We have prepared a brand new review for you. This time the guest will be a premium smartphone – Vivo X70 Pro Plus. According to the manufacturer, this phone is one of the best camera phones in the world. Let’s add here a great screen with a huge amount of chips and top-end hardware. Whether everything is so good in reality – we will figure it out today.
Vivo X70 Pro+ Full Specifications
Vivo X70 Pro Plus 5G
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
Black, Blue & Orange
8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB & 12GB/512GB
About ৳ 75000/$ 966.98
6.78 inches, 111.4 cm2 (~90.1% of front utilization)
Screen & Body Ratio
90.1% screen & body ratio
1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~517 ppi density)
Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, Pixel Shift, dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama
50MP, f/1.6, (wide-angle), 1/1.31", 1.2µm, PDAF, laser focus, optical stabilization --- 8 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscopic telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, optical stabilization, 5x optical zoom --- 12MP, f/1.6, 50mm (telephoto), 1/2.93", 1.22µm, PDAF, optical stabilization, 2x optical zoom --- 48MP, f/2.2, 14mm , 114˚ (ultra-angular), 1/2.0", 0.8µm, gimbal stabilization
K@30fps , 4K@30 /60fps, 1080p@30 /60fps, electronic stabilization, HDR10+
32 MP, f/2.5, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm
4K @ 30fps , 1080p @ 30fps
Fast charging 55W
Network & Connectivity
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850/900/1700 (AWS) / 1900/2100
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 66
1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78, 79 SA/NSA
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
256 GB + 8/12 GB RAM, 512 GB + 12 GB RAM
164,5 x 75,2 x 8,9 mm
209 g / 213 g
As you can see, according to the technical characteristics, the Vivo X70 Pro Plus is just a monster. In theory, this is one of the best Android devices on the market. The price, of course, is overpriced, like all Vivo phones. But is this price justified? You will soon find out the answer to this question.
Since Vivo X70 Pro Plus belongs to the flagship segment, we will pay special attention to the configuration. After all, you see, it’s nice to pick up a box and immediately realize that you are holding a premium smartphone.
So, the X70 Pro + comes in a square gray box with gold-plated lettering. The packaging looks massive and quite interesting. We open it and we are greeted by a pencil case, in which there is a telephone. A special hole is made in the pencil case, through which you can see the camera unit and the glass panel of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus. We remove the pencil case and go to the next layer: there is a 66-watt power supply and wired branded headphones with Type-C. It is very nice to see headphones included in the set – this is a great rarity for modern devices. But the power supply is simply huge: it feels like 120 watts have been shoved into it, not 66.
Next is an envelope with a paper clip and documentation. There is nothing interesting in it, but let’s take a closer look at the cover. It is made of plastic, but it looks like leather. It is immediately evident that the case is of high quality and is quite consistent with the price of a smartphone. Thanks to the cover, the camera unit will not touch surfaces and, accordingly, will not be scratched. In general, a good thing. At the bottom of the box, we find a Type-C cable. This is where the package ends, but we already get everything we need + nice features, such as headphones and a good case. The package contents of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus leave a pleasant impression.
Design and dimensions
Let’s take a look at what a smartphone looks like. Let’s say right away that the design is cool and will appeal to most users. A small front camera module is located in the center of the front panel. The working area occupies 90.1% of the entire screen, that is, the frames are very thin. Note that the edges of the display are heavily rounded. It looks cool, but during use, it can be a little annoying and interfering. Refraction of light is also visible at the edges, and this is already a minus. But phantom clicks are rare and only in special positions. In short, see for yourself on the front panel of Vivo. For some, these rounded edges can be a significant disadvantage.
The back panel looks interesting and uncommon. At the top, on the left side of the case, there is a camera unit, on the right side, there is a small glass insert. These elements are located close to each other, therefore, they bring a special zest. The case of Vivo X70 Pro + is matte, but the barely noticeable shine can be traced. The material is very pleasant to the touch. A huge plus is that no fingerprints remain on such a coating, and it is problematic to get the material dirty. Besides black, there are blue and orange.
The dimensions of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus are 164.5×75.2×8.9 mm and weigh 209 grams. The phone is quite weighty, but this is normal for a flagship. By the way, Samsung S21 Ultra weighs 227 grams, and Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra – as much as 234 grams. If you are used to large-sized modern smartphones, Vivo’s size should not be a problem for you.
The mobile device has an IP68 standard, which in theory means protection against water and dust. We categorically do not recommend you dip your phone into the bathroom or swimming pool, but you don’t have to worry about splashing. By the way, the front panel is protected by tempered Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.
Vivo X70 Pro Plus Display
Screen quality is another cool feature of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus. The smartphone has a 6.78-inch display of the latest generation E5 from Samsung. In the same top-end Mi 11 Ultra, there is still the last generation E4. The resolution is 1440 by 3200 pixels, and the maximum brightness is 1500 nits. Impressive parameters agree. LTPO AMOLED matrix, not LTPS. How do they differ, you ask. The point is that LTPO is more energy-efficient and supports adjustment from 1 Hz to 120 Hz in 1 Hz steps. Also, of course, there is HDR10 + mode and 1 billion color recognition.
A huge plus is that a full-fledged DC Dimming was delivered to the Vivo X70 Pro +. That is, PWMcan is removed almost completely. These are the indicators we have with DC Dimming off:
50% – 32%;
25% – 31%;
15% – 64%;
5% – 71%.
And this is how the picture is transformed if you activate DC Dimming:
100% – 33%;
75% – 33%;
50% – 32%;
35% – 32%;
25% – 31%;
15% – 31%;
5% – 29%;
0% – 12%.
In general, there are no complaints about the Vivo X70 Pro Plus display. The screen is really cool: the color reproduction is accurate, the brightness is enough even on the sunniest day, and the colors are deep and saturated. The Vivo X70 Pro Plus display is recognized as one of the best in the world.
But it was not without its drawbacks. A significant disadvantage is the lack of True Tone function. You will have to manually adjust the brightness and warmth of the screen. I am also personally annoyed by the rounded edges. The situation is a little saved by the illumination of the edges, which looks nice and unobtrusive.
Performance and memory
With the performance of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus, everything is fine on paper, but in reality, there are problems, because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ 5G is on board. This is a top-end chip, but we all know how awful heating the Dragon has. Manufacturers are trying to cope with the heat simply by cutting back on processor power. As a result, we get the same result as on smartphones for 200-300 bucks. Sadly, this is already a fact.
It is quite comfortable to play on Vivo X70 Pro Plus, in 30 minutes the temperature of the case is about 45 ° C. But throttling is strong: in 15 minutes of the game, 25% of the power of the graphics chip was lost. Artificially increasing the frame rate also does not save the situation: in powerful games, it is simply not available due to excessive heating. In the same Shadowgun Legends, the function cannot be enabled. In general, you will not get a high FPS in games, so you should not consider the new product from Vivo as a gaming option. The processor power is better revealed when working with photos and videos.
In terms of memory, Vivo X70 Pro + is a real handsome man. There are three versions: simplified at 8/256 GB, basic at 12/256 GB, and top at 12/512 GB. You can also activate the increase in RAM – 4 GB of additional virtual memory is available. If you shoot a lot and use a large number of applications, we recommend that you immediately take the 512 GB modification and do not sweat it. After all, the phone does not support an SD card.
Vivo X70 Pro Plus Cameras
The Vivo X70 Pro Plus is simply called the perfect camera phone. In order not to delay, let’s say right away that his cameras are excellent, but there are still jambs. Let’s start with the benefits. Each sensor is optically stabilized. The steepest stabilization is declared ultra-wide. The camera has cool optics from Zeiss. All this beauty is complemented by a separate proprietary V1 chip. It greatly improves the quality of photos and videos during night shooting.
We will not describe all the technical parameters of the cameras, you can find them in the table with the main characteristics. Now let’s better tell you how the Vivo X70 Pro Plus takes pictures in reality. The photos are undoubted of excellent quality, with the most detailed details and correct color reproduction. This applies to both daytime and nighttime photos. There is simply nothing to complain about here: Vivo photographs awesomely, no worse than competitors.
But in the process of using it, we discovered a huge minus, which significantly spoiled the impression of the Vivo cameras. Rather, it is not the cameras themselves that are to blame, but the functionality greatly reduced by the developers. So what’s the deal? The fact is that you cannot shoot video on a telephoto camera with 3x or 5x zoom in 4K resolution. If you want 4K, use only 2x zoom. It seems that the manufacturer has tricked something with the telephoto capabilities. We have highlighted this point separately because for many users it is very important.
The front camera is not bad, but nothing special about it. We have a 32 Mp module with a pixel size of 0.8 µm. But the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a steeper front camera in terms of detail and color reproduction.
Battery and battery life
In terms of autonomy, the Vivo X70 Pro + did not show steep results. The phone is equipped with a 4500mAh battery. Considering the diagonal of the screen, I would like 5000 mAh. In our proprietary test, the smartphone lasted only 7 hours and 30 minutes. Quite average, but still better than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra with 7 hours and 4 minutes of battery life and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus (6 hours 40 minutes). But there are also more impressive figures among competitors, for example, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – 8 hours 19 minutes.
In principle, if you do not overload the Vivo X70 Pro Plus, it will be enough for a day. But it will be problematic to stretch it for two days. The picture is complemented by fast 55-watt wired charging and 50-watt wireless. There is even reversible charging via wired and wireless. But please note that fast charges from third-party brands (Dash Charge from OnePlus and Realme) are not supported. All you need is Vivo’s Flash Charge.
Vivo X70 Pro Plus Price
The Vivo X70 Pro Plus is currently only sold in India and China. Whether the Pro Plus version will arrive in Europe is a big question. So now we will announce the prices for the Chinese market:
8/256 GB – $ 853;
12/256 GB – $ 1088;
12/512 GB – $ 1204.
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