Vivo X80 Professional Smartphone Evaluation: Modest, Incremental Enhancements

Vivo X80 Professional Smartphone Evaluation: Modest, Incremental Enhancements

Vivo X80 Professional Smartphone Evaluation: Modest, Incremental Enhancements

Vivo is again once more with yet one more flagship telephone attempting to push cell pictures to new ranges, though it might be too quickly to know for positive if the X80 Professional will ever try this.

The X80 Professional comes mainly six months after the earlier 70 Professional+, and solely roughly 12 months after the X60 Professional+. At this fee, Vivo’s product cycle will see two flagships come out each calendar 12 months. That’s nice for the corporate’s personal publicity, however makes newer options additionally really feel a bit too incremental.

Vivo has already staked an actual declare to being among the best within the enterprise at cell pictures. As I’ve definitely famous in my critiques, its telephones include critical skills, and a slew of options and customizations any photog may respect. Besides the model remains to be largely unknown within the West, so not everybody on this facet of the world is aware of that but. It’s constructing a powerful following in China and India, and is prone to department out additional as others take discover.

The X80 Professional could or is probably not the telephone that helps the trigger. Vivo’s partnership with Zeiss continues right here, setting the stage for what could come as the 2 attempt to make magic collectively.

Design and Construct

Not like the evolution from the X60 to the X70, the transfer to the X80 doesn’t include any dramatic change in design philosophy. The 6.78-inch AMOLED is identical, with the identical decision (3,200 x 1,440), identical refresh fee (120Hz), identical peak brightness (1,500 nits), identical curved edges, and identical pinhole entrance digicam location.

From the entrance, sides, and backside, it appears similar to the X70 Professional+. Buttons are in the identical spots, as are the ports, speaker, and microphone. The place issues begin to differ is within the rear. The digicam module is roughly the identical measurement, solely it appears completely completely different with a round array and a wider mirrored bump that’s truly helpful for selfies with the rear cameras. The matte end masking the remainder of the again panel is in any other case the identical because the X70 Professional+. To not point out wi-fi charging can also be included right here, because it was final time.

The parts beneath get a predictable improve, as Vivo is the newest to herald Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. My assessment unit had 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although different variants include 8GB of RAM or 512GB of storage. As earlier than, there isn’t any reminiscence card slot, so the onboard storage does matter. Different issues, just like the Prolonged RAM function come into play right here, taking 4GB of idle storage and treating it as reminiscence to spice up the system when crucial.

It’s a 5G telephone, however not as a lot in North America as a result of it has restricted help for 5G bands that work right here. You gained’t run into any points with 4G LTE, and you’ll definitely journey to varied nations utilizing it with out problem.

Digicam Options

Zeiss’s presence is meant to edge additional ahead right here, the place we must always start seeing the fruits of its collaboration with Vivo. Earlier components keep on, together with the Zeiss T* Coating masking the rear digicam array and elective Zeiss Coloration when capturing with the Photograph mode.

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The digicam array strains up carefully with the X70 Professional+, beginning with the 50-megapixel fundamental digicam (23mm equal) that goes with a barely completely different Samsung ISOCELL GNV sensor. It’s the identical measurement (1/1.3-inch), although reportedly a custom-made sensor for Vivo that mixes each dual-pixel autofocus and four-in-one pixel binning to quicken focusing in low-light situations. Because it’s simply an offshoot of Samsung’s GN1 sensor within the X70 Professional+, you may nonetheless shoot 100-megapixel pictures in Excessive Decision mode.

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The 48-megapixel ultra-wide digicam (14mm equal) makes use of the identical Sony IMX598 sensor and 114-degree discipline of view going again to the X60 Professional+. Maybe controversially, relying on the way you have a look at it, Vivo selected to take away the gimbal stabilization utilizing the corporate’s personal 360-degree Horizon Leveling Stabilization expertise for steadier stills and video. As an alternative, it moved it to the telephoto lens.

Consistent with the theme right here, it’s the identical 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 sensor with 2x optical zoom (50mm equal) and f/1.6 aperture. That is the digicam that performs an even bigger function with portraits, and is Vivo appears to assume that gimbal stabilization will make these portrait pictures look higher, together with in low-light situations.

The 8-megapixel periscope telephoto with 5x optical zoom (125mm equal) can also be precisely the identical because it was in each the X60 Professional+ and X70 Professional+. The 32-megapixel front-facing digicam can also be the identical.

Vivo believes seen adjustments might be extra evident by the use of its up to date V1+ Imaging Chip. It provides the picture sign processor a lift, which the corporate quantifies by claiming photographs will come out 16% brighter and with 12% improved white stability for low-light pictures. Certainly, it factors out that some parts of a picture could possibly be 350% brighter with much less noise and extra vibrant colours.

Software program Options

This can be a robust one to quantify. Vivo’s digicam app and format is actually the identical, save for a few new modes referred to as Twin View and AI Group Portrait. In Professional mode, Vivo added an “APC” setting that permits you to change the angle of something you shoot in actual time. It’s supposed that can assist you right the optical “lean” when capturing one thing from varied angles.

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Look via the settings and you will note it added a “Take away moles” toggle that, when enabled, will take out any moles it sees on folks whereas utilizing Magnificence mode.

One tweak that made sense was to place extra settings nearer to the precise interface. Faucet the top-right settings button, and you’ll alter the side ratio, timer, in addition to activate framing strains, stage, stabilization, watermark, results, and change between auto and handbook focus.

The X80 Professional runs on Android 12 and Vivo’s Funtouch 12, which feels similar to the earlier construct.

Picture High quality

Important Digicam

I’m unsure I seen a major distinction in output from this telephone in comparison with its predecessor. Not that I anticipated one, given how comparable the 2 units are, however I attempted to seek out no matter nuances that struck out at me.

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Not surprisingly, the primary digicam is greater than able to capturing very good pictures. I did should dial down the publicity typically, and it’s true that photographs will look brighter throughout the board, not simply in low-light settings. Zeiss’s colour mode provides a hotter tone, however I’m unsure what else it actually brings to the desk, aside from perhaps extra muted colours. HDR is just about the identical.

Photographs are vibrant, with good element, although Vivo nonetheless must work on the dynamic vary in excessive distinction conditions. That’s the place the publicity slider can assist, so in harder situations, I’d strive Professional mode as a substitute. With darkish or low-light pictures, Night time mode wasn’t at all times crucial, however there have been events the place an extended publicity made for a greater shot try.

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The principle digicam defaults to a binned 12.5-megapixel output, which is good in the event you’re capturing in various lighting situations. The complete Excessive Decision mode is okay, however once more, I didn’t see a dramatic distinction in output.

This telephone does choose up extra noise in darker areas than its predecessor did. I seen this in varied modes, together with Professional and Night time, and am unsure why. Someplace within the software program computation, the elevated brightness presumably comes with that form of trade-off. It is probably not as noticeable when sharing photographs with others on telephones, however when you have a look at them on bigger tablets or computer systems, these artifacts turn out to be a lot simpler to see.


Vivo eliminated the gimbal stabilization from this lens, although it by no means utilized to nonetheless photographs within the first place. I didn’t catch any actual change in output right here, so outcomes will nonetheless be good, simply not all that a lot better than earlier than. Vivo does have some work to do to determine how you can take away distortion and gooey pixels alongside the sides.

Vivo X80 Pro

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RAW, captured with the Extremely-Vast and edited in Lightroom

The ultra-wide additionally doubles because the Tremendous Macro mode, and once you get it proper, the outcomes look wonderful. Whenever you don’t, the visible proof will make that apparent. You may get actually near a topic, however you can also’t management how a lot the software program sharpens it, forcing you to strive modifying softer edges or tones in publish afterward.

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Tremendous Macro

Telephoto and Hybrid Zoom

Gimbal stabilization does have some constructive results on capturing with the telephoto lens, and that features low-light situations. These pictures gained’t be as sharp, however there’s little doubt Vivo produces excellent ones in comparison with rivals when staying throughout the telephone’s restricted optical vary. Low-light pictures are a bit higher this time, which is a pleasant perk to see, however there’s a caveat.

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That caveat occurs as soon as you progress past the optical vary. Hybrid zoom shouldn’t be good, falling proper off a cliff once you transcend the periscope lens’ limits. The 60x zoom is objectively terrible, and even at 15x in brilliant daylight, pixelation is difficult to cover.

Portrait Mode

It’s simpler to seize a portrait shot in various situations this time round, although the enhancements are extremely incremental; there was an even bigger bounce between the X60 and X70. It’s good to have the ability to change the f-stop both earlier than or after taking the shot, and Zeiss’ 5 portrait results are at all times accessible below the Type part if you wish to experiment with these.

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Professional Mode

The important thing with Professional mode is to know how a few of the supporting options work. It’s good to to be able to offset a few of Vivo’s personal excesses. For instance, you may strive SuperRAW to shoot in 14-bit and fend off noise with as much as 10 RAW photographs bracketed collectively for the very best output. An everyday RAW shot will bracket three, 5, or seven collectively once you flip that setting on throughout the interface.

Vivo X80 Pro
Professional Mode RAW, Edited in Lightroom

That is the mode that may both really impress or disappoint, and the road is skinny between them in sure circumstances. Night time or low-light capturing is one in all them, and fraught with potential downsides. Get it proper, and the outcomes can end up unbelievable, producing photographs that mop the ground with the iPhone 13 Professional or Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely.

Night time

I’ve already touched on Night time mode, which is barely higher within the X80 Professional, however there’s no leap ahead right here. You’re going to get good pictures, particularly when you’ve got some gentle sources serving to so as to add some depth to a picture, and it’s reliable once you use it with a tripod. I would love extra management over the size of the publicity (it’s automated), however other than that, I count on larger steps in future units.

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The Type sub-section that Night time shares with the Lengthy Publicity mode is cool and value enjoying round with. It could even be a good suggestion to maneuver Lengthy Publicity subsequent to Night time throughout the interface to make it simpler to entry once you want it.

Particular Modes

Lengthy Publicity remains to be my favourite of the particular modes, and I’m hoping Vivo expands on it a bit extra with further results going ahead. The X80 Professional doesn’t provide any new ones, however every little thing throughout the mode works because it has earlier than.

Professional Sports activities wants work. It takes time to learn to maintain a topic sharp, and Movement Autofocus is vital to that, which yow will discover within the digicam app’s settings. Resolve between auto or handbook focus for what works finest. This mode differs from the Sports activities Pan function Vivo squeezed into the Portrait mode, a transparent copy of Google’s Motion Pan, solely much more limiting as a result of it solely works on human beings, not animals or objects.

Video Options

This assessment focuses on the X80 Professional’s nonetheless photograph efficiency, however I did check out some video. The telephone shoots with the identical decision choices its predecessor did, so don’t count on any main shifts in that regard.

One cool factor is the change in fashion and filtering. Zeiss’s Cinematic tone is an choice to shoot in 2:39:1 with bokeh results besides. I’d’ve preferred to have the ability to shoot in 4K at 24fps in that mode, however outcomes are nonetheless good at 30fps or 60fps. With film LUTs and filters accessible, there’s loads of room for creativity capturing this manner.

Taking a Child Step Ahead

The Vivo X80 Professional is to Vivo what an “S” gadget is to Apple iPhones. It brings modest enhancements in some areas, however in any other case retains a overwhelming majority of the construct and software program options. The digicam arsenal the corporate established in its previous two flagship predecessors stays intact, edging the needle a tad ahead, although not providing any dramatic leaps to wow anybody who is aware of what Vivo can do.

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“Skilled Images”

Is it among the best digicam telephones accessible? Certain it’s. I’m simply unsure Vivo wanted to launch it solely months faraway from its predecessor. The corporate is mum on when or if an X80 Professional+ will come this 12 months. Odds are good it can, and if it does, it can make this telephone really feel like extra of a momentary replace relatively than any type of improve. I can perceive if somebody is shifting up from a distinct telephone, or from an X60, however this gadget’s similarities to the X70 are obviously apparent all through.

Are There Alternate options?

Vivo’s X70 Professional+ is a really worthy different as a result of you’ll get a lot of the identical output and efficiency with it. The Xiaomi 12 Professional took a really comparable strategy, bettering output incrementally in comparison with earlier fashions, and its night time and low-light capturing may be very aggressive.

Samsung did the identical with the Galaxy S22 Extremely, which continues to drop in value because the months go on. In the event you choose to remain inside iOS, the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max are nonetheless the perfect Apple can provide proper now.

Ought to You Purchase It?

No, not if you have already got the Vivo X70 Professional or Professional+. There isn’t sufficient right here to warrant that form of improve. Even in the event you do have a distinct telephone and wish to check out a Vivo gadget, it’s possible you’ll be higher off holding off till it turns into clearer what the corporate goes to do earlier than this 12 months’s out.