Vivo V11 Pro Review

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Taasir Urdu News Network | Uploaded on 11-September-2018

A couple of years ago, the smartphone industry was struck by the selfie frenzy, and pretty much every manufacturer began selling selfie-focused models. Among the crowd, Oppo’s F series and Vivo’s V series have stood the test of time, as both companies continue to iterate and refresh them.

Vivo’s latest offering is the V11 Pro, an iterative update to the Vivo V9 (Review) which was launched about six months ago. This is the first V series phone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor, which debuted on the Vivo X21 (Review). In many ways, the V11 Pro is like a selfie-centric version of the X21, and apart from the fingerprint sensor, it also has similar specifications as its higher-end sibling.

Priced at Rs. 25,990, does the V11 Pro have enough to differentiate itself from its rivals? Let’s find out.

Vivo V11 Pro design

Given the fact that there’s only been a short interval between the launches of the Vivo V9 and V11 Pro, it’s no surprise that the new model looks pretty much identical to its predecessor. The buttons, SIM tray, ports, and even the rear camera module have virtually identical placements. This phone is also very light thanks to its all-plastic body, and is easy to manage with one hand. It’s as thick as the V9, at 7.9mm, but is slightly taller, so it might feel more bulky in your pocket. The glossy back also attracts smudges very easily.

The larger body makes room for a bigger display, which measures 6.41 inches diagonally. Vivo is calling this a ‘Halo FullView’ display since it has slim borders on all sides and a really tiny notch. The latter is similar to what we just saw on the Oppo F9 Pro (Review). Since there’s only room for the front camera, the sensors have been moved into the edge of the bezel to the right of the camera, while the earpiece is cleverly placed just above it. The V11 Pro comes with a screen protector pre-installed, but it also has Gorilla Glass 3 reinforcement.

The display has a healthy full-HD+ resolution which brings the total pixel count to just over 400ppi. Images and text look sharp, and the Super AMOLED panel ensures vivid colours and deep backs. The AMOLED panel is a prerequisite for having an in-display fingerprint sensor. You now get the option to select from three different animation styles for the authentication process.

A fingerprint logo lights up when motion is detected so you know where to place your finger, but authentication isn’t very quick. It takes a full second or two before the phone unlocks. In contrast, face recognition was lightning quick, and worked well for us even under low light. It doesn’t work if your eyes are closed, which makes it a little more secure. For added safety, you can opt for a combination of face and fingerprint authentication.

The V11 Pro gets some new colour options. Our unit had a dual-tone finish called Starry Night, with a black upper half that transitions into a glittery blue lower half. This phone is also available in Dazzling Gold. In the box, you get a silicone case, a SIM eject tool, a headset, a Micro-USB cable, and a fast-charge capable power adapter.

The Vivo V11 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 mobile platform, and has 6GB of RAM, just like the Vivo X21. Most of this phone’s benchmark numbers were a bit lower compared to the X21, and AnTuTu wouldn’t run to completion, so we couldn’t get a score. The phone has 64GB of storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, USB-OTG, GPS, and FM radio, but no NFC. Sensors include an ambient light sensor, virtual gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a compass.

To compensate for the lack of a notification LED, you can enable the always-on display, which shows you the time, date, battery level, and app icons for any incoming notifications. However, the notifications are passive, which means you can’t interact with them the way Samsung and many others allow. You also don’t get any controls on the always-on display when music is playing.

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