Updated on October 1, 2022
A Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Vivo, has announced the global launch of three smartphones in its Vivo X70 Series: the X70, the X70 Pro, and the X70 Pro+.
As with the X60 generation, the X70 generation places a premium on photography, highlighted by Vivo’s ongoing collaboration with Zeiss in their ‘common pursuit of creating the ultimate mobile photography experience.’
At the top of the line is Vivo’s flagship X70 Pro+, equipped with an impressive array of camera technology and designed to deliver an uncompromised experience.
The X70 Pro+ retains the same 32MP front-facing camera module found on all X70 devices but adds an impressive array of back-facing cameras, including a 50MP comprehensive module, an 8MP periscope telephoto module (125mm full-frame equivalent), a 12MP telephoto module (50mm full-frame equivalent), and a 48MP ultrawide module (14mm full-frame equiv.).
The 50MP wide-angle camera is equipped with a Samsung ISOCELL GN1 image sensor, a relatively fast F1.57 aperture, phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), laser autofocus (LAAF), and sensor-shift image stabilization.
The 48MP ultrawide camera is equipped with Vivo’s impressive Gimbal Stabilization 3.0 technology and the same Sony IMX598 sensor found in the X60 Pro+’s ultrawide.
Vivo has not specified the sensors used by the other two cameras at the moment, but based on the specifications, they appear to be the same as those found on the X60 Pro+.
Due to Vivo’s partnership with Zeiss, all camera modules on the rear array feature Zeiss optics and the company’s signature T* coating, which helps minimize flare and refractions.
Additionally, the camera’s back panel features a dual-tone LED flash.
On the video front, the X70 Pro+ can record 8K video at 30 frames per second and 4K video at up to 60 frames per second.
While all four camera modules feature optical image stabilization, if the X60 Pro+ is any indication, the 50MP wide camera and, in particular, the 48MP ultrawide camera will provide significantly better vibration compensation.
Vivo leveraged its partnership with Zeiss to develop a Portrait mode for its X60 Series smartphones that featured simulated bokeh inspired by Zeiss’ iconic Biotar lenses.
The X70 Series features three additional simulated bokeh effects inspired by Zeiss’ Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar lenses.
According to Vivo’s press release, the following describes each of the new ‘Zeiss Style Portrait features’:
The Distagon style has an anamorphic appearance, providing dynamic perspective effects for architectural and interior photography with a Hollywood filmmaking aesthetic.
Through portrait photography, the Planar adaptation introduces classic bokeh effects, revealing true characteristics and conveying genuine expressions.
Sonnar mode is characterized by its creamy bokeh, which makes it ideal for creating portraits with depth and clarity to document authentic events.
Vivo has included its new Imaging Chip V1 to optimize the camera array, a custom-designed image processor.
According to Vivo, it has been developing this new V1 chip for two years with the assistance of more than 300 research and development personnel.
Although little information about the processor’s capabilities is available, Vivo states that it ‘uses an AI system to apply noise reduction and MEMC (motion estimation, motion compensation) effects across the board.’
Additionally, the X70 Pro+’s display, battery, and processor have been upgraded.
In place of the 6.56″ 1080p+ display found on the X60 Pro+, the X70 Pro+ now features a 6.78″ Samsung E5 AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,440 x 3,200 pixels (517 pixels per inch) and a peak brightness of 1,500 nits (500 nits typical).
This LTPO display’s refresh rate can be adjusted between 1Hz and 120Hz to optimize performance when necessary and conserve battery life when not.
The X70 Pro+ is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888+ 5G chipset and an Adreno 660 GPU.
The device does not include an expandable memory card slot and ships with 256GB or 512GB of internal UFS 3.1 storage.
The 256GB models are available with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, while the 512GB models come only with 12GB.
Wireless connectivity options include 5G, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, and near-field communication (NFC).
The only physical connection is a USB-C port on the bottom, which charges the 4,500mAh Li-Po battery (up from 4,200mAh in the X60 Pro+) at the same 55W rate as the X60 Pro+.
One of our few criticisms of the X60 Pro+ was its lack of wireless charging; Vivo has addressed this in the X70 Pro+ by including 50W wireless charging.
Another welcome addition is an IP68 rating, which addresses a glaring omission from the X60 Series and ensures the phone is dust- and water-resistant.
The entire global X70 Series is powered by Vivo’s Funtouch 12, the company’s custom user interface built on top of Android.
While the ’12’ indicates that it is based on Android 12, Android 12 has not yet been released by Google, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the first review units arrive.
X70 Pro and X70
Vivo did not share as much information about its global X70 Pro and X70 devices but did confirm the two devices are powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200-Vivo chipset rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888+ 5G and LPDDR4X memory rather than LPDDR5.
Additionally, the X70 Pro and X70 models feature smaller batteries—4450mAh and 4,400mAh, respectively—and slightly smaller 6.56-inch displays, though those have been upgraded to 120Hz, an improvement over their predecessors.
Additionally, both devices lack Qi charging and any IP rating.
Although both the X70 Pro and X70 share the same 32MP front-facing camera like the X70 Pro+, the rear camera arrays differ.
Vivo provided no specifics on the sensors and focal lengths used, but the X70 Pro features a 50MP, 12MP, 12MP, and 8MP four-camera array, while the X70 features a 40MP, 12MP, and 12MP three-camera array.
All three X70 models will begin shipping in various international markets today, including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
The X70 Pro+ will come in Enigma Black, while the X70 Pro and X70 will be available in Cosmic Black or Aurora Dawn.
Pricing will vary by market, and if you live in the United States or much of Europe, you may have to keep an eye out for these devices on third-party retailers or auction-style websites.
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