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Vivo X9s Plus vs OnePlus 5: two great dual camera with great performance to boot, under $480


On one corner, we have Vivo X9s Plus that offers a dual selfie camera; and on the other hand, we have OnePlus 5 that offers a dual primary camera with a flagship performance.

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By paying a significant amount of money, you would expect great value for your money. And in this price range, it better be a high-end experience that it should be offering.

Let’s begin the show by scrutinizing the X9s Plus and putting it on the spotlight. Here it is as per below:

  • 5.85-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~377 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 653 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.44 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 16MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 20MP+5MP secondary camera with LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4015 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Funtouch OS 3.1 based Android Nougat 7.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Q3 2017 release date
  • $2,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$439 USD estimated price tag

The first advantage that the X9s Plus have is in its large and intimidating 5.85-inch size. Nothing beats the extra screen real estate, it also comes with a Full HD resolution and a fingerprint sensor for ease of use. The only issue is whether you can adapt to accommodating the smartphone with two hands from now on. You will also need to have a deep enough pocket to be able to store away the phone while on the move.

Under the hood of the X9s Plus is the mid-range Snapdragon 653 chipset with a decently fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. No problem running most apps and games.

The camera is where the fun part begins. Equipped with a 16MP primary camera, it should be able to capture beautiful moments as it happens before your very eyes. But it is on the selfie camera, to be exact its dual 20MP+5MP selfie camera where it will be at its very best. With it, you got yourself a highly capable selfie expert that can take great-looking selfies with it.

In terms of storage, the X9s Plus is limited with its 64GB of internal storage as it doesn’t have an expansion slot. Here’s where you have to depend more on cloud storage as well as USB on-the-go.

With a reputable 4015 mAh battery supplying juice to the X9s Plus, it should have no trouble powering up the phablet for at least a full day.

Finally, the latest Android Nougat 7.1 operating system is at the heart of things with its proprietary Funtouch OS 3.1 running the show for the X9s Plus.

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With that in mind, here’s to the flagship OnePlus 5. We're all accustomed with OnePlus' reputation for producing great-looking and affordable flagship phones against its peers of the same specs.

You can tell by its specs, whether it is a worthy affordable flagship for the year 2017:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP, f/1.7 aperture, 24mm and EIS (gyro) + 20MP primary camera, f/2.6, 36mm, phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom and dual-LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 20mm, EIS (gyro) and 1.0 µm pixel size
  • 64GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (Dash Charge)
  • Oxygen OS based on Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2017 release date
  • $479 USD price tag

With the ‘normal’ 5.5-inch Full HD screen, this time around it is blessed with Optic AMOLED technology that promises better-looking images popping out from the screen. There’s also Gorilla Glass 5 protection that you can count on in case anything bad happens.

It is on the performance, that you will truly appreciate the all-powerful OnePlus 5. Equipped with the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset, it is also paired with a blazingly fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and up a whopping 6GB RAM under its hood. You know that only the fastest performance is what you are capable of getting out of it.

Camera-wise, it also brings a lot of great stuff. The dual 16MP camera technology lets you focus on your subject, progressively blurring the background for a gentle, yet powerful effect. With Smart Capture, the intelligent software can automatically detect various conditions and quietly optimises for accuracy and clarity. Finally, there’s a new robust Pro Mode that lets you fine-tune settings like ISO, shutter speed, and more. Use the histogram, grid lines, and level features to take better photos, then capture RAW photos for professional-grade post production. Then there’s also the 16MP selfie camera that makes the package complete.

As for the storage, it is all square as the OnePlus also comes with just 64GB of internal storage with no expansion slot available.

In terms of battery, OnePlus 5 now comes with 10% more battery capacity standing in at 3300 mAh. It is said to bring ~20% more battery life from the previous model.

Last but not least, it is also running on the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 right out of the box which is a great thing. An even better news is that, it is confirmed that this smartphone will be getting the next Android O operating system that is slated to be released later this year.

But what is up with the jelly effect while scrolling problem? This is because OnePlus 5 decided to copy the iPhone 7 design by placing the dual camera in the exact same position, and by going for a similar antenna design. The worst part is that it can’t be fixed, that is what we were told. Hope there’s nothing serious on this part.

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With Vivo X9s Plus just a couple of weeks away from its release, it will be a phablet of choice for a lot of users out there. It seems to be getting a lot of things right, mainly its large 5.85-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, mid-range hardware, amazing dual selfie camera, great primary camera, great battery and the latest operating system right out of the box. It is also slightly cheaper by $40 USD.

Vivo X9s Plus is expected to be released later in Q3 2017 with an estimated price of $2,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$439 USD. You can choose from either Gold, Rose Gold or Black color.

OnePlus 5 is the definitive flagship so far for 2017. It is also affordable and with 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED screen, Gorilla Glass 5 protection, amazing high-end hardware, amazing dual primary camera, great selfie camera, good battery and the latest Android 7.1.1 OS running the show for it. But just be aware of jelly effect issue that has been users of the device.

OnePlus 5 had just been released for approximately $479 USD and you get to choose either Midnight Black or Slate Gray color.

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