Vivo X70 Pro vs Pixel 6, which one should you get?

Thanks to Vivo’s aggressive marketing, by now everyone should be familiar with its new smartphone Vivo X70 Pro. 

The phone has amazing camera performance with a price tag of Tk72,000. Vivo has also established that the smartphone is camera-centric. 

However, a smartphone is not about the camera only. The quality of display, performance and battery life is all very important. 

This is how the Vivo X70 Pro stacks against the Pixel 6 from Google and Mi 11 from Xiaomi, since Pixel has a good reputation for having both hardware and camera-focused smartphones and Mi 11 has a significantly closer hardware specification. 

Chipset

Out of the box, Vivo X70 Pro comes with a MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 chipset. While the chipset itself is really good as far as MediaTek chipsets go, it would have been better to see Snapdragon’s 888 chipset, which is much better in terms of performance and battery life, within a phone of this price range. 

Within the Tk52,000 price range, Xiaomi’s Mi 11 does provide a Snapdragon 888 chipset inside while Pixel 6 went for Google’s own Tensor chipset at a similar price point. 

While we are comparing the prices, it should be noted that the variant of Vivo X70 Pro that came into Bangladesh is a 256GB storage and 12GB RAM variant. 

Google Pixel 6 does not have a 12GB RAM variant and it only goes up to 8GB. 

However, the 12GB RAM variant of Mi 11 costs almost Tk5,000 less than Vivo X70 Pro. 

Protection against dust/water

Amongst the three phones, only Pixel 6 offers an IP68 dust/water resistance. However, the Pro Plus version of Vivo X70 and Ultra version of Mi 11 provides an IP68 rating. 

Display

Vivo X70 Pro rocks a 6.56 inch AMOLED panel that supports a 120Hz display and a peak brightness of 1,300 nits. Mi 11 outshines the smartphone in the display segment with its 120Hz AMOLED display that supports up to 1,500 nits peak brightness.

Meanwhile, Pixel 6’s smaller display (6.4 inches) is 90Hz. All three displays have HDR10+ capabilities, with Xiaomi’s Mi 11 having additional support of 1 billion colours with a slightly larger display (6.81 inches). 

Neither gsmarena nor the Vivo website mentioned anything about the display protection. Meanwhile, gsmarena mentioned that both Pixel 6 and Mi 11 have Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. 

All three smartphones come with in-display fingerprint sensors. 

Performance

Don’t get us wrong. While we mentioned that having a better chipset would have been logical with the pricing that X70 Pro comes with, the phone has pretty decent performance when it comes to gaming. It offered a very good performance while playing graphics-intensive games such as Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9. There were no lags whatsoever. 

The higher refresh rate display of the phone also offers a very smooth day to day use performance. However, keep in mind that Mi 11 also offers the same in a lower price point, and the gaming performance of that smartphone is also really nice.

Battery and Charging

Vivo X70 Pro comes with a 4,450 mAh battery inside with 44 watts of fast charging support. Meanwhile, Pixel 6 comes with a slightly bigger 4,614 mAh battery with 30 watts of fast charging. 

However, the winner in this segment, Mi 11 comes with a 4,600 mAh battery with 55 watts charging support, which should be enough to fully charge the battery in 46-50 minutes. 

The wireless charging capabilities seemed to be missing in Vivo X70 Pro since there is no mention of such a feature, neither in gsmarena nor on the Vivo website. 

Final verdict

Vivo X70 Pro is definitely a very nice device. Besides an outstanding camera that claims to have gimbal stabilisation, the design is flawless with a matt finish in back. The phone also has a curved display, which is commonly seen in flagship Samsung smartphones. 

One thing that personally bothered me is the placement of its selfie camera. I was never a fan of centred punch-hole front cameras. 

The way Mi 11 put it in the left is by far the least distracting method to implement punch-hole cameras.

That being said, if we consider other aspects, the phone does look a bit overpriced. A Tk5,000 to Tk10,000 cut would have been the sweet spot. 

Do we recommend the smartphone? Well, it depends on what you want from your smartphone. If you want an amazing camera with amazing video capabilities and do not intend to sell one of your kidneys for it, you can definitely go for it instead of buying a much more expensive iPhone. 

But, if you are a user who tends to look at performance and want only a decent camera. The Mi 11 or Pixel 6 would be much better options for you.

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