Vivo Z1 Pro Review In 8 Points: Better Than Redmi Note 7 Pro & Realme 3 Pro?

Vivo Z1 Pro Review: First Impressions and Our Opinion
Vivo Z1 Pro Review: First Impressions and Our Opinion

The newly launched Vivo Z1 Pro is trending in the country since a few weeks. We got the device early, and after a few weeks of use, it’s time for a review. We will be keeping it short, and discuss the whole Vivo Z1 Pro review in eight points covering every aspect.

Vivo came with a big surprise, probably its very first aggressively priced smartphone in the country.

Vivo Z1 Pro also currently the cheapest punch-hole display smartphone in the country.

Focusing on the budget segment with good devices, the company aims to take on the bestsellers in the budget space with Z series. Vivo Z1 Pro is the first device of the new Vivo Z series boasting some really good features, all starting at under 15,000 rupees.


Design & Build: It’s All Plastic, But Looks Are Awesome

The Z1 Pro comes with a high-quality polycarbonate body. It’s plastic, but does feel premium. The high quality polycarbonate built is backs some of the striking gradient colour schemes. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. The colour schemes are stylish, but a glass body would have been better.

On the other hand, plastic means its more durable. Glass will hardly survive accidental falls, while Z1 Pro would have some advantage here.

Anyway, plastic is plastic, and glass is glass. In the same range there’s Redmi Note 7 Pro with a glass body. So, in terms of looks and build quality, Z1 Pro does an average job here. In all, it’s good and feels good to be used.

Display: The Most Affordable Punch-Hole Display Smartphone

Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a huge 6.53-inch Full HD+ display offering a screen-to-body ratio of 90.77 percent with a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and an in-display punch-hole camera. The company ditched the notch to offer a full-screen display.

The display has very thin bezels. Vivo has done a great job in terms of the overall screen experience. It’s also an apt choice for content consumption. In terms of extended movie viewing experience, the Vivo device would a great job backed by the massive battery.

Hardware & Storage: Top Processor & Top Gaming Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 chipset has been used for Vivo Z1 Pro, the first smartphone in the country. advanced of the thee. Based on an 10nm architecture, it couples with Adreno 616 GPU. Snapdragon 712 is almost 10 per cent faster than Snapdragon 710 chip.

It offers 45 per cent better graphical performance and 2 times better AI performance, helping the Vivo smartphone deliver around 25 percent better overall performance.

In terms of daily performance, Vivo Z1 Pro can run almost all tasks and mid-end games without any hiccups. There won’t be any noticeable difference in daily use given the memory-heavy apps and social media.

It does a great job when it comes to extended gaming and extensive multitasking. There are three models to choose from: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage.

Software: The Newly Improved UI

Vivo Z1 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie, but with Funtouch 9.0 UI on top. The UI comes loaded with features and bloatware, and delivers a clean performance as any other non-stock device. There’s bloatware and customisations, but it isn’t bad.

The company has added a ton of features in their latest edition of the software, and it does look fresh and sorted.

Triple Rear Camera: Does It’s Job Pretty Well

Vivo Z1 Pro features a rear triple camera system additionally featuring an ultra wide-angle camera in the mix.

Z1 Pro packs in a 16-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 8-megapixel super-wide secondary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Vivo Z1 Pro can take good detailed and sharp pictures in bright light with accurate colours. In poorly lit conditions, Vivo Z1 Pro manages to click decent photos with almost accurate details and colours.

The dynamic range is good and it captures quite accurate details and produce good colours. The HDR works fine, and the ultra-wide lens is handy at times. The camera interface is quite minimal and it’s loaded with AI-powered modes to enhance the overall photography.

AI works on both the sides to adjust to the particular lighting and adjust the filters. In all, all thee three do good and make use of their respective lenses to take up some great shots.

Front Punch-Hole Camera: Top Notch Selfie Shots!

Upfront, Vivo Z1 Pro packs in a 25-megapixel quad-pixel selfie camera built into the punch hole display. The shots we took had a lot of details and it supports multiple shooting modes and filters to enhance selfies. The AI-powered modes do a good job in terms of capturing details.

The colours were a bit over the line, but in overall, the front camera does a good job, be it wide shots or low light shots.

Battery: The Giant!

Vivo packs in a massive mammoth 5,000mAh battery. The Vivo Z1 Pro also supports 18W fast charging. It takes around 2 hours to charge fully from 0 to 100 percent.

Coming to how it performs, the Z1 Pro can easily last more than a day, and even a day and a half on heavy usage.

With continuous video playback, gaming and performing multi-tasking processes, the Vivo smartphone can shoot up for a whole day. The company ships a fast charger inside the box, so you won’t have to buy a fast charger separately.

Pricing: Wins Big?

The other punch-hole display smartphones as Galaxy M40 or Moto One Vision starts at Rs 19,990. While the Z1 Peo is just available starting at under 15,000 bucks. Vivo Z1 Pro is available in three models starting at Rs 14,990 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The mid-end variant comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage costing Rs 16,990 and a top model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at Rs 18,990.

It comes in three colour options: Sonic Blue, Sonic Black and Mirror Black.

Talking about the price, the company has done a great job in terms of the set of features it’s offering at this price. With top competitors in the space as Redmi Note 7 Pro, Poco F1 or Realme 3 Pro, the Vivo smartphone obviously has some of its own unique features to stand out high.

Vivo Z1 Pro Review: Should You Buy?

Vivo Z1 offers some excellent features onboard at a very affordable price. All three have something in common, a new punch-hole design technology. The budget-friendly punch-hole display smartphone does make a good choice considering these few departments.

In all, Vivo Z1 Pro does packs in a solid performance backed by a better processor, bigger display and a larger battery. Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro aren’t bad or lose to Z1 Pro, but the new Vivo smartphone has a few better features if compared heads on.

With the new punch-hole design technology at a budget price, the company does beat some big stalwarts.

Vivo Z1 Pro does offer some value for money proposition at this range. Even if we consider the higher-priced Galaxy M40 or Moto One Vision, which also come with a similar punch-hole display, the budget-friendly Vivo Z1 Pro makes a better choice.

In all, Vivo Z1 Pro ticks all the boxes right, and packs in a solid performance backed by a really good processor, bigger display, new punch-hole technology, triple camera system, larger battery and more to enjoy.

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