Night Mode
#14 Fireworks (Auto Mode)
After seeing the side-by-side comparison, we can all tell that the Mate 30 Pro stands out most especially when the photos were taken in a dark environment. But in well-lit situations, the Y9 Prime (2019) was able to deliver quality shots just like the Mate.
One thing I didn’t like on either phones are the selfies, especially when Beauty Mode was turned off. But I guess that all boils down to personal preferences. Other than that, the Y9 Prime produces less saturated photos but it’s actually more accurate since it’s what I saw in real life. Except for the strawberry photo that looked too desaturated.
This further proves that cheaper smartphones can still deliver decent-looking photos. But in the case of the Mate 30 Pro, you’ll get more camera features (such as telephoto lens) because you paid more.
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