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Smartphone Reviews, Vivo X60 Pro 2021

so yeah the vivo x60 pro certainly ain't cheap at 750 quid here in the uk it's more expensive than some rivals like the oneplus 9 and about the same cost as xiaomi's me 11 and the samsung galaxy s21 some pretty tasty competition there but the question is if you chucked all of these phones into some kind of bizarre smartphone thunderdome would the vivo x60 pro stand any chance at all well to find out i slid my sim card in this bad boy i've had my vivo x60 pro going on full time for the last week or so there's my in-depth review and for more on the latest and greatest deck please do poke subscribe ending that notifications bell cheers.

Vivo X60 Pro review: Design and key features

 so first up the smart design definitely warms the cockles of my heart it's nothing revolutionary for sure but the vivo x64 does look neat and tidy with two curved plates of glass separated only by a very slender strip of metal the smartphone's got a good heft to it but it's not as heavy as some other premium smartphones like that me 11 and it is reasonably slim to boot despite the jutton camera lens the arsenal is constructed from a g glass where the ag stands for anti-glare and in vivo's onwards this gives a lovely satin finish to the vivo x60 pro i certainly do like the pearl like finish to this smartphone it's got very soft touch feel so it feels really nice in the hand it is all about that hand feel and best of all it does a pretty bloody good job of repelling any greasy prints and the like as well thank god the vivo x60 pro can be grabbed in midnight black or shimmer blue this is the shimmery one and i do like that subtle iridescent finish the suggestion of colors waiting to burst forth from just beneath the surface and dear god i'm starting to sound like some sort of wanky art crick and thankfully touchwood the vivo x64 seems perfectly durable as well it has been banged about a fair bit this past week no scratches or scuffs to speak of on the back end and you've got a pre-installed screen protector over that front glass as well however a feature that i did really miss here on the vivo x64 this past week was the lack of water resistance which is a real share means you can't rock it in the shower checking your emails first thing in the morning you can't take it in a nice hot bubbly bath to relax with your favorite ridiculously violent anime and that is a feature that you will find on a lot of rivals at this price point. 
Vivo X60 Pro Review
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when you switch on the vivo x60 pro your eyeballs will be met with the merry display of android 11 enveloped lovingly by vivo's fun touch launcher yes that's the fun touch launcher now i didn't just make that up look it says right there fun touch fun touch and fun touch stop giggling there at the back doesn't mess about with the standard android design or aesthetics but it does add quite a few worthy bonus features and gestures so for instance you can swipe up with three fingers on a supported app to split the screen and multitask with two apps at a time you can also for instance long press the volume down button in order to launch up the camera or another app of your choosing and there's also a nifty one-handed mod which is slightly awkward to call up but it's definitely useful as reaching to the top end of that screen can really put your thumb out of joint you can even use that camera flash as a kind of notifications lights although there is the usual edge lights and shenanigans for any incoming calls and other notifications just to attract your attention and that is of course fully customizable lots of different options that you can choose from so overall i gotta say i like me a bit of fun touch so to speak it kind of reminds me of some other launches like oxygen os which keep the android foundations pretty stable but also add their sort of own little aesthetics and way of doing things and chuck on some bonus features that are definitely well worth having also rounded off the general features you've got a generous 256 gigs of ufs 3.1 nice and nippy storage crammed into the vivo x60 pro just as well that you've got quite a lot of space because there's no micro sd memory card support for expanding it boo haste and i also had absolutely bugger all uh issues with the in-display fingerprint sensor nice and nippy and responsive definitely one of the better ones that i've used you've also got full face unlock support on here as well which again is nice and nippy.

Vivo X60 Pro review: Display and audio

 now like other handsets of this sort of price you've got an amoled screen that curves slightly around the edges giving that premium feel with very skinny bezels to frame it the vivo pros panel is a 6.56 inch ultra or samsung screen hence the centrally positioned selfie orifice it's not big but it does intrude on the action when you go full screen but no complaints on those full hd plus visuals with full hdr 10 plus stream and support for netflix and the rest you've got color accuracy which veers towards natural by default although you can boost those colors in the display settings if you like it's a 120 hertz display so flicking around in the uh the general ui and using supported apps definitely very very buttery smooth indeed and there is a smart switch option so you can have it flip automatically between 60 and 120 when needed as for the audio well it's a basic model speaker setup and as usual that's very easily muffled while you're gaming or you know busy kicking back watching a video or whatever but with a good bit of bluetooth 5.1 support i found that wireless streaming was absolutely perfect for music audiobooks whatever you want now you do have high-res audio a support as well here on the vivo x60 pro but unfortunately you will have to get all dongled up because there's absolutely subtle headphone jack action here so once again boo hayes etc.
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Vivo X60 Pro review: Performance and battery life

 now the x60 pro uses the snapdragon 870 chipset which is basically a snapdragon 865 plus plus it's also found in the poco f3 and it's not quite the billy big bollocks snapdragon 888 found in most rivals at this price point but it will happily run every android app out there and you can even kill an afternoon with a proper memory hog like gentian impact helped considerably by the generous 12 gigs of ram stuffed inside and this phone can also apparently make use of three gigs of that ufs 3.1 storage as well as makeshift memory in a pinch but frankly i've never found that to be necessary at all in any of my benchmark tests with 12 gigs on board unsurprisingly the vivo x60 pro ain't really hitting that limit that hertz touch response means zero lag when you're poking and swiping the screen before you see a reaction which is definitely essential for games like this where you'll need fast reactions to evade those annoying slime buggers there's an ultra game mode on board as well which you'll have to manually add your titles to but once you do that this offers up all the usual tools including notifications blocking brightness lock all the good stuff and no worries as far as cooling goes either i played game change for about an hour straight and while the vivo x60 pro definitely got warm it certainly didn't overheat the frame rate stayed stable north rotlin in sight and vivo has also added all kinds of acceleration engines to good old fun touch how we love it and these are supposed to take over in the background just keeping things running smoothly so for instance making sure that any online apps that really need a strong stable connection get the line share of that bandwidth all that kind of shenanigans it's kind of difficult to see whether these actually do anything in the grand scheme of things because you can't toggle them on or off to sort of compare performance but you know it's good that they're there i guess and that's that dragon 870 chipset also adds the benefit of 5g support which you would of course expect at this sort of price point now the vivo x60 pro's 4200 milliamp capacity battery may be dwarfed by some rivals but it certainly proves strong enough for all-day play even with loads of media streaming both audio and video plenty of messaging using it as a sat nav i do like a bit of skype action lots of camera play i still found that pretty much every single day i finished with at least a quarter power left in the vivo x60 pro so no complaints there so even if you find you usually tot up at least five or six hours of screen on time a day like i do no worries when it is time for recharge well the vivo x64 doesn't exactly particularly impress there it's 33 watt fast charging so pretty bog standard compared with a lot of rivals at this price point and no wireless charging support either which is particularly poor when you consider some rivals like that xiaomi mi 11 comes swaggering on by with their 50 watt wireless charging support.
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Vivo X60 Pro review: Cameras

 now the optics is one area where vivo's really concentrated and of course it's very fashionable for smartphone manufacturers these days to partner up with optics firms and vivo certainly hasn't bucked that trend causing up with zeiss for the new vivo phones the main shooter sports a 48 megapixel sony imax 598 sensor but the headline feature here is vivo's updated gimbal stabilization combined with optical image stabilization to give you five axis stabilization overall and this will ably counter any kind of handshake or tremor and the vivo x64 is certainly capable of pumping out some beautiful and fairly detailed photos even when you get quite close to your subject yeah some colours definitely did appear richer in my shots than in real life but the results are usually attractive indoors you'll not be troubled too much by grain although moving subjects do often come out rather blood if they're not well illuminated that stabilization really helps with low light shots even if you've had a skinful stick on the night mode and hold relatively still for a few seconds and you'll get significantly brighter snaps that almost look like they were taken several hours earlier the next lens is a 13 megapixel ultra wide angle effort with anti-distortion correction which does a reasonable job of preventing any warpy jankiness and while colour reproduction isn't as accurate with this sensor the pullback viewpoint is definitely good for subjects of a larger stature and vivo finishes off the triple lens setup here on the x60 pro with a 13 megapixel portrait snapper as well suddenly you don't get any hot telephoto action like you do on that vivo x60 pro plus still the portrait mode produces some good looking picks with the ability to tweak that bokeh and refocus a shot after you've taken it video can be shot at up to 4k resolution at either 30 or 60 frames per second and again the results are five-stroke in the lovely visuals are crisp colors are again fairly well captured although a little bit boosted shall we say and image stabilization is decent as you'd expect with that gimbal design either with or without the anti-shake feature active plus that triple mic spatial audio recording with wind noise reduction smarts definitely does the job when you're shooting outdoors cleanly capturing the action from all sides with limited distortion tap on that cinema mode and you'll swap to a 21 by 9 aspect ratio to capture some proper widescreen footage if you fancy yourself as a bit of an indie director type and it certainly adds a bit of flair to your horn movies if you fancy it and last up that 32 megapixel selfie snapper is another good one at times at least anyway sometimes our door picks can look a little bit saturated lacking in torn as well as depth but indoor shots usually look pretty good lots of detail in there and on the patches of grain and softness and again you've got a portrait mode that works pretty well when you want to make the shot all about your lovely bloody face.
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 so overall the vivo x60 pro is a good phone i have enjoyed using as my full-time handset for the past week but unfortunately this sort of price point is definitely rather expensive for what you get in terms of the general overall experience compared with some rivals the problem is is that certainly for the average everyday user the vivo x64 doesn't really offer anything particularly different or unique while also serving up slightly weaker specs than a lot of the competition so take for instance sometimes galaxy s21 doesn't have that gimbal stabilization packed into the camera but you'll find that shots taken on that side by side with the vivo x64 generally slightly more accurate color tones and a bit more detail packed in there as well but of course if you do suffer from hand tremors or anything like that then probably that stabilization feature is going to be worth its weight in gold so anyway that's what i think avivos x60 perhaps using as my full-time smartphone for a week but what do you guys think be great to hear your thoughts down below have you been using the vivo x60 pro yourself as well or maybe even the pro plus mr fancy pants please do let me know all your thoughts bang them down in the comments please do poke subscribe and ding that notifications bell as well if you've got the time just to check out some more tech and make me that little bit happier slash richer cheers everyone love you.

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