/Vivo Z1 Pro Review: Massive Battery, Bigger Display, Better Camera with In-display Selfie Camera to Flaunt

Vivo Z1 Pro Review: Massive Battery, Bigger Display, Better Camera with In-display Selfie Camera to Flaunt

Vivo Z1 Pro

Vivo has presented to us a new smartphone which is glossy, attractive and appealing, coupled with a huge and extensive battery to gain a firm hold in the mid-segment of Indian buyers because it has a range of other smartphones too that goes till premium segment and in budget segment as well. This new smartphone is known as Vivo Z1 Pro and with this phone the Chinese brand aims to target three particular areas mainly; gaming, triple camera and battery to win the trust of buyers without denting too much on to their pockets. We have got the 6GB/64GB version for review. So, let’s tear it down as how the new Vivo Z1 Pro going to take on the competitions and buyers aspirations. This is the first smartphone of the Vivo’s new Z series to be launched anywhere in the world. Vivo has announced this phone for online buyers first before deciding to extend it to further channels.


Vivo Z1 Pro

Vivo Z1 Pro has got some quite interesting features to flaunt. The first striking resemblance in it is the in-display selfie camera or punch hole display, whatever you may call it, situated on the left upright of the screen. On a massive 6.53 inches of screen this in-display front camera looks unique and becomes unnoticeable when you start watching video content on it. The screen resolution makes it a worthy smartphone too where you hardly miss any detail, whether in sun or in shade. The back of Z1 Pro holds a triple camera setup in a vertical module along with LED flash. The phone retains the fingerprint scanner at the back which is fast and unlocks the phone is quick seconds. The most appealing part of Z1 Pro is the back aesthetics, the gradient dual tone design with hue of blue and green makes it a stunner for the beholder and the onlookers too.

Full Specifications

The right panel of the smartphone has the volume keys and power button while the left has a dedicated smart key which triggers Google Assistant when pressed and the SIM tray that can hold two nano SIM cards simultaneously and a memory card slot too for expanding the storage. The bottom of the phone sports the conventional charging port, 3.5mm jack and the speaker grille. Vivo has missed to incorporate the Type-C port in Z1 Pro. There’s nothing on the top of it. The compact form factor of the phone isn’t a problem either to hold it for long and it’s not that heavy too. You can use it single handedly. The plastic back makes it light and easy to carry around.


Vivo Z1 Pro

The Vivo Z1 Pro sports a punch hole display cutout. It has got a 6.53 inch FHD+ display having 1080×2340 resolution with 395 ppi. The massive screen has good colour temperature to it and whatever is being displayed has a feel to it. The distortion is minimal what we see with naked eyes and what we get on Z1 Pro. The display remains ambient under shade and outdoor too. The punch hole display or the in-display selfie camera module might come in way while watching video content. The bezels are thin which helps in getting lots of information at once on screen. Overall, the display of Vivo Z1 Pro is bright and punchy which is a must for video consumption and photography. The huge display comes handy too during gaming and binge watching of videos. The full screen smartphone feeds the necessities of today’s young and energetic lifestyle where they get new innovations to experience like in-display selfie lens.


Vivo Z1 Pro has got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor. The 10nm chipset is octa-core in formation. We have got the 6GB RAM model with 64GB internal storage. The smartphone is a daily driver with muti-tasking is at ease. It suffices the day to day needs of the users with sustainable performance. The chipset is good and works well in most of scenarios. Vivo also claims it to be good on gaming too which came out to be true on many occasions but, not purely a gaming-centric phone. The PUGB Mobile, Fortnite, etc. are fine but observed a lag when used extensively. The refresh rate required during heavy graphic intensive games is low when compared to Poco F1. There are various modes available while gaming where you can change voice, 3D surround sound and vibration to feel the game. There is feature called the Game Cube where it helps the user to customize the notifications during gameplay. There’s also ESports Mode as well for higher efficiency and optimization while gaming. You might encounter heat while playing games for long. So take rest and enjoy in breaks. The 6GB RAM works fine in combination with QS 712. The Z1 Pro runs on Android 9.0 with Vivo’s own UI, Funtouch OS 9. There is bloatware in the phone. The smartphone does show sign of heaviness and unease while operating. The apps load time is good. The Funtouch OS 9 needs more customization in Z1 Pro. Overall, the Vivo Z1 Pro is good for multi-tasking as well as daily tasks and can bear the gamers too upto an extent. The octa-core chipset is quick and responsive, the RAM support is satisfactory but, the extra layer of skin adds few glitches to it.


One of the key target areas of Vivo Z1 Pro is the camera. The company has tried to balance the triple camera setup at the back with a single 32MP selfie shooter on front. The selfie lens is housed in a punch hole display cutout placed on display’s left top corner. With aperture of f/2.0 the selfie lens works fine in most of the conditions. The daylight selfies are good in which detailing can be noticed whereas the same selfie lens struggles when the lighting is not that favorable. There are various modes available in the selfie mode to enhance the images. There’s no denying that the 32MP selfie camera clicks good pictures in which you can relate yourself. The colour and hue remain intact while taking selfies. There are times when you notice a bit of over exposure and fakeness to it. Sometimes the images look unreal as if they were edited before shooting.

The main attraction of Z1 Pro is the amalgamation of three rear cameras set together to give a different user experience to the user without investing too much on a smartphone. The main lens is a 16MP shooter along with an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP bokeh or depth sensor. The aperture varies from f/1.2, 2.2 and 2.4 respectively. The low light photography with the main lens is good and worth noticing. The ultra-wide lens comes handy while clicking the large frames or object. The extra bit of field of view gives plenty to enjoy. The depth sensor seems fine and lets you identify the subject and the background clearly. The AI comes very effective in scene detection and suggestion. The modes available such as HDR helps you out automatically depending upon the sort of environment you are in.

Overall, the new Vivo Z1 Pro cameras have lots of potentials to showcase, play, enjoy and share. You have got the trademark 32MP selfie lens to shoot and a set of triple lens at the back to experience and explore new dimensions of photography without hurting your budget.


The prime and the most common aspect anyone may ask for in a smartphone is its battery and Vivo Z1 Pro sports such huge battery to boast about. The only smartphone brand to compete with Asus 5,000mAh challenger, Vivo has incorporated a huge 5,000mAh battery in Z1 Pro. Don’t worry about the casual charging as it can easily last upto two days of normal to moderate usage. The only worry about this is that it takes hell lot of time to get fully charged. The Type-C is missing and also the fast charging. It almost takes 3 hours to get fully charged. It does generate heat while charging. Overall, such a huge and massive battery is capable of sustaining it long, be it music or videos.


The Vivo Z1 Pro hits on different targets at once such as glossy design, massive battery life, triple camera and in-display selfie lens. The rear cameras did pretty well, the selfie shines bright. The processor works fine and supports multi-tasking. The gaming experience is okay. Battery life gives it an edge over others, huge display suffices the need for content. Funtouch OS needs refinement and bit of customization. Priced at Rs 16,990, Vivo Z1 Pro is a kind of all-rounder you will need in budget.

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