The similarity between the Vivo X6 and the iPhone is uncanny. The resemblance is so apparent; one might very well confuse the X6 for an iPhone easily. Yes, there are other manufacturers that have tried to do the same, but in the case of the X6, they have outdone it. The only difference in the two is that the bitten fruit logo at the back has been replaced by a fingerprint scanner. Despite this, Vivo has made a good phone and in this review, we see how the Chinese manufacturer stacks up against other phones in the market.
To start things off, the X6 looks completely like an iPhone. But then, there are only so many ways you can make a smartphone and certain designs seem to hit it off. The phone is constructed of metal which gives it a premium look and an expensive feel. The metal unibody construction makes it look better than the original iPhone especially since they have put in more work to make the two antenna strips on the back more subtle. Further copying iPhone, the X6 is available in rose gold and silver. The back of the phone is very slippery and has a single camera with a LED flash on the top left corner. There is a fingerprint sensor which reads fingerprints accurately and quickly and is one of the quickest we have seen on any phone. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker and the power button whereas the left side is reserved for your SIM cards. The top has the audio jack and the bottom houses the USB port and the speaker grille. Below the screen we have three capacitive touch buttons instead of Apple’s iconic round home button. The phone weighs in at a very light 135 grams making it easy to hold and use with one hand. However, they have made the sides sharp and straight which tend to dig into your palms after prolonged use.
The display is a 5.2 inch Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. The screen has a resolution of 1080x1920 which translates to a pixel density of 424 ppi. Colors on the screen are vibrant though not always accurate. The screen has a bluish tint to it, and the white tends to turn blue when you look at it from an angle. Contrast is great.
Powering the X6 is a MediaTek MT6752 processor with an Octa-core 1.7 GHz chipset. The phone has a 4 GB RAM which is more than enough to do multitasking and have a few apps open without it lagging. The phone has a Mali GPU, which is perfect to play games, although the most demanding ones might take some time to run. The X6 comes with 32 GB of internal memory which can be extended to 256 GB with the SIM 2 slot. So don’t expect to be able to use two SIM with an increased memory.
The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vivo’s own homegrown Funtouch OS on top. Like any skin coming out of China, this means that there is no app drawer, and all your apps get installed onto the home screen. Overall, it is a nice experience to use this phone with very little lags, and quickly unlock actions.
The primary shooter is a 13 MP camera with a f/2.2 lens. Images shot on the phone have a resolution of 4160x3120 pixels. The phone has phase detection autofocus, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus, panorama, and HDR. There is also a manual mode of shooting with control over exposure parameters, white balance and focus. However, the camera might look good on paper; the results are way below from what we expected. Videos on the phone can be shot at 1080p at 30fps. We hoped that it would have 60 fps, but we are fine with what they have given us. The secondary camera is an 8 MP shooter which also came out to be lower than what we expected, but is great for video calling and taking occasional selfies.
The battery powering the phone is a non-removable Li-ion 2400 mAh battery. Although it is smaller than the 3000+ mAh batteries we normally see, it seems to get the job done. The phone will run without hitches for one day and one and a half days with minimal use. The phone also has fast charging features which mean less downtime and more time for you with your phone. However it is very basic, and there is nothing worth mentioning.
The phone comes with a fingerprint, gyro, and accelerometer and proximity sensor. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, radio, and USB. There is no NFC support. The phone also comes with a dedicated mic with active noise cancellation.
The number of similarities between the X6 and the iPhone is too many for it to be a coincidence. From the position of the camera to the speaker grille and body-color, it is hard to confuse the phone initially for something that came out of California. However, Vivo has executed the phone flawlessly and have come out with a great product. Vivo does not have much recognition as a manufacturer outside of its country, and we think that this phone might just change that.WHAT WE LIKED