Vivo V11 Pro Review, Half Baked Sexy Phone
Currently, there is no better smartphone to consider at the price range with even better features.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo just announced the company’s latest addition to the midrange V-lineup — Vivo V11 Pro. The smartphone comes succeeding the Vivo V9 smartphone released earlier this year. So far, the company had announced a couple of their premium/flagship level smartphones in the country including Vivo X21 and Vivo NEX with the groundbreaking in-screen fingerprint scanner. The major issue that had been alleged over the Vivo was the overprice of Vivo X21 only because of the fingerprint scanner under the display. Now, the company moves a step ahead with the Vivo V11 Pro having similar hardware specifications at a very affordable price tag, with even better performance and issues rectified.
Vivo V11 Pro is not just the same old V-series smartphone with lower power CPU. FYI, the device comes with a premium level Snapdragon 660 Chipset on board with a well-tamed ecosystem on the software level. The smartphone reduces the conventional notch area and comprises all the sensors into a small bezel area. Previously found software bugs also seems to have rectified very well. This is it for the introduction and let us begin with the detailed review of Vivo V11 Pro smartphone.
About the Review
Vivo launched its latest player V11 Pro in the Indian market several weeks ago, and we have been using the smartphone as a primary one since then. We are using 6GB, 64GB variant of the device with Snapdragon 660 under the hood. You can expect an honest review for the smartphone from our side.
Vivo V11 Pro Full Specifications
|Display||Halo FullViewTM Display 3.0|
6.41-inch (2340*1080) FHD+ Super AMOLED display with 2.5D glass
|Chipsets||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE Octa-core|
|Storage||64GB internal storage ~ Expandable via microSD slot up to 256GB.|
|Rear Camera||Dual: 12MP + 5MP|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery, Quick Charging|
|Software||Android 8.1, Funtouch OS 4.5|
|Colors||Starry Night, Dazzling Gold|
|Other features||Under-screen fingerprint scanner|
What’s in the box?
The Vivo V11 pro comes in a conventional smartphone retail box which the company has been shipping their devices from past few years. the device, as a mid-range smartphone, it comes in a decent packaging, but not too great to be considered premium. There is a quality silicon case provided along with the package. Diggin underneath, we could find the device, a wall charger adapter with micro USB cable, and quality earphones.
The add-on components including earphones remind us of the Vivo X21 which launched months ago with similar hardware specifications. The in-ear headphones have replaceable rubber ear tips, which is also provided.
Design and Build
Considering the Vivo smartphones launching from mid-2017, we could find a similarity in their design patterns except in case of the notch on the display. the rear panel of past several smartphones including V9, X21, and NEX look similar, so is the V11 Pro. The smartphone follows the same curved body on the rear which mounts the vertically fixed camera department at the top left corner. They are quite relatable to each other in the design aspect.
Concerning the front design, the Vivo V11 Pro has a semi-circular notch at the top chin, which is similar to the Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 smartphone. The similar design with more curved corners was launched by OPPO lately, which they called waterdrop notch. but the one which Vivo uses here is not in such a way, but very compact. The front-facing selfie snapper is located on the notch and it is the only component which lays over the screen. I would give a big thumbs up to the Vivo for utilizing the top bezel area by placing the earpiece speaker grill and IR Face Unlock sensors. The bottom and side edges are too narrow from the front face.
The back panel of the smartphone is completely built using glass panel unlike preceding smartphones in the V-lineup. The glass panel used in the smartphone is merely decent and does not provide much premium feel while holding. Anyways, it is very durable and not a weak, fragile one. The Vivo branding is etched inside the glass panel in a beautiful way. The color options are a notable sector in the smartphone design. The device is crafted with a unique color proposition for each variant.
The review unit we have been using is of starry night black, which has glittering pattern reminds us of northern lights. The color option is a combo of violet, blue and black shades that glitter with the light and angle of view. The camera sensor is covered with a golden metal ring. The side metal frames look so familiar with the speaker grills and micro USB port on the bottom. Volume rockers and the power button seem more plastic and we do not see it a robust way to mount physical hardware buttons.
Vivo V11 Pro comes with a 6.41-inch Full HD+ display, having an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 91.27% screen on the front panel.
Vivo uses a Super AMOLED display in this midrange, affordable smartphone. The smartphones oms with AMOLED display for the sake of fingerprint scanner under the screen, similar to the Vivo X2. However, we do not face issues that usual AMOLED display users encounter mostly. The pictures are colored greatly and are not oversaturated.
In comparison with other Vivo smartphones, we could find the Vivo V11 Pro has a display panel which got the quality as same as the Vivo NEX and much greater than V9 and X21. The brightness level is surprisingly greater and we can use it in the outdoor condition smoothly unlike the conventional LCD panels. The lowest brightness rate is fine, but it is not the lowest one we can find in the smartphones in the segment. Adaptive brightness levels are intelligent and buttery-smooth in changing with the condition. You can experience the smartphone in a unique way with the AMOLED display.
The Camera department of the Vivo V11 Pro might be on of the sectors where the company worked better. The Vivo has come a long way from a selfie-focused smartphone manufacturer to a supplier of devices with excellent main camera performance. Still, the capability for the extravagant selfies is there with the 25MP selfie snapper on the front.
The main camera section of the Vivo V11 Pro covers a 12MP dual-camera setup, which combines to produce images at 24 Megapixels resolution. Unlike Vivo’s other dual-camera smartphones, Vivo does not offer a zoom lens as the secondary one. Instead, they use it for image processing and quality ensuring. The smartphone comes with one of the best-in-class camera sensors, which has faster autofocus than most other competitors. The company rectified the Autofocus issues found in some previous V-series devices. During daylight, the autofocus showcases a great performance. It even puts the focus on to the subjects which are less than a centimeter away from the device, and also focuses to the infinity when it is moved out of the frame.
The AI HDR option which works automatically most often is a very helpful feature during outdoor photography. Especially when you are taking portraits of someone, the camera captures Light from both the background and the subject face. The auto HDR mode does not affect the speed of capturing and it produces true color on both the focused and defocused surfaces. This maintains a great lighting level in the photos captured. It is quite impressive, we would say without a second thought.
The built-in camera interface resembles that of Vivo NEX with an integrated Google Lens option. You can scroll between multiple camera modes like the normal photo, video, AR Stickers, AI face beauty, panorama, doc, and professional. The Video section includes multiple options including time-lapse and slow-motion. The front camera division now also gets a studio lighting option n Face Beauty mode, which is similar to the one that Apple announced in iPhone X. The accuracy in edge detection for portrait mode also helps to apply the lighting in the mode.
The main camera department of the Vivo V11 Pro does not come with a flagship level hardware implemented on the main board. Therefore, we cannot expect the OIS or similar stabilization methods while shooting videos and capturing moments. However, the fast capturing methods used in the smartphone helps to reduce shakes and motion blurs. You can also use the Pro mode to adjust the shutter speed.
The selfie snapper has gotten a huge bump with a 25 Megapixel single sensor. Luckily, we did not find any oversaturated or whitened output in normal capturing mode. There is enough picture quality and details for the selfies so that cropping will not be an issue now. Here are some camera samples.
The all-new Vivo V11 Pro comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo with the Funtouch OS on the top layer. If you are an existing Vivo smartphone user, you are not going to spot any change or improvements in the interface materials or settings. The company keeps the UI same for generations and it feels so old for a regular Vivo user. Despite the version of Android it relies on, the Funtouch OS looks same on every device ever.
Vivo retains many features and options on the software level and added many other customization options as well. From the previous smartphone from Vivo, the company did seem to have struggled a lot with the visual optimization dues to the presence of the notch in the early-production models. Passing over a year, they have improved a lot in optimizing the icons and app windows in contrast to the notch. The new notch with a small cut makes it very cozy and spacious for all the status bar icons to stay. It also helps to watch videos, movies and play games in full screen by covering the notch area since the notch does not take up a lot of space. There is no option to hide the notch, as of now.
Vivo V11 Pro integrates some of the features from Jovi, a personal assistant from Vivo which first appeared in Vivo NEX. The new AI face beauty mode is powered with Jovi and it finds the perfect beauty match for faces. The smart scene detects your body motion and suggests you do tasks like rest walk or run by monitoring your daily activities by device motion. You can see your activity or sports stats from the notification panel itself. The conventional game mode is also pushed int the Jovi AI assistant.
Switching between apps and multitasking are same as in the previous versions of the Operating System and same old gestures can be used. If you pull down from the top edge, you will get all the notifications and data usage at the very bottom. It utilizes the freshly introduced bulk notifications options in new Android builds. The quick settings panel, as usual, is mounted to the bottom edge and you can swipe it up. Every quick access controls including brightness and media volume are available in this section. The smartphone has an inbuilt Google Assistant with Google Lens feature, which is also accessible from the camera window. Other 201-features like swipe gestures, game mode, youtube player resize option are also available.
When we consider the hardware specifications and the performance, we will be forced to say that the Vivo V11 Pro is simply the Vivo X21 with similar features, but refined performance at an affordable price tag. The X21 launched a couple of months ago come with same hardware with an under-screen fingerprint scanner at Rs. 35,990 which was way underrated compared to the OnePlus 6 at the same price. With the Vivo V11 Pro, it changes and there is better hardware for performance.
The smartphone with Snapdragon 660 AIE and a fingerprint scanner mounted under the display is available just below Rs. 25,000 and it worth it. During our daily run test, the smartphone showcased a great performance. Its capability to handle apps and games at an optimal level is noticeable, and we haven’t felt any lag during gaming. Apps are opened in a super fast rate and you can jump to home screen without any hassle.cWe tested out PUBG Mobile at higher-end graphics, and still, it surpasses all our prejudices. But opening too much high graphics games make it little hesitant in pushing itself forward. The humongous amount of RAM at 6 gigs helps in maintaining too many apps and does not kill background apps so fastly. In a normal run, you would be left with plenty of memory amount on the board.
Talking of the security, this might be one f the best smartphones from the Chinese vendor so far with an in-screen FPS. You could experience the speed and accuracy in detecting the fingerprints. It even surpasses Vivo NEX in terms of security. The face unlock is also available with an IR blaster, which is essential to unlocking even in dark. It works well even at midnights, luckily. There is no special DAC or Hi-Fi chips to boost the audio output in the smartphone but delivers a decent quality of audio output with enough volume.
To understand much technically about the performance of Vivo V11 Pro, check out the benchmark results from various reliable platforms.
The typical 3400mAh battery is quite enough to pass through an entire day if you have an average use with the smartphone. In case you need a maximum output with all-day long gaming, the Vivo V11 Pro might last up to 11 hours or more. There is also a fast charger provided to boost up the smartphone battery quickly in any critical situations, The wall adapter will raise the battery from 0 to 50% in just 35 minutes.
Vivo V11 Pro fits perfectly if you are looking for a latest, innovative smartphone under 25K in India. You might also find the Xiaomi’s POCO F1 with Snapdragon 845 chipset on board. But the V11 Pro stands way higher than the POCO in terms of build quality, display, design, camera and other extra special features like bezel-less display and an under screen fingerprint scanner.
Currently, there is no better smartphone to consider at the price range with even better features. If you are looking only for a powerful chipset and not other factors like great display and all, you still can choose POCO F1 over the Vivo V11 Pro.