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Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Optics focused

Vivo X80 Pro 5G review: Optics focused

Vivo X80 Pro

The Vivo X80 Pro 5G is probably the best phone from Vivo yet in terms of hardware. I like the gorgeous display, build, and the great photos it takes. With its more powerful hardware including wireless charging, it's a great upgrade over the already capable Vivo X70 Pro. But it's just too early to upgrade if you already have the X70.

Quick specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12GB RAM/256GB storage
  • Cameras: 50MP primary (f1.57), 48MP ultra-wide (f2.2), 12MP telephoto 2x zoom (f1.85), 8MP periscope 5x zoom (f3.4), 32MP front
  • 4,700mAh battery, 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging

Like the X70 Pro, the X80 has a camera bump on the back. However, it's a heck lot bigger. In fact, it takes up an entire one-third of the rear. But you get a quad-camera setup, a 50MP f1.6 wide, an 8MP periscope telephoto with 5x optical zoom, a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and a 48MP ultra-wide. While it can go up to 50x digital zoom, the image quality is frankly quite terrible at this setting. Night shots are great with lots of detail. There are also special Zeiss-inspired filters for portrait shots, which are fun, but not really that useful unless you're always shooting with a background with plenty of lights.

Vivo X80 Pro
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The phone's FunTouch 12 OS is Vivo's take on Android 12. It's simple, and easy to use. It does come with some pre-installed apps such as TikTok, Shopee, and Lazada, but you can easily ignore them. There are some custom widgets, too. Other key specs include a 6.78-inch AMOLED 120Hz display and a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. Gaming performance is great, though the giant rear camera module means that you have to adjust your grip for MOBA games.

Vivo X80 Pro
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The Vivo X80 lives up to its Pro moniker this time around, and comes with 50W wireless charging. However, you will need to get Vivo's official charger to reach such speeds. Otherwise, the phone's 80W fast charging will get the phone juiced up to 74% in just 30 minutes. Battery life is good, too, with a 13hr 32min uptime in the video battery test. You'll easily get a full day use out of a single charge.

At S$1,699, the Vivo X80 Pro 5G easily lives up to its flagship status and specs. But it's certainly a lot more expensive than you'd expect from Vivo's usual mid-range offerings. However, the features do justify the price, though I believe most people will give the X80 a miss at this price, and get a Samsung Galaxy phone instead. It's available on Shopee and Lazada.

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