As expected, Vivo has formalized a third model for its premium X60 range. This is the Vivo X60 Pro + which benefits from all the advantages of the Vivo X60 Pro, but also benefits from a new SoC: the famous Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm. But that’s not all. It integrates, like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, two sensors with telephoto lenses. And optics signed Carl Zeiss are also present.
At the end of December, we had the opportunity to present two new premium smartphones from Vivo, the X60 and X60 Pro. Quite close to each other, they have a 6.56 inch AMOLED 120 Hz, of a Exynos 1080 5G compatible, three or four photo sensors, one of which is stabilized with a second generation gimbal system, and a battery of 4200 or 4300 mAh, compatible in both cases 33 watt fast charge. Vivo took the opportunity to formalize the arrival of its new interface: OriginOS, here based on Android 11, which now replaces Funtouch.
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At the end of the official presentation of its two smartphones, Vivo released a teaser for a third model in the X60 range. It was the Vivo X60 Pro +. The brand, which announced the integration of a high-end Qualcomm SoC and new elements in photography, promised that the smartphone would be presented before the end of January 2021. Thing promised, due: it is today that Vivo has lifted the veil on the replacement for the Snapdragon X50 Pro +.
Vivo replaces the Exynos 1080 with the Snapdragon 888
The X60 Pro + is relatively close to the X60 Pro. There are two main changes. The first is the SoC. As expected, this is a component of Qualcomm and no longer of Samsung. It’s about Snapdragon 888, the latest high-end octo-core processor from the Californian foundry. Engraved in 5 nm, the chipset is slightly faster than its competitor Exynos at the more powerful core. Otherwise, the Exynos is, theoretically, faster. It remains to be seen what this gives once the smartphone is in hand.
Note that the Snapdragon 888 is accompanied here by 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. We will come back to the price of the two configurations at the end of the article. We also find OriginOS, based on Android 11, as well as the 6.56-inch Full HD + display compatible with HDR + and 120 Hz. The maximum advertised brightness is 1300 nits. Below the screen you will find a fingerprint reader. Finally, the battery offers a capacity of 4200 mAh, like that of the X60 Pro. But it is compatible 55 watt fast charge. It sounds like a small improvement, but it matters.
Gimbal stabilizer, dual telephoto, 8K video capture
The second big change concerns photography. Some of the elements of the X60 Pro are included. But some sensors have been modified to improve the experience. Let’s start with the main sensor. It goes from 48 to 50 megapixels. It is stabilized, but not by a gimbal, and it is equipped with two autofocus : a first Dual Pixel with phase detection and a second laser. Its lens opens at f / 1.6.
The X60 Pro + is equipped with two telephoto sensors, like the X60 Pro (and like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra). The first does not change: 8 megapixel sensor, lens opening at f / 3.4, optical stabilization, phase detection autofocus and 5x optical zoom (hybrid zoom up to 60x). The second changes. It goes from 13 to 32 megapixels in definition and its lens now opens at f / 2.1. It is still equipped with detection autofocus and 2x optical zoom. It will be used, by default, for portraits.
Finally, the wide-angle sensor goes from 13 to 48 megapixels (with a Quad Bayer mode for a definition of 12 megapixels). Its viewing angle is slightly reduced. It goes from 120 ° to 114 °. But he wins the famous gimbal stabilizer. It is he who will logically take care of all the video recording work. The X60 Pro + films up to 8K in 30 frames per second (a definition inaccessible with the X60 Pro). Note that he also films in HDR10 +. Finally, all the optics are signed Carl Zeiss, following the partnership between Vivo and the German optician.
Launched in China on January 23 from 630 euros
The X60 Pro + will be released in China from tomorrow, January 23. Its price starts at 4998 yuan (635 euros approximately) in 8/128 GB version and goes up to 5998 yuan (Approximately 760 euros) in 12/256 GB version. French output is possible, but not really guaranteed. Indeed, Vivo preferred to launch the X50 Pro in Europe, under the name Vivo X51, and not the X50 Pro +. The brand could repeat this strategy with this generation.