Vivo X80 Pro Review

Vivo X80 Pro Review

It may appear as smartphone camera progress has come to a halt; a product emerges every now and then that disproves this notion. That smartphone is the Vivo X80 Pro.

Vivo arguably doesn’t have the same worldwide reputation as Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, or OnePlus when it comes to Chinese phone brands. However, those of us who follow the smartphone landscape carefully know that Vivo has been creating excellent phones for a few years, and the Vivo X70 Pro Plus from last autumn was, in my opinion, the greatest smartphone camera for still photographs. This wasn’t just a hunch; I put the X70 Pro Plus up against every top challenger in a series of camera shootouts, and Vivo came out on top in every major category, including nighttime and ultra-wide shooting.

When Vivo unveiled the X80 Pro, I was curious as to how it would vary from or improve upon the preceding X70 series, which I had previously reviewed and praised for this same reason. The camera hardware of the X80 Pro, in particular, boasts a slew of additional features and promises.

Vivo just added two new smartphones to its flagship X-series lineup: the X80 and the X80 Pro. The Vivo X80 Pro might become the brand’s flagship device in 2022 if a Pro+ variant isn’t in the works. This means that the Vivo X80 Pro will take the place of the Vivo X70 Pro+ from the previous year. The Vivo X80 Pro costs Rs. 79,999, is equipped with the newest Snapdragon CPU and runs the latest FunTouch OS, which is based on Android 12.

Vivo X80 Pro Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
Multi-purpose camera systemSoftware that is prone to overheating
Premium DesignMonotonous Software
Excellent Display and camera inconsistencies
Smooth Performance
Vivo X80 Pro Pros and Cons

The battery capacity has also been raised by 200mAh, and the device now supports cable fast-charging up to 80W. A few hardware improvements to the camera system have also been performed to boost the output even further. Let’s have a look.

Display and Design

In 2022, the X80 Pro may easily claim the title of best-looking flagship cellphone. It has a premium appearance and feels to it. The glass-metal structure is solid, and the dark black hue is stunning. The X80 Pro has a curved screen and a metal frame, just like the X70 Pro+.

Vivo X80 Pro Display
Vivo X80 Pro Display

The design of the camera module has been tweaked by Vivo. The three sensors, the laser AF sensor, and the ZEISS logo are now housed in a circular part of the huge two-step camera module. The periscope telephoto sensor, as well as the dual-LED flashlights, remains outside the circle. The design appears to be more refined.  

The frosted glass back is still there, with a delicate texture that feels wonderful to the touch and resists fingerprints and smudges.

The phone is water and dust resistant to IP68 standards, and the screen is protected by a layer of Schott Xensation UP glass, which doesn’t equal the durability of Gorilla Glass Victus but should provide some protection. In terms of ergonomics, the X80 Pro is one of the heaviest flagships (215g) and isn’t quite appropriate for one-handed operation. The X80 Pro is almost as large as the Galaxy S22 Ultra and requires two hands to use comfortably. Avoid the X80 pro if you want tiny and lightweight gadgets.

Vivo X80 Pro Design
Vivo X80 Pro Design

A 6.78-inch E5 curved AMOLED display comes standard on the Vivo X80 Pro. The panel is powered by LTPO 3.0 technology and, as a result, can intelligently vary its refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. The X80 Pro, on the other hand, allows purchasers to lock the display’s refresh rate at 120Hz. Furthermore, the screen is pixel-dense, and the panel has a resolution of 2K (3,200 x 1,440 pixels). The X80 Pro’s display is, without a doubt, one of the best in the business, with stylish, vivid colors and broad viewing angles. Furthermore, at 1,500 nits, the screen is sufficiently bright, and the display responds to user inputs almost instantly, thanks to its fast 300Hz touch sampling rate.

Vivo X80 Pro Design
Vivo X80 Pro Design

Camera

In low-light situations, the X80 Pro continues to shine. Images are free of noise and have a large dynamic range. No unwanted blown-out light sources are guaranteed thanks to Vivo’s imaging chip and ZEISS’ collaboration. The camera sensor gathers so much data that the end product will astound you. In fact, you’ll observe the change in real-time in the viewfinder as you take the image. The 48MP (Sony IMX598) 14mm f/2.2 AF wide-angle sensor is also capable of producing high-quality images. Although the images are significantly less crisp, they are well-exposed and have a wide dynamic range. The zoom photos are also well-represented by the camera sensor. Both the 2x and 5x images are crisp and detailed. The 60x zoom images are a shambles and don’t equal the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra‘s performance.

Vivo X80 PRo Camera
Vivo X80 Pro Camera
  • The Vivo X80 Pro’s main camera features a new Samsung GNV sensor that was “custom-built” for it.
  • Vivo’s improved V1+ imaging chip is included in the X80 Pro.
  • The X80 Pro excels in HDR photography, seldom blowing out lights like other phones.
Ultra-Wide angle
Ultra-Wide angle

The X70 Pro Plus’s 48MP ultra-wide, 12MP 2x telephoto (dubbed “portrait lens”), and 8MP 5x Periscope zoom lenses all share the same technology as the X70 Pro Plus. However, the brain that processes the hardware has been upgraded: the X80 Pro now has a specialized imaging chip called V1 Plus, which is an evolutionary development on the V1 chip that debuted in the X70 Pro Plus.

Vivo X80 Pro Camera
Vivo X80 Pro Camera

Battery and Software

The Vivo X80 Pro’s processing needs are met by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform, which comes as no surprise. The SoC is paired with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 12GB of quad-channel LPDDR5 memory. We’ve already seen a few flagships with the aforementioned specs hit the market, and suffice it to say; new-age Androids have plenty of power behind the hood. However, a large number of high-end phones suffer from heating problems as well. When deploying its cores and GPU to execute a difficult task, the quicker the SoC, the more heat it will likely create.

Vivo X80 Pro Software
Vivo X80 Pro Software

While the Vivo X80 Pro does get warm, it does not become as hot as some of its competitors. In addition, the handset’s stability and throttling scores in 3D Mark’s Extreme stress test, as well as the CPU throttling test, were satisfactory. On that basis, the gadget achieved 75.8% stability in the first and just 72 percent of its maximum performance in the second. I even spent long amounts of time on my phone playing demanding games like BGMI, Apex Legends Mobile, and Nimian Legends: BrightRidge. Despite maxing out the graphics and FPS settings on the aforementioned games, the smartphone showed no indications of strain and only sometimes dropped frames.

Unfortunately, that’s all I have to say about the FunTouch OS UI, which is overlaid on top of Android 12. While I like that the utility does not clutter a user’s notification tray with unwanted advertisements and promotional offers, the gadget does come with a lot of bloatware. That’s a bit of a letdown, considering the phone costs a pretty penny. Furthermore, the FunTouch OS on the X80 Pro does not allow icon packs. On the other hand, unlike Xiaomi’s options, third-party launchers like Nova, Nothing Launcher, and others allow you to employ navigational gestures on the phone.

The Vivo X80 Pro is powered by a 4,700mAh battery that provided roughly five hours of screen on time when the display was set to 2K resolution and the refresh rate was set to 120Hz. My activities included surfing social media platforms, playing casual games on my phone such as Clash Royale, and watching films on YouTube and Netflix. Your results may vary, especially if you change the display settings. Regardless, the phone charges quickly at 80W, and the supplied charging brick allowed me to recharge the battery in just less than 45 minutes. Wireless charging (50W) is supported, and you can even utilize the handset’s reverse wireless charging capability to recharge your TWS earbuds.

Vivo X80 Pro Battery
Vivo X80 Pro Battery

Final Thoughts

The Vivo X80 Pro costs PRs 79,999 and checks most, if not all, of the relevant boxes for the pricing. To begin with, the smartphone boasts a luxury style that is complemented by a gorgeous screen. The phone also works well and has a decent camera array that will appeal to aspiring photographers and videographers. It also helps if the gadget supports wireless charging and has an ingress protection grade that is waterproof. Don’t get me wrong: the phone isn’t ideal, and I feel that a bloat-free custom skin would greatly help the handset.

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