Chinese manufacturer Vivo strikes a blow with its X80 Pro, a photo-oriented Android smartphone that benefits from a collaboration with German Zeiss. A top model who immediately plays in the big leagues.
Vivo is starting to get noticed. In the first quarter of 2022, the Chinese brand even ranked among the world’s top 5 smartphone manufacturers, according to Canalys, a company specializing in market research. Still relatively unknown in France, Vivo does not hide its ambitions, and after a few successful models such as the X60 Pro or V23 5G, the manufacturer now aims with its X80 Pro, the top of the curve to come and rub with the tenors in the category signed Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi or Oppo. Elegant, powerful, versatile and devilishly gifted in photography thanks to the partnership with German optical specialist Zeiss – who not only provided the lenses but also collaborated in the software design – the Vivo X80 Pro has more of an asset to seduce.
What are the technical features of the Vivo X80 Pro?
Vivo has not spared the components that equip its X80 Pro to build a solid technical sheet capable of meeting the competition.
Design. On the front, the Vivo X80 Pro is by no means revolutionizing the design codes of current smartphones. It has a beautiful 6.78-inch OLED screen that is curved at the edges and decorated with a central hole at the top to accommodate the selfie photosensor. It’s obviously on the back that the Chinese can afford a little more originality. Here, the photo block fills more than a third of the surface with its four sensors and the flash. We also notice the use of a satin coating that is soft to the touch and has the advantage that it does not hold fingerprints. Finally, the case is splash, water and dust repellent. I benefit from an IP68 waterproofness index (it can remain submerged at 1.5 m depth for half an hour).
Screen. The screen on the Vivo X80 Pro reaches a definition of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz for better flowability. This WQHD + OLED panel thus benefits from infinite contrasts and is bright enough to remain readable in direct sunlight. The lower part of the screen hides a fingerprint reader that is large enough and therefore very convenient to unlock the device without having to aim straight ahead. He’s pretty reactive.
Processor. LThe Vivo X80 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supported by 12 GB of RAM. A winning duo that allows the smartphone to remain responsive in all situations and especially for games without overheating.
Autonomy. The device has a battery with a capacity of 4700 mAh. It’s a little below current advanced standards, but it allows you to last an entire day without keeping a permanent eye on the meter. In terms of recharging, Vivo has also put the package there by delivering an 80 W wired charger in the box. Approximately fifteen minutes of charging thus recovers 50% of the battery. Allow a little over half an hour for a full charge. Note that the smartphone also allows induction charging (wireless).
System. Like most smartphones released in 2022, this Vivo X80 Pro is powered by Android 12, the latest updated version of Google’s mobile system. The brand also indicates that it will provide 3 years of major Android updates, enough to go up to Android 15 at least. Vivo adds its FunTouch OS software overlay. It offers an elegant interface, but which, contrary to what the name suggests, lacks a bit of cheerfulness. It is nonetheless fluid and comfortable to handle. Android regulars will have no problem finding their reflexes and bearings.
Photo and video. High-end model requires, Vivo X80 Pro is equipped with a range of sensors ready for all situations: a main module of 50 megapixels (Mpx); a 48 Mpx ultra wide angle module; a 12 MP 2X module for portraits; an 8MP 5X telephoto module; a 32 Mpx module on the front for selfies. On the video side, the device is capable of shooting in 8K at 24 frames per second and in 4K at 60 frames per second.
What is the price of the Vivo X80 Pro?
With such solid features, and as it ranks among the advanced models in this year 2022, the Vivo X80 Pro, available since the end of June from most distributors, also shows a “premium” price. Vivo is currently marketing it for 1299 euros in a single version. More affordable editions are probably to be expected during the year.
Vivo X80 Pro: the review
We were able to handle and test the VivoX80 Pro for a few days. Here’s our feeling with this premium smartphone.
Design and ergonomics. VivoX80 Pro seems a bit heavy at first (215 g), but after a few minutes the weight is forgotten. We especially appreciate the backing, which does not leave fingerprints and is quite soft to the touch. Beware, it can sometimes be slippery. All buttons are distributed on the right edge and remain easily accessible even for small hands. The fingerprint sensor under the screen is a pleasure to use as the recognition surface is wide and the recognition fast. On the back, the impressive photo block does not disturb the balance of the smartphone when placed flat on a table. Finally, the case remains a reasonable size (75.3 x 164.6 x 9.1 mm), so it fits easily in the hand.
Performance. During our hands-on, we failed to fail the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and the 12GB of RAM that comes with it. The device remained responsive with multitasking operations (about twenty applications opened simultaneously) and did not overheat during the gaming phases despite the rather high ambient temperature in early summer. In short, the Vivo X80 Pro is on par with the market leaders without standing out.
Photo. It is, of course, for this reason that the device wants to make the difference. And we were not disappointed. The shots offer impressive sharpness and striking colors. The partnership with Zeiss plays a big role in this, especially since the photo app has a Zeiss button. Its goal: to go from the slightly improved colors that most smartphones deliver to them, to more natural colors. They are less flattering and less flashy, but suddenly closer to reality. The ultra-wide angle is also very effective with relatively little distortion and impeccable sharpness. The 2X module, on the other hand, produces spectacular macro results with unparalleled sharpness, even when the camera is not on a tripod. This same module also allows the realization of portraits with a small software key signed Zeiss. It allows you to play on the background blur without distorting the image with an artificial look. Finally, the 5X telephoto lens also offers great performance with impressive sharpness. It is only when the ambient light falls that the photosensors on the Vivo X80 Pro show their limit. There is a slight loss of sharpness. Nothing unacceptable though.
Autonomy. Vivo had the good idea to supply an 80 W charger in the box to very quickly rebuild the device’s energy. Because with intensive use (GPS, photos, games, internet) the 4,700 mAh battery struggles to reach the long run. We managed to keep just the day. In normal use, however, no problem. The end of the day results in a battery still showing 40% charge.
What is the Vivo X80 Pro worth?
Vivo did not lie about its advanced performance. The ergonomics are there, the performance is there, but above all, it has serious benefits for amateur or experienced photographers. It’s hard to miss pictures of landscapes, portraits, close-ups or paparazzi style with 5X zoom. Some enhancements need to be made on low light photos, although most can still be used. A versatile and efficient device.