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
Before we dive into the review let’s take a look at the complete hardware specifications:
|Display||6.41-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660|
|Primary Cameras||12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4|
|Secondary Camera||25MP f/2.0|
|Operating System||Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo|
What’s In the Box
The Vivo V11 Pro comes in a standard white box featuring the device’s image at top. Open the lid, and you’ll find a beautiful device and a standard bunch of accessories, including a pair of earphones and a clear case.
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
• SIM ejector tool
Design and Build Quality
Starting off with the design, the Vivo V11 Pro follows a very different yet modern design aesthetics. Featuring a 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a waterdrop-style notch, the device looks amazing, i mean look the device by yourself in the above image. Thanks to its minimal bezels, the Vivo V11 Pro has a screen-to-body ratio greater than that of the Vivo Nex that doesn’t even have a notch! Thumbs up to Vivo for that.
Our review unit has a nice black and blue dual-tone color scheme, which sets it apart from other devices out there in the market. The color scheme, according to Vivo, draws inspiration from Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, giving the device a very unique look and appearance.
In terms of build quality, the Vivo V11 Pro, somehow disappoints us as the device comes with a plastic back. The Vivo V11 Pro has a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a micro USB port for charging and data syncing. However, I honestly would’ve preferred a USB Type-C port on the device.
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.
The Vivo V11 Pro sports an impressive 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top. However, Gorilla Glass 3 is quite an older version of the tough glass, though it offer some protection, but it’s not as good as Gorilla Glass 5 or the new Gorilla Glass 6.
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.
The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and its performance is quite good. I tested the device quite thoroughly, running most popular and demanding games, and I have no complaints.
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.
If you’ve ever used a Vivo smartphone before, then you’d probably know about the User Interface. Vivo heavily customize its user interface to make it look more like an iOS device and the Vivo V11 Pro is no exception either. The device runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which brings a ton of features.
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
The In-display Fingerprint Scanner on the Vivo V11 Pro isn’t as fast as a traditional fingerprint scanner. Though the in-display fingerprint scanner used in V11 Pro is fastest among all out there.
The Vivo V11 Pro features a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup on the back, along with a 25MP selfie shooter at front. Vivo phones are known for their great camera performance and the new V11 Pro contains the same DNA. The device performs remarkably well in almost all scenarios, making it one of the best camera phones in the mid-range category.
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:
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.
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.
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?
Priced at Rs.25,990, the V11 Pro offers a bunch of great features on the table. It sports a beautiful Super AMOLED display with minimal bezels and tiny notch, features and in-display fingerprint scanner which stands it out from the crowd, has IR-assisted face unlock which not only is more accurate than the face unlock found on most other mid-range devices, but also works quite well in dark environments.
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
- Waterdrop-style notch
- IR assisted face unlock
- Vibrant Super AMOLED display
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- No USB Type-C port
- No stabilization for video capture
- Average build quality