Does Vivo X80 bring enough to the table to survive in this highly crowded market? Discover it here.
What comes to mind when you hear “PREMIUM”? For me it is something that offers more than a basic or intrinsic value. I expected the same from Vivo’s new X80. Successor to the Vivo X70 series, the Vivo X80 continues with a premium look and robust camera experience to match. But is that enough to call it a PREMIUM phone? Good! He is tasked with convincing people to spend Rs. 55000 on a Vivo phone instead of a Apple iPhone 13 or a Samsung Galaxy S22. Apple has stood its ground due to its excellent software design and support that most Android phones lack, while Samsung is the innovator. Therefore, Vivo needs a strong key differentiator to break the premium market.
If I overlook the brand issue and am willing to spend Rs. 55000 on an Android phone, then I would look for a feature-packed smartphone that not only packs a great camera, but also offers exceptional performance, long battery life with fast charging support, and a great user experience. With a 4500 mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging, MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor and an excellent camera, alive X80 is trying to catch a picky user like me. But does it have most of the premium features or does it just retain its identity of being a camera phone? I spent more than 10 days with Vivo X80 and this is what I felt.
Vivo X80 Design
As soon as you take the phone out of the box, the first thing that catches your eye is the giant camera bump that covers nearly a third of the back panel. The Vivo X80 looks similar to last year’s Vivo X70 Pro+ and is almost identical to its more expensive sibling, the Vivo X80 Pro. The phone is available in two color variants: Cosmic Black and Urban Blue, and I got the latter for review. . The Vivo X80 blew me away at first glance with its look and feel. The glass used on the back panel is AG Fluorite glass with a soft-touch anti-glare matte finish that resists fingerprints and smudges. The phone exudes a premium feel. Despite its weight of 206g, it doesn’t feel heavy and can be operated with one hand.
On the front, the phone sports a 6.78-inch tall AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a fast 120Hz refresh rate. The device features a hole-punch selfie camera and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The icing on the cake is that the display panel is bordered by extremely elegant bezels.
On the right side, the phone houses the perfectly working power button and volume controls, while on the bottom you have a USB C charging port and SIM tray. Although it lacks support for Dolby Atmos for the 3D sound experience, you will get dual stereo speakers at the top and at the bottom.
Expect! There is something more exciting. The phone comes accompanied by a decent protective case that matches the color of the back panel along with Type-C enabled earphones, a USB Type-C charging cable, extra silicone ear tips, and a SIM eject tool. While premium brands like Apple and Samsung they’ve been removing the accessories included in the box, isn’t it great to get these freebies?
Vivo X80 Display
The Vivo X80 comes with a 6.78-inch tall AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Full HD+ resolution is pretty overwhelming at this price point as some of its competitors like the Real me GT2 Pro and xiaomi 12 Pro comes with a QHD+ resolution. However, it lacks the LTPO 2 panel that you can get on the Realme GT 2 Pro.
The screen exhibits vibrant, eye-catching colors and offers wide viewing angles, making your binge-watching session quite exciting. HDR support and loud, crystal-clear stereo speakers deliver all the goodness of HD on streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video and also make for great gaming. The device comes with a rated maximum brightness of 1500 nits. Also, sunlight readability is not an issue with the Vivo X80. The device is quite bright even in strong sunlight.
Vivo X80 Performance
The Vivo X80 is the first phone in India to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC combined with Vivo’s V1+ chipset. Additionally, it has up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Manage multifunctionality at ease. However, Vivo’s software is probably its weakest point, even after it has exceptionally improved its custom UI in recent years. FunTouchOS 12 still has a long way to go to deliver a flagship-level experience. There are hardly any visual changes in FOS12 over FOS11 as it still has the same old barrage of bloatware pre-installed on the phone. Although you can remove it, what’s the point of pre-installing cheap apps like Moj and Takatak on a premium phone? Most disappointing is that there are embedded ads launched by Vivo’s own browser and global search from time to time when you swipe down on the home screen. This, of course, feels cheap and ruins the phone’s appeal. Seriously, Vivo, stop having this habit already!
That said, FuntouchOS brings plenty of features and customization options along with the latest privacy features and Android 12 theme benefits. The Vivo X80 is also guaranteed to get updates up to Android 15, which is the standard of most other phones in the market. price range.
Needless to say, daily activities from calling, texting to watching shows/movies work exceptionally well. The Dimensity 9000 is just as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on paper, and it shares a critical issue with the Snapdragon cousin: its heating issue. I know Delhi NCR is like a sauna these days, but the Vivo X80 easily heats up even while scrolling through social media apps. Maybe this is a problem with the first few units and Vivo could release an update to fix it. In terms of raw performance, this phone can handle everything and I think more flagships could use this chipset in the future.
Vivo X80 Camera
The Vivo-Zeiss partnership in the Vivo X series is pretty cool. You get a fantastic set of cameras at this price. Zeiss T* coating on the camera lenses reduces flare and ghosting. The phone comes with a 50 MP Sony IMX866 main lens with a sensor size of 1/1.49 inches. The main lens also features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for sharp images. Plus, you get a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. There’s a 32 MP snapper up front for selfies and video calls.
When it comes to image quality, the phone offers sharp and detailed HDR images with good dynamic range in daylight. The phone does a good job of not overexposing or underexposing any area too much. Although the color saturation of the photos looks a bit unrealistic, they look social media ready. And, if you’re looking for more natural-looking colors, you can use the Zeiss mode; however, human subjects look unnatural as skin tone looks washed out in some cases. Close-ups look fantastic.
There’s a 50 MP mode for more detailed images, especially when zooming in on photos. There is also a Pro mode and portrait modes. Portrait images taken by the primary sensor are quite good, with great detail and sharpness.
In low light, you can click great pictures with night mode active. Even without night mode, you can take pictures with an extended shutter speed that lets in enough light. The ultra-wide lens also takes fantastic images, but with auto HDR the images look softer than what the main lens offers.
Now on selfie cameras, pictures look great at first glance, but auto beauty mode adjusts skin tones even when turned off manually. Excessive smoothing of skin textures and shifting of skin tones is a drawback. In short, there is a lot of beautification going on.
For more clarity on the quality of the camera, please refer to the images taken at I live X80 here
For videography, the X80 features a ton of modes like Movie LUTs, Cinematic Video Mode, Horizontal Line Stabilization, Pro Mode, and more. You can record 4K video at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60fps from the rear camera. There is also a slow motion mode. Videos look great during the day from what we’ve seen on many Android phones.
Vivo X80 5G Battery
The phone is based on a powerful 4500 mAh battery that easily lasts up to 14-18 hours with regular use that includes browsing the Internet, watching videos or movies, taking calls or video calls. The Vivo X80 ships with 80W fast charging support that charges the device from 10 to 100 percent in around 30 to 35 minutes. But, it could have received the wireless charging support that is even available in cheaper phones like iPhone SE 2022, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. It’s not a deal breaker, but come on, Vivo.
The Vivo X80 offers fast and reliable performance with decent battery life and super fast charging. Of course, the great camera features and plethora of creative camera modes also make it a great phone for photographers to carry around. If I may say so, it looks sexy, not a compliment I can give other phones at this price. The only big disappointment is the software experience and the preloaded bloatware that breaks the premium experience to some degree.
That said, I’d still call it a flagship to buy if you’re looking for smooth performance and versatile cameras. If you want the best in performance and gaming, you can also think about phones like Realme GT2 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro paying a bit more. From the Samsung camp, the closest competitor is the Galaxy S21 FE which offers extra features like wireless charging, waterproof rating, and slightly better cameras, but would miss out on the in-box accessories, standout design, and super-fast charging. of 80W. And finally, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Minis are also in this range, but these phones don’t have the appeal that the Vivo X80 offers.
- amoled screen
- Zeiss-enabled camera
- stereo speakers
- 5G support
6.7-inch AMOLED, 120Hz
MediaTek Dimension 9000