Vivo X70 Pro+ Review: 2021 Android Flagship King

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The Vivo X70 series is finally here, but a little later than expected. Generally, the Vivo X series follows the product update rhythm of two generations a year. The difference this year is that the X60 super cup was not released together with the other two models of the X60 at the end of last year, but moved backward. In September, it successfully became one of the first flagship models equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chip.

Probably because the X60 series has been launched on the Snapdragon 888 organically, if the new generation of X series is launched “in its life cycle”, internal friction problems will inevitably occur. Therefore, the X70 series “postponed” the release, which is actually Things that make sense.

Of course, the more important reason for choosing this time node to update the X series may still be the “chip”. On the one hand, as the main flagship of Vivo in the second half of the year, the X70 will not be absent from the list of the first batch of Snapdragon 888 Plus models. There is no doubt about this; on the other hand, we want to successfully land the first self-developed chip V1 into mass production models. It also requires sufficient preparation time.

As before, the Vivo X70 series still continues the “combined punch” strategy of the medium cup, large cup, and super large cup, including three models of Vivo X70, Vivo X70 Pro, and Vivo X70 Pro+.

What I want to talk about in this article is the super-large Vivo X70 Pro+ that performs better in terms of image, screen, performance, and experience.

With an independent imaging chip, there is also a better “Zeiss image”

Many people may know that before the official launch of the X70 series, Vivo held a media communication meeting on the image section, and gave a targeted introduction to the first self-developed independent image chip V1 and new optical components. , But there is not much explanation about product-related details.

As for why there is such an “unconventional” conference format, the reasons behind it are actually not difficult to understand. One is that this upgrade point is extremely important for the X70 series or Vivo phones; the other is that there are too many upgrade points, and there is no way to explain the relevant content in such detail at once.

In order to facilitate reading, and at the same time, let everyone have a relatively clearer understanding of the imaging capabilities of the Vivo X70 Pro+. In this part, I want to talk about the paper first, what are the differences in this generation of the Vivo X series.

There is no doubt that the biggest upgrade point of the Vivo X70 series is the introduction of the Vivo V1 independent imaging chip. It plays the role of a “collaboration chip” in the imaging system. In general, it is similar to many smartwatches with dual-chip designs. It introduces a dedicated chip to take into account both performance and power consumption requirements.

Because it is only aimed at the needs of imaging applications such as photography or video, the V1 chip can not only bring faster processing speed and lower latency to mobile phones but also can greatly reduce the overall power consumption of the imaging system. In addition, Vivo has also made a special computational imaging algorithm inside this chip, superimposing the imaging capability of the main chip itself, which can provide an imaging effect of 1+1>2.

Simply put, this chip can help the Vivo X70 Pro+ shoot better, respond faster, and consume less power. It solves the seemingly irreconcilable contradiction between computing power and power consumption.

The features we mentioned above are very difficult to achieve by relying solely on general-purpose chips. In particular, its low power consumption characteristics are particularly important in the context of today’s overall industry tendency to reduce weight.

The rear camera combination is no surprise, continuing the four-camera design of “main camera + ultra wide-angle + portrait lens + periscope telephoto lens”. The paper data of the main camera and the ultra-wide-angle lens are the same as the previous super cup. The main camera is 50 Megapixels, Samsung GN1 outsole sensor, f/1.57 aperture, and OIS optical image stabilization;

The ultra-wide-angle lens is 48 Megapixels, Sony IMX598 sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 114° field of view (without correction), using micro-panel anti-shake, which can achieve “horizontal anti-shake” effect;

The professional portrait lens has changed a lot from the previous generation. This time the portrait lens of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is 12 Megapixels. It uses a Sony IMX663 sensor, f/1.6 large aperture, supports OIS optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom; periscope telephoto The lens is 8 million pixels, supports 5x optical zoom and OIS optical image stabilization.

To achieve this, the camera specifications of the Vivo X70 Pro+ are actually good enough. Compare it with other competing products of the same level on the market. It will not fall behind, but it will make people feel a little less amazing.

Speaking of this, you may have also discovered that we have not mentioned two very important words in the previous article: Zeiss.

In the X60 series, Vivo first marked the Zeiss ZEISS small blue mark on the rear camera of the mobile phone, and the “Vivo Zeiss joint imaging system” has also become a very special place for that generation of X series.

Compliance with the Zeiss standard certification means that it has the top optical performance level, but also allows users to easily experience the charm of Zeiss images.

Following the previous general direction, there has been more progress this time. The upgrade of Vivo X70 Pro+ is mainly reflected in three aspects: Zeiss optical lens, Zeiss quality portrait, and Zeiss professional functions.

Cameras

The main camera of Vivo X70 Pro+ uses a brand-new ultra-high-transmittance glass lens with ultra-low dispersion, excellent light transmission, and excellent thermal stability. In theory, it can improve imaging purity and stability to a certain extent. And because of the very high compactness of this kind of lens, the official said that the height of the new lens is also lower than that of the previous generation.

In addition, all lenses of the X70 series have passed Zeiss T* coating certification. We learned from the official that this generation of X series uses ALD coating, double low reverse coating and IRCF pigment spin coating three very complex processing processes, combined with algorithm processing, can well improve the glare that is more likely to occur during shooting. , Ghosting and other issues, so as to provide a purer imaging effect.

Zeiss has a good-looking portrait.

It is based on hardware as the support, referring to the Zeiss blur concept to improve the algorithm, in order to output the “Zeiss taste” portrait effect. At the same time, like the previous generation, Vivo has built 4 classic Zeiss lens styles for the X70 series.

The core of this part includes two parts: Zeiss natural color and professional film mode, among which the more special is Zeiss natural color. On the topic of natural colors, the most recent mobile phone product mentioned is the Huawei P50 series. However, although they are all talking about “natural”, the product paths of the two brands are still different. This point will be discussed next.

Everyone should have noticed through the many flagship mobile phone products released recently that the previous situation of “too in-rolling” of mobile phone imaging hardware has been greatly changed. Several head manufacturers have shifted their focus to how to make full use of the already excellent sensors. Above, this is well reflected in vivo X70 Pro+.

If you want to make a summary of this part of the content, I think balanced, clean, natural, stable, and distinctive “good-looking” are some things that Vivo wants to express in this generation of X series.

How is the actual imaging effect?

Finally, it’s time for the proofs. For a wider range of consumers, whether the camera specifications are gorgeous or how difficult it is to implement the technology is not that important. How to actually use it in your hands is even more critical.

Below we gather a few sets of real shot proofs to see how the actual imaging quality of Vivo X70 Pro+ is. The official beginning of this part still needs to be explained, all the following samples are straight out, without any post-processing.

In the camera mode, the Vivo X70 Pro+ has a total of 4 zoom anchor points, which are 0.6x (ultra-wide-angle), 1x, 2x, and 5x, and it is 60x to the end. The picture is smoother during continuous zoom shooting. There will be no obvious frustration. Since the ultra-wide-angle lens supports micro-head anti-shake, the other three are all OIS optical anti-shake, hand-held shooting is very stable.

The performance of the ultra-wide-angle lens is much better than I thought, regardless of the color, the edge distortion control of the building, or the viewing range, they are all at the top level. In this regard, it is not a problem for Vivo to define it as a “main camera”. Multi-camera lenses are generally prone to color deviation, and the Vivo X70 Pro+ also has some, but the overall sample style is basically the same, which is not obvious.

After using it these days, I personally like its 5x telephoto lens. The above proof is actually a picture I accidentally captured. At that time, there was a considerable distance from the iron bridge and there were many disturbances in the surrounding environment. It is difficult to obtain a relatively satisfactory composition if you use the main camera to shoot. At this time, the benefits of the telephoto lens are revealed, and good picture effects can be output without post-cropping.

Let me focus on the portrait shooting part that Vivo has always been good at. In vivo X70 Pro+ has three portrait modes: 1x, 2x, and 5x. In addition to the different focal lengths, the matching functions and special effects of the three modes are also different. The four Zeiss style lenses and special effects mentioned above are only supported by 1x and 2x, and 5x portrait mode is not supported.

Having said that, the 5x portrait mode is very useful in certain shooting scenes. For example, in the picture below, if you use 2x portrait shooting, the actual picture effect will be worse because the distance is too far, and 5x can handle it well. Still the same sentence, the specific situation is treated concretely.

The above picture is a straight-out proof in the default state of 2 times the original picture. Careful observation shows that on the basis of ensuring the depth of field of the picture, the details of the hair on the top of the model’s head and edges are kept intact, so the whole picture will look very comfortable and will not give people an obvious sense of rigidity after processing.

Of course, the portrait effect of Vivo X70 Pro+ is different from other flagship phones by its built-in Zeiss style lens, taking the most special Zeiss Biotar lens as an example. The feature of this lens is that it can achieve a clear image in the center, while the out-of-focus blur is swirling.

In the actual shooting process, we found that if you want to achieve the spiral blur effect described above, you may still need to pay attention to some small details. For example, avoid solid-color backgrounds and choose scenes with light spots as much as possible. This is well reflected in the above two ZEISS Biotar-style lens samples.

Some of the Xiaoquan filters in the X60 series are still retained on the Vivo X70 Pro+, but the Liu Wen filter is canceled. We have also introduced the imaging characteristics of the Xiaoquan filter before, so I won’t go into details here. But the important thing must be said again: Xiao Quan filter ≠ black and white filter, the difference between the two filters is quite obvious.

Relatively bright daytime, night shooting has higher requirements for the overall imaging capability of the mobile phone. Judging from the actual proofs we shot, the complex light scene processing effect of Vivo X70 Pro+ is very good, while the highlights are suppressed well, the dark details are also rich enough. In addition, there are no obvious smear marks in the sky in the proofs, and the overall look and feel are very clean.

When shooting typical light source elements such as light bulbs, the Vivo X70 Pro+ still showed top-level, without glare or ghosting problems. In addition, Vivo has also made a lot of personalized functions for the night scene playability. In addition to allowing users to choose different blur light spot styles such as love, starburst, butterfly, cherry falling, etc. according to their preferences, it also supports shooting of special scenes such as the starry sky and super moon.

The fourth group was shot in natural colors by Zeiss.

Everyone has different preferences for colors. Some people prefer brighter picture styles, while others prefer more realistic color expressions. Among domestic mobile phone brands, there are actually only two manufacturers that talk about natural colors, one is Huawei, and the other is Vivo. But as we said in the previous article, the product paths chosen by the two companies are not the same.

Standard mode

Vivo is a “Zeiss Natural Color” jointly developed with Zeiss. The core is to achieve a natural color effect that is close enough to what people currently see through a fine color adjustment algorithm. The advantage of this scheme is that it is more flexible and adaptable, allowing users to freely choose natural or clear color styles according to their preferences, avoiding a one-size-fits-all problem.

Zeiss Natural Color

Comparing the above two pictures, it can be clearly seen that before and after the natural color of Zeiss is turned on, the impression of the proofs has shown a more obvious change. The picture below is actually closer to the weather conditions in Beijing as seen by the human eye at that time. We learned from the official that the photo hue accuracy ΔE of X70 Pro+ has converged by about 15.5%, which is a relatively high position in the industry.

In terms of video recording, Vivo X70 Pro+ supports video log mode, and also supports SAT zoom. The former can help the mobile phone make greater use of the dynamic range of the sensor to record more scene information, while the latter technology is a good guarantee for zoom shooting. Stability of the picture, to avoid problems such as jumps in the picture when switching lenses, so as to output better video effects.

We also noticed a few things during the shooting. One is that the video anti-shake effect of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is great. It provides standard, super, and horizon anti-shake modes. In the horizon anti-shake mode, no matter what the phone is in. The angle of rotation will keep the original posture of the subject, which is very useful for sports shooting.

In addition, the special thing about Vivo X70 Pro+ is that the actual proofs are close enough to the brightness of the preview screen you see in real-time in the viewfinder. Another point is that with the support of the V1 chip and the original ISP noise reduction capability of the main chip, the mobile phone can achieve secondary brightness and noise reduction. In other words, even in a dim scene, it can still output a cleaner and brighter video image.

In the selfie section, the front camera of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is 32 million pixels, which supports portrait and beauty selfies. It provides a variety of selfie styles including freshness, texture, pop comics, Kyoto blowing snow, Tokyo steam wave, etc. You can also choose your favorite filter style. Oh, yes, the beauty function of many Vivo phones before, the Vivo X70 Pro+ also has not fallen.

One of the best mobile phone screens right now

After the era of full screens, Vivo actually took out a lot of mobile phone products with more interesting screens. For example, it seemed extremely amazing at the time and greatly changed the original NEX that everyone has always known about Vivo phones, the NEX 3 with a waterfall screen design, and the S5, which has occupied the title of “smallest screen opening” for a long time.

The battle for full-screen solutions has come to an end for the time being. When the industry began to focus more on improving the overall quality of the screen, Vivo also equipped the X70 Pro+ with a top-of-the-line screen. As expected, it uses a 6.78-inch LTPO screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels (2K), a peak brightness of 500nit, and a local peak brightness of 1500nit.

Other specifications also belong to the top level. The screen refresh rate is 120Hz, 300Hz touch sampling rate supports a 1Hz-120Hz free frame rate, can display 1.07 billion colors, and each screen is color calibrated. Due to the E5 material combined with the relatively lower power consumption control of LTPO technology, and the introduction of the “micro prism” structure, it allows 2K+120Hz to be turned on at the same time.

In addition, after bringing the V1 chip to the X70 Pro+, Vivo has also saved a lot of effort on how to make good use of this screen. During games, the V1 chip can help X70 Pro+ use MEMC dynamic frame interpolation to insert native 60-frame games to 90Hz. In this way, it also takes into account the smoothness of the picture and the power consumption.

In actual use, under the 2K resolution option, even though the screen size of the Vivo X70 Pro+ has reached 6.87 inches, the picture is still very delicate and has a great color look and feel. With the high refresh rate of 120Hz, it is good for short videos or playing games. . However, there is no way to completely avoid the problem of gray edges on the left and right edges that are common in curved screens.

With the previous experience of making waterfall screens, Vivo X70 Pro+ has better protection against accidental touches than many other curved screen phones. When holding the mobile phone with one hand to take a photo, it can still operate normally even if the finger touches the edge of the screen, which will not affect the user experience. Its screen fingerprint unlocking speed and recognition accuracy are steadily in the first echelon. There is not much to say about this.

Special back cover design and feel

This time, Vivo has made some changes to the back cover of the X70 series. The camera design styles of the three models are different from the previous two generations. Of course, the biggest change is X70 Pro+.

Vivo has prepared three color schemes for X70 Pro+, which are called To Black, Journey, and Wild. In addition to the obvious visual effect differences between different color schemes, the materials, and processing techniques are also different.

The back cover of this black version in our hand is made of glass, while the journey and wild versions are made of plain leather. Regardless of the color version, the color style of this generation of X-series super cups is much brighter than before. It is very pure black (to black), orange (journey), and blue (wild), giving people the first impression. More eye-catching.

The most difficult part of the back cover of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is the large camera area. In the previous two generations of super large cup products, Vivo used the familiar cloud-level design. This time it was replaced with a “ceramic cloud window” design. The right side of the camera extends an almost equal area of ​​bright surface area, which is also marked “Pro+” logo and silk screen information of “Vivo Zeiss Joint Research and Development”.

For this new design style, the official statement refers to the collage art, hoping to form a contrasting style on the back cover of the mobile phone through a large area and multi-material splicing method, hoping to create a unique and high-level sense. Objectively speaking, this relatively bold attempt really makes the visual effect of this generation of super-large cups very special and recognizable.

But personalized design has never been a way to “please” more people. Likes or dislikes are relatively more distinctive. I feel that this kind of attempt that is not “Vivo” is not bad, and the super big cup should have its own distinctive characteristics. Of course, whether it looks good or not is a matter of opinion, everyone can choose according to their own preferences.

The processing technology of the back cover of the Vivo X70 Pro+ to the black version is called “fluorite AG”. It may not be obvious in the picture. In the actual bright environment, you can see a lot of crystal reflective spots when you hold it in your hand. In addition, its hands-on feel is extremely delicate, and it will give you the illusion that you have made a skin-like coating. It is strongly recommended that you go to the offline store to personally experience it.

In terms of grip, the body thickness of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is 8.89 mm (the plain leather version is 9.27 mm), and the weight is controlled at 213 grams (the plain leather version is 210 grams). Since the front and back are treated with curved surfaces, the visual effect is relatively thin, but it still has a lot of weight in the hand.

It is worth mentioning that Vivo has made an exclusive protective case for X70 Pro+ (a random gift). Before opening the box, I thought its protective case would be the same as the previous Xiaomi 11 Ultra, with a large hollow design on the upper part to better show the camera area, but this is not the case.

As you can see above, its official original protective case has a relatively better conventional design. The surface is made of leather with a large area. Other areas other than the camera can be wrapped well, and the hand feels good. . And because Vivo has “moved” the key information elements of the back cover of the phone to the corresponding position of the protective case, it also retained as much as possible a personalized visual impression.

Battery

In vivo X70 Pro+, the hardware configuration may be the “most boring” part. It is equipped with the top Snapdragon 888 Plus chip in the Android camp (Exynos 1080 for X70 Pro), and provides 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB, and 12GB+512GB storage combinations, and supports memory expansion technology.

Regarding the Snapdragon 888 Plus chip, we have recently introduced it in many related evaluation articles, and everyone is familiar with it, so I won’t repeat it here. It runs daily applications smoothly, as well as mainstream mobile games in the market such as King Glory and Peace Elite. No pressure. The heat dissipation capacity is also pretty good, so there is no need to worry too much.

In terms of battery life, the battery capacity of the Vivo X70 Pro+ is 4500mAh, which matches 55W wired flash charging and 50W wireless flash charging. According to my personal usage habits, under normal circumstances, it is not a big problem to stick to the normal use of one day, but if you use short videos for a long time or use the lunch break to play games, you may have to charge twice a day.

According to actual measurement, the original wired charger can charge from 1% to 18% in 5 minutes, 32% in 10 minutes, 43% in 15 minutes, 54% in 20 minutes, and 65% in 25 minutes. , 30 minutes can be charged to 75%, 35 minutes can be charged to 85%, it takes about 51 minutes to charge a 4500mAh battery to 100%.

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Verdict

Before writing the article summary, I thought for a long time about how to define Vivo X70 Pro+. It’s too good for imaging capabilities, and it’s hard for people not to associate it with the imaging flagship, but this time Vivo did make this product too comprehensive, and it seems more rigorous to describe it with the all-around flagship.

In addition to the top-level imaging system, screen quality, and core hardware, other things such as X-axis linear motor, wireless fast charging, multi-function NFC, IP68 waterproof, dual speakers, independent HiFi chip…Almost all the configurations we hope that the flagship machine should have, Vivo X70 Pro+ did not fall.

In the process of detailing the various features of X70 Pro+, you will actually find that Vivo’s product ideas on this generation of super cups have changed a lot compared to the previous ones. Maybe the official hasn’t made it clear, but it can basically be regarded as a product that Vivo intends to hit the high-end market.

The comprehensive and top-level comprehensive functional performance is only part of it. In terms of details, Vivo seems to be more serious than ever this time. Even the headphones included in the packing list have been replaced by Vivo TWS 2. At the same time, the “radical” design, which rarely appears on the main flagship series, appeared for the first time on the X70 Pro+.

If you use one sentence to describe the Vivo X70 Pro+, it may be the most appropriate “featured all-around flagship”. This makes me look forward to the NEX series, which has not been updated for a long time.

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