Vivo X80 Pro Review: Samsung and Apple beware!
But as someone who uses high end equipment to shoot videos for a living, i think there are certain limitations that come with a mobile only rig well. Why am i saying all this right before i head into a smartphone review, because what i have with me today is no ordinary smartphone. This is the vivo x80 pro vivos latest new flagship with so many camera features packed in that the list just goes on and on, and i think this is as close as it gets to the real thing: hey guys, youre watching the ej tech show im soham And this is my review of the vivo x80 pro. If you do enjoy this, video dont forget to give it a thumbs up and subscribe to the editor g channel, while youre at it Applause vivo, is a brand that always cares about making a unique looking device and with the x80 pro theyve really tried to set It apart theres a huge camera module at the back, which honestly takes up over one third of the phone. The x70 pro plus had something similar, but the way the camera array has been laid out is different. On the x80 pro theres, three sensors inside the circular hub, but theres also a sensor outside it at the bottom, which does look asymmetrical. Apart from the entire camera situation, though, the design on the x80 pro is pretty similar to the previous generation, especially in this cosmic black color variant.
Theres. Still a super slippery matte finish on the back, which wont attract fingers, but will require you to use a cover to get some grip. Luckily, vivo includes this slick, bumper case in the box itself that sports a leather. Like finish, and during my usage, it provided good enough protection and grip: the phone sports, a curved screen with a centrally aligned hole, punch and a flat bottom and top. The bottom holds the same tray with space for two nano sim cards along with a type c port and the speaker grille, which, coupled with the earpiece, makes for a great stereo setup on the top of the phone, is vivos professional, photography, branding and an infrared blaster To control compatible household devices, the left side is completely empty and both the power button and volume controls are on the right side of the phone theyre not placed all that high, so theyre easy enough to reach without having to shuffle your hand too. Much also with an easy reach of your thumb is the fingerprint scanner which uses ultrasonic technology this time for a super, fast setup process and quick, accurate unlocking. You can also change how large you want the unlocking area to be and change its shape. That makes getting into the phone even easier another great upgrade to the vivo x80 pro is the new x axis linear motor for haptics, which makes device interactions like typing, feel a lot more precise than before the vivo x80 pro also gets an ip68 rating to protect Against dust and water, which is great to see Music, now im going to get this out right away.
The vivo x80 pro has the most capable smartphone camera system out there right now period, whether its photos or videos, daylight or low light portraits or pretty much anything else. The x80 pro is built to perform in terms of hardware its packing in a new 50 megapixel primary camera, with the samsung gnb sensor. That vivo has said is customized to work well with this phone, along with that theres, a 12 megapixel 2x portrait camera with the sony imx663 sensor, which now gets mounted on a gimbal, then theres, the 48 megapixel ultrawide camera, which houses the sony imx 598 sensor with No gimbal this time. Last but not least, is the 8 megapixel 5x periscope camera with optical image stabilization. Now this entire camera system is optimized with the help of camera legend zeiss, which is pretty evident with all the zeiss branding on the back that t star logo. Also indicates that the lenses have a special coating which reduces lens flare and refractions when shooting light sources directly. Now all this fancy mumbo jumbo means that no matter what the situation youre bound to get a brilliant result with the x80 pro in well lit outdoor scenarios, theres a good amount of detail – colors are accurate and hdr is very well balanced. The high resolution sensor also makes for good depth of field when closer to objects, without the need for the portrait mode in mixed and indoor lighting. The sensor again produced good results with punchy contrast with well balanced shadows and highlights in low light situations.
Pictures overall were very good and whether i had the night mode on or off it didnt seem to make too much of a difference. However, it was the one place where i noticed a bit of inconsistency with the camera system, because in some images, the night mode produced results with these odd patches in the frame its a similar story. With the 2x portrait sensor, shots in good to moderate lighting come out very well with good edge detection on subjects and a very natural looking depth of field. However, the image processing did cause this whitish effect on faces at times when dealing with mixed lighting conditions. With the ultrawide sensor, the x80 pro produced slightly less consistent results than expected. I mean sure the images are sharp and full of detail, but on the whole there was a significant difference between shots taken with the ultrawide sensor versus shots taken with the primary sensor. Now its worth mentioning at this point that the reason i call this the most capable camera smartphone ever is just due to the sheer number of features, functions and filters packed into the default camera app. I mean you have customized styles for portrait images, including ones calibrated by zeiss, that make background bokeh, look quite unique and gives images a cinematic look. You also have the option to take portrait images at 5x zoom with the periscope lens, which takes crisp clear shots thanks to optical image, stabilization when it comes to video, you have even more things to play around with, for instance, i really enjoyed using the portrait video Poca mode, which uses zeiss calibration to create a cinematic widescreen format with real time background blur.
You can use this effect without the zeiss filter as well and subject. Separation can at times be a bit hit and miss, but the fact that you can shoot already color graded footage right out of the phone is impressive and very useful to someone trying to be a mobile content creator. You can also shoot at very high resolutions and frame rates. A maximum 8k at 30, fps and 4k goes all the way to 60 fps when it comes to the front facing 32 megapixel. Camera results are again really good. Selfies taken in outdoor shots retain a lot of detail, produce accurate skin tones and dont do a whole lot of aggressive skin smoothing. If you turn off those default options, even in low light situations, theres ample detail and pictures look pretty good. The portrait selfie mode also does a good job of edge detection, while keeping the face in sharp focus. To add to all this image and video processing on the x80 pro is helped by the dedicated vivo v1 plus chip. It reduces noise in the frame uses ai to analyze. What scene is being shot at any given moment and can quickly manage hdr on the fly to get the best results possible even in low light videos thats a workflow smartphone cameras usually struggle with, but the x80 pro honestly produced much better results than i expected. Apart from this, you also get the previously seen 360 degree horizon level. Stabilization feature special time lapse: modes, astrophotography mode, cinematic movie, luts for video shot in the camera, app xcr photo camera panning and the list just goes on and on and on and on.
If i were to sit down and list each feature that this camera app gets wed, be here forever, so ill just drive home my original point: this is the most capable and comprehensive camera system ive seen on a mobile phone and, if youre, a mobile content creator. This phone should seriously be on your list if i had, but one complaint its that the front facing camera doesnt support 4k video recording which to me is a sin for a phone that would otherwise be a perfect vlogging companion in terms of display the vivo x80 Pro is exceptional: it sports a 6.78 inch 2k resolution e5 amoled panel made by samsung, which is arguably one of the best phone screens in the industry. Right now it supports a max resolution of 3200 by 1440 pixels and a 517 ppi pixel density means that no matter how close you try and look everything is crystal clear and super sharp. It goes without saying that the content viewing experience on the x80 pro is possibly the best in the business with punchy, colors, great contrast, levels and a large surface area to make for a good mobile cinema. Its got an a plus rating from displaymate and thats, something you can take to the bank in terms of display quality. The screen also gets bright at a maximum 500 nits for indoor settings, a strong 1000 nits in direct sunlight and up to 1500 nits when viewing hdr content. In simple terms, this display will get as bright as you need it to be, depending on the situation.
Apart from this, the x80 pro screen comes with the latest ltp or 3.0 technology, which means it has a maximum refresh rate of 120 hertz, but can also go as low as one hertz should the need arise. It doesnt go all the way down to one hertz in regular indoor usage, and i found that only if i was in direct sunlight with the display near full. Brightness did the refresh rate ramp down below 10 hertz, which is interesting to see either way. Ltpo 3.0 means buttery, smooth animations and a super fast and fluid user experience, and it also means good things for battery life. For that high resolution screen its worth, noting that the x80 pro obviously gets widebind l1 certification for apps like netflix, but it also supports hdr10 hevc, which is great for when you want to watch hdr content on the device now like youve seen so far. The x80 pro comes with a lot of features and functions which require enough juice to last you through the day, which is why vivo has bumped up the battery size this time to 4 700 mah. I ran a few battery tests. In the time i had with the x80 pro keeping the refresh rate set to auto and only changing the screen resolution with the display set to its maximum 2k resolution, i went through multiple gaming sessions, lots of content watching and a good bit of camera usage. This gave me an overall screen on time of around four hours with a similar usage pattern, but a lower 2400 by 1080 screen resolution.
I got around five and a half hours of screen on time when i reduced both the screen resolution and restricted my usage to a bit of camera usage and content watching i was able to pull out around six hours of screen on time, which is quite respectable. Another great upgrade vivo has brought with the x80 pro is faster charging compared to the previous x70 pro plus. Instead of 55 watt, you get an 80 watt charging adapter in the box that vivo claims charges the phone from flat to full in 35 minutes. But in my testing it took a bit longer than that. The x80 pro also supports 50 watt wireless fast charging, but for that youll have to rely on a vivo branded unit that you can purchase separately. Applause under the hood. The x80 pro gets a major boost in terms of performance because it now packs the qualcomm snapdragon 810 one processor, its arguably the best chipset on the market right now, but it does tend to have problems with heating. To that end, vivo has fitted the x80 pro with a larger liquid cooling vapor chamber for better heat dissipation. During a few extended gaming sessions, i did notice the phone heating up, but only very mildly, and clearly vivos solution has worked quite well in terms of benchmarks. I ran the x80 pro through geekbench 5 3dmark and a cpu throttle test to test its outright performance on the geekbench cpu test.
It achieved a single core score of 1240 and a multi core score of 35.71 on the geekbench compute test. It scored 5864. on 3dmarks wildlife, stress test. It throttled pretty soon, but still managed to maintain 80.2 percent stability, which is impressive for the snapdragon 8201 in a 20 minute 35 thread cpu throttle test the phone bumps down its performance quite quickly, but then maintained it steadily. For the remainder of the test, which is good to see in real world terms, though theres almost nothing, this phone cant handle whether it was the newly released apex legends or the good old call of duty mobile. This phone ran smoothly for multiple gaming sessions without any drop frames or lag thanks to 12gb lpddr5 ram. Multitasking was great too, and the phone never really needed to reload apps running. In the background when it comes to software, the x80 pro runs on android 12. Out of the box with vivos fun touch os skin. On top, it seems with each iteration. Fun touch os seems to get a little bit slicker and on this phone, its really quite smooth theres, also a decent focus on privacy, with features like a privacy, dashboard, microphone and camera usage, icons and selection for approximate and precise location for apps that ask for it Ill admit theres way more bloatware here than i would have liked on the x80 pro, but it is something i expected its not great to see so many pre installed apps on a phone at this price point, but thankfully most of them can be uninstalled.
That being said, theres good news in terms of longevity, because vivo has promised three years of assured major android os updates for the vivo x80 pro along with three years of security updates as well. So i began this review by saying the vivo x80 pro is the best camera smartphone. You can buy out there right now and im gon na end by saying it too. Even if you keep its stellar camera chops aside, its a very capable and well rounded phone and for its asking price of 79 999 rupees, this is a flagship that should keep apple and samsung.