The Vivo X80 Professional just isn’t the best-looking telephone you should purchase. It’s a bit boring to have a look at, particularly within the black shade of our assessment gadget, and the busy, messy digicam module appears unfinished and confused. However contained in the module is what’s shaping as much as be a extremely sturdy telephone digicam.
Appears to be like are subjective and plenty of will ignore them to have a fantastic digicam, however one other far worse impediment presents itself to anybody eager to strive the Vivo X80 Professional — availability. The query then turns into, is it actually well worth the effort to get one?
That ugly (sorry Vivo, however it’s) digicam module accommodates a custom-made 50-megapixel Samsung GNV sensor, a 48MP Sony IMX598 wide-angle digicam, a 12MP IMX663 digicam for portrait photographs, and an 8MP telephoto digicam. It’s all managed utilizing Vivo’s new V1+ imaging sensor and the corporate’s modern gimbal stabilization system, whereas Zeiss has offered its experience all through the digicam, together with including its T Star anti-reflective coating to the glass lenses.
What else do you must know in regards to the specs? Not like the X70 Professional, the gimbal within the X80 Professional is fitted to the 50mm portrait lens and never the wide-angle lens. Zeiss has labored on the video bokeh mode and the AI for face recognition, in addition to added a particular shade enhance mode along with the GNV sensor’s new shade filter.
Having used the digicam over the course of some days, it has taken some photographs I actually love. It manages to seize colours in a extremely stunning method, including environment to photographs that might not be seen in photographs taken with different telephones. The Evening mode isn’t too heavy-handed, protecting scenes real looking whereas nonetheless exposing element within the shadows, and the bokeh mode might be uncannily correct.
What’s not so good? The huge GNV sensor isn’t at all times superb at working shut as much as something. I’ve struggled to seize bugs and different small objects of curiosity at any zoom stage, for instance. However the truth that I’ve been attempting to take these photographs speaks to the Vivo X80 Professional’s potential to encourage you to experiment. The wide-angle digicam nonetheless wants tuning, but it surely’s pretty in keeping with the primary digicam. Most unlucky of all is that the gimbal system, which was so profitable on the X70 Professional+, has been shifted to the portrait digicam.
This implies the entire fancy stabilization modes from the X70 Professional+ are lacking. It’s a disgrace, as for me personally, the video mode misplaced a giant promoting level and nearly all of its distinctive enjoyable. Lastly, the Zeiss Pure Colour mode actually can oversaturate colours, and is something however pure. It’s off by default, and the vast majority of photographs within the gallery have been taken with out it.
I’ve been actually glad with the primary digicam on the X80 Professional, and the selfie digicam takes good photographs too, however much less so with the wide-angle digicam and the telephoto. It appears each work greatest in some conditions, then badly in others. A lot of this may very well be cured in a software program replace — I’m utilizing the telephone forward of launch — and on account of how sorted the primary digicam is, I see a number of potential within the X80 Professional’s digicam.
The Vivo X80 Professional isn’t refined. The physique is 9.1mm thick and weighs 219 grams, which is across the identical because the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely, whereas the large 6.78-inch AMOLED display sits underneath curved glass on the entrance. The again is comprised of fluorite AG glass, the identical because the Vivo V23 sequence, which is clean and funky to the contact however doesn’t supply a lot grip. A plastic frame-style case comes within the field to offer some imprecise safety.
It has all the ability you possibly can need. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor comes with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of cupboard space, the display has a 3200 x 1440 pixel decision and a 120Hz refresh charge, and there are stereo audio system, 80W quick charging, and 50W wi-fi charging. The telephone makes use of Vivo’s FunTouch OS 12 software program over Android 12.
Regardless of Vivo being a part of the BBK Electronics empire together with Oppo, Realme, and OnePlus, FunTouch manages to look and function otherwise from ColorOS, RealmeOS, and OxygenOS. I discover it extra engaging to have a look at, the design extra cohesive, and interruptions much less widespread. I additionally suppose it’s smoother and quicker.
I haven’t used the telephone as my most important telephone but, however I’ve used it to browse the web, use social media, watch movies, and play video games. No matter what I do, it has been an actual powerhouse. The display is a specific standout, with Asphalt 9: Legends enjoying faultlessly and the 120Hz refresh charge kicking in at precisely the fitting occasions (scrolling by means of Google Uncover and YouTube feedback, for instance).
Particular point out must go to the fingerprint sensor. It offers twice the contact space you discover on most different telephones, making it much less essential to be tremendous correct whenever you go to unlock the telephone. Vivo has experimented with giant fingerprint recognition methods earlier than, however in contrast to the Apex prototype telephone, accuracy has been 100% for me on the X80 Professional.
If you happen to stay within the U.S. or the U.Ok., the Vivo X80 Professional gained’t be on the market in your native provider retailer or electronics retailer. It gained’t even be discovered on-line by means of Vivo. The X80 Professional will up to now solely be launched in India, Hong Kong, Latin America, elements of Asia (together with Thailand and Singapore), and in elements of Europe and the Center East. Value will differ, however in India, it’s the native equal of $1,125, which is lower than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely.
The shortage of U.S. and U.Ok. availability for the Vivo X80 Professional is irritating for a number of causes. The primary is that it’s wanting like a fantastic telephone, and an apparent challenger to the Galaxy S22 Extremely, the Google Pixel 6 Professional, and the Apple iPhone 13 Professional. The second is that the U.Ok. is inundated with telephones from Realme and Oppo, in addition to OnePlus (which is now a part of the identical membership), so true selection, particularly with regards to software program, is being eroded.
Vivo should still be a part of the identical enterprise, however its telephones a minimum of really feel completely different. It doesn’t have Hasselblad’s identify on the digicam, it doesn’t have ColorOS put in, and the digicam actually does one thing completely different from the Discover X5 Professional, the OnePlus 10 Professional, and the Realme GT 2 Professional. The truth that the Vivo X80 Professional impresses simply as a lot as any of those three telephones (generally extra) makes it much more annoying that it’s the toughest to get.
The Vivo X80 Professional is among the few telephones that’s in all probability value going by means of the trouble of importing, and we hope these at BBK Electronics that watch over the completely different manufacturers will see that we’re extra inquisitive about a person Vivo telephone than one more Oppo telephone clone.