India’s premium smartphone segment has long dominated Samsung and Apple, but over the years smaller players like OnePlus have tried to grab a piece of a lucrative pie. This year, Xiaomi has raised his game Mi 11 Ultra and so it is Vivo, and its X60 series.
We have already seen Vivo X60 Pro in action, and it proved to be a very good smartphone for those who shoot a lot of video. Vivo X60 Pro + is its more expensive sister and has most of the same key features offering better cameras and more powerful SoC. Priced at Rs. 69 990, it competes directly with the Mi 11 Ultra and its high-end version OnePlus 9 Pro, both of which have proven to be very good smartphones. It’s time to find out if the X60 Pro + is worth the premium over the X60 Pro.
Vivo X60 Pro + design
I think Vivo has really found it in the park with the design of the X60 Pro +. It looks sleek, feels sophisticated and is surprisingly light for a phone with a metal bezel and periscope camera. The matte surface of the exposed aluminum frame and the faux leather head guarantee the freedom of fingerprints. The multi-layered rear camera module looks similar to the Vivo X60 Pro, except for an additional TV camera. The physical buttons have good feedback, and the bottom has a SIM compartment, USB Type-C port, and a speaker.
The screen also looks very good. It is a 6.56-inch curved AMOLED panel with Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The monitor is HDR10 + certified and protected by Schott’s Xensation Up scratch glass. For this price, I would have liked a higher resolution QHD + display, but this is not a bad thing as the pixel density is still well over 320ppi.
The Vivo X60 Pro + comes with quite a few accessories. These include a 55 W quick charger, a protective case, 3.5 mm headphones and a C-type adapter for headphones.
Vivo X60 Pro + specification and software
Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, the Vivo X60 Pro + improves performance compared to the standard Pro model. This high-end chip also works with the phone’s direct competitors from OnePlus and Xiaom. It supports a total of five 5G bands, which is decent, but still less than what the Mi 11 Ultra offers. The Vivo isn’t compromising on other features either, and you get 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
In addition to the usual wireless connections and sensors, the Vivo X60 Pro + has a rear camera laser focus sensor, an in-screen fingerprint sensor and NFC, which was missing from the X60 Pro. Unfortunately, some vital features are still missing from Vivo’s best offer. Stereo speakers, IP rating and wireless charging are, I think, three huge drawbacks that make this feel like an incomplete flagship. At this price, and given the current competition, it is unforgivable.
Vivo’s custom Android skin called FunTouch OS is now version 11.1 and is based on Android 11. It has the same features and customization options as we last saw on the Vivo X60 Pro. I hope Vivo accidentally offered a touch-blocking option to the curved screen, because trying videos with one hand can cause a lot of unwanted revenue. There are tons of pre-installed applications, most of which can be removed. I was glad that none of the Vivo stock apps bombarded me with ads or too many unwanted ads.
When it comes to upgrades, Vivo is announced recently that its upcoming X-series phones will receive three-year updates to the Android operating system. Unfortunately, this does not apply to the current phone type, including the X60 Pro +. It is possible that this will change in the future, but so far it is unclear how many generations of Android the X60 Pro + will benefit from.
Vivo X60 Pro + performance and battery life
The Vivo X60 Pro + has been an excellent phone to live by. The smooth matte textures on the frame and back meant it always looked clean and untouched, even if my fingers weren’t. The 191 gram weight is distributed very well on the body, which makes it very light compared to heavy weights like the Mi 11 Ultra and OnePlus 9 Pro. The 120 Hz refresh rate is dynamic and drops back to 60 Hz in applications that do not need it.
The performance also exploded quickly. While all the bells and whistles, the FunTouch OS worked smoothly and was easy to control. I also found biometrics to be very reliable, be it fingerprint recognition or facial recognition. The Vivo X60 Pro + scored favorably on benchmarks, with a huge 8,233,367 points in the AnTuTu 9 and a solid 1133 single-core and 3,631 multi-core scores in the Geébench 5. The metal body warms up when the phone is stressed, which is to be expected.
The videos looked good on the phone screen, especially the HDR content. A single speaker got a loud sound, but the stereo sound was sorely lacking, which took away from the viewing experience. The games also looked and ran very well thanks to the powerful SoC and plenty of RAM. FunTouch OS’s Ultra Game Mode option lets you use a shortcut in the sidebar inside games, adjust graphics and sound, and even respond to messages from certain floating window apps.
The Vivo X60 Pro + has a reasonably sized 4200 mAh battery that easily lasted about a day and a half in my typical use. If I used the cameras a lot or had long game sessions, this reduced a bit, but I still managed at least all day with one charge. It also didn’t take too long to charge this battery. Vivo’s 55 W FlashCharge technology can charge the battery from zero to about 70 percent in half an hour. Wireless charging would have been a first-class experience, but unfortunately it is not supported.
Vivo X60 Pro + cameras
The Vivo X60 Pro + has the same gimbal camera system as the X60 Pro, as well as a ZEISS T * coating on the lenses to minimize reflections. However, some lenses and sensors have been updated. For example, you get an optically stabilized 50 megapixel Samsung GN1 sensor and an f / 1.57 aperture. The ultra-wide camera uses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX589 sensor that provides cardan-level stabilization. You also get two 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 up to 60x.
We have already tested the phone’s cameras in detail shooting a superzoom camera. In summary, the cameras are very capable, but I think the image quality is a few notches below what the Mi 11 Ultra and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra TVs were able to produce, especially when shooting at more than 10x magnification. A portrait camera (32 megapixels) is certainly stronger than two telephoto cameras, as it usually produces better quality images. However, if you want a better dimension, you need to use an 8-megapixel periscope camera.
The primary rear camera captures the best details of the batch. The pixel-sized images it produces are sharp. The objects have a very good definition, and the colors are striking, even though they sometimes looked a little too vivid to my taste, especially if there were green and red in the scene. The ultra-wide camera has a wide enough field of view, but objects at the edges can look strongly skewed depending on the angle you are shooting. The close-ups have very good details and the pleasant background is blurred. The camera application automatically switches to macro mode if you are close to the subject, but this can be turned off if necessary.
Twilight photos also have very good details. The camera application automatically reduces the shutter speed for better exposure. Zoom performance gets a hit at night when the Vivo X60 Pro + almost always zooms in digitally instead of using its camera. However, if the scene is well lit, it will use one of them according to the zoom.
The 32 megapixel self-camera gave very pleasing results when I turned off all the beauty filters. The backlit selfies were well exposed, and even those taken in low light had good details and colors. The camera application offers various shooting modes; some gimmick, but useful, like Supermoon.
The Vivo X60 Pro + has excellent video recording. The 4K videos shot in daylight on the main camera had excellent stability and clarity. With this sensor, you can even shoot up to 8K 30 frames per second. The video quality was still good even in low light, but the stabilization caused unwanted vibration. Switching to very stable mode corrects this, but the frame is limited quite a bit and the resolution is limited to 1080p. To ensure even stability, you can switch to the ultra-wide camera and its universal joint system. If you want the flexibility to switch between all cameras while shooting, you need to drop the resolution to 1080p.
Two other features worth mentioning are HDR10 + video recording and Pro video mode. The Vivo X60 Pro + can shoot very good HDR videos with up to 4K resolution, and these look great on the phone’s screen. Pro Video mode offers features such as Zebra Pattern to check exposure or focus focus, and multiple framing options such as 24fps, 25fps, 50fps, apart from the usual ones.
Vivo X60 Pro + slightly justifies its premium compared to the X60 Pro, but not completely. Stereo speakers, IP rating and wireless charging are features that should have been present but not. On the flip side, the cameras are better, the SoC is more powerful and the charging faster. The X60 Pro + also has an excellent display, although it’s still only full-HD +, and its build quality and design really help it stand out.
This is a great option Mi 11 Ultra and OnePlus 9 Pro, especially if you create a lot of videos. The stabilization system is really a class action and is easily one of the best, if not the best that you can find on any Android phone today. Since it is not clear when the Mi 11 Ultra will actually be sold in India, the only alternative option at this price is OnePlus 9 Pro. Samsung and Apple ticket phones also start at this price, both of which offer features missing from the X60 Pro +, such as IP rating, wireless charging and stereo speakers.
Should you buy the Vivo X60 Pro +? I suggest waiting a little while because its successor is possibly just around the corner. The X60 series was launched in March, and we already have to hear rumors about the X70 series possibly arriving in September. The new series is likely to have a successor to the X60 Pro +, which, if Vivo has listened, should correct the shortcomings of the current model. In addition, this new series is also entitled to guarantee updates for the Android operating system for the next three years, as Vivo promised. Given all of these factors, it wouldn’t hurt to wait a little longer before making a decision.