[i2pc pros_icon=”icon icon-check-2″ cons_icon=”icon icon-ban-3″ show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]excellent performance (SD888+, UFS 3.1, DDR5)
astringes 120 Hertz 2K AMOLED Display
wireless and wired charging with 50W
good reception and plenty of sensors
IP68 + top processing
China version with all mains frequencies!
strong cameras (back)[/i2pros][i2cons]SD888+ overheats in benchmarks
only available as an import (expensive)
Origin OS system takes some getting used to
Selfie camera disappointed[/i2cons][/i2pc]
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is the flagship mobile phone of the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer. We haven’t had the so-called Plus versions in Bangladesh yet, and the Vivo X70 Pro+ also has to be imported for just under TK 75,000. You really don’t want to make any compromises when it comes to the equipment at such a price, and that’s exactly why we tested the Vivo X70 Pro+ extensively. In any case, the smartphone is packed with the latest technology and, after a few adjustments, can also be used in Bangladesh without any problems. While the X70 and X70 Pro are confusingly similar, the Pro+ model differs significantly in terms of dimensions and the built-in hardware.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is the largest model in the X70 series with a 6.78-inch display. With dimensions of 164.5 x 75.2 x 8.9 millimeters, it is correspondingly large and weighs 213 grams. also a heavy smartphone. Compared to Xiaomi’s flagship, the Mi 11 Ultra, it is a good 25 grams lighter. Both the glass front and the back are clearly rounded (curved). The Vivo X70 Pro+ lies well in the hand and immediately exudes a premium character. The smartphone is available in black, orange, or blue. The two-color versions have a leather back. Our black test version has a matte glass back with a very fine texture. Fingerprints or scratches are hardly visible, but the back part is still slippery and not non-slip.
At 2.4 mm, the camera model clearly protrudes from the back and does not sit flush with the case either. But that’s kind of normal for smartphones with good cameras. For the Pro+ model, the camera hill has been optically extended over the entire width of the smartphone and is thus reminiscent of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra. Vivo calls this extension the “ceramic window.” Yes, really shiny ceramics are used here, but the meaning and purpose are completely unclear.
The camera technology is only on one side, and the Vivo X70 Pro+ is thicker and again protected with glass. In addition to the LED flash and the four camera sensors, there is also the blue Zeiss logo and a red T* logo (lens coating by Zeiss). Otherwise, the back is wonderfully clean, except for a subtle Vivo logo. Really shiny ceramics are used here, but the meaning and purpose are completely unclear.
The camera technology is only on one side, and the Vivo X70 Pro+ is thicker and again protected with glass. In addition to the LED flash and the four camera sensors, there is also the blue Zeiss logo and a red T* logo (lens coating by Zeiss). Otherwise, the back is wonderfully clean, except for a subtle Vivo logo. Really shiny ceramics are used here, but the meaning and purpose are completely unclear. The camera technology is only on one side, and only the Vivo X70 Pro+ is thicker and protected with glass. In addition to the LED flash and the four cameras, On the sensors, there is also the blue Zeiss logo and a red T* logo (lens coating by Zeiss). Otherwise, the back is wonderfully clean, except for a subtle Vivo logo.
As usual, the power button and the volume controls are on the right-hand side. Both are made of metal and are integrated into the curved metal frame. The entire frame is unobtrusively interrupted with plastic receiving lines. There is also an additional noise-canceling microphone, an infrared transmitter, and the words “PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY” on the top. On the underside, we then have one of the two speakers, a USB-C (3.1) port, the main microphone, and the SIM card slot (2 x Nano-SIM).
The fingerprint sensor is located under the display, and the accuracy when unlocking is great. Due to the animation, you come onto the home screen quickly (less than a second). As an alternative or supplement to the fingerprint, you can also use face unlocking via the front camera. With Face-Unlock, you have the choice of staying on the lock screen or going straight to the home screen. The face unlock is a bit faster than the fingerprint scanner in the Vivo X70 Pro+’s display.
The processing of the Vivo X70 Pro+ leaves nothing to be desired, and the feel speaks a crystal clear premium language. With the case on, you can still feel the cold metal frame and you won’t find any defects in workmanship. The Vivo X70 Pro+ is also IP68 certified, protecting it from dust and permanent submersion. What do you somehow expect from the 75,000 Tk devices these days?
Viewed from the front, the only thing that catches the eye is the central punch-hole notch, which has a diameter of 4mm. The front camera is housed here accordingly. The edges around the display are also exceptionally narrow. It’s only 2mm left and right due to the curves, 3mm at the top, and the chin still measures a narrow 4mm. The Vivo X70 Pro+ is extremely stable and appears to be made from one piece. Similar to the Mi 11 Ultra, you can also hear the camera sensors shaking when you shake the phone.
Vivo scores well with the accessories in the box. In addition to a high-quality case with an imitation leather back, there is also a 50-watt wired charging adapter and a pair of headphones. The largest memory version, with 12/512GB, even comes with TWS headphones, otherwise only a wired USB-C headset.
Vivo relies on an uncompromising LTPO AMOLED display with a huge 6.78-inch screen diagonal. The width is still limited due to the curved design. With a refresh rate of 120Hz, the display is not only lightning-fast but also extremely sharp, with a maximum of 3200 x 1440 pixels. With 518 pixels per inch, you can definitely no longer see individual pixels on the display of the Vivo X70 Pro+. Unfortunately, there is no “intelligent” mode available for the high resolution. You have to decide for yourself whether you want to accept the higher battery consumption for the high resolution.
I personally decided against it because I couldn’t see the difference in practice. For the heartbeat, on the other hand, there is an intelligent mode that regulates the frequency to 60, 90, or 120Hz, depending on the app. With an LTPO display, more intermediate steps should be possible here, but at least they are not displayed for me. Of course, the E5 AMOLED display also offers a 10-bit color space and a high brightness of up to 1500 lux (HDR10+ capable). However, I cannot measure the 1500 lux because my display remains at a maximum of 900 lux even in automatic mode. The Vivo X70 Pro+ still gives us excellent readability outdoors. The boost should be easy to fix with an update.
There is also a function for DC dimming, but this is in the developer options. It reduces flickering but doesn’t completely eliminate it. The options for adjusting the color display are clear for a high-end smartphone. Only three color modes (standard, professional, and bright) can be selected, and the color temperature can be continuously adjusted. An eye protection/reading mode and a dark mode (black/white reversal) are time-limited and integrated into the system. Although the Vivo X70 Pro+ is currently only available in China, it will be launched on the market with Widevine L1 certification. I tested Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Disney+ and HD resolutions were possible with all three providers.
The 120Hz fast touch rate could make one or the other gamer happy. For regular users, the touchscreen is fast and accurate. In the test, I also had no problems with erroneous detections on the rounded display edges. The swiping gestures work better than on flat displays. Vivo does not mention special glass to protect against scratches on the Vivo X70 Pro+.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ has an excellent display, that’s for sure. An automatic adjustment of the resolution would have been the icing on the cake. So most of you will probably decide against the high 2K resolution and for more battery life. It’s great that you don’t have to make any compromises when it comes to streaming.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is powered by what is currently the fastest Android processor in the world. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus processor is divided into 3 clusters: 1 x 3.0GHz + 3 x 2.4GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz. The SoC is manufactured using the economical 5-nanometer process. An Adreno 660 GPU is available for graphically demanding tasks. In practice, it is currently only possible to push the processor to its performance limit with synthetic benchmarks. The system runs perfectly smoothly, and all games run without stuttering. The device heats up to a maximum of 41° at its warmest point. In benchmarks in which the Vivo X70 Pro+ achieves good values, it only gets even warmer.
All memory versions of the Vivo X70 Pro+ have the latest LPDDR5 RAM and lightning-fast UFS 3.1 memory. The RAM delivers 57 GB/s and the storage has a read/write rate of 1850 MB/s. These are excellent values.
The Vivo smartphone copes relatively well with strong heat development. For example, the 3DMark Wildlife Extreme stress test runs with a stability of 80%. The CPU only clocks down to 80% after 30 minutes in the throttle test. Both of these currently have no effect on practice, because there are no problems in normal operation and even when gaming.
The Origin OS system is currently based on Android 11, but will also receive an update to Android 12, and very likely Android 13 as well. To be honest, in the last 2 weeks I haven’t really warmed to the system, as many of the settings are almost hidden. In any case, the range of functions is enormous, and the Playstore and Google Services can be easily installed afterward. For Google, all you have to do is store your account in the settings and then install the Playstore APK. Then the Playstore is certified, Safety-Net is “passed” and Widevine L1 is also included. Google Pay also works without any problems.
The translation in the system is fine, so you usually understand what is meant. However, most of the points are not really translated correctly. From the factory, you also have to get rid of quite a bit of bloatware. That is 22 apps for me that can be easily uninstalled. A common problem with Chinese ROMs is the notifications from apps that are common in this country. These include WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal. To get notifications reliably and without delay, you need to follow this guide. It also describes how you can use the Google Playstore and all Google services.
Otherwise, Vivo regularly delivers updates, but the smartphone, as a Chinese import, is definitely not designed for our market. With Xiaomi, you could change that with a custom ROM, but unfortunately, that is currently not an option with Vivo. If you really decide to buy this smartphone, you should definitely allow 1-2 hours of work to set it up. There are also many functions (e.g. all calls can be easily recorded), but you have to find them.
The smartphones of the Vivo X70 series differ significantly in terms of built-in cameras. Only the camera setup of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is really appropriate for an expensive flagship, which is structured as follows:
Another special feature of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is the glass lens with T* coating, which was created in cooperation with the optics specialist ZEISS. Software features also include a Zeiss mode for accurate color representation and bokeh effects that are based on well-known Zeiss lenses. For the first time, Vivo also uses its own image processor with the V1, which, among other things, offers a live preview for longer-exposed night shots. All the cameras on the back have autofocus, are equipped with high-quality sensors, and, with the exception of the ultra-wide-angle (UWW) camera, are also optically stabilized (OIS). The front camera, on the other hand, is neglected and does not have autofocus or OIS stabilization. Direct comparisons with the Huawei P50, the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the IQOO 8 Pro, and the Mi 11 Ultra are coming in the next few weeks!
The 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 sensor has a huge f/1.57 lens opening and shoots correspondingly bright images at 12.5 megapixels. The recordings contain many details and have excellent dynamics. There is also nothing to complain about when it comes to the focus and the shutter release time is hardly noticeable. If you zoom in on the images, you can still see a clear sharpening of the software, and, as usual, Vivo tends to have very strong, even oversaturated colors. At least the latter can be counteracted with the Zeiss mode.
The periscope camera has a 5X hybrid zoom and takes up to 10X usable pictures. The colors are clearly too warm, but the sharpness is still quite high up to 10X, and the details are definitely higher than when zooming in on the main camera. The periscope camera can also deliver some excellent results at night. Those who like to photograph objects that are further away will not be disappointed with the Vivo X70 Pro+. The Vivo X70 Pro+ continues to shoot excellent photos with a 114° ultra-wide-angle. The 48-megapixel sensor shoots 12-megapixel images that contain lots of detail and are sharp right up to the edges. When it comes to the colors, you can choose. The choice is between the strong colors of Vivo or the Zeiss mode with a more accurate color representation. Depending on the scenarios, I personally liked one and disliked the other a little better. Taking two photos is definitely worth it here. The camera also copes surprisingly well indoors and at night. But more on that in a moment.
The ultra-wide-angle camera is therefore suitable for much more than social media. Even when upright, the recordings are a real eye-catcher and can be presented on the PC or television without any problems.
The Zeiss mode for natural colors can be used with both the main and the ultra-wide-angle camera. The differences in the color representation are very clearly visible. Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself whether you like this accurate representation. The UWW camera also has autofocus and is therefore responsible for macro shots. The results pass as a useful feature.
A 12-megapixel sensor with an optical 2X zoom is also on board, especially for portrait shots. The camera can also be used for 2X images, and the results are respectable. You can also use the main sensor for portrait shots, and there are special Zeiss blur modes to choose from. Basically, the Vivo X70 Pro+ delivers decent portrait shots, although the software intervenes a little too much for my taste. The blur can be adjusted afterward. The separation between foreground and background works well but, as usual, is a little overwhelmed with hair.
In less light, the X70 Pro+ then flexes its muscles and turns night into day. This is not always desired at dusk, but in the deep night, the night mode conjures up excellent night shots that can compete with any high-end smartphone on the market. The colors are accurate, the details are high, and the sharpness is also completely sufficient for large displays.
Even at night or in the twilight, it is definitely worth using the ultra-wide-angle camera. The recordings are visibly noisier, but the night mode reveals significantly more details, and the recordings are definitely worth seeing. The colors sometimes drift towards reddish but are sometimes excellent. The night mode also leaves the sky almost untouched in the dark.
Night shots can also be taken with the night mode with the portrait camera and the periscope camera. Again, I was definitely surprised by the good results.
The selfie camera always switches to portrait mode automatically, and it’s not that good. The recordings are never really sharp, and Vivo always intervenes heavily with software here. The front camera really takes 32-megapixel pictures, and the sensor is immediately completely overwhelmed when there is less light. Even in daylight, the selfies are not appropriate for the price range of the X70 Pro+.
Let’s start with what doesn’t work so well with video. The front camera is limited to 1080p/30 fps and is not stabilized. That’s just not appropriate for a flagship smartphone like the X70 Pro+. In addition, switching between the sensors on the back is also easy, but only at 1080p/30 fps. The UWW camera actually supports a 4K resolution at 30 FPS. The 4K recordings are really impressive and are also reliably stabilized. The oversaturated coloring of the UWW camera is the only thing that stands out negatively. With the 50-megapixel main camera, you can even take pictures at up to 4K at 60 fps and the stabilization works excellently here too. Color reproduction, details, dynamics, and sharpness are excellent here. The sound quality is solid.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is a mighty toy for anyone who values an exceptional smartphone camera. If you like to go on tour with your large DSLR camera, you can also do this with a Vivo X70 Pro, because beyond the main camera, you have many additional options for taking really nice pictures. The cameras on the back can definitely convince both day and night. The X70 Pro+ is also ideal for video recordings, at least if you limit it to the main camera. The selfie camera is the biggest letdown on the device, for both photos and videos. Vivo simply didn’t bother here.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery and always gets me through the day without any problems. However, with the highest display resolution and 120-watt refresh rate, it is definitely over after one day. In the PCMark battery test, it was still enough for a solid 8 hours of runtime. A 4-5-hour day is also possible. In practice, I opted for 120Hz and the normal Full HD resolution. This gives you almost 10 hours in the PCMark battery test and in practice, with 3–4 hours of DOT (time with the display switched on) and also 2 days of runtime. Ultimately, Origin OS is also super aggressive and kills all processes running in the background. The battery life of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is definitely good for a flagship with a Snapdragon 888 processor.
In just over 50 minutes, you can go from 0 to 100% with the 55-watt charging adapter. This is not a really good value for a real flagship. We are used to much faster ones from Xiaomi, Realme, and Oppo. Nevertheless, you are already at 79% in 34 minutes, so you have refueled the battery properly in a short time. As befits a high-end smartphone, the Vivo X70 Pro+ also supports Qi wireless charging. With the corresponding charging stand from Vivo, you can reach 50 watts. On my 20-watt Xiaomi charging pad, it took a good 5 hours until the battery was full again.
Ultimately, the Vivo X70 Pro+ would like to compete with the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and the comparison is obvious. Both devices can currently only be ordered from China, but the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has a clear advantage in terms of software. After flashing the Xiaomi EU ROM, there are no more problems. The Vivo X70 Pro+ can be used with our instructions. Both smartphones currently cost around 75,000 Tk when imported, and now we come to the actual conclusion of the Vivo X70 Pro+.
You can’t blame the Vivo flagship for design and workmanship. A special glass back and a metal frame with a perfect transition to the curved display make the smartphone look super high-quality. The cover included in the scope of delivery is also to be commended. Incidentally, Xiaomi does not have a USB-C 3.1 connection either. An IP certification and at least two loud stereo speakers complete the package.
I’m a bit at a loss with the display because I can’t measure more than 900 lux, although Vivo speaks of 1500 in the boost. Be that as it may, because the display offers perfect readability outdoors and with 120Hz and QHD resolution, you have everything you could wish for. DC dimming is not an official setting for sensitive users and is only available via the developer options.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ offers brutal performance and even copes relatively well with the heat development of the Snapdragon 888+. With the system, on the other hand, you first have to invest some time until you find your way around and have made the necessary adjustments. Anyone who enjoys photography is in a great position with the X70 Pro+. All four cameras are located on the back, and all four deliver excellent results. The Vivo smartphone can also deliver videos with good stabilization and quality.
Only the front camera falls by the wayside. Even when it comes to connectivity and communication, there’s nothing to complain about. The battery life is at the current flagship level and is therefore acceptable. With 50W wired charging, the Vivo X70 Pro+ doesn’t break any records, but 50 minutes from 0 to 100 is simply good. One should keep in mind that this speed can also be used wirelessly with the right wireless charger. Should the smartphone come to Bangladesh at some point, you can expect a launch price of 70,000–75,000 Tk. Vivo impressively shows what is currently possible and can also be paid for reasonably.