vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

There were many leaks surrounding the upcoming vivo X80 series in the last couple of months and they kind of spoiled the whole release. The company still managed to keep some of the details behind the curtains, though and that includes the X80 Pro+ as well. The true flagship of the series won’t be joining its siblings today and will be announced sometime in Q3 this year. For now, the X80 Pro and the X80 would have to do.

vivo X80 Pro

It seems like vivo has been taking notes from Oppo and is now releasing the X80 Pro in two versions – a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered one and a Dimensity 9000 option as well. Since the announcement event was held for the Chinese market, we don’t know which version will hit the global scene but presumably, it will be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 iteration, if Oppo Find X5’s release is anything to go by.

Anyway, aside from the flagship SoC, the device features a flagship-grade display as well. The big 6.78-inch screen uses a Samsung-made E5 LTPO2 AMOLED with QHD+ resolution. The LTPO2 bit denotes that the panel supports granular refresh rate adjustments ranging between 1Hz and 120Hz. Vivo also claims that it’s considerably more responsive and power-efficient compared to last year’s X70 Pro+ display.

Interestingly, the X80 Pro also holds an ultrasonic fingerprint reader beneath the display with 38.7% larger recognition area. Up until now, only Samsung has been using ultrasonic fingerprints, so this is an interesting development.

Moving onto the camera department, the device has four of those on its back. This time around, the company used a custom, exclusive 50MP, 1/1.3″ Samsung-made ISOCELL GNV imager. The sensor is paired with stabilized optics and bright f/1.57 aperture. The unit is also aided by laser AF and Pixel Shift technology.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

The 2x zoom shooter uses a bright, Sony IMX663 12MP, f/1.85, 1/2″, 1.22µm camera, which is aided by a gimbal-like OIS. Vivo markets the 2x zoom camera as a dedicated portrait shooter, but it’s obviously good enough for various scenarios.

The familiar 5x shooter uses an 8MP optically-stabilized sensor with an f/3.4 aperture and we have a feeling that it’s recycled from last year’s X70 Pro. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. For ultrawide, the phone uses a Sony IMX598 48MP, 1/2.0″, f/2.2 camera.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

All of the cameras benefit from the Zess T* lens coating, just like vivo X70 series before that and make use of the upgraded vivo V1+ ISP for improved low-light photography.

And last, but not least, the punch-hole on the front houses a 32MP, 1/2.8″ camera with f/2.5 aperture.

The whole system draws power from the 4,700 mAh battery that supports vivo’s brand new 80W wired fast charging, which is a significant upgrade from last year. The wireless 50W fast charging is still at hand and the handset can charge other devices both wired and wirelessly.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

Other notable features of the phone include an advanced 27-layer VC cooling system, HiFi audio chip, NFC with wider range, stereo and IP68 water and dust-proof certification.

The handset will be available in three colorways – Black, Orange and Green. The latter seems more of a turquoise green. Depending on the color, you get AG glass, vegan leather or ceramic back, respectively.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 option will be offered with either 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB and 12GB/512GB memory while the Dimensity 9000 variant will come equipped only with the last two configurations. As far as pricing goes, the X80 Pro asks CNY 5,499, CNY 5,999 and CNY 6,699, respectively.

vivo X80

Despite being the most affordable option in the series, the X80 still packs a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC but there’s no Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 option, though. We also have a less impressive 6.78-inch Samsung E5 AMOLED, which isn’t LTPO2. Still, the advertised 1,500 nits peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and 120Hz refresh rate are worthy of respect.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

The camera setup isn’t as advanced either. The main shooter uses a 50MP Sony IMX866 RGBW, 1/1.49″ sensor with f/1.75 aperture and uses OIS. The 2x zoom camera used for portraits is borrowed from the X80 Pro but uses a narrower f/1.98 aperture and omits the 5x zoom shooter.

The ultrawide camera, on the other hand, is downgraded to a Sony IMX663 12MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera is also borrowed from the X90 Pro and it’s identical.

The X80 Pro draws from a slightly smaller 4,500 mAh battery but retains the fast 80W fast wired charging and misses on the wireless charging.

vivo X80 and X80 Pro debut, powered by SD 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

The available memory options are 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB and 12GB/512GB, which cost CNY 3,699, CNY 3,999, CNY 4,399 and CNY 4,899, respectively. It’s important to note that the regular X80 skips the IP68 certification and uses a standard, optical under-display fingerprint reader.

Pre-orders for both handsets are open and actual shipments begin on April 29.

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