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Vivo X60 Pro review: a stylish camera phone that doesn’t skimp on performance

While heavyweights like Xiaomi and Realme have been battling for the throne in the Indian smartphone market, Vivo has been watching from the sidelines and launching one impressive smartphone after another. Last year, the brand entered the premium segment in India with the launch of its X50 and X50 Pro smartphones. I reviewed the former early last year and was highly impressed with the cameras, but not so much with the performance.

Also read: Realme 8 Pro review: worthy challenger to the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max?

The brand has now followed up the X50 series with the launch of the Vivo X60, X60 Pro, and X60 Pro+. Not only did Vivo launch the top-end Pro+ variant in India this year, but also spruced up the spec sheet of the series to justify the price tag. I have been using the X60 Pro, which was the first phone to launch in India with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset and sports Zeiss co-engineered camera lenses with the new Gimbal Synchronization 2.0. Here’s my experience with the smartphone.

Design and display

  • 158.58 x 73.24 x 7.59mm , 177g
  • 6.56-inch AMOLED, Full HD+, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR 10+

One of the things I loved about the Vivo X50 was how slim and ergonomic the smartphone was. With the Vivo X60 Pro, the brand has delivered the same premium in-hand feel that I am a fan of. It’s just 7.5mm thin and the frosted-matte AG Glass back panel has a satiny finish, which feels nice to the touch. The smartphone comes in Midnight Black and Shimmer Blue colours, of which I received the latter.

The Midnight Black variant is easy on the eyes and has a subtle gradient shifting between grey and black, which goes well with the dark paint job across the chassis. Moreover, at just 177g, the Vivo X60 Pro is also one of the most comfortable phones to use for a longer duration. The curved glass panels on the front and back make the X60 Pro very ergonomic as well.

The buttons and port placements are pretty standard. The power and volume buttons are on the left. You’ll find the single speaker grill, USB-C port, and dual-SIM slot on the bottom. If I had to nitpick, the camera module on the back housing the large gimbal lens does jut out a bit from the otherwise thin frame, making the X60 Pro wobble even with the provided case on. And surprisingly, there’s no IP rating for water resistance.

On the front, the Vivo X60 Pro has a nearly bezel-less display with a center-aligned punch-hole cutout, which is the smallest I have seen. However, there’s a black band around the sensor, which makes it appear larger than it actually is. The display is a 6.5-inch AMOLED panel with FHD+ screen resolution and a 120Hz smooth refresh rate. I was slightly disappointed by the 800nits of peak brightness that is less than 1,000nits offered by some budget phones, case in point the Realme 8 (review). On the bright side (pun intended), I’ve not had any issues using the X60 Pro outdoors.

The AMOLED display delivers punchy colours and inky blacks as expected. I had the refresh rate set to 120Hz for the first couple of days but changed to ‘Smart Switch’ soon after because of some serious battery drain. Smart Switch dynamically adjusts the refresh rate depending on the content displayed on the screen. As for OTT streaming, the Vivo X60 Pro comes with HDR 10+ certification and supports Widevine L1 for high-resolution playback.  I watched Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on Amazon Prime Video and the experience was pleasant on the immersive display.

Cameras

  • Rear: 48-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, 13-megapixel telephoto lens
  • Front: 32-megapixel sensor

The Vivo X60 Pro features a Zeiss-branded 48MP Sony IMX598 primary sensor with a “Double-Ball Suspension Mount” for up to 300 percent more stability and new Gimbal Synchronization 2.0. The primary camera is backed by a 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor and 13MP, 50mm portrait shooter with a 2x field of view. In the front. there’s a 32MP selfie camera.

The primary camera on the Vivo X60 Pro is a custom 48MP Sony IMX598 sensor with a 1/1.31″ sensor size and fast f/1.48 aperture. Moreover, the new Gimbal Synchronization 2.0’s stability is claimed to help in photography. During my review stint, the X60 Pro captured impressive daylight pictures with great colour accuracy, uniform dynamic range, and balance exposure for more details. There’s AI scene detection as well, which tends to give images a saturation pop if that’s your thing.

Vivo has paired the primary lens with two 13MP sensors. The first one is an ultra-wide lens that has a 120-degree field of view and also doubles up as a macro camera. The second unit is a 2X telephoto shooter. The ultra-wide lens captures detailed shots with minimal distortion, but the colour accuracy is slightly off compared to the primary lens. The macro shots using this lens also turn up decent, but lose out on details. The sensor also has trouble focussing for macro shots.

For portraits, the X60 pro uses the 50mm 13MP 2X portrait shooter. The camera captures impressive bokeh images during the daytime. However, the picture quality suffers at night or in indoor lighting. Having said that, the 50mm lens captures some of the best-looking bokeh backgrounds I’ve seen.

Where Vivo X60 Pro comes into its element is night-time photography. The combination of the improved gimbal system, large aperture and high-quality Zeiss optics ensures that low-light images even in the regular mode are impressive. The images retain a lot of details and are well exposed with a good dynamic range. With the dedicated night mode turned on, you can get decent pictures even in darker than usual scenarios. The phone also features Astro mode and Super Moon mode for clicking the starry sky and moon.

Coming to selfies, the 32MP front camera does a great job at capturing self-portraits. The pictures are highly detailed as expected and the camera captures accurate skin tones. There’s a portrait mode present for selfie camera as well which does a great job of edge detection and clicks portrait selfies with excellent background separation.

Performance, software and battery

  • Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • 4,200mAh battery, 33W Flash Charge

The Vivo X60 Pro is currently among the handful of smartphones in the country that are powered by the Snapdragon 870 SoC. The smartphone features 12GB LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. It also comes with what Vivo is calling Virtual RAM, which basically means it can use up to 3GB of UFS 3.1 storage on Vivo X60 Pro to cache more apps in the background.

During my stint with the device, I had multiple apps running in the background and haven’t had an app randomly killed so far. Switching between the apps and the app launching time is almost instantaneous. As for the gaming, Alto’s Odyssey (supports 120Hz refresh rate) plays like butter on the X60 Pro and Call of Duty: Mobile runs smoothly even at the highest setting. There’s a dedicated Multi-turbo gaming feature, which optimises CPU, GPU, RAM, touch input, network, and thermal management for improved gaming. It also mutes notifications for distraction-free gaming.

While Vivo launched the Chinese variant of the X60 Pro with the Android 11-based new Origin OS, the Indian variant gets the Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11. The software comes with the Quickstep launcher, which has a dedicated app drawer, Google Feed, and a revamped settings menu. Moreover, you get features like an always-on display, phone clone, multi-turbo, gesture support, and more.

On the flip side, the software is full of bloatware like Moj, Snapchat, Facebook, and Vivo’s own apps like Vivo Browser, V-store, and Theme Store to name a few. While third-party apps can be uninstalled, Vivo’s stock apps cannot be. Some issues that marred the experience for me are pesky notifications from stock apps, Vivo Browser being used as default, and V-store being opened when you click on an app download link.

As for the battery, the Vivo X60 Pro features a 4,200mAh unit with support for a 33W Flash Charge technology. During the first couple of days, I had the screen refresh rate set at 120Hz and the battery lasted me till the late evening or so. I then changed to Smart Switch, which managed to extend the battery life just a little. The 33W flash charger juices up the battery from zero to 100 in just over an hour.

Bottomline

The Vivo X60 Pro features great design, brilliant display, good performance, and exceptional cameras. However, the experience is slightly botched by factors like less than ideal battery backup and a bloated Funtouch OS. Additionally, for its price tag, the phone doesn’t offer an IP rating, which was a surprise to me. The X60 Pro is for you if you are looking for a stylish, sleek flagship with powerful cameras and good performance.

For its asking price of Rs 49,990, the Vivo X60 Pro competes directly with the OnePlus 9 5G  in India. The OnePlus 9 has the more powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC, a bigger 4,500mAh battery with 65W fast charging, wireless charging support, OxygenOS, and stereo speakers. In case you are looking for a more powerful handset with better battery backup, you’ll be better off with the OnePlus offering.

The phone also competes with the ASUS ROG Phone 5, which offers a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 888, 6,000mAh battery, and 64MP triple rear cameras. In case you need a stylish but bulky smartphone with superior gaming performance, ASUS ROG Phone 5 has an upper hand over the X60 Pro.

Pricebaba’s rating: 8 / 10

What works

  • Immersive AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Powerful performance
  • Great cameras
  • Stunning design
  • 5G support

What doesn’t

  • Average battery backup
  • No stereo speakers
  • Bloatware in Funtouch OS
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Abhiman Biswas

Abhiman is obsessed with all things tech. His hobbies include reading on his Kindle and clicking random pictures on his phone. His secret superpowers happen to be mixing great cocktails and lip reading. In his spare time, you are likely to find him cleaning his aquascape, researching new species of aquatic fishes and planning which aquatic plants to buy next.