Dependable performer with a few chinks in its armour

The telephones in Vivo’s X sequence have typically had alluring digital camera capabilities and good efficiency; all at a decrease price than flagships from Samsung and Apple. With the X70 sequence, Vivo determined to skip out on the non-Professional mannequin in India, nevertheless, this isn’t the case with the brand new X80 sequence. The Vivo X80 has made its debut in India at a aggressive worth of Rs 54,999. At this worth, not solely does it pack an array of digital camera and videography options in collaboration with Zeiss, nevertheless it additionally homes a flagship SoC – the Mediatek Dimensity 9000 – and comes with 80W quick charging help. It’s protected to say, the Vivo X80 seems like a cut price deal, on paper, at the least. Nevertheless, how does it carry out and do the cameras match the hype surrounding them? Let’s discover out.

Vivo X80: Construct and design

The Vivo X80 seems just like final yr’s Vivo X70 Professional+ and nearly equivalent to its costlier sibling – the Vivo X80 Professional. The one actual distinction between the Professional and non-Professional variant of the machine is the lacking periscope lens on the Vivo X80. The cellphone is obtainable in two color variants – Cosmic Black and City Blue. We obtained the latter for overview and in our opinion, it’s the extra beautiful machine. 

Vivo X80 Review: Build and design

The Vivo X80 has a curved back and front glass panel with an aluminium body. The cellphone exudes a premium air and feels unbelievable in hand. We requested Vivo concerning the type of glass they used for the rear panel and came upon that it comes with a fluorite AG glass with a gentle contact anti-glare matte end. The matte floor resists fingerprints and smudges though the digital camera island is kind of the fingerprint magnet.

The cellphone weighs 206 g and has a thickness of 8.3 mm, so it feels fairly glossy when utilizing it with no protecting case. You do get an honest protecting case within the retail field that matches the color of the rear panel although. The cellphone does really feel barely slippery, so although we haven’t dropped it in two weeks of testing, it’s possible you’ll need to use it simply to be protected.  

Vivo X80 Review: Build and design

The retail field additionally consists of an 80 W energy brick, a USB Kind-C charging cable, a USB Kind-C pair of earphones, additional silicone ear suggestions, a SIM ejector device, and documentation. In a day and age when smartphone producers are eradicating field parts, it’s refreshing to see Vivo pack a lot into the X80’s field.

Vivo X80 Review: Build and design

The cellphone homes the ability button and quantity controls on the proper, twin stereo audio system on the highest and backside and a USB C charging port and the SIM tray on the backside. The buttons are extraordinarily tactile and work flawlessly. There’s additionally an in-display fingerprint sensor that works with none hitches as nicely.

Vivo has additionally offered an IP53 mud and water resistance score which ought to defend it in opposition to exterior parts. The X80 Professional, alternatively, comes with an IP68 score however the cellphone additionally prices much more. The IP53 score is sufficient to defend in opposition to splashes of water and specks of mud. General, the Vivo X80 is among the most attractive telephones we’ve used over the previous few years and feels each bit premium as you’d assume, or much more.  

Vivo X80: Show Efficiency

The Vivo X80 options a big 6.78-inch AMOLED show with Full HD+ decision and 120 Hz quick refresh fee help. The Full HD+ decision at this worth level could also be underwhelming at this worth level since some rivals such because the Realme GT 2 Professional comes with a QHD+ decision. Moreover, you additionally get an LTPO2 panel on the Realme GT 2 Professional which is absent on the Vivo X80, so the show gained’t be capable of run as little as 1 Hz even when Sensible refresh fee mode is on. 

That apart, the Vivo X80 has a stunning show with crisp visuals and vibrant colors. The show is nice to look at content material on because it comes with HDR help and loud, crisp-sounding stereo audio system. The show can be Widevine L1 licensed, so you may get all of the HD goodness on streaming apps similar to Netflix and Prime Video. 

Vivo X80 Review: Display performance

Furthermore, the cellphone comes with a rated peak brightness of 1500 nits. In our testing, we discovered the height brightness to be 644 nits with out Adaptive Brightness enabled. Flip it on and this quantity shot as much as 902 nits, which is great. It’s protected to say that daylight legibility shouldn’t be a problem with the Vivo X80 with the machine being a lot vivid even underneath harsh daylight. 

Sadly, the show doesn’t include Corning Gorilla Glass safety on the entrance or the rear panel. So our recommendation can be to make use of a case and a display screen protector to safeguard your buy. Fortunately, Vivo has preinstalled a display screen protector on the cellphone proper out of the field.

Vivo X80: Cameras

The Vivo-Zeiss partnership has been immensely profitable for the corporate’s X lineup of smartphones and the Vivo X80 shouldn’t be an exception to this rule. You get a unbelievable digital camera array, which can appear dwarfed by the X80 Professional’s digital camera stack, however nonetheless holds up extraordinarily nicely at this worth level. The digital camera lenses have the Zeiss T* coating that works in direction of decreasing glare and ghosting in photographs.

The cellphone incorporates a 50 MP Sony IMX866 major lens with a sensor dimension of 1/1.49-inch. The first lens additionally comes with OIS (Optical Picture Stabilization) for sharp photographs. You get a 12 MP telephoto shooter with 2x optical zoom and a 12 MP ultra-wide shooter. There’s a 32 MP front-facing digital camera for selfies as nicely. The Vivo V1+ chip works with the lenses to course of and improve photographs and movies.

Vivo X80 Review: Cameras

In daylight, the cellphone shoots crisp and detailed HDR photographs with good dynamic vary. There’s loads of element within the shadows and highlights and the cellphone does a very good job of not overexposing or underexposing any space an excessive amount of. The pictures’ color is saturated and appears social media-ready. The colors are unrealistic however they do pop and stand out. Nevertheless, if you’re searching for extra natural-looking colors, the Zeiss mode will permit for simply that. With Zeiss Mode energetic, the colors are quite a bit nearer to real-life with none impression on the element and dynamic vary. Shut up photographs look unbelievable with a very good quantity of pure background blur.

Human topics, once more, look unnatural with Zeiss Mode off. The pores and skin tone usually seems washed out or orange, in some circumstances. The issue is promptly alleviated with Zeiss Mode, so we advise maintaining Zeiss Mode on completely when utilizing the cellphone’s digital camera to get extra true to life outcomes. Vivo additionally has a 50 MP mode which supplies extra element, particularly while you zoom into pictures. Normally although, this is a wonderful level and shoot digital camera in daylight that produces detailed and vibrant pictures even in probably the most tough taking pictures circumstances. If you wish to get extra management over your pictures, the Professional mode is great for doing so.

Shifting on to portrait photographs, we weren’t very impressed with the cellphone’s efficiency right here. Portrait photographs taken by way of the first sensor are fairly good, with a very good quantity of element and sharpness. The sting detection can be fairly respectable, nevertheless, edges can seem barely distorted at instances. Additionally, Zeiss mode can’t be activated for portrait photographs so the pores and skin tone difficulty can’t be alleviated right here. 

Portrait photographs by way of the telephoto lens are respectable however at instances, the sides have a watercolour impact that seems very unrefined. This difficulty is exaggerated in low mild. We actually hope Vivo can present some kind of repair for this difficulty by way of a software program replace. In regular photographs taken from the telephoto lens, you get good dynamic vary and element. In low mild, the lens does a very good job letting mild in, nevertheless, you do get to see some graininess within the pictures in such conditions. 

Low mild pictures with Night time Mode energetic look wonderful with good readability and texture. Should you take the picture with out Night time Mode, the digital camera nonetheless shoots a shorter model of the Night time Mode shot with prolonged shutter pace, so sufficient mild is let in even then. There’s minimal noise and grain with Night time Mode energetic in low mild, so you may seize most scenes at evening with confidence.

The ultrawide lens shoots unbelievable photographs with good color with auto-HDR however they undoubtedly softer wanting photographs than what the first lens outputs. The barrel distortion can be manageable on the ultrawide lens and we have been significantly impressed with its efficiency.

Vivo X80 Review: Camera

The selfie digital camera, sadly, has some type of auto-beauty mode that tunes pores and skin tones even when magnificence mode is manually turned off. It’s a disgrace because the digital camera outputs wonderful pictures basically with good element and sharpness, however the over smoothing of pores and skin textures and modifying of pores and skin tones hampers the general expertise.

Vivo dwelled quite a bit on the videography capabilities of the X80 with options similar to Film LUTs, Cinematic Video mode, Horizontal Line Stabilization, Professional Mode, and extra. The pictures and videography options on this cellphone are huge and fanatics will probably be twiddling with the digital camera app for hours taking part in round with the varied modes. 

For video, the cellphone can shoot 4K at 30/60 fps and 1080p at 30/60 fps from the rear digital camera. There’s additionally a slow-motion mode. For selfies, you get 4K and 1080p video recording at 30 fps. Movies look wonderful throughout the day, a number of the greatest we’ve seen on an Android cellphone. The stabilisation with Horizontal Line Stabilization mode is mind-bogglingly good. Nevertheless, with regular stabilisation mode, the footage isn’t as regular because the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE’s Tremendous Regular mode. Listed here are some picture and video samples taken from the Vivo X80.

Vivo X80

Vivo X80: Efficiency

The Vivo X80 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC paired with Vivo’s V1+ chip that shares a number of the algorithm processing load. The X80 is the primary cellphone in India to characteristic the Dimensity 9000 chipset. That is paired with as much as 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM and as much as 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. In artificial benchmarks, the cellphone performs exceedingly nicely. In AnTuTu, the cellphone is barely forward of the Realme GT2 Professional and it beats the iPhone 13 convincingly as nicely.

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

In GeekBench, whereas the cellphone does lag behind the iPhone 13, its efficiency matches as much as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 telephones on this record together with the Realme GT2 Professional and the Vivo X80 Professional. In PCMarkWork although, it isn’t the most effective performer, with the Realme GT2 Professional and the iPhone 13 clocking in higher scores. 

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

Shifting on to GPU assessments, the cellphone scores blows its competitors out of the water in GFX Bench, scoring way more than the iPhone 13, the Realme GT2 Professional and the Vivo X80 Professional. Nevertheless, in 3D Mark Wild Life, its costlier sibling – the Vivo X80 Professional – does handle to outdo its rating. 

The cellphone’s efficiency in artificial benchmarks is commendable and compares to the efficiency of flagships such because the iPhone 13, Vivo X80 Professional and the Samsung Galaxy S22+. Nevertheless, what considerations us is the SoC’s throttling underneath sustained masses. We ran the CPU Throttling take a look at and noticed that the cellphone throttled to 62 per cent of its max efficiency in round quarter-hour, which is fairly excessive. The Cortex-X2 core that runs at 3.05 GHz throttled all the way down to 1.3 GHz after quarter-hour of the CPU Throttling take a look at. 

Vivo X80 Review: Performance

This kind of chip tuning is often achieved to preserve battery well being and improve the longevity of your machine. A lot of the apps you utilize on a day-to-day foundation gained’t even present the consequences of this type of throttling until it is intensive duties similar to taking part in Genshin Impression or rendering 4K movies. We performed different video games on the cellphone similar to Name of Responsibility: Cellular and Asphalt 9 and confronted no points by any means.

In Name of Responsibility, we obtained 60 fps at 98 per cent stability utilizing Gamebench, whereas Asphalt 9 gave us 60 fps at 99 per cent stability. The cellphone did warmth up after half an hour of gaming, however there have been barely any body skips or lag points.

Vivo X80 Review: Gaming

The cellphone performs admirably in nearly any scenario you throw at it in the true world, be it social media, net searching, video streaming, picture modifying, or gaming. The 120 Hz refresh fee additionally makes for a easy expertise when scrolling by means of your feed or between screens. 

Shifting on to the software program, the cellphone comes with FunTouchOS 12 with Android 12 on prime. The software program is riddled with tons of bloatware. Apps similar to Byju’s, CRED, Dailyhunt, Josh, Moj, and others are pre-installed on the cellphone. Whilst you can uninstall these apps, it does take away from the premium expertise of the cellphone. Plus, there are just a few adverts that pop up every now and then within the notifications as nicely, which marred the expertise as nicely. FunTouchOS wants a whole lot of work and restructuring for it to supply a really premium expertise.

Vivo X80: Battery life

The Vivo X80 packs a 4,500 mAh battery with help for 80 W FlashCharge. The cellphone lasted 16 hours in our video loop take a look at, which is great and matches the efficiency provided by flagships. The cellphone’s battery depleted by 8 per cent when taking part in Name of Responsibility: Cellular for quarter-hour and it went down by 5 per cent when streaming a video on Netflix. The cellphone charged from zero to full in simply 42 minutes.

Vivo X80 Review: Battery Life

The Vivo X80’s battery life gained’t disappoint most customers. It supplies sufficient juice in a single cost to get most customers by means of a day’s utilization with ease. Nevertheless, in the event you’re taking part in intensive video games or clicking photos/taking pictures movies throughout the day, anticipate about 4-5 hours of display screen on time. On the subject of charging although, do observe that the cellphone doesn’t include PD charging help, so in the event you use a third-party quick charger, the cellphone will solely cost at 10 W.

Vivo X80: Verdict 

The Vivo X80 exudes panache and might be one of many best-looking telephones in its worth vary. Not simply that, it’s also a particularly dependable performer, provides good battery life with speedy 80 W quick charging, and snaps nice photos. The plethora of pictures and videography options on provide is certain to excite most fanatics. Nevertheless, the bloatware-riddled FunTouch OS does stand out like a sore thumb and takes away from the premium expertise. The digital camera system, whereas versatile and entertaining, does current some inconsistencies similar to distorted edges in portrait mode and unnatural pores and skin tones. Regardless of these nitpicks, the Vivo X80 is a well-rounded bundle that will serve most customers nicely. Whether or not you desire a cellphone for gaming, pictures, content material consumption or simply calling, the Vivo X80 accomplishes most of those with ease.

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