Vivo Z1 Pro Review – Vivo is one of India’s biggest brand with a massive offline presence across the country. Vivo, which managed to rise to the number three position in the Indian market in the first quarter of 2019, now has a new offering in the form of the Z1 Pro starting at Rs 14,990.The company is targeting millennial and Gen Z buyers who want good-looking phones with all the latest capabilities, and the Vivo Z1 Pro specifically promises great cameras, battery life, and processing power for games.
But Does it succeed ? Here’s our review of the Vivo Z1 Pro !
Vivo Z1 Pro design
The Vivo Z1 Pro comes in three colours — Sonic Blue, Sonic Black, and Mirror Black — in India. For its price, the Z1Pro looks quite premium. The phone has a reflective finish that imitates glass. It has a trendy dual tone gradient that goes from teal to blue. The same hue continues through all four sides. Even the buttons are painted in such a way to match the color of the chassis.
The triple-camera module on the rear sticks out just a little bit and extends to include the flash. There’s also a standard fingerprint sensor on the back of the Vivo Z1 Pro, positioned just slightly out of reach for us. The power and volume buttons are on the right, and there’s a physical Google Assistant button on the left, just below the SIM and microSD card tray.
The Vivo Z1 Pro has two Nano-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot. The Google Assistant button can’t be reassigned to other functions.There’s also a 3.5mm headphones socket and a speaker grille on the bottom.In the retail box, you get a flexible plastic case, a pretty bulky 18W charger, a Micro-USB cable, 3.5mm wired headset, SIM eject pin, and some pamphlets.
Vivo Z1 Pro specifications
The new Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor. This chip was announced earlier this year as an improvement over the Snapdragon 710, and is built on a 10nm process. It features six 1.7GHz Kryo 360 Silver cores tuned for efficiency and two 2.3GHz Kryo 360 Gold cores for power, along with integrated Adreno 616 graphics and an X15 LTE modem.
Vivo is boasting of up to 10 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 710 and 25 percent better performance than the Snapdragon 660. The company is clearly targeting buyers who enjoy digging deep into specifications to make informed purchase decisions.
You have a choice of three variants with the Vivo Z1 Pro: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage (Rs. 14,990), 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage (Rs. 16,990), and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage (Rs. 17,990). The screen measures 6.53 inches diagonally and has a full-HD+ 1080×2340 resolution.
The Vivo Z1 Pro also packs a 5000mAh battery and support for Vivo’s own Dual Engine Fast Charging tech. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, along with GPS, but no NFC or FM radio. You get all the usual sensors plus a gyroscope and e-compass.
Vivo Z1Pro User Interface
The Z1Pro runs Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9 on top. The interface looks cluttered and lacks a cohesive theme. For instance, the notification panel has a transparent background while the control panel is opaque. It is surprising how Vivo can’t get such basic things right.
Many of the UI elements are too crowded for my liking. Even a settings menu is overwhelming. What’s worse is that the search option in the settings menu offers so many results that it leaves you confused. For instance, typing “screen” in the search bar will return around 35 results!
The phone comes pre-loaded with many apps including vivoCloud, V-AppStore, and UC browser, NewsPoint, and iManager. All these apps save for the last one are utterly useless. The only saving grace is that at least Vivo’s Android customization is not infested with ads like MIUI.
The ColourOS lacks an app drawer. Though you can use folders to arrange the icons and tidy up your screen. Swiping to the left from the first home screen takes you to the smart launcher, which aggregates weather, sports, and news updates. The company lets you customize a few things such as the number of icons on a grid and other usual stuff. There’s even an option to enable dynamic icons. When activated, the icons animate to seek your attention whenever there’s an alert.
There’s also an esports mode that can kill all background apps, block notifications, and disable temperature throttling to maximise performance. According to Vivo, more features including voice chat filters are to be added in future updates.
Vivo Z1Pro Cameras
The phone has a triple camera set up at the back. It has a 16 MP main sensor, 8 MP wide lens, and 2 MP depth sensor. The camera offers standard, wide, portrait, panorama, and pro mode. The last one lets you fine-tune ISO, white balance, and shutter speed.
Moving onto the image quality, the primary sensor performs well in daylight. It captures enough detail to let you zoom in a bit. However, you can notice some bright fringe, especially near the corners. The image quality goes south as the Sun goes down. You can see the troubling amount of noise and artifacts in low light photography.
Vivo Z1Pro Benchmarking
The Vivo Z1Pro comes in Sonic Blue, Sonic Black and Mirror Black colors and is priced at Rs. 14,990 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version, Rs. 16,990 for the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version and the top-end 6GB RAM with 128GB storage version costs Rs. 17,990. It will be available from Flipkart and vivo India eStore starting from July 11th.