Vivo made its camera-related aspirations identified with the X60 sequence that launched in early 2021. These have been the model’s first telephones to showcase its partnership with storied digital camera tech model Zeiss. The X60 Professional Plus, particularly, impressed us on the pictures and videography entrance because of its novel micro-gimbal stabilization system and stable efficiency from the primary and zoom cameras.

But, whereas it was a digital camera telephone fanatic’s dream, the X60 Professional Plus wasn’t excellent as an precise smartphone. It lacked wi-fi charging, an IP score, and a QHD+ panel. These aren’t full deal-breakers for extra reasonably priced telephones, however Vivo was charging Rs 69,999 (~$950) for the system in India, placing it on par with full-fledged premium flagships from rival manufacturers. And these rivals had all three options in tow, plus aggressive cameras of their very own.

Vivo is seeking to resolve all that with its successor, the Vivo X70 Professional Plus. Did the corporate study from these earlier missteps and repair the place the older telephone went flawed? Discover out on this Vivo X70 Professional Plus overview.

About this Vivo X70 Professional Plus overview: I examined the X70 Professional Plus (12GB/256GB) over a interval of eight days. It was working software program construct quantity PD2145F_EX_A_3.11.4 on the August 2021 safety patch out of the field. It acquired up to date to construct quantity PD2145F_EX_A_3.11.8 midway by means of the overview interval. The unit was supplied by Vivo for this overview.

What you might want to know in regards to the X70 Professional Plus

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  • Vivo X70 Professional Plus (12GB/256GB): Rs 79,990 (~$1,077)

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus picks up the place the X60 Professional Plus left off simply over six months prior, supplanting it as Vivo’s flagship launch for 2021. Meaning it’s working flagship silicon, has quick charging capabilities, and delivers a slick design. In contrast to its predecessor, it additionally presents these aforementioned premium extras like a QHD+ display, IP68 score, and wi-fi charging.

The telephone’s main promoting level remains to be within the digital camera expertise although. Vivo presents a equally versatile digital camera system to the X60 Professional Plus, retains the micro-gimbal stabilization system on the ultra-wide digital camera, and maintains the Zeiss partnership. It’s additionally a notable launch for Vivo because it’s utilizing an in-house imaging chip for the primary time in firm historical past, promising to cut back noise, enhance effectivity, and extra.

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Vivo’s new premium flagship launched in China earlier this month alongside the X70 Professional and common X70. It’s obtainable in black, blue, and orange colorways. These hoping for a extra vibrant shade possibility is likely to be dissatisfied to seek out that solely the black model appears to be obtainable outdoors China. As for different markets, Vivo has confirmed that it’ll launch the X70 Professional Plus in India on September 30. We hope EMEA markets ultimately get in on the motion too, because the X60 Professional Plus was solely obtainable in China and India. US availability will nearly actually be a no-go, until you fancy importing it, in fact.

Whereas there are different storage/RAM configurations in China, solely the 12GB/256GB variant is out there outdoors its house market. In any other case, you’re getting a 66W charger, a USB cable, USB-C earbuds, a SIM ejector software, and a plastic case within the field.

Design: Two steps ahead, one step again

The back of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus.

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One of many first stuff you’ll discover in regards to the X70 Professional Plus is its dimension. For reference, it’s barely taller and wider than the already giant Oppo Discover X3 Professional and roughly the identical peak as and just a little narrower than the Galaxy Observe 20 Extremely, but it surely feels extra ergonomic than Samsung’s telephone. Nonetheless, it’s manner larger than the X60 Professional Plus and also you’ll positively discover it’s a stretch to succeed in the highest third of the display when you’re like me and don’t have giant palms.

I fairly like alternate options to glass and plastic backs, so I’ll admit I used to be just a little dissatisfied to listen to that Vivo dropped the X60 Professional Plus’s fake leather-based rear cowl. The corporate has as an alternative opted for a so-called “Fluorite AG” glass again right here. Vivo says this can be a “crystallized glass with a prismatic floor,” and the top result’s a glass again that doesn’t actually really feel like glass.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus has a relatively completely different, cool tackle glass backs.

As a substitute, the telephone’s black rear cowl feels extra like a matte end, full with a rubber Vivo emblem. The most effective half is that you must attempt actually arduous to depart fingerprint grease on the rear cowl. Nevertheless, the telephone feels fairly slippery, even when in comparison with different clean glass-toting telephones. Thankfully, Vivo features a case within the field.

The remainder of the telephone is suitably premium, that includes Gorilla Glass Victus for the curved display, a black metallic body that tapers on the left and proper edges, and the facility/quantity rocker combo on the right-hand aspect. The highest and backside of the X70 Professional Plus are nearly equivalent to its predecessor, together with the considerably bizarre “skilled pictures” branding we noticed final trip. At the very least the precise textual content is just a little smaller this time.

Vivo X70 Pro Plus top of phone

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Maybe the most important change over the earlier launch is the digital camera housing, with Vivo choosing what’s essentially the identical housing however with a refined ceramic panel to the proper of the digital camera bump itself. That is purely right here for aesthetic functions. The distorted reflection means it doesn’t make for a superb mirror for selfies, as you would possibly anticipate it to. In any case, I might’ve appreciated to see the corporate go for a horizontally organized digital camera housing as an alternative, ditching the panel within the course of and lowering wobble when the telephone is flat on a floor.

How in regards to the cameras?

Vivo X70 Pro Plus camera viewfinder

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Vivo is providing an analogous digital camera setup because the earlier telephone, however we do see the 32MP 2x telephoto digital camera being swapped out for a 12MP 2x shooter with OIS as an alternative. In any other case, we’ve nonetheless acquired that Samsung Isocell GN1 foremost digital camera, a 48MP IMX598 ultra-wide digital camera with micro-gimbal stabilization, and an 8MP 5x periscope lens. The corporate additional claims that using high-transmittance glass lenses and Zeiss’s T* lens coating ought to lead to decreased lens flare. Lastly, the brand new telephone brings a customized V1 imaging chip to cut back noise and enhance effectivity.

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Photos shot on the primary digital camera usually provide a superb stability between wealthy colours and life like hues, by no means actually going overboard throughout my time with the system. You may as well anticipate some pleasantly broad dynamic vary right here, though footage generally is a little contrast-heavy and over-processed at instances.

That giant sensor dimension additionally ends in a shallow depth of area right here, which implies you may get an honest stage of background blur while not having to make use of the portrait mode. The draw back is that you simply’ll want to sometimes step again a bit when taking close-up pictures with the primary shooter.

You’ll be able to view the gallery of samples beneath or view the full-resolution photographs by way of our Google Drive hyperlink.

Vivo has additionally introduced a couple of extra Zeiss portrait modes to the desk, and the portrait mode basically is fairly good. It’s not excellent, because it had just a little bother with the birdhouse within the background of the primary portrait mode picture above. My pores and skin tone was additionally clearly completely different between the 2 pattern pictures, doubtless as a consequence of publicity or white stability variations. Nonetheless, portrait mode right here presents outcomes that don’t go overboard, and you’ll regulate the background blur after the actual fact too when you like.

One unusual bug I seen with the primary digital camera is that on the odd event it churns out a picture that’s filled with noise. I’m not precisely certain why this occurred, and it doesn’t appear to be occurring typically sufficient to be a deal-breaking bug, but it surely’s positively bizarre when the ultra-wide snap appears cleaner than the primary digital camera shot. I did get an replace midway by means of the overview course of, however Vivo famous this solely introduced system stability fixes and contact sensitivity tweaks. Nonetheless, I haven’t been in a position to reproduce the difficulty since.

The X70 Professional Plus usually delivers nice pictures, however just a little consistency and higher long-range zoom would go a good distance.

The ultra-wide digital camera isn’t fairly as broad because the likes of the Galaxy S21 sequence or Mi 11 Extremely, however the 114-degree area of view is just a little wider than gadgets just like the Oppo Discover X3 Professional and OnePlus 9 Professional. It’s a step down from its predecessor, though fisheye distortion is mostly stored in test right here.

Colour replica whereas utilizing the ultra-wide digital camera isn’t bang-on in comparison with the primary digital camera, but it surely’s fairly shut, and dynamic vary is equally broad right here too. This digital camera additionally does a superb job in low-light situations, however the hole between it and the primary shooter turns into huge in extraordinarily low gentle. Take a look at the comparability beneath.

My solely main qualm with the ultra-wide is that macro pictures can generally be just a little finicky, with comfortable, bleeding edges and fewer element than anticipated at instances. Toggling the Tremendous Macro possibility does assist although, cropping in from the ultra-wide digital camera so you will have a greater take a look at the topic. And in contrast to Oppo and Apple’s telephones, you possibly can disable this cropping if you would like.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus brings two zoom-focused cameras to the desk within the type of a 12MP 2x digital camera and an 8MP 5x shooter. One notable draw back to those cameras is that each produce photographs that look noticeably completely different in comparison with the 1x and ultra-wide lenses, that includes far much less vibrant colours. Whether or not it’s foliage, pets, or landscapes, the distinction is straight away obvious.

The 2x digital camera manages to ship a decent stage of element nonetheless, whereas the 5x periscope shooter can also be an honest performer however not a lot better than telephones utilizing hybrid zoom for pictures at 5x or greater. You’ll be able to zoom in as much as 60x, however we wouldn’t suggest recurrently heading previous 10x as you’ll begin to see some fringing, oil portray results on components like leaves, and a normal lack of element. Whereas long-range pictures are positively not horrible, the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei have all stepped their sport up.

Selfies on the X70 Professional Plus are fairly good too, capturing a superb stage of element and broad dynamic vary throughout the day. This implies you possibly can seize brilliant backgrounds with out your face being darkish in consequence. In saying so, photographs from the front-facing digital camera can look just a little washed out in notably robust backlit scenes. There’s a giant drop intimately when taking selfies in blended lighting, however Vivo presents a display flash resolution for this state of affairs.

The micro-gimbal system on the ultra-wide digital camera clearly helps allow a lot smoother video recording, however Vivo has additionally launched a brand new stabilization function right here dubbed 360-degree Horizon Line Stabilization. This primarily retains the video as stage as doable whereas the telephone is rotating.

This mode works fairly nicely, and I used to be in a position to rotate the telephone 360 levels whereas recording (seen beneath). The mode additionally lets you set the video’s orientation earlier than you begin recording, so the telephone is aware of the place the horizon is.

The Horizon Line mode UI additionally contains a “rotate” button for figuring out whether or not panorama or portrait stabilization is required. It does, nonetheless, seem to be a little bit of a missed alternative to allow you to movie panorama movies in portrait just like the Moto One Motion.

However the one actual quibble I’ve with this new stabilization mode is the truth that it tops out at 1080p/30fps. It is a little disappointing when the Extremely Secure video mode (which makes use of a combo of micro-gimbal and EIS) tops out at 1080p/60fps. Panning within the Horizon Line mode additionally appears just a little juddery in comparison with the Extremely Secure mode, though I’m unsure if that’s because of the greater body fee with the Extremely Secure mode or if it’s horsepower-related. Finally, Horizon Line mode isn’t the go-to if you need to report a fast video, but it surely’s a cool addition anyway.

As for the Extremely Secure mode, the combo of nice stabilization and 60fps makes for some clean video, as we are able to see within the transient clip beneath. I’d positively prefer to see the corporate provide 4K video on this mode, although.

Different notable digital camera modes right here embrace Panorama mode, a Tremendous Pano mode for HDR or low-light panoramas, a Tremendous Evening Video possibility, slow-motion (as much as 1080p at 240fps or 720p at 480fps), Time-Lapse, Supermoon, Astro mode for astrophotography, Lengthy Publicity performance for gentle trails, and a Professional Sports activities mode for freezing fast-moving topics. It’s clearly a stacked checklist of digital camera modes and options, however the Vivo digital camera app nonetheless manages to be fairly intuitive.

What’s it like to make use of the Vivo X70 Professional Plus?

Genshin Impact on the Vivo X70 Pro Plus.

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The Vivo X70 Professional Plus presents a cutting-edge combo by way of pure specs with Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset, 12GB RAM, and 256GB of fastened storage. Unsurprisingly, this interprets fairly nicely to benchmarks, although not as world-beating as you would possibly anticipate. Scores have been usually on par with or just a little worse than most Snapdragon 888-toting flagships.

Our personal Velocity Take a look at G benchmark was accomplished in a single minute and 23 seconds with the default energy profile. That’s a good bit slower than the OnePlus 9 Professional (1:15) and Xiaomi Mi 11 (1:12), and barely slower than the Galaxy S21 Extremely (1:21). But it surely’s notably quicker than the Oppo Discover X3 Professional (1:30). Both manner, these benchmarks are in the proper ballpark, however what about really utilizing the telephone?

Probably the greatest methods to place cellular silicon to the take a look at is to load up a couple of video games, and I attempted a number of titles. Superior fare like Name of Responsibility Cell and Genshin Influence delivered a clean expertise, with the latter particularly delivering fluid visuals — it’s positively the smoothest I’ve seen Genshin Influence working on an Android telephone. Emulators like Dolphin usually run nicely right here too, though you’ll discover the occasional bout of slowdown when enjoying extra demanding video games.

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The telephone does get very heat throughout gameplay or when downloading a big replace, but it surely wasn’t sizzling to the contact. In saying so, I ran two consecutive AnTuTu exams and seen that the telephone acquired fairly sizzling after the second, nearly being too sizzling to carry to my cheek for a telephone name. The telephone didn’t get this sizzling whereas utilizing the digital camera or gaming for prolonged durations, but it surely’s nonetheless price noting.

Vivo’s system additionally ships with FunTouch OS 12 primarily based on Android 11, and it’s not a foul tackle Android. You’ve acquired the Google Uncover feed on the left, a vertically scrolling app drawer, and an honest stage of customization. Vivo’s nano widgets from its China-only Origin OS pores and skin additionally make an look right here, such because the nano music participant and system clean-up software.

On the draw back, it doesn’t have the granular customization choices of skins from different BBK manufacturers like OnePlus and Oppo, The quantity of bloatware right here is kind of a bummer, too. Boot up the telephone and also you’ll be greeted by the Amazon app, two shortcuts to Vivo’s app retailer, Netflix, Fb, Spotify, a studying app, ShareChat, and the PhonePe funds app. You’ll be able to uninstall nearly all of them (though Fb providers can solely be disabled).

FunTouch OS lacks the customization choices of Colour OS and Oxygen OS, and it is saddled with some extra bloat.

Vivo has additionally promised that flagship telephones launched after July 2021 will obtain three years of OS updates. That ought to embrace the Vivo X70 Professional Plus, however we’ve contacted the corporate for clarification.

What about battery life?

Vivo X70 Pro Plus bottom of phone

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The Vivo X70 Professional Plus packs a 4,500mAh battery into its body, matching the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, OnePlus 9 Professional, and Sony Xperia 1 III. At QHD+ decision with the dynamic refresh fee possibility enabled, I used to be in a position to get just below 5 and a half hours of screen-on trip of the cell.

My utilization throughout this era was considerably heavy, consisting of about 45 minutes of YouTube Music, 25 minutes of GPS navigation, loads of photographs and movies taken throughout a day stroll, and social media searching. One other day of first rate utilization yielded just below 5 and a half hours of screen-on time as nicely. This broadly matches the Vivo X60 Professional Plus.

Switching right down to FHD+ decision whereas holding the dynamic refresh fee enabled ends in a lot better endurance. I used to be in a position to get six hours and 20 minutes of screen-on time (as seen within the fourth picture above), with utilization consisting of YouTube Music playback for many of the working day, searching Reddit for nearly two hours, enjoying Genshin Influence for half-hour, and a few digital camera utilization. It is a fairly vital soar, so those that can’t actually inform the distinction between FHD+ and QHD+ ought to follow FHD+ for the battery profit.

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Vivo presents speedy 55W wired charging, which is just a little slower on paper than 65W+ charging options from OnePlus, Oppo, and Xiaomi. However a full cost may be achieved in underneath 55 minutes, which nonetheless bests flagships from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and Google. The charging time is a couple of minutes slower than its predecessor although, which went from zero to full in about 45 minutes. This isn’t shocking given the marginally bigger battery right here.

Want wi-fi charging? Vivo has you lined this time, because the X70 Professional Plus brings 50W Qi wi-fi top-ups to the desk. We weren’t in a position to take a look at wi-fi speeds but it surely’s considerably quicker on paper than the likes of the Galaxy S21 sequence whereas being on par with the OnePlus 9 Professional.


The Vivo logo on the X70 Pro Plus in hand.

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  • 120Hz QHD+ show: The X60 Professional Plus had a fairly nice FHD+ 120Hz OLED panel. However we’re glad to see Vivo undertake a QHD+ decision this time, together with Samsung’s newest E5 panel and an adaptive refresh fee from 1Hz to 120Hz. The top result’s a pointy, vibrant panel that delivers a fantastic viewing expertise indoors and outdoor.
  • Stereo audio system: We additionally get stereo audio system this time, making for a welcome enchancment over the earlier telephone’s mono speaker setup. The underside-firing speaker is certainly louder than the earpiece-mounted prime speaker, however the combo nonetheless delivers loads of quantity when you take heed to podcasts within the bathe like me.
  • No mmWave help: Sadly for these within the US hoping to import the X70 Professional Plus, the telephone lacks help for mmWave bands. Which means you’ll should make do with sub-6GHz 5G connectivity solely. This received’t be an issue for different areas the place mmWave isn’t an element but, but it surely does imply the telephone isn’t fully future-proofed. It additionally helps Wi-Fi 6, although not Wi-Fi 6E like many different premium flagships.
  • A quicker charger within the field: Samsung and Apple might have ditched the charger within the field, however Vivo is bucking this development. In actual fact, you’re really getting a 66W charger even though the telephone tops out at 55W.

Vivo X70 Professional Plus specs

Vivo X70 Professional Plus
Show 6.78-inch FHD+
1,440 x 3,200
120Hz refresh fee
240Hz contact response
In-display fingerprint sensor
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus
Adreno 660 GPU
Storage 256GB
Battery 4,500mAh
55W wired charging
50W wi-fi charging
Cameras Rear:
50MP commonplace at f/1.57, OIS
48MP Extremely-wide at f/2.2, micro-gimbal
12MP 2x telephoto for portraits at f/1.6
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 IP68
Headphone jack N/A
Connectivity NFC
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
Helps SBC, AAC, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, LDAC codecs
Software program Funtouch OS 12
Android 11
Dimensions and weight 164.54 x 75.21 x 8.99mm
213 grams

Worth and competitors

The front of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus.

Vivo X70 Professional Plus

Vivo takes on premium rivals.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus picks up the place its predecessor left off, that includes a flexible quad-camera system, micro-gimbal stabilization for clean video, and a slick design. It is fairly costly, but it surely additionally delivers IP68 water/mud resistance, a QHD+ decision, and wi-fi charging.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus is certainly a premium flagship in relation to pricing alone, weighing in at Rs 79,999 (~$1,077). That places it firmly within the territory of top-end gadgets from the likes of Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, and Xiaomi.

Thankfully, Vivo introduced its A-game to the {hardware} desk this time. It earns the premium price ticket by advantage of additives like an IP68 score, a slick QHD+ 120Hz OLED display, and 50W wi-fi charging. All of those have been lacking from the equally dear X60 Professional Plus earlier this yr, making the X70 Professional Plus a no brainer over the sooner flagship.

You’re nonetheless getting a very versatile quad rear digital camera system as nicely, that includes a great deal of digital camera modes. Plus, the micro-gimbal stabilization returns for smoother video clips and higher low-light ultra-wide snaps, with none of its rivals having this stabilization function. Those that need the flagship containers ticked in addition to a fantastic all-round digital camera expertise ought to add this to their wishlist. The issue for a lot of will likely be really shopping for one because of the restricted availability.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus brings loads of premium extras that have been lacking from the X60 Professional Plus

There are nice alternate options round although, with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely ($1,199/Rs 105,999) being probably the most distinguished possibility. It’s obtainable in far more markets, making it the default alternative for a lot of customers. It additionally presents superior zoom capabilities at 10x or greater because of the devoted 10x digital camera, whereas the 5,000mAh battery delivered higher endurance in our testing. You do lose out on quick charging in addition to the high-resolution ultra-wide digital camera and micro-gimbal system, however Samsung’s Tremendous Regular video mode remains to be good in its personal proper.

One other neat various is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely (Rs 69,999), and it could possibly be a greater buy when you’re in search of an even bigger battery, quicker charging instances, and a less expensive worth. You don’t get a 2x telephoto digital camera for short-range zoom, but it surely brings a 48MP 5x digital camera for excellent long-range outcomes. The Xiaomi system additionally brings a load of premium options to the desk, although the shortage of a agency replace promise is tough to abdomen for such an costly telephone.

The Vivo X70 Pro Plus face-down on a table.

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The OnePlus 9 Professional ($1,069/Rs 64,999) is one other cheaper various that warrants contemplating. It has rather a lot in frequent with the Vivo flagship, comparable to battery capability, 50W wi-fi charging, excessive decision foremost and ultra-wide cameras, and an analogous show. However the X70 Professional Plus has two telephoto cameras versus one seen on the OnePlus system, whereas the 9 Professional brings quicker 65W wired charging.

Lastly, the Vivo X70 Professional (Rs 46,990) can also be price a glance when you like the thought of the X70 Professional Plus however need one thing less expensive. The mid-range system ditches the Snapdragon 888 Plus in favor of a Dimensity 1200 chipset, swaps out the 48MP ultra-wide digital camera for a 12MP sensor, and brings 44W wired charging solely. It additionally drops from a QHD+ panel to an FHD+ display and loses out on water resistance. You do get a micro-gimbal system on the 50MP foremost digital camera although, in addition to a 2x 12MP sensor and a 5x 8MP periscope digital camera for good zoom pictures. This warrants consideration if you would like the core X70 Professional Plus digital camera expertise with out the premium extras.

Vivo X70 Professional Plus overview: The decision

Vivo X70 Pro Plus front standing

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Vivo has lastly caught as much as the premium competitors with the X70 Professional Plus, bringing really high-end options like wi-fi charging, water resistance, and a QHD+ 120Hz OLED display. Throw in an already versatile digital camera system boosted by the progressive micro-gimbal setup, loads of horsepower, and first rate battery life (no less than at FHD+ decision) and also you’ve acquired a high-end telephone that may go toe-to-toe with the very best of them.

There are nonetheless a good few areas in want of enchancment although. Bloatware remains to be a significant subject with Vivo’s software program. The telephone itself may even be too giant for many individuals, although that’ll little question add to the attraction for individuals who like large telephones. Vivo additionally continues to supply 60x zoom when even 10x zoom isn’t assured to ship a decent end result and its 5x digital camera might do with a element enhance.

The Vivo X70 Professional Plus goes a way in the direction of incomes its excessive worth as a consequence of its slick design, premium options, and nice digital camera efficiency.

The telephone can also be just a little costlier than a number of equally geared up rivals. Nevertheless, maybe the most important knock towards the X70 Professional Plus is that it’s solely obtainable in China and India proper now. It is a actual disgrace given the nice all-round bundle it has on its palms. It actually appears like that is Vivo’s finest premium flagship but, addressing the quite a few weaknesses of its predecessor whereas nonetheless retaining the options that made the sooner launch stand out within the first place.

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