Vivo X70 Pro+

Subhrojit Mallick

Review Highlights

The Vivo X70 Pro+ feels like a great camera phone first, a flagship smartphone second. We used this camera flagship for a week and here is our review.

The X70 Pro+ uses an LTPO AMOLED display for better control on the 120Hz refresh rate with QHD+ resolution that curves sharply along the edges. The colour tuning is slightly bent towards the cooler side and it’s quite reflective but it’s plenty bright.

The X70 Pro+ with its satin finish doesn’t attract fingerprints or smudges and it is IP68 rated. There’s even an IR blaster on top to control your home appliances.

Vivo X70 Pro+ has a 50MP GN1 sensor in the primary camera and a 48MP ultrawide camera, which is stabilised by Vivo’s proprietary Gimbal system. There’s also an 8MP periscope lens with 3x optical zoom and a new 12MP f/1.6 portrait lens.

The photos from the 50MP primary camera of the X70 Pro+ look great. There’s a lot of rich details, and it’s not overly saturated. The 48MP ultrawide camera on the X70 Pro+ is equally capable. Also, the X70 Pro+ has mastered the art of low-light photos and the results are desirable.

The X70 Pro+ is also the first phone in India to have Snapdragon 888+ SoC. It doesn’t heat up if you’re only doing your daily chores but games, benchmark apps and longer camera use cause the display, frame and rear panel to heat up beyond 40 degrees.

There is an in-game mode where you can set performance profiles to suit your gameplay. The X70 Pro+ can run both BGMI at up to Ultra HD graphics @40fps and COD Mobile on very high graphics.

The X70 Pro+ runs on FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 11. You can spend hours customising every aspect of the UI. There are interactive weather and music widgets and even virtual RAM extension. There are some fallacies which makes using the X70 Pro+ as a daily driver a little less intuitive than the OnePlus 9 Pro or the S21 Ultra.

The X70 Pro+ packs a larger 4500mAh battery that supports fast 55W wireless charging and it tops up the battery from 0-100 in 40 minutes. We got above 5 hours of screen-on time with a lot of camera use, Slack messages and social media browsing, which is just about okay at QHD+ resolution.

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is now an even more capable camera flagship than before, and useful additions like an LTPO display, IP68 rating and wireless charging goes a long way in billing this as a true Android flagship. It is a strong contender for the Android Smartphone of the Year in 2021.