Vivo X80 review: The hottest master killer in town!

Vivo X80 review: The hottest master killer in town!

Does the Vivo X80 bring enough to survive in this highly chaotic market? Find it here.

What comes to mind when you hear “PREMIUM?” For me it is something that offers above some core or core values. I was expecting the same from the new X80 from Vivo. A successor to the Vivo X70 series, the Vivo X80 comes with excellent looks and some equally powerful camera experience. But is that enough to call it a premium phone? we will! It has the task of persuading people to spend Rs. 55000 on a Vivo phone instead of an Apple iPhone 13 or Samsung Galaxy S22. Apple has held its place due to its excellent software design and support that most Android phones lack, while Samsung is the innovator. Hence, Vivo needs a powerful major differentiator to penetrate the premium market.

If I overlook the brand problem I am willing to spend Rs. 55000 on an Android phone, I would be looking for a feature-packed smartphone that not only packs an excellent camera but also offers exceptional performance, a long-lasting battery with fast charging support and an excellent user experience. With a 4500mAh battery backed by 80W fast charging, a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor, and an excellent camera, the Vivo X80 tries to catch a demanding user like me. But does it identify most of the premium features or does it just retain its identity as a camera phone? I’ve been spending more than 10 days with the Vivo X80 and this is how I felt.

Vivo X80 design

Once you take the phone out of the case, the first thing that will take your eyeballs is the giant camera bump that covers roughly a third of the back panel. The Vivo X80 is similar to last year’s Vivo X70 Pro + and is almost identical to its expensive sibling – the Vivo X80 Pro. The phone is available in two different colors – Cosmic Black and Urban Blue, and I got the latter for my review. The Vivo X80 left me fascinated at first sight with its looks and feel. The glass used on the back panel is AG fluorite glass with a smooth matte, anti-glare finish that resists fingerprints and smudges. The phone exudes a premium feel. Despite its weight of 206 grams, it does not feel heavy and can be controlled on its own.

The phone has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and a fast 120Hz refresh rate. The device features a punch-hole selfie camera and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The cherry on the top is that the display panel is surrounded by very elegant bezels.

On the right side, the phone has the power button and volume controls that work flawlessly while at the bottom, and has a USB C charging port and SIM tray. Although it lacks Dolby Atmos support for a 3D audio experience, you’ll get dual stereo speakers on the top and bottom.

wait! There is something more exciting. The phone comes with a matching protective case that matches the color of the back along with the Type-C enabled earbuds, USB Type-C charging cable, additional silicone ear tips and SIM eject tool. While premium brands like Apple and Samsung remove the accessories in the box, wouldn’t it be great to get these freebies?

Vivo X80 screen

Vivo X80 comes with a 6.78 inch high AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. The Full HD+ resolution is quite overwhelming at this price point, as some of its competitors such as the Realme GT 2 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro come with a QHD+ resolution. However, it lacks the LTPO 2 panel that you can get on the Realme GT 2 Pro.

The screen displays vibrant colors and offers wide viewing angles, making for a binge-watching session very exciting. HDR support and crystal clear loud stereo speakers deliver all HD quality on streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video and facilitate great gaming as well. The device comes with a peak brightness rated at 1500 nits. Also, sunlight clarity is not an issue on the Vivo X80. The device is very bright even under harsh sunlight.

Vivo X80 performance

The Vivo X80 is the first phone in India to be powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC paired with the Vivo V1+ chip. Furthermore, it has up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It handles multiple functions easily. However, Vivo’s software is perhaps its weakest point even after it has exceptionally improved the look of its custom user interface over the past few years. FunTouchOS 12 still has a long way to go to deliver a groundbreaking experience. There are hardly any visual changes in the FOS12 over the FOS11 as it still has the same old barrage of bloatware pre-installed on the phone. Although you can delete it, what’s the point of pre-installing cheap apps like Moj and Takatak on a premium phone? The most frustrating thing is there are built-in ads thrown by Vivo’s own browser and global search every now and then by scrolling down on the home screen. This, by all means, looks cheap and kind of spoils the phone’s appeal. Seriously Vivo, just stop the habit already!

However, FuntouchOS offers plenty of features and customization options along with the latest privacy and theme features in Android 12. Vivo X80 also ensures to get updates up to Android 15, which is the standard in most other phones in its price range.

Needless to say, the daily activities from calling and texting to watching shows/movies all work very well. The Dimensity 9000 is just as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on paper and shares one critical issue with its Snapdragon cousin – the heating issue. I know Delhi NCR is like a sauna these days, but the Vivo X80 heats up easily even while scrolling through social media apps. This might be a problem with early units and Vivo could release an update to fix it. In terms of raw performance, this phone can handle it all 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 very good. You get a great camera array at this price point. Zeiss T* coating on camera lenses reduces flare and ghosting in photos. The phone comes with a 50-megapixel primary lens from Sony IMX866 with a 1/1.49-inch sensor. The prime lens also features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for sharp images. Additionally, you get a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and 12MP ultra-wide. There is a 32MP camera on the front for taking selfies and video calls.

As for the picture quality, the phone offers clear and detailed HDR images with good dynamic range in daylight. The phone does a good job by not overexposing or underexposing any area. Although the color saturation of the images looks a bit unrealistic, it looks social media ready. And if you are looking for more natural colors, you can use the Zeiss mode, however, human subjects look unnatural as the skin tone appears dull in some cases. Close-ups look great.

There is a 50MP mode for more detailed photos, especially when zooming in on photos. There is also a Pro mode and a Portrait mode. The selfies captured by the primary sensor are very good, with great detail and clarity.

In low light, you can take excellent photos with the night mode activated. Even without the night mode, you can take pictures at an extended shutter speed that lets in enough light. The ultra-wide lens also takes great photos, but Auto HDR photos look softer than the prime lens can provide.

Now when accessing the selfie cameras, the photos look great at first glance but the auto beautify mode adjusts skin tones even when manually turned off. Evening skin textures and adjusting skin tones are disadvantages. In short, there is a lot of plastic surgery going on.

For more clarity about the quality of the camera, check out the photos taken on the Vivo X80 here

For videography, the X80 features a host of modes such as Movie LUTs, Cinematic Video Mode, Horizontal Line Stabilization, Pro Mode, and more. You can shoot 4K videos at 30/60fps and 1080p at 30/60fps from the rear camera. There is also a slow motion mode. Videos look excellent during the day from what we’ve seen on many Android phones.

Vivo X80 5G Battery

The phone relies on a powerful 4500mAh battery that easily lasts for up to 14-18 hours on regular use that includes surfing the internet, watching videos or movies, attending calls or video calls. Vivo X80 comes with 80W fast charging support which charges the device from 10 to 100 percent in about 30 to 35 minutes. But, it could have been given wireless charging support which is available even on cheaper phones like iPhone SE 2022 and Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. Don’t spoil the deal but come on, Vivo.

Rule

Vivo X80 offers fast and reliable performance with decent battery life and super fast charging. Of course, the excellent camera features and a plethora of creative camera modes also make it a great phone for photography enthusiasts to carry around. If I may say so, it sounds exciting – not a compliment I can give to other phones at this price. The only major disappointment is the pre-loaded software and bloatware experience that breaks the premium experience somewhat.

However, I would still call it the flagship to buy if you are looking for smooth performance and versatile cameras. If you want the best performance and gaming, you can also consider phones like Realme GT2 Pro and Xiaomi 12 Pro by paying more. From the Samsung camp, the closest competitor is the Galaxy S21 FE which offers additional features like wireless charging, a waterproof rating and slightly better cameras, but you’re missing out on the accessories included in the box, premium design, and ultra-fast 80W charging. Finally, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 Mini are in this range as well, but these phones don’t have the massive appeal that the Vivo X80 offers.

Positives

  • AMOLED display
  • Enable Zeiss Camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5G support

Determine

  • Show

    6.7 inch AMOLED, 120Hz

  • camera

    50 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP, 32 MP

  • Healer

    MediaTek Dimensions 9000

  • battery

    4500 mAh



2022-06-01 07:43:47

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