Vivo has come with a new Smartphone Vivo X60 pro plus and For any smartphone brand wanting to be seen as a top contender, top notch cameras matter most and if your cameras aren’t good enough you can’t hang with the big boys one of those brands wanting a seat at the table is Vivo and last year when we reviewed their Vivo x50 pro we called it an extraordinary camera phone for less
Well Vivo is back with a 2021 follow up with tweaks to its innovative built-in gimbal stabilization system and a new branding partnership with Zeiss. This is our vivo x60 pro plus review
Vivo x60 pro plus review
What’s inside the box
Vivo x60 series phones come in a square box just like last year’s x50 over here it says x60 pro plus co-engineered with Zeiss apart from all things Zeiss the x60 pro plus is also equipped with a Gimbal stabilization 2.0
The phone comes with a vegan leather back we really like that faux leather finish and we’re getting out of the box a matte frosted hard case, sim ejector tool , USB C to USB A cable , a 55-watt flash charge adapter, some wired USB C earphones ,extra ear tips and a USB C to headphone jack dongle.
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On the outside the vivo x60 series is pretty much unchanged from last year it’s the same exact shape only the camera bump on its back is ever so slightly different in fact i even in terms of finish there’s no telling the new x50 pro is part from this year’s x60 pro.
we have no complaints about the design, why change it if it ain’t broke and this matte finish is the way to go. we particularly like the faux leather finish on our pro plus review unit.
This year Vivo x60 pro plus is a shade called emperor blue which is more of a dark gray with a hint of blue to it ever since seeing vegan leather as an alternative to glass we’ve been a fan and wonder why more brands don’t do the same it feels more practical than the fingerprint loving glossy glass backs on most phones these days. It isn’t slippery and you don’t have to worry about it smashing if dropped, props to Vivo for leaning into their own design language and sticking to it
Before we continue we want to revisit something we said up top unless your camera is up to par you can’t hang with the big boys that’s presuming everything else is also up to spec speaking of specs the vivo x60 pro plus ticks all the boxes snapdragon 888, 6.5 inch full hd plus amoled screen with a 120 hertz refresh rate
There’s 256 gigabytes of storage, ufs 3.1 and 12 gigabytes of ram with an innovative feature called extended ram which uses idle storage space as extra ram to be 100 % transparent we haven’t really had the time to really push this phone to its limits but in the days that we did use the phone we’ve got to say real world use backs up this impressive resume of specs
Partnership with zeiss
A formula that perhaps started with nokia in its golden age, many smartphone manufacturers have partnered with camera or lens companies to show improvements to their camera systems most of the time this partnership entails some sort of software cooperation more than anything else and really it’s just a marketing ploy to leverage each other’s brand names.
sometimes it works, it did wonders for huawei very recently oneplus partnered with hasselblad but as we said in our review we don’t think we noticed that big of a difference. In the case of vivo we think it’s more marketing too the lenses on this phone have a zeiss tea coating an innovation in photography when it was introduced many many years ago but that said all lenses do come with some sort of coating this one is supposed to be really good at removing artifacts and reducing reflection
There’s also a portrait mode called biotar which mimics the rotational bokeh achieved by a Zeiss biotar camera which is a software trick.
Finally supposedly the imaging system is also zeiss co-engineered but it appears vivo just had to pass zeiss’s certification tests But being honest the photos has drastically improved from last year thanks to zeiss.
There are four cameras on the Vivo x60 pro plus 50 megapixel main camera with samsung’s gn1 sensor same as the vivo x50 pro plus from last year, a 48 megapixel ultra wide camera with the gimbal system and a 114 degree field of view, a 32 megapixel portrait camera and an 8 megapixel telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and up to 60x hybrid zoom
Let’s demystify that portrait camera last year it was called the bokeh camera but basically it’s a 2x optical zoom lens which is the default camera used for portrait shots most likely because this is the most flattering focal length for portraits but you can use other lenses for portraits no problem the camera that’s actually marketed as a telephoto camera is the periscope camera
Next let’s take a look at video performance if you recall last year vivo added a built-in gimbal to the x50 pro but left it out on the x50 pro plus this year’s versions of both phones now have it.
For those who aren’t familiar with what is a gimbal? it helps stabilize cameras of all kinds Vivo’s revolutionary tech last year was to build in a similar system into a phone this year we were supposed to have gotten version 2.0 but how big of an improvement does it make for starters we will say that compared to last year’s x50 pro the Vivo x60 pro pluses video also is noticeably punchier in terms of colors and contrast even on a rainy day and yes when we started running the x60 pro plus did seem to do a better job at minimizing jitter.
if you are looking for a phone which can stabilize your shaky hand videos then this is the phone to get, It surely gets the job done.
The Vivo x60 pro plus comes with a 4200 milliamp hour battery which in my test lasted me a day of average use, on heavier days outside we had to charge before the end of the day but charging was a breeze with its bundled 55-watt adapter, we got to 35% in 10 minutes 85% and 30. A full charge took well under an hour
Should you buy it
So is the Vivo x60 pro plus perfect phone for you ,it really depends on where you live in the world as of the time this article is going live we only have Indian pricing.
Let me instead say this if the goal of Vivo was to be seen as a competitor then we believe the vivo x60 pro plus achieves it. It’s got a unique style offers the headline features touted by its competitor’s powerful processor fast display super-fast charging and in that all important camera category it rules. Based on my camera tests conservatively one might say it can keep up with the best but if we were to be more generous I’d say in some cases it does even better and that’s a big thing to say.
So if you live in india and you are not in side the apple ecosystem then vivo X60 pro plus is the phone which you Can get and use seamlessly. The x60 pro plus is a smartphone deserving of our approval and if it’s cheaper than the galaxy s21 ultra or the iPhone 12 pro max where you live we’d seriously consider it.
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