A Fagship Worth Your Attention
Just yesterday I was watching a smartphone review by MrWhoseTheBoss, the phone he was reviewing was a Vivo X60 Pro Plus. Then I remembered that I have never reviewed any Vivo smartphone before. The truth is there wasn’t any that I found a spark with but after watching the review of the Vivo X60 Pro Plus by Arun I loved the phone. In the video he also compares the cameras on Vivo X60 Pro Plus with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Particularly this phone- Vivo X60 Pro Plus. So Let’s see what makes it so interesting and worth the option. Another phone we will be taking a look at is the Vivo X60 Pro- which too is similar in many ways to the Pro Plus version. The Vivo X60 Pro Plus was released on the 30th January 2021 whilst the non Plus version was released recently on the 2nd April 2021. Here is the difference in specs between the two Vivo smartphones.
|VIVO X60 PRO||VIVO X60 PRO PLUS|
|Dimensions||158.6 x 73.2 x 7.6 mm (6.24 x 2.88 x 0.30 in)||158.6 x 73.4 x 9.1 mm (6.24 x 2.89 x 0.36 in)|
|Weight||179 g (6.31 oz)||191 g (6.74 oz)|
|Build||Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame||Glass front, eco leather back, aluminum frame|
|Display||AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+||Super AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak)|
|Screen Size||6.56 inches, 104.6 cm2 (~90.1% screen-to-body ratio)||6.56 inches, 104.6 cm2 (~89.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2376 pixels (~398 ppi density)||1080 x 2376 pixels (~398 ppi density)|
|Glass Type||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|OS||Android 11, Funtouch 11.1||Android 11, Funtouch 11.1 (International), OriginOS 1.0 (China)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm)||Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680|
|GPU||Adreno 650||Adreno 660|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, gimbal stabilization
13 MP, f/2.5, 50mm (telephoto), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
13 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide)
|50 MP, f/1.6, (wide), 1/1.31″, 1.2µm, dual pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
8 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscope telephoto), 1/4.0″, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
32 MP, f/2.1, 50mm (telephoto), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
48 MP, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, gimbal stabilization
|Features||Zeiss optics, Pixel Shift, LED flash, HDR, panorama||Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, Pixel Shift, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS||8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10+|
|Selfie Camera||32 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm||32 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm|
|Sound||Yes with no 3.5mm jack||Yes with no 3.5mm jack|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.1, A2DP, LE, aptX HD||5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NavIC|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum||Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum|
|Battery||Li-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable||Li-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast Charging 55W||Fast Charging 33W|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Shimmer Blue||Orange, Emperor Blue|
DESIGN & DISPLAY
When it comes to dimensions, the two Vivo devices are almost identical with the Pro Plus model measuring 158.6 x 73.4 x 9.1 mm (6.24 x 2.89 x 0.36 in) and weighing 191 g (6.74 oz). The non Plus model measures 158.6 x 73.2 x 7.6 mm (6.24 x 2.88 x 0.30 in) and weighs 179 g (6.31 oz).
The right side of the phone is without buttons, the left side is where the volume keys and the power button are located. Right at the top of the phone is a mic and at the bottom of the phone is where you will find the SIM card tray, secondary mic, USB-C charger port, and bottom firing speaker.
When it comes to the built differences, the Vivo X60 Pro Plus has a glass front(Gorilla Glass 6) with a vegan leather rear sandwiched by an aluminum frame whilst the Vivo X60 Pro features a glass front and glass back with a satin-like finish that both feels smooth to the touch and does away with fingerprints and has an aluminum frame.
When turned to the back, the other difference worth noticing is the camera hub, it is taller on the X60 Pro Plus model than it is on the X60 Pro. The Vivo logo on both smartphones is placed differently- on the X60 Pro Plus, the logo is located at the bottom of the phone while located vertically on the lower bottom right of the X60 Pro. IP rating for dust and water resistance is unavailable on both devices and they both feature an under display/optical fingerprint scanner.
The two Vivo’s are very identical from the display, where they feature a beautiful 6.56-inch Super AMOLED of 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support and well-over 1000 nits of max brightness on auto. What about the bezels you ask? Well, the displays have very minimal bezels, some of the smallest you will find on a flagship smartphone, with slightly curved sides.
Their display size is a little smaller compared to what most flagships from the competition have i.e. their displays range between 6.7 inches to 6.9 inches unlike the Vivo duo which rock 6.56 inches. On the display of both Vivo’s is the punch-hole that houses the 32MP selfie camera.
SOFTWARE AND INTERNALS
Both Vivo smartphones boot with Android 11 with the Funtouch 11.1 over it. On the X60 Pro Plus the Funtouch 11.1 is only available on the international version while the China version will boot with the OriginOS 1.0 skin. From the review video of the X60 Pro Plus by Arun, these phones come with the broadest of customization options. Check out the video for more details on this.
The Vivo X60 Pro Plus is the company’s most capable smartphone to date with a 5nm Snapdragon 888 processor which has the 1x3x4 configuration with the top cluster is a single 2.84GHz Kryo 680 Prime using ARM’s Cortex-X1 design. Next there’s a triple core made up of Kryo 680 Gold cores clocked at 2.42GHz based on Cortex-A78. Lastly, there’s a quad-core cluster of efficient and low-power Kryo 680 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Onto the graphics is the Adreno 660 which promises 35% increase in performance over the previous gen Adreno 650. There’s a single storage and memory option of 256GB UFS 3.1 storage with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM + 3GB Virtual RAM i.e. With Virtual RAM technology, a 12GB X60 Pro+ can effectively have 15GB RAM. Enjoy multitasking with ease, there’s no expandable storage option available.
The Vivo X60 Pro, on the other hand, features a 7nm Snapdragon 870 chipset, instead of the 5nm 888. It has the same configuration but different clock speed on the top cluster: the top cluster is a single 3.2GHz Kryo 680 Prime using ARM’s Cortex-X1 design.
Next there’s a triple core made up of Kryo 680 Gold cores clocked at 2.42GHz based on Cortex-A78. Lastly, there’s a quad-core cluster of efficient and low-power Kryo 680 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Onto the graphics is the Adreno 650 instead of the 660 as is on the X60 Pro Plus. There’s also a single storage and memory option for the X60 Pro of 256GB UFS 3.1 storage and 12GB + 3GB Extended RAM, the X60 Pro has no expandable storage option as well.
This is the Vivo X60 Pro Plus’ strongest feature that makes it what it is. The power behind the photographic prowess of the Vivo X60 Pro Plus and X60 Pro is co-engineered by Vivo and Zeiss. The X60 Pro Plus’ main sensor is a wide 50MP 1/1.3″ Samsung ISOCELL GN1, a large f/1.6 aperture, 1.2µm pixel size, has dual pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS and gimbal stabilization.
It’s ultrawide camera uses a 48MP IMX598 sensor (the same sensor used in the main cameras of the X60 Pro) which has 114 degrees field of view and features the gimbal stabilization system. This snapper is also equipped with autofocus which means you can take macro photos too.
Next is the 8MP periscope telephoto shooter, has dual PDAF, features OIS and 5x optical zoom. The other zoom-focused camera is the 32MP telephoto shooter which has a 50mm equivalent focal length and an f/2.1 aperture, has PDAF and up to 2x optical zoom.
Meanwhile, the X60 Pro sports the wide 48MP sensor of the X60 Pro Plus’s ultrawide for its main camera, under a standard 26mm lens. As is in the Pro Plus, this is the camera that has the gimbal stabilization feature. The rest of the cameras are a 13MP telephoto 2x zoom, has PDAF and features gimbal stabilization and a 13MP ultrawide with 120 degrees FOV.
Both the Vivo X60 Pro and Pro Plus feature the same 32MP selfie camera on the front but differ in video output as the Pro Plus version can shoot up to 4k@30fps on its front camera. Another addition worth mentioning is that both these devices have certified compliance to ZEISS T* coating, which visibly improves light transmission, reduces reflections, effectively avoids stray light and ghosting and other image artifacts. This results in the image quality to be significantly improved.
Both the Vivo X60 Pro and Pro Plus are powered by a 4200mAh battery. The only difference there is, lies with the charging abilities. The Vivo X60 Pro supports 55W Fast wired charging in contrast to the 33W Fast charging of the Vivo X60 Pro.