Vivo X80 Pro Review: Still Exceptional?
. It has a new processor, new cameras and a bigger battery that charges faster.. Is that enough for the Vivo X80 Pro to tackle the competition Lets find out in this videoreview Vivo X80 Pro just like the X70 Pro is available in a single configuration and is also priced similarly.. It comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 79999 in India.. The Vivo X80 Pro is only available in Cosmic Black in India, and this colour has a slight sparkle in the finish when exposed to bright light, but otherwise appears matte black. The Fluorite AG glass on the back and the Schott Xensation Up scratch protective glass over the Display have curved sides which meet the aluminium alloy frame, which also has a matte finish.. While these matte surfaces are excellent, when it comes to rejecting fingerprints and smudges, they also make the Vivo X80 Pro very slippery.. Thankfully Vivo has included a premium faux leather case in the box, which offers good grip.. Overall, the Vivo X80 Pro looks similar to the older X70 Pro Its only the back of the phone, where one will notice a large new window for the cameras which looks very similar to the one on the iQoo 9 Pro.. The Vivo X80 Pros E5 AMOLED display produces natural, looking colours and I did not find its curved edges distracting when watching movies or playing games.. This is the first smartphone display weve come across that uses the latest LTPO 3.
0 technology, which promises even better power efficiency.. It has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and a minimum refresh rate of 1Hz.. The display also supports HDR10 playback in apps such as Netflix, Amazon, Prime Video and YouTube, and everything worked as expected. The larger than usual 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint reader was a delight to use.. Registering a fingerprint took one single tap and unlocking the device worked flawlessly during my review period.. I also found Vivos Quick Actions feature quite handy.. This lets you launch any app. The moment you unlock the device with a specific fingerprint. Vivo has also thrown in a two finger verification system for additional security. If you want – and it worked as expected., The Vivo X80 Pro runs Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12. Vivo promises to support the phone with three generations of Android OS updates and three years of security updates, which is good news for buyers. Funtouch. Os 12 is pretty much what youd expect from any recent Vivo smartphone. Android 12 adds a certain level of customisation, but the OS still has a very strong Vivo flavour rather than stock Android 12.. While the software works smoothly with no hiccups whatsoever with regular use. I did encounter some visual software bugs. Theres, a theme engine which matches the colours of widgets and the keyboard to the selected. Wallpaper. Vivo has added a UI colour, picker much like what you get on Samsungs One UI 4.1, but it is only able to change the colour of the keyboard and not the accent colour of the widgets on the home screen.
. There are several preinstalled third party apps, such as MX TakaTak, Josh, BYJUs, Moj, etc, which I could have done without on a phone that costs nearly 80000 Rs.. However, you can uninstall all of them. If needed. Gaming performance was top notch., The phone was more than capable of running popular mobile games, such as Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends at the highest settings without breaking a sweat.. What impressed me was the Game interpolation feature which worked well.. There are only a handful of smartphones that are capable of running Call of Duty, Mobile above 60fps and Vivos Game interpolation feature, which is basically MEMC for games, managed to render it at 90Hz, which made it feel even smoother.. The Vivo X80 Pro has four rear cameras. Just like its predecessor, but with a slight change. Theres, a new 50 megapixel primary camera that uses a customised Samsung GNV sensor with optical image: stabilisation OIS, a 48 megapixel ultra wide angle, camera with autofocus, a 2X telephoto portrait camera with Vivos gimbal stabilisation system; and finally, A 5X periscopic telephoto camera with OIS. Selfie duties are handled by a 32 megapixel front camera which uses a fixed focus system.. The primary camera captured excellent photos with good detail and impressive dynamic range thanks to the Zeiss T coating in all kinds of lighting conditions. In low light. It performed equally well with reduced noise in the photos. Lens flares and strong glare emanating from bright street lights.
Neon signs and other sources of light were kept under control, which helped boost dynamic range and detail in the shadows. Night mode, with the main camera also delivered noise free photos, along with colours that were very close to the actual scene., The Astro mode, which is typically Meant to capture stars in the night sky was quite impressive, provided weather conditions were conducive.. Moving to the ultra wide angle, camera it captured photos that had good detail and dynamic range.. There was, surprisingly very little barrel distortion, but the quality of photos was not exactly on par with those taken with the primary camera, especially when shooting in low light, even with Night mode., Regardless. These were still some of the best. Looking ultra wide angle, photos Ive seen from any recent smartphone in my opinion. The ultra wide angle. Camera is also capable of taking macro photos at up to 4cm from your subject.. The results were quite good and Im glad that Vivo chose to go with this implementation. Instead of using a low resolution, macro camera. Vivos choice of using the gimbal stabilisation system on its Portrait camera is a curious one, but it delivers good output for the most part. In daylight. The results from this camera were excellent, with impressive edge detection, along with good sharpness and detail. Colours, were a bit saturated in auto mode, but switching to any of the Zeiss Styles or the Natural Style filters resulted in more true to life colours.
In low light. The results were still quite good, but the details were a bit soft.. I expected photos to appear equally sharp in low light, given the stabilisation system in place, but that wasnt really the case.. The selfie camera captured sharp photos with good detail in daylight.. The edge detection in Portrait mode was spot on, and so was the dynamic range with the subject and background exposed, correctly. Low light performance was equally good and images looked sharp and colours were rendered well.. The Vivo X80 Pro can shoot up to 8K videos at 30fps, which looked crisp with excellent detail and dynamic. Range., However, footage lacked stabilisation. So motion was a bit jerky.. Videos recorded in daylight at 1080p and 4K had good detail contrast and stabilisation, especially at 30fps. 4K footage looked the best as it packed enough detail and also looked quite sharp. In low light. Detail was a bit low, but noise was under control, provided the scene was sufficiently lit.. I did not like the AI enhanced video as it lacked stabilisation and did not have a steady bitrate.. The Vivo X80 Pro features a 4700mAh battery, which is an upgrade over the 4500mAh unit. In the previous model., I managed to get a day and half of heavy use, with the displays refresh rate set to Smart Switch.. Forcing it to 120Hz also did not seem to have any negative impact on battery life.. The phone managed to last 16 hours and 15 minutes in our HD video loop test and I was able to charge it from empty to full in 36 minutes when using the bundled 80W charger, which is quite good.
. The phone also supports 50W wireless charging, but you will need Vivos proprietary wireless charging, dock that is sold separately.. The Vivo X80 Pro is not a gigantic upgrade over the X70 Pro, which is still a great phone in terms of imaging and performance.. If you own an X70 Pro, the X80 Pro wont seem too impressive. For a new buyer, though the X80 Pro is definitely worth getting over the X70 Pro as Vivo hasnt yet dropped the price of the older model.. The X80 Pro is a proper premium smartphone for 2022, with the latest SoC and display tech and has a unique set of cameras, making it unique at this price point.. As for the competition theres plenty to choose from. The Samsung Galaxy S22 is a solid contender and is packed to the brim with premium features, but lacks the flexibility of the X80 Pros cameras and is also priced higher, starting at Rs. 84999. Samsungs. Galaxy S21. Ultra might be a year old, but can be found for around Rs. 76000 online and offers crazy zoom capability and good battery life. Along with all the features you would expect from a premium flagship.. If you are on a tighter budget, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a good choice, as it offers an impressive set of cameras for its price minus an official IP rating. On the iOS side. Apples iPhone 13 is another good option.. It doesnt have a quad camera setup, but it offers rock solid consistency.
A sensor shift stabilised, main camera, Cinematic video and Dolby Vision, video recording all at slightly lower market price than the X80 Pro. And thats it for our review of the Vivo X80 Pro.. What do you think about it, Sound off in the comments below.