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Vivo X70 Pro 5G review: Amazing camera

Vivo X70 Pro 5G

The followup to the Vivo X60 Pro, the Vivo X70 Pro is the continuation of its Zeiss partnership, and it looks like it's paying off. The phone takes amazing pictures, even in low-light conditions. While it's not packing the fastest processor, the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200 does a great enough job to keep the phone snappy and smooth.

Quick specs

  • MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G octa-core processor
  • 12GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Comes with a case and a 44W fast charger

The X70 Pro has a large camera bump at the back. It's similar to the one found on the X60 Pro, but longer. That's because there are four cameras (three on the non-pro X70). They are a 50MP gimbal camera, 12MP portrait, 12MP wide-angle (2x zoom), and a 8MP periscope camera (5x zoom). The zoom is generally fine, and the phone can go up to 50x digital zoom, but that's honestly quite terrible. But for normal photos, you'll love the level of detail and colour while low-light mode is the best I've seen. I daresay it's even better than the iPhone 13 mini. Night shots are bright, with lots of detail. The Zeiss T* coating helps reduce a lot of lamp flare, too. The 32MP front selfie camera takes decent selfies, too.

Vivo X70 Pro 5G
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There are also various software features for the camera that will help novices. The AI mode is smart enough to prompt you to choose the right mode for your picture. Astro is fun to try, but the supermoon feature is a miss, in my opinion. The macro mode (also a feature found on the iPhone 13 Pro) works great, though it doesn't get as close as the Oppo Find X3 Pro, which has a dedicated microscope camera with a ring light. Besides the camera features, the X70 Pro's Funtouch 12 operating system keeps things simple, with no crazy complicated features that you'll never use.

Vivo X70 Pro 5G
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Despite the Pro moniker, there are no wireless charging features. That's sadly reserved for the Pro Plus version — and that's not sold officially in Singapore. You do get an under-display fingerprint scanner, a beautiful 6.56-inch AMOLED 120Hz HDR10+ display, and a 4,450mAh battery. Battery life is great at 15hr 11min in my video tests. Another thing I like about the X70 Pro is the beautiful matte finish on the back. The phone also feels pretty good in the hand, and gaming performance is fine. The camera bump does get slightly in the way while holding it in landscape mode though. The phone doesn't feel lacking despite not having the top-of-the-line Qualcomm chip, it's been a smooth experience.

Retailing at S$1,199, the Vivo X70 Pro 5G is an impressive camera phone. If you like taking lots of photos, and want an Android phone, this is one to consider. You will get really good shots, in both day and night. That aside, it's a decent phone with good performance and design. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.

See Also
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Note: Review unit provided by Vivo.


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Verdict



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A good phone for the mobile photographer.

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