Vivo is one of the biggest smartphones brands in India with a huge offline presence. Sadly, the same cannot be said about its online popularity. It is mainly due to the fact that Vivo is one of such brands who used to focus a lot on marketing and not on what the consumer needs. The offline market and the online market share very different ideologies especially in India where the youth are quite focused on value for money options which the online market carters. For a long time now, Vivo and Value for money were two terms that never came along well together but it looks like the times are changing and Vivo is now focusing on value for money options. The Vivo Z1 Pro is arguably the outcome of the same shift in ideology.
Vivo Z1 Pro: Key Specifications
- Display: 6.53-inch FHD LCD Panel in 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 clocked at 2.3 GHz
- GPU: Adreno 616
- RAM: up to 6 GB
- ROM: up to 128 GB which can be expandable up to 256 GB
- Rear Camera: 16 MP primary (f/1.8) with PDAF + 8 MP ultra wide angle(f/2.2) + 2 MP depth sensor(f/2.4)
- Front Camera: 32 MP (f/2.0)
- Software: Android 9 Pie (Funtouch OS 9)
- Battery: 5000 mAh with support for 18 W quick charging
- Others: Bluetooth 5, 3.5 mm headphone port
Is It The Best Phone Under 15k?
Vivo is trying to gain some momentum in the online market segment in India by pitting its contender to fight against the Redmis and Realmes in the specification war that’s been going on for some years now. Let us assess if it can stand a chance against other value for money offerings in its segment.
The Vivo Z1 Pro is currently the cheapest phone to feature a hole punch display in the Indian market. The phone sports a glossy rear panel made up of plastic. That’s quite usual in the budget segment. The rear panel has a gradient finish to it which shifts colours based on the angle of the incident light and gives the impression of a glass finish. The triple camera module has a slight protrusion from the rear panel which might not be a big deal for many. The phone is slightly on the heavier side weighing at 201 gms. Mind that it features a big 6.5-inch display along with a huge 5000 mAh battery.
The Vivo Z1 Pro arguably sports the largest display in its segment. The 6.53-inch FHD IPS LCD display is no surprise since all OEMs provide similar LCD panels at this price point except for the size. Vivo allows its users to configure the display panel’s colour temperature, saturation and other similar kinds of stuff. There is also a provision for enabling system-wide dark mode.
This is the most surprising thing about this phone. Vivo has never produced phones with good chipsets in the budget segment. But out of nowhere, Vivo threw in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC into the Vivo Z1 Pro. The Snapdragon 712 is basically a re-engineered version of the Snapdragon 710 with minor changes to have better performance. On paper, it seems to be better than the Snapdragon 710 in both CPU and GPU performance while the Snapdragon 675 having a slight edge in the CPU department but falling short in the GPU department. In reality, one should not find any difference in performance in all three of the chipsets.
Like every other Vivo phone, the Z1 Pro runs on Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie. Funtouch OS is a departure from Google’s material design and it resembles iOS in a lot many ways like other Chinese custom skins. The phone is not Widevine L1 certified out of the box. This means that you cannot stream HD content on the Z1 Pro but it is said to be enabled in a future update.
The Z1 Pro touts a triple rear camera setup with a 16 MP (f/1.8) primary sensor, 8 MP (f/2.2) wide angle lens and a 2 MP sensor to help gather depth information for portrait shots. If previous Vivo phones are a reference, one can expect pretty good camera performance. Beautification will surely be a thing; like it or not. Speaking of video category, it is disappointing as there isn’t any kind of stabilisation offered and the video capabilities max out at 4k 30fps.
The selfie department is handled by a 32 MP (f/2.0) sensor which is the largest number I have seen in the selfie department. As far as I am concerned, only the Huawei P30 Pro which is 5 times expensive features a 32 MP sensor.
The massive 5000 mAh battery coupled with 18 W fast charging is probably one of the best things in the phone. The fast charger is even bundled inside the box which the premium fruit company still does not provide. The massive battery capacity in addition to the fast charger and the optimisations of Funtouch OS would not disappoint you.
The phone is sure looks promising with all its specifications. It can even stand toe to toe with the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro with its pricing at 14, 990 INR. Saying so, the user interface has a learning curve to it and Vivo does not even have a great track record as far as updating its device’s software is concerned. If these concerns are not a big deal for you, it is surely worth a look if you are a considering to buy a phone in the sub 20k price range.
Let me know your thoughts on the Vivo Z1 Pro.