Vivo has introduced a new smartphone series called the Z series and the first phone to make a debut with a “Z” tag is the Vivo Z1 Pro. The brand is yet to announce the price of the device but looking at the specs and design, the smartphone looks like it would fit in the mid-segment well. While we are waiting for its price tag, here are the seven things to note about the Vivo Z1 Pro:
The Vivo Z1 brings every design element that is necessary to certify a smartphone as trendy today. The smartphone comes with tall, edge to edge display that dominates the front. Its display is surrounded by thin bezels and a punch hole to carry the front camera that makes the phone a notch (pun intended) above in terms of selfie camera placement trends. Along with being tall, the Vivo Z1 also looks surprisingly wide, which is not something we see often. The back of the Vivo Z1 is made of a glass-like material which is very shiny and reflective, but attracts a lot of fingerprints and smudges. We received the Sonic Blue variant of the device. There is a beautiful blue colour gradient on the back which is light on the top but darkens as it flows down.
The primary camera sits on the top left while a physical fingerprint scanner sits slightly away from it. The back also comes with Vivo branding near the base. The frame of the phone holds everything else like the SIM card tray with microSD card slot, power/lock button, the volume rocker are placed on the side while the 3.5 mm audio jack, the micro USB port and the speaker grille are present on the base. But along with all this, the frame of the phone also carries a smart button, placed just below the SIM card tray, which basically is a Google Assistant button that lets you interact with the virtual assistant. The phone is pretty up to date when it comes to keeping up with trends, and even though we like the wideness of the phone, it does make it slightly difficult to hold and to house in our pockets.
Tall, wide display
The Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a 6.5 inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display of the Vivo Z1 seems pretty bright and colourful. Along with being tall, the display also seems slightly wider than what we usually see on smartphones. This obviously means you get more display, which is an addition that we definitely like.
New Snapdragon chip
With the new series, Vivo has decided to go with a new processor as well. The Z1 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor and is the first phone in the country to come with it. The Snapdragon 712 comes as successor of the Snapdragon 710 (seen in the Nokia 8.1 and the Realme 3 Pro), and as this is considered a notch above that one, we expect it to perform better. The processor is paired with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. There will be a 4 GB/ 64 GB variant of the phone as well. You can expand the storage on the device up to 256 GB, thanks to the space dedicated for microSD card. The brand has hyped the phone up as a gaming smartphone as it is official smartphone for PUBG Mobile Cup Open 2019. Looking at the specs and the hype, we expect the phone to only run through our daily chores with ease but also handle high-end gaming well.
Multiple cameras (of course)
It is a multi-camera world and the Z1 Pro is a multi-camera girl. We really appreciate how brands now add some visible functionality to the additional cameras, instead of just saying how they add to the “quality” of the picture and Vivo has done exactly that. The Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a triple camera set up on the back comprising a 16-megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, there is a 32-megapixel in-display camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies. Vivo’s track record when it comes to smartphone cameras has been very good and we hope the Z1 will embellish it. It certainly has the hardware for it.
Pie with Funtouch
Software wise the Vivo Z1 Pro comes running on Android 9 (Pie) out of the box. This OS comes with a layer of Vivo’s in-house FuntouchOS_9. While the latest Android is always a plus point, Vivo’s UI can be a little overwhelming for some, with its array of apps and features. We will see how easy it is to use in the coming days.
One of the USPs of the Vivo Z1 Pro is the battery that sits under the hood of the smartphone. The Z1 runs on a massive 5,000 mAh battery which should ideally last you more than a day on a single charge. Now, charging that big a battery can be a pain, but the Z1 Pro does come with support for fast charging. And an 18W charger in the box as well.
Price (how much)?
Although Vivo has not announced the price of the Z1 Pro yet, looking at the specs and numbers that the phone brings to the table, we feel that the phone would sit well in the Rs. 15,000 category. Yes, there is some formidable competition in that zone with Redmi Note 7 pro, Realme 3 Pro and a range of smartphones from Samsung. But if the Vivo Z1 plays its performance and camera cards right, we think it just be able to make space for itself in the highly crowded zone.