Vivo Z1 Pro Review
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Vivo Z1 Pro Review: An all-rounder in budget segment

Pros 

  • Large Display
  • Excellent Performance
  • Daylight Camera Performance
  • Great Battery Life

Cons 

  • Micro USB Port
  • Low Light Camera Performance
  • User Interface

The smartphone mid-range market in India is highly crowded and competitive, and that’s no wonder since it’s the biggest volume driver. There are several choices available under the Rs 20,000 price range from the big brands like Samsung, Vivo, Redmi, Realme, and Oppo. So far, Vivo had adopted a strategy of using both offline and online platforms to sell its phones. But this July, the company decided to have its Vivo Z1 Pro launch exclusively on Flipkart.

Vivo Z1 Pro created a lot of buzz in India with a punch-hole design, triple rear camera, and the latest Snapdragon 712 AI chipset. But, can Z1 Pro stand up to the rising competition? We’re trying to figure out in our Vivo Z1 Pro Review.

Vivo Z1 Pro Price in India:

The Vivo Z1 Pro is priced at Rs 14,990 for 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage option, while the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant comes with a price tag of Rs 16,990. The top variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage is priced at Rs 17,990.

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In the box:

Vivo Z1 Pro, Silicone case, Micro-USB cable, a 18W fast charger, a SIM ejecting tool, Headphones, and quick-start and warranty guides

Vivo Z1 Pro Specification:

The Vivo Z1 Pro features a 6.31-inch Full HD+ punch-hole design display with 2280 x 1080 pixel screen resolution, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In addition to the Adreno 616 GPU, the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor.

The smartphone runs Android 9.0 Pie based on FunTouch OS 9.0. The phone is backed by a battery of 5000mAh with 18W support for fast charging.

Vivo Z1 Pro Camera

Vivo Z1 Pro sports a triple rear camera setup with an f/1.78 aperture 16MP main sensor, an 8MP super wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The device comes with a 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the front, which is placed under the punch-hole display.

Vivo Z1 Pro review: What’s positive?

The Vivo Z1 Pro’s first powerful point is its design language. The smartphone comes with a back gradient finish, giving a distinct pattern when the light drops on it. The smartphone comes with an immersive screen on the front, thanks to the punch hole design. The smartphone is a bit large, but holding in hand is quite comfortable.

Vivo Z1 Pro Design

In this price category, the Z1 Pro provides a higher screen-to-body ratio than the other Vivo smartphones. The camera hole is not too big and in everyday use, it is not annoying. The phone comes in Cosmic Blue and Mirror Black Color options, out of which we picked up the Cosmic Blue model for review. Overall, both front and back, the Vivo Z1 Pro is definitely intended to be eye-catching and when you hold it in your hands, it feels premium.

A strong feature of the phone is the 6.53-inch Full HD+ display of the Vivo Z1 Pro, and the punch-hole display definitely provides it a distinctive design. The display offers a vivid color reproduction and decent viewing angles. We did not face any issue indoors, and the content was easily legible. Whether you’re playing games or watching movies, the immersive display you’ll like. The fingerprint sensor is pretty fast and very quickly captures the biometric information. The face unlock feature also worked pretty well.

The Vivo Z1 Pro is the first smartphone powered by a 2.3GHz clocked Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor with Adreno 616 GPU. We did not face any issue with day to day performance on this device. While switching between various tabs and applications at the same moment, there are no noticeable lags or stutters.

We performed the Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG on high graphics settings and during the gaming session we did not notice any stutter or lag. In addition, the company added Game Turbo mode, further enhancing the smartphone’s gaming experience. During long gaming sessions, the device does not heat up much. In AnTuTu, the Vivo Z1 Pro scored 184,384 points, and the Geekbench single-core and multi-core tests were respectively 1,856 and 5,950.

In daylight conditions, the Vivo Z1 Pro can capture decent pictures. The photos we clicked in outdoor conditions came out vivid and detailed. The phone locked the focus quite quickly and it also took detailed macro shots.  Wide-angle shots were much less crisp and looked over-processed. The portraits shots are decent with smooth background blurring, and the blur level can be adjusted after taking a shot. The selfie camera produced decent shots with good amount of detail and natural colors.

The Vivo Z1 Pro’s battery is quite impressive. Its 5000mAh battery easily lasted for two days with regular usage. The phone can be fully charged within 1.5 hours from the 18W quick charger inside the box.

Vivo Z1Pro Review: What’s negative?

The Vivo Z1 Pro attracts lots of smudges both at the front panel and back panel. But thanks to the company that offers the smartphone with a protective case that protects the back against fingerprints. In addition, the screen is somewhat reflective, making it hard to view the text in outdoor conditions.

We liked the quick face unlock feature of this device. There is a security catch though – The phone gets unlocked even if the user faces it with closed eyes. The Z1 Pro does not support Widevine L1 certification, which means you cannot play HD videos of Amazon Prime and Netflix on this device.

Vivo Z1 Pro runs the company’s own FunTouch 9.0 UI based on Android 9.0 Pie operating system. FunTouch OS is still quite unpolished and requires a lot of work. The graphics are animated, while using the skin feels heavy, and an app drawer is missing. The Settings menu is a bit complicated, which makes navigating the desired settings a bit difficult.

A lot of bloatware is loaded into the user interface like I-Manager, Albums, Weather, I-Music, I-Theme, Videos, Email, EasyShare, and many more. We also found some applications from third parties such as UC Browser, Gaana, Amazon Shopping, PhonePe, Paytm, Dailyhunt, Webnoval, and a few others. Third party apps are removable but you can’t uninstall company’s own apps.

We found the camera struggling in low light scenario. The photos capture in low light condition came out to be artificial with less details and poor edge detection. We were also not impressed with the selfie camera performance of the device as the images were overexposed, lacking details.

The Vivo Z1 Pro can shoot up to 4 K videos at 30fps. But by default, it records the videos at 1280×720 resolution, which looks little grainy in nature. Video stabilization feature is also missing on this smartphone.

For charging and transferring data on this phone, Vivo still sticks to the micro-USB port. Other companies like Redmi, Samsung, and Realme meanwhile have moved to the USB Type-C port for higher data transfer and fast charging.

Final Words:

Overall, at this price point, the Vivo Z1Pro is a good performer with good design language, punch-hole display, and great performance. If you are heavily into gaming, and would want a good-looking phone too, you don’t have to look any further. You will have to adjust with the camera performance though, which is great in daylight, but same cannot be expected in the low light conditions. The Vivo Z1 Pro is an all-rounder and certainly worth considering when comparing with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review), Samsung Galaxy M40 (Review) or Realme 3 Pro (Review).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does Vivo Z1Pro support fast charger?

Yes, Z1Pro comes with a 18W fast charging support.

Does the Z1Pro support two 4G SIMs at the same time?

Yes, you can use two 4G SIMs at the same time on Vivo Z1Pro

Does the Vivo Z1Pro support slow motion video?

Yes, you can record slow-motion videos on Z1Pro

Does Z1 Pro comes with a fast charging support?

Yes, Vivo Z1Pro has a 18W dual-engine fast charging support.

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Abhimanyu has been blogging about Technology for a long time, and has contributed to a number of Tech blogs at Easofy. He has a whole lot of expertise in smartphones and gadgets. Abhimanyu prefers to focus on covering mobile news, reviews, and comparison.