Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Which Pro flagship should you buy?

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Which Pro flagship should you buy?

The Pixel 6 Pro is Google’s latest flagship smartphone. And in typical Pixel fashion, it provides for terrific camera performance, making it an excellent option for anyone who wants a great camera phone. But the Pixel 6 Pro isn’t the only phone with a fantastic camera setup; Vivo’s X-series phones have managed to wow a lot of consumers with their amazing cameras. And the company’s latest flagship—the X70 Pro+—is a solid Pixel 6 Pro competitor. Both of these phones find a spot in our Best Camera Smartphones list, and we even have a dedicated Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus Camera Comparison and Shootout in place. In this article, we will pit the Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus to see how the two phones stack up against each other as complete Android smartphone packages, and not just on the cameras.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Specifications

SpecificationPixel 6 ProVivo X70 Pro Plus
Dimensions and Weight
  • 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
  • 210g
  • 164.54 x 75.21 x 8.89mm
  • 213g
Display
  • 6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED
  • QHD+ (1400 x 3120)
  • Centered hole-punch
  • 120Hz display refresh rate
  • HDR10+ support
  • High brightness mode
  • Full 24-bit depth for 16 million colors
  • Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 6.78″ FHD+ LTPO AMOLED display
  • QHD+ (1400 x 3200)
  • Centered hole-punch
  • HDR10+ support
  • 120Hz refresh rate
SoC
  • Google Tensor octa-core chipset
    • Titan M2 security chip
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC

 

RAM and Storage
  • 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 flash storage
  • 8/ 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
Battery & Charging
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 30W fast charging
  • 23W fast wireless charging
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • 55W fast wired charging
  • 50W wireless charging
Rear Cameras
  • Primary: 50MP, f/1.8, Samsung GN1 sensor, OIS
  • Secondary: 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide camera, 114-degree FOV
  • Tertiary: 48MP, f/3.5, telephoto, 4X optical zoom, 20x digital zoom
  • Primary: 50MP, f/1.6, OIS
  • Secondary: 48MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide camera, gimbal OIS
  • Tertiary: 12MP, f/1.6, telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • Quaternary: 8MP, f/3.4, telephoto, 5x optical zoom
Front Camera
  • 11.1MP f/2.2
  • 32MP, f/2.45
Ports
  • USB Type-C port
  • USB Type-C port
Connectivity
  • 5G NR (Sub-6GHz and mmWave)
  • NFC
  • Ultra-wideband (UWB)
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • 5G NR (Sub-6GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ax (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • NFC

 

Software
  • Android 12
  • Three years of OS updates
  • Five years of security updates
  • Funtouch 12, based on Android 11
Other features
  • Optical under-display fingerprint reader
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Stereo speakers
  • Under-display fingerprint sensor
  • Stereo speakers

Design and Display

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 Pro

While both the Pixel 6 Pro and the X70 Pro+ have a glass sandwich design, Vivo has given the rear glass panel a Fluorite treatment, which provides it with a subtle texture and matte finish. In addition, a big chunk of the X70 Pro+ rear panel has been taken by its camera setup. That said, the Pixel 6 Pro isn’t very different in that aspect, and its horizontal camera bar also takes up a decent amount of space on the back. You have to contend with chunky camera islands for sure on both, but the Pixel 6 Pro’s visor-look has its own fans.

The fronts of the two phones are pretty standard, and you get centered hole-punch cutouts for the selfie camera. The Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.71-inch screen, whereas the Vivo phone packs a 6.78-inch display. Both phones have an AMOLED panel and carry a 1440p resolution.

The two phones also weigh almost the same and have essentially the same overall footprint.

Processor, RAM, and Storage

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Their SoC is the first significant difference between the Pixel 6 Pro and the X70 Pro+. While Google uses its own Tensor chip, Vivo has gone with Snapdragon 888+, the latest flagship chip from Qualcomm.

Thanks to the Snapdragon 888+, the X70 Pro+ provides excellent performance, and you’ll have no complaints in any department. Google’s Tensor is also a flagship-grade chip, and it excels in pretty much every aspect except high-end graphics-intensive gaming. That said, if you don’t play a lot of gaming or mostly deal with casual games, you will have no qualms about the Tensor chip.

In terms of RAM and storage, the Google phone has 12GB of RAM and comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage variants. On the other hand, the Vivo phone is available in 8GB and 12GB RAM options as well as 256GB or 512GB storage. Unfortunately, there is no storage expansion slot on either of the phones.

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Cameras

Pixel 6 Pro and Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Cameras are the most talked-about parts of the Pixel 6 Pro and the Vivo X70 Pro+. You get three rear cameras on the Pixel 6 Pro —a 50MP primary shooter, a 48MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. On the other hand, the Vivo phone features four cameras on the back—a 50MP primary shooter, an 8MP telephoto camera, another 12MP telephoto shooter, and a 48MP wide-angle camera.

Google Pixel phones have proven time and again that they can take amazing photos, and the Pixel 6 Pro is no exception. Google’s computational photography prowess shows in every photo the phone takes. So whether it’s daytime or night, Pixel 6 Pro’s primary camera takes excellent shots. The wide-angle shooter is a little underwhelming, but the phone’s telephoto camera is a star.

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is also a terrific camera phone, and it’s able to hold its own against the Pixel 6 Pro. The phone takes excellent photos in both standard and low-light situations. In addition, the gimbal-stabilization included with the wide-angle shooter helps a lot while taking videos, and there is support for 8K video recording on the primary camera.

You can read more in our detailed comparison of the Google Pixel 6 Pro and Vivo X70 Pro Plus cameras. The gist is that you can pick either of the phones for photography and you won’t be disappointed.

Battery, Connectivity, and Software

Vivo X70 Pro+ Cameras

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 5,000mAh battery, whereas you get a 4,500mAh battery on the Vivo X70 Pro+. The additional battery capacity in the Pixel helps the phone easily last through one day on heavy usage, and if you are a moderate user, you may even get one and a half days of battery life.

The Vivo phone, on the other hand, only lasts about a day on a single charge. But the phone supports 55W fast charging, which is much quicker than about 23W fast charging that you can achieve on the Pixel. The X70 Pro+ also has much quicker wireless charging at 50W.

In terms of the connectivity options, the Pixel 6 Pro supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G and comes with Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. On the other hand, the Vivo X70 Pro+ supports sub-6GHz 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC.

The Pixel 6 Pro gets the Google advantage on the software front, and the phone runs on Android 12 out of the box. It’ll also receive three years of OS updates and five years of security patches. The Vivo X70 Pro+ runs on Android 11 with Funtouch OS 12. But, again, it is expected to get three years of OS updates.

Pricing and Color Options

Pixel 6 Pro back

Google Pixel 6 Pro

As there is no market where both the Pixel 6 Pro and the X70 Pro+ are available, we’ll use the US price of the Pixel and the India price of the X70 Pro+ to compare these phones. The Pixel 6 Pro is priced at $899 for the base 12GB + 128GB model. Its 12GBV + 256GB model retails at $999, whereas the 12GB+256GB model of the X70 Pro+ costs Rs. 79,990 (~$1059). So there isn’t a huge difference in the price of the two phones.

Coming to colors, you can buy the Pixel 6 Pro in Stormy Black, Cloudy White, and Sorta Sunny colors. The Vivo phone is sold in Black, Blue, and Orange.

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs Vivo X70 Pro Plus: Conclusion

Pixel 6 Pro and Vivo X70 Pro+

Thanks to the Vivo phone’s excellent camera and overall performance, it’s a solid competitor to the Pixel 6 Pro. The only areas where the Vivo phone falls behind are software and the battery capacity. But the Pixel 6 Pro is not without its issues. The phone’s fast charging speed leaves a lot to be desired, and the Tensor chip isn’t the best for hardcore gaming. So picking between the two comes down to whether you want a better gaming experience or software. So pick the Pixel for software and Vivo for gaming.

    Google Pixel 6 Pro
    The Pixel 6 Pro is Google's flagship that comes with the new Tensor chip, a modern design, and a telephoto camera.
    Vivo X70 Pro Plus
    The Vivo X70 Pro Plus features a 50MP main camera with a large 1/1.31-inch image sensor, along with a 48MP ultra-wide camera, plus two zoom lenses. It's a beast of a camera system.

Which of the two phones do you like? Let us know in the comments section. Meanwhile, if you plan to buy the Pixel, we have selected the best Pixel 6 Pro cases and the best Pixel 6 Pro screen protectors to help you safeguard the phone.

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Gaurav Shukla
Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav has been covering technology for over a decade now. He has done everything from blogging about Android to reporting the latest from the world of Internet giants. When he is not writing about the tech companies, he can be found binge-watching new TV series on the web. You can reach Gaurav at [email protected]