Vivo X60 Pro Review: Vivo’s major 2023 smartphone line is the X60 series, released in late 2020 in China and 2023 elsewhere. Only the Vivo X60 Pro is currently available across most regions.
Vivo X60 Pro is an impressive smartphone with a price point that rivals that of the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Xiaomi Mi 11. Unfortunately its features don’t quite measure up to those powerhouses, so we can’t give it a higher scores.
It’s difficult to find major flaws with the Vivo X60 Pro; although there were some user interface issues and its battery life wasn’t quite what we’d hoped for, none of these drawbacks completely undermines your experience using the phone.
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Vivo X60 Pro Review: Design
|158.6 x 73.2 x 7.9mm
|Glass back and front, metal frame
|USB-C connectors, volume rocker, power button
|Rectangular array, doesn’t protrude and doesn’t impede pocketability
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Display
The Vivo X60 Pro has an average-looking screen for its pricing, but that’s not a negative thing. It’s a 6.56-inch curved display with a camera cutout at the top. It has tiny bezels.
1080 x 2376 resolution, or FHD+, is average for a smartphone but behind the Xiaomi Mi 11 or Samsung Galaxy S20 with 2K screens. AMOLED with HDR10+ means strong, vibrant colours.
The screen lacks the high resolution and specialised features of top rivals like Xiaomi, Samsung, and Oppo.
As on most new luxury phones, the screen refreshes at 120Hz, whilst older and cheaper phones utilise 60Hz. This makes navigating and playing games smoother, but it drains energy rapidly. If you like, you may reduce to 60Hz or pick a smart-switch mode that alternates between the two.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Cameras
Vivo X60 Pro has one front and three rear cameras. The 48MP f/1.5 back camera wowed us. Photos were bright and detailed, and the lens’ built-in gimbal stabiliser countered jittery hands.
Overall picture quality seemed largely dependant on post-processing, for better or worse. Close-ups of food and other items were bright and vibrant, while larger images of parks or skylines had a decreased dynamic range. Still, a photo-editing programme may enhance them.
Darker regions of otherwise-well-lit photos were ‘crushed’ to black or near black, making it impossible to distinguish features and leaving them seeming murky contrasted to vivid areas elsewhere in the picture.
The second back camera is a 13MP f/2.5 telephoto camera for zoom pictures, with optical zoom up to 2x. Many flagship phones lack such a lens. Photos shot with this camera had excellent colour and detail, but blacks were crushed.
You can zoom beyond the optical limit up to 20x digital; but, images taken at the long end of the range were too fuzzy to use.
Vivo X60 Pro Review: Battery life
We weren’t sure whether the Vivo X60 Pro’s 4,200mAh battery would last a full day, as it is less than that of its two contemporaries OnePlus 9 and Oppo Find X3 Neo at 3,700mAh each.
We found that if we kept the phone in our pocket all day and only used it for texting or streaming music, there was usually enough battery left by evening. However, when playing Call of Duty: Mobile, taking photos, or using social media intensively, we often experienced issues with battery life.
The Vivo X60 Pro offers a power-saving mode that reduces battery waste by turning off background syncing, restricting internet use to 4G speeds, activating dark mode and more. If you use your phone frequently or have issues with battery life, this phone may not be suitable for you.
The Galaxy S21 uses 25W of power, slower than the Mi 11’s 55W or OnePlus 9 series’ 65W.
Fast charging is becoming an increasingly sought-after feature on high-end phones, yet the Vivo lacks it.
Purchase it if..
- Look for deals: The Vivo X60 Pro’s pricing can be its biggest detractor, but a reduction might make it more appealing.
- If you enjoy taking zoomed photos, Xiaomi Mi 11 is one of the few smartphones in this price range without a telephoto camera. This makes it an ideal option for taking closeup shots.
- You value clean software: Vivo’s Funtouch is free from bloatware and offers some useful extra functions.
don’t purchase it If…
- You want fast charging: At 33W, the Vivo X60 Pro takes a long to charge, and in an age of fast-charging phones it seems sluggish — other phones can now charge in 30 minutes or less.
- You want a mid-range phone: The Vivo X60 Pro isn’t a mid-range phone, not at this pricing. Shop around for cheaper specifications.
- The rivals tempt you: If you prefer the appearance of the Galaxy S21 and Mi 11, they’re better value than the Vivo X60 Pro at identical costs.
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