Today we have two smartphones with us – the realme 5 Pro and also the Vivo S1. These two smartphones are priced at the RM1,099 but they both offer a vastly different experience. Let’s compare and talk about the differences in today’s comparison.
But before that, here’s our video to show you the comparison of these two smartphones.
We also recently just published our review of the realme 5 Pro, which you can watch here.
Let’s first move on to the specs itself. These two smartphones have a rather large display size, and both of them have the same resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, and comes with a waterdrop notch at the top of the phone.
As for the core specs that drive the phone, you get this.
I have to say that the realme 5 Pro is the winner here. While I do prefer the AMOLED display on the Vivo S1, the realme 5 Pro’s use of Snapdragon 712 chipset with 8GB of RAM plus UFS 2.1 for its 128GB of internal storage is just too good.
Now, I have seen some MediaTek chipsets that perform somewhat okay. However, the Vivo S1 is just losing out by quite a substantial amount here. We’ve done a bunch of tests and we can tell you that the MediaTek Helio P65 in the Vivo S1 is just not powerful enough.
Take a look at the comparison benchmarks here.
By looking at Geekbench 4 and Geekbench 5 in particular, the single-core benchmark is not that much different. However, the biggest difference here is the GPU particularly on the GPU side of things with such a jarring difference.
That in itself leads us to the next part of this comparison.
That means the realme 5 Pro is much better in its gaming performance when compared to the Vivo S1. For PUBG Mobile, the Vivo S1 can only run at “high” frame rate in either “smooth” or “high” visual quality. At “high” visual quality with “high” frame rate, I experience stutters on Sanhok. Quite bizarre, honestly.
The realme 5 Pro can either use “smooth” visual quality with “ultra” frame rate, or “high” visual quality with “high” frame rate. At “high” visual quality with “high” frame rate, the experience is much smoother compared to the Vivo S1.
In Honkai Impact 3, we use max out the graphical settings on these two smartphones. The realme 5 Pro is able to main 60fps most of the time whereas the Vivo S1 stutters frequently.
Obviously, for gaming, the realme 5 Pro is definitely performing better.
Smartphones these days are largely defined by their camera(s) and the pictures that they are able to produce. Here are the cameras found on these two smartphones.
The realme 5 Pro has two advantages here – a larger 48MP main camera sensor, and also an additional macro camera. Here are the pictures taken by both of these smartphones.
The picture quality in general – I prefer the realme 5 Pro more. The indoor shots look better – especially the piece of art that was hung on the wall. The Vivo S1 just looks unrealistic overall.
When we went outdoors and took a beautiful picture of the skyline, we realized that the contrast on the Vivo S1 is just way too high – and it also oversharpens the picture, particularly with the ultrawide angle camera.
Let’s not forget that the realme 5 Pro also comes with a dedicated night mode – which is called Nightscape here – and it is able to take beautiful night shots. The Vivo S1 lacks a dedicated night mode and hence, results in a pretty disappointing night shot.
For this part, I highly recommend you to watch the video version of this article to know what we’re talking about.
I am very particular when it comes to camera UI. Both the realme 5 Pro and Vivo S1 has flaws here as the button for ultrawide angle camera is placed outside of the zoom slider. Seriously, why?
With that said, the realme 5 Pro does have a better camera UI overall. Housing all of those different modes into the hamburger menu is neater and definitely faster to switch between modes.
The Vivo S1 has a bunch of modes listed horizontally which requires you to scroll from one to another, one by one. It’s clunky and slow.
The Vivo S1 is definitely a clear winner here with its massive 4,500mAh battery. The realme 5 Pro comes with a 4,035mAh battery.
Without a doubt, the Vivo S1 is going to win in the battery life test. Take a look at the benchmark here.
However, we do realize that even with nearly 500mAh more, the battery life isn’t that much better. Perhaps this is due to the inefficiency of the MediaTek Helio P65 chipset?
Unsurprisingly, fast charging is a key feature on smartphones these days. The Vivo S1 comes with a 9V 2A charger, which is Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 power rating. However, the Vivo S1 is a MediaTek smartphone… so I have no idea how that works. It also charges via micro USB.
As for the realme 5 Pro, it uses its own VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge, which is a 20W charger. It also charges via USB Type-C!
Take a look at the charging speed comparison here.
Since the realme 5 Pro has a smaller battery and a higher-powered charger, it is obviously going to charge faster than the Vivo S1. However, when we normalized and average out the charging speed, the realme 5 Pro is still charging faster than the Vivo S1.
I have to say – both the realme 5 Pro and Vivo S1 are aimed towards very different types of users. Let us explain why.
The Vivo S1 is made for those lifestyle users who want to take more selfies and whatnot. It also has a very extensive beauty mode as well. Moreover, the aesthetics of the Vivo S1 is more chic-like.
The realme 5 Pro is definitely aimed towards those who want a high-performance smartphone at a really unbelievably low price. For the price that you pay, its performance is just too good.
Where to buy?
Both of these smartphones are priced at RM1,099 on Lazada:
But realme has a very special offer for you. On 10.10 at 10am, you can buy the realme 5 Pro at RM1,099 and you’ll get the Alan Walker realme Buds Wireless for free!
There are even more deals like Lazada’s Onederful to stand a chance to win the realme 5 Pro.