Honor 7A versus Vivo Y71

Ciara Alarcon
Vivo, a smartphone brand that is known for offering selfie-centric devices, recently launched its budget smartphone in the Philippines – the Y71. In the country, the phone is available in two variants: the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM models. However, packed with a dated Snapdragon 425 chipset and some entry-level features, many consumers were hesitant to get this handset considering that it is originally priced at Php7,990. Good thing, the brand has dropped its price down to Php6,999, making it a little more affordable to some consumers.

Honor 7A versus Vivo Y71
Honor 7A versus Vivo Y71

While some consumers aren’t happy about the Y71’s asking price, Honor just unleashed its Honor 7A in the country along with the Honor 7S. Having almost the same price tag as the Y71, does the Honor 7A has reasonable specs to battle out its opponent on its segment? Could it be your go-to budget phone?

Let’s put them on our own battle sheet to see who could offer more!

Device Honor 7AVivo Y71 (2GB/16GB)
Dual SIM Yes, Nano+Nano Yes, Nano+Nano
Display5.7-inch IPS LCD (1440 x 720) capacitive touchscreen, 18:9 aspect ratio, 282ppi 6.0-inch IPS LCD (1440 x 720) capacitive touchscreen, 18:9 aspect ratio, 268ppi
Dimensions 152.4mm x 73mm x 7.8mm 155.9mm x 75.7mm x 7.8mm
Weight 150 grams 150 grams
O/S Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
CPU 64-bit octa core Cortex-A53 64-bit 1.4GHz quad core Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 308
Memory 16GB 16GB
Storage Expansion up to 256GB, uses dedicated slot up to 256GB, uses dedicated slot
Main Camera 13MP + 2MP w/ PDAF, LED flash 13MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF, LED flash
Front Camera 8MP f/2.0 w/ LED flash 5MP f/2.0 with LED flash
Radio Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE
Infrared No No
USB Micro, 2.0 Micro, 2.0
OTG No Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes No
Face Recognition Yes Yes
Battery 3000mAh Li-Po, non-removable 3360mAh Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast Charging No No
Wireless Charging No No
Price Php6,990 Php6,999 (originally tagged at Php7,990)

When we played around with the Y71, we said that the device is obviously a good phone as it offers good display, impressive cameras, and long battery life. But are these things enough to claim the crown for its segment? Well, the Honor 7A has something else to say.

Let’s talk about its display first. Both rivals sport an 18:9 screen, but Vivo’s pick comes with a slightly bigger 6.0-inch panel compared with its opponent’s 5.7-inch display. However, under the hood, the latter bounces back and is able to take the lead, but we have to mention that the two phones are individually geared with a dated chipset. With this, the 7A is packed with 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor paired with Adreno 505 graphics, while the Y71 is still powered by a Snapdragon 425 chip coupled with Adreno 308 GPU.

Meanwhile, both phones are loaded with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB.

See Also: Vivo Y71 2GB Drops Price to Php6,999

Moving on to its camera department, the 7A goes further with its dual-rear camera setup composed of 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel sensors with PDAF and LED flash. It offers a better 8-megapixel front snapper, as well. The Y71 boasts a decent 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter, though.

While we can say that the 7A is already winning on this battle, the Y71 steals the spotlight through its larger 3360mAh battery against the former’s 3000mAh juice. True enough, on our review, the Y71 lasted for almost 12 hours.

To offer more security options, Honor equips the 7A with a fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock technology. Sadly, the Y71 only supports Face Unlock as it lacks a fingerprint scanner.

Both smartphones are running on Android Oreo operating system.

The Honor 7A is priced at Php6,990 while the Y71 (2GB variant) sells for Php6,999.

Having these things on your mind, which side are you on? Share your thoughts with us!


  • Honor 7A - faster CPU and GPU, better rear and front cameras, more security options
  • Vivo Y71 - slightly bigger display, larger battery, OTG function

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