Vivo X60 Pro Review: 2023’s best smartphone from Vivo

Vivo X60 Pro Review: Vivo’s major 2023 smartphone line is the X60 series, which released in late 2020 in China and 2023 elsewhere. Only the Vivo X60 Pro is available in most locations.
This is a top-end smartphone with a pricing that rivals the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Xiaomi Mi 11. However, the Vivo X60 Pro’s features don’t quite match those powerhouses, so we can’t give it a higher score.

It’s hard to find big problems with the Vivo X60 Pro – there were some user interface difficulties, and its battery life wasn’t as strong as we’d like, but none of these drawbacks destroys the experience of using the phone.

Vivo X60 Pro Review: Design

At 179g, the Vivo X60 Pro is lighter than many super-sized smartphones in this price range. It measures 158.6 x 73.2 x 7.9mm, so it’s slim too.
The phone includes a USB-C connector, volume rocker, and power button, but no 3.5mm headphone jack. We found all the buttons simple to access and the phone one-handed.

The phone’s display and back are glass, and its frame is metal. It looks and feels elegant, but it may not be as robust as a plastic gadget.

On the back is a rectangular camera array that doesn’t protrude out and doesn’t hinder 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

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

The Vivo X60 Pro’s 4,200mAh battery is 300mAh less than the batteries in the OnePlus 9 and Oppo Find X3 Neo, two contemporaries, so we weren’t sure whether it would last a full day.
If we kept the phone in our pocket all day and just used it to text or stream music, we usually had juice left by evening. With intense usage, such as playing Call of Duty: Mobile, taking photos, and using social media, we regularly experienced battery concern.

The Vivo X60 Pro offers a power-saver mode that decreases battery waste by turning off background syncing, restricting internet use to 4G speeds, putting on dark mode, and more. If you use your phone often or have battery issues, this phone may not be for you.

The Galaxy S21 charges at 25W, which is slower than the Mi 11’s 55W or the OnePlus 9 series’ 65W.

Fast-charging is becoming an anticipated feature on expensive phones, but the Vivo lacks it.

Purchase it if..

  • You find it in the sales: The Vivo X60 Pro’s pricing is its Achilles heel, but a reduction might make it more appealing.
  • You like taking zoomed photos: Xiaomi Mi 11 is one smartphone in this price range without a telephoto camera. This is a nice choice for zoomed-in photos.
  • You like clean software: Vivo’s Funtouch is clean and bloatware-free, with a few handy added 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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Phil has been an avid gamer ever since he was a kid, and he now spends most of his free time reviewing and testing video games and other forms of consumer technology. When he's not out and about in Los Santos, that is.

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