Vivo Z1 Pro Review

  • Overall Rating

  • Performance

  • Features

  • Price

Price: ₹ Starts at 14990

Key Specs

    6.53-inch FHD+ screen with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE CPU, 6 GB RAM, inbuilt storage 64 GB (Expandable upto 256GB), 16MP+ 8MP + 2MP rear and 32MP front camera, 5000mAh Battery

Pros: Triple camera, battery, performance, design

Cons: UI

Bottomline: Vivo has done a great job, the combination of the latest Snapdragon processor with Adreno GPU makes it capable of handling high-graphics intensive apps and games. The triple rear camera is a plus for photographic enthusiasts. The massive battery lets you play with the phone more than a day. Overall, it’s a perfect device to consider at this budget.

The new-age customers look for style, power and camera but at the competitive price. Vivo understands the needs of Indian consumers that’s why now it holds top third rank in the Indian mobile market. Vivo’s next smartphone Z1 Pro is the right example of balance between price and features.

Vivo Z1 Pro comes in three variants – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM, 6 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM at the price of 14990, 16990 and 17990 respectively. However, the mid-segment is filled with lots of devices with various attractive features, yet Vivo Z1 Pro stands out of the crowd.

Design

The front has a large 6.53-inch screen with 90.77% screen to body ratio. The FHD+ display has a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. The punch hole for the camera won’t distract you when using the phone, the placement is perfect neither too large nor too small for a selfie shooter.

Vivo Z1 Pro Review

The screen is quite sharp and offers great viewing angles. It produces vivid colours with perfect balance. The screen is legible in almost all conditions, however, in direct sunlight conditions, it might trouble you with dark theme and videos.

The back is identical to most of the mid-range devices. It has a glossy rear panel with a multi-coloured gradient finish that looks to attractive. The glossy plastic back attracts smudges, but thankfully not much. Also, the phone shipped with silicon back cover that protects the devices from smudges and scratches.

The back holds a fingerprint sensor and triple camera setup including the flash. On the right side, it has the power and volume rockers and a physical Google Assistant button on the left side. The phone supports two Nano-SIMs and has a separate microSD card slot.

Vivo Z1 Pro Review

At the bottom, the Z1 Pro has a speaker grill, 3.5mm jack and MicroUSB, which we were not expecting this time from Vivo.

As like three specifications, it also comes in three colour variants – Sonic Black, Mirror Black and Sonic Blue.

Camera

Vivo Z1 Pro has triple rear camera module consists of a main 16 MP main camera + 8 MP wide-angle camera + 2 MP depth camera. The triple camera setup makes a perfect combination to capture beautiful shots. Daylight shots are perfectly balanced with loads of details and vibrant colours. The camera is quite snappy even with HDR mode.

The rear triple camera setup lets you capture wide-angle shots, but with less details and looks over-processed. The night shots were also good with a decent amount of details and controlled noise.

Vivo Z1 Pro Review
Vivo Z1 Pro Review

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The camera UI may take some time to get used to, however, it has a clean interface with lots of features and fun functions. The main features are at the bottom of the screen, just above that you can see the capture button and then above that there are more icons for various other functions including portrait, and wide-angle button.

The front in-display 32 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture is capable of capturing decent shots. Camera UI doesn’t offer portrait or depth effect with the front camera but it has lighting effects and some other fun AR stickers.

Performance

Vivo Z1 Pro is equipped with most recent and powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor along with integrated Adreno 616 graphics and an X15 LTE modem. Combined with 6 GB of RAM the phone becomes a beast to run almost every app and game.

We used the device for quite a long time and stuffed it with various apps and games including PUBG Mobile and daily productivity apps. Z1 pro handles all the app easily, even multi-tasking was quite smooth.

The mid-range Vivo Z1 Pro handled high-graphics intensive games, Asphalt 9, Mortal Kombat and PUBG, without any performance lag. However, we were able to feel a little heat while playing games for a longer time.

Vivo added game mode in the phone called Game cube that you can find in settings. This enhances gaming performance as well as let you block unwanted notifications, etc.

Battery life

Z1 Pro is backed by 5000 mAh battery. We were able to use the phone for more than one day in one full charge. With moderate usage, it can easily manage one and a half-day of battery life that includes internet browsing, games, videos etc. In our video loop test, we were able to watch 5 movies, 17 hours 47 minutes.

We were not happy with MicroUSB charge, but its quick charge is surprisingly great to juice up the device quickly.

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