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Vivo X70 Pro+ Display review: Great color and smoothness

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The Vivo X70 Pro+ arrived on the market in September 2021, coming with many features befitting a flagship device. In this review, we take a look at how well its display performed in our comprehensive array of tests.

Key display specifications:

  • 6.78-inch AMOLED screen
  • Resolution: 3200 x 1440 pixels (517 ppi)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

Vivo X70 Pro+
91
display

Pros

  • Good colors in every lighting condition
  • Well-managed video brightness
  • Smooth in all uses

Cons

  • Hard to read under sunlight
  • In low-light conditions, brightness too high during daytime and too low at night
  • Pink cast on pictures viewed on angle

The Vivo X70 Pro+ achieved an overall score of 91, placing it firmly in the upper half of our database of devices tested thus far. It provides excellent color fidelity in every lighting condition and is well suited for watching videos.

Analyses and comparisons

The DXOMARK Display overall score of 91 for the Vivo X70 Pro+ is derived from its scores across six attributes: readability, color, video, motion, touch, and artifacts. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at these display quality sub-scores and explain what they mean for the user, and we will compare the Vivo X70 Pro+’s performance in several areas against two of its competitors, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Readability

Vivo X70 Pro+

65

76

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (76)

DXOMARK uses the device’s gallery app to show static (still image) content when measuring the device’s display for brightness, contrast, gamma, and blue light filter impact, etc.

In low light, the Vivo X70 Pro+’s brightness is too high during daytime and too low at night:

Readability in low light at night, from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

The comparison charts below show the Vivo X70 Pro+’s performance vs. the competition at 0 lux (low light during daytime) and at 30,000 lux (broad daylight):

Brightness vs Contrast comparison (0 Lux)
Brightness vs Contrast comparison (30 000 Lux)

The Vivo X70 Pro+ has generally good readability in indoor conditions:

Readability indoors, from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

The Vivo device is a bit too dim when viewed in outdoor conditions, losing detail in dark areas:

Readability outdoors in shade, from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

The Vivo X70 Pro+’s screen is not uniform in brightness nor color:

Brightness and color uniformity, from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

Color

Vivo X70 Pro+

90

Highest Score

DXOMARK uses the device’s gallery app to show static (still image) content when measuring the device’s display for white point, gamut, uniformity, color fidelity, and blue light filter impact, etc. 

While a yellow or pink cast is noticeable on some content outdoors, the Vivo X70 Pro+ shows good color accuracy on most content.

Color rendering indoors, clockwise from top left: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

The charts below show the measured color faithfulness of the Vivo X70 Pro+ compared to the target under 0 lux and 1000 lux lighting in the sRGB (standard) color space. The center of each circle is the target color; the further the tip of the arrow is outside of the circle, the more a user will notice a difference between the color on the display and color of the real object or chart next to it. The X70 Pro+ shows outstanding color fidelity in all tested conditions.

Vivo X70 Pro+, color fidelity in sRGB color space at 0 lux
Vivo X70 Pro+, color fidelity in sRGB color space at 1000 lux

The charts below show the Vivo X70 Pro+’s color tendencies when held at an angle; in the right-hand chart (a closeup of the chart on the left), each dot represents a measurement taken at a discrete angle and distance from the device; dots inside the inner circle exhibit no color shift in angle; those between the inner and outer circle have shifts noticeably by trained experts; but those falling outside the outer circle are easily noticeable. You can see that as the angle increases, the Vivo takes on a pink cast and then a much stronger blue cast:

Vivo X70 Pro+, white point on angle
Vivo X70 Pro+, closeup of white point on angle

The photo arrays below illustrate the objective findings, with the Vivo showing a blue cast when held at a 45° angle:

On-axis (top) and on-angle color (bottom), from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

With the blue light filter on, the Vivo X70 Pro+ has a strong yellow cast:

Color with blue light filter on, from left to right: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

Video

Vivo X70 Pro+

78

90

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
Best: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos) (90)

DXOMARK uses the device’s video (or browser) app to show dynamic content when measuring the device’s display for brightness, contrast, gamma, and color.

The Vivo X70 Pro+’s brightness is well suited for watching HDR10 content, making for a pleasant user experience.

Video brightness, clockwise from top left: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

The device shows good mid-tone contrast, although some details are missing in darker areas.

Video contrast, clockwise from top left: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

A slight yellow cast is visible on all content, including skin tones, although the rendering is still good.

Video contrast, clockwise from top left: Vivo X70 Pro+, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

Motion

Vivo X70 Pro+

86

87

Huawei P40 Pro
Best: Huawei P40 Pro (87)

The Vivo X70 Pro+ shows almost no frame drops at either 30 or 60 fps, and no frame drops were visible when playing video games. Although the device does not show any frame duplications, a motion trail is noticeable. There is a slight delay before video playback resumes after moving forwards or backwards in the timeline.

Touch

Vivo X70 Pro+

73

85

OnePlus 9
Best: OnePlus 9 (85)

Vivo X70 Pro+ is quite accurate when zooming in the gallery app, and scrolling feels smooth. Although gaming feels smooth, the corners and edges of the device are almost non-responsive to touch.

Artifacts

Vivo X70 Pro+

85

86

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Best: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (86)

In addition to the problem of unresponsive touch in corners and along edges mentioned above, the Vivo device occasionally responds to ghost touches, and aliasing is visible (as illustrated below) — all of which leads to a suboptimal gaming experience overall.

Vivo X70 Pro+, aliasing closeup
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.
Vivo X70 Pro+, aliasing closeup
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.
Vivo X70 Pro+, aliasing closeup
Photo credit: DXOMARK. For illustration only.

Conclusion

The Vivo X70 Pro+ provides users with a very pleasant video experience. Its color fidelity is extremely good — among the very best in our database, and it has a very smooth feel as well.

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