Vivo X60 Pro first review: the camera created by ZEISS, “De flavor” is poisonous enough
Before getting the vivo X60 series, I urged the editor-in-chief of Xuewen three times to know when the express delivery would arrive.
As a blockbuster model at the end of 2020, I have high expectations for it. The imaging system designed and manufactured by ZEISS, the brand-new OriginOS, Samsung Exynos 1080 chip debut… These labels are destined to be the X60 series born under the spotlight.
I have repeatedly expressed feelings with my friends that the vivo X50 Pro+ is one of the best mobile phones this year. It ranks first in terms of image, feel and design. But the implication is that there is no X-axis linear motor, and the anti-missing algorithm needs to be improved.
These two seemingly inconspicuous problems have become a thorn in the user experience. It's like some people are glamorous on the surface, in fact, the boat socks have fallen to the bottom of their feet, and only you know whether they are not.
So, has the X60 series just released to make up for these regrets? Let us look down for the answer together.
Light enough and beautiful enough
In the era of 5G flagship mobile phones at every turn of 200g+, the weight of the vivo X50 Pro 181.5g, coupled with the round body, left a deep impression on me.
In vivo X60 Pro, the thin and light features have been further strengthened. Original Force is only 7.59mm thick and weighs about 178g. When lifting the phone, the little finger will not feel obvious pressure. The front and rear 3D surface design fits perfectly with the arc of the hand. Holding it, you can't help but sigh "Lightness is what the phone should look like".
From the front, the X60 series moved the front camera to the very center, not the upper left corner of the previous generation. This change makes the front look very symmetrical. One of the advantages brought by this is that the angle of the face will not be shifted to the left and right when taking a selfie, and the eyes can be more natural.
The quality of the screen is also remarkable. 6.56-inch AMOLED curved screen, 2376 × 1080 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, 1300nit peak brightness, HDR 10+… It is enough to see that this is a good screen.
When comparing with X50 Pro+, I found that the curvature of the X60 Pro screen seems to be slightly smaller, but this is not officially mentioned. In actual use, the edge of the X60 Pro screen will not turn green or change color, the chance of accidental touch is much less, and the up and down sliding is more follow-up.
▲X60 Pro on the left, X50 Pro+ on the right
Another small change is at the upper and lower ends of the screen. X60 Pro has changed from the straight design of the previous generation to a slightly curved 3D design. When performing gesture operations such as sliding up and exiting, the improvement in hand feel is very obvious.
The back of the X60 series still continues the design language of the previous generation. Especially the two-color cloud-level design can be incorporated into the classic case of mobile phone CMF (Color Material Finishing). Through the step style, the thickness of the lens is partitioned, and the color matching is also progressive from light to dark, visually looking clean and thin.
X60 Pro uses the "satin AG process" to polish the back cover. The glass surface has a hazy texture and is not easy to get fingerprints. At different angles, a slight luster will appear, a bit like silk satin in the sun. When held in the hand, it also has the smoothness of silk.
However, for daily use, I still choose to wear the shell, because it is light and slippery, which always makes me worried that it will "fly away".
X60 Pro has two colors, one is "The Force" and the other is "Hua Cai". What we got this time is the "Force" color, which is a bit like the "Gravity" color of the X50 series. Under certain angles, a faint cyan color will appear, which is very advanced.
New "core" experience
If we want to extract a keyword for the mobile phone chip industry in 2020, I think it should be "5nm".
Since September, we have seen the Kirin 9000, A14, Samsung Exynos 1080, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoCs using 5nm process technology. The vivo X60 and X60 Pro are the first shows of Samsung Exynos 1080.
Although the running score and daily use experience are not completely linked, this article is still inevitable. Through the running scores of the following software, let everyone intuitively understand the performance of Samsung Exynos 1080 on the X60 Pro.
Overall, although Samsung Exynos 1080 is no match for Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, it can still play back and forth with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, and it is naturally a stable win compared with Dimensity 1000+. In addition, this is not the first time that vivo and Samsung have cooperated. Through subsequent optimization and tuning, the performance of this chip is expected to be further improved.
It is worth noting that not all X60 series use Samsung Exynos 1080 chips, and the super-large X60 Pro+ may use Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The specific situation still needs to be announced.
What about the actual experience of this chip? We used "Pharaoh" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" for testing.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is not a difficult bone for X60 Pro. When the image quality options are adjusted to the highest, the game experience is very smooth and smooth, and the temperature of the whole machine is also well controlled.
But "Original God" is different. When the frame rate and image quality options are all full, X60 Pro will experience frequent freezes and frame drops. If you change the "motion blur" option from "very high" to "high", the game experience will be much smoother, but frames will still drop from time to time.
Under the settings in the picture above, we adjusted the screen brightness to 80%, and the loudspeaker volume to 50%, and played the game for 20 minutes. Then immediately use the thermal imager to observe the heat of the phone.
▲The test environment is about 26°C
It can be seen that the heating area is mainly near the camera, and the highest temperature is 46-47°C. This situation is similar to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which has a temperature of about 45-47°C.
In addition to performance, the upgrade point of this chip's CPU and GPU is also the energy consumption ratio. In actual use, how is the battery life of the X60 Pro equipped with a 4200mAh battery? We conducted a 3-hour battery life test, and the results are shown in the table below.
The battery life of the X60 Pro is well tuned, and it is not a problem to use it for a day. However, the current version consumes a little bit more power during standby at night, with 7% power down in 8 hours. I hope that the subsequent firmware version can be optimized.
When it comes to battery life, charging speed must be mentioned. X60 Pro, like the previous generation, supports 33W fast charging. It can be charged to 61% from the no-power shutdown state in 30 minutes, and to 100% in 70 minutes. In addition, the packaging box comes standard with a charging head, data cable and earphones, and some accessories are still there.
The pioneering work of Zeiss x vivo
From the X30 Pro's 50x zoom to the X50 Pro's micro-head technology, vivo has been running wildly on the video track.
In terms of the combination of focal lengths, vivo wins my heart. Like the previous generation, X60 Pro has a total of four lenses, which are 0.6X ultra-wide angle+1X main camera+2X portrait+5X periscope telephoto. The practicability of this combination of all focal lengths is very high, recording life and professional creation together.
Specifically, the ultra-wide-angle lens has been upgraded from the previous generation of 8 million to 13 million pixels, which can achieve 120° wide-angle shooting. It can still get better resolution when shooting at night.
▲ Ultra wide-angle lens
The main camera is still 48 million pixels, and the sensor also uses the previous generation IMX598, but the aperture is increased from f/1.6 to f/1.48. A larger aperture means an increase in the amount of light. In a low-light environment, after the X60 Pro activates the night scene mode, it takes an average of 1-3 seconds to complete the shooting (non-fingerprinting environment).
▲ The performance of the main camera in sufficient light
▲ The performance of the main camera in a low-light environment
The portrait lens is equivalent to 50mm with 13 million pixels. What is worthy of recognition is that the X60 Pro's several lenses are consistent in terms of white balance and color. Basically, there will be no changes in the color and white balance of the screen when switching lenses.
▲ 2X portrait lens
The periscope telephoto lens is 8 million pixels, equivalent to about 135mm, and supports up to 60 times zoom. The parameters are consistent with the previous generation, and the imaging effect is good.
▲ Periscope telephoto lens
This time vivo gave two highlights to the X60 series. One is to cooperate with Zeiss, and the other is to launch the second-generation micro-head technology.
The hand in hand with Zeiss is reflected in the hardware and software of the camera. For example, the number of lenses in the X60 Pro lens has increased, and all of them have been upgraded to aspherical lenses, making it easier to correct aberrations. In addition, the lens of X60 Pro uses ALD nanocrystalline coating process, which is the first smartphone to adopt this process.
The ALD process may be easier for users to perceive. In complex light scenes, this process can indeed effectively improve glare and ghosting problems.
▲ Main camera shooting effect
In terms of software, vivo and Zeiss teamed up to integrate the rotation blur effect of Zeiss’s classic Biotar lens into the X60 series in the form of an algorithm. Although this algorithm is the first appearance, the actual performance is very mature, and the rotating focus is full of fantasy.
▲2X lens portrait mode
In addition to the beautiful focus, you can find that the portrait mode of X60 Pro handles the edges of the subject very cleanly and neatly. The relationship between the front, middle and back scenes is clear and the transition is natural. During the experience, the portrait mode of the 2X lens has become my most commonly used shooting mode.
▲ 2X lens portrait mode
When browsing the above photos, you may have discovered that the X60 Pro's imaging has the flavor of Zeiss, with rich colors and very eye-catching. Especially for the performance of red and green, X60 Pro can be said to be very poisonous.
▲Periscope telephoto lens
In addition to Zeiss's blessing, the second-generation micro-head technology is also a highlight of the X60 series. Compared with the previous generation, the internal structure and wiring of the second-generation micro-head has undergone major changes, and the volume has become more compact. This also allows the aperture of the X60 Pro's main camera lens to have a chance to go further to f/1.48.
If one word is used to describe the second-generation micro-head technology, it is "stable." The main camera of the X60 Pro can achieve a four-axis anti-shake effect when taking pictures, reducing the chance of blurring in the night scene mode. When playing following photography, the success rate is also very high. You can see the takeaway boy in the picture below. The edges of his body are very clear and sharp.
▲ Main camera shooting effect
In summary, with the addition of Zeiss, the color and texture of the X60 Pro camera are very recognizable. But if you like more realistic colors or have high requirements for color accuracy, this kind of "Germany" may be troublesome for you, and you may need to make adjustments later.
OriginOS, the aesthetic has changed
The X60 series is equipped with a brand new OriginOS, which has opened a big gap with FuntouchOS in terms of visual and user experience.
I mentioned the vivo phone before, and its FuntouchOS will always be spit out. Compared with MIUI, EMUI, ColorOS and other systems, the former's ease of use and aesthetics are relatively backward.
▲FuntouchOS on the left, OriginOS on the right
But with OriginOS, vivo can finally be proud. We have introduced in detail before about its design concept and features. What we want to talk about today is the actual experience.
In general, OriginOS's aesthetic bias is very obvious. If FuntouchOS is "beauty with speed", then OriginOS is "beauty with elegance". Every time you click, slide, and every animation, you can see the difference between the two.
The feeling of FuntouchOS is straightforward and a kind of vigor. The animation is very direct, intended to make you feel the sensitivity of the phone. The animation of OriginOS is richer and more detailed. In the operation, it gives you a sense of elegance, making the interaction more natural and having the flavor of iOS.
Different people have different opinions on whether they are beautiful or not. OriginOS's default Huarong grid is very appetizing to me. It's a bit like Windows Phone, but it's younger and more flexible.
The "magnets" on the screen are called "atomic components" by vivo. They are very DIY. You can change their size, style, richness of information and so on. For friends who like hands-on, this may be a very interesting thing.
If you don't like the style of Huarong Grid, you can also travel to the "parallel world" with one click, turning your phone into a common style interface for Android.
I like the card package feature of OriginOS. On any interface, swipe to the left from the bottom right edge of the screen. These include "payment cards" that integrate multiple payment methods, and "camera cards" that include multiple lenses. The actual experience is very convenient.
It is worth mentioning that OriginOS has added a new "memory fusion" technology, which combines RAM and ROM through algorithm optimization. 8GB of running memory can get an experience equivalent to 11GB of running memory; 12GB can get 15GB of running memory. Experience.
In addition, the new system has new improvements in process optimization and application preloading. The comprehensive polishing of hardware and software makes X60 Pro very silky and smooth to use.
If you want to pick one unsatisfactory place, it is that the X60 Pro still uses a rotor motor, and the vibration is very "primitive." 2021 is coming soon, the new flagship product has not used linear motors, which is a bit unreasonable.
Design + image, the direction is clear
At the just-concluded press conference, vivo announced the price of the X60 series. Overall, the starting price is basically the same as the previous generation. The X60 8+128GB and X60 Pro 12+256GB versions are cheaper than the previous generation.
If you look back at vivo's brand sub-logo, you will find an interesting phenomenon. In recent years, vivo has changed its secondary logo twice.
The first time when the X9 series was released in 2016, vivo changed the brand sub-logo of "Hi-Fi & Smart" to "Camera & Music". The second time was at the beginning of 2020 and upgraded it to "Camera & Design".
It can be seen that the main direction of its attack has shifted from music to photography and design. As the second-generation X-series products under the positioning of "Camera & Design", the X60 series perfectly interprets the direction vivo is working on.
On the whole, in addition to the regret of the motor, the performance of the X60 series is remarkable. This also makes me look forward to the subsequent release of the "Super Cup", what surprises there will be in terms of performance and cameras.
Can vivo, which has been deeply cooperating with Zeiss, rely on the "Super Cup" of the X60 series to become the dominant photographer in the Android camp? We will wait and see.
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