Vivo X90 Pro hands-on review: 1-inch sensor meets Zeiss T* optics

Vivo's X90 Pro combines a huge 1-inch sensor with Zeiss T* optics and MediaTek's newest powerhouse chipset

A photo of the Vivo X90 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Early Verdict

Vivo's X80 Pro charmed us. Despite not being a perfect smartphone, its camera system and processing were excellent, so we could overlook some heat management woes and an aggressive beauty filter. Its successor, the X90 Pro upgrades the main camera with a massive 1-inch sensor, but dials back its zoom range. It also swaps out Qualcomm power for MediaTek, upgrading the charging speed in the process. Far from an incremental upgrade – this reads like a totally different phone on paper – but has Vivo ventured too far from a winning formula with its latest flagship?

Pros

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    Class-leading camera sensor

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    Premium styling and materials

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    Very fast charging speeds

Cons

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    No periscope zoom camera

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    Vivo's gimbal tech is absent

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    Unlikely to launch in the US

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Vivo has confirmed that it will be launching its latest flagship, the X90 Pro, globally, and while that does include Europe, it won't be hitting shelves in the US. 

With its 1-inch Sony sensor, that's a crying shame, as the X90 Pro is only the second smartphone to launch with the behemoth Sony IMX989. The first phone to feature it – the excellent Xiaomi 12S Ultra, launched exclusively in China – making Vivo's offering the sensor's global debut of sorts.

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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.