Vivo X60 Pro+ is company’s answer to OnePlus 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Or, at least it is supposed to be. It marks Vivo’s entry to the premium segment with a number of high-end features including the flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC, Zeiss-tuned cameras and 120Hz panel. The series also includes two other smartphones Vivo X60 and Vivo X60 Pro both of which we have already reviewed.
The most premium of the three, Vivo X60 Pro+ is priced at Rs 69,990 for the lone 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage variant. This puts it in the category of OnePlus 9 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. But, are the cameras enough to compete with the two flagships? What are the factors you need to consider? Let’s find out in this five-point review.
Point 1 The Vivo X60 Pro+ has one of the best camera systems on any Android smartphone in India right now. It will be interesting to see what Mi 11 Ultra brings on top later this month but for now, the X60 Pro+ comes very close to OnePlus 9 Pro in terms of camera performance. It features a 50-megapixel GN1 sensor developed by Samsung with an f/1.6 aperture. The exciting part of the main lens is its 1/1.31-inch sensor which makes it one of the biggest in the market. The other three lenses are a 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 ultra-wide sensor, an 8-megapixel periscope sensor with 5x optical zoom, and a 32-megapixel telephoto unit.
The other main highlight of the camera system is that both the main and periscope camera feature optical image stabilisation. The ultra-wide-angle lens comes with Gimbal Stabilisation 2.0. You can read the detailed take on Vivo X60 Pro+’s camera here.
Point 2 What works in favour of Vivo X60 Pro+ is its premium design. The smartphone comes with an aesthetically pleasing vegan leather back which gives it a premium feel and provides a solid grip. It’s a relief over the glossy, glass backs that are usually slippery, damage prone and attract fingerprint smudges. Vivo X60 Pro+ is about 9.1mm thick, making it bulkier than the two younger siblings. It weighs 191 grams, but the mass is evenly distributed.Point 3 Vivo’s been criticised in the past for using average processors on its smartphones. It corrects it this time by using Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC which is the best chipset available for Android smartphones right now. The processor ensures seamless multitasking, switching between apps, watching videos, and even gaming. The phone comes with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.
Point 4 Two things that you need to consider before buying the Vivo X60 Pro+ are its software and battery life. Both are not the best out there. The smartphone runs FunTouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 which has improved a lot from its predecessors but has a lot of scope for improvement. The smartphone continues to ship with number of unwanted apps including Vivo’s own app store, Hot Apps, Hot Games, Moj, Snapchat, Easy Share etc. This is very annoying to see on a flagship.
Vivo X60 Pro+ packs a 4200mAh battery which can drain really fast, thanks to a combination of Snapdragon 888 processor and 120Hz refresh rate. There is a 55W FlashCharger inside the box but on most days, you will find it tough to get through the day.
Point 5 This is Vivo’s first flagship in India which also means that it is a flagship with few compromises. Some of them are quite important. First, the phone doesn’t come with an IP rating, so you are on your own out there. Then, there is no support for wireless charging. Lastly, you get a single speaker which can be really annoying while streaming content.