vivo X60 Pro+ review

GSMArena Team, 20 April 2021.

Design

The X60 Pro+ is a smartphone you can't mistake for any other. Thanks to a combination of a huge camera island (is it a continent at this point?) and a leatherback, the Pro+ stands out not just from the crowd of other big-name flagships but also from the other gimbal-rocking vivos.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

That camera assembly has a lot of modules to house and a couple of very large ones too. The top one is the ultrawide that's installed on the gimbal, next to it a Zeiss logo and a T* badge for the anti-flare coating by the German optics specialist. Mind you, the T* is missing on X60 Pro non-plus, and the Zeiss logo is bigger here than on that one, making the plus even more easily recognizable.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

Next down the list is the main camera, with a tiny text that points out the 1/1.3" sensor size. Below it, side by side, are the two teles, with the periscope assembly extending below and outside of the island, to the right and into the sea of vegan leather.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

This is the Emperor Blue colorway that we have here, the alternative being Orange. With the right mindset you could probably pull off that look, but we're a bit more comfortable with the understated blue of our review unit. It probably better complements the overall technical look given out by the camera cluster.

Blue or orange, the vegan leather is notably grippier than the anti-glare frosted glass of the X60 Pro non-plus. It's also practically impervious to fingerprints.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

The exposed aluminum frame has a matte finish, so it, too, won't be spoiled by your greasy paws. Your right thumb, meanwhile, should have no issues reaching the power button on the right side of the handset. The knurled surface of the button makes it easily distinguishable from the volume rocker above it, itself well within reach. The buttons are metal too and are placed in a very slightly chiseled portion of the frame.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

The concave bottom of the phone is where you'll find the card slot, and the tray only takes SIMs (two, nano-sized), but no microSDs. The USB-C port, loudspeaker, and primary mic can be found here, too.

The top is home to another mic, its pinhole piercing what is apparently a plastic cover plate. The least classy bit on the X60 Pro+ is the 'Professional Photography' label on that plate, but at least the typeface isn't too much in-your-face.

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Bottom stuff • Dual nano SIM tray • 'Professional Photography'

A 6.56-inch AMOLED adorns the front, its curved side edges giving it an extra bit of flagship flair. The minimal bezels don't hurt its looks either. We had no run-ins with misinterpreted touch input from the curved edges, but we get how that could vary from person to person.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

The centered punch hole for the selfie camera isn't the tiniest, but given the large-ish sensor in there, it's entirely acceptable. Less so is the fact that the earpiece above it is just that - an earpiece, but not an extra speaker.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

The X60 Pro+ is equipped with an under-display fingerprint sensor of the optical variety. We had very positive experience with it both in terms of speed and reliability. It took a bit of adjustment to get used to its relatively low position, but unless you're constantly switching phones, that shouldn't be an issue.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

There's no formal IP rating on the X60 Pro+ - vivos typically don't have dust and water protection. A change in this stance would be welcome, at least for high-end models like this one.

The X60 Pro+ measures 158.6x73.4x9.1mm, which makes it 5-6mm shorter than a Find X3 Pro, OnePlus 9 Pro or a Mi 11, so you could try and make a case for the vivo as a more compact alternative to most competitors. Weighing in at 191g, it's a few grams lighters than all of the above too, but those hardly make a difference.

vivo X60 Pro+ review

Reader comments

Literally the x60 pro plus are some of the best smartphones but they are not widely available. Such a mis opportunity for vivo. They should have released in more countries

Wireless charging is good for flagship but no deal breaker. Qhd waste battery life and its not particurly difference with fhd when viewing from a bit far. And u shouldn't rlly go that close ot phone either. Stereo speaker is only good if u are m...

The photo quality is amazing. It's near perfect, although I don't even know why they chose to downgraded the periscope camera from last years.