The premium smartphone segment in India has long been dominated by Samsung and Apple, but through the years, smaller players such as OnePlus have been trying to snag a piece of that ecocnomic pie. This year, Xiaomi has raised its game with the Mi 11 Ultra and so has Vivo, with its X60 series.
We’ve already seen the Vivo X60 Pro in action, and it turned out to be a very good smartphone for many who shoot a large number of video. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is its more expensive sibling, and it helps to keep lots of the same key features while offering better cameras and a more powerful SoC. Priced at Rs. 69,990, it competes directly with the Mi 11 Ultra and the top-end variant of the OnePlus 9 Pro, either one of which have proven to be very good smartphones. It is time to find out if the X60 Pro+ is worth the premium over the X60 Pro.
Vivo X60 Pro+ design
I think Vivo has in point of fact hit it out of the park with the design of the X60 Pro+. It looks elegant, feels refined, and is surprisingly light for a phone with a metal frame and periscope camera. The matte finish of the exposed aluminium frame and the faux leather back help retain it fingerprint-free. The multi-layered rear camera module looks very similar to the one on the Vivo X60 Pro, except for for the additional telephoto camera. The physical buttons have good feedback, and down at the behind we have the SIM tray, USB Kind-C port, and speaker.
The display looks very nice too. It is a 6.56-inch curved AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The display has HDR10+ certification and is safe by Schott’s Xensation Up scratch-protective glass. At this price, I would have liked a higher resolution QHD+ display but this one is not poor, since the pixel density is still mannered over 320ppi.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ ships with somewhat a couple of accessories in the box. These include a 55W fast charger, protective case, 3.5mm headset, and Kind-C adapter for the headset.
Vivo X60 Pro+ specification and software
The Vivo X60 Pro+ gets a performance boost over the usual Pro mannequin thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. This probably the greatest chip also powers the phone’s instant rivals from OnePlus and Xiaomi. It supports a complete of five 5G bands, which is decent but still fewer than what the Mi 11 Ultra offers. Vivo hasn’t compromised on other specifications either, and you get 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
Except for the standard wireless connectivity and sensors, the Vivo X60 Pro+ has a laser autofocus sensor for the rear cameras, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and NFC which was once lacking from the X60 Pro. Unfortunately, some imperative features are still lacking from Vivo’s most premium offering. Stereo speakers, an IP rating, and wireless charging are three enormous omissions, in my opinion, which make this feel like an incomplete flagship. At this price and provided the current competition, it’s inexcusable.
Vivo’s custom Android skin called FunTouch OS is now at version 11.1, and is based on Android 11. It has the same set of features and customisation options that we final saw on the Vivo X60 Pro. I do wish Vivo offered an accidental touch prevention option for the curved display, as trying to movie video with one hand can cause a large number of unwanted inputs. There are a tonne of preinstalled apps, most of which can also be uninstalled. I used to be happy that none of Vivo’s inventory apps bombarded me with ads or too many unwanted notifications.
So far as updates are concerned, Vivo has recently announced that its upcoming X-series phones will receive three years of Android OS updates. This sadly does not apply to the current crop of phones including the X60 Pro+. There’s a opportunity of this changing sooner or later, but for now, it’s unclear how many generations of Android the X60 Pro+ will get pleasure from.
Vivo X60 Pro+ performance and battery life
The Vivo X60 Pro+ has been an excellent phone to live with. The smooth matte textures of the frame and back meant it all the time looked clean and pristine, even when my fingers weren’t. The 191g weight is distributed very mannered across the body, making it super light in comparison to heavyweights such as the Mi 11 Ultra and the OnePlus 9 Pro. The 120Hz refresh rate is dynamic and drops back to 60Hz in apps that are not looking for it.
Performance was once blazing quick too. Even with all its bells and whistles, FunTouch OS ran smoothly and was once easy to master. I also found the biometrics to be very dependable, be it the fingerprint sensor or face recognition. The Vivo X60 Pro+ scored favourably in benchmarks with a massive 8,23,367 points in AnTuTu 9, and a solid 1,133 unmarried core and 3,631 multi-core points in Geekbench 5. The metal frame does get warm when the phone is stressed, which is to be expected.
Videos looked great on the phone’s display, particularly HDR satisfied. The unmarried speaker got loud but stereo sound was once sorely missed, which did take absent from the viewing experience. Games looked and ran very mannered too thanks to the powerful SoC and ample RAM. An Ultra Game Mode option in FunTouch OS allows you to access a shortcut sidebar from inside games, tweak the visuals and audio, and even reply to messages from sure apps in floating windows.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ has a decently sized 4,200mAh battery which easily lasted me approximately a day and a half with my typical usage. Whether I used the cameras a lot or had long gaming sessions, then this reduced a bit, but I still managed no less than a full day on a unmarried charge. Charging this battery didn’t take too long either. Vivo’s 55W FlashCharge tech can charge the battery from zero to approximately 70 percent in half an hour. Wireless charging would have completed the premium experience but unfortunately, it is not supported.
Vivo X60 Pro+ cameras
The Vivo X60 Pro+ features the same gimbal camera system as the X60 Pro, together with ZEISS T* coating for the lenses to minimise reflections. On the other hand, probably the most lenses and sensors have been upgraded. As an example, you get an optically stabilised 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 sensor and an f/1.57 aperture. The ultra-wide camera uses a Sony IMX589 48-megapixel sensor, which offers gimbal-level stabilisation. You also get two telephoto cameras — a 32-megapixel snapper with 2X optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel snapper with 5X optical zoom. The Vivo X60 Pro+ can digitally zoom the entire way up to 60X.
We’ve already tested the phone’s telephoto cameras in great detail in our superzoom camera shootout. To sum up, the cameras are very capable but I found image quality to be a couple of notches below what the telephoto cameras of the Mi 11 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra were in a position to produce, especally when you are shooting at greater than 10X magnification. The portrait camera (32-megapixel) is certainly the stronger of the two tele cameras, as it usually produces better quality images. On the other hand, whether you wish to have better reach, the 8-megapixel periscope camera is what you can wish to use.
The primary rear camera captures the most efficient details of the lot. The pixel-binned images it produces are sharp. Objects have very good definition, and colours are punchy though they did now and again look a bit too vivid for my taste, particularly whether there were greens and reds in the scene. The ultra-wide camera has a wide enough field of view but objects at the edges can look heavily skewed, depending on the angle you’re shooting at. Near-ups have very good details and pleasing background blur. The camera app will automatically switch to macro mode in case you are very near to a subject, but this can also be turned off whether needed.
Low-light photos pack in very good details too. The camera app automatically decreases the shutter speed for a better exposure. Zoom performance takes a hit at night as the Vivo X60 Pro+ nearly all the time digitally zooms in on your subject relatively than the usage of its telephoto cameras. On the other hand, whether the scene is mannered lit then it’ll use one of them depending on how much you zoom.
The 32-megapixel selfie camera delivered very pleasing results once I disabled the entire beauty filters. Backlit selfies were mannered exposed, and even ones taken in low light had good details and colours. The camera app offers a number of shooting modes; some gimmicky but some useful, such as Supermoon.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ excels at video recording. 4K videos shot with the main camera in daylight had excellent stabilisation and clarity. You’ll be able to even shoot up to 8K 30fps with this sensor. Video quality continued to be good even in low light but stabilisation caused unwanted jitter. Switching to ‘Ultra steady’ mode fixes this, but the frame is cropped somewhat a bit and the resolution is limited to 1080p. For the smoothest stabilisation, you’ll be able to switch to the ultra-wide camera with its gimbal system. Whether you wish to have the flexibility of switching between the entire cameras while filming, you can wish to drop the resolution to 1080p.
Two more features that deserve mentions are HDR10+ video recording and Pro video mode. The Vivo X60 Pro+ can shoot very good HDR videos at up to 4K, and these look great on the phone’s display. Pro video mode offers features such as a zebra sample for exposure check or focus peaking, and more than one framerate options such as 24fps, 25fps, 50fps, excluding the standard ones.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ moderately justifies its premium over the X60 Pro, but not entirely. Stereo speakers, an IP rating, and wireless charging are features that are supposed to have been present, but are not. On the flip side, the cameras are better, the SoC is more powerful, and charging is quicker. The X60 Pro+ also has an excellent display, despite the fact that it’s still only full-HD+, and its build quality and design in point of fact help it stand out.
This can be a great alternative to the Mi 11 Ultra and the OnePlus 9 Pro, particularly whether you can be creating a large number of videos. The stabilisation system is actually a class act and is easily one of the vital best, whether not the most efficient, that you can find on any Android phone today. Since there is not any telling when the Mi 11 Ultra will if truth be told go on sale in India, your only other option at this price is the OnePlus 9 Pro. Samsung and Apple’s flagship phones also start at this price, either one of which offer features lacking from the X60 Pro+ such as an IP rating, wireless charging, and stereo speakers.
Must you buy the Vivo X60 Pro+? I’d propose waiting for a little while, since its successor is maybe just around the corner. The X60 series was once launched in March and we’re already hearing rumours approximately an X70 series maybe arriving in September. The new series is likely to have a successor to the X60 Pro+, which whether Vivo has been listening, must address the shortcomings of the present mannequin. Plus, this new series may also be eligible for guaranteed Android OS updates for the next three years, as promised by Vivo. Considering these types of factors, it wouldn’t hurt to wait a bit longer before you decide.
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