Does Vivo’s latest flagship deliver a genuinely premium experience this time? Find out more in our Vivo X70 Pro Plus review.
Vivo X70 Pro Plus in the test: a real premium flagship experience?
Vivo revealed its camera-related ambitions with the X60 series, which launched in early 2021. These were the brand’s first phones to show their association with the famous Zeiss camera technology brand. The X60 Pro Plus in particular impressed us in terms of photography and videography. Front thanks to its innovative micro gimbal stabilization system and the solid performance of the main and zoom cameras.
While it was every camera phone enthusiast’s dream, the X60 Pro Plus wasn’t perfect as a real smartphone; it lacked wireless charging, IP ratings and a QHD + panel. But Vivo was charging 69,999 rupees (~ $ 950) for the device in India, which put it on par with the premium flagships of competing brands. And those rivals had all three of them, plus their own competition cameras.
Vivo wants to solve all that with its successor, the Vivo X70 Pro Plus. Has the company learned from these previous mistakes and corrected where the old phone went wrong? Find out in this Vivo X70 Pro Plus review.
What you need to know about the X70 Pro Plus
The Vivo X70 Pro Plus picks up where the X60 Pro Plus left off a little more than six months ago and replaces it as Vivo’s flagship launch for 2021, has fast charging functions and offers an elegant design. In contrast to its predecessor, it also offers the above-mentioned premium extras such as QHD + display, protection class IP68 and wireless charging.
However, the phone’s main selling point remains the camera experience. Vivo offers a similarly flexible camera system as the X60 Pro Plus, keeps the micro gimbal stabilization system in the ultrawide camera and maintains the partnership with Zeiss. It’s also a notable introduction for Vivo, as it uses an internal imaging chip for the first time in the company’s history. that promises to reduce noise, improve efficiency, and more.
Vivo’s new premium flagship launched alongside the X70 Pro and the regular X70 in China earlier this month. It is available in black, blue and orange. Be available outside of China As for other markets, Vivo has confirmed that the X70 Pro Plus will launch in India on September 30th. We expect the EMEA markets to become active as well, as the X60 Pro Plus was only available in China and India.
While there are other memory / RAM configurations in China, only the 12GB / 256GB variant is available outside of your local market. Otherwise, you will receive a 66W charger, USB cable, USBC headphones, SIM eject tool, and plastic case in the box.
Design: two steps forward, one step back
One of the first things you notice about the X70 Pro Plus is its size. For reference, it’s slightly taller and wider than the already large Oppo Find X3 Pro, and about the same height and slightly narrower than the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but feels more ergonomic than the Samsung phone. , it’s a lot bigger than the X60 Pro Plus and you’ll definitely find that getting into the top third of the screen is a hassle. When you’re like me and don’t have big hands
I really like the alternatives to glass and plastic backrests, so I have to admit I was a little disappointed to hear that Vivo dropped the faux leather back of the X60 Pro Plus. Instead, the company opted for a glass called “Fluorite AG”. Vivo says this is “crystallized glass with a prismatic surface,” and the end result is a glass back that doesn’t really feel like glass.
Instead, the phone’s black back with a rubberized Vivo logo feels more like a matte finish. The best part is that you really have to work hard to get fingerprint grease on the back. However, the phone feels pretty slippery. also compared to other soft-glow phones. Fortunately, Vivo includes a case in the box.
The rest of the phone is top-notch for convenience, with Gorilla Glass Victus for the curved display, a black metal frame that tapers on the left and right edges, and the power/volume combo on the right. The top and bottom of the X70 Pro Plus are almost identical to its predecessor, including the slightly weird “professional photography” brand we saw last time. At least the actual text is a bit smaller this time.