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Vivo X80 Pro: price, features, review

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Chinese manufacturer Vivo takes a hit with its X80 Pro, a photography-oriented Android smartphone that benefits from a partnership with Germany’s Zeiss. A top-of-the-range model that immediately plays in the big leagues.

Vivo begins to get noticed. In the first quarter of 2022, the Chinese brand even ranked among the top 5 smartphone manufacturers in the world according to Canalys, a company specializing in market research. Still relatively unknown in France, Vivo does not hide its ambitions and, after some successful models such as the X60 Pro or the V23 5G, the manufacturer is now aiming with its X80 Pro, the top of basketball to come and compete with the tenors. of the category signed by Apple, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi or Oppo. Elegant, powerful, versatile and devilishly gifted in photography thanks to the partnership with German optics specialist Zeiss – who not only supplied the lenses but also collaborated on the software design – the Vivo X80 Pro has more than one asset to seduce.

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What are the technical characteristics of the Vivo X80 Pro?

Vivo has not skimped on the components that equip its X80 Pro to build a solid technical sheet capable of facing the competition.

Drawing. On the front, the Vivo X80 Pro does not revolutionize the design codes of current smartphones in any way. It has a beautiful 6.78-inch OLED screen curved at the edges and decorated with a central punch at the top to accommodate the selfie photo sensor. It is obviously on the back that the Chinese can afford a little more originality. Here the photo block occupies more than a third of the surface with its four sensors and flash. We also note the use of a satin coating which is soft to the touch and which has the advantage of not retaining fingerprints. Finally, the case is splash, water and dust resistant. Im benefits from an IP68 water resistance index (can stay submerged to 1.5m depth for half an hour).

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Visualization. The Vivo X80 Pro’s screen reaches a definition of 3200 x 1440 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz for better fluidity. This WQHD + Oled panel therefore benefits from infinite contrasts and is bright enough to remain legible in direct sunlight. The lower part of the screen hides a sufficiently large and therefore very practical fingerprint reader to unlock the device without having to point straight ahead. It is quite responsive.

Processor. La Vivo X80 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 supported by 12GB of RAM. A winning duo that allows the smartphone to remain responsive in all situations and especially for gaming without overheating.

Autonomy. The device has a battery with a capacity of 4700 mAh. It’s a little below current high-end standards, but it allows you to go a full day without keeping an eye on the indicator. As for recharging, Vivo has also put the package there, providing an 80 W wired charger in the package. A fifteen minutes of charging thus recover 50% of the battery. Wait a little over half an hour for a full charge. Note that the smartphone also allows induction (wireless) charging.

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 get to at least Android 15. Vivo adds its FunTouch OS software overlay. It offers an elegant interface but which, contrary to what its name suggests, lacks a bit of cheer. However, it is smooth and pleasant to handle. Android regulars will have no problem finding reflections and orientation.

Photo and video. The high-end model requires, the Vivo X80 Pro is equipped with a series of sensors ready for all situations: a 50 megapixel (Mpx) main module; a 48 Mpx ultra wide angle module; a 2X 12MP portrait module; uAn 8MP 5X telephoto module; a 32 Mpx module on the front for selfies. On the video side, the device is capable of filming in 8K at 24 frames per second and in 4K at 60 frames per second.

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What is the price of the Vivo X80 Pro?

With such solid features and as it ranks among the high-end models of this year 2022, the Vivo X80 Pro, available from the end of June from most distributors, also shows a “premium” price. Vivo sells it for 1299 euros in a single version for the moment. Cheaper versions are likely to be expected later in the year.

Vivo X80 Pro: the review

We were able to run and test the VivoX80 Pro for a few days. Here is our feeling with this premium smartphone.

Design and ergonomics. The VivoX80 Pro feels a bit heavy at first (215g), but after a few minutes its weight is forgotten. We particularly like the back cover which leaves no fingerprints and is quite soft to the touch. Be careful, it can be slippery at times. 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 large and the recognition is fast. On the back, the impressive photo block does not disturb the balance of the smartphone when it is placed flat on a table. Finally, the case remains well-sized enough (75.3 x 164.6 x 9.1mm) to fit easily in the hand.

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Performance. During our hands-on, we were unable to put the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and the accompanying 12GB of RAM into default. The device remained responsive with multitasking operations (about twenty applications open at the same time) and did not overheat during the game phases, despite the rather high ambient temperature of early summer. In short, the Vivo X80 Pro is on par with the market leaders without however standing out.

Photo. It is obviously on this ground that the device wants to make a difference. And we weren’t disappointed. The shots offer impressive sharpness and striking colors. The partnership with Zeiss plays a big part in this, especially since the photo app has a Zeiss button. Its goal: to switch from slightly enhanced colors like most smartphones offer 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 flawless sharpness. The 2X module, on the other hand, produces spectacular macro results with amazing sharpness even when the camera is not on a stand. This same module also allows the creation of the portrait with a small software key signed by Zeiss. It allows you to play on the background blur without distorting the shot with an artificial look. Finally, the 5X telephoto lens also offers great performance with impressive sharpness. It is only when the ambient light decreases that the photo sensors of the Vivo X80 Pro show their limit. There is a slight loss of sharpness. Nothing unacceptable, though.

Autonomy. Vivo had the good idea of ​​providing an 80W charger in the box to replenish the device’s power very quickly. Because in intensive use (GPS, photos, games, Internet) the 4,700 mAh battery struggles to go far. We only managed to last the day. In normal use, however, no problem. At the end of the day, the battery still shows 40% charge.

How much is Vivo X80 Pro worth?

Vivo hasn’t lied about the high-end performance of its device. The ergonomics are there, the performances are there but above all it has serious advantages for amateur or expert photographers. It’s hard to miss landscape shots, portraits, close-ups or paparazzi-style shots with 5X zoom. Some improvements remain to be made to photos in low light conditions although most remain usable. A versatile and efficient device.

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