The X80 and the X80 Pro (Review) are the latest additions to Vivo’s camera-centric flagship X series. We have already reviewed the Vivo X80 Pro, and today, we’ll focus on the X80. It’s important to understand that Vivo has changed its naming convention for its latest X series. The X80 replaces the X70 Pro from last year and not the X70; in the same way, the new X80 Pro replaced the X70 Pro+.
The Vivo X80 packs promising hardware, such as the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC, a triple camera setup with Zeiss, and a decently large battery supporting 80W fast charging. Does the Vivo X80 justify the premium it commands? I put it to the test to find out.
Vivo X80 price in India
Vivo offers this smartphone in two colors, Cosmic Black and Urban Blue. The Vivo X80 starts at Rs. 54,999 for the base variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which I received for this review. The other variant is priced at Rs 59,999 and has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Vivo X80 design
The Vivo X80 is well-designed and features all the elements you would expect from a flagship smartphone. It has a big display with curved edges on either side that will grab anyone’s attention. It reminded me of older Samsung flagship smartphones that had similarly designed productions. The frame of the X80 is made of metal, giving it a premium look and feel. It has the power and volume buttons on the right, also made of metal. These buttons provide a solid feel and clicky feedback when pressed.
Vivo is serious about its cameras on the X80.
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The camera module at the back is huge and occupies over one-third of the rear panel. It also protrudes slightly, but since it covers nearly the entire phone width, it doesn’t cause it to rock about when placed on a flat surface. This module has three camera sensors, laser autofocus hardware, and a dual-LED flash.
The back panel of the X80 is made from glass, and Vivo has given it a matte finish on the Urban Blue variant. This finish helps the phone resist fingerprints easily. This color is unique and striking to look at, and it helps the phone stand out from the competition. If you don’t prefer bold colors, there’s a Cosmic Black option. Vivo also bundles a case in the box with a faux-leather finish.
The Vivo X80 is a big smartphone and tips the scale at 206g. This weight is noticeable when using the phone single-handedly. Thankfully, the weight is well-balanced, so it doesn’t cause much fatigue.
Vivo X80 specifications and software
The Vivo X80 features a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The display uses Schott’s Xensation Up glass for scratch protection and houses an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Vivo X80 is the first smartphone in India to feature the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC. This 4nm SoC has an octa-core design with a single ARM Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.2GHz, three Cortex-A710 performance cores clocked at 2.85GHz, and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The X80 also features Vivo’s V1+ imaging chip. Vivo says it has added a large vapor cooling chamber to help keep temperatures in check. Both variants allow you to use up to 4GB of storage as virtual RAM.
The Vivo X80 houses a 4,500mAh battery and supports 80W fast charging. Vivo also bundles the charger in the box. The X80 supports Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6, nine 5G bands, dual-4G VoLTE, and NFC. It has support for six satellite navigation systems, including NavIC. The Vivo X80 has an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance but does not support wireless charging.
The Vivo X80 runs Funtouch OS 12 on top of Android 12
Vivo ships the X80 with Funtouch OS 12, based on Android 12. My unit was running the May 2022 Android security patch, which was acceptable. Funtouch OS 12 has multiple customization options, including custom themes. I found the UI to be quite easy to use. However, the Vivo X80 has many preinstalled bloatware apps, which I didn’t like. You can uninstall most of these apps immediately to reclaim additional storage space. Vivo’s apps, such as the browser, annoyed me quite a bit as they pushed plenty of spammy notifications throughout the day.
For gamers, Funtouch OS 12 features an Ultra Game mode which can be easily accessed within any game through the sidebar. It has a frame interpolation feature which helps increase the frame rate while gaming. The ‘Eagle Eye View’ enhancement feature claims to perform local tone mapping to boost the visual experience while gaming. It also has an ‘Esports’ mode that disables UI gestures, blocks notifications, and prioritizes the CPU for gaming. Vivo has also committed to offering three generations of Android OS updates and three years of security updates for the X80.
Vivo X80 performance and battery life
The Vivo X80 checks all the boxes for a modern flagship smartphone. It has a punchy AMOLED display with good viewing angles. The display got bright enough when outdoors and was visible even under direct sunlight. The stereo speakers on the phone did add to the overall experience, though they didn’t sound very balanced. I found the bottom-firing speaker to be louder than the earpiece.
The Vivo X80 is capable of handling heavy games very well.
The phone offered good performance with daily use, and I never had to wait too long for apps to load. My 8GB Vivo X80 had the RAM extension feature enabled by default and was set to use 4GB of storage. I had no issues multitasking between multiple apps; many would remain in memory in the background. If you are a heavy user, the Vivo X80 should be able to keep up with your demands.
The in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X80 never failed to authenticate my finger even once and was very accurate. Vivo does allow you to customize fingerprint animations, which is a nice touch. The face recognition feature also worked without any issues.
I put the Vivo X80 through a few synthetic benchmarks to see how the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC performs. In AnTuTu, the Vivo X80 managed 983,481 points which were on par with scores from the Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review) and the iQoo 9 Pro (Review), that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC powers. In Geekbench 5, the Vivo X80 managed 1,250 points and 4,190 points in the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. It also scored well in graphics benchmarks, managing 71fps in GFXBench’s Car Chase test.
Vivo has partnered with Zeiss for the cameras on the X80
I played Call of Duty: Mobile on the Vivo X80, and the game ran well without any stutter at the ‘Very High’ graphics and ‘High’ frame rate setting. I played the game for about 20 minutes, resulting in an eight percent drop in battery level. The phone wasn’t warm to the touch after the gaming session, which means the cooling system did its job well.
Along with great performance, the Vivo X80 also offers good battery life. The phone lasted for about a day and a half with my usage, which typically included a mix of using social apps, some gaming, and a bit of camera use. In our HD video loop test, it managed to run for 15 hours and 42 minutes, which was fairly good. The supplied 80W SuperVOOC charger is big but not as bulky as the 120W charger Xiaomi bundles with the Mi 11i HyperCharge (Review). Using the bundled charger, I charged the phone up to 80 percent in half an hour; another ten more minutes was enough to carefully.
Vivo X80 cameras
The Vivo X-series phones are known for their camera performance, and the X80 has a lot of expectations riding on its shoulders. Vivo has equipped the X80 with a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 12-megapixel portrait camera with 2X optical zoom, and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The Vivo X80 Pro’s portrait camera lacks the gimbal stabilization system.
The Vivo X80’s camera app features the Zeiss Portrait styles and Zeiss Cinematic Video Bokeh modes that simulate an anamorphic lens style in the output. Vivo has also added a Zeiss T* coating on the camera lenses to help reduce ghosting and lens flares. For selfies, the Vivo X80 uses a 32-megapixel front camera.
The camera app is well laid out and easy to use. Switching between the different shooting modes and cameras is very easy. The Vivo X80 also has a toggle for Zeiss Natural color rendering, which changes the color profile of the output. I noticed that Vivo had the X80 watermark enabled by default, but you can disable it if needed.
Daylight camera performance was very good, and the photos had good dynamic range. Objects at a distance in landscape shots were recognizable and had adequate detail. The colors looked slightly punchy by default, but with the Zeiss Natural Colour enabled; the output was closer to the actual scene. The ultra-wide camera offered a wider field of view but had a slightly warmer color tone. Photos did not appear too distorted around the edges of the frame, but the output did not have the same quality as the primary camera.
Close-up shots were crisp, and the phone managed a pleasing natural bokeh effect for the background. Photos taken with Portrait mode had good edge detection. This mode offers multiple options to customize the output, including a few portrait styles from Zeiss. The Vivo X80 automatically switches to the ultra-wide-angle camera for macros when the phone is close enough to a subject. Macro shots were detailed thanks to the 12-megapixel resolution.
The Vivo X80 did surprise me with its low-light camera performance. It quickly gauged the scene and set the camera up for a low-light shot. It took about three seconds to capture the image, but it managed the details well. Objects at a distance in landscape shots were also recognizable. The camera app suggests switching to Night mode if the scene is dark. I found it could handle sets with street lighting quite well, and switching to Night mode only showed minor improvement in the shadows.
The Vivo X80 managed good quality photos using the screen flash in low light. By default, selfies from the Vivo X80 were captured at the full 32-megapixel resolution. Regular selfies and those taken with Portrait mode were quite detailed.
Video recording on the Vivo X80 maxes out at 4K on the primary camera and 1080p on the selfie camera, although I wish there were a 4K recording option on the front camera too. Videos shot in daylight ad low lower weresstabstabilized, and I only noticed minimal jitter in low-light videos when walking around. Vivo also offers a ‘Horizontal Line’ stabilization feature which managed to lock the horizon’s position even after rotating the phone by 90 degrees. However, footage recording in this mode is restricted to 1080p resolution.
If you are looking for a flagship Android smartphone but don’t wish to splurge, then the Vivo X80 might be exactly what you need. It’s a little pricier than the X70 Pro, but its improvements justify the premium. The X80 provides a good combination of strong performance, good battery life, fast charging, and capable cameras — all in a single package. The MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC is powerful and should keep power users happy. I feel Vivo could improve software, as Funtouch OS 12 could do with fewer preinstalled apps and less notification spam, which should enhance the user experience.
I recommend buying the base variant of the Vivo X80, priced at Rs. 54,999, since it provides significantly better value than the higher variant. Those looking for alternatives can check out the Realme GT 2 Pro (Review) or the Motorola Edge 30 Pro (Review), which provide comparable performance at slightly lower prices.