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Vivo V11 Pro review: ‘Almost’ a no-brainer

Vivo V11 Pro review: ‘Almost’ a no-brainer

If there’s a brand that has gradually carved a place for itself in the Indian smartphone market, then it has to be Vivo. Be it through marketing initiatives like getting sponsorship rights for cricket tournaments or TV shows, Vivo is a name you can’t escape. The brand has also been at it when it comes to giving phones that stand out from the clutter. While it might not be the best in class in any one aspect, Vivo phones have something that no one else has. Like it was with Vivo X 21 when we saw the in-display fingerprint sensor. Now, the firm has started integrating such tech in more mid-range devices as well.

Pro saw its first ever launch worldwide, in an event in Mumbai, India. The smartphone is being touted for its multiple offerings in a mid-range price tag of Rs 25,990. As we mentioned in our first impressions, the handset at this price takes the ever-so-popular Nokia 7 Plus and its own sibling’s Oppo F9 Pro, which too launched in India less than a month ago. Not to forget Xiaomi’s newly-launched ace of spades, Poco F1.

So amidst these, has Vivo made a mark or is it the same story as the rest of them? We have been using the Vivo V11 Pro as your daily driver since over a week now and there’s a lot to talk about its performance, display, design, cameras and battery. Read our review below:

Design

Although the handset is big in size, it surprisingly is light and not as heavy as the premium offering by the company – Nex. But then it has a less capacity battery and no extra tech such as a pop up camera. This really makes it easy to use and may want to fiddle your pockets once in a while just to check if it is still there or not. The in-hand feel you get with the Vivo V11 Pro is not bad per se. It’s slim and the edgy corners give you the required grip.

Of course, the 6-inch screen is not operable single handedly but then that is one of the sacrifices you have to make in order to get a more immersive canvas. Nonetheless, the volume and power buttons on the right side are easy to access. The 3.5mm headphone jack, speakers and the charging port are at the bottom, so nothing new on the button layout front.

Even if you talk about the overall design, Vivo seems to have played it safe with the V11 Pro as the handset carries forward the same design (kind of) that’s ‘typical’ Vivo if you are familiar with the rest of the Vivo line up. But that’s not bad at all. We give a thumbs up to the slimness and the gradient look Vivo has brought on board. You may find this different as it gives a ‘different’ feel to the otherwise stereotypical plain dull metal back panel design. (Is anyone at Xiaomi listening?)

On the flipside, since the back is curved on the sides and the display pops out a little than the rest of the body, you may get minor scratches on daily usage. Nonetheless, Vivo is giving a transparent cover case in the box so that issue is sorted. But what really is not-so-good is the missing water and dust resistant body. So take proper care of it is all that we can say.

Display

As for the display, the Vivo V11 Pro is no doubt a ‘notch’ above the rest. This is not only because the smartphone is the first in V-series to get a ‘waterdrop’ notch with in-screen fingerprint tech but also because it sports a Super AMOLED screen, which is better look wise and is efficient as well.

Nex was one of the best non-Samsung smartphones to have a notch-less screen and Vivo V11 Pro seems to take the same throne in the mid-range segment. The 6.4-inch ‘Halo FullView Display 3.0’ as Vivo calls it, has FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) resolution canvas with 2.5D Glass, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and is a delight to look at. You can declare it a ‘smartphone made for PUBG’ if you want.

There shouldn’t be any issue while viewing TV shows or movies on this as the whole display is immersive. However, what stays a question here is that Vivo could have easily incorporated the Nex’s display on to this one instead of mimicking its siblings Oppo F9 Pro. It sure looks good but it then this is not the only one with the waterdrop notch.

Anyway, the screen looks good as the colours are saturated and the blacks are better than what you get in smartphones in the given price tag. Even the viewing angles are good with this one. It gets ridiculously bright and comfortably dim in low light situations. The ambient light sensor and the proximity sensors are invisible in theory but then if you look closely, they are visible on the right side of the notch and the cleverly camouflaged speaker grille above it.

In addition, you get the in-screen fingerprint display, which works most of the time. The tech is still not perfect and may take some time in general for OEMs or the manufacturers of that tech to reach that stage.

You get the usual set of display features on the software side of things. This includes Eye Protection, Colour Temperature Adjustment and you can even adjust the aspect ratio of third party apps.

So, all in all, the smartphone display is not the best but is good for what you are paying. It has all the features, shows saturated colours and the required level of impressiveness. You may want to put a screen protector on this though.

Performance

The smartphone doesn’t take much of your time while booting up and the overall performance for that matter is not bad. We spent a considerable amount of time playing and working on editing apps and there was not once when the V11 Pro failed to launch an app or showed signs of lagging. They get fired up without any delays, major credit of which goes to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, which is a good processor to handle mid-range set of specifications and light-to-slightly heavy use. The processor gets much of the support from 6GB RAM, another factor that has become a norm in mid-rangers in 2018.

However, even if you are a heavy user and perform tasks like editing 4K or full HD videos on the smartphone itself, this should perform above average. There are no heating issues we faced after playing PUBG for nearly 4-5 hours continuously.

Most of the games run fine, Netflix and other OTT apps run great and the overall UI is also snappy. While the reaction to FunTouch OS 4.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo) by customers is a dynamic one, we did like it but found it slightly similar to that of iOS as it has same gestures (kind of). This comes in addition to similar looking app icons, settings page and how you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access certain features. It nonetheless, makes it easier for users as you won’t have to exercise your thumb every time while swiping down from that tall 6.4-inch screen.

Vivo V11 Pro is not really right there in terms of audio performance. The bottom-firing mono speaker is decent and many may not like the placement as it easily gets covered when viewing in landscape mode or playing games. Also, 64GB inbuilt storage is not an issue as you get a slot for microSD card for up to 256GB. Out of 64GB, you get roughly 46GB for storing apps, files and other media content.

Although the V11 Pro may seem like just another smartphone in the sub-Rs 30,000 price segment, it performs well no matter what you throw at it. All the basic issues of app start-up time, fluid animations and more are taken care of and this shouldn’t be something to worry about for next couple of years at least.

Camera

Camera is another highlighted part of the V11 Pro. It has a dual rear camera and a single front-facing camera, both of which are decent. The rear camera performance should be good enough for most of the users as Vivo has given all the important camera features and the image processing is also above average. The low light shots do show you a certain level of noise but they can be ignored as the handset tends to make the details smooth that is visible only when you zoom-in.

The colours do pop out and we got no complaints in the clarity or sharpness front. The daylight shots come out as expected and the autofocus, which is usually good in flagships, performs well and is quick to put the subject in focus. Vivo claims the handset can focus in 0.03 seconds.

It’s difficult to take a natural-looking shot from the Vivo V11 Pro’s 12MP+5MP rear camera setup. But then you always have the Pro mode to tweak the settings and get desired results. Night shots are clear and the shutter is quick enough, courtesy f/1.8 aperture for the 12MP sensor with 1.28um pixel size, which lets more light in such situations.

As for the features, V11 Pro has nearly all of them. You get easy options to switch across different modes such as AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Professional, Doc, Videos and AI Stickers. HDR and portrait features are also on board. The Portrait mode however, needs to be worked upon some more in order to get the shots right. We usually found ourselves shooting in auto mode more often than choosing different modes.

In the Settings section you get the flexibility to save images in phone storage or external storage directly, change the aspect ratio, shoot with framing lines and toggle with the AI Scene Identification. Talking about AI, Vivo has also stressed a lot on the AI Backlight HDR feature that fires up to lighten-up the elements that are in shadow because of excessive light at the back. It does make a difference in shots but at times fades the entire image lighter to get the dark elements bright. You can however, switch off the HDR mode if you want.

Vivo V11 Pro for video recording is an average performer. It’s not the best but it does gets the job done. The videos are jerk-free and clear for the most part. However, in trick light situations it tends to overexpose some areas at times. You can skip from full HD resolution recording to HD and 480p as well. In addition you get Slo-mo and Time Lapse modes along with Video Face Beauty feature and different filters.

The front-facing 25MP camera does a commendable job, especially in the low light situations. The images are not the sharpest one but the overall composition is worth it and selfie lovers shouldn’t have a problem. It is not natural-looking as it smoothens the skin to some level by default. Even the portrait mode or Selfie Lighting works well. Here also you can change the aspect ratio, change default storage destination, enable Mirrored Selfie and use filters. The AI Backlight HDR works better with the front camera so thumbs up there.

If you talk about the overall worthiness of the cameras, we’d say there shouldn’t be an issue with them. The images come just fine in nearly all the situations and the front-facing camera works really well. The sharpness, colours and noise are taken care of.

Battery

Vivo V11 Pro performs well in terms of battery. To bring this into perspective, you can easily play around 4-5 PUBG matches provided you stay in top 10 ranks every time. The smartphone packs a 3400mAh non-removable battery, which is more than what Asus Zenfone 5Z or almost the same as Oppo F9 Pro (3500mAh). In daily usage, the smartphone lasts for almost a day, which gets thumbs up on our part. Heavy users too can drag the device for half a day.

Naturally, there are also some software tweaks to save battery life. By default the smartphone stays in the ‘Normal Mode’ but you can also activate the ‘Low Power Mode’ that like any other power-saving feature reduces CPU/GPU frequency, cuts the screen brightness, disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other battery consuming functions. There’s a ‘Super Power-Saving Mode’ as well that essentially enables only the Contacts, Phone, Messages and Clock.

In addition, V11 Pro gets the proprietary Dual Engine Fast Charging tech, which can charge up to 60-70% of the battery in around half hour.

In a nutshell, the overall battery performance and features won’t let you down in the Vivo V11 Pro. It has all the basics you need and the required juice to keep the device running for almost a day. We can place it better than some of the popular ones in the segment.

Verdict

Vivo V11 Pro tries its best to deliver everything a casual user seeks in a mid-range sub-Rs 30,000 smartphone. For the most part it stays successful but then it also has some competitors in place that have better set of specs on paper. But unlike them, the smartphone has a big battery, impressive AMOLED screen, a competitive camera and way better design. Although the specs are not so premium, it will really feel so when you start using it. There’s hardly any downside if you look at it except for the competitors. The only aspect that gets a mixed reaction is the FunTouch OS UI and the decent Qualcomm processor. In case those are deal breakers for you, then you may probably want to stumble upon the next best option – Asus Zenfone 5Z.

In case you are planning to buy a smartphone in the given price bracket, perhaps save all the strenuous task and contemplation, and consider the V11 Pro. With the particular handset, the firm has said it loud and clear that it is not giving up in the mid-range market and is as aggressive as it is in other price segments. The implementation of all things tech mixed with that attractive design is appreciable and nearly makes it a no-brainer.

 

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