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vivo X80: First look

If you’re wondering what vivo has up its sleeves in the flagship smartphone space, then let me introduce the base model of the segment, the vivo X80.

The X80 series comes at the heels of the “imagery master,” a.k.a. the vivo X70 series. Once again, vivo partners with renowned optical design and engineering company ZEISS to improve mobile imaging on its devices. vivo promises a superior mobile photography experience on this phone and the X80 Pro, arming these smartphones with its latest mobile photography and imaging technology innovations.

The X80, like the X80 Pro, has ZEISS Optics on all lenses, meeting the ZEISS T* Coating standards. This standard ensures that you record the world clearly, vividly, and in its true colors. This coating also helps you take better night photos using the ZEISS Super Night Camera feature.

When it comes to camera configuration, you get a 50-megapixel IMX866 RGBW primary sensor paired with a 12-megapixel IMX663 wide-angle and a 12-megapixel IMX663 portrait. The front camera on the X80 is a 32-megapixel shooter.

If you’re a photographer, enthusiast, or even hobbyist, the X80 offers features like the ZEISS Cinematic Video. It can accurately mimic ZEISS’ Anamorphic film lenses. So, if you feel like creating cinematic-like footage, you can experiment with that on this phone. It can make those oval flares in photos and videos in film-standard 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

If you aren’t well versed in videography, the vivo X80 also gets an AI Video Enhancement feature that can detect the scenario and tweak the settings to best suit the situation. You also get other features like the Active Centering OIS System that can help stabilize each frame, so your videos come out smooth and clear even without the help of a gimbal.

vivo introduces its exclusively V1+ chip that can improve this phone’s imaging, display, and gaming graphics. When used in photography, the chip can enhance things like night video denoising and HDR performance for photos and videos. Even in unfavorable lighting conditions, you should get decent pictures and videos.

It also has XDR Photo display tech, so when you’re looking at images on the screen, these come out sharp, crisp, and of high quality. Speaking of the display, you have a 2K E5 Ultra Vision Screen on the X80. It is an E5 AMOLED display with a WQHD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s not an LTPO panel like the pro version, so the refresh rate won’t fluctuate between 1Hz and 120Hz to help deliver the ideal refresh rate for your needs while helping with efficiency.

From my initial time with it, it’s a crisp and clear screen. Scrolling and switching on this phone is an excellent experience. Admittedly, I’m not too big a fan of curved edge phones. But if you are, then you luckily have that option here. It gets certifications like DisplayMate A+, SGS Seamless, and SGS Eye Care Display, which ensure you get a high-quality screen that protects and makes it easier to look at for stretches of time.

vivo’s exclusive chip doesn’t just help with imaging. It also helps improve the performance of this device, pairing it with a MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor. It offers up to 12GB of RAM and 25GB of non-expandable storage, ensuring you have one capable phone ready to take on whatever you throw at it. The battery is on the smaller side, though, to keep the phone slim. It has a 4,500mAh battery that you can quickly top up thanks to 80W Wired FlashCharge. It typically takes me 40 minutes to fully charge the phone from 0%. So, it’s the kind of phone you can quickly recharge in the morning before you have to leave.

It isn’t hard to distinguish the vivo X80 from what’s out there. vivo calls the camera module design the Ceramic Cloud Window 2.0, balancing out the round camera module with a rectangular plate. The back is covered by Fluorite AG Glass, which gives it a sparkly yet matte finish that doesn’t attract fingerprints. Even the included jelly case has this leather-like finish so smudging on the back panel is not an issue. From initial impressions, it has the look and feel of a premium smartphone design.

I’m excited to take this out with me this month to see what else it offers. If you’re interested in getting one, the vivo X80 is available in this Cosmic Black I have and a more fun Urban Blue shade.

The vivo X80 series is expected to be officially available for pre-order via vivo’s official website and e-commerce flagship stores, such as Shopee and Lazada, in the Philippines starting June 10 to June 17. The vivo X80 retails for PHP 45,999 (approx. USD 869). Freebies are also up for grabs for the first buyers to avail of the product. A TWS Lavanda and clock speaker will come as freebies for the first 10 purchases of the vivo X80. 

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