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The Vivo X60 series was launched in China in December 2020 in the form of the X60 and X60 Pro. We also saw the X60 Pro Plus land in its local market in January, bringing suitable flagship-level features to the range. All three phones delivered the Zeiss brand as part of Vivo’s new partnership with the veteran camera company, as well as Pixel Shift technology to improve color reproduction.
Now, the Chinese manufacturer has launched the X60 series outside of China, in the form of all three devices. So what should you expect?
X60 and X60 Pro
The X60 and X60 Pro actually see a major change compared to the Chinese version. They both feature Snapdragon 870 SoC instead of the new Exynos 1080 chipset seen on Chinese models. Vivo told reporters that it conducted surveys and tests in foreign markets and found that Qualcomm’s chipset was “higher performing” due to different network environments and user habits.
However, the Exynos chipset includes a smaller, more power-efficient design, newer CPU cores, and the latest Arm Mali GPU. But the Snapdragon 870 is a slight upgrade from the Snapdragon 865 Plus that was seen last year, so you will get great performance either way.
There is also a notable change between the Chinese and the global X60 Pro, as the global variant only has a focused camera zoomed in at a 13MP 2x telephoto lens. Meanwhile, the Chinese variant includes this camera, as well as an 8MP 5x periscope camera. Presumably this is a decision related to profit margins and it also helps the X60 Pro Plus stand out even more.
Otherwise, you can still expect the same experience from the global X60 and X60 Pro that we saw with the Chinese options. That means a 6.56-inch curved OLED panel (FHD + and 120Hz) and 33W wired charging. The X60 and X60 Pro also include a 48MP main camera, a 13MP 120-degree ultra-wide camera, and the aforementioned 2x telephoto sensor. A 32 MP camera in a central hole allows you to take selfies.
Meanwhile, the standard X60 features the same specs for the most part, but offers a flat screen instead, as well as a slightly larger 4,300 mAh battery (up from 4,200 mAh). The Pro variant also features a slightly wider aperture for the main camera (f / 1.48 versus f / 1.79).
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that it appears that the standard X60 misses the Pro model’s micro-gimbal system for the 48MP main camera. So you’ll want to enjoy the Pro for the smoothest video and best low-light snapshots. It’s a shame as the Chinese X60 also offered a micro gimbal setup.
Vivo X60 Pro Plus: a full-fledged flagship
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Looking for a suitable flagship experience? That’s where the X60 Pro Plus comes in, with a Snapdragon 888 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 870 and a 55W wired charge for the 4200mAh battery. Vivo’s top-end model also packs an impressive rear camera setup in theory, offering a 50MP GN1 main camera with OIS, a 48MP ultra-wide shooter with a micro-gimbal system, and two zoom-focused snappers (periscope). 8MP 5x, 32MP 2x telephoto).
Our verdict: Vivo X60 Pro Plus review: a flagship for camera enthusiasts
Nonetheless, the X60 Pro Plus still has a lot in common with its stablemates, namely the same 120Hz OLED display, a 32MP selfie camera, FunTouch OS instead of China’s exclusive OriginOS, and a fingerprint sensor in screen. Vivo’s flagship is also highlighted by the vegan leather backrest, which echoes the likes of the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
Pricing and availability of the Vivo X60 series
The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro will be available in more than 20 markets starting today, including India, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Expect availability in APAC, Europe and the Middle East in “the next few months”.
Indian users can expect to pay Rs 37,990 (~ $ 523) for the 8GB / 128GB Vivo X60 and Rs 41,990 (~ $ 578) for the 12GB / 256GB variant. You will pay Rs 49,990 (~ $ 688) for the 12GB / 256GB X60 Pro. The X60 and X60 Pro models will be available in Shimmer Blue and Midnight Black colourways. There is no information yet on prices for Europe and other markets.
The Vivo X60 Pro Plus will launch “for the first time” in India, and it will pay Rs 69,990 (~ $ 963) for the single 12GB / 256GB model. Expect to find it at Emperor Blue. Pre-booking for all phones starts today in India, with sales starting April 2.