Just this week we saw OnePlus teams up with legendary camera maker Hasselblad to seriously update the photographic quality of its latest devices, and now the sister company of OnePlus, Alive, is doing something similar with Zeiss for its new X60 Pro +.
While I’ve only spent a short time checking out the X60 Pro +, I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far. Before even reaching your camera, the X60 Pro + impresses with a really elegant design, that’s it Curved tapered edges and vegan leather back. That It definitely adds a bit of luxury and drama to the package, although I admit I may be somewhat biased to this particular shade of blue.
Wearing vegan leather is something we’ve seen before. Oppo (another phone maker that falls under the BBK Electronics umbrella), and it’s something I’d like to see more often with other phones, especially phones that are more available in the US.
TThe X60 Pro + has many other standard features that you would expect to find on a high-end phone, which includes an in-display fingerprint sensor, a gorgeous 6.5-inch FHD + AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate (plus a 240Hz touch sample rate), a Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
Vivo is even taking advantage of the phone ‘s UFS 3.1 storage to help increase available memory through what the company calls extended RAM, which uses up to 3GB of idle storage as memory to increase the number of applications you can have running in the background. It’s a good trick for multitaskers who frequently leave a lot of apps open, although as someone who is quite aggressive about closing apps that I’m not using, it’s hard to know how much of an impact Vivo’s extended RAM has on real-world performance.
However, the real big update to the X60 Pro + is Vivo’s collaboration with Zeiss, which includes a number of contributions from the well-known lens maker.. For starters, Vivo is using Zeiss’ special T * anti-reflective coating to help increase light transmission and reduce reflections. Zeiss also helped Vivo perfect its image processing and hardware testing, and Zeiss even lent Vivo the use of its Biotar Portrait mode, which creates a unique look using simulated bokeh.
However, the good things don’t stop there. TThe X60 Pro + also uses a 50 MP main sensor with pixel shift technology that enables people to take 100 MP high-resolution photos, while its 48 MP ultra-wide camera has a dedicated gimbal system to help increase smoothness and stability. And for people who love phones with big zooms, the X60 Pro + also has a periscope camera with a 5x optical zoom, which can be extended up to a 60x hybrid zoom.
Even in the camera app, I was routinely surprised by the number of built-in filters and AI-enhanced adjustment options available in various modes and lenses. There’s a dedicated astrophotography mode designed to help you take better photos of starry skies, along with a professional sports mode (which can even be turned on automatically) to help you better capture fast-paced action.
Vivo even claims that it chose to place the X60’s front camera in the middle of the screen rather than in a corner to help make it easier to properly compose and center your selfies.
Interestingly, the only thing the X60 Pro + doesn’t have is support for wireless charging, which seems like a strange omission. in a feature-packed system device. ORne last distinction: IInternational X60 phones come with Vivo’s FunTouch operating system, while Chinese variants get Vivo’s new Android OriginOS skin.
The other bummer is that while Vivo is launching the X60 Pro + internationally, there is little information on possible availability or pricing in the US. Currently, the X60 Pro + is slated to cost Rs 69,990 in India, which is around $ 965. But as always, prices can vary a lot between markets. And if you’re not into vegan leather, there’s also the standard X60 Pro, which features a more traditional glass back and some slightly lowered specs. including a Snapdragon 870 chip and a 2x shorter telephoto zoom for Rs 49,990 (about $ 685).
But regardless of which one you choose, it’s interesting to see that different camera and lens manufacturers partner with smartphone vendors to help improve photo quality while adding exclusive features that you won’t find in rivals..