vivo X100 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 15 December 2023.


Another year, another vivo flagship with an impressive camera setup, top-class display, and an alternative high-end chipset - the X100 Pro just went global. Featuring a trio of 50MP cameras, an advertised 3000-nit peak brightness screen, and an all-big-core Dimensity SoC, the latest and greatest in the company's X-series sure sounds exciting and we have the review for you.

The camera system is headlined by a 1-inch sensor that vivo lists as 1/0.98". A periscope telephoto camera takes the zoom level to 4.3x optically, while an autofocusing ultrawide rounds off the opposite end of the competent triple setup.

The display maintains the 6.78-inch diagonal of the previous generation, and the resolution remains unchanged too, but vivo is boasting a peak brightness of up to 3000 nits - we'll see about that.

The other big deal is the Dimensity 9300 chip - where the small cores are now big cores too, and the bigger big cores are four times as many as you'll find in the latest Snapdragon. It's not going to be four times as powerful, that bit is certain, but how does it compare really?

Another noteworthy upgrade this time around is the increase in battery capacity - the X100 Pro comes with a 5,400mAh powerpack in a sea of 5,000mAh-or-smaller competitors. Is it just to keep up with that beast of a Mediatek chip, or are we in for longevity records?

Here's a quick rundown of the key specs before we start addressing those pressing questions.

vivo X100 Pro specs at a glance:

  • Body: 164.1x75.3x8.9mm, 221g; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min).
  • Display: 6.78" LTPO AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 3000 nits (peak), 1260x2800px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 453ppi.
  • Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 9300 (4 nm): Octa-core (1x3.25 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3x2.85 GHz Cortex-X4 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A720); Immortalis-G720 MC12.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM, 1TB 16GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 14, Funtouch 14 (International), OriginOS 4 (China).
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm, 1/0.98", PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Telephoto: 50 MP, f/2.5, 100mm, 1/2", PDAF, OIS, 4.3x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 50 MP, f/2.0, 15mm, 119˚, 1/2.76", AF.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide).
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K, 4K, 1080p, gyro-EIS, Cinematic mode (4K); Front camera: 1080p.
  • Battery: 5400mAh; 100W wired, 1-50% in 12 min (advertised), 50W wireless, Reverse wired.
  • Connectivity: 5G; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.4, aptX HD; NFC; Infrared port.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); stereo speakers.

vivo X100 Pro unboxing

The X100 Pro arrives in the usual flat squarish box that we're used to getting with vivo flagships. Inside it, there's the usual set of accessories too.

vivo X100 Pro review

You get an adapter rated for 120W output, even though the phone itself is specced to support up to 100W charging. There's a USB-C cable to go along as well.

Also included is a snap-on protective back cover - black in the case of our black review unit, but we've seen transparent ones thrown around with other colorways on the internet.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 07 Jun 2024
  • JyD

Just an update for anyone reading this. I am the guy that returned this phone. Just by a chance, I was able to buy a new Xiaomi 14 Ultra in sealed box for just 999€, in nice white color. I hesitated for about 0,176 second before pressing the buy butt...

  • mE
  • 17 May 2024
  • 3am

I have noticed this today. Pictures sent to me via a 3rd party once opened on that app the picture is bright and punchy yet when the same picture is opened in the album stock app it's washed out not as punchy. The issue and fix is with the ...

  • Anonymous
  • 07 May 2024
  • mAe

Hey, I've recently noticed an issue with the stock gallery app on FuntouchOS and OriginOS where the colors displayed are very washed out when compared to when images are seen on 3rd party galleries or editing software. I have posted images...