Vietnamese smartphone brand VinSmart is having a strong attack on the cheap segment. After the discount of the Live from VND 7 million to over VND 3 million in November 2018, VinSmart has recently added an affordable product called Active 3 with the price of only VND 4 million.
Vsmart Active 3 (left) and Vsmart Live (right)
With Active 3 and Live priced close to each other, many users are confused about choosing the right machine for them. In this article, we will compare the two machines above, as well as give the pros / cons of each machine for readers to have the clearest view.
Vsmart Active 3 and Vsmart Live have a design made entirely of plastic. However, Active 3 looks more eye-catching thanks to the gradient color, which according to Vsmart is inspired by the pearls.
Both machines are made entirely of plastic
However, the most impressive point in the design of Active 3 is the retractable camera cluster. With this camera, Active 3 has a full screen but no rabbit ears, water droplets or holes like many current models on the market.
Camera recess is the highlight of the design of Active 3
Vsmart Live has a traditional design with a camera placed on the border of the screen
However, compared to other camcorder cameras, the camera on Active 3 is not appreciated by us. Slow poking speed makes the transition to the front camera has a certain delay. In addition, this camera does not have an auto-retract feature when the device is dropped, making the possibility of damage higher.
Due to the slow motor, the speed of starting the selfie camera on Active 3 is also significantly slower than Live
Vsmart Live does not encounter this problem because of its traditional design with a camera placed on the edge of the screen. Naturally, that is why Live will have a thicker screen border than Active 3.
Vsmart Active 3 has a thinner screen bezel than Vsmart Live
Active 3’s fingerprint sensor is located on the back, while Live is in the screen. In terms of technology, the in-display fingerprint sensor is obviously more advanced. But, practical experience shows that the fingerprint sensor of the Live is slow, insensitive and often difficult to identify the user’s fingerprints. Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor on the back of Active 3 is not as fashionable and aesthetic as Live, but it works much more efficiently.
The fingerprint sensor in the Live display is more advanced, but not as sensitive as the traditional fingerprint sensor of Active 3
In terms of configuration, Live and Active 3 both have 4 / 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. The biggest difference is that Live uses a Snapdragon 675 chip from Qualcomm, while Active 3 is Helio P60 from MediaTek. This is a relatively disappointing, because Active 3 “born late” but using weaker chips Live. Helio P60 is a powerful chip in the segment <4 million and users will not have many problems in performance, but it is clear that the Live is a machine with a more powerful configuration.
Live has a more powerful configuration with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chip compared to MediaTek Helio P60 chip of Active 3
Live and Active 3 are also equipped with a cluster of 3 cameras, including the main camera 48MP f / 1.7, super wide-angle camera 8MP f / 2.2 and depth camera. Due to the similar hardware, the difference in image quality between the two devices is negligible. Similarly, the battery capacity of the two machines is in the 4000mAh threshold and gives very good usage time.
The camera of the two cameras is not different in quality
Basically, 64GB of internal memory is sufficient for most users. But in case they want to expand, only Active 3 allows them to do this because the device supports Micro SD memory cards, while Live does not.
Active 3 supports memory cards, while Live does not
Conclusion: Should choose Vsmart Active 3 or Vsmart Live?
– You need a device with a beautiful design, full screen and not afraid of the camera protrusion
– You need to use a memory card
– You need a sensitive fingerprint sensor, stable operation
Choose Vsmart Live if:
– You value configuration, especially gaming
– You do not like the camera peeking out
– You can “tolerate” the fingerprint sensor is quite bad of this machine
– Your budget is narrower (Live is cheaper than Active 3 about 500-700,000 VND)