September 30, 2023

Prime Options

– Catchy design and look

– Pretty first rate efficiency
– Lengthy lasting battery

There’s no denying the truth that Vivo, prior to now couple of years, has actually added fairly just a few improvements in its smartphones. And we imply this for a number of features together with display, battery, digicam and the design – which primarily means all the important thing shopping for components of the smartphone. And like what now we have seen with different common smartphone manufacturers available in the market, Vivo has additionally began bringing the innovation present in its ‘premium’ gadgets equivalent to Vivo Nex to extra reasonably priced handsets – working example, Vivo Z sequence. The Z sequence, as termed by the Chinese language handset maker, is geared toward technology Z. So, retaining this in thoughts, it has included some premium options to Z1 Professional, which is its first smartphone within the lineup.

The handset is priced at Rs 14,990 (base) and falls in direct competitors with two main smartphone sequence from rival manufacturers – Samsung (Galaxy M sequence) and Xiaomi (Redmi sequence). Whereas you have already got the Y sequence smartphones by Vivo, the Z sequence comes as a breath of contemporary air and one thing new to look ahead to for Vivo followers.

Vivo Z1 Professional launched lately and went on sale just a few days in the past. So, we acquired our palms on it and used it for fairly a while as our every day driver. So what’s the fuss about with Vivo Z1 Professional? Can it actually give rivals the sweat? Learn our assessment to seek out out.


Vivo Z1 Professional‘s weight is certainly not on the heavier aspect however the machine is just not gentle both. At 201grams, the handset has a balanced weight and also you received’t at all times be struggling whereas dealing with it. It’s thick at 8.85mm, which is common for smartphones as of late. Nevertheless, the general construct is extra block-like, which delivers a sure degree of confidence whereas holding it and a superb grip. You possibly can simply take it out of your pockets and begin working with out considering twice of it slipping out of your palms.

The whole entrance is simply the display with ever so skinny bezels on the high and backside. The one ‘distraction’ you get on the display is the punch gap on the high left nook. That didn’t actually hassle us although. There’s a speaker grille on high and the usuals on the backside together with a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB charging port and a speaker. What makes the smartphone look good is the again panel, which though is a reflective one, is sweet to have a look at. You get the identical dual-tone look with a shiny coating, which makes it a fingerprint and smudge magnet. However the easy look and the not-so-loud color texture seems effective. There’s a triple rear digicam setup on the high left nook. Additionally, you get the great previous bodily (and dependable) fingerprint sensor on the again as a substitute of these which can be embedded beneath the display. This comes together with password lock, sample lock and Face lock tech.

So, the smartphone received’t be a disappointment by any means however might not get your consideration straight away. The grip, dimensions and the load are the plus factors whereas the shiny again look might nonetheless be a significant downside for a lot of.


On the show aspect of issues, Vivo has been performing properly because it has began utilizing higher display panels in handsets whereas slicing down on bezels. The Vivo Z1 Professional provides to this. It’s a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) show, which is sweet to have a look at. The inclusion of an IPS panel with such a decision is one thing that’s not new for Vivo and each different smartphone within the specific worth section has this. It’s not a head turner however remains to be a reasonably good display and the one which’s immersive sufficient on your streaming companies and video games. What’s not but ‘typical’ in smartphone screens is the punch gap design that features the front-facing digicam. The Vivo Z1 Professional has one and we’ve acquired no complaints from it.

There’s no notch on this one as you get a cutout on the highest left nook which, like cutouts in different smartphones, has entrance digicam solely. In a better look you’ll discover a small chin on the backside of the display, one thing that shouldn’t be a problem and one thing you could get used to simply. Nevertheless, because the display measurement is on the bigger aspect with 6.53-inches, we frequently discovered ourselves twiddling with the handset and adjusting the grip to entry a number of choices whereas utilizing it single handedly. At this level, Vivo seems to have completed a superb job in bringing a lot of the operations in direction of the decrease aspect of the smartphone with the newest FunTouch OS. That’s considerable however we nonetheless needed to attain for the highest corners in some instances.

What’s good right here is the system-wide ‘Darkish Mode’ that converts the white areas to Darkish Gray throughout Vivo apps, notifications and extra. You possibly can schedule it’s activation as properly from the Settings app. Another software-based typical options embrace auto-brightness, Eye Safety (Blue gentle filter), Rotation lock, color temperature adjustment and third-party app show ratio whereby you may swap between Protected Space Show or Full Display. Having all these options in a smartphone is nothing new however then the handset covers you fairly properly on the subject of key options.


Efficiency is Vivo Z1 Professional’s strongest go well with and it’s not simply because it has a reasonably new and highly effective Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor (first cellphone in India to launch with this processor), but in addition on the subject of gaming and dealing with apps generally. Vivo itself has been stressing quite a bit on the efficiency side of the Z1 Professional. And that is sensible as smartphones from Vivo are actually just about at par with different premium manufacturers on the subject of battery, show and the digicam. So it’s pure to concentrate on efficiency this time. Certain, the premium Vivo smartphones include top-of-the-class SoCs and work method higher, however that was one thing many couldn’t say in regards to the mid-rangers and funds handsets till now.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 in Vivo Z1 Professional has eight cores with Kyro 360 CPU that may clock as much as 2.3GHz and is made utilizing 10nm course of. That is primarily the identical processing energy that you just get in Snapdragon 710, apart from the minor clock pace change of two.2Ghz. Though the distinction is negligible and one thing finish customers received’t even discover, we have been fairly content material with the efficiency of the smartphone. From putting in the app to taking part in it easily whereas having different RAM consuming apps within the background, the general expertise was not as unhealthy as we thought contemplating it isn’t per se a premium or perhaps a upper-mid vary smartphone.

The consumer interface is fluid like a sizzling knife on butter. The animations, stutter-free switching between apps, swiping between completely different dwelling screens and notification panels, all labored simply effective. The one ‘Achilles heel’ right here is the FunTouch OS design. It has undoubtedly improved in quite a lot of methods however nonetheless wants some ironing out. The distinctiveness nonetheless appears to lack and one can nonetheless get confused between this and different UIs from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Realme and extra. Perhaps Android Q will convey some main upgrades. Solely Vivo has the reply for now.

As for the remainder of the options, the smartphone has primarily every thing that you just want. You do get quite a lot of bloatware within the type of undesirable apps. However most of them could be eliminated in order that’s a non-issue. For gaming, this isn’t a foul smartphone in any respect because it has an honest display and a reasonably highly effective processor with GPU to deal with animations and graphics. We didn’t face any lag or body drops as such whereas taking part in.

For reference, Vivo Z1 Professional scored 6776 in PC Mark (Work 2.0) efficiency, 6492 in net looking 2.0, 5648 in video modifying, 7230 in writing 2.0 and 10847 for photograph modifying 2.0 exams. Whereas the Work 2.0 take a look at scores have been low, the handset acquired a reasonably good rating within the video modifying part. The general rating was nearly the identical as that of Samsung Galaxy S9’s. If that makes you content.


Amongst different options, Vivo is betting heavy on the digicam entrance as properly of its Z1 Professional. The handset has triple rear cameras so naturally one ought to anticipate a very good expertise whereas taking pictures pictures and movies. On the again there are 16MP + 8MP + 2MP sensors, of which the 16MP sensor with f/1.78 aperture is the principle digicam, whereas the 8MP sensor is for the wide-angle photographs and 2MP sensor for Bokeh photographs. Sure there’s no 48MP digicam on this one however that shouldn’t convey your hopes down as the photographs are nonetheless crisp and good.

One of many options touted most is the involvement of ‘AI’ or Synthetic Intelligence whereas clicking. The AI filter did assist us out usually in altering the taking pictures mode primarily based on the setting however that’s only a minor tweak. Typically, we didn’t actually see a drastic change when taking pictures with the AI detection and with out it. Nonetheless, the small print are preserved to some extent however the colors are to not the mark at all times. So far as the highlights and shadows go, the Z1 Professional does make sure scenes look bit dramatic by darkening the shadows and blowing the highlights a bit. The digicam, nevertheless, is constant in delivering the sharpness.

Clicking from the wide-angle lens can also be an honest expertise. There’s hardly a shutter lag, which makes the complete strategy of clicking and previewing the picture fast. We did discover that the perimeters in wide-angle digicam aren’t that nice on the subject of high quality and sharpness. That’s the solely main distraction within the in any other case good digicam mode. Taking pictures from the 8MP wide-angle digicam in daylight will get you the required Blue sky color and minor shadow particulars with balanced highlights. Nevertheless, taking pictures it in a semi-lit setting will get you extra synthetic pictures with blown up brightness and a extra distinguished focus on the centre of the shot. The standard will get worse as you progress in direction of the perimeters. We additionally noticed the broad angle mode taking pictures in a barely hotter color tone, which isn’t as unhealthy as you assume and appeared extra nearer to actuality.

As for the bokeh mode, Vivo Z1 Professional does an honest job and nothing that may blow your thoughts however one thing that you could nonetheless publish it on social media. In our exams we nonetheless noticed the digicam struggling to get the hair strands in focus and mixing the topic with the portion of the background in some instances. However then that’s very a lot anticipated and naturally you received’t get a Pixel-quality shot in a Rs 14,990 smartphone simply but. The remains to be good although as we’ve seen some cameras performing worse prior to now.

The 32MP entrance digicam is one other side that Vivo is boasting about with Z1 Professional. Right here too, you get AI filters together with AR Stickers, which nonetheless want quite a lot of enchancment, Portrait Gentle results work properly however is one thing that we don’t anticipate many individuals utilizing, Reside Photograph and AI Magnificence are nearly first rate. Though the general efficiency of the digicam is very well balanced whereas retaining particulars with good dynamic vary, we discovered it overdoing the highlights a bit in instances when there’s a selfie taken in a room in opposition to a window or a shiny supply of sunshine. Luckily, this didn’t mess-up the shadow areas or the color. Put up modifying choices are loads sufficient with some good filters as properly.

What we discovered a little bit of a problem was concerning the checklist of digicam modes talked about in addition to the shutter button. Vivo has talked about all of them there, in a scrollable checklist. Nevertheless, it doesn’t point out which of them are additionally obtainable for the entrance digicam. It usually occurred that we switched to the selfie digicam and tapped on a mode considering that it is a devoted mode for selfie digicam.
Nevertheless, tapping on that switched us again to the rear digicam. This isn’t a significant problem although however is more likely to confuse customers.


Vivo Z1 Professional is a battery behemoth little question. The 5000mAh battery capability simply rounds off the complete powerhouse and makes the machine simply run for hours. Throughout our every day utilization, the smartphone ran impressively properly as we didn’t really feel the necessity to run for a charger. On a mean utilization, which incorporates looking the online for few hours, taking part in video games, modifying, typing and watching movies for a few hours, the Z1 Professional ran for round 10 hours straight earlier than giving up. For gentle customers the machine ought to run for 12 hours simply.

We did anticipate a superb efficiency due to three key causes: 5000mAh battery, model new and environment friendly Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC and LCD show with FHD+ (2340×1080 pixels) decision so there’s not a lot energy to be pushed each time the display activates.

In fact you get a set of primary software program options together with a Regular mode, on which the machine might be by default, Low Energy Mode and a Tremendous Energy-Saving Mode. The Tremendous Energy-Saving Mode cuts off every thing and offers entry solely to the Contacts, Cellphone, Messages and the Clock app. What ought to come as a excellent news for the followers is that they get quick charging tech, which is capped at 18W.


Vivo Z1 Professional isn’t just a robust smartphone however can also be a reasonably good different for a complete lot of smartphones within the sub-Rs 20,000 worth section. Consumers might not get quite a lot of firsts right here when it comes to options but it surely does get the title of being the primary to convey Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 to smartphone within the nation. Vivo Z1 Professional looks as if a extra polished model of the Y sequence by the corporate and is clearly one of the best of what Vivo has to supply within the worth vary. The punch gap show is clearly a step in the precise path in the event that they should remove using pop-up cameras. However that’s once more, subjective.

The LCD display is above common with good off-axis viewing angles, processor works impressively properly and the UI, though a single ache level, remains to be simple and never that huge of a deal for a number of customers. The cameras work properly however there nonetheless stays a complete lot of room for enchancment, not when it comes to specs however the software program and the picture processing. Vivo Z1 Professional will get a thumbs up for the entrance digicam and a double thumbs-up for the battery efficiency. You possibly can fairly actually plug out your totally charged smartphone and neglect in regards to the battery for the remainder of the day. Taking part in PUBG, looking the online, streaming music and movies are all good and the battery efficiency is among the finest you may get proper now.

However there have at all times been opponents and the closest one to Vivo Z1 Professional are Xiaomi’s model new Redmi K20 and Realme’s Realme X smartphones, each of which seem nearly at par on spec sheet. So if you’re in search of an reasonably priced premium smartphone, this one from Vivo is unquestionably a superb decide. Or else, you realize the alternate options.


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