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Vivo X80 Professional Evaluate: Nonetheless Distinctive?


Final yr’s X70 Professional+ was all about Vivo proving that it may go head-to-head with two of the most important smartphone producers similar to Samsung and Apple within the premium section. In my evaluation of the X70 Professional+, I used to be fully satisfied of its wonderful digicam efficiency and its much-hyped gimbal stabilisation system, making it a really distinctive providing within the premium section. Vivo additionally lastly added stereo audio system, wi-fi charging and an official IP68 score to the X70 Professional+, which have been lacking on the earlier technology and thus, accomplished the premium bundle. However, how do you construct a successor to such a feature-packed smartphone that’s nonetheless very related even a yr later?

Meet the Vivo X80 Professional. It is lacking the “+” in its identify, however do not be fooled as for all intents and functions, it’s the religious successor to the X70 Professional+ primarily due to its comparable specs and price ticket. Whereas I initially felt it was solely a small improve to the X70 Professional+ by way of {hardware}, I am now satisfied that it is nonetheless a strong one nonetheless after having examined it over the previous few weeks, and here is why.

Vivo X80 Professional worth in India

The Vivo X80 Professional, identical to the X70 Professional+, is obtainable in a single configuration and can also be priced equally. It comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 79,999 in India. Maintaining its worth in thoughts, the cellphone will compete straight with the Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Evaluate) which is obtainable from Rs. 84,999 onwards.

Vivo X80 Professional design

The Vivo X80 Professional’s general design is similar to the X70 Professional+. It is solely accessible in Cosmic Black in India and this color has a slight sparkle within the end when uncovered to vivid gentle, however in any other case seems matte black. The Fluorite AG glass on the again and the Schott Xensation Up scratch protecting glass over the show have curved sides which meet the aluminium-alloy body, which additionally has a matte end. Whereas these matte surfaces are wonderful on the subject of rejecting fingerprints and smudges, it additionally makes the Vivo X80 Professional very slippery. Fortunately, Vivo has added a premium faux-leather case within the field, which affords good grip.

The Vivo X80 Professional appears similar to the Vivo X70 Professional+

 

The again of the cellphone is the place one will discover a lot of the design adjustments. There’s a big ‘window’ for the cameras, which appears similar to the one on the iQoo 9 Professional (Evaluate). It does not stand up an excessive amount of from the again panel and because it takes up the whole width, it prevents the cellphone from wobbling when positioned on a flat floor. The first, ultra-wide and one of many telephoto cameras sit inside a round ring, whereas the periscopic telephoto digicam is positioned just under it.

Regardless of the considerably recycled design, the Vivo X80 Professional nonetheless appears distinctive and feels premium when in comparison with every other smartphone in its class. There’s additionally an IP68 score and wi-fi charging, identical to its predecessor. The curved cowl glass masking the AMOLED show does entice mud and smudges simply, however these will be wiped off simply.

Vivo X80 Professional specs and software program

The Vivo X80 Professional will get upgraded to the most recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, which is present in smartphones each above and under this worth level. Vivo appears to have missed out on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, which was not too long ago introduced and would have made for an excellent improve from the Snapdragon 888+ SoC within the X70 Professional+. The corporate has added a second technology of its V1 imaging chipset known as the V1+, which it claims helps with low-light imaging, video recording and gaming.

Communication requirements embody Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and help for the same old satellite tv for pc navigation techniques. The Vivo X80 Professional’s inside storage can’t be expanded. The cellphone now incorporates a 4,700mAh battery, which is an improve over the 4,500mAh unit within the earlier mannequin and will be charged rapidly with the 80W adapter that is supplied within the field. The cellphone has a 6.78-inch AMOLED show with WQHD+ decision (3,200 x 1,440 pixels). It incorporates a 120Hz refresh charge and a 300Hz contact sampling charge.

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Funtouch OS 12 relies on Android 12 and Vivo guarantees three generations of Android OS updates and three years of safety updates

 

The Vivo X80 Professional runs Funtouch OS 12 which relies on Android 12. Vivo guarantees to help the cellphone with three generations of Android OS updates and three years of safety updates, which is sweet information for consumers. Vivo’s X70 Professional+ was up to date to Android 12 in January 2022, so I am hoping Android 13 additionally makes its strategy to the X80 Professional in a well timed method.

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Funtouch OS 12 is just about what you’d anticipate from any current Vivo smartphone. Android 12 provides a sure stage of customisation however the OS nonetheless has a really sturdy Vivo flavour relatively than inventory Android 12. Whereas the software program works easily with no hiccups in any way with common use, I did encounter some software program bugs (talked about under) which I hope are resolved with future updates.

There’s now a theme engine which matches the colors of widgets and the keyboard to the chosen wallpaper. Vivo has added a UI color picker, very like what you get on Samsung’s One UI 4.1, however it’s restricted to altering the color of simply the keyboard and never the accent color of the widgets on the homescreen. The one strategy to pressure the widgets to comply with the theme color is by restarting the smartphone.

Darkish mode was a bit buggy too as regardless that the background of the app drawer modified to black, the textual content did not swap to white, making it exhausting to learn the labels of apps. Aside from the visible bugs that I encountered, there’s additionally a number of preinstalled third-party apps similar to MX TakaTak, Josh, BYJU’s, Moj, and many others, which I may have executed with out on a cellphone that prices practically Rs. 80,000. Nonetheless, you possibly can uninstall all of them if wanted.

Vivo X80 Professional efficiency and battery life

The Vivo X80 Professional’s E5 AMOLED show produces natural-looking colors and is vivid sufficient to deal with direct daylight when outdoor. Textual content and pictures seem sharp and I didn’t discover the display’s curved edges distracting when watching motion pictures or enjoying video games. That is the primary smartphone show we have come throughout that makes use of the most recent LTPO 3.0 expertise which guarantees even higher energy effectivity. The X80 Professional has a most refresh charge of 120Hz and a minimal refresh charge of 1Hz.

I observed that the show solely hit 1Hz when the Settings app was open and that too solely below vivid daylight. With common use, the show’s refresh charge often dropped all the way down to 10Hz and fluctuated quickly relying on the on-screen content material or app. Good Swap lets the show routinely swap between refresh charges relying on the content material however you possibly can pressure the show to run apps at 120Hz on a regular basis if wanted.

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The Vivo X80 Professional has a 6.78-inch E5 AMOLED show with a 120Hz refresh charge and a big 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint reader

 

The Vivo X80 Professional’s show additionally has an HDR10+ playback certification and helps the identical in apps similar to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. The stereo audio system get loud and the readability is maintained even at excessive quantity, which together with the vivid show, makes the X80 Professional best for watching motion pictures or TV reveals with out requiring a pair of earphones.

The larger-than-usual 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint reader (first accessible on the iQoo 9 Professional) was a delight to make use of. Registering a fingerprint took one single faucet and unlocking the machine labored flawlessly throughout my evaluation interval. I additionally discovered Vivo’s Fast Actions function fairly useful, which helps you to launch any native or third-party app the second you unlock the machine. Vivo has additionally thrown in a two-finger verification system for added safety and it labored as anticipated. Aside from the lockscreen, you should utilize your registered fingerprints for authenticating locked apps in addition to hidden ones.

With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC inside, I didn’t face any bother when it got here to benchmarks and the Vivo X80 Professional delivered very good efficiency as anticipated. The cellphone managed a rating of 9,69,340 factors in AnTuTu, together with 1,236 and three,631 factors in Geekbench’s single and multi-core assessments, respectively. The Vivo X80 Professional’s efficiency within the benchmarks was positively on par with the competitors however was solely marginally increased than what final yr’s X70 Professional+ (with its Snapdragon 888+) managed.

Gaming efficiency was high notch. The cellphone was greater than able to operating fashionable cellular video games similar to Name of Responsibility: Cellular and Asphalt 9: Legends on the highest settings, and it did so with out breaking a sweat. What impressed me was the Recreation interpolation function, which labored properly. There’s solely a handful of smartphones which might be able to operating Name of Responsibility: Cellular above 60fps and Vivo’s Recreation interpolation function (principally MEMC for video games) which will be enabled by way of the slide-out console inside a sport, managed to render it at 90Hz which made the sport really feel smoother to play.

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Vivo additionally claims that the cellphone consumes much less energy when utilizing this mode as in comparison with truly operating the sport at such a excessive body charge. The draw back to that is the marginally lowered contact sensitivity which I didn’t discover to be an issue in Name of Responsibility: Cellular. The function would require you to regulate the in-game graphics settings (body charge set to “Max or increased”) however it appears visually smoother when it really works.

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The Vivo X80 Professional has 4 rear cameras, all of that are fairly spectacular

 

I didn’t have any points with the Vivo X80 Professional’s battery life. I managed to get a day and half of heavy use with the show’s refresh charge set to Good Swap. Forcing it to 120Hz additionally didn’t appear to have any adverse affect on battery life. The cellphone managed to final 16 hours,quarter-hour in our HD video loop take a look at and I used to be in a position to cost it from empty to full in 36 minutes when utilizing the bundled 80W charger, which is kind of good. The cellphone additionally helps 50W wi-fi charging, however you’ll need Vivo’s proprietary wi-fi charging dock that’s offered individually.

Vivo X80 Professional cameras

The Vivo X80 Professional has 4 rear cameras identical to its predecessor, however with a slight change. There is a new 50-megapixel major digicam that makes use of a personalized Samsung GNV sensor with optical picture stabilisation (OIS), a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digicam with autofocus, a 2X telephoto portrait digicam with Vivo’s gimbal stabilisation system and eventually, a 5X periscopic-style telephoto digicam with OIS. Selfie duties are dealt with by a 32-megapixel entrance digicam which makes use of a fixed-focus system.

The digicam interface is all very acquainted and identical to the X70 Professional+, the digicam app has properly laid out controls and a few of them are customisable. There’s the same old Professional mode for each stills and video, and a brand new Astro mode, which resulted in some actually attention-grabbing pictures.

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Vivo X80 Professional daylight samples from the rear cameras (faucet to see full dimension)

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Vivo X80 Professional hybrid zoom digicam samples (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The first digicam captured wonderful pictures with good particulars and spectacular dynamic vary (because of the Zeiss T* coating) in all types of lighting situations. In low gentle particularly, it carried out equally properly with diminished noise within the pictures. Lens flares and robust glare emanating from vivid avenue lights, neon indicators and different sources of sunshine have been stored below management, which helped enhance dynamic vary and element within the shadows.

Night time mode on the primary digicam additionally delivered noise-free pictures together with colors that have been very near the precise scene. The Astro mode which is often meant to seize the celebs within the evening sky (in the fitting climate situations) was fairly spectacular. Whereas it is meant to work when the cellphone is mounted on a tripod, I managed to seize a number of handheld pictures with this mode and so they seemed equally good, with low noise and good element.

Shifting to the ultra-wide-angle digicam, it captured pictures that had good particulars and dynamic vary. There was surprisingly little or no barrel distortion, however the high quality of the pictures was not precisely on par with the first digicam, particularly when taking pictures in low gentle, even with Night time mode. This could possibly be all the way down to the dearth of an OIS system for this digicam, which was current on the X70 Professional+. Regardless, these have been nonetheless a few of the greatest trying ultra-wide-angle pictures, in my view.

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Vivo X80 Professional low-light samples from the rear cameras (faucet to see full dimension)

 

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Vivo X80 Professional digicam samples: Astro mode (high) and macro photograph (backside) (Faucet to see full dimension)

 

The ultra-wide-angle digicam can also be able to taking macro pictures as much as 4cm out of your topic. The outcomes have been fairly good and I am glad that Vivo selected to go along with this implementation as a substitute of utilizing a devoted macro digicam. The colors in macro pictures have been equally spectacular, which have been similar to the outcomes from the first digicam.

Vivo’s alternative of utilizing the gimbal stabilisation system on its Portrait digicam is a curious one, however it delivers good output for probably the most half. The model’s intention behind the identical was to allow a consumer to shoot higher low gentle portraits with the assistance of its 5-axis gimbal stabilisation. In daylight, the outcomes from this digicam have been wonderful, with spectacular edge detection together with good sharpness and element. The colors have been a bit saturated in auto mode however switching to any of the Zeiss Kinds or the Pure Model filters resulted in additional true-to-life colors. In low gentle, the outcomes have been nonetheless fairly good however the particulars have been a bit tender. I anticipated them to look equally sharp in low gentle, given the stabilisation system in place, however that wasn’t actually the case.

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As for the telephoto digicam, the standard of the pictures have been just like X70 Professional+. The OIS-stabilised periscope digicam system captured good high quality pictures at 5X optical zoom in daylight. Images taken in low gentle appeared a bit murky, however switching to Night time mode produced higher high quality pictures with sufficient element and dynamic vary.

The one factor I actually appreciated was how shut the color tones have been between pictures captured by all of the 4 rear cameras. Additionally, when you aren’t a fan of the marginally saturated colors that this cellphone captures by default, you possibly can allow Zeiss mode, which captures extra true-to-life colors with all cameras.

The selfie digicam captured sharp pictures with good element in daylight. The sting detection in Portrait mode was spot on and so was the dynamic vary, with the topic and background uncovered appropriately. Low-light efficiency was equally good as photographs seemed sharp and hues have been rendered properly.

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Vivo X80 Professional selfie pattern taken with Portrait mode (faucet to see full dimension)

 

The Vivo X80 Professional can shoot as much as 8K movies at 30fps which seemed crisp, with wonderful element and dynamic vary. However the footage lacked stabilisation so movement was a bit jerky. Movies recorded in daylight at 1080p and 4K had good particulars, distinction and spectacular stabilisation, particularly at 30fps. 4K footage seemed the most effective because it packed sufficient particulars and likewise seemed fairly sharp.

HDR 10+ footage seemed good however had oversaturated colors and was solely accessible when taking pictures at 1080p and 4K 30fps. In low gentle, particulars have been a bit low however noise was below management supplied the scene was sufficiently lit. I didn’t just like the output of the AI-enhanced video because it lacked stabilisation and didn’t have a gradual bitrate.

The brand new ‘Cinematic video Model’ launched by Vivo routinely blurred the backgrounds of topics for a cinema really feel. It solely labored properly below good lighting and will seize footage at 1080p decision solely. The important thing to good cinematic video is monitoring your topic as they transfer and whereas objects appeared positive, the sting detection fumbled lots when monitoring human faces, and was nowhere near Apple’s Cinematic video mode.

Verdict

The Vivo X80 Professional just isn’t a huge improve over the X70 Professional+ (Evaluate), which was already an incredible cellphone to start with by way of imaging and efficiency. Should you personal a X70 Professional+, the X80 Professional will not appear too spectacular. For a brand new purchaser although, the X80 Professional is certainly price getting over the X70 Professional+ as Vivo hasn’t but dropped the worth of the older mannequin. The X80 Professional is a correct premium smartphone for 2022 with the most recent SoC and show tech, and has a novel set of cameras that’s like no different at this worth level.

As for the competitors, there’s loads to select from. The Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Evaluate) is a strong contender and is packed to the brim with premium options, however lacks the pliability of the X80 Professional’s cameras and can also be priced increased (from Rs. 84,999). Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Extremely (Evaluate) could also be a yr outdated, however will be discovered for round Rs. 76,000 on-line and affords loopy zoom functionality and good battery life together with all of the options you’d anticipate from a premium flagship.

If you’re on a tighter finances, the OnePlus 10 Professional (Evaluate) is an efficient alternative because it affords a powerful set of cameras for its worth, minus an official IP score. On the iOS facet, Apple’s iPhone 13 (Evaluate) is one other good possibility. It might lack the pliability of Vivo’s quad-camera setup, however it affords rock-solid consistency, a sensor-shift stabilised foremost digicam, Cinematic video and Dolby Imaginative and prescient video recording, all at barely decrease market worth than the X80 Professional.


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