The Vivo X70 and Vivo X70 Pro+, the company’s latest flagship, is the world’s first smartphone to feature optical image stabilization (OIS) on all four of its rear cameras.
As with the previous model, these all feature Zeiss optics and Zeiss T* lens coating, but the main camera benefits from an SLR-grade high-transmittance glass lens that minimizes chromatic aberration.
Vivo continues to offer one of the more versatile camera sets I’ve seen in recent months.
The X70 Pro+ features a 48-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera that is further stabilized by Vivo’s now-signature micro gimbal; a 50-megapixel f/1.57 main camera powered by a large Samsung GN1 sensor (similar to the one found on the X50 Pro+); a 12-megapixel f/1.6 portrait camera powered by the much-newer Sony IMX663, and an 8-megapixel f/3.4 5x zoom.
All four rear cameras feature electronic stabilization for video recording, and the primary camera can record at up to 8K resolution if desired.
The X70 Pro+ features Vivo’s proprietary “V1” AI imaging chip, which improves noise reduction in low-light video recording and motion smoothing in video playback and gaming.
I rarely spend time in the camera filter section, but Vivo’s selection of bokeh effects looks interesting, as they appear to be modeled after classic Zeiss lenses.
The X60 series introduced the “swirly” Biotar filter, and the new X70 series added the “anamorphic” Distagon, “genuine” Planar, and “creamy” Sonnar filters.
As Zeiss was reportedly involved in developing these bokeh effects, their faithfulness should speak for itself.
On the X70 Pro+’s reverse, you’ll find a 32-megapixel f/2.45 punch-hole selfie camera atop a 6.78-inch display.
This 3,200 x 1,400 AMOLED panel boasts improved color reproduction (10-bit or 1 billion colors) and brightness than previous generations, courtesy of Samsung’s latest E5 LTPO technology.
Additionally, it features a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second and a touch sampling rate of up to 300 frames per second, resulting in silky smooth scrolling and gaming.
The X70 Pro+ is powered by Android 11 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ processor, fast LPDDR5 RAM, IP68 dust- and waterproofing, stereo speakers, and a dedicated Hi-Fi chip.
There’s even an infrared remote control included for traditional home appliance control.
Concerning charging, the 4,500mAh battery here supports Vivo’s 55W and 50W Wireless FlashCharge technologies.
The latter requires a specialized charging stand equipped with two coils capable of charging in either portrait or landscape orientation.
You can also use any Qi pad, with the obvious drawback of a slower charging rate.
If you need to recharge other phones, smartwatches, or wireless earbuds, the phone itself supports 10W reverse wireless charging.
There are two additional models in the X70 series: the quad-camera X70 Pro and the tri-camera X70.
MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-Vivo chipset powers both models, and their 6.56-inch AMOLED displays (2,376 x 1,080, 120Hz) result in smaller batteries.
However, both models include an infrared remote.
While the X70 Pro and X70 both feature Zeiss optics, they incorporate the micro gimbal into their primary cameras (50 and 40 megapixels, respectively) rather than their 12-megapixel ultra-wide cameras.
Additionally, their 12-megapixel portrait cameras lack optical image stabilization.
Given the absence of the V1 imaging chip, it will be interesting to compare their low-light performance to the X70 Pro+.
For the record, the X70 Pro version sold in China will be powered by a Samsung Exynos 1080 processor and include a V1 chip.
Apart from China, Vivo’s X70 series will initially be available in markets such as India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
For the time being, we only have China prices for reference: the X70 Pro+ starts at 5,499 yuan (approximately ₱43,328), the X70 Pro starts at 4,299 yuan (roughly ₱33,873), and the X70 starts at 3,699 yuan (around ₱29,145).
There is currently no word on a European launch, but Vivo may want to consider one soon to compete with Oppo and Xiaomi.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on with the X70 Pro+.