The best Vivo phone 2023on January 11, 2023 at 16:00 Tech Advisor

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Vivo might be one of the largest smartphone brands you’ve never heard of. That may soon change, however, with the company’s ongoing push into new international markets beyond its native China.

At this early stage in its global expansion, many of the company’s phones are still only launching in Asia, though a growing number are getting European launches too, including its latest X80 Pro flagship. The company has also begun teasing an international rollout of its X90 series, already out in China, which we’re expecting to see go on sale in the UK and Europe.

There’s also the company’s iQoo sub-brand to consider, which offers remixed takes on its parent brand’s devices that strike an even more competitive price/performance balance, with a slight gaming focus.

A quick note on software: Vivo has two operating systems in use at the moment. Origin OS is the more recent, but is currently only available on Chinese models. Funtouch OS is found on the global launches, while the European versions of phones run a stripped back version of Funtouch with fewer pre-installed apps that’s closer to a stock Android experience – and much better for it.

Best Vivo phone reviews 2023

1. Vivo X80 Pro – Best Overall

Pros

(Maybe) the best camera around

Fast wired & wireless charging

IP68-water resistance

Great battery life

Cons

Awkward-looking camera design

Funtouch OS

RRP:



£1,199

The X80 Pro is Vivo’s latest flagship, and benefits from a wide release that includes much of Asia and Europe, including the UK.

What’s curious is that this is very similar to the older X70 Pro+, below, but is available in more countries and for a little less.

The big upgrades are to the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and a larger battery with faster charging, and those alone make this a worthy upgrade.

The camera hasn’t been tweaked much, but has minor upgrades to the main image sensor and image processor – enough to make this Vivo’s best camera, and in turn our favourite smartphone camera of 2022. Vivo has also moved its trademark gimbal tech from the ultrawide to the 2x zoom lens, which is really the only move we don’t like.

Read our full
Review Vivo X80 Pro

2. Vivo X70 Pro+ – Best Ultrawide Camera

Pros

Jaw-dropping quad camera

IP68 rating

Wireless charging

Cons

Odd design

Funtouch OS

Limited international availability

RRP:



Around £800

Best Prices Today:



$800 at Aliexpress

As mentioned above, the X70 Pro+ is incredibly similar to the above X80 Pro, but with an older chip and worse battery and charging. It’s still an exceptional flagship however, and well worth buying if you can find it discounted.

Specs are still top across the board: Snapdragon 888+ chip, up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, a 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED display, and 55W fast charging.

Really it’s all about the camera though, which is inarguably still one of the best in any phone right now. The four rear lenses are all fantastic (and all have OIS to boot), but the standout is the ultrawide, which thanks to gimbal stabilisation remain superior to that in the more recent model.

Read our full
Review Vivo X70 Pro+

3. Vivo X70 Pro – Best Design

Pros

Great camera

Slim & lightweight

Cons

Average chipset

Funtouch OS

No wireless charging

RRP:



¥4,299 (around £480)

Best Prices Today:



£435 at Aliexpress

The X70 Pro is an only slightly stripped back alternative to the Pro+, but still plenty powerful (and also unavailable outside Asia).

You won’t get the wireless charging or IP rating, and the display is smaller and lower in resolution. It’s also capped at the Dimensity 1200 chipset, though it is a custom version for Vivo.

What you’ll still get is a fantastic quad rear camera, with most of the same specs as the Pro+ model. You also get an improved design, with a slimmer body, lighter weight, and no odd reflective ceramic window next to the camera.

Read our full
Review Vivo X70 Pro

4. Vivo iQoo 9T – Best for Gaming

Pros

Very fast 120W charging

Dependable cameras

Top-spec Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Cons

Poor thermal management

Some frustrating software

RRP:



Unavailable in the UK

The gaming phone market is increasingly competitive, so it takes a real cracker of a device to stand out and turn heads.

By nearly every metric that really matters, the iQoo 9T delivers, with a dependable set of cameras, strong battery life, an excellent screen, and more than enough power for even the most demanding gamers thanks to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. It even packs astonishingly fast 120W charging.

It’s in small ways that the device lets itself down, with poor thermal management, weak haptics, and lots of pre-installed bloatware among other software frustrations.

As such, for most people, this will be a smartphone that will meet their needs and maybe even exceed them in most ways, and for a price that won’t leave a huge hole in your pocket. Though it doesn’t quite have the ‘x factor’ to make it a true knock-out superstar, the iQoo 9T is a well-considered, accomplished smartphone that does enough to earn a recommendation.

Read our full
Review Vivo iQoo 9T

5. Vivo T1 5G – Best on a Budget

Pros

Nice design

Superb performance

Great battery life

Cons

Cheap build quality

Pointless macro camera

Disappointing display

RRP:



Unavailable in the UK

The Vivo T1 5G is an impressive budget offering from Vivo that’s available in India and China – though sadly hasn’t reached Europe.

With a Snapdragon 695 5G chipset this is an impressively smooth phone, and performance is one of its clear strengths, along with phenomenal battery life. It also looks the part, though with lots of plastic and no water-proofing, there are limits here.

The main camera is strong, despite lacklustre secondary shooters. Perhaps the main disappointment is the LCD display, which supports a smooth 120Hz refresh rate but has slightly washed out colours.

Still, for those who value performance and battery life, this isn’t just Vivo’s best budget phone, but one of the best full stop.

Read our full
Review Vivo T1 5G

6. Vivo V25 Pro

Pros

Colour-changing glass design

Impressive performance

All-day battery life

Cons

No water/dust resistance or reinforced glass

No software commitment update

RRP:



Rs 35,999 (around £373)

The Vivo V25 Pro is a solid mid-range smartphone that, on the surface, can easily compete with popular mid-rangers like the Nothing Phone (1) and OnePlus Nord 2T, boasting a 120Hz AMOLED display, a Dimensity 1300 chipset, a fairly decent 64Mp rear snapper and all-day battery life.

It also boasts an unusual UV-reactive design. Shine light on the phone and the glass temporarily changes colour – allowing you to create neat temporary designs using stencils, like the one in our shot above.

The downsides are that there isn’t any official resistance against dust or water, nor is there any mention of any toughened glass on the front or rear. Since the phone is only out in Asia, you’ll also have to put up with a version of FunTouch OS packed with bloatware, and without any firm software update commitment.

So yes, the Vivo V25 Pro is certainly a looker, and there’s a lot to like about the hardware, but it’s not quite the perfect mid-range smartphone.

Read our full
Review Vivo V25 Pro

7. Vivo iQoo 9 Pro Legend

Pros

Fast performance

120Hz display

Ultra-fast charging

Cons

Funtouch OS

Poor selfie camera

No IP rating

RRP:



From INR74,990 (around £640)

Best Prices Today:



£740 at Vivo

The iQoo 9 Pro Legend is near the top of Vivo’s gaming range, though it doesn’t look like most other gaming phones with its BMW-inspired racing stripe.

The 9 Pro Legend offers a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with up to 12GB of RAM, backed up by a 4700mAh battery with incredible 120W wired charging, and 50W wireless.

The cameras aren’t Vivo’s best, but they’re not bad – the 50Mp main camera is a winner, and Vivo’s excellent Night mode software shines here thanks to the gimbal stabilisation included too.

For the price, this has a lot of power – though note that this is one of Vivo’s phones that hasn’t had a global launch, but you can buy it from China or India.

Read our full
Review Vivo iQoo 9 Pro Legend

8. Vivo V25

Pros

Smart colour-changing design

Some decent cameras

Solid battery life and charging

Cons

Mediocre performance

Sharp-edged design

Funtouch OS

RRP:



Price TBC

Best Prices Today:



₹32999 at Vivo

The regular V25 is a competent all-rounder with a particularly eye-catching colour-changing design. But as with the Pro model, that’s not quite enough to raise it to the top of an increasingly competitive mid-range market.

You get a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset, a 64Mp rear camera and 50Mp selfie camera, and a fairly generous 4500mAh battery with nippy 44W charging.

Still, rivals such as the Pixel 6a, the Nothing Phone (1), and the OnePlus Nord 2T offer more impressive performance and camera systems, along with longer software support as well. Given the lack of firm UK and Europe release plans for the V25, Vivo may itself have concluded that picking a fight with such titans is unwise.

Read our full
Review Vivo V25

9. Vivo X60 Pro

Pros

Striking design

Excellent triple camera

Clean software option

Cons

Expensive

No wireless charging

RRP:



£749

Best Prices Today:



£749 at Vivo

The X60 Pro is one of the few X-series phones to launch in the UK, but it’s good enough that we’re not complaining.

This is one of the thinnest, lightest flagship phones of the year, and features a flawless frosted glass finish.

The 6.56in 120Hz AMOLED display is gorgeous, and the Snapdragon 870 processor is more than enough for most, albeit not quite the best around.

The real strength, other than the design, is the Zeiss-branded triple camera: a gimbal-stabilised main lens, ultrawide, and 2x zoom portrait lens. They’re enough to make this one of the
best camera phones around this year.

The only real downsides here are the lack of wireless charging and waterproofing – but if you won’t miss them then the X60 Pro is a great choice, and hands-down Vivo’s best in the West.

Read our full
Review Vivo X60 Pro

10. iQoo Neo 6

Pros

Great screen

80W charging

Superb performance

Cons

India and China only

Only 2 years of Android updates

Poor second and third camera lenses

RRP:



Not available in the UK

The iQoo Neo 6 is an impressive mid-range gaming option from Vivo.

The Snapdragon 870 chipset is still a powerhouse, and it drives an excellent AMOLED display. 80W wired charging is also among the fastest you’ll find at this price, and thanks to Vivo’s imaging expertise even the 64Mp main camera impresses – a rarity in gaming hardware.

There are more powerful gaming phones out there, but few that deliver this much power at this price while balancing it with strong features elsewhere – not to mention an attractive design that won’t put off more casual gamers.

Read our full
Review iQoo Neo 6

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