With a flurry of launches under Rs 50,000 segment in India, buyers are again spoiled for choices. Likes of OnePlus 9, Vivo X60 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Asus ROGPhone 5 just offer so much value and so many features that it ends up confusing users. That’s not all, there are Realme GT and Mi 11 Pro waiting in the wings to further sweeten to pot.
To uncomplicate things for buyers, we have decided to compare the OnePlus 9R, Vivo X60, Asus ROG Phone 5, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE on the basis of the specs, features, design, and more. So let’s start with pricing:
OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G vs Asus ROG Phone 5: price in India
All of them are priced quite similarly but Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is currently the cheapest of them all. The Galaxy S20 FE 5G is currently available at an introductory price of Rs 47,999 which is about Rs 2000 cheaper than the Vivo X60 Pro which retails at Rs 49,990. The OnePlus 9 and Asus ROG Phone 5 are both priced at Rs 49,999 and are technically the costliest among these top five phones under Rs 50,000.
OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G: Design
All of these have an appealing design and it all boils down to the personal taste of each individual. Personally speaking, we prefer to lean towards the vivo X60 Pro with its all-glass design. While the OnePlus 9 also has a glass back and front held by an aluminum frame, Samsung opted to go with a plastic back and aluminum frame.
Vivo X60 Pro not only looks more mesmerizing, but it is also the slimmest and lightest of them all. It weighs just 179 grams and has a waistline of 7.6mm. This means Vivo X60 is 4g, 11g, and 59g lighter than OnePlus 9R, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, and ROG Phone 5 respectively.
Out of all these phones, the OnePlus phone includes a dedicated alert slider which is a nifty addition. If you are someone who prefers bright hues, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE is likely to be more appealing with its matte finish Cloud Navy, Cloud Mint, and Cloud Lavender color options. The Vivo X60 comes in Midnight Black and Shimmer Blue while the OnePlus 9R is offered with Carbon Black, Lake Blue paint jobs.
Asus ROG Phone 5 might weigh about 238grams but it packs the biggest battery and other additional stuff like additional Type-C port, Pogo connector, RBG light panel at the back, Pressure-sensitive sensors, etc which all add up in terms of weight and features.
Let’s now talk about the display of these phones!
Asus ROG Phone 5 vs OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G comparison: Display
As far as display is concerned, all of them are evenly matched – save for the ROG Phone 5. While all of them sports an OLED screen, it’s the ROG Phone 5 that wins the sheer higher refresh rate game with a 144hz panel. But that’s only one part of the story here. One will find it tough to pick a clear winner after evaluating all of them side by side.
Actually, AMOLED screen in these phones are all made by Samsung and they deliver deep blacks and punchy colors. Displays of these four phones are equally well calibrated with delta errors ranging between 1.7 (on ROG Phone 5 and OnePlus 9) to 2.4 ( on Samsung Galaxy S20FE). Peak brightest is also almost identical as all of them manage to archive peak brightness of 800nits in auto mode.
If one needs to pick one, the higher refresh rate and the higher touch sampling rate of Asus ROG Phone 5 make it win this bout.
Asus ROGPhone 5 vs OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G comparison: Performance and software
Asus ROG Phone 5 and OnePlus 9 both are driven by Qualcomm flagship 888 while Vivo and Samsung reserve SD888 for top-of-the-line flagships only. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G comes with 865 while the Vivo X60 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 870 which is basically a higher binned version of Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Yes, Asus ROG Phone 5 and OnePlus 9 do outperform the Galaxy S20FE 5G and Vivo X60 Pro. On Geekbench 5.1 multicore test Asus ROG Phone manages to outscore all of them followed by the OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. Surprisingly, Vivo X60 Pro posted the lowest score of the four.
Software-wise, each of these four phones comes running on Android 11 with a custom skin on top. Asus has added an armory crate to enable gamers optimize their phone for gaming, while Samsung is offering its One UI 3.1 which is loaded with features and customization options. While back at home in China, OnePlus decided to embrace ColorOS, it continues to offer its Oxygen OS in India. Oxygen OS is clearly one of the most popular custom Android Skin in the market today. Vivo X60 Pro’s FunTouch is also a feature rich software but it lacks the bells and whistles that the other software in the competition has on offer.
ALSO READ: Vivo X60 Pro Review
Asus ROGPhone 5 vs OnePlus 9 vs Vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G camera comparison
This section is where dynamics have changed in favor of Vivo X60 with initial reviews raving good things. Zeiss co-engineered X60 Pro rear camera lead by a customized 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor coupled with a 13MP portrait sensor, and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The primary sensor gets gimbal stabilization.
If megapixels are more important for you then the OnePlus 9 takes the lead as it packs a 48MP primary sensor coupled with a 50MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The OnePlus 9 comes with Hasselblad color calibration. It lacks OIS which means one has to depend on electronic stabilization for videos and low light images.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G optics are backed by a 12MP primary sensor coupled with 8MP telephoto lens for 3X optical zoom and a 12MP ultrawide sensor. The primary rear camera has Dual Pixel PDAF for fast focus and Optical image stabilization.
Asus ROG Phone 5 on the other hand includes a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor-led triple camera setup also featuring a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and 5MP macro sensor.
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Asus ROGPhone 5 vs OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G comparison: Battery and Audio
Asus ROGPhone 5 with its massive 6000mAh battery leads the race. However, with 65W dash charger, OnePlus 9 opens up a parallel dimension by refilling the 4500mAh battery in no time. The other two phones in this race offer more or less the same. While Vivo offers 33W fast charging with a 4200mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE offers a 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging.
As for audio, Asus ROGPhone 5 takes an unprecedented lead here. It comes with perhaps the most powerful speakers one can find on a smartphone. That’s not all it has a 7-magnet design, built-in Class G ESS Sabre Headphone amplifier. Hi-Res Audio certification and a lot more. The other three phones offer similar performance.
Asus ROGPhone 5 vs OnePlus 9 vs vivo X60 vs Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G comparison: Which one Should you buy?
Well, all four of them are competitively specced and therefore deliver hassle-free day-to-day performance. Each one of these phones has been developed keeping a particular set of users in mind. So let me put it straight and elaborate who should buy which one of these phones:
Who Should buy Vivo X60 Pro? If you are into smartphone photography or someone who loves to take snaps at every opportunity, Vivo X60 Pro should serve you best.
Who should buy Asus ROG Phone 5? If smartphone gaming is your passion that you should go for the ROG Phone 5 as it is screams gaming all-around. With touch-sensitive air triggers, a higher refresh rate screen, massive battery great audio, and bloat-free software the ROG Phone 5 is an amazing phone for gamers.
Who should buy Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G? If you are someone who always admired the Samsung flagship but had to settle for some alternative due to price constraints, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G offers you that chance. Keep in mind, it’s an excellent phone that can go toe to toe with all of the phones mentioned in this comparison. In fact, It comes with IP68 rating for dust and water protection which is missing all other options mentioned here.
Who should buy OnePlus 9? If you are an OnePlus fan or planning to upgrade from an older OnePlus phone then the OnePlus 9 makes a sensible buy. Also, bundled 65W fast charger makes the OnePlus 9 the fastest charging phone in this comparison.