vivo’s new X70 series may (or may not) be coming to a store near you soon. Besides launching in China, the phones will be available in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the UAE. The question is do you want one? And which one?
The vivo X70 Pro+ is the one to get if you want great photo and video features and money is no object. Speaking of money, the company hasn’t announced the global pricing yet, so we will have to work with the price tags for China.
Back to the Pro+. It use the Snapdragon 888+ chipset and the new V1 chipset for further image processing. It is also the only one with a high-transmittance glass lens by ZEISS. Its ultra wide camera has gimbal stabilization and 360° Horizon Leveling Stabilization. This one also has the large 50 MP 1/1.31” sensor in the main camera.
The X70 Pro+ is vivo’s first and so far only phone with an IP rating, an IP68 at that. The other two X70 phones don’t even get splash resistance. Also, this one has faster 55W wired charging (vs. 44W) and more importantly, 50W wireless charging (the other two are wired-only).
We should note that the vivo X70 Pro in China will also use the V1 chip paired with an Exynos 1080. For the global market, however, the phone switches over to the Dimensity 1200, the same chipset as the vanilla model, and loses the V1.
The X70 and X70 Pro are not without upgrades. Or should we say not without changes. For example, the main cameras on both have larger sensors with larger pixels. In the case of the Pro, the main camera went from an 1/2.0″ sensor with 0.8 µm pixels to 1/5.6″ with 1.0 µm pixels. But the 125 mm (5x) periscope is gone without a replacement.
Did we mention that the vivo X70 and X70 Pro will have 6.56” AMOLED panels with 120 Hz refresh rate and 1080p+ resolution, the same as the X60 series from earlier this year? We bring it up as the Pro+ got a bigger, better, faster Samsung E5 panel (all 6.78” of it), an LTPO panel with a refresh rate of 1-120 Hz. And it has 1440p+ resolution for a sharper image to boot (517 ppi vs. 398 ppi).
Speaking of the X60 series, in India you can have the vanilla model for INR 35,000, the X60 Pro for INR 50,000 and the Pro+ for INR 70,000. In Europe there’s only the X60 Pro at €800/£750 and vivo hasn’t even announced plans for a X70 series launch on the Old Continent.
For comparison, the Chinese prices for the new models are CNY 3,700 (₹42,000) for the X70, CNY 4,300 (₹49,000/€565) for the X70 Pro and CNY 5,500 (₹63,000) for the X70 Pro+. Of course, the Chinese prices are lower than those abroad, but still – the X60 Pro will be cheaper than the X70 Pro, the same goes for the rest.
Time to vote – which phone would you buy? One of the X70 series or one of the previous generation? Or, perhaps, not a vivo X-series at all?
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