|Launch Date||September 12, 2018 (Official)|
|Also Known As||Vivo V11 Pro|
|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|Custom UI||Funtouch OS|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Starry Night, Dazzling Gold, Supernova Red|
|Screen Size||6.41 inches (16.28 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels|
|Pixel Density||402 ppi|
|Display Type||Super AMOLED|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass v3|
|Screen to Body Ratio (claimed by the brand)||91.27 %|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||84.98 %|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956|
|Processor||Octa core (2.2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 51.8 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||25 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||4000 x 3000 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Video Recording||3840x2160 @ 30 fps|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|SAR Value||Head: 1.258 W/kg, Body: 0.482 W/kg|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||On-screen|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
|Applications||Newspoint, Amazon, Amazon Prime Video, Phonepe, UC browser, WPS office|
The Vivo V11 with a price tag of Rs. 20,990, is a decent offering. It nails down with its impressive looks, good display, acceptable battery performance, and decent cameras. But on the flip side, the performance is just average, and the build quality is still plastic. There is no word on software updates, and if previous Vivo phones are any clue, we’re sure it might be a while before the company pushes out an update. With Poco F1, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Nokia 7 Plus rocking the show in under the Rs. 30,000 price segment, the Vivo V11 becomes a weak competitor, thanks to its shortcomings. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, we suggest you get any of the above-said phones.
Vivo seems to be on a roll with back to back launches in the recent times. It is becoming quite tough to remember the names of a few phones that’s how active the company is in India. While we are not complaining as long as the company offers good value for money phones, it is when the company overprices the phones we find it hard to suggest. Vivo recently launched the V11 as a successor to the V9, and in our today’s review, we will be taking a closer look at the device to see if it is worth spending your hard-earned money, so let’s get started.
The Vivo V11 sports a 6.3-inches Full HD+ (2280 x 1080 pixels) 19:9 IPS display and is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 12nm SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core processor with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. There is 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0. There is a 13+2-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and HDR mode, and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with AI beauty features. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS+ GLONASS, USB OTG. A 3260mAh battery on board.
The Vivo V11 packs an all plastic build which might look cheap right after you hold it in your hands, but from the looks, it is a killer. The gradient finish of the rear panel looks beautiful, and it keeps growing on your as you keep using the phone. Despite being a phone made out of plastic, the V11 nails down with its stunning looks and in-hand feel. Thanks to the curved back, the phone fits comfortable to hold in hands and makes it easy to use even for an extended period. Especially the blue color variant with silver coating around the fingerprint sensor looks good and gives it a premium look.
Despite the large 6.3-inch display, the phone comfortably fits in hands but needs two hands to use. We never hurt or strained our hands even after extended usage. Thanks to the water-drop notch, we get an incredible screen-to-body real estate for media consumption. Thanks to the even weight distribution, the phone doesn’t feel heavy, and it is a perfect fit.
Moving to placements, up front we have the 25MP front-facing camera, the usual set of sensors, and down below, the capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The volume rockers and the power button is placed on the right side. The SIM tray tool is present on the left. The speaker grill, microUSB port, and 3.5mm audio are located on the bottom, while there is nothing on the top. The rear is where you find the 16+5MP rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, LED flash, and Vivo branding. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, despite the plastic build, the Vivo V11 nails it down with stunning looks and it is best-looking the best looking phone in the segment.
The Vivo V11 sports a Vivo 6.3-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 SUPER AMOLED display. There is a notch on top, but unlike the typical notches we see these days, the V11 packs a water-drop notch, not consuming much of your screen real estate. The notch packs the front camera and the ear-piece in placed within the frame on top. While the front-camera within the notch offers face unlock, it isn’t an IR sensor like on Apple iPhone X-series or the Poco F1, it doesn’t take much space of your display either, so its a fair deal. The Vivo V11 offers an incredible 90% real-estate for media consumption and gaming.
The 1080p Full HD+ panel produces punchy colors and close to natural output. The color balance is perfectly maintained even outdoors. The Viewing angles are decent; we didn’t notice any distortion when viewing from extreme angles. There are no signs of pixilation issue as text and images looked sharp and crisp when browsing or looking at pictures on your phone. The brightness levels are decent; we were able to access the content without any issues even outdoors and under direct sunlight. There is an auto-brightness sensor, so you don’t have to adjust the brightness all the time once Enabled.
The touch response is smooth, and it is responsive when scrolling or while playing games. There is no way to hide the notch, so you will have to live with a very narrow notch on top. Overall, the display of the Vivo V11 is quite good, and we really had a good time watching movies, playing games on this display.
The Vivo V11 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 12nm SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core processor with 800MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU and 6GB RAM. While the Helio P60 is a good chipset by nature as it can run most of the apps you throw at it without any issues, it feels like underpowered chipset on a smartphone at this price. We wish Vivo had included a chipset from Qualcomm that can stand out against the competition. Either way, moving along, it still handles most of your daily commutes with ease and no lag. Apps open up fast, and they load pretty quickly as well. There weren’t any lags or stutters in the interface while switching between apps or when navigating through the interface.
The only time we found the device slowing down is when there are too many apps in the background. Though the RAM management is good, the device can’t keep up with the performance if you have too many of them in the background running. On heavy use, the V11 was even slightly heating, though not something that is unbearable; it is worth noting.
Moving to gaming, we played games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, Modern Combat 5, Nova Legacy and more. The gameplay is smooth, but the graphics settings need to be set to medium. On highest settings, the games were lagging and dropped frames constantly, and this sometimes results in heating as well. It has a fingerprint sensor, and it unlocks the phone almost instantly. It also comes with a face-unlocking system, and it is fast as well. Overall, the performance of the V11 is decent, but not very impressive.
Vivo V11 packs a 16+5MP dual rear cameras with f2.2 aperture and a 25MP selfie camera on the front. Talking about the camera U.I, it is very much like what we see on the iPhones. You can access various modes by simply swiping between the screens. It comes with modes like Panorama, Faces Beauty, Photo, and Video, and HDR. Moving along, the picture quality when shot in good lighting conditions and outdoors, is impressive. The images have good details and are close to reality. While we can argue about the color accuracy, in short, they are acceptable. The photos aren’t grainy or noisy right away, but once you zoom in a little, you will notice the noise which can be annoying if you are into social media sharing.
The rear camera also comes with a portrait mode, and it clicks decent shots in good lighting conditions. However, the edge detection is not so accurate, but for the price, you can’t expect much. The HDR mode brings decent lighting and brightens the shadows in the images. Regarding low-light, the quality of the photos is decent, but are noisy and dull. This is the case with most mid-range phones, so you had it coming. Turning on flash will help at times, but the output looks artificial and too flashy for our liking. You can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the footage is decent.
The front 25MP shooter does a decent job in good lighting conditions. It comes with AI, so the standard and portrait mode shots from the front-camera are perfect. As said above, the edge detection could have been a little better. All in all, the cameras of the Vivo V11 is decent, but certainly not the best. We hope the company pushes out an update fixing the camera, especially in the low-light situations.
The Vivo V11 packs a 3315mAh battery with support for fast charging thanks to the bundled 18W charger. During our time with the V11 where we used it as our primary device, the usage included a bunch of calls, messaging, social media, stream music/shows, navigations, checking emails and more. This kind of usage resulted in all-day long battery life. We didn’t notice any drastic battery drops and abnormal drain as well. Since this usage is casual to moderate, the device had no issues lasting an entire day. But once you put the phone to its horses, you will notice that it can’t last until the evening, making you charge it once or twice again before you end the day.
As said above, the device didn’t have any overnight drain or abnormal drops even with heavy usage, thanks to the impressive software optimizations. While the battery life is decent enough, it is not what you expected after shelling out close to Rs. 21,000. However, it comes with low-power mode and thanks to the fast-charging support, the 3315mAh battery took close to 2 hours of time to charge from 0-100% fully. Overall, the battery of the V11 is decent but could have been much better.
Like always, the company is bundling a pair of earphones within the box of the Vivo V9 Pro, and they look quite identical to the Apple’s Earpod but sound decent. It comes with a custom equalizer which can be used to tweak the audio quality and modes to your liking. The sound quality via the headphones is decent, and we didn’t hear any distortion even with maximum volume. Since these are not in-ear style, you can either live with them or spend some more bucks on a pair for a better experience. The default audio player was able to handle most formats, and the speaker is loud enough to cover an entire room.
Thanks to the 90% screen-to-body ratio and a 6.3-inch display, the V11 offers impressive media consumption experience. The device was able to play 1080p videos with no issues, and the quality is impressive. Much like most tall phones these days, the 16:9 videos are cropped out and show a black bar on either side which can get annoying at times. We didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues even when played with 4G. Overall, the audio and video quality of the Vivo V11 is decent.
The Vivo V11 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.5 on top like with most Vivo phones these days. The FunTouch 4.5 doesn’t bring any significant changes to the interface compared to the FunTouch 4.0. There is no app drawer, and all the app shortcuts, widgets are present right on the main home screen. The quick toggles can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom. Pulling down from the top brings notification shade where you can only access notifications. There are a bunch of 3rd party apps including Facebook, PhonePe, UC Browser, WhatsApp, Amazon and much more. These can be uninstalled without needing root. There is a theme store provided by default, so you can download themes to change the look and feel of the U.I when you get bored. You can install a custom launcher if you are not interested in the iPhone like single-level hierarchy and have the traditional app drawer. It also lets you change the font as well.
Moving along, it comes with 6GB of RAM out of which around 4GB is free when just the default apps are running in the background or during first boot. The amount of free RAM is more than required to run any app you throw at it. The V11 was able to handle multitasking and U.I animations and themes without any lag. We never noticed apps running out of memory, or apps crashing either, as the RAM management is quite good as well. App opening animations and transition speeds were smooth. Overall, the software and U.I of the Vivo V11 is smooth and doesn’t have much to complain.