Even if you choose not to buy the Vivo V11 Pro, you will be impressed by it all the same.
Some mid-range smartphones are so good that they make many flagships redundant. The v11 Pro, which arrived in September 2018, is one of them.
Looking at the specs sheet of the V11 Pro, I am instantly reminded of my description of the new generation of super mid-range smartphones. As a matter of fact, this Vivo model exceeds that description.
This is a good time to see the key specs of this interesting device.
Vivo v11 Pro Specifications
Mobile networks: 2G, 3G, 4G
SIM card: Dual Nano-SIM
Operating System/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo + FunTouch 4.5
Build: Glass body + plastic frame
Dimensions: 157.9 x 75 x 7.9 mm
Display: 6.41″ 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Super AMOLED screen
Fingerprint sensor: under-display
Processor: Octa-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, Kryo 260
GPU: Adreno 512
Internal storage: 128GB
Memory card support: Dedicated microSD slot
Main Camera: 12MP (f/1.8 lens) + 5MP depth sensing, phase detection autofocus; 1080p @ 30fps video
Selfie camera: 25MP (f/2.0), 1080p video recording
Battery capacity: 3,400 mAh
Battery charging: 18W fast charging
A Super AMOLED display is a delight any day. It means you get deeper blacks and great contrast. I dislike the notch on the display, but it is one of the better looking ones.
In all, the V11 Pro is a stunning smartphone – one that you will be glad to show off, if that’s the way you roll.
The 6GB RAM that the phone is equipped with is an immediate turn-on for power users who love to jump from app to app without breaking a sweat.
The under-display fingerprint sensor is also a novelty in this class of device. This cutting-edge feature has been an exclusive preserve of the highest priced smartphones but here we are seeing one on a mid-range device.
I must not forget to mention the 128GB internal storage. Again, that is massive for a smartphone in this category. There is a 64GB storage version though, if you’d like to spend even less on the phone.
And when it comes to selfies, a 25MP front camera is available. You will be taking some well-detailed selfies with this. At the rear side of the phone is a 12MP + 5MP dual camera with AI support and Bokeh effect.
With the Vivo v11 Pro, you get a near flagship experience at about half the price of a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. We are talking about a smartphone in the same class as the highly popular Nokia 7 Plus. And then, it offers a number of features that even the Nokia does not have.
What Do You Miss?
In its class, the V11 is over-qualified. There is no question about that. This is a device that breaks new grounds.
But seeing that we are comparing it to flagships, we must ask, What are you missing if you choose to buy this instead of a Galaxy S9+?
You will miss the metal frame that flagships are known for, but it is so little metal. The V11 Pro has an all-glass body built around a plastic frame. If you want to nitpick, hey….
You will miss a more powerful processor. But then, most smartphone owners never put their smartphones to use in tasks that demand the full power of their smartphones. Even flagship owners. So, are you really going to miss this?
In everyday use, the Nokia 7 Plus was as snappy as any flagship out there. Most of us never carry out any suoer-demanding tasks on our $1,000 smartphones.
You will miss water and dust resistance. USB Type-C support is missing too. A crying shame, if you ask me.
And last, you will miss wider 4G network support. The Vivo V11 Pro supports only eight 4G bands. Bummer, if you travel the world, or if you live in a country whose bands it does not support. That will be a dealbreaker, no doubt.
The V11 Pro is simply amazing. And it seems that lots of people agree, as it is proving popular already in the markets where it sells.
Its greatest weakness, in my books, is FunTouch OS, the custom skin that Vivo uses on its phones. I really would love to have a phone with these specs and features but running stock Android software.
The Vivo V11 Pro costs just about $400 or NGN140,000. It is a deal that is hard to pass. You get mostly flagship features and performance for so much less.
If you have that kind of budget for a smartphone, you should take a look at the Vivo V11 Pro. Even if you choose not to buy it, you will be impressed all the same.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.