vivo X60 Pro+ unveiled: camera monster with 1/1.3" main sensor, upgraded gimbal stabilization
The vivo X60 Pro+ brings an upgraded version of the gimbal stabilization system, better sensors for the cameras and a fast Snapdragon 888 chipset to deliver the new image processing algorithms. There’s a lot to cover, but let’s start with that monstrous camera setup.
The main module is built around a large 1/1.3” ISOCELL GN1. This one has a classic OIS rather than a gimbal. This camera's large 1.2µm pixels (2.4µm with binning) and the bright f/1.57 aperture are a great foundation for excellent low-light imaging.
Super Night Mode 2.0 builds on that – it can work at just 0.01 lux (that’s the illumination of a quarter moon). It improves light sensitivity by 38.8% and focus accuracy by 22% compared to the previous generation.
50 MP main camera (GN1 sensor) and 48 MP ultra wide (IMX598) with gimbal stabilization
The ultrawide module (114°, 14mm) is the one with the gimbal stabilization system. It can correct ±3° of movement, around three times what a typical OIS system can manage. This camera is based on the IMX598 sensor with 48MP resolution and 0.8µm pixels (this used to be the main sensor in the X50).
Next up is the 8MP periscope camera with 5x optical magnification, which can go up to 60x with digital zoom. There’s a second telephoto camera on board with a 32MP sensor and a 50mm lens (2x magnification) for mid-range zoom and portrait shots.
Check out that ZEISS logo on the back of the phone. The T* anti-reflective coating is applied to both sides of each lens. There’s also a nano-crystaline structure that is the first of its kind on a smartphone.
Now we can move on to the chipset. Snapdragon 888’s GPU is 35% faster and 20% more power efficient than the previous generation. vivo paired the chipset with fast LPDDR5 RAM, which can transfer data at up to 6,400 Mbsp (16% higher than the X50 Pro+ RAM). Storage uses an enhanced version UFS 3.1 that is 14% faster than the storage of the old Pro+.
Snapdragon 888 chipset • 8/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM • 128/256 GB UFS 3.1 storage • 35% faster GPU
The curved 6.56” OLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. It also boasts HDR10+ and very accurate color calibration. It's properly bright too, topping out at 1,300 nits. Its one weakness is that the resolution is 1080p+ (sounds like perfect for many). The camera can record 4K HDR10+ videos for your enjoyment as well as 8K videos.
What’s left? The battery – 4,200 mAh power pack can be charged at 55W through the USB-C port. There’s no wireless charging though, even though the back is covered with high-grade leather (available in Phantom Blue and Classic Orange).
The vivo X60 Pro+ has a high-quality leather back, available in: Classic Orange • Phantom Blue
And by the way, the phone comes with a charger, cable, USB-C headset and a USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box (to use with the Cirrus CS4313 DAC), plus a clear protective case. You know, unlike some phones.
The vivo X60 Pro+ is available in two versions, the base model has 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage and costs CNY 5,000 ($775/€635). If you need more memory, the 12/256 GB version is CNY 6,000.
You can pre-order it, but only in China at this point. You can find it on Tmall, JD, Suning and others. Pre-orders end on January 30.
Here’s a table comparing the Pro+ with the vivo X60 and X60 Pro+. It’s in Chinese, but the relevant numbers should be easy enough to read. All three phones have 5G connectivity and 5 nm chipsets that run OriginOS 1.0 (based on Android 11).
- Nick Tegrataker
- 20 Feb 2021
I know this comment is a month old, but I'm just pointing out that Vivo has been using various high end mobile DAC + amplifier including ones from Cirrus Logic on their phones since X5 Pro, released in 2015.
- joe nodden
- 03 Feb 2021
The orange/gold looks nice, too bad you can only get that color with a cheap plastic back.
- 29 Jan 2021
One of the perfect phones of 2021 (shame about the curved screen). If they sell outside China, it will be a bestseller.