Recently, VIVO released its new full-screen phone called the VIVO X20. The new phone has received a lot of praise and is said that it will take the company up to the next level. However, it hasn’t been powered with the latest Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 835.
So, I’ll be comparing it with another phone that uses the same chip: The Snapdragon 660 SoC. This chip is considered the best option for what could be called a super-powered phone that falls into the mid-range price category. Therefore, I’ll compare it with the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 instead of the recently released Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to make sure the comparison is on more equal ground.
Just looking at the specs of both phones, we can easily tell that there aren’t many differences between these two models. However, putting them next to each other and comparing each individual aspect, like the battery charging, between each model can make a bit of a difference depending on what you are really looking for from a phone. This way, you can decide which would be the better one to spend your money on.
These phones aren’t particularly expensive, but even still, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 does cost less than the VIVO X20. While it could be in part due to the weaker camera, the fact that it holds less memory, or how long the battery keeps its charge. But keep in mind that this is a more powerful edition of the Mi 6 and that the camera in the Mi Note 3 does have an improved algorithm.
Here is a quick comparison of the specifications of the two phones before we get into detail:
- Screen: VIVO X20 – 6.01 inches (2160×1080 pixels) and 18:9 resolution; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 5.5 inches (1920×1080 pixels) and 16:9 resolution
- Connectivity: Both use 4G+/VoLTE
- CPU: Both use Snapdragon 660; runs at 2.2GHz
- Memory: VIVO X20 – 4+64/128GB; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 6+64/128GB
- Front Camera: VIVO X20 – 12MP; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 16MP
- Back Camera: VIVO X20 – 12+5MP; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 12+12MP
- Battery: VIVO X20 – 3245mAh; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 3500mAh
- Dimensions/weight: VIVO X20 – 155.85×75.15×7.2mm and 159g; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 152.6×73.95×7.6mm and 163g
- Price: VIVO X20 – 2998 yuan/US$451; Xiaomi Mi Note 3 – 2499 yuan/US$376
The biggest difference between both of these types of phones is the screen ratio. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has a smaller display and display ratio when compared to the VIVO X20. If you like a phone that has better resolution and also has a larger screen display, the VIVO X20 is a better fit for you.
Percentage wise, the VIVO X20 is about 85% screen while the Mi Note 3 is about 74%. In this regard, the X20 definitely wins as it is almost all HD screen – perfect for watching any videos or movies while you are on the go. For another comparison, the Mi MIX 2 is only about 80% screen on the front of the body of the phone.
The back side and style of the phone is another major factor when you decide to purchase a phone. The back of both models of phone look great!
The X20 uses a metal backing in a 3D arc design style. The back panel goes through a process that coats it in a zirconia spray to give you a more comfortable grip on your phone. There are also two U-shaped antenna ribbons that go through a nano-injection molding process. The dual-camera modules are on the upper left side of the phone and the lenses are also protected with a high-light metal casing. One part of this phone that made it look not as good was the old-style fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 continues to use the classic curved four-sided class body found in other Xiaomi phones. Due to the fact that Xiaomi uses this material, it doesn’t need any antenna ribbons the way the VIVO model does. The camera is designed to look more like a Huawei device. It actually looks more attractive, in my opinion, then appearing like an iPhone.
The Snapdragon 660 chip is the latest chip that is meant to be just below the chip used in the top-notch models. This new chip provides a 30% improved performance when compared to the Snapdragon 653. This is possible due to the new Kyro independent architecture in addition to the new 14 nanometer process node.
Technically, this places the comparison of both at an equal level. But the smaller memory of the X20 does affect the general performance of the phone while you use it. So, take this into account when deciding which you like better.
This is a minor section, but it might matter to those who like to play a lot of games in their spare time. Both models support a high frame mode, although the Mi Note 3 does not have a stable frame experience. Meanwhile, the X20 provides up to 55fps for a better gaming experience.
The battery of the Mi Note 3 has a 3500mAh battery while the X20 has 3245mAh battery. While this is only a very minimal gap in between the battery power, it could make a difference while you are using it.
During a test when they were used for 12 hours, the Mi Note 3 still had 55% battery remaining while the X20 had 50% remaining. This isn’t too large of a gap, especially considering that the X20 has a larger screen and a full-HD display. It also has Smart Engine 4.0, which helps to manage any apps that are open in the background to optimize power consumption.
When the battery is being charged, the X20 charges up to 57% in a 30-minute time span while the Mi Note 3 gets up to about 45% more charge in the same amount of time. The Mi Note 3 supports Quick Charge 3.0 while the X20 supports 5V/2A and 9V/2A output under its high-speed charge program.
This is when the comparisons begin to matter a bit more to people. Whether you post a lot on social media with pictures you take or not, if you enjoy having a convenient camera with you at all times, then you start paying attention to the specs a bit more.
The Mi Note 3 does win here, even though both models have a dual camera system. Xiaomi has come out with excellent cameras on the smartphones, like the Mi 5S. The Mi Note 3 has two 12MP sensors that have a wide-angle lens as well as a telephoto lens. The wide-angle lens has a focal length of 27 as well as an aperture of f/1.8. Meanwhile, the telephoto lens has a focal length of 52mm and an aperture of f/2.6.
The VIVO X20 uses a 12MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 along with a 5MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture. The photosensitive area of the 12MP lens is 1.28mm. The X20 camera also supports full-pixel and dual-core focus with speeds that are around .03 seconds.
The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is probably among the best at taking outdoor pictures. Its software can lower the brightness and allows for better color reproduction within the image. The VIVO X20 also takes great pictures, but it uses a different type of software.
Meanwhile, taking pictures at night with insufficient lighting is a challenge. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 still takes excellent pictures with no hassle. The VIVO X20 also does well when taking nighttime photos. There are minimal amounts of noise and the pictures are pure.
While both phones provide an equal performance, there are a few key things that differ from one phone to the next.
For example, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 uses a glass material for the body of the smartphone, giving it a more comfortable feel while you are holding it. The VIVO X20 uses metal to house the smartphone, which is does mold into the front panel due to the processes it goes through. This is more about your own personal interests in this case.
But the Mi Note 3 does have one of the best camera phones worldwide. Very few manufacturers can compete with Xiaomi in this manner. But the biggest selling point of the VIVO X models is the camera, especially the front-facing camera. While the X20 is weaker than the Mi Note 3, there are features that they have in common.
The X20’s real advantage over the Mi Note 3 is that it is a full-screen phone. It follows the bezel-less trend and has 2K resolution. What could be better?
Essentially, while both phones are super-powered but fall into the mid-price range, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 beat out the VIVO X20. The features of things like the camera and how long it holds its charge as well as the lower price of 500 yuan or US$75 makes it a bit more appealing than the VIVO X20.