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Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) Battery test: Good all-round performance

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The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) arrived on the market in March 2021. Belonging to our Premium ($600-799) segment, it has a display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, among other nice features. Let’s see how it did in our Battery protocol tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 4200 mAh
  • 33W charger
  • 6.56-inch, 1080 x 2376, 120 Hz AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm) chipset
  • Tested ROM / RAM combination: 256 GB + 12 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
86
battery
80

104

59

96

66

100

80

118

88

111

76

105

103

121

Charging Time
2 days 3h
Battery life
Charging Time
0h40
80% Charging time
Charging Time
1h03
Full charging time

Pros

  • Satisfactory autonomy for a device in this segment
  • Very good efficiency with well-controlled discharge currents
  • Pleasant charging experience

Cons

  • Low autonomy in camera

With solid performances in most categories, the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is the new leader in the Premium segment. We compared its performance in several key categories with three other devices in the same segment, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G, the Xiaomi 11T Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos). Battery capacity, tested charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for all four devices are shown in the table below.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G Xiaomi 11T Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)
Battery (mAh) 4200 4500 5000 4000
Charger

Wireless

33W

no

65W

no

120W

no

25W (not included)

15W

Display type OLED OLED OLED OLED
Resolution 1080 x 2376 1080 x 2400 1080 x 2400 1080 x 2400
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 7 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 7 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 5 nm Exynos 2100 5 nm

Autonomy (71)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity but also on other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios. 

Light Usage
73h
Light Usage
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
51h
Moderate Usage
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
32h
Intense Usage
Active: 7h/day

Despite a relatively small battery (4200 mAh), the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) is nevertheless the clear winner for Autonomy among its rivals in this comparison, thanks to an excellent performance in our stationary (TUS) tests.

Stationary

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

80

104

Vivo Y72 5G
Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

The X60 Pro 5G lasted 67 hours in our TUS tests. Lasting 61 hours 38 minutes, the Xiaomi 11T Pro is not too far behind, but both the Oppo and Samsung devices are off the pace.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

59

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) put in an acceptable but not stellar performance in our on the go tests.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

66

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

Results for the Vivo device were a mixed bag: it was right in the middle of the pack for most use cases, but was particularly strong in music streaming and weak in 3G calling.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (86)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from zero to 80% capacity and from 80 to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired
Wired
63%
in 30 min
0h40
0 - 80%
1h03
Full charge

Users can expect a good overall charging experience with the Vivo device and its 33W charger.

Full charge

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

80

118

Realme GT Neo 3
Best: Realme GT Neo 3 (118)

Power consumption and battery level during full charge

Although at 62.5% capacity it is way ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) after charging for 30 minutes, the Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) lags behind both the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G with its 65W charger and the  Xiaomi 11T Pro with its 120W charger.

Time to full charge

Quick boost

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

88

111

Realme GT Neo 3
Best: Realme GT Neo 3 (111)

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) provides more than 5 hours of autonomy with a 5-minute charge.

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) Xiaomi 11T Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%5:45 8:54 10:32 2:33
40%5:51 7:32 10:31 2:36
60%4:51 5:39 10:24 2:05
80%3:07 4:08 6:54 2:01
Percentage boost 20%12 %23.8 %26 %7.4 %
40%12.2 %20.2 %25.9 %7.6 %
60%10.1 %15.1 %25.6 %6.1 %
80%6.5 %11.1 %17 %5.9 %
Energy consumed 20%2446 mWh5042 mWh6276 mWh1458 mWh
40%2491 mWh4272 mWh6265 mWh1487 mWh
60%2064 mWh3206 mWh6194 mWh1192 mWh
80%1327 mWh2344 mWh4111 mWh1148 mWh

Efficiency (98)

The DXOMARK power efficiency score consists of two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge rate, both of which combine data obtained during robot-based typical usage scenario testing, outdoor mobility testing, charging evaluation, and power measurements, and then take into consideration the device’s battery capacity.

The Vivo leads among its rivals for overall Efficiency, thanks to its good discharge management.

Charge up

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

76

105

Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro
Best: Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro (105)

All devices in the pack are very close to each other and show good efficiency when charging, but all of them have slightly high residual power drains.

Discharge

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)

103

121

Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro (121)

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) leads the way among its rivals for low discharge current. Its only drawback here is in 3G calling, where its discharge is slightly high.

Conclusion

The Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) put in an above-average performance in our Battery protocol tests. Showing no weaknesses, it takes over the top spot in the Premium segment.

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