Vivo Z1 Pro Review: Competitive gaming Phone in a budget

Vivo Z1 Pro is currently launched in India as a budget gaming device. This was the official tournament of PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 India edition. Here's a review of it.

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  1. Vivo Z1 Pro: Design and build
  2. Vivo Z1 Pro UI
  3. Vivo Z1 Pro: Performance

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  • Game Cube: Gaming assistant
  • Vivo Z1 Pro: Photography
  • Should you buy the Vivo Z1 Pro?
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    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    The smartphone with late-fretting has been extended to gaming. And these are also applicable on normal devices. Chinese smartphone maker Vivo launches his new device Z1 Pro, which comes with impressive specs. 

    The Vivo Z1 Pro was used in the recently concluded PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 India Edition. Vivo was the official device of the smartphone tournament, and all gamers played PUBG Mobile on it. This venture undoubtedly meant that Vivo is promoting the device as a budget gaming device. 

    The price of the smartphone starts at Rs 14,990, and it will be available through Flipkart. I've been using the device as my primary daily driver for the past few weeks, and here's my Vivo Z1 Pro Review.

    Vivo Z1 Pro: Design and build

    The Vivo Z1 Pro has been promoted as a budget gaming device, but the company has given the gamer essential RGB lighting on a miss. But that doesn't mean that the device is unattractive The smartphone comes with a reflective glass finish. 
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    The side panels of the device are the same as the back of the device. Up front is a 6.54-inch Full HD + display with 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. It has thin bezels on the top, and the sides, while the chin slightly bigger. It also comes with the punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the display.

    The right panel of the device has the power and the volume rocker buttons while the left edge is the SIM-Tre and the Google Assistant button or 'Smart Button' as Vivo calls it. The default function of this button is the launch of Google Assistant and the image recognizer. 

    But this can be changed though only to a couple of other Google functions. The bottom panel of the device housed the speaker grille, 3.5mm audio port, and the USB-A charging port.

    Vivo Z1 Pro UI

    On software things, the Z1 Pro comes with Android 9 pie, in which Vivo has its own Fantastic OS. The desktop OS turns Android 9 into Vivo's own vision, which is more like iOS than Android. 
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    This is because the UI does not come with an app drawer and the dropdown settings on the notification bar are moved to the bottom of the device. Even the style of setting and other default apps are reminded of the IOS devices.

    But this positivity of this major overhaul of the Front of OS is that Vivo has added an active dark mode feature that changes almost all the popular apps. It seems like a great feature, but there are some drawbacks in it. 

    For example, when the color of the text is brown or dull brown, the dark mode cannot change it while it changes the background. This presents text less illegally.

    Vivo Z1 Pro: Performance

    Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor with eight cores. It uses Adreno 616 for the GPU, which seems capable enough to play most games at its highest settings. The variant we have got came with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. 
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    The smartphone is fast in its display, but it takes a little time to reload the already running app. But at the same time, it is also negligible, and it retains the app in its memory for a long time.

    Vivo Z1 Pro comes with 5,000mAh battery which is really impressive on paper. It is almost equally effective in real life. It works for at least two days from medium to heavy users. 

    But if you have a factor with all augmented mode at the time of gaming, then it starts taking a toll on the battery. Still, it is quite well in the grip, and the fast charging option with its own charger is a protector.


    Vivo Z1 Pro’s gaming performance is more than acceptable for its price point. I tried out FIFA Mobile, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends and Modern Combat 5 on it and all the games ran perfectly. They may not have been at ‘Ultra’ graphics settings, but all the games ran High settings without any hitch. 
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    I mostly played PUBG Mobile on it and what was really surprising was that the smartphone didn’t heat up as much as I thought it would. This was the case with most of the games that I played on the device. 

    With the heating issue under control, the games hardly faltered when it came to the FPS which resulted in steady graphics. The FPS on PUBG Mobile was at a steady 30, with the default graphics being set to HD.

    Game Cube: Gaming assistant

    The Vivo Z1 Pro has a gaming assistant and mode rolled into one called Game Cube. The smartphone does not come with a dedicated gaming button, but it does have a gaming assistant called Game Cube. 

    The Game Cube can be configured to start up as soon as a game is launched. It offers functions like blocking background calls, blocking notifications, reject calls during gaming, turning on Esports Mode and other things. 

    Users can conveniently select the settings they want every time they launch a game.

    Vivo Z1 Pro: Photography

    The Vivo Z1 Pro comes with a 16-megapixel primary camera on the back, which is paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. This produces some pretty detailed photos in lighted conditions. 
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review
    Vivo Z1 Pro Review

    The color recognizing and balancing is quite accurate as well. But it does seem to struggle a bit in the dark and things seem to pixelate a bit.

    On the front, it comes with a 32-megapixel snapper which seems to do a better job than the rear camera in terms of details. Though low-light photography seems to be a challenge for this one as well.

    Should you buy the Vivo Z1 Pro?

    Vivo Z1 Pro
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE octa-core
    Android 9 Pie with Funtouch OS 9
    6.53-inch Full HD+, 19.5:9 aspect ratio-1080 x 2340 pixels
    Internal Memory
    4GB of RAM with 64GB storage
    Rear Camera
    16MP + 8MP + 2MP
    Front Camera
    5000 mah

    The Vivo Z1 Pro is one of the better smartphones in its price segment. And that is considering its specs and performance. It has excellent gaming performance among devices around the Rs 15,000 price range. 

    The gaming mode will help enhance performance while playing the heaviest of games. Its build and design make it easy to hold the device as well. The camera's performance is appropriate for this price range as well. 

    It comes with great battery backup, which ought to satisfy even the heaviest users. This is a recommended buy for those users that are looking for an affordable gaming smartphone that they can use to play competitively on.

    Buy Vivo Z1 Pro (Rs 14,990) from Flipkart

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