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Review Vivo X80 Pro: A Formidable New Rival

Vivo has joined the ultra premium smartphone competition. After the X51 and the X60 Pro, both of which cost approximately 800 euros, Vivo finally releases a smartphone that costs more than $1300, the X80 Pro. To put it simply, we have a right to demand the highest quality available at this price. Yes, it’s possible that outcome will play out.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

Design Vivo X80 Pro

The aesthetic of the Vivo X80 Pro is one that attracts attention. Either you’re completely on board with its slant and presentation, or you’re looking at it with a pouty brow raised, wondering why on earth there’s such a massive picture block.

Design Camera Vivo X80 Pro

This block is very rectangular in shape, and it clusters three of its sensors in a single circle on its left side. The Zeiss logo has a little dedicated area as well. A fourth sensor, situated below and to the extreme left of the circle, contributes to the overall operation. A huge flash is located on the right side to round off the ensemble.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

Let’s be honest, as picture blocks go, it’s hardly the most innovative or effective design ever. Let’s just say that, irrespective of one’s opinion of its worth, it’s tough to give it praise for its constancy. It’s not very sweet or heavy, which is a plus, and the flavour is rather sombre.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

It’s hard to deny the phone’s aesthetic appeal (164.57 x 75.30 x 9.10 mm, 219 grammes), but when I shared this to other users, they were mostly taken aback by the device’s surprisingly light weight. Size-wise, it’s not much bigger than a Galaxy S22 Ultra, from which it borrows some of its rectangular bias in exchange for slightly rounded edges. It’s a phone that fits comfortably and feels good in the hand overall.

Be cautious not to slide on its satin back, which is made of AG fluoride glass. However, it does have the benefit of being somewhat gentle on the skin.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

When I hold the phone in a natural position for my little hands, the lock button is right where my thumb naturally rests. When adjusting the volume, however, I need to use a short extension for the lower unit and shift my hand slightly for the upper unit.

The front of the slab is gently rounded on the edges, and a hole cuts through the middle to reveal a 6.7-inch display. Curved screens are easily recognisable by their ultra-thin bezels and the lack of any obvious forehead or chin in the design.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

The frame takes on a more traditional look, with slender left and right sides and a substantial flattening at the top and bottom. The bottom of the phone has the speaker, a USB Type-C connection, and the traditional dual SIM card tray. The second set of speakers are tucked away discretely in the top border.

For those who tend to be clumsy, the IP 68 certification means that the phone can withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes and being exposed to dust for up to 30 minutes.

Display Vivo X80 Pro

Vivo has placed the little dishes in the large ones for the screen. As a result, we have a gorgeous WQHD + panel with support for up to 120 Hz refresh. Of course it’s Oled, so the comparisons are pointless since they’re almost limitless.

Design Vivo X80 Pro

In this case, we’re interested in two different modes: a “standard,” which is cooler and has less colours but is also more vibrant, and a “professional,” which has fewer colours but is more exact.

It should be noted right off the bat that our probing test, using Portrait Displays’ CalMAN Ultimate, makes short work of confirming these claims.

In addition to the regular coloration, you also receive outstanding coverage in all other respects. Coverage of the sRGB gamut, the most basic one, is 160%, whereas coverage of the somewhat broader DCI-P3 gamut is 107%. The trade-off for so extensive coverage is a blue white point (7038K), but more importantly, an average delta E that is a little off. Thus, we compared our actual value of 4.67 to our desired value of 3.

Expectedly, the delta E in professional goes to 2.64, which is below the threshold at which the naked eye can no longer see a difference, therefore the accuracy is spot on. However, there is a trade-off for this level of accuracy: sRGB’s coverage only goes up to 98%, which is still rather low, while DCI-coverage P3’s is limited to 66%.

We also have some doubts about the positive aspects. We were able to measure a maximum brightness of 655 cd/m2. This is not a high-end price point, even if it will suffice in 90% of typical scenarios. In fact, I had to squint many times in bright sunshine before I could see the screen well.

Fingerprint Sensor Vivo X80 Pro

In our testing, ejecting the fingerprint sensor usually takes no more than two words. However, this time around there are a few nits to pick.

Fingerprint Sensor Vivo X80 Pro

It’s already a high-resolution 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Despite its cumbersome length, this moniker conceals several excellent features. The first is that it just takes one push of a button to record all of your fingerprints, rather than the usual several hundred.

If you want to rapidly provide access to a loved one without giving them your code, this may be incredibly useful—and not only for the sensation of seeing black magic that comes from the procedure.

The second advantageous feature is that the sensor is, as its name implies, rather broad. The phone’s bigger screen makes it easier to use your fingerprint to unlock it. You won’t have to constantly adjust your aim. It’s ridiculous, and we don’t gain anything in terms of usability, if any, on a daily basis. The fact that the sensor is both quick and accurate is icing on the cake. Put simply, we consume whey in our daily diet.

Software Vivo X80 Pro

Manufacturer FuntouchOS 12 (based on Android 12) is incorporated into the Vivo X80 Pro as the primary user interface. The interface is nearly identical to that of older versions of Android (before Android 12), but it features some nice improvements and makes special effort to be fluid.

Vivo X80 Pro FuntouchOS 12

Thus, we value FuntouchOS 12’s excellent general responsiveness, its generally good ergonomics (the application drawer and all the parameters are clear), and its incorporation of Monet, the main novelty of ‘Android 12. You can select one of four distinct colour palettes via a specialised menu on the primary screen.

On the other hand, the interface could use a little work in terms of incorporating the wallpaper colours. While it may be true that the Google apps receive a makeover with each wallpaper, the same cannot be said for the notification shade or other interface elements. In 2022, this is a real deficit regardless of how much we enjoy Monet. We can also complain about the few pieces of bloatware (I’ve named Facebook, Booking, LinkedIN, and Tik Tok) that were invited to the party but have absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand. Although it can be removed in under 5 minutes, it is never pleasant to have to do so after shelling out top dollar for a smartphone.

Despite these minor setbacks, everything is proceeding smoothly. Vivo’s rectangular, rounded-corner widgets are particularly eye-catching. They serve a purpose, too, providing quick access to information like the day’s forecast, a countdown to an upcoming milestone, a means to monitor fluid intake, and even a small currency we value.

It’s unfortunate that there aren’t more ways to personalise the start screen. The Android Stock ethos of efficiency permeates every level of this building. The menus are extremely bland and sparse on illustrations and explanatory text. Ergonomics are therefore compromised to a lesser extent than is the norm for the genre.

Like Oppo, for instance, Vivo provides three years of major updates, which is a satisfactory number but slightly lower than Samsung’s four years.

With the DRM Widevine L1, sVoD services like Netflix and Disney+ can support streaming in 4K resolution without a hitch.

Performances Vivo X80 Pro

Built on one of 2022’s most powerful processors, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the Vivo X80 Pro also has 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM.

In terms of benchmarks, the Vivo X80 Pro is undoubtedly at the top of its class. We were unable to record the final result on 3DMark Wild Life because it exceeded the benchmark’s technical limits. In other words, those who like the use of power will be pleased. However, the phone underperforms in the very hard Aztec Vulkan (GFXBench) benchmark. But he’s not taking the bait at all.

As is the norm these days, we anticipated the chip to warm up while playing Fortnite. False: the phone’s temperature does increase, but it stays within acceptable ranges and can still be used for gaming. Ultra resolution works well too, with full 3D scaling and 60 frames per second for Fortnite. An absolute pleasure.

On the GFXBench test, which evaluates graphics performance, the Vivo X80 Pro overheated for the first time. The Aztec Vulkan benchmark, the platform’s most demanding test, caused a significant rise in ambient temperature. It wasn’t anything major, but it was enough to prove my point that the phone is not infallible. And this appears to be connected to the somewhat lower test results that were noticed.

Vivo X80 Pro Benchmarks Test Score
AnTuTu 9 974485
AnTuTu CPU 208029
AnTuTu GPU 441245
AnTuTu MEM 162886
AnTuTu UX 162325
PC Mark 3.0 9067
GFXBench Aztec Vulkan/Metal high (onscreen / offscreen) 21 / 38 FPS
GFXBench Car Chase (onscreen / offscreen) 80 / 93 FPS
GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 (onscreen / offscreen) 120 / 241 FPS
Sequential Read/Write 1858 / 1425 Mo/s

Battery Life Vivo X80 Pro

It goes without saying that we did not have high hopes for the 4700 mAh battery’s endurance. It’s estimated that 5000 mAh will be the standard for most 2022 super high-end smartphones.

Our battery life test using the ViSer software, which is meant to mimic the phone’s mixed usage, revealed that it takes 9 hours and 40 minutes to get from a full charge to 10%. This is one of the lowest numbers we have ever recorded.

The everyday usage of the phone confirms this deceptive sound; it has trouble lasting more than a day. If you use it sparingly, it could last you a little longer than a day, but that’s about it.

Recharge
The fortunate backup plan to rescue the furnishings has been offered by Vivo. Incorporated within the design of the X80 Pro is an 80 W charger.

And here, beginning at 0%, is the precise charging rate we measured:

  • 5 minutes : 23 %
  • 10 minutes : 38 %
  • 15 minutes : 52 %
  • 20 minutes : 65 %
  • 25 minutes : 79 %
  • 30 minutes : 90 %
  • 35 minutes : 98 %

Obviously, a quick fifteen-minute charge might end up being your saviour. Wireless charging with a power output of 50W is included inside the phone as well.

Camera Vivo X80 Pro

Take a look at the Vivo X80 Pro’s camera settings below:

  • A 50-megapixel primary sensor with a precise size of 1/1.31 inch (or 1.2 m per photosite), aperture F1.57
  • ultra-wide angle module designed specifically for that purpose, using a 48 megapixel IMX 595 sensor and an F/2.2 aperture
  • a 12-megapixel IMX 663 sensor and an F/1.85 aperture are included in the specialised portraiture X2 module
  • 8 megapixel F/3.4 sensor, built inside an X5 module.

Vivo X80 Pro Zeiss Colors

Let’s stop and consider an intriguing component for a moment. The Zeiss button on the Vivo X80 Pro’s user interface lets you quickly and easily switch between the standard, rather vivid colours used in smartphone photography and the more subtle, “Zeiss” hues.

Vivo X80 Pro Zeiss Colors

Zeiss Colors

Users who place a premium on realism will find this feature particularly helpful, but experts in the field of photography or filmmaking will also find that the flatter rendering works well for their purposes.

Vivo X80 Pro Main Sensor Camera

The primary sensor is very sophisticated and remarkably sharp. Due to this, we often believe that we have successfully captured the immediate environment. Extremely satisfying to pull the trigger on because of how energetic it is.

Vivo X80 Pro Main Sensor

Vivo X80 Pro Main Sensor

Even if the regular colour mode will search for blues and greens that are somewhat pushed, the colorimetry is still in good standing. The bright hues refresh our eyes in any setting.

After dark, the picture becomes a little murkier. Even if you get a few great images (like the one of the cathedral’s dome below), it’s frequently tough to get a clear outcome. There’s probably a considerable wait time to blame.

Once inside, though, things improve dramatically; clarity is restored, and a formerly dim picture becomes bright and well-lit once more.

It’s unclear what night mode is supposed to do in complete darkness. Even if the scene is well illuminated, the end result is chaotic.

Vivo X80 Pro Ultra Grand Angle Camera

The extreme wide-angle, in addition to demonstrating superb colour constancy, manages to retain a fair degree of sharpness.

Vivo X80 Pro Ultra Grand Angle

Vivo X80 Pro Ultra Grand Angle

At night, though, we lose a lot of sharpness and the entire thing appears washed out. Once again, there is too great of a drop in quality while shooting in complete darkness (compare the final three images).

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X2 Camera

It’s a good idea to slow down a little on the X2. Most companies are satisfied to use it as a supplementary sensor at best. In this case, it’s on par with or even somewhat superior than the primary sensor. Read on and make your own decision. The degree of clarity, the dynamics, the colours, there is really nothing to throw away.

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X2

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X2

Nighttime adds a layer of complexity. When the issue is far away, we don’t feel as immersed in it. In contrast, the outcome is optimal when applied to a distant monument that the visitor hopes to eventually get close to.

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X2 at Night

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X2 at Night

The X2 sensor also lets you capture stunning close-ups that fall between in the middle of macro and close-up in terms of magnification, and the resultant image quality is, without exaggeration, quite spectacular.

The X2 sensor was created with portraiture in mind first and foremost. Digital background blur, which we all use (and abuse), can sometimes seem extremely realistic, not too far from what the depth of field of a camera would allow for.

In addition to the conventional portrait mode, you also have the option of digging into several modes supplied by Zeiss, which partially replicate the depiction of different sensors. Therefore, we may choose between a subtle blur, a more noticeable blur, a whirlwind effect, and even a theatrical mode.

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X5 Camera

Vivo’s X5 telephoto lens opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities for smartphone photographers. It’s not only really fun to work with, but it also provides, once again, an astounding degree of clarity.

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X5

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X5

In terms of taking close-ups, zooming in on landmarks, and framing whole scenes, the telephoto lens is almost flawless.

He only has trouble performing at night. The watercolour process undergoes several subtle changes when exposed to natural light. Even if there are promising moments, the end product inside is not always stellar. Even when there is no ambient light at all, the quality of the photographs is often high.

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X5 at Night

Vivo X80 Pro Portrait Mode X5 at Night

Vivo X80 Pro Selfie Camera

When taking a selfie, the sensor does a good job at freezing the action and balancing the various dynamics. However, he indicates time by occasionally adding a small halo around his subject.

Audio Vivo X80 Pro

The listening component is one that we can accept with good humour. The two speakers of the Vivo X80 Pro provide a loudness that is comparable to that of a tiny speaker.

Moreover, we admire their ability to maintain a healthy perspective. One distinguishing feature is that the bass remains adequately strong regardless of the volume. Never do the highs become overwhelming. Let’s throw in the availability of high-end spatialization, which comes in handy in 3D gaming.

Networks & Communications Vivo X80 Pro

The Vivo X80 Pro scores well on aesthetics. Even on a busy street, your voice comes across clearly despite the little compression. When you are not speaking, the microphone effectively turns off. The main issue is that on some loud consonants, the sound tends to ascend sharply. There is nothing that might cause unnecessary complications during the appeal.

The Vivo X80 Pro has Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6, and an NFC chip, making it competitive with other devices in its class. During our test, which took place in open country, the GPS never failed us.

Price and Release Date Vivo X80 Pro

The vivo X80 Pro has made a solitary appearance in Europe. In some places, the release date is this month, but in others, it won’t be until July or later. We have compiled all the information we could find on the price variations between areas.

Country Price Release Date
Austria €1,100 July
Czechia CZK 27,000 June
Germany €1,300 July
Italy €1,300 June
Poland PLN 6,000 June
Romania RON 5,500 June
Slovenia €1,200 July
Spain €1,200 July

Our research revealed that the price is lowest in Austria at €1,100 and highest in Germany and Italy at €1,300. It’s somewhere in the middle or priced in a different currency than the euro in other nations. Furthermore, the release date provided in the press release might vary greatly from one to the next.

Some countries are offering freebies to celebrate the debut, such is the Czech Republic, where customers who place an order between June 23 and July 17 will get a free set of vivo TWS 2 headphones (for our thoughts on these, see our review). A pair of headphones with active noise cancellation like these would usually set you back around CZK 3,000. We’ve included the news releases from each nation so you can learn the details as they pertain to where you live.

The vivo X80 Pro only comes in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variant in Europe (in China some models are available with the Dimensity 9000). There is just one colour option (Cosmic Black) and one memory combination (12GB RAM and 256GB storage).

Specification Vivo X80 Pro

Vivo X80 Pro Specification
OS Android 12
Manufacturer Interface Funtouch OS
Screen Size 6.78 inches
Definition 3200 x 1440 pixels
Pixel Density 517 ppp
Technology AMOLED
Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
GPU Adreno 730
RAM 8GB, 12GB
Internal Memory 256GB, 512GB
Rear  Camera 50 MP, 8 MP, 12 MP, 48 MP
Front Camera 32 MP
Video Recording 8K @ 60 fps
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
5G Yes
NFC Yes
Port USB Type-C
Battery 4700 mAh
Dimensions 75,3 x 164,6 x 9,1 mm

Pros and Cons Vivo X80 Pro

Pros :

  • Very fast and effective fingerprint sensor
  • Confortable
  • Great photographic quality and versatility
  • Top-flight performance
  • Interface fluide
  • 80W fast charge

Cons :

  • Autonomy just fair
  • Disappointing night photos
  • Screen Brightness and Colors in Professional Mode
  • Slight lack of customization

FAQ Vivo X80 Pro

Is the Vivo X80 Pro good in photos?
Having read this and looked at the photographs, it’s clear that the Vivo X80 Pro’s cameras routinely create better photos than the Galaxy S22 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro’s primary and ultra-wide lens, with Samsung taking the cake in zoom.

How much does the Vivo X80 Pro cost?
The X80 Pro debuted in France on June 30, 2022, and can be purchased there for 1,299 euros in a single colour (black) and configuration (12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage).

Is the Vivo X80 Pro screen any good?
The screen of the Vivo X80 Pro is 6.78 inches in size, and it is an AMOLED 10 bit panel with a Quad HD+ resolution. Benefit from wide viewing angles and a massive field of vision on a massive screen. While the 120Hz refresh rate improves scrolling, I found the screens to be a touch choppy when compared to Samsung’s S22 series.

Does the Vivo X80 Pro have good battery life?
The Vivo X80 Pro is a top-notch smartphone that stands out because to its gorgeous screen, long battery life, and top-tier camera.

Is the Vivo X80 Pro waterproof?
Protection from dust and water is built into the design of the Vivo X80 Pro, which has an IP68 classification.

Is the Vivo X80 Pro available in UK?
The Vivo X80 Pro is, in fact, a product that can be purchased in the UK and elsewhere in Europe from sites like Amazon.

Does the Vivo X80 Pro have Gorilla Glass?
Although Vivo hasn’t said, we may assume that AG Fluorite Glass is being used for the rear given that this is what we know about the glass used for the display. Our team has contacted Vivo for comment.

Does the Vivo X80 Pro come with a charger?
True, Vivo still includes a wall adapter in the package. This 80W charger also has 65W USB-PD capability, allowing you to charge more devices simultaneously.

Does the Vivo X80 Pro have a headphone jack?
The Vivo X80 Pro does not include a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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