Made well-known by its in-display fingerprint expertise and large display to physique ratio, the Vivo V11 handset simply makes head turns and collect crowds round its modern options and engaging design. It additionally has a selfie-minded 25 Megapixel entrance digital camera, together with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of reminiscence, all of this retailing at round $450. How does it really feel to make use of the Vivo V11, and the place does it slot in right this moment’s smartphone panorama? Let’s discover out.

With worth and display measurement as standards, we obtained an array of cellphones which might be used to evaluate how the Vivo V11 suits in relation to the competitors: Honor Play (~$380), OnePlus 5T (~$430), Samsung Galaxy S9 (~$615), Sony Xperia XZ2 (~$515) andHuawei P20 (~$525).

Key technical specs

To get our bearings, let’s check out some key technical options. The show is known as a star of the present. Secondly, the rear Digicam has a 24 megapixel sensor, however captures 12 megapixel photographs, maybe utilizing a type of pixel binning to extend sensitivity.

Vivo V11Display6.41” Tremendous AMOLED Show (2340×1080)CameraRear: 12MP f/2.2 aperture. Entrance: 25MP sensorProcessor + StorageQualcomm Snapdragon 660 platform 6 RAM, 128 GB of Storage + MicroSDXCBattery3400 mAh battery capability (micro-USB cost)OSAndroid eight.1

Industrial Design

The look of the Vivo V11 may be very agreeable, and at first look, it appears very very like a hand-end cellphone. There’s little doubt that when you’re casually utilizing it, folks would possibly assume it’s an $800 cellphone. The again cowl has a blue and purple gradient that has been popularized by the Huawei P20 / P20 Professional, however the Huawei P20 has a glass again cowl, and you’ll positively really feel the distinction upon holding each telephones.

This handset has an enormous SIM tray that may maintain two SIM playing cards and a microSD card. You’ll be able to take a look at the photographs to test on the opposite particulars:

This smartphone feels snug in hand as a result of it has a width of 75.08mm for a thickness of roughly (zero.31 inches. For reference, that is primarily based on a medium measurement hand (US M gloves). You’ll be able to attempt guessing from right here.


The burden of 156 grams (5.5 oz) makes it a barely lighter than common smartphone, and considerably lighter than different 6.Four” handsets. This industrial design options barely above-average efficiency in relation to its measurement, however nicely beneath high-end telephones.

From one other viewpoint, how a lot battery capability the client has accessible is excellent for a handset of this measurement, however the Honor Play has 10% extra battery capability. The display display-to-body ratio of 85.1% can be excellent in absolute phrases, and one of many highest – regardless of the value.


Plastic is mild and sturdy, however even with a really beautiful paint or floor remedy it simply doesn’t look pretty much as good as steel or glass. Nonetheless, plastic is lighter than steel and won’t break. Plastic could also be simpler to scratch, however the injury shouldn’t be at all times as seen because it may be on a metallic floor.

Analyzing how the smartphone was designed, we estimate that the danger of breaking throughout a touchdown on a tough floor to be moderately low since solely the entrance glass can shatter. You’ll be able to discuss with our reference article about how telephones could possibly be designed to keep away from cracks upon drops: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops

The entrance glass is flat and fairly thick, which helps decrease the value of the elements. Nonetheless, it’s not protected by a steel lip, so a frontal shock would possibly induce a crack – however that’s a standard drawback for just about all smartphones with small variations of likelihood.

The Vivo V11 is not waterproof and has not acquired a U.S Navy MIL-STD 810G certification. Whereas it’s common within the ~$450 phase, handset price +$100 extra typically does have no less than some water-resistance.

Bizarrely, Vivo is utilizing a micro-USB connector for charging. It’s true that some micro-USB modules might be smaller and inevitably inexpensive, however this present day, we’d have anticipated a USB-C port.


The big 6.Four” 1080p+ show (2340×1080) is unquestionably the star of the present, together with its built-in fingerprint reader, one thing that Vivo has pioneered again at CES 2018. There’s a bit notch to accommodate the Selfie digital camera which jogs my memory of the Important PH-1 and is way smaller than the iPhone XS’ – but in addition much less performant.

Superficially, the colours look vivid and nicely saturated and the black-levels are excellent. With a sRGB protection of 99%, the show is healthier than any LCD competitor we’ve analyzed at this worth level. You’ll need to play extra to get one thing just like the OnePlus 6 which has a a lot brighter show.


Show technical evaluation

The Vivo V11 display is predicated on Tremendous AMOLED expertise. OLED is a completely completely different show expertise (than LCD) that has been extensively adopted in handsets primarily because of Samsung. The principle distinction between OLED and LCD shows is how mild is emitted.

With LCD, there’s a small variety of white mild emitters (1-2 for handsets, 2-100 for TVs) and black pixels are created by “blocking” the white mild with a filter. Sadly, utilizing a filter results in “mild bleeding” and “black shade” that’s actually dark-gray.

With OLED, each pixel emits its personal mild. This additionally signifies that making a black pixel simply means leaving it OFF. Because of this, black shade is really black, and different colours are extra easy to manage with out utilizing advanced filters and shade management applied sciences similar to Quantum Dots and Nano Dots. You’ll be able to learn our full LCD vs. OLED article which fits deeper into the small print.

The show brightness of is 438 NITs is fairly good, however remember that high-end telephones typically attain ~750+ NITs. Typically, increased brightness is required to see the display content material on a sunny day (or vivid surroundings). Larger brightness is chargeable for higher picture high quality in widespread conditions. The decision of 2340×1080 could be thought-about to be excessive in absolute phrases and in comparison with the competitors it might be regular for this worth vary.

Including $100 would possibly push you to the following degree of show decision, with the Four.2M pixels as an alternative of 2.5 Million pixels.

In-display fingerprint reader

The fingerprint reader is cool, but it surely does include one caveat: it’s slower than legacy fingerprint readers. We discovered it tolerable, and it’s price it given how stunning the display is. In-display unlocking can be extra handy than the scanner situated within the again, which can be quick however probably arduous to find.

Alternatively, you should use a 2D face unlock powered by the entrance digital camera. This isn’t as safe because the fingerprint, but it surely would possibly work in dim lighting when you display is vivid sufficient. Typically, we want a 3D face unlock, if we use any face unlock in any respect, but it surely’s your selection.

Vivo V11 Digicam

Photograph high quality exams

Vivid mild and HDR photograph

In broad daylight and in day HDR conditions, the Vivo V11 performs very nicely, producing sharp and vivid photographs. Once we seemed on the photographs on a 4K display, we are able to see that the colours are a bit extra processed than on high-end telephones just like the Galaxy Observe 9 or iPhone XS. Nonetheless, your mates may by no means inform with out seeing the scene.

Typically, we want when the consumer is answerable for further photograph processing, however there’s an AI mode that can are likely to crank up the consequences relying on the scene you’re capturing. Value making an attempt, and that is principally a matter of non-public preferences.

In low-light, the distinction with high-end telephones is noticeable, and also you perceive the place the extra cash goes. As you possibly can see, the photographs aren’t dangerous per se, however when evaluating them with costlier telephones, you’ll agree that the distinction is seen.

Low-light Photograph

In low-light, it might be unfair to ask the Vivo V11 to compete with rather more costly telephones, however we in contrast it to the Honor Play, which is a bit inexpensive and the OnePlus 5T, which prices nearly as a lot.

The Vivo V11 is barely higher than the Honor Play in low-light and preserves particulars higher. We don’t assume that it might beat the Honor 10 nonetheless. Each telephones have a good quantity of noise, however the V11 finally ends up with a small benefit.

The OnePlus 5T fares just a bit higher, however most individuals wouldn’t be capable of inform except they had been aspect by aspect photographs. Ultimately, the Vivo V11 performs fairly nicely in its worth level.

Zoom pictures

With out a devoted zoom, it’s troublesome to compete in opposition to a 2X or 3X optical zoom lens. As an example this, we now have cropped a zoom photograph to check the Vivo V11 1X zoom lens, in opposition to a Observe 9 2X zoom lens. In good lighting, this could maintain pretty true with inexpensive zoom lenses as nicely.

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Bokeh / Portrait pictures

The Bokeh high quality of the Vivo V11 is kind of good, with few bugs on the sides. As an example, no digital camera obtained the house in between the legs proper. You’ll be able to see that the tip of the Solo determine gun has been blurred an excessive amount of, however that the one apparent subject. In actual world conditions, it’s best to be capable of take very good bokeh photographs.

The standard of the blur itself is nice and remember that you possibly can change the blur degree (aperture measurement) after the photograph was shot. It may be new to iPhone XS customers, however Android telephones have been ready to do that for some time.

Rear Digicam Technical Evaluation

Within the V11, the digital camera aperture of f/1.eight may be very respectable, and the sensor measurement of ~20 mm2 could be thought-about medium-sized (for a smartphone). The sensor measurement is extra important than telephones just like the LG V30 and on-par with the OnePlus 6. The secondary rear digital camera is only a sensor for the Bokeh depth estimation (background blur).

The 12 Megapixel decision ought to by no means be used as a basic proxy of photograph high quality. In darkish scenes conditions, the excessive Megapixel rely (>12) doesn’t sway the end result. Understand that the bodily measurement of every sensor pixel is essential. With increased megapixel counts, sensing pixels (sensels) could need to be smaller.

Every obtains much less mild info, and in darkish circumstances, it’s higher for the general picture high quality to get extra mild with fewer (however greater) sensels than the alternative. It’s a steadiness that must be struck. In the present day, 12 Megapixel appear to be the most effective sensor trade-off between sharpness, low-light and autofocus efficiency.

On a sunny day, Megapixel could possibly be a helpful metric for photographic element and sharpness. For instance, on a sunny day, a cityscape photograph with a better megapixel rely may present finer particulars. Between 12 MP, 16 MP and 21 MP variations in small particulars might be fairly noticeable, if printed or considered on a big and/or high-PPI show.

The supply of an Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS) module on the first digital camera will increase the percentages of taking sharp photographs in daylight, and brighter photographs in dim lighting. OIS helps to realize higher picture readability and better low-light efficiency by offsetting tiny hand-shaking movement. OIS makes it sensible to depart the shutter open longer to seize extra mild (extra prolonged publicity).

Optical and digital stabilization is fully completely different, with digital stabilization appropriate to enhance video recording smoothness. EIS (Digital Picture Stabilization) is not accessible on this handset. Due to this, the video recordings could also be shakier than rivals which have this characteristic.

The autofocus of the V11 digital camera is predicated on Section Detection expertise. Section-detection AF that was initially constructed into discrete AF sensor chips within the DSLR days. Then it obtained built-in into the digital camera picture sensor. It really works by having specialised AF pixels sensors that will inform if particular factors within the picture had been in-focus.

This technique is speedy and the AF capabilities work nicely typically. AF efficiency is considerably proportional to the variety of hardware AF sensels. Usually this quantity can go from dozens to a whole lot of Section-Detection AF factors. Section detection AF is a wonderful system, which is barely inferior to Twin-Pixel AF.

Selfie Digicam

The Selfie digital camera has a formidable 25 Megapixel sensor of very respectable measurement. It’s bigger than the Honor Play and XPERIA XZ2, however smaller than the OnePlus 6 or Huawei P20.

We discovered the selfie photographs to be very detailed, even in comparatively dim lighting circumstances, simply beating costlier telephones such because the Galaxy Observe 9 or the iPhone XS in the case of sharpness and particulars. There isn’t a noticeable magnificence mode by default, however if you wish to, there’s an AI Face Magnificence possibility that can easy you out, as when you had a layer of basis make-up.

Vivo V11 Battery

The battery capability of V11 is 3400 mAh, which is superb generally, and really aggressive in its personal class. Battery life is without doubt one of the most important options of a smartphone. A key indicator is indisputably its battery capability — particularly inside the identical ecosystem (Android, iOS or different).

Battery life might be affected by an incredible many elements, however the primary ones are the central processor aka SoC, show and wi-fi radios (LTE broadband, WiFi, the cell towers location and extra). It’s not doable to precisely pinpoint by means of artificial exams how a lot vitality drain YOUR distinctive wants will induce. Nonetheless, two issues are undeniably at all times good:

A bigger battery capacityHigh-speed charging

The Vivo V11 gives superb battery for the value in its class of telephones. Clearly, you can get higher battery worth if you’re keen to sacrifice different issues similar to show and photograph high quality, or efficiency.

It’s typically unattainable to foretell sensible battery life by operating artificial benchmarks. Issues similar to show brightness, (LTE/WiFi) radio utilization and distance to entry factors will change an excessive amount of. Additionally, the variety of apps on-board and their exercise can’t be estimated. Battery capability is the most effective battery-life indicator for YOUR utilization.

With a cost pace of 52 mAh/mn, the Vivo V11 cost pace may be very quick in absolute phrases and is comfortably above common. Simply to offer you some perspective, the fastest-charging telephones on the market can prime ~65+ mAh/mn, which is really extraordinary. Many high-end telephones truly cost slower with the S9 at 37 mAh/mn and the iPhone XS at 20 mAh/mn.

This product does NOT have a swappable battery, which is typical for handsets these days. Closed batteries can’t be taken out or simply exchanged, however they do allow for smaller designs and a bit greater battery capability inside the identical product design.

Since this product has an enormous show, remember that bigger screens are likely to eat extra vitality to accommodate the extra important floor space to light up. It is dependent upon the brightness ranges shows are being considered at, however the potential for increased vitality is there, so increased battery capability is healthier.

This handset has a comparatively widespread display decision. Though this can be much less aggressive from a picture high quality standpoint, having fewer pixels to compute helps battery life.

Software program

The Vivo V11 is powered by Android eight.1 (Oreo), however the consumer will work together with Vivo FunTouch OS Four.5, which is a customized layer on prime of Android. There are a lot of the explanation why OEMs do create these customized skins and layers on prime of Android however primarily:

They are often differentThey can introduce new options with out ready for Google

The assessment of Vivo Enjoyable Contact is outdoors the scope of this text, however customers who come from one other Android interface should adapt a bit bit, which is at all times a bit annoying, however in the end not that troublesome.

Typically, we suggest OEMs to stay to the usual Android as a lot as doable and alter issues provided that there’s a big upside to the consumer. As an example, there’s little level in having a customized calculator app, but it surely’s not unusual to see these and plenty of different issues.

System Efficiency

This handset’s central processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (eight Cores, 2.2 GHz) which has entry to 6 GB of reminiscence (RAM), which is great for individuals who love putting in tons of apps.

The quantity of RAM is crucial for multi-tasking, or for having many apps/providers on the handset. When the reminiscence is tight, the handset could turn out to be much less responsive if the system has to learn/write from the slower Flash storage as an alternative. This has been one of many important variations between high and low tiers of telephones, however this line is blurry now.

You’ll be able to take a look at detailed benchmarks scores beneath (geekbench=CPU, GFXBench=3D graphics), however in our estimation, this smartphone’s efficiency places it at an obstacle in opposition to rivals. The Honor Play makes use of a high-end processor, and the closely discounted Important PH-1 additionally comes with a extra superior chip.

Earlier than you give attention to the charts, it’s important to grasp that the majority exams are solely unfastened indicators, normally for system or graphics efficiency. It’s doable to note sharp efficiency deltas amongst completely different courses of merchandise (entry-level, mid-range vs. high-end), however it’s much less apparent to take action inside handsets of the identical class. Benchmarks alone ought to NOT result in a smartphone buy determination. To study extra, learn our Are Benchmarks Essential? article.

Gaming efficiency exams apply solely to heavy purposes utilizing 3D graphics. Informal apps similar to puzzles and 2D video games don’t want this sort of pace and may run just about on any current cellphone.

Wi-fi Broadband Efficiency

The Vivo V11 has a CAT6LTE modem (301.5 Mbps ⇣ / 51 Mbps ⇡ ). This degree of efficiency is below-average in its class and a bit dated generally. For instance, the Honor Play has an LTE CAT18 (1200 Mbps ⇣ /211 Mbps ⇡ ) connectivity at a comparable worth level.

Wi-fi networks (3G/4G) efficiency is commonly thought as peak obtain/add speeds, however it’s the common pace that counts, and better peak speeds imply increased common speeds as nicely. The upper the theoretical LTE efficiency and the higher the typical real-world expertise. Additionally, wi-fi suppliers have higher and extra environment friendly wi-fi networks to decrease their very own prices.

By the way in which, there’s no NFC help, so when you like wi-fi funds or different contact-less options that want NFC, this would possibly curiosity you.


The Vivo V11 handset is an thrilling handset from a “massive show cellphone” perspective. It delivers a surprising show in a thin-and-light form-factor, which is a precedence for a lot of customers. The AMOLED show is nice, and contains an in-screen fingerprint reader, which nonetheless reserved for a tiny membership of smartphones. These are very compelling optimistic factors.


Some rivals have merely modified technique and supplied sooner chips and modems at a comparable worth level, with the Honor Play being essentially the most potent challenger, at a considerably lower cost (-15%). In case you’re a power-user on a price range, this can be a difficulty, however when you don’t care a lot about efficiency generally, this may be forgiven in view of the opposite benefits of this cellphone, such because the superior show high quality.

We are going to keep watch over Vivo, an organization that retains pushing the boundaries with new options and experiences at reasonably priced costs.

Total product ranking: eight.1/10

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