Vivo V11 Pro review: Almost perfect for the price
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Vivo is doubling down on in-display fingerprint sensors. Rightly so, this is a trend that the company started earlier this year, and now that the rest of the world is following it or is expected to follow, it is natural that Vivo hopes to press on with the advantage it has. So, this is what, this in-display fingerprint sensor, that we get in the Vivo V11 Pro, a phone launched in India on Thursday. Despite a more mainstream and relatively affordable price of Rs 25,990, this feature alone makes the Vivo V11 Pro look and feel futuristic. But while working on the Vivo V11 Pro review, the in-display fingerprint is not the only bit I found fascinating about this phone. In other areas too, the Vivo V11 does well.

In fact, the marquee feature of in-display fingerprint scanner is a hit and miss. The Vivo V11 Pro has much more to offer beyond the in-display sensor. The phone looks stunning, particularly because of the large expansive screen with the unique waterdrop notch. The V11 Pro is fast enough to handle graphics-heavy games smoothly and it runs multiple apps without any lag or stutter. The camera, though, is something that could have been better. But more on this in a while, first let's take a look at the Vivo V11 Pro.


What a beauty! This is the best way to describe the V11 Pro. It looks phenomenal. In my opinion, it is the best looking phone at a price of around Rs 25,000.

The phone looks so good largely because of its screen. The front of the phone is a beautiful 6.4-inch screen that uses an OLED panel. The bezels are almost non-existent and there are blue accents that get highlighted on it every time there is a notification on the phone or whenever you pick it up, in which case the icon for the in-display fingerprint sensor lights up.

But even as Vivo has reduced the notch to a water-drop shape -- the company calls it Halo FullView -- it has used some clever engineering to put in all the sensors and front camera that needs to be put in the phone. In the V11 Pro, the company has put the proximity sensor together with the infrared illuminator for face unlock, inside a hidden hole on the top right bezel, while the ambient sensor sits beneath the screen on the top left edge. The earpiece is also placed in a way that it's not visible unless you look for it. It sits right above the top bezel. The sensors, as well as the earpiece, are all placed in a way so that they aren't too apparent when you are looking at the screen. The result is the V11 Pro looks seamless and really sleek from the front.

Extremely thin bezels also mean the V11 Pro is a compact phone despite its large screen. It fits well in hand and weighs relatively light for such a large phone.

This is not to say everything is perfect. The back cover is a design element I feel could have been better. The golden accent around the camera module -- there are two cameras here -- goes well with the sparkling blue colour of the phone (this is the variant I reviewed). Vivo calls the finish on the variant that we reviewed Starry Night. It is basically a mix of blue, black and purple with some glittery touch to it. But the back panel itself is made of plastic, and despite its liquid metal or molten glass finish, it does feel cheap. The plastic back cover also make the Vivo V11 Pro seems a less sturdy than a phone like the Nokia 7 Plus, although compared to the Poco F1 it definitely looks and feels better in hands. The shiny finish on the Vivo V11 Pro means you will see smudges and oily fingerprints on it within 30 minutes of use. Thankfully, there is a case bundled with the phone by Vivo and you can use if you don't want to buy a separate one for it.


People who like watching videos on their phones will love the Vivo V11 Pro. Its screen is absolutely stunning and one of the best things about the phone. If you love playing visually attractive games like the Hitman GO or are a movie buff, you'll enjoy them more on the V11 Pro. The smartphone comes with a big 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display (good job, Vivo) with 2340 x1080 pixels resolution, aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen to body ratio of 91.27 per cent.

Whether I used the phone under the blazing sun or inside a room, keeping the brightness of the V11 Pro to around 40 to 50 per cent worked perfectly for me. The colours also look pretty real and vibrant.

People who like watching videos on their phones will love the Vivo V11 Pro. Its screen is absolutely stunning and one of the best things about the phone

Performance is another area where the Vivo V11 Pro scores high. The performance is buttery smooth. Run Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and several other apps together and the V11 Pro will still run smoothly. The smartphone doesn't show any visible lag or stutter, whether you are switching between apps or scrolling through Facebook news feed or playing graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8.

The V11 Pro is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 processor, and is paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is support for the microSD card of up to 256GB, if you need that. Another good bit about the performance is that the phone doesn't heat up much. It runs cool. Even during extended gaming sessions or benchmarking, the phone was never overly hot. As far as benchmarks are concerned, here is what the V11 Pro gets:

-- Geekbench 4: 1437 points in single core and 5270 in multi core.

-- AnTuTu: Score of 127934 points.


"Too many cooks spoil the broth". This phrase suits perfectly to the software in the V11 Pro. Vivo has put too many features together in the V11 Pro, and which is why you might end up not using most of them. The V11 Pro runs Vivo's FunTouch OS 4.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and for now, there's no word if the phone will get Android 9 Pie update or not.

The software in the Vivo V11 Pro has elements that are a direct copy of what people using an iPhone gets. This means there is no regular app drawer, similar to what you get most Android phones. The quick action buttons, which sit in the notification shade in most Android phones, have to be accessed in the Vivo V11 Pro by swiping up on from the bottom edge of the screen, similar to how it is done on an iPhone. Then there is a new virtual assistant called Jovi Smart Scene - don't why companies don't stick to the Google Assistant that is more user-friendly and competent.

There are even apps like iMusic, a music player from probably Vivo, preinstalled on the phone. The V11 Pro comes pre-loaded with several apps from Google like the Google Lens, Google Duo, and other third party apps like NewsPoint, UC Browser, Amazon Shopping app, PhonePe, among others. Some of the apps can be deleted from the phone, while some can't be uninstalled.


As noted earlier, there are too many features in the Vivo V11 Pro, including some gesture-based navigation options, which don't work too well because they are laggy. If you are used to a phone that runs a clean version of Android, such as Android One phone, or a Google Pixel, or even Samsung Galaxy or OnePlus phone, it will take you at least a week to get used to the software in the V11 Pro. If you are coming from an existing Vivo, Oppo or Xiaomi phone, you will not mind the software in the V11 Pro all that much.


Sometimes the pictures clicked with the V11 Pro turn out to be great, but on some occasions they disappoint. In good light, the V11 Pro clicks clear and detailed pictures. It captures good colours too. But the dynamic range, however, could have been better. Even in low-light, the V11 Pro manages to click decent looking pictures but they often tend to have mushy details and turn out grainy.

On the rear, the V11 Pro includes dual-pixel camera setup that consists uses a primary 12-megapixel sensor. The secondary camera comes with a 5-megapixel sensor and the data from this camera is used for portrait shots.

While reviewing the V11 Pro, I found the primary camera is a good performer. But switch to the secondary camera and you'll find some issues. Almost all bokeh shots miss out on details, especially on the edges of the subject. In some instances, the parts of the subject also turn out blurry. It's not exactly a problem with the camera hardware but more of an issue with image processing algorithms that aren't detecting the edges properly. May be Vivo will fix it with a camera software update.

The bokeh shots often appeared artificial, especially when clicking a person (see camera samples above). The V11 Pro comes with several camera modes like AR stickers, panorama, HDR and Doc - which let you edit text in a picture after it's clicked. The camera app also comes with Google Lens support.

On the front, the V11 Pro comes with a 25MP camera that has a lens with aperture of f/2. The selfie camera hides the blemishes of the face and makes one look beautiful. Yay, for the beauty mode! The V11 Pro adds extra layers of filters to beautify selfies. If you're someone who uses apps like BeautyPlus to add filters to selfies, you'll love the V11 Pro. But if you want to click the natural face, you may find the beauty filters a nuisance. The front camera also comes with several modes likes group selfie, professional, AI stickers, selfie lighting, among others.


The V11 Pro can last one full day on a single charge. The phone comes with 3400mAh battery and supports fast charging. Vivo calls the technology "dual-engine charger". Huh, what? But name aside, the fast charging is one of the best bits about the Vivo V11 Pro. The bundled charger charges about 70 per cent battery in the Vivo V11 Pro in 30 minutes.

Besides the battery, display, performance and the design, another good bit about the V11 Pro is that it comes with IR face unlock support. Because it's IR -- that is infrared -- the feature works even in the dark or low light, unlike the face unlock that only uses the front camera. It also works well and better than the in-display fingerprint sensor. While using the phone, most of the time I used face unlock to get into the phone, and the fact it doesn't work if your eyes are closed shows that it is also secure enough for most users.


Yes. The V11 Pro is an all-rounder. The camera could have been better, software should have been a bit more streamlined and the rear cover should have been glass or metal. But then software and design are also something of personal taste. Some people may even like the Vivo V11 Pro software, or its plastic rear cover over more fragile glass.

There are many bits that the Vivo V11 Pro gets right. It has a gorgeous screen and it is a fast performer. The battery life is good enough, the camera is capable in good light, and features like the in-display fingerprint sensor and IR face unlock make the Vivo V11 Pro look like a phone from 2019. The Vivo V11 Pro faces tough competition from phones like the Poco F1 and the Nokia 7 Plus, but I believe that with its unique features it offers enough to become the first choice for many consumers and especially the ones who want their phone thoda hatke.

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