- Camera performance
- Very premium design
- Unlock speed
- Frame thickness
- Many menus in Chinese
- Heats up under stress
We have spent a few days with one of the Vivo mid-range mobiles, and we bring you the analysis and opinion of the Vivo X30 Pro 5G. It is a terminal that, as soon as you take it out of the box, demonstrates the ambition of a Chinese company that very more quickly will bring its terminals to Spain. It will do so with good design, useful materials, components, and an astounding operating system.
That there is competition is one of the best news for users, whatever the market segment. The more to choose from, the more manufacturers compete and the better for buyers. Chinese companies have a lot to say about this, and the BBK group has decided to blow up the western market.
BBK is a considerable group made up of brands like Vivo, Oppo, and OnePlus. A few months ago he joined the realm (which has entered with great force in markets like Spain) and, now, Vivo announces that he is going to come to our country. It will do it with mobile phones like Vivo X30 Pro.
In recent days we have had a Vivo mobile as the main terminal, and then we go with the analysis of the Vivo X30 Pro. Before continuing, and putting a nuance, we leave you its characteristics:
|Performance||Exynos 9 Octa|
|Display||6.44″ (16.36 cm)|
Just for its characteristics, the Vivo X30 Pro attracts attention. Still, we must mention that this terminal, at the moment, is not available in Spain and, therefore, we have found a user interface without the standard Google services, as well as a predominant Chinese language (both on the keyboard and in different menus).
It is not difficult to download the Play Store and install the GMS (in fact, it done by searching in the integrated browser and the whole process is legal), but many menus are still in Chinese. Despite this, we wanted to do our review of the Vivo X30 Pro to see what this brand can bring us when it arrives in Europe.
Analysis of the Vivo X30 Pro by sections:
- Very premium design that follows the mark by Realme
- Bright, well-calibrated SuperAMOLED display
- Exynos 980: a Samsung SoC for the upper-middle-range with integrated 5G
- Android with extreme customization and very fluid, but with too much “Chinese.”
- Four cameras in an ingenious configuration
- Generous battery with fast charge
- Sound falters but has a headphone jack
- Conclusions: it is a sample of what is to come
Very premium Vivo X30 design that follows the mark by realme
We start the analysis of the Vivo X30 Pro talking, as usual, about the design. When lately we say that all mobiles are the same. We mean that it seems that the manufacturers use a mold to create the different terminals. Therefore, some are so similar to each other.
Vivo and realme share a lot, so much so that the Vivo X30 Pro is practically the same as a realme 6. However, it is very similar to a Mi 10 or Huawei P30 Pro in the rear, for the mention, just a few.
That said, comparing a premium mid-range terminal like this to those Titans is good news. The Vivo X30 Pro is a mobile that seems to be of a higher range than yours. It has aluminum frames and a back with 2.5D glass that curves around the edges. In this back, we have a camera module that protrudes quite a bit from the body.
Bright, well-calibrated SuperAMOLED Vivo X30 display
We have a SuperAMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, leaves us with a density of 409 pixels/inch at its 6.44 “.
The brightness of the panel is 800 nits peak, and the truth is that we have rarely had to force the light to the maximum. The analysis conditions of the Vivo X30 Pro 5G have not been ideal due to the world situation. Still, we have “walked” the mobile throughout the house, as well as on the terrace. And the maximum brightness has remained at 70% in every moment.
In full sunlight, the terminal is seen correctly with the utmost intensity (it does not have a high brightness mode), and the truth is that the automatic detector behaves very well, identifying the ambient light quite accurately to adjust the brightness from the screen.
The color and its temperature of Vivo X30 Pro are correct, and when we raise the brightness to the maximum, we are already in “HDR mode.” That is, if we start playing HDR content with the utmost intensity, there is no higher brightness mode. Still, we already say that it is not necessary because, as a standard, the maximum brightness is very high and, also, consistent.
We have a couple of exciting options to configure the screen. In addition to the night mode and the reading mode that limits blue light, we have the dark style and something called Bajo Low Brightness Blink ‘. It is exciting, since OLED screens are flickering, or flickering when the brightness falls below a certain percentage.
That can cause eyestrain to get fatigued, but Vivo has thought of this in a way that forces the panel to operate at a higher refresh rate, so it doesn’t blink. The company warns us that noise appears on the screen, but from our tests, the truth is that the anti-flicker works. And we have not noticed the commotion. It is possible that, if you look closely at a point, you will see noise, but seeing content, we assure you that it does not.
In short, it is a screen that is up to the task. It’s not the best on the market (lacks more extreme visionary angles or superior brightness). Still, it does meet what many users ask for: proper resolution and pixel density, sufficient light, and calibration options, as well as accurate response. If it had 90 Hz, we’d be talking about probably the best display in its class.
Exynos 980: a Samsung SoC for the upper-middle-range with integrated 5G
When we talk about Android mobile chips, we have the Exynos in Samsung, the Kirin in Huawei, the MediaTek in mobile, generally low-end. And a Qualcomm with its Snapdragon monopolizing the rest of the terminals.
On this occasion, however, we have a Samsung chip, one created by South Koreans, to bring CPU and GPU power with an integrated 5G modem to the premium-mid-range. And it is the Exynos 980, and it is an impressive processor.
It has eight cores, two of them Cortex-A77 at 2.2 GHz and another six Cortex-A55 at 1.8 GHz. It is a configuration that not made to save energy but that compensated by 8-nanometer lithography. The graphics chip is the Mali-G76 MP5, and in our tests, it hasn’t suffered from demanding games.
As you can see by the numbers, the Samsung chip behaves very, very well, with the power of both CPU and GPU that allows you to run, on paper, any application in a more than solvent way.
In our tests, we have not had any problems in games like PUBG, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, or CoD Online, some of the most demanding in the Android catalog, but also in applications like Photoshop Express, which were fluid at all times.
There are three details that we would like to mention. The first is that this chip is a “cheap” option to create premium-range mobile phones with 5G. And, the modem is integrated, which lowers the price of the processor (and the mobile, as a consequence).
They are numbers that are far from the terminals with UFS 3.0 memory (except the sequence reading, which is very high in the Vivo terminal), but that allows, along with Android 9 and its customization layer, the experience with Android to be. .. perfect. In speed and fluidity, of course.
Android with extreme customization and very fluid, but with too much “Chinese.”
At the software level, we have Android 9, and, although it is not the latest version of the Google system, it does not matter exactly. And, the Funtouch own layer personalizes so much Android that we would not recognize Android 9 from Android 10.
The thing that catches the attention of the Vivo X30 Pro is its speed when it comes to unlocking. It is something that we look at when it is negative (LG Q60, for example), but that we should also praise at the level of how we do it with an iPhone when Android does things well.
In this menu, we have shortcuts to applications that we choose, as well as a history of the last open applications. It is most useful, and as soon as you get used to it. You start to see that it is an ideal solution to separate the notification bar from the options. Besides, access is very comfortable when we are using the mobile with one hand.
The other two tabs we can pull from are to go back to Home and go back (although we can also remove from the sides of the screen for that).
Vivo X30 Pro with Four cameras in an ingenious configuration
As we see in this analysis of the Vivo X30 Pro, the Chinese company has very intelligently calculated every movement both in design and in software and hardware. In the chambers, they have also complied.
Companies are currently in a war in which the number of sensors matters more than their quality/utility. At the high end, there is no discussion. Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi, or Samsung include useful sensors, but in the mid-range and input range, we see two and 5-megapixel sensors for the depth of field or macro.
They are sensors that are practically worthless for nothing more than marketing. More sensors equal “better,” for many users, and that’s not the case. Vivo, however, has “nailed” it with the choice for the Vivo X30 Pro. These are the sensors:
- Main – 64 Mpx f1.8 OIS – equivalent to a 26 mm
- Telephoto – 32 Mpx f2.0 OIS 2x optical zoom – 50mm equivalent
- Telephoto – 13 Mpx f3.0 OIS 5x optical zoom – equivalent to 135mm
- Wide angle – 8 Mpx f2.2 – equivalent to a 16 mm
Why do we like it so much? Easy: we have a primary camera with right aperture and a large number of megapixels (in professional mode, we can capture JPEG + RAW at 64 Mpx). A telephoto equivalent to 50 millimeters which is the one that helps with portraits, an optical 5x telephoto lens, and An 8 Mpx wide angle.
The camera app is somewhat complicated since many actions hide in the “lens” icon that we have on the different shooting modes, but once we get the hang of it, we can take outstanding pictures.
Besides, AI goes very fast, and fleetingly recognizes objects and situations. In this sense, it has reminded me of Huawei, and it shows that the Exynos 980 has a very capable NPU to perform these actions. The AI suggests what lens to use, recognizes modes and scenes … and even tells us to clean the lens if you notice traces on the glass.
Now, what about the camera performance of the Vivo X30 Pro? We have not been able to go out into the street to make our usual contact with the camera due to the current situation. Still, the examples that we leave you below are a good sample of the versatility of the sensors when calculating color in a similar way.
Generous battery with fast charge
The camera is a central section in a mobile, but the battery, too. Since it is what, ultimately, allows us to be all day with the terminal.
The Vivo X30 Pro 5G has a 4,350 mAh battery with a 33 W charge. The supplied charger does not have the European standard. Since it is North American, so we have had to “pull” the adapter. Using the official terminal charger, we obtain a 50% charge in 26 minutes and 100% in 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Sound falters but has a headphone jack
We have left for the end a section that many times we do not give the importance it deserves. But that we must take into account. How many do you use the mobile phone as a speaker at any time? All, so it is important, especially in a terminal of about $ 500, to have good speakers. Well, the speaker, in this case.
The X30 Pro has a single speaker at the bottom, and the volume is loud, deafening. But it distorted over 70% in the treble, and it’s a shame. At the media level, the mobile does not behave at all bad. And they replace in a way some bass that is difficult to appear. But well, if you want volume, you are going to have it, but with a treble that bothers occasions.
Vivo X30 is not recommended for the western user, but it is a sample of what is to come
We come to the end of the analysis of the Vivo X30 Pro 5G with something bright. Vivo is going to enter our market with force. The BBK group has all the lines covered, from the essential range with realme to the premium range with Vivo, OnePlus and Oppo itself, with terminals such as the Find X2 Pro.
If everything goes as planned, they will flood the mid-range with a multitude of mobiles in all their brands. And, in addition to competing with each other. They will compete against others such as Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oppo. In addition to the price and unique characteristics with the cameras. The mobiles of the different brands will compete to catch customers thanks to their user experience. As we have seen along these lines, Vivo is going strong.
The operating system of Vivo X30 Pro is hugely customized, but despite being very aggressive customization, performance is not affected. We have a perfectly responsive Exynos 980 and 128GB memory with good access/write times.
The cameras are competent, and we found that no lens is there to fill the file. The primary sensor does it right, the two telephones do their thing, the app is a bit confusing. But it has a ton of options and AI responds as you notice any scene/object change.
It is a very, very complete mobile that we would recommend with your eyes closed if you were in our territory. But as we have a few lines ago, this analysis is an approach to what is to come and what the company will bring to our country.
Right now, with so much Chinese operating system and without the possibility of changing. It is difficult to recommend a terminal like this for the $ 500 it costs. Still, when it formally lands in our country, it will make things difficult for many companies, among their sisters.