Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G VS Vivo NEX3 5G: Which One Will You Choose?

By Miamia 2020-01-04

To quickly grab 5G market share, Xiaomi and Vivo almost simultaneously released their new 5G smartphone on Sep. 2019. As the highest configuration phone of their each series, Xiaomi 9 Pro and Vivo NEX3 5G surely causes extensive comparison between people. Here let's have a deep look at their comparisons in every respect.

(Xiaomi Mi 9 5G Pro VS Vivo NEX3 5G)

Parameters Comparison:

Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G
Vivo NEX3 5G
6.39 Inch waterdrop screen
6.89 Inch waterfall screen
Screen Resolution
2340 x 1080P
2256 x 1080P
Snapdragon 855 Plus Octa-Core
Snapdragon 855 Plus Octa-Core
Motor Type
Transverse linear motor
Transverse linear motor
Antenna Quantity
VC Liquid cooling + graphite
VC Liquid cooling + graphite
5G Band
N41 / N78 / N79
N41 / N78
Wireless Connection
WLAN 2.4G, 5G
WLAN 2.4G, 5.1G, 5.8G
Operating System
MIUI 11 based on Android 9.0
Funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android 9.0
Rear Camera
Triple camera: 48MP + 12MP + 16MP
Triple camera: 64MP + 13MP + 13MP
Front Camera
Wired Charging
Wireless Charging
Not Supported
Wireless Reverse Charging
Not Supported
Max Memory
12GB + 512GB
12GB + 256GB
4299 RMB
6198 RMB


Vivo NEX3 5G beholds a 6.89-inch borderless waterfall screen with FHD+ 2256 x 1080 resolution and screen-to-body ratio up to 99.6%.

On the basis of the NEX series design, NEX3 5G makes the screen surface to achieve near-vertical state, and removes any physical buttons. Borderless waterfall screen brings high sense of technology and beauty, and no-button integrated design provides users with more smooth hand feel and excellent visual experience.

(Vivo NEX3 5G - Screen Design)

Unlike Vivo NEX3 5G and Huawei Mate 30 Pro which all adopt curved screen design, Xiaomi 9 Pro uses a 6.39 inch (diagonal) Samsung AMOLED waterdrop screen with 2340 x 1080 resolution. Besides, it applys professional color management technology to further improve color accuracy and has 256 levels eye protection mode as well as German VDE low blue light eye protection certification.

(Xiaomi 9 Pro - Screen Design)

Although the curved screen design is not applied on the front, Xiaomi 9Pro sports curved surface design for the back cover to enhance the hand feel.


Vivo NEX3 5G configures three cameras in a triangular layout, which contain 64MP main camera, 13MP wide-angle / macro camera and 13MP telephoto camera. They support wide-angle shooting, telephoto shooting and super macro shooting, allowing you to handle shooting in various scenes. And the 16MP lifting front camera is hidden on the top of Vivo NEX3 5G, which will automatically pop-up and lift up when you take a selfie.

(Cited from Vivo Official Website)

As to Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G, it's also equipped with three full-focus cameras, including 48MP Sony main camera, 16MP ultra wide-angle / macro camera and 12MP portrait camera with 2X optical zoom. Meanwhile, it comes with 20MP front beauty camera.

(48MP Main Camera Shooting Effect - Cited from Xiaomi Offical Website)


Both of them are loaded with Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor. In order to better control the heating of the processor, Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G smartphone uses the VC heat-dissipating board cooling technology. This time, a customized version of the XL VC liquid-cooling module was used, with cooling area up to 1127mm². Adding VC liquid cooling + 5 layers of graphite + high thermal conductivity copper foil + thermal conductive gel stereo cooling system, CPU core temperature can be reduced by 10.2 ℃. When running high-energy-consuming games or downloading movies / App or something else at 5G high speed, this smartphone still goes smoothly without heat.

(Cited from Xiaomi Official Website)

Actually, Vivo NEX3 5G also adopts Vapor Chamber (VC) technology. Efficient zero-sense vapor chamber cooling structure fully dissipates the heat generated by the fuselage and prevents the CPU and battery overheating, alleviating the system slow-down and stutter.

In 5G performance, Xiaomi 9 Pro and Vivo NEX3 5G all supports dual-SIM dual standby 5G network. However, Xiaomi 9 Pro supports China Mobile N41 & N79, China Unicom, China Telecom N78 tri-band. Additionaly, it uses 7pcs antennas design, thus there is alway strong signal no matter how it is held as the official said. While Vivo NEX3 5G only supports N41 & N78 dual-band, and applys 6pcs antennas design.

Charging and Battery

Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G carrys a 4.45V 4000mAh battery with USB Type-C reversible charging interface. Support triple fast charging technology, including 40W wired flash charging, 30W wireless flash charging and 10W wireless reverse charging. It also comes with a 45W charger, which can charge Xiaomi notebook.

Vivo NEX3 5G is built in a 4500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging interface. Support 44W super flash wired charging.

Due to larger battery, curved screen and lifting camera design, the weight and thickness of Vivo NEX3 5G is relatively higher than Xiaomi 9 Pro. For your info, Vivo NEX3 5G weighs 218.5g with a thicknes of 9.4mm, while Xiaomi 9 Pro weighs 196g with 8.54mm thickness. From here, we can clearly see that Xiaomi 9 Pro is mainly focused on light feel and fast operation.


There is little differences between Xiaomi 9 Pro 5G and Vivo NEX3 5G in confirguration and specifications. If you are a face-judger or mobile gamer, you can choose Vivo NEX3 5G. While if you have a limited budget and perfer cost-effective phone, Xiaomi 9 Pro is worth a shot, as Xiaomi 9 Pro only costs 4299 RMB (617$) with 12GB RAM + 512GB ROM memory, while Vivo NEX3 5G requires 6198 RMB (888$) with 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM memory. Which one will you choose?

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