The Vivo X50 Pro was once the first smartphone to launch with a gimbal camera system in India. This enabled the primary camera sensor to move physically as a way to compensate for shakes and wobbles. Vivo has now launched the Vivo X60 Pro, the successor to the X50 Pro, which claims to toughen upon the original. The Vivo X60 Pro also packs in the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC which must help it deliver on the performance front as polite. I put the X60 Pro through all our usual tests to see how it fares.
Vivo X60 Pro price in India
The Vivo X60 Pro is priced at Rs. 49,990 in India. It features 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This smartphone is offered in two colour options, Middle of the night Black and Shimmer Blue.
Vivo X60 Pro design
The Vivo X60 Pro looks very similar to its predecessor, the Vivo X50 Pro (Review). While the design is in large part unchanged, this is not an issue since it still looks attractive. The Vivo X60 Pro has a 6.56-inch AMOLED display that curves on the sides just like the older Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones. This makes the side bezels look small, giving the panel an edge-to-edge feel. The top and behind bezels are slim too and Vivo has kept the selfie camera gap small offering minimal distraction. The display may be secure with Schott Xensation Up glass.
The AMOLED display curves to meet the metallic frame of the Vivo X60 Pro, and everything looks and feels premium. The midframe is thinner on the sides to accommodate the curved display and glass back panel. The curved display and back give the X60 Pro a sleek side profile making it comfortable to hold. I found the power and the volume buttons to be polite positioned and reaching them wasn’t an issue. These buttons are also made out of metal and the power button has a textured finish which makes it easy to differentiate. There are no ports or slots on the left side of the phone, and the top only has the secondary microphone. At the behind, the Vivo X60 Pro has its USB Kind-C port, SIM tray, primary microphone, and loudspeaker.
Vivo has opted for Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for the back, so it must be ready to resist scratches and small accidental drops. The back panel has a matte finish which helps retain fingerprints off the device. Vivo hasn’t changed the camera module design, which is now common across the X series. The camera module has a Zeiss logo this time, thanks to Vivo’s partnership with Zeiss for the camera lens.
The Vivo X60 Pro lacks waterproofing and does not have an IP rating, something that’s expected at this price point out there. It also misses out on wireless charging.
Vivo X60 Pro specifications and software
The big 6.56-inch AMOLED display sports a full-HD+ resolution and has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The smartphone is set to Smart Switch by default which lets the phone switch between 60Hz and 120Hz automatically. However, you’ll be able to set it to either refresh rate. Vivo also claims a 240Hz touch sampling rate for the display
The Vivo X60 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC with 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Vivo has also introduced Virtual RAM with the Vivo X60 Pro, which basically uses approximately 3GB of storage space as virtual RAM. You do have the option to switch this option off and reclaim the 3GB of storage whether required. You get a 4200mAh battery on the Vivo X60 Pro which is decent for the reason that it is only 7.59mm thick. Vivo has bundled a 33W charger which must be capable to charge the phone quickly. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, 4G VoLTE, and 5G. It has six navigation systems but surprisingly misses out on NFC.
Vivo ships the smartphone with Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11. The UI does not have any major changes in comparison to inventory Android, and I found it to be easy to use. Whether you like customising your smartphone, Vivo offers different animations in addition to themes the use of the Theme app.
I did find a reasonable number of preinstalled apps on the smartphone including Amazon, Dailyhunt, Flipkart, Facebook, Snapchat, Moj, V-Appstore and much more. You’ll be able to uninstall all of them excluding V-Appstore which is the company’s alternative to the Play Store. I did get a couple of notifications from V-Appstore and Dailyhunt, which was once annoying.
Vivo X60 Pro performance
The Vivo X60 Pro delivered excellent performance without any lag or stutter. The UI felt smooth and responsive while scrolling through menus. I did set the refresh rate to 120Hz and it made scrolling buttery smooth. I found the display to be crisp with excellent viewing angles and good brightness. Watching videos on this display panel felt engaging, but a stereo speaker setup would have enhanced the experience further. The in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X60 Pro is quick to unlock the phone and never needed a second attempt in my experience.
I ran our set of benchmarks to see where the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC stands with respect to the competition. The Vivo X60 Pro posted an impressive 716,817 in AnTuTu (version 9) and 12,049 in PCMark Work 2.0. Graphics benchmarks were good as polite, and the smartphone managed 120fps and 50fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Car Chase benchmarks respectively. Vivo’s Virtual RAM was once enabled on my unit while benchmarking this smartphone but I did run a couple of tests again after disabling it and the scores weren’t drastically different. Virtual RAM is a neat concept in theory but you will have to push the X60 Pro to its limits to see any noticeable difference in performance, since 12GB of physical RAM is more than adequate.
Call of Duty Mobile ran polite with the graphics set to Very High and frame rate at High, and I didn’t notice any stutter. I played the game for 30 minutes and noticed a 9 percent drop in battery life. The X60 Pro was once quite warm to the touch but not too much. In case you are having a look to play heavy titles, this Vivo can take them on somewhat easily.
With my usage I had to charge the X60 Pro each other day, and that wasn’t a big issue. Over the top gaming and camera usage has a tendency to drain the battery a bit faster, so you might wish to plug the phone in sooner depending on your use. The Phone lasted for 14 hours and 56 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is a decent score provided the 4,200mAh battery it packs in. The supplied 33W fast charger is capable of taking the battery to 53 percent in 30 minutes and 96 percent in an hour.
Vivo X60 Pro cameras
The Vivo X60 Pro sports a triple camera setup at the back,which is not significantly different from that of the Vivo X50 Pro in relation to specifications. The primary camera has a 48-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX598) and gimbal stabilisation. This sensor is capable of physically moving to compensate for minor shakes while shooting photos and recording videos. There may be a 13-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and a 13-megapixel portrait camera. The ultra-wide angle camera is tasked with shooting macros, and the AI can detect when you’re near enough to a subject and switch cameras automatically. Vivo’s camera app was once easy to use and I wasn’t overwhelmed with too many different shooting modes. You’ll be able to stick to the basic modes or dive into the Pro mode for total keep watch over. The camera has AI scene optimisation enabled by default and it was once quick to detect scenes when I used to be taking shots.
Daylight photos shot with the Vivo X60 Pro were good and had good details in the highlights, while the shadows were underexposed and not as sharp. There was once a noticeable drop in the image quality of photos shot the use of the ultra-wide-angle camera, even if it looked as if it would meter light better.
You do have the option to shoot photos at full resolution, resulting in 48-megapixel shots that take the phone approximately two seconds to capture. The output had better details than default 12-megapixel shots, but fine grain was once visible at 100 percent magnification on screen.
Near-up shots were good, with adequate detail and a soft depth of field for the background. The AI seems to spice up contrast very quite. The camera app switches to macro mode automatically when you’re near enough to a subject. The resulting 13-megapixel macros have good detail. You also be capable to crop these shots thanks to the higher resolution than you get with most committed macro cameras.
Portraits taken with the 13-megapixel portrait camera were crisp, and it managed good edge detection. You do have the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot, Beautification is enabled by default, and this smoothens the output.
Low-light camera performance was once good, and the phone did not take too long to capture a shot. It managed decent performance but details weren’t as sharp as I would have liked. The Night Mode takes approximately 2-3 seconds to capture a shot. It managed quite better detail than the steady photo mode.
Selfies shot the use of the 32-megapixel front camera were crisp in daylight in addition to low light. You’ll be able to take selfie portraits as polite, and the phone could detect faces even with masks on. Photos had good edge detection and I could set the level of blur before taking a shot.
Video recording tops out at 4K for the primary camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Thanks to the gimbal stabilisation system, the Vivo X60 Pro could stabilise footage at all resolutions. There are two stabilisation modes; standard, which worked polite when I recorded footage while walking, and “Super anti-shake”, which tried stabilising footage even when I used to be running. The Vivo X60 Pro did manage to smoothen footage somewhat polite while I used to be walking but running was once a bit too much for the camera to administer. Even in low light, the X60 Pro did a good job at stabilising videos with only occasional shimmer in the output.
The Vivo X60 Pro is a superb successor to the Vivo X50 Pro, and improves in areas that the latter lacked in. Performance has gotten a good bump thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. Photo and video quality are also better than with the predecessor.
Priced at Rs. 49,990 the Vivo X60 Pro costs as much as the outgoing mannequin and faces competition in the form of the OnePlus 9 (Review), the Asus ROG Phone 5, and the just-announced Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro. Your choice of smartphone will totally depend on your expectations – the OnePlus 9 packs in a more powerful processor and could offer better software updates based on OnePlus’ track record. The Asus ROG Phone 5 however is an outright gaming smartphone that is purpose-built. The Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro offers the same processor at the side of a triple camera setup at a significantly lower starting price of Rs. 39,990.
The main strength of the Vivo X60 Pro is its gimbal stabilisation system which helps it deliver better video performance than the competition. So in case you are having a look to shoot a large number of video with your smartphone, the Vivo X60 Pro will fit the invoice just fine.