Launch X431 PAD VII vs Topdon Phoenix Max

Both Launch X431 PAD VII and Topdon Phoenix Max have advanced functions and coutless auto makers. What’s the difference between them and which one is better?

Here we will help you clarify doubts when making the final choice.


First of all, check a table comparison below:

Item Launch X431 PAD VII

Launch X431 Pad Vii Smartlink C

Topdon Phoenix Max


Touch Screen 13.3 inch 13.3 inch
Operating system


Android 9.0 Android 9.0
Processor 8-Core Processor, 2.0 GHz 8-Core Processor, 2.0 GHz
Storage 8GB RAM & 256GB 8GB RAM & 256GB
Battery 18720Ah/3.8V 18600 mAh / 3.8V
VCI Smartlink C 2.0

CPU: Cortex-A7 + Cortex-M7, Dual Processor

Operating System: Linux

RAM: 256M


3.5inch screen 320 x 480 pixels

WiFi, BT and USB


CPU: Cortex-A7 + Cortex-M7, Dual Processor

Operating System: Linux

RAM: 256M


Display: TFT, 3.97 inches, 320 x 480 pixels

Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz/5GHz, Dual Band

Multi-language Yes, 24 Yes 24
Car brands 110+ 130+
Australian Ford Holden Yes Yes
Indian cars Yes Yes
J2534, DoIP, CanFD, D-PDU, and RP1210 protocols Yes Yes

All System diagnostic

Yes Yes
Active Test (Bi-Directional Control) Yes Yes
Auto VIN Yes Yes
Special functions 39 special functions 35 special functions
FCA “Auto Auth” Access Yes Yes
Renault/Mercedes gateway Yes, need to purchase license
VAG Guided Function Yes Yes
Online programming VAG BMW Hyundai Jaguar Kia Land rover Mercedes


Nissan Renault Porsche

VAG BMW Hyundai Jaguar Kia Land rover Mercedes

Nissan Renault Porsche

Online coding Yes for Benz, BMW, VAG, Porsche, Renault etc For 17 brands
Offline coding For 33 brands For 33 brands
ADAS calibration Yes with ADAS add-on module Yes with ADAS add-on module
Videoscope Yes with VSP-600 with 4 channel Videoscope
Heavy duty modules Yes with truck software pack, support 88 brands Yes, with heavy duty kit, support 80 brands
Oscilloscope Yes, compatible with 4 channel Oscilloscope Yes, compatible with 14 channel Oscilloscope
TPMS Yes with TSGUN or i-TPMS Yes with TPMS add-on
Battery tester Yes, with BST-360 Yes with battery tester add-on
Wi-Fi Printer Yes, with WiFi printer Yes
ECU TCU Cloning Yes with X-prog3 Yes with T-Ninja Box
Advanced Immobilizer Yes with IMMO software package
Remote maker Yes, with x431 key programmer
CAN BUS Pin Detection Yes
Topology Mapping Yes Yes
EV Pack Yes, with add-on modules Yes with add-on
Charging base No Yes
Remote diagnosis Yes
Adjustable Kickstand Yes Yes
Update Car software Free update online for 2 years, $569 per/year later

Truck software free update for 1 year

Car software Free update online for 2 years, later $398 per year.

Truck software free update for 1 year


In sum:

Both scanners has 13.3 inch screen, built memory capacity 256GB. Both of them has J2534 VCI and support online programming function.

Topdon phoenix Max services more than 130 light trucks, cars and 80 trucks. You can also paid to use EV pack, battery test and ADAS software.

Both support McLaren, Lamborghini Maserati, Ferrari, Bentley high end vehicles, Austrian and Indian markers.

Function are similar.  Topdon has a charge base which is for you to charge the scanner.

Launch is the most pioneering company on the market. Topdon phoenix Max is the newly released model.

Topdon software subscription is cheaper than Launch. But Launch supports Renault/Mercedes gateway, CarSET pro database (with license). Launch has TPMS, IMMO, remote maker add-on modules. Launch will also generate Launch universal remote keys and chips. Topdon does not.

Launch X431 PAD 7 is a better buy in the long run.