Vivo X80 first impressions: The perfect premium all-rounder!

Vivo did not launch the X70 model in India last year. Now, in 2022, the company has introduced X80. The phone was launched with Vivo X80 Pro. Lots of exciting features and hardware have been used in this which makes this phone stand out in the sub-Rs 60 lakh segment. Talking about the position in the series, the Vivo X80 smartphone is the successor to the X70. The X80 may be missing some features from its predecessor, the X70 Pro, such as a periscope telephoto camera, but its starting price of Rs 54,999 and a host of upgrades make it a solid all-rounder.

A special headline of this is made from the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC with which the phone debuted in India. It is based on 4nm technology and is clocked at 3.05GHz. This is a huge upgrade and makes it very powerful in the flagship smartphones of this segment of 2022.

Vivo X80 has been launched in two variants. The base model has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and costs Rs 54,999. The second variant has 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage and costs Rs 59,999.

Vivo has installed the new V1+ image processor that supports processor intensive tasks like capturing photos in night mode, speeding up frames during gameplay, etc. The company says that this smartphone has the largest single-chamber vapor cooling system, which is not available on any other smartphone in India. On paper, this phone is a top-notch experience device and I’ll prove these claims by the company in its full review. After using the phone for a while, I can say that its cooling system works as the camera app did not close even after the body of the phone got hot during video recording.


In terms of design, it’s similar to the X70 Pro+ that arrived last year. In fact, the only difference between the two new smartphones is that the periscope camera is missing from the X80 and X80 Pro. Everything else is the same and appears in the same place. The company rated the phone IP53, which is not commonly seen on phones in this segment.

The phone has an aluminum alloy frame sandwiched between two layers of glass. The sides of the phone are curved. The rear panel has AG fluorite glass and has a matte finish, which does not allow fingerprints to fall off easily. My unit was finished in Urban Blue, which looks fresh and different. The overall finish of the phone feels very premium and even after weighing 206 grams, it doesn’t feel that heavy.


The Vivo X80 has a 6.78-inch E5 AMOLED display, but it doesn’t come with the LTPO technology offered in the slightly more expensive X80 Pro. The resolution is FullHD Plus and the maximum refresh rate is 120Hz. Its maximum touch sampling rate is 240 Hz. I played Call of Duty: Mobile on it, the game ran smoothly. For gaming, I’ll keep testing their new chipset. The screen has Schott’s Xensation Up protection, which is similar to a fingerprint magnet in early use. The phone has dual stereo speakers that were missing from the X70 Pro.

Speaking of its camera, Sony’s new 50-megapixel IMX866 sensor has been included in the phone. It has RGBW pixel arrangement and optical image stabilization is also available. Vivo says it comes with better light sensitivity for low-light photos and videos. I’ll test it in the full phone review. The X80 has a 12-megapixel portrait camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. OIS is not available on either of these two.

Like the Vivo X80 Pro, the X80 features Vivo’s new Zeiss-branded Video Styles feature. Through this, you can shoot videos in a cinematic 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The camera’s panning style for photos is also a new feature. With this you can add motion blur to the background of the photo.


The phone comes with a 32-megapixel selfie camera. It has also been given a cinematic style feature, so that the photo can be taken at a wider angle. My initial impressions say that your camera system has a lot of potential. Detail and dynamic range are quite good. I miss the telephoto camera for portrait shots. Details were less in digital zoom, but I’ll save the last comment for a full review.

The Vivo X80 houses a 4500 mAh battery that charges very fast with the included 80W charger. There’s no wireless charging, which is a huge omission, as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G as well. Even this feature has been included in the Apple iPhone SE (2022), which is also priced lower.

The company says it will provide three updates to the Android operating system for the phone and also security updates over three years. it’s a great thing. The phone runs on Funtouch OS 12, which is based on Android 12. The software works fine, but it also includes a lot of third-party apps.

Vivo X80 is not just a camera-focused phone, but its hardware also has the ability to deliver a good gaming experience. It looks like a big upgrade over the X70 Pro. Apart from having a powerful processor, it also has stereo speakers and IP rating. In terms of competition, the phone is quite attractive and competes with the Realme GT 2 Pro and Motorola Edge 30 Pro. In the full review, I will test its camera, gaming performance, and battery life. For that, stay tuned to Gadgets 360.

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