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Isn’t it too early? Is it a brand-new model, or is it a midway refresh? Is it in the same class, or is it a step up? Can it justify the price increase compared to the previous model? A whole lot of questions that we will try to answer in this review of the vivo X70 Pro +.
The X70 Pro + announcement came about eight months after the X60s, but when we first got the X60 Pro + in the office in April, it feels like this next generation has arrived early. And a quick glance at the specs for the otherwise stunning quad camera on the back does not reveal improvements (a slight downgrade, even). So while image processing is clearly a top priority for this vivo – all these cameras plus the Zeiss logos scattered around the site, the upgrades need to be elsewhere.
There is the display, to begin with. A modest increase in diagonal to 6.78 inches is only part of it – the new LTPO AMOLED panel comes with an adaptive refresh rate (up to 120Hz) as well as higher maximum brightness, and it is now QHD.
An upgrade that we almost thought we would never see – stereo speakers – finally reached a vivo flagship. And there’s another new development that is perhaps even more surprising, welcome as it may be – the X70 Pro + is now IP68 -classified, the first vivo with dust and water protection.
At this time of year, it makes sense to switch to SD888 + from SD888, and doubling the base storage to 256 GB (up to 512 GB as an option) is also a welcome sight. A bump in battery capacity is never a bad thing, and the addition of wireless charging we can also appreciate.
However, a few changes give us a break. First, the overall increase in size and weight – the X60 Pro + was a unique marriage between advanced camera hardware and a compact body, and the X70 Pro + throws flashlights out the window. The other thing is the price – the new model is about 15% more expensive than its predecessor, which was not cheap to begin with.
We’ll dive deeper to determine if the trade-offs are worth it, but here’s a quick look at the key specs before we get to that.
vivo X70 Pro + specifications in an instant:
- Body: 164.5×75.2×8.9 mm, 209 g; IP68 dust / water resistant (up to 1.5 m in 30 minutes).
- Screen: 6.78 “LTPO AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10 +, 500 nits (type), 1000 nits (HBM), 1500 nits (peak), 1440x3200px resolution, 20: 9 aspect ratio, 517ppi.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888+ 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680; Adreno 660.
- Memory: 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 512 GB 12 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- OS / software: Android 11, Funtouch OS 12 (International), OriginOS 1.0 (China).
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 50 MP, f / 1.6, 1 / 1.31 “, 1.2µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 48 MP, f / 2.2, 14 mm, 114˚, 1 / 2.0 “, 0.8 μm, AF, gimbal OIS; Tele: 12 MP, f / 1.6, 50 mm, 1 / 2.93 “, 1.22 μm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom; Tele: 8 MP, f / 3.4, 125 mm, 1 / 4.4 “, 1.0 µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom.
- Front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.5, 26 mm (wide), 1 / 2.8 “, 0.8 .m.
- Video recording: Rear camera: 8K @ 30fps, 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10 +; Front camera: 4K @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 55W, Fast wireless charging 50W, Reverse wireless charging, Reverse charging.
- Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port; stereo speakers.
vivo X70 Pro + unboxing
As we expected from vivo advanced phones, the X70 Pro + comes in a more advanced retail package than most. The dark gray cardboard box with texture has the phone’s name on the front and in the middle, embossed with shiny letters. The blue Zeiss logo is also a prominent accent. In fact, the vivo logo is only visible on two of the pages, and that’s it tiny.
When you lift the lid, you only see the top third of the back of the phone – where the cameras are. They look at you through a cutout in the dedicated tray where the phone is face down.
Presentation aside, the phone comes with more than just the necessary necessities. You get a meaty 66W charger (which shows the phone’s 55W charging capacity) and a cable to follow – it’s pretty standard. But there are also a pair of in-ear headphones with a USB-C connector — it’s not often we see earbuds together.
And that’s not all – you get a snap-on back cover that also protects the top, bottom and corners, but leaves the pages exposed so you can best experience the curves of the display. The outer surface of the case is also covered in vegan leather – it works wonders for grips that the phone itself has suffered from. More about that on the next page.