MWC 2016: Vivo X6 Plus first impressions


vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

Although Vivo aren’t officially attending MWC, I did manage to meet up with the team and receive a brand spanking new Vivo X6 Plus! Here are my impressions so far!

Ever had the battery on your phone run out, then be handed a brand new phone just in the nick of time? No? well me either until last evening when my OPX decide it had done enough for the day and ran out of juice, thankfully this happened just as I took receipt of a Vivo X6 Plus.

This year Vivo don’t have their own booth at MWC, but they have added a few of their latest phones to the Qualcomm booth for fans to take a look at, the Vivo X6 Plus is one of them.

vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

As the name suggests, this is the larger of the two Vivo X6 phones and receives a generous 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 FHD display, a set of capacitive buttons on the chin, and 8 mega-pixel camera up front. The rear boasts an all metal (gold in my case) body, fingerprint scanner (possibly the fastest I have ever used), single LED flash and 13 mega-pixel rear camera (and its a good one!).

True to Vivo’s Hifi and Smart slogan, the X6 Plus boasts HIFI audio equipment a Yamaha YSS-205X HI-Fi audio chip.

vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

Other features are dual SIM support, a built-in 3000mAh battery, and LTE. I had read in previous reports that the Vivo X6 Plus has room for a micro SD card but this doesn’t seem to be the case but I’m not sure that’s going to be an issue as the phone has 64GB internal memory.

vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

Processing comes from a 1.7Ghz Mediatek MT6752 chipset and 4GB RAM, which work together to run Vivo’s own Funtouch OS based on Android 5.1.

Vivo X6 Plus First Impressions

vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

Firstly the screen is very bright. I turned the phone on in a dimly lit restaurant and nearly blinded myself! In the hand the phone feels comfy for a 5.7-inch device, and although it’s slightly heavier than some other phones, its nicely balanced in the hand.

Vivo warned me that the phone is for the Chinese market only and they don’t plan to launch it in other markets, so I should beware that Google services aren’t installed. Luckily there is an easy to use installer application in the Vivo app store which fixes that issue and Google is up and running like it should after just a few moments.

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vivo x6 plus hands on and first impressions

The rear facing fingerprint scanner has to be one of the most accurate and fast reading I have come across so far. Setting the sensor up was very quick, and in use it takes less than a faction of a second to unlock. I don’t think there is a phone on the market today with a faster fingerprint scanner.

After my disappointment with the rear camera on the Vivo X5 I was eager to see how the 13 mega-pixel shooter on the X6 Plus would perform. The new camera now has PDAF along with an F2.0 aperture and so far it has performed really well which is saying something as I have only used the camera at night without the flash. The speed and quality of the images has already helped the Vivo X6 Plus become my companion for the rest of MWC (and perhaps the first half of 2016 too). I’ve not uploaded images this time simply because my WIFI connection won’t let me upload original unaltered samples, so tomorrow I’ll post my current night shots and some daylight images in another post.

With my Vodafone SIM inside the phone I am getting 3G data speeds but so far I haven’t managed to get LTE. I also find that data drops quite frequently but I don’t know if this is to do with my SIM and the fact this phone is meant only for the Chinese market or if it’s a software issue. There is an update waiting to be downloaded but I have held off as I don’t have a decent WIFI connection available.

Vivo X6 Plus hands on gallery

I’ll film a hands on with the phone tomorrow when I get time, but for now I am going to sleep so I can head to MWC early first thing tomorrow. Keep posted for more news then.

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28 Comments

  1. MaxPower
    February 22, 2016

    I like Vivo’s design. Simple and classy at the same time.

    • Luis Martinez
      February 22, 2016

      I’ve owned this phone for about two months now. Absolutely love it. Connected to hspa+ here in US. Fast enough for me. Not a bit of lag cycling through apps and interface. The fingerprint is as fast as Andi says. Gorgeous, nicely built metal phone.

      • MaxPower
        February 22, 2016

        Cool, how do you like their Rom so far?
        Where did you get it and much you paid for it if you don’t mind me to ask

        • balcobomber25
          February 22, 2016

          I love Vivo’s designs and I love the fit and finish their phones offer. It’s hard to describe until you own one, but to talk to anyone who has owned one and they can tell you they are worth every penny.

          • Hoàng Vững
            February 22, 2016

            Agree, Vivo build quality from hardware and software is one of Top 1 among Chinese vendors.

            I used an Xshot and now X5pro, all satisfied me.

            • balcobomber25
              February 22, 2016

              Xshot is one of my favorite phones ever made.

            • February 23, 2016

              mine too

            • Matouš Kostlivý
              February 23, 2016

              Mine too 🙂

            • Hape
              February 23, 2016

              Mine too

            • Luis Martinez
              February 22, 2016

              Agree. I tried to replace my XPlay 3s with a huawei ascend mate 7 but felt it wasn’t a good replacement. Funtouch was more fleshed out and offered more of what I was looking for than what huawei offered in the 7. Bought a letv s1but the ROM wasn’t any better than the mate 7 so sold it. Now own the x6 plus.

        • Luis Martinez
          February 22, 2016

          Sorry for late reply.I bought it at liaow for the sum of $550 got the 4000 mah version. The battery gets me through the day with very heavy use as in lots of movie streaming and Internet use. 64 GB is more than enough for me. Had a bit of trouble installing Google play but once it was done correctly everything ran flawless. Funtouch is an amazing skin. I just love how flawless it runs. Easy to learn and navigate. The build quality is among the best any phone maker offers. Very premium looking and feels great in hand. The screen is bright and looks great at any angle. My Vivo X-Play 3s is much dimmer. The sound is great which is what I expected coming from X-Play. Very pleased with phone but will get that X-Play 5 and pass this one off to my wife.

    • Matouš Kostlivý
      February 23, 2016

      I love Funtouch OS. I now gave my Vivo Xshot to my sister and use OP2 myself… the camera isn’t as good as Xshots and Oxygen OS isn’t my cup of cake. Switched to Hydrogen, way better rom, but still… I think I will go back to Vivo one day… or Xiaomi MI5? 😉

  2. Darevintage
    February 22, 2016

    Seriously, the world is not fair. Lucky u Andi!

    • iKosh
      February 23, 2016

      He deserves it.

  3. SnowyCat
    February 22, 2016

    isnt the 52 a bit like low just compared to the other specs? ~ but looks like a great phone. i dunno..this year i’m currently looking at a helio x20 device from meizu/letv/xiaomi but maybe gionee would also be a decent option.

    • balcobomber25
      February 22, 2016

      Depends what you use your phone for. The 52 was one of the better chips offered last year, it is a solid mid range chip.

  4. tauerman
    February 22, 2016

    An interesting option for sure.

  5. tauerman
    February 22, 2016
    • XdaDev X
      February 23, 2016

      fake

  6. Assefa Hanson
    February 22, 2016

    vivo needs to calm down with constantly making high quality phones

    • XdaDev X
      February 23, 2016

      they just doing wrong that they putting expensive audio chips in it..no need for it.. there is no any digital output or input so it is kind of useless..

  7. Bailey
    February 23, 2016

    Maybe I am missing something here but the design is just average to me. I have liked there designs in the past and they are are quality but this to me is OK

  8. Sorin Balan
    February 23, 2016

    The Qualcom guys seem really cool if they allowed Vivo to showcase Mtk phones ?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      February 23, 2016

      guess they arent so bad after all …

      on the other hand … can u tell me how to get emoticons in disqus comments ?

      • Sorin Balan
        February 24, 2016

        I use a windows phone and the emoticons come as standard with the keyboard. ?

        • Muhammad Yasir
          February 24, 2016

          ohhh… right.

  9. Alexis T
    February 23, 2016

    MTK6752 ? Aw c’mon… in a 5.7″ mid-hi level 2016 phone ?
    Why did they call it “X6 Plus” if they put a MTK6752 in it when “X6” had a Helio X20 ?

    BTW this Yamaha chip is a good move…
    Every phone should have one ^^

    • XdaDev X
      February 23, 2016

      yeah i have vivo x5 pro and I have MTK6752 .. and it’s been since jun 2015
      and with old software I have ability to shoot UHD photos .. so one photo can have 18MB -20MB .. When I upgraded phone to funtouch 2.5 they lowered photo to FHD .. idiots in vivo .. so I went back to 1.14.10
      yamaha chip is only for recording so that is obsolete .. for listening audio music .. there is bbe chip ,circus and maxim..
      this x6 plus supposed to have usb c , helio x10 ..
      I bet vivo x6 pro will have helio 20