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Vivo X80 Pro review: A top-notch Android camera phone shooter

By Liu Hongzuo - 22 Oct 2022
Launch SRP: S$1699

Benchmarks, Battery Life, Conclusion

Vivo X80 Pro.

Benchmark Performance

A notable change to the Vivo X80 Pro is the choice of processor. Previously, the X series’ Pro models used near-flagship or “flagship-lite” mobile platforms and reserved true flagship hardware for its Pro+ variant. This has changed, and the X80 Pro touts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset inside.

This puts it on the same playing field against the other SD8G1 alternatives we have here (Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Oppo Find X5 Pro, to name a few), along with options that uses homebrew flagship-class processors (Apple Silicon and Google Tensor). 

  Vivo X80 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Oppo Find X5 Pro Google Pixel 6 Pro OnePlus 10 Pro Vivo X70 Pro
  Vivo X80 Pro Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Oppo Find X5 Pro Google Pixel 6 Pro OnePlus 10 Pro Vivo X70 Pro
Launch SRP
  • From S$1699
  • From S$1718
  • From S$1699
  • From S$1299
  • From S$1299
  • From S$1199
Network:
  • 5G (NSA/SA), 4G, 3G
  • Up to 5G NSA/SA
  • Up to 5G SA and NSA
  • Up to 5G Sub 6GHz
  • Up to 5G SA and NSA
  • 5G (NSA/SA), 4G, 3G
Operating system
  • Android 12 (Funtouch OS 12)
  • Android 12 (One UI 4)
  • ColorOS 12 based on Android 12
  • Android 12
  • OxygenOS 12.1 based on Android 12
  • Android 11 with Funtouch 12
Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Vivo V1+ chip (AI-assisted image processing)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 4nm
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • MariSilicon X NPU
  • Google Tensor
  • Titan M2 security co-processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1200
Built-in Memory
  • 12GB RAM
  • 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM (LPDDR5)
  • 12GB RAM, LPDDR4X
Display
  • 6.78-inch / 3,200 x 1,440 pixels (~517 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / AMOLED Display
  • 6.8-inch, Edge QHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 3,088 x 1,440 pixels (501ppi), 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Eye Comfort Shield, Vision Booster (1,750-nits peak brightness)
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,126 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 10-bit colour
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,120 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, 24-bit colour
  • 6.7-inch, LTPO AMOLED, 3,126 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 10-bit colour
  • 6.56-inch / 2,376 x 1,080 pixels (~398 ppi) / 120Hz refresh rate / HDR10+ / AMOLED Display
Camera
  • ZEISS Co-engineered Imaging System
  • Rear:
  • 50MP main camera, f/1.57, ZEISS Gimbal Portrait Camera, OIS
  • 48MP ultra-wide, f/2.2
  • 12MP portrait, f/1.85
  • 8MP periscope telephoto, f/3.4, 5x optical zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP main, f/2.45
  • Rear:
  • 108MP, f/1.8, wide-angle 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF OIS
  • 12MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide, 1.4µm, 120° FOV, Dual Pixel AF
  • 10MP, f/2.4, telephoto, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel AF, 3x Optical Zoom
  • 10MP, f/4.9, telephoto, 1.12µm, Dual Pixel AF, 10x Optical Zoom
  • Laser AutoFocus sensor
  • Front:
  • 40MP, f/2.2, portrait, 0.7µm, PDAF
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 50MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.0μm pixel size, 5-axis OIS
  • (Ultra-wide) 50MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.00μm pixel size, 110° FOV
  • (Telephoto) 13MP, f/2.4 aperture, 5x hybrid optical zoom, 20x digital zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.4 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, fixed focus
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 50MP, f/1.85 aperture, 1.2μm pixel size, Octa PD, Quad Bayer
  • (Ultra-wide) 12MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.25μm pixel size, 114° FOV
  • (Telephoto) 48MP, f/3.5 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, 4x optical zoom, 20x Super Res zoom
  • Laser detect Autofocus, OIS
  • Front:
  • 11.1MP, f/2.2 aperture, 1.22μm pixel size, fixed focus
  • Rear:
  • (Main) 48MP, f/1.8 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, OIS, EIS
  • (Ultra-wide) 50MP, f/2.2 aperture, 150° FOV
  • (Telephoto) 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 3.3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS
  • Front:
  • 32MP, f/2.2 aperture, 0.8μm pixel size, fixed focus, EIS
  • Rear:
  • 50MP main camera, f/1.75, Gimbal Camera System
  • 12MP ultra-wide, f/2.2, 116° FOV
  • 12MP telephoto, f/1.98 2x optical zoom
  • 8MP periscope telephoto, f/3.4, 5x optical zoom
  • Front:
  • 32MP main, f/2.45
Video Support
  • Up to 8K30FPS, 4K60FPS
  • Up to 8K24FPS
  • (Rear) 4K60FPS, 5-axis OIS
  • (Rear) 4K60FPS, Slow motion 240FPS, OIS
  • (Rear) 8K24FPS, 4K120FPS, 1080p60FPS
Connectivity
  • Up to Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, OTG, Type-C USB 3.1
  • LTE / 5G (NSA, SA, Sub6)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC, UWB
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, UWB, USB Type-C, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, UWB, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, Google Cast, Dual Band GNSS, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
  • Up to Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, OTG, Type-C USB 2.0
Storage Type
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • No microSD card slot
  • 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 128GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 256GB (UFS 3.1)
  • 256GB internal storage
Battery
  • 4,700mAh
  • 80W FlashCharge
  • 50W Wireless FlashCharge
  • 5,000mAh
  • 45W Super Fast Charging
  • 15W Wireless Fast Charging
  • Wireless PowerShare
  • 5,000mAh
  • 80W wired fast-charging (SuperVOOC)
  • 50W wireless fast-charging (AirVOOC)
  • 5.003mAh
  • 30W wired fast-charging (PD 3.0)
  • 23W wireless fast-charging (Qi-certified)
  • 5,000mAh
  • 80W wired fast-charging (SuperVOOC)
  • 50W wireless fast-charging (AirVOOC)
  • 4,500mAh
  • 44W FlashCharge
Dimensions
  • 164.6 x 75.3 x 9.1mm
  • 77.9 x 163.3 x 8.9mm
  • 163.7 x 73.9 x 8.5mm
  • 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm
  • 163 x 73.9 x 8.55mm
  • 158.3 x 73.21 x 8mm
Weight
  • 219g
  • 229g
  • 218g
  • 210g
  • 201g
  • 183g

JetStream 2.0

JetStream 2 is a combination of a variety of JavaScript and Web Assembly benchmarks, including benchmarks that came before like SunSpider and Octane. It primarily tests for a system’s and browser’s ability to deliver a good web experience. It runs a total of 64 subtests, each weighted equally, with multiple iterations, and takes the geometric mean to compute the overall score. The higher the score, the better.

 

Geekbench 5

Geekbench CPU is a cross-platform processor benchmark that tests both single-core and multi-core performance with workloads that simulate real-world usage. Geekbench 5 scores are calibrated against a baseline score of 1000, which is the score of an Intel Core i3-8100. The higher the score, the better.

 

3DMark Wild Life (Unlimited)

3DMark Wild Life is a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android and Apple iOS for measuring GPU performance. Its graphics test consists of multiple scenes with variations in the amount of geometry, lights and post-processing effects, mirroring mobile games that are based on short bursts of intense activity. Wild Life uses the Vulkan graphics API on Windows PCs and Android devices. On iOS devices, it uses Metal.

In Unlimited mode, the benchmark runs offscreen using a fixed time step between frames. Unlimited mode renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device, regardless of resolution scaling. The higher the score, the better.

 

PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 and Storage 2.0

PCMark for Android is a benchmark for testing the performance of Android phones and tablets. The Work 3.0 test checks how the device handles common productivity tasks such as browsing the web, editing videos, working with documents and data, and editing photos. Storage 2.0 checks write-in and read-out performance for internal storage, external storage (if applicable), and SQLite database management. Together, the benchmarks can clue us in on how capable a phone handles everyday use. Work 3.0 scores are above, while Storage 2.0 scores are immediately below for each device - the higher the score, the better.

 

Benchmark Performance remarks

While the Vivo X80 Pro is undoubtedly powerful thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (SD8G1) within, we noticed that the scores tended to be lower than the ones found on other SD8G1-equipped Android smartphones. In our test runs, we also noticed severe performance throttling and aggressive heat management on-device, which likely also affected the synthetic numbers. The X80 Pro took great effort to ensure the phone was never too warm to the touch, regardless of the app or tests conducted.

The good news is that in real-world use, it’s not much different from other SD8G1 alternatives, although the performance gap becomes clearer with heavy, intense-use apps (like recording a video, editing, or mobile gaming on graphically intense games).

 

Battery Life

Our standard battery test for mobile phones has the following parameters:

  • Looping a 720p video with screen brightness and volume at 100%
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity turned on
  • Constant data streaming through email

Vivo X80 Pro comes loaded with 4,700mAh battery, increasing from X60 Pro's 4,200mAh and X70 Pro's 4,500mAh. It didn't last as long as the X70 Pro, but clocking in 920 minutes (15 hours 20 minutes) is still really good among other SD8G1 alternatives. We suspect that the aggressive throttling and heat management (see Benchmark Performance remarks above) are the main factors to the Vivo X80 Pro’s excellent battery life. 

It took 113 minutes (1 hour 53 minutes) to get a full charge from 0% with a third-party 40W charging adapter. Why didn't we try with Vivo's very own charger? That's because the brand consistently clocks in ultra-fast charging with its own adapter, to a point where it wasn't really necessary to revisit Vivo's charging expertise. It even comes with 50W wireless charging capability, which is compatible with the free 50W wireless charging dock Vivo typically throws in as a freebie for their purchases.

Unlike most flagship alternatives these days, the Vivo X80 Pro still comes with an 80W Vivo FlashCharge charging adapter in the box. It makes the hefty price tag easier to swallow, and yet it still tries to be environmentally friendlier with an all-cardboard box packaging. Other brands should understand this: you can still be kind to our planet without sucker-punching your customers by leaving out a fast-charging adapter. A sticker price reduction for omission is also acceptable in our books, but that never translates into reality. In this regard, we're quite liking Vivo's complete out-of-the-box experience.

 

Should you get the Vivo X80 Pro?

Seeing the Vivo X series model committing to a massive price jump (from X60 Pro and X70 Pro’s S$1,199 to X80 Pro’s S$1,699) might put some buyers off, but that’s only if you have a budget to stick to, or don’t really care for specifications.

Both its hardware and user experience are actually in line with its asking price. It’s very much a premium flagship product like your Oppo Find X5 Pro, with perks like a great display, impressive battery uptime (plus juicing up extremely fast) and wonderful imaging capabilities that eclipse many rivals.

As an Android phone with 5G network support, we’d recommend the Vivo X80 Pro to people who don’t mind its user interface and design. That’s because it fulfils the core expectations out of a premium flagship phone with decent customisation options to make its UI and handling more bearable. It doesn't look like a flagship mobile, but it sure feels like one in hand.

The X80 Pro could be ideal for an Android user who likes a responsive device with little to complain about its screen, photography chops, and battery life. Above all, in our books, the X80 Pro is an extremely competitive shooter for photos and video coming ahead of many other flagship phones we've compared. If you're a supporter of Android phones and simply want the best camera phone shooter, Vivo's X80 Pro is an easy recommendation. It's also a complete gift option because the phone comes with a super speedy charger in the box. Just remember to get a nicer-looking phone casing to accompany the phone.

Of course, the likelihood of the X80 Pro being your ideal smartphone would diminish if your needs are niche or extreme (no frame drops while playing Genshin Impact or Tower of Fantasy, having it as a productivity/work phone, wanting the cleanest Android experience possible, wanting a smaller phone, etc.). Beyond that, it’s mostly a good device once you've given its settings section a once-over. 

That said, S$1,699 is still highly priced, even for its premium classification. Among Android 5G handsets, it's also barely cheaper than the Samsung S22 Ultra while being more expensive than many other options. For this reason, we had to mark down its value proposition. Fortunately, Vivo does make an effort to run regular promotions and campaigns to help make the X80 Pro more palatable.

If you're ready to pick up a Vivo X80 Pro, it is officially available via our major telcos (M1, StarHub), the Vivo official store on Lazada and Shopee, Vivo's Concept Store at Bugis Junction and Causeway Point, and other consumer electronic store partners (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, and Harvey Norman).

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8.0
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 9
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Great display and real estate
Premium feel and quality in hand
Excellent imaging prowess
Built-in gimbal for video stabilization
Good battery life
Speedy charging with suitable power adapter supplied
The Bad
Excessively big camera hump that hinders handling
Significant price change over older Pro models
Slightly lower benchmark performance than equals
Room for UI to improve on consistency and appearance
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