The Vivo X 80 Pro is the company’s new ultimate camera phone. And besides the revamped cameras, this year you get a new chipset and fingerprint reader, a curved display and a larger battery. That sounds like a nice package. It for a flagship, so let’s see how competitive it actual is .This is our full review of the Vivo X 80 Pro.
We have here the global variant of the X 80 Pro, which is different from what you’d find in China. This year is even more widely available than last year’s model. For example, now you can find the phone in the European market. The first thing you notice design wise is the huge camera bump and circular camera arrangement within, which is a change from last year. By name, the X 80 Pro seems like it would be the sequel to the Vivo X 70 Pro, but specs wise, is actually a spiritual successor to the higher tier model.
The Vivo x 70 pro plus One benefit of having the new design on the back is that it’s flat and even all the way across, and the phone won’t wobble when sitting on a table or desk. We have the X 80 Pro and the cosmic black finish, and actually, for now, that’s the only color you can get globally at least. The glass back tapers into the thin aluminum frame. And this finish has a sort of fuzzy texture, not unlike that in last year’s models. It’s nice to touch, but it’s not that grippy.
And the phone is on the hefty side too. If you do happen to drop it in water, at least you’ve got IP 68 rated protection against water and dust like last year’s Pro Plus. The X 80 Pro’s display is a 6. 78 inch LTPO AMOLED with a QHD resolution and an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate. It’s nearly the same as the previous model, except that now the tech is LTP Gen Three and the screen is curved at the edges instead of flat. The display is able to provide a fast 120 Hz refresh rate for smooth swiping and scrolling.
And then when you’re not interacting with it, it can dial down to as low as one Hz to save energy. We observed it changing dynamically even between swipes. Unfortunately, games don’t get support for a high refresh rate or frame rate higher than 60 FPS, which seems like wasted opportunity. At least you get a 300 Hz sampling rate for better responsiveness. The display itself is really sharp, with the pixel density of 517 PPI.
And of course, you get the great contrast you’d expect from an AMOLED. It’s a ten bit panel too, with support for over 1 billion colors, and there’s HDR ten plus support as well. Colors are generally accurate and can be spot on if you change color profiles and add some tweaks and settings. The screen is quite competitive when it comes to brightness too. We were able to measure a maximum of 490 nits with the manual slider, and this boosts over 1000 knits in auto mode and bright so on.
Under the display is a fingerprint reader for Biometrics. And unlike last year’s optical sensor, this is a large Ultrasonic One. It’s fast and reliable, and the large sensor makes it feel easier and more comfy to use. The extra space also allows the scanner to be integrated with shortcuts rather than just unlocking the phone to the home screen. Through these, you can open up directly to an app of your choice.
Like last year’s X 70 Pro Plus, the X 80 has a pair of stereo speakers with the earpiece acting as the second one. The phone ended a score of very good in our loudness test, and the sound is well balanced with pleasing vocals and even some bass.
The global variant of the phone runs Vivo’s Fun Touch Twelve interface, which is based on Android Twelve. You don’t get bloatware, but there are a few proprietary apps such as the Albums app, iManager Music and the Smart Remote. The remote app uses the X 80 Pro’s IR blaster to control devices and appliances. Font touch Twelve is both highly customized and customizable. You can find a lot of these options in the Dynamic Effects menu, where you can tailor the animations for the home screen and other parts of the UI.
One neat set of options can be found in the Sound menu. You can create custom sound profiles, which can be useful for folks with less than perfect hearing. And there’s an Ultra Game mode which can be accessed as an overlay. On top of your games you get features like Do Not Disturb, EAsports mode and visual enhancements, among others. At the heart of the Vivo X 80 Pro is the current flagship chipset.
The snapdragon 8 gen1. Performance is excellent here, as you’d expect more than enough for your daily tasks multitasking and heavy gaming. Its graphic scores do fall behind some other phones with the same hardware, but that’s because here you have a higher res screen.
The phone did display some thermal throttling in our stress test, and that’s not ideal, but it is typical for the flagships that have a Snapdragon 8 Gen One. It runs hot. Another upgrade the X 80 Pro brings is increased battery capacity. The X 70 Pro Plus had a 4500 mah battery, but here is 4700. Battery life is not really any better for it though.
In fact, the X 80 Pro scored a lower endurance rating in our tests an unimpressive 79 hours. At least you get fast charging to try and make up for it. The X 80 pro comes bundled with a Vivo flash Charge 80 watt adapter. With it, we were able to charge the phone from zero to 88% in half an hour, and a full charge took just 39 minutes. There’s also support for up to 50 watt wireless charging, but for that speed you need to get a proprietary Vivo charging pad.
The Vivo X 80 Pro has essentially the same camera setup as last year, but with a couple of changes. There’s a new sensor for the main camera, and the gimbal stabilization has moved from the ultra wide to the two times zoom. Overall, there’s a 50 megapixel main cam with OAS, a twelve megapixel two times telephoto came with Gimbal OAS, an eight megapixel five times periscope telephoto came with OAS, and a 48 megapixel ultra wide that can take macro shots. Twelve five megapixel photos from the main cam have a flagship grade level of detail with a rendition that’s on par with competitors. There’s good contrast and great dynamic range, and the colors are more restrained than what we’ve seen from previous Vivo phones.
Actually, when it comes to colors, the X 80 Pro handles things quite differently than most. The AI toggle doesn’t have much of an effect, but there is a Zeiss natural color mode, which gives you more restrained colors than auto mode. And then there’s the high resolution 50 megapixel mode, which gives you super punchy results. The 50 megapixel mode nets you a brighter exposure and more color saturation. But strangely, the detail rendition seems to be more sketchy, with the grass having an oil painting sort of look.
Two times zoom. Photos are a little grainy, but have a good amount of detail and excellent dynamic range. The colors match those of the main cam’s auto mode decently well, the five times telephoto stays in line, too. In terms of color rendition, the DCL is sharp and noise is well contained. You can take portraits with each of those three cameras, and you also get Zeiss branded styles and multiple filters to choose from.
Portraits from the main cam have a great level of detail and excellent subject separation. The two time zoom level offers you a chance to shoot the subject from a more comfortable distance, and the detail level was slightly behind the main camps, but still good at five times zoom. The subject separation is still great, but the detail quality takes a hit. The ultra wide cameras twelve megapixel photos aren’t exactly tack sharp, but they still look good, and they have excellent dynamic range. Colors are more subdued here than what you get from the main cam, but like the main cam, shooting at the full resolution will result in much punchier colors.
Since the ultra wide camera has auto focus, you can use it to shoot nearby subjects and close ups. There’s also a macro mode you can Toggle, which uses a digital resume on top of that to get even closer. The process means that you’ll end up with less detail, though in low light, photos from the main cam come out great. There does seem to be some night mode processing happening, even in auto mode, and you end up with wellexposed shots with low noise, wide dynamic range, and excellent development in the tonal extremes. Detail is also great, but there is some noticeable extra sharpening here.
Night mode adds about a second to the capture time, and the differences are modest. You may notice a bit of extra detail in some darker areas, and some warm light sources are a bit more saturated looking. Lowlight photos from the two time telephoto are very good too, just a bit softer than the main camps. In shadowy areas. Night mode will match you better sharpness and detail in the darker areas, and you’ll again get more saturation in some light sources.
At five times zoom, the X 80 Pro may take a digital crop from the two times camera, creating a noticeably soft result where there’s enough light for the real five times telephoto to operate. The photos are noticeably better with a reasonably welldefined detail and a wide enough dynamic range, but there is some visible noise. Night mode is helpful in improving noise performance, but otherwise the benefits aren’t huge. With the ultra wide, the low light performance is praiseworthy, dynamic range is great, and colors leave no grounds for complaint either. The night mode usually doesn’t change a lot, but you may see some minor tonal improvements.
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Selfies come out at 32 megapixels, and they offer a ton of detail and great colors as well as good exposure even in backlit scenes. The Vivo X 80 Pro can record video with its main camera and up to eight k resolution at 30 FPS or four k at sixty FPS. If you’re more into high frame rates, the ultra wide Max is out at, while the two telephotos only go up to 1080 puzzles. 8K video is actually pretty okay, comparable in quality with the other current flagships. We’re still not sure it’s worth dealing with the high fuel size though.
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