May 16, 2022
Vivo X80 series - everything you need to know about the vivo upcoming flagship
On April 25, Vivo revealed the X80 and X80 Pro in China for the first time. Both phones are currently available for purchase.

Vivo’s flagship X-line has been known for having some of the greatest cameras in any smartphone, and the new Vivo X80 phones in 2022 appear to be no exception.

The X80 and X80 Pro have already been announced in China, with an even more powerful X80 Pro+ expected later this year. But, first and foremost, there’s the phones’ global launch, which is scheduled for May.

When will the Vivo X80 be available globally?

On April 25, Vivo revealed the X80 and X80 Pro in China for the first time. Both phones are currently available for purchase.

Importantly, Vivo has verified that the phones would be released worldwide. This began on May 8th in Malaysia, with India following on May 18th, and we expect other markets to follow soon after.

The Vivo X70 series was released in India and other Asian markets, however it was never fully released in Europe, unlike earlier X60 phones. The X80 line will very certainly not be seen in North America.

It’s a little odd to see the X80 series so soon – not because it doesn’t suit the series’ regular launch schedule, but because it arrives just weeks after the firm released the X Fold, X Note, and Pad in China.

On an episode of Tech Adviser weekly podcast Fast Charge, we talked about the Vivo X80 series, which you can watch right here:

What is the price of the Vivo X80?

For the time being, we only have Chinese prices for the X80 and X80 Pro, which we’ve approximated in other currencies:

From £3,699 (about £445/$560/€525/43,000) for the X80.

X80 Pro: starting at £5,499 (about £660/$840/€780/64,000).

These currency translations are, as always, estimates, and any overseas pricing will almost certainly be higher.

Of course, the price of the Pro+ is unknown at this time. However, we do have one leak from @Shadow Leak, who claims that the X80 Pro+ will start at £6,499. We believe he’ll be near to the mark here, as his guess for the X80 Pro was quite close (£5,699), correctly predicting the price jump over the X70 series.

What are the specifications of the Vivo X80?

We now know everything there is to know about the X80 and X80 Pro, at least in their Chinese editions, and thanks to leaks, we think we know what to anticipate from the Pro+ when it comes. Here’s how the three phones look together.

Vivo X80

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Vivo X80 orange color option

The Vivo X80 is the series’ most affordable phone, but it’s no slouch.

It comes in three different colours: black, orange, and green (though this looks pretty turquoise to us). The finishes differ from one another in more ways than just colour: the black model has a glass rear, the orange is vegan leather, and the green is made of ceramic.

The X80 is equipped with MediaTek’s top Dimensity 9000 chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage.

The panel is a 6.78-inch FHD+ OLED curved screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut coverage, so it should look great.

A 4500mAh battery provides power, including 80W wired fast charging but no support for wireless charging.

On the back of the camera, there’s a triple lens configuration. All three use Zeiss’s T* glare-reduction lens coating. The main camera has a 50-megapixel Sony IMX866 RGBW 1/1.49-inch sensor and an f/1.75 lens with OIS.

A 2x zoom telephoto/portrait camera with an f/1.98 aperture, 12Mp Sony IMX663 1/2in sensor, and gimbal-style stabilisation joins that camera. Finally, there’s a Sony IMX663 sensor and f/2.0 aperture 12MP ultrawide.

A punch-hole selfie camera with a 32Mp 1/2.8in sensor and an f/2.5 lens is available on the front.

The phone comes with Android 12 with Vivo’s OriginOS Ocean skin in China, but the international version is more likely to come with the company’s FuntouchOS skin.

Vivo X80 Pro

Vivo X80 series specification
Vivo X80 series

The X80 Pro is a lot like the X80, but with a few important differences.

With the same colour and treatment options, the design is very familiar. The only major difference is that the camera module is slightly larger to accommodate an additional lens beneath the primary camera ring.

There is one additional modification to the design that isn’t visible: the X80 Pro has an IP68 classification, which means it’s about as water and dust resistant as phones go.

Internally, the Vivo X80 Pro with the Dimensity 9000 is available, but there is also a variant with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 inside. Both versions are unlikely to be released abroad, and we expect  it to be the Snapdragon iteration that makes the cut worldwide. 

With 8GB or 12GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage, the RAM and storage options are identical.

The display is the same size as the X80, at 6.78in, but it has been upgraded to an LTPO 2.0 AMOLED, which means it can reduce the refresh rate to 1Hz to save battery and has a higher QHD+ resolution.

It also comes with an update. While the X80 has an under-display fingerprint sensor, the Vivo X80 Pro has an ultrasonic sensor with a much bigger sensing area, making it easier to register a print in the right position on the screen.

The battery is slightly larger at 4700mAh, and while wired charging remains at 80W, you also get 50W wireless charging, as well as reverse charging.

However, the camera is likely to have the most enhancements. The main camera is different: it’s likewise 50 megapixels, but it features a 1/1.3in Samsung ISOCELL GNV sensor with OIS and a brilliant f/1.57 aperture.

The 2x zoom camera is identical to the X80, but with a wider f/1.85 aperture. A 5x periscopic camera with an 8Mp optically stabilised sensor and an f/3.4 aperture is also available.

Vivo X80 Pro+

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Vivo X80 Camera

Finally, the ultrawide receives a significant boost, with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX598 sensor and an aperture of f/2.2. The selfie camera, a 32MP punch-hole at f/2.5, is the same.

The Pro comes with Android 12 with OriginOS Ocean, just like the X80.

The X80 Pro+ is expected to offer a few important improvements over the original Pro, albeit we don’t know what they will be.

While there were a few leaks for the Pro+ before the first launch event, some of them turned out to be for the Pro instead, leaving it unclear which ones might still belong to the impending phone.

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