A flagship for digicam lovers

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Vivo made headlines final 12 months when it launched the X50 collection with so-called micro-gimbal stabilization. We have been very impressed by the first-generation setup provided by the corporate in 2020 and it briefly confirmed that innovation isn’t fairly useless within the cell imaging area. Now, Vivo is stepping as much as the plate once more with renewed confidence because of the Vivo X60 Professional Plus, which delivers a second-generation stab on the micro-gimbal idea. Has it returned with one other winner? Discover out on this Vivo X60 Professional Plus evaluation.

About this Vivo X60 Professional Plus evaluation: I used the Vivo X60 Professional Plus for eight days operating software program model PD2056F_EX_A_1.75.7. The X60 Professional Plus evaluation unit was supplied to Android Authority by Vivo for the aim of this evaluation.


What you’ll want to know concerning the Vivo X60 Professional Plus

Vivo X60 Pro Plus face down from top

Credit score: Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

  • Vivo X60 Professional Plus (12GB/256GB): Rs 69,990 (~$963)

Vivo’s newest telephone is a direct follow-up to the China-only X50 Professional Plus, which was considered one of Vivo’s flagship releases final 12 months. True to type, the X60 Professional Plus is certainly a flagship telephone as properly owing to its top-end core specs.

Final 12 months’s X50 collection was the primary to supply Vivo’s micro-gimbal digicam setup for secure video efficiency. The X60 collection is supplied with a second-generation micro-gimbal digicam system. Lending extra weight to the images focus is Vivo’s partnership with digicam agency Carl Zeiss. The X60 household is the primary product lineup as a part of an association with the model. The collection additionally sports activities Zeiss’s lens coatings and the emblem on the digicam modules.

The Vivo X60 Professional Plus is the marquee machine within the X60 household.

The Vivo X60 Professional Plus launched in China earlier in 2021 in Emperor Blue and Basic Orange colorways, however solely the previous is offered outdoors its residence market. The telephone is just out there in a 12GB/256GB choice outdoors China, with an 8GB/128GB mannequin out there in China too. Talking of availability, the telephone is at present solely confirmed for a wider launch in India. This could possibly be a tough telephone to get your fingers on.

Vivo’s flagship comes with a 55W charger within the field, a USB-C cable, a plastic case, USB-C earphones, and a USB-C to three.5mm adapter.

The Chinese language firm additionally has the usual X60 and X60 Professional in its secure. These telephones differ from the Professional Plus by having the Snapdragon 870 chipset, slower wired charging (33W), a much less spectacular foremost digicam sensor, a decrease decision ultra-wide digicam, and ditching the 5x periscope digicam. Moreover, the X60 Professional has a micro-gimbal on the principle digicam as an alternative of on the ultra-wide just like the Professional Plus, whereas the usual X60 utterly lacks a micro-gimbal system.


Design: Leather-based however not all of the luxuries

Vivo X60 Pro Plus back in sunlight

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  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 158.59 x 73.35 x 9.1mm
  • 191g
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • No IP score
  • USB-C
  • Single speaker
  • Vegan leather-based in Emperor Blue

Final 12 months’s Oppo Discover X2 Professional delivered a quite cool vegan leather-based/fake leather-based/pleather again, echoing efforts in bygone years from the likes of LG and Huawei. So coloration me dissatisfied when the Discover X3 Professional skipped this selection in 2021. Fortuitously, Vivo has picked up the baton.

The X60 Professional Plus sports activities an aesthetically pleasing fake leather-based again that provides it a premium really feel. This additionally has the added upside of not being a fingerprint magnet or splintering with fall injury like glass designs. Throw within the steel body and concave backside, and also you received’t mistake it for a price range machine. The X60 Professional Plus mannequin I examined got here in Emperor Blue. The photographs of the telephone make it look extraordinarily blue, but it surely seems nearer to grey in particular person.

I additionally fairly appreciated the telephone’s textured energy button. This implies you’ll be able to simply inform the distinction between the facility and the quantity rocker. It’s not a giant deal but it surely’s a little bit contact that’s appreciated nonetheless. In any other case, the telephone is fairly slim and light-weight.

Vivo X60 Pro Plus top

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There may be one main draw back to the telephone’s design although: the massive digicam housing. The 2-step digicam bump is definitely one of many greatest you’ll discover on a telephone at this time. This wouldn’t be an issue if it didn’t have sensible disadvantages.

For one, the telephone wobbles so much when you contact the left aspect of the display whereas the machine is on a flat floor. This happens even with the included plastic case connected. One other minor inconvenience as a result of dimension of the digicam hump is that your index finger sometimes rests on it, forcing you to take heed to the way you maintain the telephone typically.

The X60 Professional Plus sports activities a pretend leather-based again that provides it a premium really feel.

One really unwelcome compromise is the dearth of an IP score. The Discover X2 Professional managed to ship a waterproof design regardless of the fake leather-based again, so Vivo can’t actually use this excuse to justify giving the characteristic a skip. With $800 telephones just like the Galaxy S21 bringing an IP68 score, there’s no excuse right here.

As for audio, the telephone packs a single-firing speaker that will get pleasantly loud for podcasts and the like. Nonetheless, the dearth of stereo audio system and the truth that it may be muffled by placing your hand over it are clear downsides to this setup.

The Vivo X60 Professional Plus flagship stands out from the ocean of glass-backed telephones we’re used to seeing at this price-point. Nonetheless, it does come on the expense of an enormous digicam bump to accommodate the gimbal-centric setup. The shortage of an IP score and stereo audio system can also be extremely questionable contemplating the worth tag.


Show: Fluid FHD+

  • 6.56-inch AMOLED with punch-hole
  • FHD+
  • 398ppi
  • 120Hz refresh fee

Final 12 months’s China-only X50 Professional Plus served up a 6.56-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, and we see the identical panel this outing. In reality, the one actual change is the transfer from a punch-hole cutout on the left aspect to a center-mounted gap as an alternative. The show is however an improve over the X50 Professional’s 90Hz AMOLED panel.

The X60 Professional Plus display is massive, but it surely’s a manageable dimension in comparison with among the practically seven-inch behemoths which are on the market. This dimension and FHD+ decision additionally means you’ve acquired 398 pixels per sq. inch — so these frightened about blurry textual content and app icons can relaxation straightforward. The telephone additionally will get decently vibrant and remained viewable open air within the solar, even whereas watching movies.

It’s value noting that the X60 Professional Plus’ display is definitely curved, but it surely’s positively at a much less extreme angle than many different telephones on the market. I haven’t had any points with palm rejection both, which is likely one of the greatest points with dealing with telephones with curved shows. The in-display fingerprint sensor is quick and really correct too, with few instances of it not working the primary time.

The X60 Professional Plus does not have the quickest refresh fee or the best decision, however the display nonetheless delivers the products.

When it comes to the upper refresh fee, the brand new telephone sports activities a 120Hz panel, with the telephone defaulting to a “sensible swap” profile to intelligently step between 60Hz and 120Hz. Fortuitously, you’ll be able to manually select between 60Hz and 120Hz charges as properly, so those that wish to preserve battery life or those that need the smoothest expertise potential are catered to right here. The one minor draw back on this regard is that there’s no 90Hz toggle for these wanting the perfect of each worlds.


Efficiency: Hanging with the perfect

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 256GB UFS 3.1 storage

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC is the highest canine of the Android telephone world for the time being. So it stands to cause that efficiency must be very clean, proper?

Third-party benchmarks all present fairly nice scores consistent with different Snapdragon 888 flagships just like the Mi 11, Galaxy S21 collection, and the OnePlus 9 and 9 Professional. The X60 Professional Plus accomplished our Velocity Take a look at G benchmark in a decent 80 seconds, with its CPU and GPU efficiency being sooner than the S21 Extremely. But it surely’s let down a little bit in combined CPU/GPU efficiency, which sees Samsung’s telephone streak forward. However, this time places it simply behind the S21 Extremely (78.9 seconds) and forward of the Discover X3 Professional with its default energy mode (90 seconds).

You shouldn’t undergo from any points in relation to common efficiency. The telephone launches apps very quickly flat, multi-tasking is a brisk expertise, and scrolling doesn’t yield any judder. In reality, the one time you’ll encounter any kind of hanging is if you’re taking full-resolution 50MP photographs.

A sure-fire method to put silicon to the check is to show to video games, and the X60 Professional Plus dealt with just about every little thing I threw at it ran easily. Gameplay in emulated titles like Tremendous Mario Sunshine, F-Zero GX, and Metroid Prime in Dolphin ran at a really playable tempo for probably the most half.

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I additionally tried out a wide range of Android video games reminiscent of Name of Responsibility Cell, Genshin Impression, and Nascar Warmth. These all ran at a fluid tempo with solely the occasional body drop in Genshin Impression. Nascar specifically is a serious exercise for a lot of telephones owing to the massive area of automobiles on-screen, and efficiency was slick all through.

One added advantage of the fake leather-based again is that the rear of the telephone doesn’t warmth up when gaming. Nonetheless, the display space and steel edge within the prime half of the telephone do get very heat.

The X60 Professional Plus doesn’t have microSD help, however you get a large 256GB inside storage to play with. Except you’ve got all of your movies and a ton of video games on the machine, you doubtless received’t discover the omission.


Battery: Wired solely

Vivo X60 Pro Plus ports

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  • 4,200mAh battery
  • 55W wired charging
  • Charger within the field
  • No wi-fi charging

Oddly sufficient, the Vivo X60 Professional Plus truly sees a slight drop in battery capability in comparison with final 12 months’s X50 vary. The 4,200mAh battery remains to be a good dimension, however what does this imply for utilization?

One of many heavier days noticed me utilizing the telephone as a cell hotspot for simply over 90 minutes, operating numerous benchmarks, taking some photographs, and studying by way of the Kindle app (with the sensible refresh fee choice enabled). The telephone nonetheless managed to final till bedtime with ~10% juice remaining. A much less intensive day consisting of Reddit looking, studying ebooks, net looking, and about half-hour of Genshin Impression yielded over 5 and a half hours of screen-on time. On this occasion, the telephone managed to final till about mid-afternoon the subsequent day with mild utilization.

Vivo X60 Pro Plus battery smart refresh rate

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Switching to locked 60Hz and enterprise a heavy day of utilization whereas on a current trip (two and a half hours of GPS navigation, loads of photographs taken, Reddit looking) yielded roughly 5 and a half hours of screen-on time. These are some strong outcomes with the diminished refresh fee and a heavy workload.

Both method, the X60 Professional Plus doesn’t fairly supply two days of endurance with the default sensible refresh fee setting enabled. However a full day and a few change is definitely potential even with the sensible refresh fee activated.

The X60 Professional Plus helps speedy wired charging but it surely’d be honest to anticipate wi-fi charging too.

When you’ve depleted the battery, 55W wired charging tops up your telephone in about 45 minutes. That’s loads quick and places the likes of Samsung and LG to disgrace, whereas additionally being just some minutes in need of sooner 65W requirements from the likes of Oppo, Realme, and OnePlus.

Nonetheless, Samsung and LG do have the X60 Professional Plus beat for wi-fi charging as a result of it’s not supported in any respect. This isn’t a giant deal in follow when wired charging is so quick to start with, but it surely’s completely honest to anticipate some type of wi-fi charging for the worth.


Digital camera: Gimbal gamble pays off

Vivo X60 Pro Plus back standing

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  • 50MP (f/1.57, OIS)
  • 48MP ultra-wide (f/2.2, micro-gimbal)
  • 32MP telephoto 2x optical (f/2.08)
  • Periscope: 8MP 5x (f/3.4)
  • Entrance: 32MP (f/2.45)
  • Video: 8K at 30fps, 4K at 60fps

The brand new flagship has a couple of issues in frequent with its predecessor. Essentially the most notable carryover is the Samsung Isocell GN1 50MP sensor for the principle shooter. The telephone launched simply earlier than Samsung introduced the GN2, which provides greater pixels, however I used to be nonetheless happy with the outcomes from this snapper.

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The primary digicam (and the remainder of them, for that matter) veers in the direction of a saturated look. It may sometimes go overboard but it surely normally delivers eye-pleasing colours. There’s some huge dynamic vary available right here too, and also you’re in a position to seize some troublesome scenes (try the primary two pictures within the gallery beneath). The HDR is usually a little too aggressive at occasions, leading to components of a scene wanting washed out. Try the mountains and foliage within the second picture. That mentioned, it does a great job of letting us see the clouds and the inside of the house. Good things.

The primary digicam provides optical picture stabilization in lieu of the micro-gimbal setup, however the telephone nonetheless delivers some vibrant, blur-free pictures at night time. There’s additionally an astro mode right here, which captures loads of stars and might maintain its personal even when in comparison with the Google Pixel collection’ heralded astrophotography characteristic. Vivo’s mode does a greater job of capturing the foreground particulars too, whereas Google’s implementation usually leaves this darker. Try the mountains within the footage beneath.

Vivo’s telephone was additionally in a position to seize the element within the home windows within the scene with the home beneath, whereas Google’s machine whited out the curtains virtually fully. The Google picture additionally appears to have a window-shaped artifact on the left aspect of the sky, presumably as a consequence of a body stacking glitch. It’s not a whole win for Vivo although. I nonetheless really feel like Google’s mode provides a way more aesthetically pleasing hue for the sky in some instances (reminiscent of the instance with the mountain), and the Vivo telephone doesn’t at all times get colours proper for the foreground.

We’ve additionally seen a rising development of OEMs adopting high-resolution ultra-wide cameras, and the Vivo X60 Professional Plus isn’t any exception. The 48MP ultra-wide snapper is able to capturing pictures that provide comparable coloration consistency and the identical dynamic vary as the principle digicam. We don’t see practically the identical stage of element as the principle shooter and particulars are mushy within the corners. The sector of view isn’t fairly as huge as some rival units both, though it’s nonetheless huge sufficient to be a enjoyable addition.

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Vivo X60 Pro Plus sunset ultra wide

Vivo has added micro-gimbal stabilization to the ultra-wide digicam as properly for its second-generation. The result’s that you should use the ultra-wide lens for some spectacular night time mode pictures. These pictures handle to slender the hole to the principle digicam in combined or extraordinarily darkish lighting. The power to take nice night time pictures with this secondary shooter is welcomed, as up to date telephones typically have ultra-wide cameras which are utterly ineffective at night time. There’s nonetheless loads of room for enchancment although, as brightness and noise aren’t fairly on the stage of the principle digicam on this mode. Moreover, normal low-light photographs by way of the ultra-wide digicam nonetheless see an enormous drop in high quality in comparison with pictures taken with the principle digicam. The ultra-wide digicam lacks an astro mode too.

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Vivo X60 Pro Plus ultra wide

Vivo geared up the ultra-wide digicam with autofocus which suggests you’ll be able to take macro photographs too. The addition of autofocus additionally means you will get inventive along with your pictures, reminiscent of specializing in the foreground and vice versa.

The X60 Professional Plus additionally packs two zoom-focused cameras: a 32MP 2x telephoto lens and 8MP 5x periscope snapper. The latter, specifically, represents a good enchancment over 5x hybrid zoom seen on telephones with 3x telephoto cameras — though you might need to pixel-peep to identify the distinction on the odd event. Element shortly falls off a cliff if you zoom previous 5x although. You would possibly get usable leads to some conditions, however a watercolor impact and blurry edges make themselves identified when going past the native zoom issue.

Selfies in broad daylight supply loads of element, though there’s a noticeable dip intimately and a few seen noise indoors. The entrance digicam additionally delivers huge dynamic vary, conserving your face lit even with vibrant backgrounds such because the sunny sky. However pictures in these conditions can seem washed out as properly, as we see beneath.

Vivo X60 Pro Plus selfie HDR

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The Vivo X60 Professional Plus has some fairly intensive video recording capabilities, delivering 8K/30fps recording, 4K/60fps video, 720p/480fps slow-mo (or 1080p/240fps), tremendous night time video, and noise discount performance. The telephone additionally lets you use normal or “ultra-stable” stabilization (utilizing the micro-gimbal), however sadly, the latter is restricted to 1080p/60fps.

This pattern I took exhibits some nice stabilization and solely minor wobble, delivering an in any other case clean expertise. That’s greater than will be mentioned for the 8K/30fps mode, which options noticeable stutter. Hopefully a software program replace brings extremely secure recording to 4K video.

We’re fairly proud of Vivo’s digicam app, delivering a sensibly designed UI. You’ve acquired the same old carousel of modes accessible by swiping left or proper, in addition to a “extra” choice to see all of the modes at your disposal. Different notable modes right here embody a considerably doubtful supermoon mode, a double publicity mode, gradual shutter performance for mild trails, and a Professional Sports activities mode to seize fast-moving topics. We’ve additionally acquired the same old parts right here, reminiscent of an AI scene recognition toggle, flash toggle, HDR toggle, and a macro mode swap.

One ingredient I fairly appreciated was the best way Vivo handles full decision taking pictures. The digicam app has a selected high-resolution mode right here very like a regular picture mode, however you get a quick snippet of textual content noting the total decision you’ll be getting with every digicam. So swap to 2x and the textual content will notice that you simply’re getting 32MP pictures, or swap to ultra-wide and it’ll briefly let you know that you simply’ll be capturing 48MP pictures. It’s a extra intuitive, sooner resolution than merely hiding the total decision choice within the hamburger menu as different telephones do.

For a greater have a look at the Vivo X60 Professional Plus digicam capabilities, you’ll be able to try full decision samples on this Drive folder.


Software program: New look, similar bloat

  • Android 11
  • FunTouch OS 11.1 World

Vivo’s Achilles Heel has lengthy been its software program, with FunTouch OS rising an unenviable fame of being a poor iOS clone. Fortuitously, the corporate has improved issues lately. The present world tackle FunTouch OS is certainly extra consistent with the inventory Android aesthetic. Most significantly, the Apple-inspired Management Middle has been banished in favor of a daily notification shade and fast toggle menu.

It additionally looks as if Vivo has been listening to suggestions. On the X50 collection, swiping down on the homescreen resulted in Vivo’s personal world search perform being activated. There’s now a toggle for this, permitting you to entry your notification shade as an alternative like every other Android machine.

It’s not all sunshine and roses with the software program although, because the telephone ships with a fairly ridiculous quantity of bloatware. There’s Vivo’s personal app retailer, Scorching Apps and Scorching Video games icons that spotlight numerous different apps, Flipkart, Dailyhunt, Prime Video, Fb, the VivoCloud service, a Sport Middle service, Snapchat, and the Jovi assistant.

One other concern is software program updates, as Vivo doesn’t have a Google or Samsung-style minimal assure for updates and patches. The agency has been steadily doling out updates to a number of newer units, however not all Vivo telephones are so fortunate. 2019’s Vivo Nex 3 flagship nonetheless hasn’t acquired Android 11 and acquired Android 10 eight months after launch.


Vivo X60 Professional Plus specs

  Vivo X60 Professional Plus
Show 6.56-inch FHD+
1,080 x 2,376
AMOLED, HDR10+
120Hz refresh fee
240Hz contact response
In-display fingerprint sensor
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Adreno 660 GPU
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Non-expandable
Battery 4,200mAh
55W wired charging
No wi-fi charging
Cameras Rear:
50MP normal at f/1.57, OIS
48MP Extremely-wide at f/2.2, micro-gimbal
32MP 2x telephoto for portraits at f/2.08
8MP 5x periscope sensor at f/3.4

Video: 8K at 30fps, 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/120/240fps, 720p at 480fps

Entrance: 32MP

IP score N/A
Headphone jack N/A
Connectivity NFC
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Helps SBC, AAC, aptX HD, LDAC codecs
Software program Funtouch OS 11.1
Android 11
Dimensions and weight 158.59 x 73.35 x 9.1mm
191 grams

Worth and competitors

At Rs 69,990 (~$963) in India, the X60 Professional Plus is certainly in premium flagship territory even when it doesn’t fairly breach the ~$1,000 mark.

The telephone is equally priced as the usual Galaxy S21 in India (Rs 69,999), and virtually identically priced because the top-spec mannequin of the OnePlus 9 Professional (Rs 69,999). These wanting the most cost effective Snapdragon 888 telephone interval can go for the Rs 49,999 (~$688) OnePlus 9.

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Vivo isn’t pushing the X60 Professional Plus as an reasonably priced flagship, although. For the cash, you’re getting an especially well-rounded digicam setup by choosing this telephone over most different units. In reality, solely the Rs 105,999 (~$1,458) S21 Extremely is providing a equally versatile setup in 2021. However even Samsung’s machine doesn’t have this gimbal system. Digital camera junkies will certainly wish to think about this machine.

Nonetheless, people who need a full premium flagship expertise could also be higher served elsewhere. The OnePlus 9 Professional packs a equally spectacular foremost/ultra-wide combo, the next decision OLED display, sooner charging, an IP68 score, and wi-fi charging. Likewise, whereas the usual Galaxy S21 doesn’t have the periscope digicam, a correct telephoto lens, the gimbal setup, or tremendous quick wired charging, it does comes with water resistance and wired charging but once more.

Digital camera junkies will discover so much to love right here, however the Vivo X60 Professional Plus lacks some premium comforts.

One other main impediment for shoppers is the telephone’s restricted availability proper now. Vivo famous that the X60 Professional Plus would “first” be launched in India, however has but to substantiate different areas or a timeline for a wider launch.

As for the opposite X60 collection telephones, the vanilla Vivo X60 and the Vivo X60 Professional can be found in over 20 markets ranging from March 2021, together with India and the UK. Anticipate availability in Europe, APAC, and the Center East in “the subsequent few months.”

The X60 and X60 Professional are cheaper options to the X60 Professional Plus. You lose out on the 5x periscope digicam, a technically superior foremost sensor, a high-resolution ultra-wide digicam, 55W charging, and the Snapdragon 888 chipset. However you continue to get a succesful foremost digicam (that includes a micro-gimbal on the Professional and OIS on the usual choice), a good ultra-wide sensor on paper, strong 33W charging, and a strong Snapdragon 870 SoC. So the Professional is value contemplating at a beginning worth of ~$688 in India if all you care about is secure video. And also you’re nonetheless getting a beefy chipset and that slick 120Hz OLED show.


Vivo X60 Professional Plus evaluation: The decision

Vivo X60 Pro Plus logo

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The Vivo X60 Professional Plus delivers loads of options we’ve come to anticipate in a premium flagship at this time, reminiscent of nice foremost and ultra-wide cameras, quick charging, and a ton of processing energy. The telephone additionally manages to face out from rival flagships because of that attractive leather-based design, a pair of zoom-focused cameras, and the micro-gimbal setup for higher ultra-wide pictures and clean video.

Competitors is stiff in 2021 although, as premium-tier units just like the Samsung Galaxy S21 and OnePlus 9 Professional all supply comparable core options for a similar worth in India in addition to wider availability. Plus, these telephones characteristic wi-fi charging and an IP score — two issues the Vivo X60 Professional Plus lacks. If you happen to worth a flexible digicam expertise above all else, these omissions could not trouble you, but it surely’d be honest to anticipate each for the ~$960 asking worth.

The Vivo X60 Professional Plus is value contemplating in case your prime precedence is an excellent versatile picture and video digicam setup.

Vivo clearly got down to grasp one class with its new flagship telephone, and it positively succeeded in doing so. Nonetheless, this does come on the expense of a well-rounded premium flagship expertise. Is the trade-off value it? You’ll must ask your self what do you worth most in your smartphone.

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