Review Vivo V11 and V11i: «twist», but by

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The first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner under the display was a medium-budget Vivo X20 Plus UD. Then for example the NEX, we were convinced that the technology is still not finalized, to appear in the flagship.

Now, Vivo presented V11 — new mid-budget smartphone again with fingerprint scanner below the display which works better than its counterpart in the NEX. About the other features of the device and the differences from the «younger» version V11i will now be discussed.

Technical characteristics Vivo V11:

  • Dimensions: 157,91×75,08×7.9 mm, 156 g
  • Display: 6,3″, 2340×1080, Super AMOLED
  • CPU: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Adreno 512
  • Camera: 12 + 5 MP, aperture f/1,8+f/2,4 (main double), 25 MP, aperture f/2.0 (front)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM, microSD slot (up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Funtouch OS 4.5)
  • Connection: microUSB (USB 2.0), wifi (2,5/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, OTG
  • Housing color: «Starry night»

Technical characteristics Vivo V11i:

  • Dimensions: 155,97×75,63×8.1 mm, of 163, 7 g
  • Display: 6,41″, 2280×1080, LTPS
  • CPU: 8-core Helio P60, Mali-G72 MP3
  • Camera: 16 + 5 MP, aperture f/2.0 (main double), 25 MP, aperture f/2.0 (front)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM, microSD slot (up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3315 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Funtouch OS 4.5)
  • Connection: microUSB (USB 2.0), wifi (2,5/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, OTG, FM
  • Housing color: «Starry night», «Glow galaxy»

Almost twins

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Despite the appreciable difference between the diagonal of the display (0.11 inch), the dimensions of the devices are almost identical. This happens primarily because the lower frame major modifications considerably less.

Vivo V11 for a couple millimeters taller and wider than V11i. And, therefore, choose V11i, hoping to obtain a compact device — a stupid idea. Both of the smartphone is the «spade». Neither one of them cannot be managed with one hand.

The rear panel V11 and V11i made of glossy plastic with an unusual gradient of glitter that goes from black to blue and purple. In Vivo is a color called «Starry sky». Plastic is pleasant to the touch, but slippery, soiled and quickly covered with scratches.

At first glance, the smartphones look the same, but there are still differences. Rounded edges large modifications of shimmer with rainbows in the V11i they are black. Still have the normal version of Kant around dual main camera module dark gray, and i-version — Golden.

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And the most obvious difference is the presence V11i fingerprint scanner on the back of the case. From V11 it is hidden under the display.

The arrangement of elements is the same for both devices: on the right side are the power key and the volume rocker on the left — not a hybrid slot for two SIM-cards and microSD memory cards, the bottom features a speaker, mini-jack and microUSB on the top, nothing.

For the opportunity to use two SIM card and memory card is definitely a competition, but for microUSB Vivo should be ashamed, as for the lack of NFC.

Displays

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As displays are of Super AMOLED on the 6.41 inch (2340×1080 pixels) at V11 and 6.3-inch LTPS (2280×1080 pixels) V11i. In both cases, the top of the screen there is a small V-shaped cutout for the front facing camera and earpiece are hidden just above the thin slots. Something similar could be see Essential Phone PH-1.

The solution is unobtrusive and, in my opinion, correct. Other vendors note: if I had the irresistible need to make the «eyebrow» without additional sensors for facial recognition, take the example of Vivo and Essential. No need to make a healthy «Bang» as in a series P20 or 10 Honor from Huawei, OnePlus ZenFone 5 or 6.

The situation with the color reproduction here is simple: saturated, high-contrast picture with deep black color V11 with AMOLED and more cold, the natural color have V11i with LTPS.

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Unfortunately, the calibration of the two displays are not perfect and can not be adjusted. Did not like that V11i even with the slightest change viewing angle white color goes to red and the V-neck front camera is accompanied by a purple shadow, especially noticeable on white color.

In the case of V11 only at extreme viewing angles you can notice the transition of white to green or purple. In General, the usual modifications of the display definitely better. Moreover, the use of AMOLED puts chips in the form of Always On and a fingerprint scanner below the display.

Who’s there?

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Both smartphones offer a facial recognition technology that works with the front camera. It works lightning fast even when you disable fast recognition, which is likely to unlock a smartphone for photography.

Of course, to compare «local Face Unlock» with the accuracy of the fingerprint scanner is stupid. As in the case with other smartphones in Vivo (V9 Youth, for example) my brother easily passes the authentication when unlocking in the face.

To the delight of the paranoid, both devices include fingerprint scanners. At Vivo V11i it is on the back: to work quickly and accurately. There is nothing surprising. Smartphone with «inhibitory» dactyloscopus now almost not to find. The location of the sensor sane: in the middle of the upper part of the body. It is not difficult to find it blind, pulling a device from his pocket.

As for Vivo V11 with fingerprint scanner below the display. Given the experience with Vivo NEX’s, I’m anticipating failure, however, my expectations were not met. Although the speed is slightly inferior to the «traditional» scanner, unrecognized touch is almost there. In the case of NEX’s fingerprint was determined 6-7 times out of 10.

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During testing V11 received the update, which was markedly accelerated the recognition of the fingerprint. The gap from ordinary dactyloscopy reduced to a fraction of a second. Hopefully the Vivo will continue the software to bring the technology to mind.

The scan area is all also the size of a finger, but its location allows you to easily unlock the device blindly.

Camera

Both smartphones are equipped with double modules of the basic cameras: Vivo V11 12+5 MP (f/1,8+f/2.4), and V11i — 16 (f/2.0)+5 MP. Additional modules allow you to do porternye pictures. The degree of background blur is adjustable, both before and after the creation of photography. In addition, brand in the camera, there is support service for the recognition of objects Google Lens.

Photos taken on V11:

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Photos taken on V11i:

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In good light both cameras will be enough «eyes» to create decent photos. And if the day difference between cameras smartphone almost indistinguishable in the night time, V11i pictures are noticeably worse.

As for the color. From V11 it is warmer compared to V11i. I also noticed problems with the contrast in both models: V11 it is often underestimated, while V11i, on the contrary, it too overestimates.

Selfie taken on V11:

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Selfie taken on V11i:


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With front cameras for 25 MP (f/2.0) the situation is almost the same as the main modules: V11i photographs a little worse, and colder, and V11 makes more warm and detailed images. The last does high contrast.

FunTouch OS

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How much cool shit Vivo has not included in its proprietary shell FunTouch OS, I can’t do it «to taste». The fact that all add-ons on Android can be divided into three groups: similar to the «pure» Android (EMUI, OxygenOS), original (MIUI, Flyme) and clones iOS. Unfortunately, FunTouch OS belongs to the third group and, it seems, yet soon will go in the second.

However, the shell develops, and in the current release FunTouch OS 4.5 for smartphones V11 and V11i I see, finally, an updated navigation system.

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The device can refuse to touch the keys and go to the gestures, but until recently, even if you disable the display of the three zones under those same gestures in the bottom of the screen remained unused strip which disappeared only in specialty applications. Now all the apps occupy the bottom part of the display.

Some «sores» still remained unchanged, as two menu multi-tasking, working through time «intelligent reminder» or an awkward gesture of challenge mode one-hand control.

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Another interesting thing happened with V11 field update to build PD1814F_EX_A_1.7.2. Brand gallery app, the Album refused to work without a permit for the location.

In the case of V11, the presence of AMOLED display adds Always On, which is then called «Advanced on-screen clock». You can find it in the lock screen settings.

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There Vivo is to pay tribute: its implementation is above all praise. You can configure the time intervals during which the mode is active, the clock style, color, background and apps whose notifications will be displayed under the dial. That’s just among the supported applications as yet no Telegram, nor the «Facebook» or «Instagram» and other popular services.

Don’t believe the «parrots»!

In Vivo V11 installed Snapdragon 660, complemented by 6 GB of RAM, and V11i — Helio P60 and 4 GB of RAM. Amazing to see that in Antutu «Junior version» manages to surpass V11, but in fact the opposite is true. Who would have thought?

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If you play on both devices at Asphalt 9 on the standard graphics settings, V11i stable 30 fps can be observed only in cases, when there are no other cars. That is, for «smooth» images will have to go on the first or last place. In the remaining moments left with twitching and wild friezes. In the case of conventional V11 fared better: 30 fps with rare dips to 27 frames.

Of course, such processors for the title of gaming solutions from V11 not expect. In daily use V11 and V11i work the same way. But when it comes to games, then preferably processor from Qualcomm .

In favor of V11 will say that in V11i retarding branded camera app with continuous shooting. Most likely, it will fix with future software updates.

Results Geekbecnh could not be obtained because the device stubbornly refused to sync data with the server.

Autonomy

Battery capacity, both smartphones are almost identical. Off-line operation, by the way, too. With 3400 mAh from 3315 V11 and V11i mAh from the device can withstand 5 hours of screen in games and 7 hours of screen in the mixed mode of use with social networks, browser and YouTube.

Price

In Russia sales of smartphones series V11 will start on 26 September at the following prices:

  • V11 6/128 GB — 29 990 rubles;
  • V11i 4/128 GB — 24 990 rubles.

Conclusion

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If the choice is between V11 and V11i, I would advise V11 because it has more display with almost the same body size, better hardware and camera.

As for the series as a whole V11. Smartphones got an interesting color back part of the body, a good camera, large display with thin frame and tiny «keyhole neckline», which is expected in OnePlus OnePlus 6T or 7.

Only here to upset a proprietary shell, microUSB and lack of NFC. And the price at which there are numerous worthy competitors.

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