After laying low for a while, Vivo is ready to rock the boat with its new X60-series that comprises of three premium phones – Vivo X60, Vivo X60 Pro, and Vivo X60 Pro+. In this review, we will be talking about the ins and outs of the middling X60 Pro that retails in India for INR 49,990 – which makes it a direct rival to the OnePlus 9. (Vivo X60 Pro Review हिंदी में पढ़िए)
The X60 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 870 and has a curved AMOLED display, but primarily highlights the ‘Professional photography’ claims substantiated by Zeiss optics and branding. So, is the Vivo phone worth its high-end price? Let’s answer that and more in our Vivo X60 Pro review. Let’s first quickly run through the specs:
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Price and Specifications
|Models||Vivo X60 Pro|
|Display||6.56-inch, 2376×1080 pixels, AMOLED 120Hz, HDR10+|
|Front Camera||32MP with f/2.45 aperture|
|Rear Camera||48MP Sony IMX598 sensor (f/1.48 aperture)|
13MP 120° ultrawide lens (w/2.5cm macro, f/2.2 aperture)
13MP (50mm portrait camera with f/2.46 aperture)
|Software||Android 11 with OriginOS 1.0|
|Processor||Snapdragon 870 5G with Adreno 650 GPU|
|Memory||12GB RAM with 256GB storage (LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1)|
|Battery||4200mAh with 33W charger|
|Misc.||in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band), USB Type-C|
|Colors||Shimmer Blue and Midnight Black|
Vivo X60 Pro Unboxing
Vivo isn’t skimping on any box content. Inside the box, you’ll find:
- Hard protective case
- Pre-applied screen protector
- Type-C to Audio jack dongle
- Basic earphones
- 33W Flashcharge adaptor
- USB Type-A to C cable
- SIM ejector PIN and documentation
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Vivo X60 Pro Review: Design and Build
Vivo X60 Pro is one of the most comfortable flagships we have held this year and that’ll perhaps be one primary reason why you may consider it over OnePlus-es and galaxies.
The back cover is AG glass with a fantastic Satin finish and it seamlessly curves and flows to the aluminum side frame. The layered rectangular camera module feels quite familiar by now.
While there is Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the rear, the display on the front is shielded by Schott Xensation glass. You will find a centrally aligned punch-hole camera and extremely narrow bezels. The top and bottom surfaces are flat at the periphery with recesses in the middle. The fingerprint reader is positioned underneath the display and the volume rocker and power button are both easily accessible.
The X60 Pro is not particularly distinctive, but it is incredibly slim and light and the screen curves further add to the ergonomics. It exudes that premium feel & finish deserving of flagship and has a befitting display to match up.
Also Check: Samsung Galaxy S21+ review
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Display
The 6.56-inch AMOLED display maxes at Full HD+ resolution and supports a 120Hz refresh rate. There is no variable refresh rate but the phone can dynamically switch between 120Hz and 60Hz to conserve some battery (smart switch mode).
The display supports a wide color gamut and gets suitably bright to be legible outdoors. There are three color profiles to choose from. Bright targets DCI-P3 and ‘Professional’ targets sRGB color space. The default is a native solution with boosted colors and a color temperature adjustment toggle.
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HD streaming works out of the box on all relevant apps and HDR is supported on Netflix and Youtube, which are the two most popular HDR content apps on Android. The dynamic range is wide enough for HDR to make a difference over SDR content.
Of course, the panel isn’t as stunning as say the one on the Galaxy S21 Ultra or even Galaxy S21+, but it’s still a very good quality panel that feels totally apt for the asking price.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Performance and Software
The X60 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 870, which is very similar to last years Snapdragon 865+. This is nevertheless a very powerful chipset that’s perfectly capable of driving a high-end experience and handling the most demanding of Android applications.
In India, the phone comes only in one variant with 12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. Vivo also introduces a virtual RAM that can use up to 3GB of unused storage to cache apps, thus addressing the long-standing ‘aggressive app killing’ complaints. Even OnePlus uses the same Virtual RAM on its phones including the latest OnePlus 9 series.
The option shows up as “Extended RAM” in settings and is turned on by default. The X60 Pro could resultantly keep games like Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty cached in the background for longer than most Android phones. The software is still a tad aggressive with shutting down background operations.
Gaming experienceon the Vivo X60 Pro was perfectly smooth. We could play demanding games like Call of Duty Mobile without any stutters and the temperature remained in check with extended gaming sessions. No worries.
Benchmark scores see a nice bump from Snapdragon 865+ phones from last year and that’s probably because of the higher binned Prime core. Storage performance stats are also impressive. Take a look:
- Geekbench Single Core – 983
- Geekbench Multi core – 3285
- 3D Mark Wildlife – 4165
- PC Mark work 2.0 – 9958
- PC Mark work 2.0 writing -10969
- Androbench Random Read – 298.33
- Androbench Random Write – 310.91
The fingerprint sensor is snappy and reliable, and we didn’t face any issues with calling or connectivity. Relevant options like Dual 4G VoLTE, VoWifi, Carrier aggregation, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and dual-band GPS are all supported. The handset is also 5G ready ( N77, N78 bands) but that doesn’t mean much in the current scenario.
As for the software, we have mixed feelings. On the plus side, Funtouch OS is cleaner than ever before, is based on Android 11, and is the only option other than Samsung’s OneUI that still retains auto call-recording support.
On the downside, Vivo is being overly pushy with its app store, and that kind of gets in the way. This is a problem because its biggest rival, the OnePlus 9 isn’t plagued by such issues. Another peeve point I have is that Android 11 Smart home dashboard, which I use very frequently, shows up only after you have long pressed the power key for a good 5 seconds – which is way too long for the feature to remain usable.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Camera
Photography is what Vivo is hoping should attest to X60 Pro’s high stature. And there’s indeed a lot to look forward to here.
The primary sensor is a customized 48MP Sony IMX598 and it’s aided by Vivo’s remarkable Gimbal camera technology (v2.0) and Zeiss optics. The Gimbal camera is not merely a gimmick and proved beneficial not only while shooting videos but also for low-light photography.
For instance, the following challenging handheld long-exposure shot of a fountain with changing colors wouldn’t have been half hs presentable were it not for the Gimbal camera stabilization.
Vivo X60 Pro does really well in low-light and indoor light. Noise is kept in check and image texture is retained. Details are also fairly good.
The night mode is also excellent and thankfully a little more restrained than what we had on the last generation Vivo X50 Pro. Vivo adds a few more night-style filters (and these are really fun!).
The results aren’t always as magical and we suspect that could have something to do with the very wide-aperture (f/1.5) of the lens that proved to be a double-edged sword.
The wide aperture lens is really good for natural bokeh and blur, which is particularly useful for product photography in proper lighting (sample below). The X60 Pro is also very snappy and reliable with Auto focus.
The X60 Pro does really well with portraits of human subjects in indoor and outdoor lighting, but once again the aperture can take its toll on edge detection. For instance in the low light sample below, apart from the face and hands, the rest of the body has been blurred as background.
The Gimbal camera also helps improve digital zoom. What we have on the Vivo X60 Pro is not as good as the optical Zoom, but it’s still a lot better than conventional digital zoom.
The wide-angle camera doesn’t feel like an afterthought either. Though users will mostly rely on the primarhy camera, the wide-angle shooter should be genuinely useful while shooting wide landscapes.
Macros are shot from the wide-angle camera and the result is not very consistent. That’s not a problem because close-ups from the primary sensor are awesome. The Selfie camera retains natural skin tones and ample details. It can also shoot 4k videos.
Speaking of which, the X60 Pro is also really good with casual video recording that goes up to 4K@30fps.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Battery and Audio
The 4200mAh battery capacity on the X60 Pro isn’t much by current standard. With moderately heavy usage and display set to 120Hz, we could kill the battery in a little over a day. On particular heavy usage days, we had to resort to mid-day charging.
Charging speeds are fast but are no match to OnePlus, OPPO or Realme flagships. The 33W flashcharge can top up 50% of the juice in less than 30 minutes. Full charge takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes.
As for audio, the Vivo X60 Pro has a mono speaker at the bottom which doesn’t very loud. There is no audio jack, but a Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack dongle is bundled with the phone. We didn’t face any issues with Wireless audio streaming.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Should you buy it?
Vivo X60 Pro is a premium and enjoyable phone. It has got powerful performance hardware, a good quality display, a delightful design and a capable camera system. The only downside is that the software needs some refinements. As for alternatives, the X60 Pro will be up against the OnePlus 9 that we will review shortly. Let us know if you’d like to see a comparison between the two.
Overall we really enjoyed our time with the X60 Pro and will definitely recommend it as an option for consumers who are looking for a premium phone priced under 50K. Perhaps it will be an even more lucrative buy after the first few price cuts.
- Excellent design
- Gimbal camera is quite impressive
- Excellent performance
- Great quality AMOLED screen with 120Hz smoothness
- Software needs more polishing