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Vivo X60 Pro+ Review
May 11, 2021
The Pro+ in the Vivo X60 Pro+ denotes the top-tier model in Vivo’s portfolio. This time we have Vivo X60 Pro+ to feast your eyes on. The Pro+ features a Zeiss branded quad-camera setup, a top notch chipset and a gorgeous AMOLED display, all wrapped in a fancy leather-clad body.
The key selling point of the C60 Pro+ is the camera which features four focal lengths with each sensor having something special to offer. The ultrawide sensor makes use of a huge sensor placed on a gimbal, the main shooter has an even bigger sensor, plus the short 2x tele also has a big sensor. It’s tough to fit a big sensor in a periscope tele snapper, but it does offer a massive 5x zoom.
It has sort of become a trend for 2021 flagships to have the Snapdragon 888 chipset, and this beast for a phone is no exception. The dual-curved AMOLED display is manufactured by Samsung. One thing that is bothering is the decent battery capacity. The vegan leather back makes it seem like the main focus aside from the camera was on the looks.
The X60 Pro+ is shipped in a Premium navy blue flat square box same as its non-plus counterpart (X60 Pro). The box carries the model name in large text; furthermore there is a Zeiss logo, which suggests where the lens is coming from.
When you open the box, there is a full set of accessories waiting. The most accessory functionality wise is the 55W charger which comes with a matching USB-A –to-C cable. There is also a set of earphones that end in a 3.5mm plug, a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter, so you have somewhere to plug the headset plus a protective back cover.
When looking at the X60 Pro+ you can’t mistake it for any other phone. The large camera module and leather back make the phone stand apart from not just the other flagship phones but also from vivo smartphones which feature gimbal stabilization.
The camera module houses the quad camera setup with a couple of large sensors. The one at the top is the ultrawide sensor which is placed on Gimbal, right beside that is the Zeiss branding and T* badge which indicates the anti-flare coating by the German optics specialist. This T* logo is missing on the X60 Pro.
Next in the list in the main shooter, with a tiny text indicating the 1/1.3" sensor size. Right below are the two tele lenses with the periscope lens extending below and outside of the module, to the right and merging into the ocean of vegan leather.
The phone is available in two colors, namely the Emperor Blue and other being Orange. No matter the color, the vegan leather provides more grip compared to the anti-glare frosted glass back of the X60 Pro.
The side frame has a matte finish, hence making it less prone to fingerprints. The power button is placed on the right side in a manner which is comfortable for the thumb to reach. The volume buttons are positioned right above the power button. The buttons are also made of metal and are placed in a slightly chiseled section of the frame.
The bottom of the phone carries the SIM card slot (two, nano-sized); the microSD is missing, though. The bottom of the phone is also home to the USB-C port, loudspeaker and microphone.
Moving on to the top, there is the mic, it’s a pinhole piercing what seemingly is a plastic cover plate. The least classy thing about the smartphone is the ‘Professional Photography’ label on that plate.
The front is equipped with a 6.56-Inch AMOLED display. The screen curves at the edges give it a more flagship-like feeling. The bezels are really thin. There were no misinterpreted touch inputs from the curved edges while holding the phone, but that might vary from person to person.
The center aligned punch hole for the selfie camera isn’t what you might call tiny. Given the large size of the sensor, it is totally acceptable. Above that is the earpiece – well it’s just an earpiece with no speaker tagging along.
Underneath the display lies the fingerprint reader of the optical variety. The scanner is great in terms of both speed and reliability. One would require a bit of adjustment since the sensor sits relatively low. It won’t be an issue if you’re constantly changing phones.
Vivo doesn’t provide dust and water protection typically, the Vivo X60 Pro+ does not have a formal IP rating. We would appreciate the effort of the brand for providing an IP rating at least on top-end models.
The dimensions of the phone are 158.6x73.4x9.1mm, which is 5-6mm shorter than the Find X3 Pro, OnePlus 9 or a Mi 11 for that matter. The phone weighs 191g, making it a couple of grams lighter than the aforementioned phones.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ comes with a 6.56-Inch display the same as its non-plus counterpart. The screen is an AMOLED type with 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, the god stuff doesn’t end here.
The output id auto brightness mode is 816nits when the phone is placed under direct light. That’s a considerable jump compared to the 477nits when manually operating the slider. These figures are the same which we saw on the non-plus model. The blacks had no illuminations, as should be the case with OLED panels. The brightness for whites could go as low as spectacular 2.0nits.
The color reproduction is managed in a three-mode way along with an additional temperature slider on each. The three color reproduction modes include Standard mode, Professional mode and Bright mode.
The X60 Pro+ allows you to choose the refresh rate of the screen between – 60H, 120Hz and auto (Smart Switch) mode. The phone doesn’t have an option to make granular adjustments.
Battery Life and Charging Speed:
The Vivo X60 Pro+ draws power from a 4,200mAh battery. It’s among the smallest we’ve seen on Android flagship smartphones. You can browse the internet using WI-Fi at 120Hz refresh rate for nearly 11:33 hours which is considered a bit on the lower end. The video playback time at 60Hz refresh rate for the X60 Pro+ is over 19 hours, which is one of the top in the class. The phone can survive for nearly 24 hours of voice call. For a Snapdragon 888 powered handset the standby time is pretty average.
The Vivo X60 Pro+ comes with a 55W charger with Super FlashCharge 2.0 branding. It takes just 30 minutes for the phone to charge from zero to 84%. All it took was a mere 42 minutes for the phone to fully charge back to 100%.
The X60 Pro+ comes with only a single speaker. It seems like Vivo is not a big fan of stereo speakers. The speaker on X60 Pro+ is equally loud compared to its predecessor, it’s still a bit lower than other rivals.
The X60 Pro+ may sound a bit quieter than its non-plus sibling, but it’s still better. The high frequencies have more sparkle while the female vocals sound livelier. Not just X60 Pro+ but its competitors also sound amazing.
The X60 Pro+ comes with Qualcomm’s flagship chipset – Snapdragon 888 chipset. The chipset makes use of the 5nm manufacturing process and comes with an octa-core CPU and a built-in 5G modem. The chipset is paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. You can choose from 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256 GB storage memory configurations.
The 8GB and 12GB are just the ‘Real’ RAM. Apart from that there is also some ‘Virtual RAM’. Nearly 3GB of Storage is allocated to work as Virtual RAM alongside actual RAM. The Virtual RAM is used for dumping less necessary processes. Thus, allowing you to have more apps cached and ready for you to use anytime.
In the GeekBench test the X60 Pro+ faced a tough competition from OnePlus 9 Pro in the single-core department while it was a toe to toe competition in the multi-core test with ROG Phone 5. Ultimately, the X60 Pro+ emerged victorious in both the departments.
In the AnTuTu the difference just widens resulting in the X60 Pro+ placing 3.6% higher than the ROG Phone 5 while the Mi 11 and Find X3 Pro lagging behind by 10% and 12%, respectively.
With all due consideration, the X60 Pro+ is definitely a capable performer given the reserves and hardware it packs.
Camera and Photo Quality:
The rear panel of the X60 Pro+ is home to the camera module that houses the quad camera setup with four separate focal lengths covering an effective zoom range of 14mm to 125mm in 35mm terms. There is the 50MP main camera, 8MP periscope telephoto shooter, 32MP telephoto snapper and 48MP ultrawide lens. Since we know how much of a big fan Vivo is of gimbals, the X60 Pro+ has one as well.
It’s not a surprise that with such a great setup, the X60 Pro+ captures images that are really appealing and worthy of its flagship title. The images captured have a vivid color and excellent Dynamic range that is on par with the top in the class.
Daylight image quality:
The shots taken from the main camera hardly have an iota of noise, neither in the sky nor in the shadows. The detail in the stills is really amazing compared to any other 12-ish megapixel shooter out there.
The tele shooter radiates the same positive vibe and delivers lovable 8MP pictures at 2x zoom. The images have amazing detail, noise is nearly negligible and dynamic range is wide.
Next is the periscope snapper with 5x zoom. During day time the shooter is capable of capturing detailed pictures with little or no noise. Although the dynamic range is a bit narrow, the pictures are just perfect.
Last but not the least, there is the ultrawide lens which is able to capture images that are alluring. The images are pretty sharp and detailed. There are fine grains in the sky which are visible only when you look too carefully. Dynamic range is equal to that of the main camera, which is apparently an achievement making it better that most ultrawides out there.
There is faint warmth visible in the greenery when compared to the pictures taken from the main cam. Although it’s not bothersome, it's preferable to have better color matching between separate cameras. This could apparently be the work of AI picking different scene modes based on various things that fit in the frame as the coverage changes.
The X60 Pro+ also has a high resolution mode to offer. Three out of the four shooters are equipped with large high-res sensors having Quad Bayer color filters and can capture images at their nominal resolutions – only the periscope is 8MP.
Low-light image quality:
Some Night mode processing is applied to the images by default in regular photo mode, which was also the case with its non-plus sibling. This isn’t something that might cause any issues. Actually, the photos turned out as expected to be worthy of the flagship title. The detail is excellent without any visible noise, the dynamic range seems spectacular and colors are quite vivid.
As we observed there is no significant benefit in shooting with the night mode camera since it just opens up the shadows by a tiny bit. However, there are no drawbacks either - the time taken isn’t long and you won’t have to forgo details in most parts.
The case with the ultrawide shooter is the same as the main camera. The dynamic range is wide in the photo mode to begin with, there are just minor tweaks added in the shadows by the night mode. There is hardly any change in the detail between the modes and is amazing in our opinion, the noise reduction does its job pretty well and the colors seem to be the same – vivid.
The 2x is managed by the short tele in most of the scenes. The dynamic range remains acceptable. The level of color exposure is quite acceptable. The phone attempts to prioritize highlights and exposes a little dark, which is not an issue.
Zooming in further to 5x, results in underexposed images with dynamic range below ideal standard. The shots captured have pretty good sharpness with plenty of detail and low noise.
Thus, in short the images this phone captures are well worthy of its flagship title. The images have abundant detail, sharpness, vivid and accurate color, no visible noise and amazing dynamic range.
The portrait mode of X60 Pro+ is available with three zoom levels. In most light conditions the detail is amazing. The subject isolation in general is good but is prone to mishaps occasionally when using the 2x module. The shots taken from the tele shooter tend to be a bit warmer and skin tone seems more reddish compared to the photos taken from the main camera. The Dynamic range is super wide so that’s not an issue.
Thus, the portraits taken from X60 Pro+ in general are excellent and appealing with great detail, Dynamic range and subject isolation.
The selfies shot on X60 Pro+ is apparently of the same quality as the non-plus model. It is obvious since they both have the same hardware. The shots captured are saved at 32MP, but the detail in the photos is amazing when taken in scenes with balanced lighting. The stills taken in challenging conditions might not have absolute detail. The selfies have a sufficiently wide dynamic range and accurate colors but aren’t as spectacular as the photos clicked with rear cameras.
The main camera on the X60 Pro+ is able to capture videos up to 8K 4320p at 30fps. The 2x tele is capable of shooting at 1080p 30fps, although there is also an option for up to 4K60 available at the 2x zoom level, which comes from the main camera. The 5x tele is also able to shoot at 1080p 30fps. There is no direct toggle available at higher resolution settings, although you can pinch to zoom if you wish to. The ultrawide is capped at 4K60.
All the shooters have access to the standard stabilization in all resolutions and frame rates. There is also the ‘Ultra stable’ mode which apparently locks you into 1080p 60fps and bars your zoom level to 0.6x and 1x.
The standard stabilization is not only proficient in maintaining stability but also executes pans smoothly when pointed in one direction. You might witness some shakes in the video if you are shooting while you walk.
For a top-tier smartphone X60 Pro+ is, it is just missing a few things like stereo speakers and IP rating for water and dust resistance. The importance of the missing stuff is subjective but in our opinion other top class specs make up for their absence.
If camera is what you value then this phone has a combination which is more proficient and well-rounded that it is well worth the money. Camera is what makes this handset standout but that is not the only thing, since the display and performance are also amazing.
By no means the X60 Pro+ is cheap but it has both the top tier spec sheet and performance that makes it worth parting with the money.
Material used is of high quality.
Premium design and top notch specs.
A top of the class AMOLED display
Top of the class performance.
The photo quality is Amazing.
Wonderful video stabilization.
No IP Rating for water and dust protection.
Doesn’t have stereo speakers.
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