- Analysis by KJ David
Obviously a big brother to BLU's 2018 Vivo XI, the Vivo XI Plus extends its sibling's 5.9-inch screen to 6.2-inches, although it's not that big of a leap, seeing that it scores a mere 402ppi pixel density , while some of the best phablets on the market easily pass the 500ppi mark. Nevertheless, its 19:9 aspect ratio , which was one of the widest screen setups available as of this technical Phonerated review, and 520-nit maximum brightness level , prevent its FHD+ (2246 x 1080) facade from being a total con.
Going into the engine room, although its MediaTek Helio P60 engine is not that big of a pro, peaking at only 2GHz (Some of the fastest smartphones of its time clock in at more than 2.5GHz), its accompanying AI technology, 6GB maximum RAM , and Mali-G72 graphics processor sound worthy of a 2018 high-caliber large-screen Android.
The XI+'s 128GB memory and up-to-128GB microSD card support sounds passable as well. Note, though, that despite being an overall upgrade to the Vivo XI, its specs are powered by a 3050mAh-only battery (The smaller model packs a 3000mAh cell), whereas models with roughly similar pros and cons that are equipped with 4000mAh batteries were no longer that hard to find when it came out. It does, however, support both wired 5V/2A quick charging and Qi-standard wireless charging , giving it a slight edge versus a lot of its semi-high-end rivals.
As for its cameras, it takes after the original Vivo XI by touting a 16- plus 5-megapixel dual-lens rear cam offering hardware-level bokeh photography, PDAF laser focusing, and a standard Full HD (1920 x 1080) maximum video-recording resolution. Sitting on the notch on its display is a 16-megapixel 5P-lens f/2.0-aperture camera infused with BLU's 4-cell technology , which promises to enhance the overall quality of selfies by compounding 4 pixels into one sensor unit. While you're here, feel free to check out some of the best smartphones for selfies around.
The BLU Vivo XI Plus's aforementioned pros and cons are joined by the DTS audio technology, an LTE Cat 6 network adapter that reels in speeds of up to 300Mbps, and the combination of a rear-mounted one-touch fingerprint sensor and a laser 3D face recognition system . Offered in Quick Silver and Midnight Black, the Vivo XI+ makes for a solid choice for those eyeing an AI-ready photography-driven phablet.
** This phone is also known as: BLU Vivo XI+, BLU XI+, BLU XI Plus
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