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?


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    Class-leading camera sensor

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    Premium styling and materials

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    Very fast charging speeds


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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, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.