Vivo X80 Pro 5G: a quad-camera flagship phone with Zeiss lenses

Vivo's X80 Pro is a Zeiss-branded quad-camera premium smartphone with a gimbal stabilized 50mm lens

A Photo of the Vivo X80 Pro 5G smartphone
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Vivo's X80 Pro is a joy to use, from its sleek design, capable camera system, mighty 50mm gimbal-stabilized lens, and its excellent screen. While the phone's periscope zoom camera isn't best-in-class, the rest of the camera mix is great. Its main sensor is big, and there's an auto-focusing ultra-wide too. With its high price, we'd expect nothing less, but if cost doesn't put you off, Vivo's made a premium phone that's easy to recommend.

Pros

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    Sleek styling and included case

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    Powerful wide, 50mm and ultra-wide cameras

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    Excellent display quality

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    Fast wired and wireless charging

Cons

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    Periscope camera loses out to S22 Ultra

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    Gets warm when gaming

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    Very expensive

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    Overkill beauty mode

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Vivo has made some excellent camera phones, especially since partnering with Zeiss and pioneering mobile gimbal tech in the X51 5G – the brand's first major Western release. 

While in the past, it's taken as long as half a year for Vivo's phones to be announced outside China after their initial unveiling, the X80 Pro 5G, Vivo's 2022 flagship, has been confirmed for the UK after just a couple of months. Costing £1,199 (approximately $1,430), though, this is one very expensive flagship. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 


His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.