Vivo might be one of the largest smartphone brands you’ve never heard of. That may soon change, however, with the company’s ongoing push into new international markets beyond its native China.
The company is already in possession of one of the largest smartphone market shares globally, so it’ll be interesting to see how this latest expansion affects its influence.
At this early stage in its global expansion, many of the company’s phones are still only launching in Asia, though a growing number are getting European launches too. However, even for European buyers that doesn’t detract from the excellent hardware Vivo has dropped inside these devices.
There’s also the company’s iQoo sub-brand to consider, which offers remixed takes on its parent brand’s devices that strike an even more competitive price/performance balance, with a slight gaming focus. If you can spend a little more, the Nex line is the company’s true flagship space, though the last – the Nex 3 – is no longer on sale, so we’re waiting to see what’s next for Nex.
A quick note on software: Vivo has two operating systems in use at the moment. Origin OS is limited to the firm’s latest phones and is currently only available on Chinese models. Funtouch OS is found on the global launches, though will eventually be replaced by Origin. The few phones with official European versions also run Funtouch, but a stripped back version that’s closer to a stock Android experience – and much better for it.
We’ll be updating this chart as the various international versions become available – including the upcoming Vivo X80 series, which should be launching soon. Check back for an always up-to-date list on the best Vivo phones you can buy.
Best Vivo phone reviews 2022
Vivo X70 Pro+ – Best Overall
- Pros: Jaw-dropping quad camera | IP68 rating | Wireless charging
- Cons: Odd design | Funtouch OS
The X70 Pro+ is a statement phone from Vivo, which takes everything that made the X60 Pro+ great and fixes most of its flaws.
That makes it all the stranger that it isn’t available in Europe, though it is at least on sale across Asia.
Specs here are top across the board: Snapdragon 888+ chip, up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage, a 120Hz WQHD+ AMOLED display, and 55W fast charging. There are Vivo firsts too, with both wireless charging and an IP68 rating now supported for the first time.
Really it’s all about the camera though, which is inarguably one of the best in any phone right now. The four rear lenses are all fantastic (and all have OIS to boot), especially in low light – this is a night photography beast rivalled only by the Pixel 6 Pro.
Read our full Vivo X70 Pro+ review
Vivo X70 Pro – Best Design
- Pros: Great camera | Slim & lightweight
- Cons: Average chipset | Funtouch OS | No wireless charging
The X70 Pro is an only slightly stripped back alternative to the Pro+, but still plenty powerful (and also unavailable outside Asia).
You won’t get the wireless charging or IP rating, and the display is smaller and lower in resolution. It’s also capped at the Dimensity 1200 chipset, though it is a custom version for Vivo.
What you’ll still get is a fantastic quad rear camera, with most of the same specs as the Pro+ model. You also get an improved design, with a slimmer body, lighter weight, and no odd reflective ceramic window next to the camera.
Read our full Vivo X70 Pro review
Vivo X60 Pro – Best in the West
- Pros: Striking design | Excellent triple camera | Clean software option
- Cons: Expensive | No wireless charging
The X60 Pro is the only member of the X60 series officially launching in the UK and Europe, but it’s good enough that we’re not complaining.
This is one of the thinnest, lightest flagship phones of the year, and features a flawless frosted glass finish.
The 6.56in 120Hz AMOLED display is gorgeous, and the Snapdragon 870 processor is more than enough for most, albeit not quite the best around.
The real strength, other than the design, is the Zeiss-branded triple camera: a gimbal-stabilised main lens, ultrawide, and 2x zoom portrait lens. They’re enough to make this one of the best camera phones around this year.
The only real downsides here are the lack of wireless charging and waterproofing – but if you won’t miss them then the X60 Pro is a great choice, and hands-down Vivo’s best in the West.
Read our full Vivo X60 Pro review
Vivo V21 – Best for Selfies
- Pros: Slim design | Excellent OIS selfie camera | Clean software option
- Cons: Average rear cameras | Middling specs
The V21 is the latest phone we’ve reviews in Vivo’s selfie-focussed V-series – it’s since been followed up by the V23 and V23 Pro, but they’re not yet available worldwide and we’re still in the process of reviewing them.
The V21 is a real winner though. It’s the first phone to offer optical image stabilisation (OIS) on the selfie camera, which means you’ll get crisper selfies, more stable vlogs, and improved lowlight performance. It’s also a beautiful, slim, and light phone, and if you’re in Europe you’ll be able to buy it running Vivo’s simpler European software.
The only real downsides are that the great selfie shooter is let down by a good-but-not-great rear camera, and the chipset powering the phone is a bit budget – good enough for day-to-day use, but not enough for gaming or power users.
Read our full Vivo V21 5G review
Vivo iQoo 7 Legend – Best for Gaming
- Pros: Powerful Snapdragon 888 chip | 66W fast charging | Bold design
- Cons: Small battery | Middling camera
If you can forgive the silly name, the iQoo 7 Legend is by far the Vivo phone that will offer you the best bang for your buck.
It’s not quite as powerful as the top-tier X70 Pro+, but with a Snapdragon 888 it’s not far off – and it’s a fraction of the price. That makes it Vivo’s best offering for gamers or anyone else focussed on pure performance.
The BMW-esque racing stripe design runs the risk of dividing opinion, but it’s certainly eye-catching. You’ll just have to put up with a rather small 4000mAh battery and a triple rear camera that’s certainly not bad, but isn’t Vivo’s best.
Read our full Vivo iQoo 7 Legend review
Vivo X60 Pro+ – Second-Best Camera
- Pros: Great camera | Top specs | Attractive design
- Cons: No wireless charging | Funtouch OS
The leather-coated X60 Pro+ was Vivo’s most powerful phone until the X70 Pro+ came along, though unfortunately it’s only available in China and India – so buyers elsewhere will have to import.
This is a photography flagship, boasting a camera spec that wouldn’t be out of place in an Ultra-class phone from other brands: a 50Mp main lens, 48Mp gimbal-stabilised ultrawide, 32Mp 2x zoom, and 8Mp 5x periscope. The X70 Pro+ has since pipped it, but not by much – this camera is still stunning.
You get all of that for a lot less than you might elsewhere, but only because Vivo has skipped luxuries like wireless charging, an IP rating, or stereo speakers – though internal specs are top notch, with the Snapdragon 888 at its heart.
Bear in mind that while the Chinese version of the phone runs Vivo’s new Origin OS, the Indian model instead runs the company’s older Funtouch OS software.
Read our full Vivo X60 Pro+ review
Vivo iQoo 7 5G – Best Mid-Ranger
- Pros: Fast performance | 120Hz display
- Cons: Funtouch OS | Average camera
The iQoo 7 5G is part of the same range as the iQoo 7 Legend, above, but is a cheaper and slightly less powerful option.
With that in mind, the iQoo 7 5G offers a Snapdragon 870 5G with up to 12GB of RAM, backed up by a 4400mAh battery with 66W fast charging, which power a 6.62in, 120Hz AMOLED display.
The cameras aren’t Vivo’s best, but they’re not bad – the 48Mp main camera is a winner, and Vivo’s excellent Night mode software shines here.
For the price, this has a lot of power – though note that this is one of Vivo’s phones that hasn’t had a global launch, but you can buy it from China or India.
Read our full Vivo iQoo 7 5G review
Vivo X51 – Second-Best Western flagship
- Pros: Beautiful design | Clean software
- Cons: Older, mid-range chip | Expensive
Vivo’s first true offering in Western markets was the Vivo X51 and it’s still a great choice for many – even if it’s essentially simply a re-branded take on the Asian X50 Pro.
Its main hook is a gimbal-stabilised main camera and a competent 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G chipset.
Competition in this premium mid-range space is particularly hot, and the price is the only drawback, making this device worth it only if you can find it at a discount – which shouldn’t be too hard now that it’s a year old.
Read our full Vivo X51 review
Vivo V20 – Second-Best for Selfies
- Pros: Strongest selfie camera | Beautifully thin & light
- Cons: Older model | Funtouch OS
The more modest Vivo V20 still excels in areas like a beautiful, thin design that’s lightweight and feels nice in the hand.
Its rear cameras aren’t as accomplished as those found in the pricier X range but the 44Mp front-facing camera is an impressive inclusion all its own – meaning it’s ideal for the TikTok generation.
You may find alternatives with better specs but you’ll have a hard time finding a phone that looks this sharp and delivers to the V20’s specific audience as well as this phone does, without spending a lot more.
The V20 is available across Asia, though European and US buyers will have to import it. You may also want to consider the more recent Vivo V21, which we haven’t reviewed yet.
Read our full Vivo V20 review
Vivo Y20s – Best on a Budget
- Pros: Budget price | Simple software
- Cons: Basic specs
The Y20s is another phone that’s officially on sale in the UK, and it’s one of the cheapest phones in the market.
Specs are understandably basic, but stripped-back software helps performance stay mostly smooth, and the low-power specs yield a multi-day battery life – the best we’ve ever tested.
Other budget phones may offer stronger specs or a higher resolution display, but by nailing battery life and ease-of-use the Y20s makes a strong case for itself.
Read our full Vivo Y20s review
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