Vivo V11 Pro Review: Good Performer With A Lot Of Creative Features

Vivo V11 Pro Front View

Vivo has been a brand that has been globally active and scaling new highs in the past years. This year, they have had many phones that have done well. After the very popular and talked about Vivo Next that came with a solution for the notch and a creative motorized camera, they have now come up with the Vivo V11 Pro which is targeting the younger crowd that needs a lot of stability and has a creative design. I spent time with this phone and here is my review

Here are the key specifications of this device

Model Vivo V11 Pro
Display 6.41-inch (19.5:9), FHD+ (2280 x 1080 pixel) display, AMOLED
Processor 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 660
Internal Storage 64GB, expandable to 256GB (Dedicated card slot)
Software Android 8.1 Oreo, with Funtouch OS
Selfie Camera 25MP, AI beauty
Rear Camera 12MP + 5MP, f/2.0 aperture lens, dual-tone LED flash, 4k video
Battery 3400mAh Battery, fast charging
Others 4G, VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Face Unlock, with IR laser, In-display Fingerprint sensor, and GPS
Price Rs 25,990/-

The Vivo V9 was a big hit with the Indian buyers. After that, it looks like the Vivo product and design team have been working hard on making a successor that is a compelling buy and has a bevvy of interesting and useful features. And they have succeeded in getting together a wonderful package that the young buyer will find very interesting.

Vivo V11 Pro Screen

The phone has a 3D curved body on the rear side with a two-tone color-scheme that starts off being Black on the top and gradually transforms to an attractive and shimmery surface that Vivo has named ‘Starry Night’ color. The rear has dual rear cameras that are vertically aligned on the top left corner of the phone.  The camera module has a metallic golden trim around it and below it is the LED flash.  If you are wondering why I haven’t spoken about the fingerprint scanner, that is because this phone has an under-screen fingerprint scanner. This is the first time that the feature has been seen in a phone that costs less than 30k in India. This will be a great hit with the buyers.

The 16.29 cm-big super AMOLED screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.27% screen-to-body ratio and something Vivo calls the Halo Full-View display. This is an even better screen to body ratio than the Vivo Nex  and even the iPhone X. The notch is very small and is what most people now fondly call the tear-drop notch. This makes the whole experience very good and Vivo have managed to somehow add even a earpiece and even an IR scanner for face recognition without adding too much weight and have succeeded in maintaining a pleasing design language.

Vivo V11 Pro Rear View

The rear curves around to the frame of the smartphone have the volume and power buttons on the side along with slots for the 3.5-mm headphone jack and speaker grille on the bottom.  The smartphone still makes use of a Micro-USB port and not USB type-C. Having said that, the battery lasts mare than a day and charges up fast when needed.

The in-display fingerprint works better on this device, much better than the Nex .   There is also the infrared face-scan. This feature is very well implemented and works like a charm even in low-light conditions. I have had endless issues with a lot of devices with the face unlock but the Vivo V11 Pro has a very fast and reliable face unlock.

The V11 Pro comes with a 25-megapixel front camera and a 12-megapixel and a 5-megapixel on the rear. The camera department is something that Vivo has been using as a selling point in their devices and the V11 Pro is no exception. The camera performs well in good lighting and consistently churns decent pictures with good colors. The bokeh mode is good and creates good outlines with very professional background blurring. There are a whole lot of options in the camera interface that will ensure that you are never out of choices when you need to capture moments to store for remembrances. Detailed camera review coming soon.  Here are a few sample pictures for now

The device is pretty smooth in the performance area,  and when I used multiple apps on it for a whole day and it handled the load without any trouble at all. Gaming was a breeze too and there was absolutely no stutter or frame drop to be seen at all. Video loops were handled very easily and there really was nothing that the phone could not handle. Performance and Load are handled very well.

Call quality was excellent and VoLTE is supported. There were absolutely no  call drops. The speaker assembly does a fairly good job of playing music and there were no complaints there too. There were no heating issues even on prolonged use or gaming sessions. Overall, the phone ticks all the right boxes in major areas

Vivo V11 Pro Side View

Some of the key plus points of the phone are

  • The in-display fingerprint sensor has improved speed and is very consistent and reliable.
  • The Face unlock is supported by IR laser. It’s very visibly fast and works consistently even in dark conditions.
  • When you place your finger on the screen for biometric scan, Face Unlock also kicks in and unlocks the phone instead. This is very nifty and thoughtful when it comes to practical scenarios.


Vivo V11 Pro Notch

Vivo has given a very impressive phone at an very reachable price of Rs 25,990/- that brings a lot of great features from the Vivo line-up that are a first in the this price range. From my end – it is a definite buy.  It brings a lot to the table where other brands have faltered and in a way, Vivo has thrown the gates open in this price range and it will now be interesting to see if other brands can match or beat this in the coming days.

About Shakthi

I am a Tech Blogger, Disability Activist, Keynote Speaker, Startup Mentor and Digital Branding Consultant. Also a McKinsey Executive Panel Member. Also known as @v_shakthi on twitter. Been around Tech for two decades now.

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