The New Vivo X80 Pro Promises Huge Leaps in Camera Performance

Vivo has announced the X80 series smartphones which build on the foundations of the X series but offer extensive photographic upgrades which it says are unmatched.

A premium mobile photography experience

The X80 Pro features a 32-megapixel front camera and a quad-camera rear array consisting of an ultra-sensitive 50-megapixel camera with CNG sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), wide-angle 48-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel gimbal portrait camera and an 8-megapixel periscope camera.

Vivo claims the 12-megapixel gimbal portrait camera is the main upgrade and provides improved video capture and stability, but the CNG sensor on the main camera optimizes reflectivity and reduces flare when paired with a High transmittance glass lens for low dispersion and temperature drift which Vivo says has been added to reduce glare.

The standard X80 smartphone has the same 32-megapixel front camera and a smaller three-camera rear system consisting of a 50-megapixel ultra-sensing main camera, a 12-megapixel portrait camera and a new 12-megapixel wide-angle camera.

Vivo X80 Pro

These cameras are powered by the latest iteration of Vivo’s imaging chip, the Vivo V1+. The company says it uses a built-in artificial intelligence (AI) system to create a “pro-level” visual enhancement. The X80 Pro has an additional feature called AI Video Enhancement which allows the device to automatically identify the right mode for the lighting conditions, prompting users to choose between HDR video mode and night mode depending on the script.

The X80 series has a new feature called Camera Panning. This has portrait motion tracking technology which vivo says can reduce motion blur caused by camera shake.

In partnership with Zeiss

The company says the X80 series smartphones combine Zeiss optics and cinematic-style video for the first time. All rear cameras on the X80 smartphones feature a Zeiss T* coating, which the company says improves light transmission and helps reduce ghosting and nighttime flare.

The X80 smartphones include Zeiss Natural Color 2.0 which uses an AI perception engine which Vivo claims improves color accuracy and can even reproduce natural colors to automatically optimize precise exposure and white balance as well as image brightness. tones, which the company says makes photos appear more realistic and natural – similar to how the eye sees a scene.

One of the new partner features from Zeiss and Vivo is Zeiss Cinematic Video Bokeh, which creates oval-shaped bokeh in the standard 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Vivo says it creates a cinematic widescreen lens effect that’s perfect for aesthetically pleasing and expressive videos.

Vivo X80 Pro

These portrait videos are accessible on all three rear cameras and intelligently match focal length, aperture and shooting distance. The new effects are also part of the Zeiss Superb Portrait feature, which allows users to “recreate the classic Hollywood aesthetic” through a film-like bokeh effect combined with artistic long oval bokeh, similar to Zeiss Cinematic Video Bokeh.

“Overall effects can also be enhanced with Vivo’s cinematic lens simulation algorithm and dual-camera depth-of-field technology that combines rendering and reflection processing,” the company says. “By recognizing bright spots, the brightest point in the image is identified and artistic blue light trails can be created, similar to the blue trail from cinema lenses.”

Vivo also touts its night scene effects which are possible in the Zeiss Superb Night Camera. The X80 series is able to clearly capture city night scenes with Pure Night View in a way that Vivo says is clear but retains the original look and feel of the scene.

The X80 Pro supports what’s called XDR Photo, which VIvo means can improve the clarity of backlit images and enhance tones that better reflect what human eyes can see. The XDR Photo function can optimize the display capabilities of the X80 series by highlighting contrasting tones in photos to fully showcase high-quality HDR effects.

Flagship performance

The Vivo X80 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 while the standard X80 runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 9000. Both are equipped with improved LPDDR5 and improved UFS3.1.

For cooling, the X80 Pro uses Vivo’s ultra-large liquid cooling vapor chamber which it says allows for maximum cooling surface area that helps keep the phone performing well even during long video recording sessions. The X80 has the largest vapor chamber among all X-series cameras with 23 layers of heat dissipation.

Vivo X80 Pro

The X80 supports 80W FlashCharge fast charging, while the Pro model also supports 50W wireless FlashCharge charging on its 4,700mAh battery. The Standard X80 has a 4,500 mAh battery. The X80 Pro can get a full charge in 35 minutes compared to its predecessor, the X70 Pro+ which did it in 56 minutes. The X80 can be fully charged in 35 minutes.

The X80 Pro features Qualcomm’s larger in-display fingerprint sensor, much larger than those found on other Android smartphones, which should theoretically make unlocking easier.

Price and availability

Vivo didn’t reveal the cost of the X80 or X80 Pro, nor did it say when it’s expected to hit different global markets. This information will come at a later date.

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