Vivo X80, X80 Pro: Is it worth buying compared to the Galaxy S22, iPhone 13 and OnePlus 10 Pro?

The Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 – launched in India this week – aim to take on some of the most popular premium models in the smartphone market. Vivo’s new flagships continue the X Series’ legacy of delivering premium camera experiences. This means that both Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 are not only equipped with Zeiss optics, but also Sony image sensors. The regular Vivo X80 is also the first phone on the market to feature the recently launched MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC. Meanwhile, the Vivo X80 Pro sports the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip – Qualcomm’s top offering.

On this week’s episode of the Gadget 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora joins senior reviewers Sheldon Pinto and Aditya Shenoy to discuss the Vivo X80 series and how it stacks up against the OnePlus 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 and the iPhone 13.

The Vivo X80 Pro carries a price of Rs. 79,999 for the single 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, while the Vivo X80 starts at Rs. 54,999 for the base 8GB + 128GB configuration and goes up to Rs. 59,999 for the top-of-the-line 12GB + 256GB model. Both Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 will go on sale from May 25th.

Vivo X80 Pro first impressions: A worthy upgrade?

If you were to make direct comparisons, the price of the Vivo X80 Pro appears to be significantly higher than the Vivo X70 Pro, which debuted in India at a starting price of Rs. 46,990 for the 8GB + 128GB model. But that’s the wrong comparison. The pricing of the Vivo X80 Pro is identical to the Vivo X70 Pro+ which came in at Rs. 79,990 for the same 12GB + 256GB variant.

This suggests that the Vivo X80 Pro was launched in the Indian market as a successor to the Vivo X70 Pro+ – not as the Vivo X70 Pro. The vanilla Vivo X80, on the other hand, seems to be the successor to the Vivo X70 Pro. It’s confusing, I know, but that’s what happens when companies try to simplify naming conventions.

As I said before, Vivo offers a list of camera-focused features on the X80 series to attract those in the market for enhanced mobile photo experiences. The Vivo X80 Pro is equipped with quad rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GNV primary sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide shooter with a Sony IMX598 sensor, a 12-megapixel portrait Sony IMX663 Sensor and include an 8 megapixel sensor with a periscope lens.

In contrast, the Vivo X80 has a triple rear camera that packs a 50-megapixel Sony IMX866 RGBW primary sensor along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 12-megapixel portrait sensor. Both the Vivo X80 Pro and X80 also come with a 32MP selfie camera sensor on the front.

Alongside the new hardware, the Vivo X80 phones come with a list of software tweaks to offer a customizable camera experience. The Vivo X80 Pro also retains the company’s gimbal technology, which is touted to provide increased exposure and stability.

The Vivo X80 Pro and X80 both have IP ratings for dust and water resistance. However, the X80 only has an IP53 rating, which is meant for splash protection – essentially you can’t dive the phone into a swimming pool.

Vivo X80 First impression: A promising premium all-rounder

In terms of design, the Vivo X80 Pro and X80 look almost identical, with the former’s periscope lens bringing a slight difference on the back. The design is also quite similar to that of the Vivo X70 Pro+. In our podcast we talk more about the design and performance of the two Vivo X80 phones.

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Disclosure: Vivo sponsored Sheldon Pinto’s flights and hotel for the pre-launch event in Dubai. Vivo X80, X80 Pro: Is it worth buying compared to the Galaxy S22, iPhone 13 and OnePlus 10 Pro?

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