vivo X80 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 25 May 2022.

Beautiful QHD AMOLED

The specsheet of the X80 Pro's display leaves nothing out. The 6.78-inch Samsung-made OLED panel has a 1,440x3,200px resolution for a pixel density of 517ppi. Refresh rate maxes out at 120Hz but can go down to 1Hz depending on content and activity, while touch sampling can be as fast as 300Hz. It's a 10bit panel too for over 1 billion colors, supports HDR10 and can reach a peak brightness of 1500nits.

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That number is for small lit-up areas - that's why they call it 'local peak brightness', which is an honest approach we appreciate. In general use vivo promises 1000nits and that's essentially what we measured on the X80 Pro (plus some change), when the phone was placed under direct light and with adaptive brightness enabled in settings. The number you can get at the right end of the slider when the toggle is disabled is 488nits.

Those are virtually the same results we got on the iQOO 9 Pro and the vivo X70 Pro+, and it's as bright as phone displays go - excluding the current top-end Galaxies or iPhones, that is.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
vivo X80 Pro 0 488
vivo X80 Pro (Max Auto) 0 1014
vivo X70 Pro+ 0 458
vivo X70 Pro+ (Max Auto) 0 1022
iQOO 9 Pro 0 438
iQOO 9 Pro (Max Auto) 0 1000
OnePlus 10 Pro 0 498
OnePlus 10 Pro (Max Auto) 0 780
Oppo Find X5 Pro 0 475
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Max Auto) 0 762
Realme GT2 Pro (Max Auto) 0 778
Realme GT2 Pro 0 482
Xiaomi 12 Pro 0 506
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Max Auto) 0 1050
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 0 852
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Max Auto) 0 1050
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 0 494
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Extra brightness) 0 829
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Max Auto) 0 1266
Samsung Galaxy S22+ 0 468
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Extra brightness) 0 782
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Max Auto) 0 1214
Sony Xperia 1 IV 0 602

The X80 Pro goes about color handling in the same way as the X70 Pro+ and the iQOO 9 Pro. There are three color presets as well as a simple stepless temperature slider if you'd like to tweak things one way or the other. The Standard profile has a wide color gamut and is generally accurate for DCI-P3 content, though its white point and grayscale colors are visibly cold and shifted towards blue - more or less the norm. You can visibly improve things by moving the temperature slider about 1/3 or half the way in the warm direction.

The Professional preset is what you should look for if you're after accurate representation for sRGB content - it was spot-on for our test swatches.

Then there's the Bright mode, which expands the gamut beyond the P3 color space and is a bit punchier without any attempts at accuracy.

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Display settings

The X80 Pro supports HDR10+ and we got HDR streams in both YouTube and Netflix, but not so much in Amazon Prime. Both Netflix and Prime streamed at 1080p.

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The X80 Pro has a three options in the refresh rate menu - Smart Switch, 60Hz, and 120Hz. As we've previously observed, there's little difference between the Smart Switch and 120Hz mode and both employ mostly similar logic for autoswitching the refresh rate based on the use case and whether you're touching the phone or not.

The 60Hz mode is also a ceiling of sorts - RR maxes out at 60Hz, but will still drop to save power when the phone doesn't detect any touch input for a few seconds. Having said that, in this mode we never saw readings below 10Hz, while both other modes would drop to 1Hz in isolated instances - or rather, instance - the settings menu, when you're not touching the display. Speaking of, that 1Hz is only attainable at or near maximum brightness - pull the slider a bit more to the left and it's 10Hz.

Browsers max out at 60Hz in Smart switch mode, but 120Hz in 120Hz mode. Again, if you're not touching the display, the phone will seize the opportunity to drop to 10Hz, though it will be smart enough to maintain 60Hz if there's moving content in the web page.

Video content will be getting the refresh rate it needs and nothing more. 24fps, 30fps, and 48fps clips had the Hz counter going all over the place, but the video played smoothly (also, who uses 48fps), while for 60fps videos the phone reported stable refresh rate numbers.

One area where we're seeing no positive development is the availability of high refresh rate in gaming. While we're seeing benchmarks go above the 60fps threshold and we get 120Hz readings in GFXBench, actual games don't do that on the vivo X80 Pro - as is unfortunately the norm with phones in the vivo/Oppo/Realme/OnePlus portfolio.

vivo X80 Pro battery life

The X80 Pro gets a minor battery capacity increase over the X70 Pro+ and the number is now 4,700mAh. We expect the extra 200mAh to cover the newer Snapdragon's likely higher demands - the reality we've come to accept is that newer chipsets don't seem to offer better battery life.

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Indeed, that's more or less what the figures below show. We clocked virtually the same 14:45h runtime in looping videos (with the screen alternating between 24/30Hz refresh rates) as on the older model, while the Wi-Fi web browsing was half an hour shorter than on the X70 Pro+ at 13:49h (at a variable 10Hz-60Hz refresh rate). We'd call these solid numbers, if not exactly class-leading.

Unimpressive in the grand scheme of things, the call time and standby economy weren't all that bad as high-end SoCs go, but they didn't help the overall Endurance rating and the result stands at 79h.

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Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

Video test carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing test done at the display's highest refresh rate whenever possible. Refer to the respective reviews for specifics. To adjust the endurance rating formula to match your own usage - check out our all-time battery test results chart.

Charging speed

The X80 Pro comes bundled with a 80W adapter with vivo's FlashCharge branding. It's highest rated mode is 20V/4A, and it's in this mode that the phone reaches the peak of about 65-66W of charging power to its two separate cells inside - at around 17V and a little under 4A. We tried other adapters supporting USB PowerDelivery up to 65W, but with those the phone only negotiated 5V/2V - so a pretty slow fallback if you don't have your vivo charger handy and a somewhat unusual PD implementation on the X80 Pro.

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However, using the included adapter, you can get nicely quick top ups. A full charge from flat took us 39 minutes - one more than vivo's claims, which could very well be down to a difference in methodology. The thirty-minute mark had us looking at 88% in the battery indicator.

So while properly quick and a decent upgrade over the X70 Pro+, the X80 Pro is no match for the iQOO 9 Pro where the 0 to 100% took just 21min. That said, no 'outside' competitor is quicker than the vivo, other than the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

30min charging test (from 0%)

Higher is better

  • iQOO 9 Pro
    100%
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (120W)
    100%
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro
    91%
  • Realme GT2 Pro
    91%
  • vivo X80 Pro
    88%
  • vivo X70 Pro+
    80%
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ (45W)
    64%
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (65W PD)
    62%
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ (25W)
    62%
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (25W)
    61%
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (45W)
    60%
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (65W PD)
    55%
  • Sony Xperia 1 IV
    47%
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (20W Apple)
    42%

Time to full charge (from 0%)

Lower is better

  • iQOO 9 Pro
    0:21h
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (120W)
    0:21h
  • vivo X80 Pro
    0:39h
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro
    0:40h
  • Realme GT2 Pro
    0:40h
  • vivo X70 Pro+
    0:48h
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro (65W PD)
    0:50h
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (45W)
    0:59h
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ (45W)
    1:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ (25W)
    1:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (25W)
    1:04h
  • Sony Xperia 1 IV
    1:42h
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (20W Apple)
    1:46h
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (65W PD)
    1:54h

The X70 Pro+ introduced wireless charging to the lineup and the X80 Pro has it as well. Vivo advertises a 50W maximum input power and 50minutes for the 0 to 100% run, but that would require one of their own FlashCharge wireless pads, which we didn't have for testing. Judging by the certification listing for the X70 Pro+ at the WPC (the X80 Pro doesn't have one yet, oddly), the X80 Pro should support the Extended Power Profile for up to 11W using standard Qi charging pads.

Speaker test

Another of the long overdue features that showed up on the X70 Pro+ and we're now also getting on the X80 Pro is stereo speakers. It's a standard setup where a bottom-firing dedicated speaker is joined by the earpiece to form a pair of channels and the software observes the orientation of the phone to send the correct channel to the correct speaker in landscape orientation.

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Bottom speaker • Earpiece/Top speaker

'Very Good' is the rating that the X80 Pro got for loudness in our test, in line with stablemates like the Oppo Find X5 Pro and the iQOO 9 Pro, as well as last year's X70 Pro+. They all sound distinctly different - not day-and-night different, but different. We'd say the X80 Pro has the best balance - it has some low-end thump, pleasing vocals, well-defined treble - the others in the (extended) family each have a flaw here or there. Meanwhile, competitors like the Xiaomi 12 Pro or the Galaxy S22+ are really no match.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off tehe ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Alisha
  • 01 Sep 2022
  • X}$

I used x80 but this phone camera is good but night mod eis not good in fact infinix phone is batter night mode plzz improve thr night mode

So no mention in the 'cons' list of the 79 hour battery score.

  • Abhi
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • PGS

Haha I still have it. Back glass has got cracks as I was using without cover and its battery now takes more time to juice up. Other than that it is doing good.