A worthy successor to the X60?
While Vivo mainly releases midrange and budget phones, the company is actually a lot bigger than you think. It has its own gaming line called iQoo and its own flagship series: the X series. The company has also pioneered the in-display fingerprint sensor and the pop-up camera with the NEX and APEX concept series. Both of these are commonly featured on smartphones today.
Previously, Vivo announced the X60, a flagship phone boasting Zeiss-coated lenses and enhanced video and photography. On Weibo, it has been confirmed that the X70 series will launch this September, although no exact date has been announced yet.
There are three variants: The base variant, the Pro and the Pro+. The Pro+ is rumoured to come with a secondary display and a redesigned quad camera array. The base and the Pro variant will come with a 6.5in. flat AMOLED panel, while the Pro+ will come with a larger 6.7in. waterfall AMOLED display.
All three phones will come with Zeiss-coated lenses, just like the Vivo X60 series. The difference lies in the number of cameras. Renders suggest that the vanilla variant will come with a triple camera setup, while the Pro and Pro+ variants have a quad camera setup (but the highest-end Pro+ has a different design. The Pro+ variant was also listed on Google Play Console with model number V2145A. In the listing, it has been suggested that the display of it is FHD+. Not surprisingly, some renders show that the phones will skip the headphone jack.
The vanilla variant and the Pro variant may be powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 1200 SoC. Meanwhile the highest variant is rumoured to be powered Snapdragon 888 processor. The phones are rumored to have 8GB RAM and at least 128GB storage.
Going back to the cameras, there have been discussions that Vivo is making their own ISP (image signal processor) called “V1” exclusively for the X70 series. This has first surfaced on Weibo by the reliable Digital Chat Station. There, the tipster revealed what the chips would look like, but it’s covered in mold. As the X70 series would be powered by the Snapdragon and Dimensity processors, the rumour that these are going to be performance chips are crossed out. Instead, these may be camera ISPs intended for the phones. Xiaomi did the same with the Mix 4 and Oppo is developing their own called “M1” which should not be confused for the Apple chipsets used on the iPad Pro.
Because of this ISP, while the three phones will use different processors, the image processing should be equal if not identical, while the image quality will still depend on the chipsets used for the phones.
For now, we only have rumours. But due to the confirmation of the launch, we can’t wait what Vivo has to throw at us. The Vivo X60 is a great phone by photography standards and it seems like Vivo is really pushing boundaries for their next flagship.