Vivo's latest offering – the Vivo Z1x – is an example of how a company can take and improve a winning product to serve even more people. Vivo has taken over everything that was good on the Vivo Z1 Pro and made some improvements, such as B. more powerful camera hardware, an AMOLED screen and a fingerprint sensor in the display. The improvements the Vivo Z1x brings are certainly welcome, but they all come with a reward. This raises the all too important questions – is the Vivo Z1x a worthy sibling and is the starting price of Rs. 16,990 justifiable? Dive in and find the answers in our review.
Vivo Z1x design
The design of Vivo's latest offering is strikingly eye-catching, but at the same time slightly conventional, especially if you're tired of the gradients that have become mainstream. The Vivo Z1x swaps the two-tone gradient design of the Vivo Z1 Pro (Review) with a gaudier color scheme that alternates vertically between different shades of the same color. Under the back wall there is a wave pattern that, according to Vivo, was achieved through a nano-coating process.
On the back of our Phantom Purple test device, a light purple color can be seen in the middle area, which is flanked by dark purple accents on the sides and bottom. The surface is shiny and very reflective, which makes the phone very susceptible to dirt and dust. The frame is made of polycarbonate and fits seamlessly into the flat rear wall. Over the front is a relatively small notch of water drops with a thin earpiece above. The display of the Vivo Z1x is protected by Schott Xensation 3D glass, an alternative to Corning & # 39; s Gorilla Glass.
The volume and power buttons are on the right, while the dedicated Google Assistant button and double nano SIM card slot are on the left. The speaker, USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microphone are at the bottom. Although the Vivo Z1x is smaller and lighter than the Vivo Z1 Pro, it is still relatively large and heavy at 189.6 g. We have no concerns about the build quality of the phone, but we'd like it to be a bit smaller and lighter.
One-handed operation isn't easy unless you have fairly large hands, and reaching for content at the top extremes of the display is a stretch. In addition, the outside of the phone is slippery. We also tried to reach the volume button without having to set the phone in our hands.
Some may like the contrast that the gold branding on the glossy back offers, but we're not a big fan of too much glitter on a phone. The Vivo Z1x offers good build quality, but the ergonomics could have been better and the aesthetics may not be acceptable for people who prefer a more reserved look. The Vivo Z1x is available in the colors Fusion Blue and Phantom Purple.
Specifications and software for Vivo Z1x
The Vivo Z1x is equipped with a 6.38-inch Full HD + display (1,080 x 2,340 pixels), which according to the company covers 103 percent of the NTSC color gamut and offers 430 nits of peak brightness. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and a screen-to-body ratio of over 90 percent. This phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor – the same SoC that is the heart of the Vivo Z1 Pro – paired with 6 GB of RAM.
The phone is available in two memory variants – a basic 64 GB memory variant at a price of Rs. 16,990 and a higher-quality 128 GB model that carries a price of Rs. 18,000. It should be noted that the memory cannot be expanded. Therefore, the 128 GB variant is the safer choice. In the imaging department, the Vivo Z1x packs a 48-megapixel rear-view camera with a Sony IMX582 sensor, which is supported by an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with a 120-degree field of view and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
On the front is a 32-megapixel selfie snapper with a 1: 2.0 lens. The lights are switched on by a 4,500 mAh battery. This phone supports Vivo's proprietary 22.5 W FlashCharge technology and can be quickly charged using the included 22.5 W charger. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the display that should unlock the phone in 0.42 seconds.
The Vivo Z1x runs Funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Now it's getting interesting. Funtouch OS is a heavily customized version of Android that changes everything from aesthetics and iconography to the tools in the Settings app. In addition, all quick settings are moved to an iOS-like shortcut center that you need to access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
It takes a while to get used to it, and some elements of the user interface will really annoy users. For example, the unnecessarily large bars for brightness and sound profile take up a lot of space and force users to scroll down to access quick options such as location, power save, and airplane mode. Above the quick changes are a series of icons for apps that run in the background. However, these are almost completely unnecessary. The shortcut series for quick access to functions such as "Search in Flipkart" and "Add money" in the Paytm app is also useless if you do not use these apps.
The custom Funtouch OS navigation gestures feel half-hearted, and surprisingly, older Android navigation buttons still exist if you don't want to rely on gestures. There is no app drawer. Swiping left on the home screen opens a Jovi Smart Scene page with links to tools such as a calculator and dictation machine, as well as news headlines, weather updates, a task list widget, and a theme download ad among other things.
On a positive note, Funtouch OS contains some useful tools. For example, you can quickly create a second instance of a compatible app yourself on the home screen and effortlessly take a screenshot with scrolling. There are a variety of customization options for the user interface, from themes and fonts to the tool to control the roundness of app icons, which we think is a little too fancy. There's a file-safe feature that lets you hide media files, documents, and other items for privacy reasons.
The dark mode is also a nice addition. However, instead of reproducing a black background, which is typical for devices with AMOLED panels, Funtouch OS produces a dark gray tone. The Smart Motion tool developed by Vivo and the split screen link can also be useful. However, there is a lot of bloatware. Both internal apps that cannot be uninstalled and third-party apps such as Gaana, WebNovel, PhonePe, Paytm, Facebook and Opera.
There are also some game-centric tools. The game's picture-in-picture tool opens a floating window for messaging apps without closing the game itself. Ultra gaming mode is the gaming hub of the phone and provides quick access to notification controls. Automatic off-screen playback ensures that the game runs even when the screen is off.
Fortunately, we didn't come across dubious ads and spam notifications. However, some of the internal apps prompt users to download even more third-party apps. You can find more information about Funtouch OS in our Vivo Y17 test. All in all, Funtouch OS offers some nice features, but has a certain learning curve and will not appeal to Android purists.
Our test device was stuck in the security patch in July, but we expect Vivo to release an update before the phone goes on sale.
Display and performance of the Vivo Z1x
The Super AMOLED panel of the Vivo Z1x is bright and clear enough and delivers vivid colors. The color output is a bit cold by default, but you can adjust the color mode and temperature in the Settings app. The viewing angles are also quite good and there is minimal color shift when viewing the content at an angle. In daylight, we didn't have to increase the brightness more than half the time to read emails and use social media apps conveniently. However, the reflectivity of the display sometimes proved to be problematic when watching videos.
According to Vivo, the company has implemented a low-brightness mode that mimics dimming with DC to avoid flickering and make use more convenient. In addition, the Schott Xensation 3D glass that protects the display with Vickers hardness values of 640 (not reinforced) and 690 (reinforced) is stronger than Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which is rated 601 (not reinforced) and 638 (reinforced ) each.
The built-in fingerprint sensor is pretty brisk and one of the fastest we've seen on a phone in this price range. There were also no problems with the accuracy of fingerprint recognition during the reporting period.
The Snapdragon 712, which powers the Vivo Z1x, has proven to be a reliable performer that effortlessly handles all tasks, including everyday tasks, heavy multitasking and gaming. Although Funtouch OS is a heavily customized Android skin, we haven't encountered any slowdown or stuttering. A quick look at the benchmark results shows that it is measurably faster than the Snapdragon 710 in terms of CPU performance and sometimes also graphics performance.
The Vivo Z1x achieved 1,917 points in the Geekbench 4 single-core test and 6,014 points in the multi-core test. The count was 1,56,933 in AnTuTu. The phone also delivered 2,096 in 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme and 31,625 in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. Running the graphics-intensive GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 delivered 23 fps, while the GFXBench T-Rex score was 59 fps.
In terms of media performance, the phone's speaker has decent volume, but distortion and shrillage occurs when the volume is set above the 80 percent mark. The included headset – which mimics the Apple EarPods design – is good enough for calls and listening to music in a casual atmosphere, but doesn't expect good bass response or speech intelligibility.
By default, the Vivo Z1x uses the high graphics presets in PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 and offers a smooth gaming experience. Loading titles like Mortal Kombat and Injustice Gods Among Us was also quick. We were also pleasantly surprised by the thermal performance of the Vivo Z1x, as there was minimal warming even after 30-50 minute gaming sessions.
Vivo Z1x cameras and battery life
The Vivo Z1x has a main camera with 48 megapixels (1: 1.79) and a Sony IMX582 sensor, which comes from an ultra wide-angle camera with 8 megapixels (1: 2.2) and a depth of 2 megapixels (1: 2.2 ) sensor is supported. The rear camera took vivid pixel-sized photos in daylight. Close-ups were a strong part of the Vivo Z1x because they retained a healthy amount of surface detail and minimal bleeding from the edges.
Focusing was fast and accurate for the most part. Landscape photos, however, seemed overworked with an overwhelming amount of details. With the Redmi K20 (Review), which contains the same 48-megapixel sensor, better pictures were taken with more accurate colors and a higher level of detail. The phone also struggles with dynamics in challenging scenarios, and although the textures of the sky are displayed with decent clarity, the colors appear somewhat suppressed.
The native AI beauty mode helps to a certain extent with the problems of the dynamic range and makes photos look more alive, but at the expense of sharpness and soft focus on the periphery. In contrast, photos in poor lighting conditions turned out to be grainy with a lot of noise. The special night mode adds color to the frame and makes the elements look a little sharper, but the results are far from what we would call impressive. We saw that the Redmi Note 7 Pro (test) and Motorola One Vision (test) perform better in low light.
The wide-angle camera is convenient for taking more people or objects in a scene. Not surprisingly, the quality of the recordings is lower compared to those taken with the main sensor. Wide-angle photos looked weak and were also less sharp. You can also take 48-megapixel photos in 4: 3 aspect ratio. The full resolution photos have more detail than the 16 megapixel photos in pixel size. However, the colors are not displayed as well as we would have liked.
Portrait shots were well separated, but the blur effect was inconsistent. The blur effect can also be adjusted after taking portrait photos in the pre-installed album app. There are a variety of lighting effects for portraits, scene modes, AR stickers, dynamic filters for short videos and live photos.
The 32-megapixel front camera took razor-sharp selfies with expressive colors, although some skin smoothing was clearly visible. The bokeh effect selfies also looked good, and the portrait lighting effects were applied particularly well.
As for videos, the maximum 4K and 1080p resolution at 30 fps is a bit disappointing, as phones that cost less can record full HD video at 60 fps.
As for the actual video quality, 1080p videos are well stabilized and the color reproduction is fine too, but the focus lock is uneasy. 4K videos turned out to be jerky. The wide-angle camera can also record video up to 1080p, but the results were blurry with inaccurate colors.
The Vivo Z1x is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery, which was comfortable for a day. Even after around two hours of PUBG mobile playback with high graphics settings, calls, using social media, around three hours of listening to music via cable headphones and days of internet connection, there was still around 30 percent juice in the cell phone's tank. The end of the day.
In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 18 hours and 52 minutes before shutting down. The included 22.5 W charger brought the battery from empty to 50 percent in just 38 minutes and took about an hour and a half to fully charge it.
The Vivo Z1x impresses with a striking design, which is inconspicuously striking, but may appeal to some buyers. The build quality is solid, but the phone is a bit bigger. The AMOLED display is impressive and a remarkable improvement over the Vivo Z1 Pro (review).
Overall performance is not a problem, and graphics-intensive games run smoothly. The camera output is okay for the price, but we've seen Realme X (Review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) deliver better results. The battery life is great, and the durability values in our HD video loop test were also impressive.
The Vivo Z1x is a significant improvement over its siblings, but scores in the camera department despite a high premium expenditure. The lack of expandable memory could also be a problem if you consider the basic variant.
At an entry-level price of Rs. At 16,990, the Vivo Z1x is definitely an attractive option considering the overall package and the experience you gain. However, this phone has many rivals for the same price, including Realme X (test), Redmi Note 7 Pro (test) and Oppo K3 (test), all of which are worth a look.