Vivo introduced Z1 Pro in India. A solid contender in mid-range market in my view. But can it consolidate Vivo’s footprint in this crowded segment? We find out.
The Z1 Pro boasts a 6.53 inch Full HD+ IPS LCD panel with a punch hole display for the front selfie. Vivo always provided solid displays earlier with their mid-range or higher range devices so we can be pretty sure that they will maintain the same with this panel as well.
Vivo Z1 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712. This is the first time a company has released a smartphone with this processor in India. Vivo like in the recent past has made a habit of coming up with these kind of first in the market (e.g, they came up with the first in-display fingerprint sensor with X20 Plus UD and first all-screen smartphone with Nex), so kudos to them for that.
As for the SD 712, it is built with 10nm FinFET process. Just like its predecessor SD 710 it is extremely power efficient, so, you can hope for a pretty decent battery backup here. More on this in the battery section. As per Qualcomm you can very easily expect an overall 10 percent speed boost when compared to SD 710. The SOC has Adreno 616 GPU which will be good enough for most of the games available in the play store.
Camera could very well turn out to be the trump card for Vivo Z1 Pro as it has a whopping 32MP f/2.0 camera in the front as a selfie camera. For selfie lovers this could be a very good deal.
On the rear Z1 Pro has a triple camera implementation, where it has a 8MP wide-angle lens, a 16MP f/1.78 lens as main camera and 2MP lens for the bokeh implementation.
On the video side, the rear camera is capable of 4K recording with a 120° wide-angle support and the front camera can record video upto 1080p.
The camera software has a nifty doc mode which can be used to make documents directly without the need of any third party app which again is a big plus. On top of it the Z1 Pro has all the common AI mode tricks up its sleeve for the camera.
On the OS front Z1 Pro will be launched with Android 9 Pie with FunTouch OS on top. Although FunTouch OS is quite a heavy skin but it is very well optimized for performance and efficiency. People used to with Vivo phones will be very much at ease with it. Although vanilla android fans (like me) will be little disappointed. I hope Vivo releases kernel code for Z1 Pro in future so that communities can get some vanilla android running directly on it.
Vivo is claiming Z1 Pro not only as a great camera phone but it is highlighting it as a great gaming phone. The inclusion of a powerful mid-range processor like SD 712 shows that intent but the addition of a 5000 mAh battery along with a 18W charger simply nails it. With the efficiency of SD 712 along with this humongous battery user will definitely going to enjoy a great battery life even with good amount of gaming thrown in.
This is one of the reason why I like current generation mid-range smartphones more than the high end ones as it simply beats them when it comes to value for money.
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Vivo Z1 Pro has all the bells and whistles of current generation smartphones like fingerprint scanner, face unlock and the necessary sensors. Good thing is that Vivo retained the 3.5mm headphone jack in the Z1 Pro. Nowadays a lot brand for some reason leaves this out which disappoints the audiophiles.
Now when I mentioned value for money, it’s the price which will ultimately decide whether Vivo Z1 Pro will be be hit among the youth or a dud. Vivo has not confirmed the pricing yet but has mentioned 3rd July as its launch date and will be available only on Flipkart.
The Z1 Pro is expected to be released in 4/6/8 GB RAM along with 64/128 GB storage variant along with microSD card support.
If Vivo keeps price of the Z1 Pro around INR 14,000 to 17,000 then it can really shake up the mid-range market in India. Otherwise they have to face the challenge from Samsung with their excellent Galaxy M40, Xiaomi with their Pocophone in particular. Vivo has a very good device in hand but pricing will make it or break it for them.