Vivo Z1x Design
Vivo’s latest smartphones Vivo Z1X The design is a bit flashy. The rear panel of our review unit comes with Phantom Purple, with a light shade of purple at the top and middle. The surface of the back panel is glossy and slightly reflective, due to which dust and stains fall easily on the phone. The frame is made of polycarbonate and is easily combined with the flat rear panel.
There is a small waterdrop-notch on the front panel of the phone, just above the notch is the earpiece which is quite thin. The display of Vivo Z1X is protected with Schott Xensation 3D Glass which is an alternative to Corning Gorilla Glass. The volume and power buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, while the Google Assistant button and dual-Nano card tray are placed on the left side of the phone.
The speaker, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack and mic are located at the bottom of the phone. Despite being smaller and lighter than the Vivo Z1 Pro, the Vivo Z1x is still bigger and heavier (189.6 grams). Using the phone with one hand is not easy, unless you have large hands, the hand having to be stretched to access the content at the top of the display. The exterior of the phone is a bit slippery.
Some may prefer the contrast provided by the Gold branding instead of the shiny rear panel, but we don’t like too much brightness in the phone. The build quality of the Vivo Z1x is good, but the ergonomics could have been better. Two color variants of Vivo Z1X have been launched, Fusion Blue and Phantom Purple.
Vivo Z1x specifications and software
Vivo Z1X flaunts a 6.38-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED (1080×2340 pixels) display with 430 nits brightness. Its aspect ratio is 19.5: 9 and screen-to-body ratio is 90 percent. Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor has been used in this latest smartphone of Vivo brand.
Recall that this chipset was also used in Vivo Z1 Pro. Vivo Z1X has two storage variants, one with 64 GB storage, which costs Rs 16,990, while the other variant has 128 GB storage and its price has been fixed at Rs 18,000. It is worth noting that if the option of microSD card is not available to increase the storage, then it would be right to buy the 128 GB storage variant.
The most important feature of Vivo Z1x is the triple rear camera setup. On the back side is a 48-megapixel primary camera equipped with Sony IMX582 sensor, along with an 8-megapixel super wide-angle camera with 120.4 degree field of view. And a 2-megapixel depth camera has also been given along with it.
Vivo Z1X has a 32-megapixel sensor for selfie and video calling, its aperture is F / 2.0. To bring life to the phone, a 4,500 mAh battery has been provided, which will support 22.5 W FlashCharge technology. You will get a 22.5 W charger in the retail box. For security, the phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor, it has been claimed that it unlocks the phone in just 0.42 seconds.
FunTouch OS is a heavily customized version of Android that changes everything like the aesthetics and location of tools in the Settings app, etc. This moves all the quick settings buttons to the shortcut center like in iOS, which can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
Some UI elements bother users such as high brightness and the sound profile bar occupies a lot of space, for which users have to scroll down for location, low-power mode and airplane mode buttons. Custom Funtouch OS navigation gestures were half-baked. Surprisingly, if you do not want to use gestures etc., then Android navigation buttons are also provided in the phone.
The phone doesn’t have an app drawer, swiping left on the home screen opens the Jovi Smart Scene page with shortcuts to tools like calculator and voice recorder, plus news headlines, weather updates, to-do list widgets. Funtouch OS has some nifty tools as well. For example, you can quickly create a second app (say dual-app) of the same compatible app on the home screen and take a scrolling screenshot with ease.
Apart from this, you will get File Safe feature in the phone, with the help of which users can hide media files, documents and other things. Dark mode has also been added to the phone, with AMOLED panels usually a black background is useful but FunTouch will give you a dark shade of grey.
Apart from this, Smart Motion Tool and Split Screen shortcut have also been given. However, the phone has a lot of bloatware such as in-house apps that cannot be uninstalled and some third-party apps like Gaana, WebNovel, PhonePe, Paytm, Facebook and Opera. Some gaming tools have also been given in the phone.
The game picture-in-picture tool opens a floating window for messaging apps without closing the game. Ultra Game Mode is the gaming hub of the phone and it gives quick access to notification controls. Off-screen autoplay ensures that the game continues when the screen is turned off. We did not see ads and spammy notifications while using the phone. Our review unit runs on the July security patch but we expect the company to roll out the update before the sale of the phone.
Vivo Z1x Display and Performance
Vivo Z1X has a Super AMOLED panel, it is bright and crisp and colors are visible on it. But the color mode and temperature can be adjusted by going to the Settings app. Viewing angles are also quite good. In daylight, we didn’t even need to increase the brightness by more than half for smooth usage of email and social media apps.
Vivo claims that the phone has a low brightness mode, which is similar to DC dimming. The in-display fingerprint sensor is quite fast. During the review, we did not face any problem regarding the accuracy of fingerprint recognition. The Vivo Z1x is powered by the Snapdragon 712 processor which proved to be a reliable performer. It handles all the tasks, heavy multitasking and games of the day with ease.
Benchmark scores show that it is faster than the Snapdragon 710 when it comes to CPU performance. Talking about media performance, the sound comes right from the speaker of the phone, but distortion is felt when the volume is more than 80 percent. The design of the headset that comes with the phone is similar to that of the Apple EarPods, perfect for calls and listening to music, but don’t expect good bass response or vocal clarity.
PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 Game Boy default was set to High graphics and the Vivo Z1X offered a smooth gameplay experience. Mortal Kombat and Injustice Gods Among Us games also ran fast. We were surprised by the thermal performance of the Vivo Z1X, as the phone had only minimal heating even after playing for 30-50 minutes.
Vivo Z1x cameras and battery life
There is a 48-megapixel primary camera on the back of Vivo Z1X, which is equipped with Sony IMX582 sensor. It is accompanied by an 8-megapixel super wide-angle camera with 120.4 degree field of view. And a 2-megapixel depth camera has also been given along with it. The rear camera captures vibrant pixel-binding images in daylight.
The phone focused quickly and was fairly accurate. Landscape photos, however, looked overprocessed and lacked in detail. Redmi K20 (review) also has the same 48MP camera sensor, it captures better photos with accurate colors and more detail. The native AI beauty mode helps with the dynamic range issue to some extent, making the picture more vibrant.
On the other hand, noisy was accompanied by grain in low-light photos. Night mode adds some color to the frame and makes elements look a bit sharp. Redmi Note 7 Pro and Motorola One Vision (review) performs better in low-light.
With the help of a wide-angle camera, more people and objects can be captured in a scene. Wide-angle photos looked dim and less sharp. If the user wants, then 48 megapixel pictures can also be captured in 4: 3 aspect ratio. Full-resolution photos captured more detail than pixel-binning 16-megapixel photos.
In portrait shots, the contrast between the subject and background was perfect but the blur effect was unstable. The blur effect can be adjusted even after capturing a portrait photo in the pre-loaded Album app. There are also Portrait Lighting effects along with features like Scene Mode, AR Stickers, Dynamic Filters for short videos and Live Photos.
The 32-megapixel front camera captures crisp selfies with true color. Selfies came out well with bokeh effect. Now let’s talk about video. The phone is capable of producing 4K and 1080 resolution videos at 30 frames per second, which can be a bit disappointing. Because the low-cost phones record full-HD video at 60 frames per second.
Talking about video quality, 1080 resolution video stabilized eye and color reproduction was also good. The wide-angle camera records video at 1080 resolution. To bring life to the Vivo Z1x, a 4,500 mAh battery has been given, which comfortably lasted for a day. Even playing PUBG Mobile for two hours on high-graphics settings, calling, social media usage and listening to music through wire headphones for three hours and after a full day of internet connectivity, the phone has about 30 percent battery left at the end of the day. Was.
In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 18 hours and 52 minutes before shutting down. The 22.5W charger that comes with the phone takes only 38 minutes to get the phone from 0 to 50 percent and it takes about one and a half hours to fully charge the phone.
The design of Vivo Z1X is quite attractive. The build quality of the phone is strong but the phone is quite big. The AMOLED display of Vivo Z1x is quite impressive. There is no problem with the general performance of the phone, graphics-intensive games went smoothly. The camera output was decent considering the price but the Realme X (review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) give better results. The battery life of the phone is good and the phone did very well in our HD video loop test.
The Vivo Z1x is a worthwhile step up from its sibling, but despite commanding a premium, outperforms in the camera department. The lack of expandable storage could also be a problem if you are considering the base variant. Customers opting for the base variant of Vivo Z1X may face problems as there is no option to increase the storage on the phone.
With a starting price of Rs 16,990, the VV Z1X is definitely an attractive option. However, at this price, this phone of Vivo brand will be sold to Realme X, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Oppo K3 (review) like smartphones will compete.