vivo X80 Pro with 3D ultrasound fingerprint scanner & Zeiss camera introduced

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Vivo presented their new flagship smartphone, the vivo X80 Pro, globally with a big launch event in Berlin. The Zeiss cooperation is again at the start, but also a large fingerprint scanner for two fingers. The breakthrough for vivo?

Technical specifications of the vivo X80 Pro

vivo X80 Pro
Display6,78″ Curved E5 AMOLED, 120Hz LTPO, 3200 x 1440 Pixel, 518 PPI
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1 Octa Core @ 2,84 + 2,5 + 1,80 GHz
Graphics chipQualcomm Adreno 730
Working memory (RAM)12 GB LPDDR5
Mass storage256 GB UFS 3.1
Camera50 MP main camera Samsung GNV ƒ/1.57 aperture

48 MP wide-angle camera Sony IMX598 ƒ/2.2 aperture

12 MP portrait camera Sony IMX663 ƒ/1.85 aperture

Front camera32 MP
Battery4.700 mAh, 80 Watt with Cabel, 50 Watt wireless,
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5 & 6 (ac/ax), BT 5.2, aptX HD, NFC, Dual GPS/Galileo, GLONASS/ BDS, 5G
FeaturesIn-Display 3D Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Stereo Speaker, USB-C 3.1, IP68 Certified
Operating systemAndroid 12 with Funtouch OS 12
ColorsCosmic Black
Dimensions / Weight165,57 x 75,30 x 9,10 mm / 219 g

Top processor from Snapdragon

As befits a flagship, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is installed here, which can access 12 GB of LPDDR5 working memory and 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. In China, there is another version of the X80 Pro that uses the Dimensity 9000.

On the front, we have a 6.78 AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3200 x 1400 pixels (WQHD+). The 120 Hz refresh rate, which can be downclocked via LTPO to save energy, is also not missing. The first impression of the screen is good; it is very bright, sharp and colorful.

Wide fingerprint scanner with useful additional features

A small highlight on the front is the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. It takes much less time to register a fingerprint and stretches wider over the display. I have never really been bothered by the time it takes to register a fingerprint, since we do not usually change them that often. However, the enlargement of the sensor area is practical, which allows registering two fingerprints at the same time or assigning quick functions.

The first option of using two fingerprints feels more like a gimmick to me; I think most people are happy with one. However, the quick functions are a clever idea; you can place your fingerprint on one of the app icons instead of the regular area and thus directly access the app. This was similar to OnePlus before, where you could start an app by dragging it after unlocking it, but it is much easier now. You can select a maximum of two apps, but you are free to choose.

Zeiss camera for almost every situation

However, the camera is most important for vivo. Here you have four sensors on the back. Once for the main camera, a 50MP Samsung GNV sensor with a size of 1/31″ and a ƒ/1.57 aperture.

The wide-angle camera is handled by a 48 MP Sony IMX598 with a ƒ/2.2 aperture, giving you a 114° wide angle. There is also a 12 MP Sony IMX663 sensor for the portrait camera with a ƒ/1.85 aperture.

Last but not least, there is also a zoom camera with an 8MP Hynix HI-847 sensor, a ƒ/3.4 aperture and up to 5x optical zoom. In total, you can zoom up to 60x. On the front, there is a 32MP camera with a Samsung S5KGD2 sensor and a ƒ/2.45 aperture.

Together with Zeiss, they have developed several camera modes that enable different types of bokeh, but also a video mode that is supposed to look particularly cinematic. In the first impression, the stabilization was again quite good and the picture remains stable even during an airplane takeoff.

A Aircraft Launch filmed by the vivo X80 Pro

Fast charging with 80W FlashCharge

There is a 4700 mAh battery in the casing for power supply. The Vivo X80 Pro can be charged via cable as well as wireless. You get 80W with vivos FlashCharge via the cable and 50W wireless. Of course, you need a FlashCharge-compatible device for both charging speeds.

Besides Android 12, the device runs the Funtouch OS 12 interface. vivo promises three years of Android software updates and security updates as an update promise.

Assessment: In the fight with the top competition

A flagship smartphone with a bulging spec sheet always has a high price tag in the end. This puts it among the top models from Samsung, Apple, Oppo and co. The main feature with which they try to distinguish themselves is the camera. It might work with gimbal stabilization and various Zeiss optimizations, but it has to be proven in practice. But even small things like a bigger fingerprint sensor is a small step, but others will surely copy it.

At the same time, there are already reports about a vivo X80 Pro+ with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. It is supposed to be ready globally in fall, which means that current buyers will have to ask themselves whether they should wait. However, it will certainly not be cheaper.

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