vivo X70 5G hands-on impressions and initial review

vivo is set to launch the new vivo X70 5G in the Philippines on October 8, 2021. The flagship packs a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G chip, a 120Hz AMOLED display, ZEISS optics, and a 44W fast charging support.

The spec sheet looks mighty impressive. And if you’re interested to know a bit more about the X70, then read on as we share our unboxing and hands-on impressions. Let’s go.


The vivo X70 5G comes in a pristine square box. You can see how clean its looks with just the phone’s name and the ZEISS logo on the cover. It really sets up the stage for a premium experience.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

One thing that sets the X70’s retail package apart from other brands is that this one actually comes with a set of earphones. Nowadays, getting one in the box is a rarity. Very good for vivo for including a pair.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

In the box

  • vivo X70 5G
  • Phone case
  • Pre-installed Screen protector
  • Earphones
  • 44W Fast Charger
  • USB Type-C cable
  • SIM tray ejector
  • Documentation

Initial Review, Hands-on Impressions

The X70 is the latest flagship from vivo. They spared no effort in creating an eye-catching design called Fluorite AG.

Fluorite AG is an industrial design process that vivo used to create that crystallized surface that looks like powdered glass. The resulting finish has a soft touch that surprisingly feels a lot like velvet. It has a smooth yet silky finish that is not slippery and at the same time provides high resistance to fingerprints.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

Our review unit is in Cosmic Black, while the other color option is Aurora Dawn. Personally, I like the Cosmic Black variant because of how deep the black looks.

The X70 is very sleek, contoured to comfortably rest in your hand. It is slim and light, with a thickness of just 7.55mm and weighing a light 181 grams.

At the back, the handset has the rear camera array in a vertical layout. The bump is thicker than usual, likely to accommodate the large sensors and the Gimbal Stabilization 3.0 technology.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

At the front, you have a 6.56-inch Samsung-made Super AMOLED Display with a 2376 x 1080 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and a small punch hole at the center for the selfie camera.

As an AMOLED panel, it is bright with deep blacks and punchy colors. The screen also has an SGS Eye Care and SGS Seamless certified to protect your eyes.

On the right side rest the volume rocker and the power button for easy reach with your thumb or pointer finger. There’s nothing on the left side.

At the top, there’s a second mic and the IR blaster. And at the bottom, you have a dual SIM tray, a mic, a USB-C port, and a mono speaker.

The vivo X70 is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G chipset clocked at 3.0GHz.Our review unit comes with 12GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. It runs on Funtouch OS 12 based on Android 11. It’s also equipped with a 4400mAh battery with support for a 44W FlashCharge fast charging.

SEE ALSO: Strategy Analytics: vivo named top 5G smartphone brand in Asia Pacific for Q2 2021

Should you need more RAM, the phone has an Extended RAM feature baked into the OS. Once activated, you can add 4GB more RAM using the phone’s memory.

That being said, the UI is very snappy and responsive. Apps are quick to open with zero lag. And animations are butter smooth.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

As for the cameras, it has a 40MP main backed by a custom Sony IMX766V sensor with an f/1.89 aperture. The second camera is a 12MP telephoto with up to 2x optical zoom. The third is a 12MP ultra-wide with a 116-degree field of view.

The main camera has vivo’s Ultra-sensing Gimbal Stabilization. Now at 3.0, it provides better stability compared to the previous generation, especially during low light shooting.

The X70’s camera lenses have ZEISS T* coating, which reduces stray lights, ghosting effects, and other image artifacts, resulting in cleaner photos with much better colors.

Needless to say, photo quality looks really good. Check out our camera samples below.

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vivo X70 review - camera test
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vivo X70 review - Selfie Camera test
vivo X70 review - Astro Mode test
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Wrap Up

The vivo X70 5G is shaping up to be a must-have smartphone, especially for those who love taking photos. So far, I am very much impressed with it.

The handset ticks a lot of boxes that make a great phone — it’s beautiful; it’s fast; and it has a silky smooth 120Hz AMOLED display, a 40MP main camera with ZEISS optics, a 32MP selfie camera, and a 44W fast charging.

vivo X70 unboxing hands-on review

As for the price, we have to wait a few days to find out how much it costs in the Philippines. But if we have to guess, it’s likely going to retail close to the vivo X60 when that launched in the country.

That’s it for our unboxing and initial review. We’ll post our full review soon.


The official price of the vivo X70 5G will be revealed when it launches in the country on October 8, 2021.

vivo X70 5G specs

Display6.56-inch Super AMOLED Display, 2376 x 1080, 120Hz Refresh Rate, HDR10+
ProcessorMediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G
Storage256GB Storage, UFS 3.1
Rear Cameras40MP Main
12MP Ultra-wide
12MP Telephoto
ZEISS Optics, ZEISS T* Coating, Ultra Sensing Gimbal
Video up to 4K@60fps
Front Camera32MP Selfie Camera
Network5G, 4G LTE
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 Dual Band, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, IR Blaster
OthersIn-display Fingerprint Scanner, Hi-Res Audio
OSFuntouch OS 12, Android 11
Battery4400mAh Battery, 44W Flash Charge

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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