What’s more important in a new smartphone – the chipset or the camera? The vivo X60 Pro + responds to “two” by bringing the Snapdragon 888 and a fully equipped quad camera to market.
Which markets? Well, China obviously, but the company has started its expansion in Europe and has even become the official supplier of smartphones for the UEFA Euro 2020 and 2024 championships. India has also been a traditional stronghold for vivo.
That said, we haven’t heard official plans from vivo for its new flagship overseas. But let’s dream a little – if / when the X60 Pro + becomes available in your region, will you be tempted to pick one?
vivo has equipped the Snapdragon 888 chipset with fast LPDDR5 RAM and improved UFS 3.1, so it should be as fast as Androids this year. Whether the brand new OriginOS (based on Android 11) is right for you or not is up to you.
But there is a lot to love about the camera. The company is a fan of the ISOCELL GN1 image sensor. At 1 / 1.31 ”, it’s as big as those 108 MP sensors. However, it is optimized for pixel size (1.2 µm) instead of resolution. vivo has launched a joint R&D program with lens maker ZEISS to bring star power to its cameras.
The ultra-wide camera features a gimbal system that has a market-leading stabilization angle of ± 3 °, three times that of a typical OIS. Also, this camera has the same 48MP IMX598 sensor that was quite a good main camera on the X50 Pro. With a 50mm portrait lens and a 5x periscope lens, this phone is making a serious bid to have the best cameras of 2021.
Before we move on to the camera, here are some official camera examples that show what the Pro + can do:
Vivo X60 Pro + camera samples (with pixel binning enabled)
The vivo X60 Pro + is dressed to impress with a leather back and a 6.56-inch curved AMOLED display. It’s fast with a 120Hz refresh rate (and 240Hz touch sample rate) and its HDR10 + mode is backed by precise factory calibration.
We know the curved screen and lack of a microSD card slot won’t suit some. At least the company outfitted the phone with a Cirrus CS4313 DAC for use with wired headsets. No, there’s no 3.5mm jack on board, but you get a USB-C headset and a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box. And a 55W charger for the 4200 mAh battery. It is fully stocked retail packaging.
The vivo X60 Pro + is currently up for pre-order in China for CNY 5,000. That works out to $ 775 / € 635, although its actual price overseas is different – if it’s launched outside of China (and Pro + models rarely do). But if so, do you want one?