Samsung Galaxy M40 v/s Vivo Z1 Pro: Which is better?
Taking on Samsung's Galaxy M40 in the sub-Rs. 20,000 segment, Vivo has now launched Z1 Pro in India. The Chinese contender features punch hole, trendy gradient design, triple rear cameras, and mid-level internals including Snapdragon 712 chipset. But how does it compare with the Galaxy M40 which offers similar style and features? Here's our head-to-head comparison.
Samsung Galaxy M40 v/s Vivo Z1 Pro: At a glance
Both the Z1 Pro and Galaxy M40 sport punch hole designs that allow for an edge-to-edge screen with ultra-slim bezels. On the rear, the Vivo competitor gets a bolder gradient design while the M40 settles for a nuanced '3D Glasstic' design. Meanwhile, Samsung's offering also features "screen sound" technology wherein the display emits sound to serve as an earpiece. Winner: Galaxy M40.
All about the screen
The Vivo Z1 Pro sports a 6.53-inch display with a full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In comparison, the Galaxy M40 offers a 6.3-inch Infinity-O display with a full-HD+ resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Further, both handsets also come with Widevine L1 certification for streaming high-resolution videos from Netflix, Prime Videos and others. Winner: Tie.
For the shutterbugs
The Vivo Z1 Pro houses a triple-lens rear camera array featuring a 16MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, an 8MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor, and a 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor. The Galaxy M40, on the other hand, comes with a similar setup comprising a 32MP (f/1.7) primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and another 5MP depth sensor. Winner: Galaxy M40 for its superior camera optics.
For the selfie lovers
Up front, the Z1 Pro offers a 32MP (f/2.0) shooter for selfies while the Galaxy M40 gets a 16MP (f/2.0) sensor. Winner: Vivo Z1 Pro for its more capable front-facing camera.
Under the hood
The Vivo Z1 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 712 processor, paired with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 256GB). In comparison, the Galaxy M40 gets an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable up to 512GB). Winner: Vivo Z1 Pro for its superior chipset.
Battery to Biometrics
The Z1 Pro packs a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging while Galaxy M40 has a smaller 3,500mAh battery that supports 15W fast-charging. In terms of software, the Vivo handset runs Android Pie-based FunTouch OS 9 while the M40 runs Pie-based One UI. Lastly, both models come with the latest connectivity options but Z1 Pro has the advantage of a headphone jack. Winner: Z1 Pro.
Pricing: The key factor
The Vivo Z1 Pro costs Rs. 14,990 for the base-end 4GB/64GB variant, Rs. 16,990 for the mid-end 6GB/64GB model, and Rs. 17,990 for the top-model with 6GB/128GB configuration. On the other hand, the Galaxy M40 costs Rs. 19,990 for the 6GB/128GB variant.
How things stack up?
The Galaxy M40 is a good package of modern design, good cameras, and respectable performance. However, it fails to check all the boxes. The Vivo Z1 Pro has the same design and display as Galaxy M40 but it outperforms the Samsung handset with a better selfie camera, more powerful chipset, bigger battery, and a more affordable price tag. Winner: Vivo Z1 Pro.