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Vivo V11 Pro Review- Stand Apart
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Every 3 out of 5 smartphones, nowadays come with iPhone X like notch along with vertically stacked dual rear cameras. However, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo aims to break this trend by releasing its all new Vivo V11 Pro,which includes not only some features that have been exclusive to flagship devices, but also a new design language.

The device, which was recently launched in India at a price of Rs. 25,990, boasts of an in-display fingerprint scanner and minimal bezels with a waterdrop-style notch, features that you wouldn’t find on any other device. Innovative features set aside, the Vivo V11 Pro is a mid-range device packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Here we’ll be taking a close look at the Vivo V11 Pro and find out if it’s actually a worthy contender or not.

Vivo V11 Pro Specifications

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Display6.41-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 660
GPUAdreno 512
RAM6GB
Storage64GB
Primary Cameras12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4
Secondary Camera25MP f/2.0
Battery3,400mAh
Operating SystemFuntouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo

What’s In the Box

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Here’s all that you’ll get within the retail packaging:

• Vivo V11 Pro, obviously
• 9V/2A charging brick
• USB Type-A to micro USB cable
• Clear case
• Earphones
• SIM ejector tool
• Paperwork

Design and Build Quality

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On the right edge, you’ll find the plastic made volume Rockers and Power button while on the left, there’s a dedicated SIM card slot. The vertically aligned dual cameras are placed in the top left corner of the device, with an LED flash right underneath. The dual camera module is quite small, compared to other devices, and it doesn’t have a significant bump either.

I really liked the overall design and the company’s implementation of a minimal notch. I was quite surprised to see how Vivo has managed to add the front facing camera and an IR blaster, within that really small top bezel to the right side of the notch, leaving just enough room within the notch to house the front facing camera. Overall, the device looks good, lightweight, premium upto some extent and yes has a good screen-to-body ratio.

Display

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In terms of quality the panel is great, it gets pretty bright and has decent viewing angles. Color reproduction is also accurate with good black levels and in case you don’t like the color profile, the device also gives you the option to select a cooler or warmer palette.

The tiny waterdrop notch doesn’t cover that much of screen and as a result it looks good. However, you can hide the same, if you don’t like it. Overall, i really like the display on the V11 Pro.

Performance

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Gaming Performance on the device was also satisfactory, i easily managed to play PUBG Mobile at medium settings with no signs of slowing down. However, due to notch i missed Chicken Dinner nearly three times! Games like Need For Speed, Shadow Fight 3, Asphalt 8, Asphalt 9: Legends worked wonderfully as well.

In day-to-day use, I found no performance issues with the device. It worked as smooth after a couple of days of use, as it did when I first pulled it out of the box.

User Interface

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I do like the gestures on this device and undoubtedly are the best gesture navigation system, I’ve used on any Android device by far.

In-display Fingerprint Scanner

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Camera

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The primary sensor is capable of taking stunning shots in good lighting conditions, but it struggles to keep up the performance in low light. Images clicked in good light are sharp, have food dynamic range with great color reproduction. Just take a look at some of the images clicked using the Vivo V11 Pro in good lighting conditions:

Low light and artificial light performance on the V11 Pro was also pretty decent. The camera managed to provide you with crisp and clear images with little noise.

The Vivo V11 Pro’s secondary 5MP sensor is used for depth sensing and the smartphone is capable of delivering stunning portrait images in good lighting conditions. Though sometimes, edge detection suffers a bit but still the portrait mode is good, however, background blur looks a bit unnatural. Vivo also allow its users to easily adjust the intensity of the background blur and in case you have multiple subjects in your image, you can even choose which subject remains in focus. Here are a few portrait images we clicked using the Vivo V11 Pro:

 

The 25MP f/2.0 selfie shooter is also capable of delivering some stunning images. The images captured with selfie shooter have plenty of details, good color accuracy but have some noise. The front facing camera also features portrait mode capabilities and portrait mode selfies captured using the device have good subject separation and a decent background blur. Here are a few sample images captured using the front facing camera:

Videos

The Vivo V11 Pro can capture 4K videos, which is good. However, the device doesn’t feature any kind of stabilization results in very shaky and often out of focus video.

Connectivity

The Vivo V11 Pro has a plenty of connectivity options. The device features a 3.5mm headphone jack and a triple slot SIM card tray with a dedicated slot for expansion using a microSD card.

But as mentioned above, I still miss the type-c port for data syncing and charging. Other connectivity options include dual band 2.5GHz/5GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Battery

The Vivo V11 Pro packs in a 3,400mAh battery with support for Vivo’s Dual-Engine fast charging technology. The company has included a 9V/2A fast charger within the box. The charger was able to charge up the device from 15 percent to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Even though Vivo’s Dual-Engine fast charging technology isn’t that fast but still its good. The Vivo V11 Pro also fares well when it comes to battery life, comfortably lasting for an entire work day with some charge left to spare. In my testing, the Vivo V11 Pro lasted well over a day with light use, including the usual calls, texts, a little bit of social media browsing and playing a game or two of PUBG mobile.

Should you buy one?

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So if you are ready to spend a little extra for all these unique features then go for it, however, if performance is your first priority in this price range then you can go for either Poco F1 or Honor Play.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
  • Waterdrop-style notch
  • IR assisted face unlock
  • Vibrant Super AMOLED display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
Cons:
  • No USB Type-C port
  • No stabilization for video capture
  • Average build quality

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