Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Go creative with the camera

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Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Go creative with the camera
Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Go creative with the camera

Vivo reserves its X sequence smartphones for a particular sort of individual — the person who explores and makes use of the cameras to their fullest. Phone pictures could have began out as informal enjoyable however in the present day, nearly everyone seems to be a content material creator, both personally or professionally. Each new X sequence telephone is supposed to deliver extra instruments for simply this objective. 

My acquaintance with the X sequence goes again so far as the X50, which by some means took actually engaging wanting images. I bear in mind there being a little bit of a struggle to make use of it, since everybody wished their pictures to look good. With every iteration, the X telephone has been rising up, bringing modern camera options, each by way of {hardware} and software program. 

Last yr’s X70 Pro Plus, the top-ender from a sequence of three telephones, appeared slightly government, wearing a leather-like end and with an enormous camera module on the again. This time, with the X80 Pro, the leather-based look solely is available in with the case, however the huge camera housing continues to be there; in reality, it takes up greater than one-third of the telephone. Vivo calls it Ceramic Cloud Window.

Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Go creative with the camera

An uncommon design Vivo calls ceramic cloud window units this telephone aside

Many can’t get used to the measurement of that camera module, however I slightly like telephones that appear like cameras. And moreover, something that isn’t simply one other glass slab is admittedly welcome. Overall, it has a pleasant design however if you happen to’ve seen the X70 Plus, the two telephones look comparable. Three telephones, if you happen to depend the base mannequin X80. 

Bright sight

The X80 Pro comes out of a sublime sq. field that spells flagship, not like different premium telephones that come with nothing however the telephone and an apologetic cable. Here, you’ve got a premium wanting telephone, a pleasant thick charger, a cable, Type-C earphones with additional ear-tips, a protecting case and a display screen protector. The case is textured and leathery wanting and helps with a great grip, in addition to with conserving the machine clear. It’s not a very mild telephone although, and is even a bit of top-heavy and unbalanced when held with one hand. 

The 2K AMOLED display screen curves into the sides and has many causes to advocate itself. It’s a standardly giant display screen at 6.78 inches and has wonderful colors and depth — a slightly good factor since your images and movies should look good on this telephone in any case. You have all the assist you want for consuming content material (or certainly, viewing your personal) and goes as much as a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The display screen is an LTPO 3, which suggests it will probably adapt from 0Hz to 120Hz relying on what’s being completed. There are twin audio system to go with the vivid display screen, and these are usually not mere loudness however have some depth and fullness to them. 

Power efficiency

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G chip powers the X80 Pro, working with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This is a quick and fluid telephone and doesn’t get any hotter than different telephones utilizing the chip, and positively lower than the S22 sequence. The Vivo X80 Pro 5G runs on Android 12, naturally, however on high of that’s Vivo’s EnjoyableTouch OS which may do with some finessing right here and there. Unforgivably, nevertheless, this machine comes with a pleasant huge assortment of ‘bloatware’ or undesirable apps not anticipated to be driving piggyback on a premium telephone. While nearly anybody who makes use of this telephone can be considerably tech savvy and can know very properly how one can offload these apps, it’s nonetheless an unclean feeling to see them there in the first place — Josh, DailyHunt, CRED and a number of others additionally instantly begin to flood you with notifications. 

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There’s just a few attention-grabbing extras about this telephone and one among them is the fingerprint scanner. It’s an under-display one and it’s uncommon in that it covers a big space. You don’t should be actual and exact; as soon as the fingerprint is registered, one fast press will unlock; the print additionally barely takes one or two presses to register. Another factor about the sensor — for double safety, you’ll be able to register two fingers and use that mixture to unlock. 

The Vivo X80 Pro 5G is IP68-rated water and dirt resistant. The battery is a 4,700mAh with 80W charging. With wi-fi charging, it’s nonetheless quick at 50W. The battery lasts fairly properly but when one plans to make use of the camera closely — which is what it’s meant for in spite of everything — you’ll want a charging technique. 


The set of cameras has so many options it might take fairly some time to discover. To make the better of this telephone, one actually must get to know the camera app and work out how one can attain favorite options rapidly, slightly than utilizing it as an everyday point-and-shoot which might be a waste, contemplating the lengths to which Vivo has gone to deliver one thing particular to the cameras. 

One of those is its ongoing partnership with optics legend Zeiss and the anamorphic lens which, alongside with algorithms, allows cinematic video with oval bokeh. Another is an upgraded V1+ chip customized made by Vivo, which works with AI to permit a one-tap scene enhancement in each images and video. The Zeiss T* Coating reduces ghosting and flares. 

The X80 Pro has two telephoto lenses, capturing this little boat from a hotel window

The X80 Pro has two telephoto lenses, capturing this little boat from a resort window

Also on board the 50MP major camera is an upgraded and customised Samsung GNV 1/1.3” sensor. It has an aperture of f/1.6 and consists of optical stabilisation. The extremely vast camera is a 48MP Sony 1/2.0 and f/2.2 aperture. It additionally has laser autofocus. The 12MP 1/2.9 2x telephoto lens (Sony IMX663 with f/1.9 aperture) that will get the well-known inner gimbal on this telephone. There’s one other 8MP 5x telephoto lens, this time with the periscope and f/3.4 aperture; it’s stabilised. The entrance camera is a 32MP 1//2.8 with an f/2.5 aperture. 

Picture shot from Vivo X80 Pro 5G camera

Picture shot from Vivo X80 Pro 5G camera

On the one hand, the camera setup isn’t drastically completely different from the X70 Plus’. On the different, there are upgrades which can be compelling many to say the X80 Pro’s camera arrange makes it the finest on a smartphone. It is definitely the most intensive by way of options. Where others have barebones and simplistic camera apps with many parameters that aren’t even accessible, the X80 Pro’s app wants a tour of its personal. 

Results from this set of cameras are actually attention-grabbing and excellent. The camera has options like horizon stabilisation which retains the video upright even when the telephone is turned. Keeping an individual in focus whereas filming is one other attention-grabbing characteristic. Night pictures is one among the finest. We will look into camera options in additional element in subsequent articles. 

The sun rises reluctantly over the dusty Arabian Desert, as seen from a hot air balloon and the X80 Pro

The solar rises reluctantly over the dusty Arabian Desert, as seen from a sizzling air balloon and the X80 Pro

The Vivo X80 Pro prices ₹79,999. There are those that balk at the value, however I discover it no shock as such. It’s definitely greater than the₹62,690 for the X70 Pro Plus final yr, however there are improvements and costs are increased throughout anyway. If Vivo needs to place this telephone as being in the ‘flagship’ league, it will probably’t under-price itself out of the class. But then it’s additionally true that not each model can get away with charging excessive costs in the identical means. 

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