After the X51 of 2020, Vivo renews its premium offer with the X60 Pro. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, including the gimbal stabilizer for its camera, it also corrects some awkwardness, notably its technical proposal, with a platform that lives up to the pricing ambition (and vice versa). But is that enough to outshine the competition? Answer in this comprehensive test.
In 2020, Vivo formalized its arrival in France with a dedicated subsidiary, an adapted local strategy, a reworked Western ROM and several interesting products. We particularly liked the X51 (aka X50 Pro in China), which managed to stand out from the competition thanks to an advanced gimbal type stabilizer. Thanks to it, shots are crisp every time and videos are ultra-stable, without the need to reduce the field of the image to compensate for shaking.
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Thanks to the gimbal of its main photo sensor, Vivo had an excellent argument for teasing established brands in mobile photography, such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple or Samsung. With the X50 Pro + (improved version of the X50 Pro), Vivo entered the top 10 best photophones according to DxOMark. Even today, it is still there, ahead of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Proof that nothing is ever really played over the phone. And that’s pretty good news.
The Vivo X51 was therefore ambitious in the photo, but was not necessarily enough in terms of pure performance. Especially vis-à-vis the most direct competition. Other manufacturers also offered good at a lower price. And others offered better at the same price. Six months later, Vivo therefore corrects the shooting with the X60 Pro. The gimbal is back. In version 2.0. And the SoC is much more muscular. For a price that remains the same. This is not without interest. And of interest, there is no shortage of this Vivo X60 Pro, as we will see in this full review.
Our video test
|Vivo X60 Pro|
|Dimensions||158.6 x 73.2 x 7.6 mm|
Full HD + (398 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 6
|Chipset||Snapdragon 870 (7 nm)|
|BONE||Android 11 + Funtouch 11.1|
|Rear photo sensors||48MP f / 1.5, PDAF, gimbal stabilizer
13MP f / 2.2 (ultra wide angle), 120 °
13MP f / 2.5 (telephoto), PDAF.
2x optical and 20x digital zoom
4K video @ 30/60 fps
Ultra Full HD stabilization @ 60 fps
|Front photo sensors||32MP, f / 2.5, HDR|
Quick Charge Flash Charge 2.0 (33 watts)
No 3.5mm jack port
3.5mm jack to USB Type-C adapter included
|Biometrics||fingerprint sensor under the screen|
Price and availability date
The Vivo X60 Pro has been available in France since May 25, 2021. That is to say seven months after the launch of the X51, to within a few days. A renewal which is therefore intended to be fairly rapid if you consider that a high-end replacement should not take place for a year. However, fewer and fewer brands today are content with an annual renewal at the top of the range.
The price of the Vivo X60 Pro is the same as that of its predecessor: 799 euros. So this is very good news, because Vivo could have decided to increase the price of the product given the improvements made to the screen and the platform. But this is not the case. At the same price, today you have the ZenFone 8 Flip, the OnePlus 9, the Mi 11, the Galaxy S21 or even the Find X3 Neo. And unlike the X51, it technically comes close to many of them.
There is only one version of the X60 Pro, whether in France, Europe or even China. It is equipped with 12 GB of RAM, i.e. 4 GB more than the X51, and 256 GB internal storage (not expandable with a memory card). It certainly wouldn’t have been possible to offer more without increasing the price. And offering 128GB of storage-only storage would have been a bit light for this price range.
In the box, you will find a plastic shell (not rigid, but not very flexible either), a pair of wired headphones 3.5mm jack compatible (with adapters for different ear sizes), a 3.5mm jack adapter to USB type-C (since there is no 3.5mm jack port in X60 Pro), 33 watt charger Flash Charge 2.0 and a USB type-A to USB type-C cable.
The Vivo X60 Pro largely reproduces that of the X51. We find a sandwich of mineral glass (from Gorilla Glass 6) around an aluminum frame. The two mineral glass plates are curved on the side edges, accentuating the slimness of the smartphone. This is quite pronounced since the phone measures 7.6 mm thick only. That is 0.4 mm less than the X51. Vivo claims the X60 Pro is one of the thinnest 5G smartphones in the world. And it certainly is.
At the rear you find a photo block visually similar to that of the X51. This module is slightly protruding. This means that the smartphone is slightly wobbly when it is placed on a table. But not too much. The module is rectangular, with a metal part and a glass part. As with the X51, the glass part houses three photo lenses. Also notice the small blue logo of the German optician Carl Zeiss. On the other hand, the metal part of the X60 Pro includes a flash and not a fourth sensor. We will obviously come back to these details in the photo section and to this missing sensor.
The chassis is therefore made of aluminum. You find fine separations for the antennas which confirm it. On the edges, you find the usual elements. No real surprise. At the bottom, the USB type-C port, the main microphone, the drawer for the SIM and the speaker. At the top, the secondary microphone for active noise reduction. On the right, you will find the volume control and the power button. On the right, the edge is blank.
So in front, you find a big screen. We will come back to the technical specifications in a few moments. Other elements can be found here. First, the punch for the selfie sensor. It is placed in the center of the upper edge of the slab. In the X51, it was more in the upper left corner. Just above this sensor, in the gap between the mineral glass and the aluminum, you find the telephone receiver. It is very well hidden. Vivo also preinstalls a protection above the glass slab.
The screen of the Vivo X60 Pro measures 6.56 inch. Either the same size as that of the X51. It’s a similar size to the competition, large enough to enjoy all content, despite the screen curvature on the side edges that often intrudes (especially for movies and games). With such a size, it is difficult to access every corner of the interface with one hand. Fortunately, a “one hand” mode is here to help.
The backlight technology is AMOLED, promise of deep blacks and infinite contrasts. The definition is Full HD +. Let a resolution of 398 pixels per inch. This is quite sufficient for all uses, from video to games, including photos, the Internet or social networks. It’s a tactical choice here: by switching to QHD, you would have lost battery life and the chipset would have heated up more. This is also the right balance.
The refresh rate is 120 Hz (against 90 Hz for the X51). You have three possible settings: 60 Hz, 120 Hz or dynamic (default). The last mode allows you to switch from one to the other depending on the content and applications. According to our findings, the screen is not able to choose a frequency lower than 60 Hz (for displaying static photos for example) or an intermediate frequency (90 Hz for example). The sampling frequency is 240 Hz (against 180 Hz in the X51). Or twice the refreshment. That’s an average number: neither the worst nor the best.
The screen offers three color display settings. Standard. Professional. And Lumimeux. Professional mode is the best of the three. And from far away. It displays almost perfect numbers. A Average Delta E less than 2 (1.8 precisely). Color temperature at 6505 °. No aberrant color. And just a slightly too deep blue.
Only weak point: the brightness at 444 cd / m² maximum (in manual mode) below the two other modes which rise above the 550 cd / m². But, they are also less respectful of colors. Average temperature above 7700 ° and Average Delta E of 4 approximately (a little less in standard mode, a little more in bright mode). Note that Vivo offers a slider to weight excessively high screen temperatures.
Overall, the X60 Pro’s display is a very good AMOLED panel. She delivers what is needed where it is needed, without being extravagant. The choices here are smart. And the experience is even better than with the X51.
Now that the screen is on, let’s take a closer look at the X60 Pro’s interface. It is Funtouch 11.1, the latest iteration of Vivo’s Android ROM. And more precisely the European ROM of Vivo, since the brand adapts its ROM to the tastes of the old continent. Kind of like OnePlus with Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS. This is based on Android 11, Of course.
Even though the basic version is upgraded from Android 10 to Android 11, there is little difference between Funtouch 10 (from the X51) and Funtouch 11. The shape of the icons is the same (but some have changed, like those in the Play Store ). Default settings have not changed (application drawer and virtual navigation buttons enabled). The personalization parameters are the same… and remain relatively poor. On the other hand, it is possible to modify the various system animations. It’s rare enough to notice it.
One of the main differences between the two versions of Funtouch is the number of preinstalled apps. You find almost all those of the X51, including iManager that we presented to you during the test of the X51. Plus an additional cooler from Google (Drive, Duo, Google Actu, One, Play Films, Lens, Podcasts, YouTube Music). The number of Google apps has almost doubled.
Marketing applications have also been revised upwards. And that is a shame. Fortunately, their number remains quite low, especially against Xiaomi for example. Instagram is no longer preinstalled, but has been replaced by TikTok. Booking made its appearance, as well as Netflix. Facebook is always present. We are delighted to note that the number of partnerships remains moderate.
For those unfamiliar with Funtouch, the ROM has all the aesthetic advantages of a traditional Android 11 interface. Two home screens. A Google Discovery pane on the left. A notification area and quick settings. There are of course some additional parameters. There is the mode ” Ultra Game “Which optimizes the platform for games (you must indicate the games in the application) and includes a dedicated pane that you can open during the game. There are also settings for the screen, notifications, etc.
In category ” Shortcuts and accessibility “, You will find the one-handed mode, which we mentioned previously, as well as other interesting functions: split screen (to display two applications at the same time), Fast action (to assign an application or an action to a hardware key), Touch key (which reveals a repositionable and interactive key), or Face retouch (to change the face during video calls).
The European version of Funtouch is one of the purest Android interfaces, with very few preinstalled applications and great ease of use. It would be a shame if that changed because of commercial pressures. Hopefully the number of marketing apps won’t continue to increase. Here too, to a certain extent, a good balance has to be found, between a completeness which borders on complexity and a frugality which could move beyond austerity, Vivo is also playing the balance card here.
This balance card, the brand also uses at the platform level. During the X51 test, we noted that Vivo lacked a bit of ambition: positioned at 799 euros, the smartphone then integrated a Snapdragon 765G, a chipset certainly compatible with 5G, but not enough to go and tease the OnePlus, Xiaomi and others. This year, Vivo is elevating the game with a much more muscular chipset. And that’s great news.
Several choices possible. The Snapdragon 888, Qualcomm’s new flagship SoC in a fiery mood (as we’ve seen several times in recent months). Or the Snapdragon 865, an old top-of-the-range model, still as interesting, but not cutting edge. Oppo chose this one for the Find X3 Neo. Or an intermediate solution: slightly less powerful, slightly less energy consuming, but capable of offering a good gaming experience. The answer is obviously the last.
It’s about Snapdragon 870, which you find for example in the Poco F3 from Xiaomi, the Moto G100 from Motorola, the Black Shark 4 or the OnePlus 9R. The Snapdragon 870 is vulgarly a first cousin of the Snapdragon 865+. It also benefits from the configuration of the Snapdragon 865 (with an overclocked Kryo Prime core, here at 3.2 GHz). It also has a reinforced GPU (an Adreno 650 clocked at 670 MHz). But, unlike the Snapdragon 865+, the Snapdragon 865 uses the wireless connectivity of the Snapdragon 865: Bluetooth 5.1 (and not 5.2), WiFi 6 (and not WiFi 6E). Well…
Result, the X60 Pro, also equipped with 12 GB RAM (and 3 additional virtual GB) offers excellent performance. Not as high as those of the Snapdragon 888, admittedly. But not that far either. And that’s great news. See the results of the benchmarks opposite: with PC Mark, Geekbench or AnTuTu, the scores of the X60 Pro are not that far from those of the platforms based on a Snapdragon 888. The 12 GB of RAM are certainly there for something. . The scores from GFXBench and 3DMark show the same trend, although the difference is larger.
In addition, there are two important pieces of information. The first is the stability of the platform: it is excellent. With the 3D Mark Wildlife Stress Test benchmark, we obtained a 99% stability score (or even 99.5% in some cases). This is one of the best scores we have had since using this tool. Usually, high-end platforms show stability between 70% and 90% depending on environmental conditions. The X60 Pro is well above this range. Well done !
This stability means you can play with the X60 Pro and enjoy great performance throughout the game, even if the game stretches long. Of course, guaranteeing such a level of performance over time requires good heat control. Even though it heats less than the SD888, the SD870 does not give the cat its share in this area. 3DMark tells us that the platform culminates at 48 °. Below 50 °, this is acceptable (you feel the heat in the chassis and the photo module). AIDA64 tells us at the same time that some CPU cores rise between 55 ° and 60 °. But it’s very localized and short-lived.
We remain on the theme of balance and now turn to the autonomy part. The X60 Pro has a battery of 4200 mAh. The capacity of this battery is slightly lower than that of the X51. It loses in fact 115 mAh. Which corresponds to a 2.7% decrease. This is negligible according to some. Others will find that pairing a Snapdragon 8XX with a lighter battery is surprising (in a bad sense). But this is certainly the price to pay for reducing the thickness of the smartphone.
Despite this decrease, it offers an average autonomy. We atteined between a day and a day and a half. This will obviously depend on certain settings, especially on the screen. The refresh rate (60 Hz, 120 Hz or adaptive). Screen brightness (manual or adaptive). Or the color display mode. You will also gain autonomy by activating the energy saving mode by default (which is more than sufficient for all conventional uses).
In the game, the autonomy is also average, but no more. We have, as always, used two tools to measure the autonomy in the game. First, 3D Mark, with the famous 20 minute stress tests. Then Genshin Impact with which we did two sessions of 15 minutes each, one with the default graphics and another with the highest graphics.
The first test loses between 15% and 19% of battery. Be one average theoretical autonomy of two hours. It’s not a lot. The second test causes a loss of 4% and 9% respectively. That is to say an average theoretical autonomy of quarter past six and two forty-five minutes. In the first case, that’s pretty good. And in the second, that’s okay, but nothing more.
Once the battery is discharged, it must be refilled with energy. For this, you have in the box a charger 33 watts “Flash Charge 2.0”. It is not the most important power in the market, far from it. This is not the worst, of course (cough … 20 watts at Apple … cough …). However, a faster charge would have partly offset the slight weakness in battery life by reducing the downtime of the smartphone with each charge. This is one of Oppo’s arguments with the Find X3 Pro. And that’s pretty smart.
With the charger and the USB cable delivered in the box, the Vivo X60 Pro charges in an hour. No more. No less. It takes 25 minutes to half charge the battery. Which is good when you need a little extra energy. Also note that the X60 Pro is not compatible with wireless charging, while the Find X3 Pro is.
Another advantage of the Find X3 Pro compared to the X60 Pro, the battery maintenance tools. There is none in the Funtouch interface. We think this is important. Especially since the autonomy is sometimes fair, the smartphone is recharged more often. Battery life therefore becomes essential.
On the audio side, the X60 Pro does not offer a fully qualitative experience. There is a positive point (which is twofold). And two negative points. Let’s start with the (double) positive point. The X60 Pro comes with a pair of wired headphones (3.5mm mini jack compatible). This pair of headphones is in-ear. The support is good, although the weight of the wire is felt (we are now too used to wearing TWS headphones). The headphones provide good quality passive isolation (although this does not entirely replace active noise reduction). And the sound they produce is very pleasant.
The headphones come with two pairs of rubber tips to adapt to your ear size. To this is added a 3.5mm mini jack adapter to USB type-C. This adapter is necessary to connect the headphones to the smartphone, since the latter does not have a 3.5 mm jack port. We wonder if it might not have been easier to directly include a USB Type-C compatible headset (although we don’t shy away from our pleasure of using a high-end headset thanks to the adapter).
We would have liked to have had a jack port. For two reasons. First, because the sound is slightly distorted by its transition from digital to analog. Secondly, because it is not possible to charge the phone and listen to content with the headphones at the same time. This is especially the case if you are playing games: you may run out of battery in the middle of a game. You have to sacrifice the sound experience.
Indeed, the first of the two negative points, the speaker of the X60 Pro cannot decently claim to replace an audio headset. For two reasons. First, he’s all alone. The earpiece does not house a secondary speaker. It would have been nice though to have a stereo experience, even unbalanced. Then, it is positioned on the edge. Which has two consequences. The sound is transmitted to the side and not directly to the user. And it’s often blocked by a finger when the phone is positioned horizontally, whether you’re playing a game or watching a movie.
Second negative point, there is no microphone dedicated to video capture on the back of the smartphone. For other smartphones, this is not a problem. For that, we think this is a misstep. Why ? Because the gimbal is not just used to stabilize photos during night mode. It is also used to stabilize videos. Thanks to the gimbal, the X60 Pro therefore aims to compete with the best in video. And the best are equipped with a dedicated microphone for recording. A microphone that is optimally oriented and never gets blocked because the user is holding the smartphone the wrong way. Because, I don’t know about you, but I shoot my videos in landscape orientation, even on a smartphone.
Photo – presentation of the sensors
Now let’s talk about one of the most important (if not the most important) points of this test: the photo. Why ? Firstly, because special care has been taken with the optics, thanks to the partnership with Zeiss. Secondly, because the gimbal brings a sharpness to the images (photo or video) that no other standard stabilizer is able to offer. This was the case last year. It is even more so in 2021. We often complain when an optical stabilizer is missing in a smartphone that claims to be high-end or specialized in photography. Here we have one. And a beautiful!
Recall the configuration of the X60 Pro before looking at the results offered by this smartphone. First, we find the sensor 48 megapixels X51 with 26mm lens opening at f / 1.5 and phase detection autofocus. Laser autofocus is no longer used, which was only useful in certain situations. But there is a gimbal optical stabilizer, here second generation. By default, this sensor produces photos in 12 megapixels.
The main sensor is accompanied by two other sensors, both of 13 megapixels. The first has already been crossed in the X51. It is accompanied by a 50 mm equivalent telephoto lens (ratio of 2x optical zoom) opening at f / 2.5 and phase detection autofocus. The second 13-megapixel sensor is placed behind an ultra-wide-angle lens (viewing angle 120 °) opening at f / 2.2. No autofocus here. It replaces the 8-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle lens of the X51.
You will notice that the X60 Pro loses a sensor on the back. This is the second sensor 8 megapixels with 5x stabilized telephoto lens. It is a pity that this sensor disappears. It is also a shame that the 13 mega-pixel model with 2x optical zoom of the X60 Pro is not stabilized. All the optics are signed Zeiss, of course. At the front, you will find the same selfie sensor 32 megapixels of the X51, with lens opening at f / 2.5.
Photos – results of our tests
Let’s move on to the results, obviously starting with the main course: the 48 megapixel sensor. He is the great strength of the X60 Pro in photography. He takes excellent photos day and night. Lots of colors, sharpness, contrast, balance (here too), mastery of light sources, details in the shadows. A very nice result obtained day and night. In the latter case, you won’t notice much of a difference between the standard mode and the dedicated night mode: the artificial intelligence automatically activates the night mode, for bright and precise results.
At night, we advise you, weather permitting, to try the ” Super moon “. This is a mode that allows you to take a photo of the moon as if it were much closer to the Earth. It’s very cool… to do once. This mode uses the main sensor. And the effect is amazing. In the same genre, you have the mode ” Starry Night “, Perfect for the Night of the Stars which takes place in the heart of summer.
Let’s move on to the 13-megapixel sensor with optical zoom. The telephoto lens simulates a focal length of 50mm and an optical zoom of 2x compared to the main sensor. The digital zoom obviously goes much higher: up to 20x. But it rises much lower than the digital zoom of the X51: 60x. This makes sense, since the X51 took advantage of two telephoto lenses: 2x and 5x. This is obviously the second which offered a 60x zoom.
If you stick to the optical zoom (so 2x), you get good colors, nice contrast and good balance. There is detail in the shadows. And there is pique. Please note, the lens of this sensor is less bright than that of the main sensor. At night, the results are still fine, but you lose precision, since you don’t have a stabilizer to help you hold the break.
Night mode is not compatible with all of the functions offered by the telephoto module. Plus précisément, à partir du rapport 10x, vous ne bénéficiez plus de la luminosité apportée par le mode nuit. Vous pouvez cependant monter jusqu’à 9,5x et activer le mode nuit. Vous pouvez voir ci-contre les résultats obtenus de chaque côté de cette limite.
Les portraits sont pris en charge par le capteur principal et le capteur 13 mégapixels 50 mm (la focale préférée des spécialistes du portrait). C’est à vous de choisir. Et c’est plutôt une bonne décision. D’autant que les deux capteurs ne sont pas aussi bons l’un que l’autre dans les mêmes domaines. Le capteur 48MP préfère une scène plus équilibrée, moins contrastée. Le téléobjectif favorise davantage le contraste et la couleur. Vous pouvez voir ci-contre les différences de portrait entre les deux capteurs : c’est assez flagrant. Notez que, dans les deux cas, le bokeh n’est pas très prononcé, même quand il est le plus prononcé. La nuit, le capteur principal est clairement meilleur, grâce au stabilisateur qui évite les flous disgracieux.
Observons maintenant le capteur 13 mégapixels avec objectif grand-angle. Ce dernier prend en charge les panoramas, mais aussi les macros. Ce qui confirme notre avis sur l’inutilité d’un capteur dédié. D’autant que le X60 Pro propose des macros d’assez bonnes qualités, avec de belles couleurs et de beaux détails. Pour les panoramas, ce capteur 13 mégapixels offre des résultats équilibrés, colorés et contrastés. La lumière n’est pas forcément très bien gérée, avec quelques surexpositions. La gestion des distorsions aurait pu être un peu meilleure dans les coins. Et les résultats sont très moyens, même quand le mode nuit est activé.
Le capteur selfie est une bonne surprise. D’abord, il s’agit d’un capteur 32 mégapixels. Donc, les résultats ne manquent pas de détail. Ensuite, il maitrise bien les sources de lumière et l’équilibre de la photo. Il n’y a pas de lissage la journée, mais il y en a la nuit (avec une perte de détail prononcée). Et les couleurs restent naturelles. Comme pour le capteur principal, le capteur selfie est compatible « mode portrait ». Le détourage y est bon. Mais l’effet bokeh de ce dernier est peu prononcé, même quand il est à son maximum.
Finissons ce test avec la partie vidéo. Le X60 Pro est capable de filmer jusqu’en 4K à 60 images par seconde en mode normal. Vous êtes cependant bloqué en 1080p @ 60 ips si vous activez la fonction de stabilisation avancée en vidéo (utilisant le gyroscope et gimbal). Vous n’avez pas le choix d’opter pour un autre format. Ce qui peut paraitre étonnant : certains préfèreraient peut-être choisir une fréquence moins élevée. Une stabilisation plus « classique » avec le gyroscope est proposée avec tous les modes. Il y a un mode ralenti qui vous propose de monter jusqu’en 240 images par seconde en Full HD. Les résultats sont globalement bons, au niveau contraste, couleur et lumière. Et la stabilisation avancée est vraiment incroyable.
Le X51 était un bon smartphone, mais il n’arrivait pas à assumer pleinement son ambition, réduisant considérablement l’attractivité de sa proposition. Le X60 Pro, lui, y parvient aisément. D’une part, il reprend de nombreux points forts de son prédécesseur, notamment sur la photo avec ce gimbal amélioré qui stabilise photos et vidéos. D’autre part, il corrige certains des défauts du X51, notamment en termes de puissance, dont il maitrise suffisamment le tempérament ardent pour offrir une stabilité de très haute volée. Et ça, c’est une très bonne nouvelle.
Le tout est servi par un très beau design, une interface qui a su rester simple, un écran de très bonne facture, un équipement très complet et un prix désormais en phase avec son positionnement. Voilà un tableau presque parfait… Presque parce que le X60 Pro compte également quelques petites faiblesses bien à lui. Une autonomie moyenne. Une charge rapide pas si rapide. Un téléobjectif 5x stabilisé qui disparait. Et une expérience audio qu’il faut encore parfaire. Mais à ce prix, le bilan est très positif.