It is as if there is some behind-the-scene bonhomie going on between Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo. Of these, Oppo and Vivo already have phones out in the market that have identical features and design. And it seems that OnePlus too may join the gang soon with the OnePlus 6T.Vivo recently launched the V11 Pro that shares a lot of design elements with Oppo’s newly launched F9 Pro. Both the phones come with waterdrop notch, with the selfie camera embedded inside the phone’s frame. The same is expected of the upcoming OnePlus flagship – the OnePlus 6T. Rumours suggest that the OnePlus 6T, which is expected to launch on October 17, will come with a waterdrop notch and embedded fingerprint sensor, another feature that it is expected to share with the Vivo V11 Pro.But more about the OnePlus 6T later. For now, let’s talk of the Vivo V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro that have been already launched.India Today Tech reviewed the V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro and found both the smartphones to be equally good in a lot of aspects. In the design and battery department, the Oppo F9 Pro wins, sort of. The Oppo F9 Pro is a better-looking phone and also delivers a few extra hours of battery backup compared to the V11 Pro. But if you’re looking for a phone that’s fast enough to handle daily usage smoothly and has a bright display, V11 Pro is the apt choice. Both the phones come with the latest software, rear mounted dual cameras and a 25-megapixel selfie camera on the front.advertisementThe V11 Pro is slightly (around Rs 2,000) more expensive than the Oppo F9 Pro. But then, the V11 Pro, as we mentioned in our review, is perfect in every way. Almost. The V11 Pro is available in India for a price of Rs 25,990, while the Oppo F9 Pro sells for Rs 23,990.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Better lookingHere the Oppo F9 Pro is better than the V11 Pro. Sadly, both the phones come with a plastic back cover, which is quite disappointing to see in phones priced above Rs 20,000. The back panels of both the phones look glassy, but they are made of plastic. Comparatively, the plastic used to build the Oppo F9 Pro is of (somewhat) better quality than the Vivo phone. The F9 Pro feels premium in hand, while the V11 Pro doesn’t. The rear panel design id possibly the only area where I feel Vivo could have put in more effort.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Brighter displayThe V11 Pro comes with a bigger and better display compared to the screen of the Oppo F9 Pro. The Vivo phone comes with a beautiful 6.4-inch screen that uses a Super AMOLED panel and the bezels all around the phone are almost non-existent. The phone comes with 2340 x1080 pixels resolution, aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen to body ratio of 91.27 per cent. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, sports a tall 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 2340x1080p resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 90.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Display is one of the best aspects of the Vivo V11 Pro. The Oppo F9 Pro display is also fairly good, but not as good as the Vivo phone. Whether inside a room or under the blazing sun the Vivo V11 Pro gets bright enough with the brightness level around 40 to 50 per cent. The colours also look pretty real and vibrant. In our review of the V11 Pro we had said: “People who like watching videos on their phones will love the Vivo V11 Pro. Its screen is absolutely stunning and one of the best things about the phone.” Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: FasterYet again, I feel V11 Pro is a winner. The V11 Pro is “buttery smooth” as mentioned in our review. The phone can not only handle basic usage, but is also capable of running heavy GPU games pretty much smoothly. In our V11 Pro review we had mentioned: “Run Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and several other apps together and the V11 Pro will still run smoothly. The smartphone doesn’t show any visible lag or stutter, whether you are switching between apps or scrolling through Facebook news feed or playing graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8.” The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor, and is paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is support for the microSD card of up to 256GB. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with n octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 chipset with ARM Mali-G72 GPU paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.advertisementThe Oppo F9 too is capable of smoothly running basic apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Twitter. But there are times when you do notice some lag on this phone. Here is what we said in our review: “The amount of memory offered with the F9 Pro can sufficiently handle multitasking and graphic heavy games with ease. We played PUBG for a good half an hour and the phone barely got warm. There were some occasional stuttering and drops in frame rate early on but it was mostly a smooth sailing. Apps are quick to open and load and general performance throughout the UI will largely be lag-free.”Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Better cameraBoth the V11 Pro and Oppo F9 Pro are more or less the same as far as the camera setup is concerned. The V11 Pro comes with a dual-pixel camera setup on the rear panel that uses a primary 12-megapixel sensor and secondary sensor of 5-megapixel sensor for portrait shots. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture and LED flash support. Both the Vivo and Oppo cameras support portrait mode and AI scene recognition, among others. The V11 Pro is capable of capturing detailed pictures with spot-on colours in good lighting. Not only that, the Vivo phone is also capable of clicking decent pictures in tricky lighting. The bokeh shots, however, could have been worked upon, as the pictures often appeared artificial with blurred out edges. The V11 Pro also comes with several camera modes like AR stickers, panorama, HD, among others. The camera app also comes with Google Lens support.Comparatively, the Oppo F9 Pro’s camera could have been better. The Oppo phone also managed to click decent pictures with fair amount of details, but the pictures often turned out to be oversaturated. We can expect Oppo to resolve this issue in the next software update. In our review of the Oppo F9 Pro, we had mentioned, “In good lighting conditions, photos come out sharp with mostly good colour reproduction, although it tends to get a little oversaturated at times, especially the reds and blues.” In one camera area where the Oppo F9 Pro proves to be better than V11 Pro is in portrait shots. The Oppo phone is capable of clicking pretty decent bokehs in good lighting conditions, while evenly blurring the background.On the front, both the Vivo and Oppo phone include a 25-megapixel sensor with lots of AI. Both the V11 Pro and F9 Pro are capable of capturing good, detailed selfies. The colours, however, often looked washed out, thanks to the added layer of filters that the cameras put on the pictures to beautify it. Selfies clicked with both the phones tend to smoothen the facial features and the clarity takes a dip, but not significantly.advertisement Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Long lasting batteryBoth the phones last one full day with ease in a single charge. The Vivo V11 Pro comes with 3400mAh battery and supports fast charging. Vivo calls the technology dual-engine charger, which I feel is much faster than the OnePlus Dash charger as well. The Oppo F9 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 3,500mAh battery with VOOC flash charge support, which the company claims can offer 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charge. Overall, as for the battery life, both the V11 Pro and the Oppo F9 Pro can last a day, the latter can actually go on for more than a day, probably 1.5 days.Vivo V11 Pro vs Oppo F9 Pro: Which one should you buy?This is a tough question to answer, as both the phones are equally good in their own way. The V11 Pro is around Rs 2,000 expensive than the Oppo F9 Pro, but for its high price, the Vivo device does offer a lot more than the Oppo phone.The V11 Pro comes with in-display fingerprint sensor and also IR face unlock, which unlocks the phone in a blink of an eye. The best bit is, the IR face unlock works even in the dark or low light, unlike the face unlock that only uses the front camera, a feature inside the Oppo phone. The Oppo F9 Pro comes with rear-mounted cylindrical fingerprint sensor. Overall, I feel the Vivo V11 Pro is a better buy for its price. For Rs 2,000 more you can get in-display fingerprint sensor, Super AMOLED display, IR face unlock, better hardware, among others. The Oppo F9 Pro too is a fairly good phone, but we do feel that it would have been a better deal if it was priced around Rs 2,000 less.