A higher-spec X60 Pro+ is also arriving soon, and expected to use the Snapdragon 888 chipset along with an even more impressive camera array.
When is the Vivo X60 release date?
Vivo launched the X60 series at an event on 29 December 2020, with the X60 and X60 Pro going on pre-order in early January and hitting stores in China on 8 January.
The X60 Pro+ is now confirmed to launch on 21 January at 11:30am GMT, and will likely hit stores in early February.
Will the X60 launch in the UK and Europe?
Yes - Vivo's Seon Hwang has confirmed to Tech Advisor that “We’re gonna definitely bring our next model X-series [to Europe] this year," referring presumably to the X60 line. He didn't confirm when the phones will arrive though.
Technically Vivo never launched the X50 phones in the UK, but instead it re-branded the X50 Pro and released it here as the Vivo X51 – the first flagship phone the company actually launched in the UK at all.
If Vivo is serious about pushing into the UK market, it makes sense that it would try to follow the X51 up with at least one of the X60 phones, though whether it will use that name or launch one as the X61 remains to be seen.
How much does the X60 cost?
The standard X60 starts from CNY3,498 (£399/$5540), with the X60 Pro starting from CNY4,498 (£515/$695). That's pretty similar pricing to the X50 series, which ended up costing a fairly steep £749 when the X51 launched in the UK.
There will also be a super-premium X60 Pro+, but we don't yet know how much that will cost.
What about the X60 design and specs?
The X60 and X60 Pro have fairly similar core specs, but still vary in a few key areas.
Let's start with what they have in common. Both phones are powered by the 5nm Samsung Exynos 1080 chipset, making them the first phones in the world to use this chip.
Both also share their 6.56in, 2376x1080 AMOLED displays, with HDR10+ support and 120Hz refresh rate. They use the same 32Mp central punch-hole selfie camera, and pack in 33W wired charging, but no wireless support. Batteries are also similar - 4300mAh in the X60, and 4200mAh in the Pro.
The standard X60 combines those specs with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. As for cameras, it has a 48Mp, f/1.8 main shooter with Vivo's gimbal OIS using Sonys IMX598 sensor, paired with a 13Mp 2x zoom portrait lens and 13Mp ultrawide.
The X60 Pro jumps up to 12GB RAM, and comes in just the one 256GB storage configuration. It has a similar rear camera setup, with the same portrait and ultrawide lens, and a similar 48Mp main shooter but at a larger aperture of f/1.5. However it also throws in an 8Mp periscope telephoto with 5x optical zoom.
The X60 series launched with Android 11 and OriginOS, Vivo's new operating system, intended to replace its much maligned FuntouchOS. We've never loved Funtouch, but it's improved substantially over the last year or two as Vivo has simplified it, stripped it back, and reverted to a cleaner Android experience.
OriginOS is widget-heavy, taking after iOS 14, with a focus on live feedback and a dynamic homescreen. If that doesn't sound like stock Android to you then don't fear - OriginOS is China-only right now, and in fact Vivo has told Tech Advisor that it has no plans to bring the new software to Europe.
“For now we will... focus on pure Android,” explained Vivo’s European director of PR, Thomas Kahmann. “Maybe in the future OriginOS could be a topic for the European markets, but from our point of view this track we’re on has proved to be the right path.”
The design of the phones is remarkably similar to the X50 series. Above you can see the X60 in the centre, flanked on either side by the Pro (spot the extra lens and moved Zeiss branding).
The camera module is particularly familiar, with a tiered rectangular camera module dominated by one large lens (the 48Mp main shooter, which needs extra space for its gimbal stabilisation), with two smaller shooters below it, a periscope telephoto on the Pro model, and the flash below that.
What about the X60 Pro+?
The only phone we haven’t had an official look at yet is the X60 Pro+, set to be announced on 21 January, so we don’t know how much this will vary from the other two models.
Tipster Digital Chat Station may help here, leaking what are claimed to be designs for the X60 Pro+ in three variants: a grey glass model on the left, and two leather variants on the right. Unsurprisingly, from the front the phone looks pretty similar to the other X60 models though, with curved edges and a punch-hole camera.
Internal specs are also expected to vary, with leaks pointing towards the Snapdragon 888 replacing the Exynos 1080 in the X60 Pro+ - we already know one Vivo phone has been benchmarked with the 888, and it's likely this one. The phone has also gone through China's 3C certification, which reveals that it will also have faster 55W wired charging. Naturally the camera specs will also be different, given the entirely different module seen in the above designs.
Chinese retailer JD.com has teased the new phones on a pre-registration page for the X60 Pro+. The page confirms two colour names - Deep Ocean Blue and Classic Orange - and teases a Snapdragon 8-series processor, camera specs, and...waterproofing? We're not sure what the third icon is meant to be.
The background texture of the image seems to confirm the leather finish seen above, while the order page itself confirms two memory & storage options: 8/128GB and 12/256GB.