Question Experience Performance of the vivo x80 pro and heating issues

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I'm running 13.1.11.1.W30 now and battery life is terrible.
Previously on A12 I easily got 1 day of usage.
With the first A13 preview, it was still ok.
But the previous one and this one, it is terrible.
Disabling 5G made it a tad better, but still I have to charge 2 times a day. And the phone is hot all the time.

GSam Bettery Monitor Pro says that 35,5% of the usage is due to LocationServices and 9,7% is due to Android-system.
LocationServices (app UID 10189) has *wakelock* on top, followed by com.qualcomm.location and then alcomm.location.

Anybody knows how to fix this?
Makes the phone almost unusable :(
 
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I've been wanting to get this phone as my daily driver. I've been wanting something with stellar performance and a top notch camera.


If I do end up getting it, I want to use it for four years.


I'm coming from a oneplus 6, which has handled its fair share of hardcore usage. From heavy multi tasking, to having its hot-spot stay on for 12 hours a day, to heavy gaming, and a phone loaded with data, Its seen it all.


I wanted to know whether the vivo users here think that the x80 pro will be able to take such hardcore usage day in and out for at least 4-5 years?


I am just a little worried before I spend all this money on a brand which I know very little about. Especially because most of the information online seems to be "sponsored" by vivo. I mean the phone does look really promising on paper. But would it be able to take this beating in real life?


I also heard that the vivo x80 pro heats up doing regular things such as watching YouTube videos etc. and that I'd be better off waiting for the vivo x80 pro plus. Would that be a good idea? I was really looking forward to the vivo. So any input would be appreciated.
I have been considering purchasing the Vivo X80 Pro as my daily phone, as I'm searching for a device with impressive performance and an excellent camera. I plan to use this phone for a period of four years.

I am currently using a Oneplus 6, which has held up well despite heavy usage, including multitasking, running a hotspot for 12 hours a day, gaming, and being loaded with data.

I am curious to know if Vivo X80 Pro users think this phone can handle such intensive use for 4-5 years. I am hesitant to make the purchase, as I am unfamiliar with the brand and I have concerns about the information available online, which seems to be "sponsored" by Vivo. Although the phone specifications look promising, I want to know if it will perform as well in real life.

I have also heard that the Vivo X80 Pro heats up during regular activities, such as watching YouTube videos. I am considering waiting for the Vivo X80 Pro Plus. Is this a good idea? I was eager to purchase the Vivo X80 Pro, so any feedback would be appreciated
 

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I have been considering purchasing the Vivo X80 Pro as my daily phone, as I'm searching for a device with impressive performance and an excellent camera. I plan to use this phone for a period of four years.

I am curious to know if Vivo X80 Pro users think this phone can handle such intensive use for 4-5 years. I am hesitant to make the purchase, as I am unfamiliar with the brand and I have concerns about the information available online, which seems to be "sponsored" by Vivo. Although the phone specifications look promising, I want to know if it will perform as well in real life.

I've been using the X80 Pro as my daily driver for 7 months and I would not buy it again.

The camera is absolutely stellar for photos. For video, the results are very pleasing (a bit oversaturated for my taste though) when it works well, but there are some flickering artifacts in harsh contrast conditions, and some occasional lag when panning (enough to ruin the shot, and especially with AI on). And unfortunately, many options (ultra stabilization, AI) are limited to 1080p @30fps, and to the main camera).

The camera also drains battery like crazy and causes the device to heat up considerably.

As a power user who uses it for work (emails, WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype), travel (Google Maps, Android Auto, Booking, etc) and leisure (social media, YT, photography, light video editing, Komoot, ) it fell short of my needs.

Many of the issues mentioned in my earlier posts (notification problems, Bluetooth issues, headphones, etc) have been corrected with updates but the overall feel of Funtouch OS is still very unpolished in my opinion. And the battery life (at least as a heavy user) is poor (4-5h SOT max; 5.5h on some very rare occasions), which is my biggest drawback (as well as heating caused by network usage). And this is with FHD resolution.

Although the fast charging is a very nice feature (the Samsung S22U/S23U's 45W charging sounds like a joke now that I'm used to this phone's) that makes the poor battery life much easier to live with.

There's also some general UI lag even in adaptive screen refresh mode (on paper, from 1Hz to 120Hz). I don't know if it's due to badly implemented LTPO or the UI, but it takes away from the "premium" feel of the phone. In 60Hz mode it's even worse.

Much of the heating and battery complaints are down to the SD8gen1, and in view of similar issues with other phones, I personally wouldn't buy another phone with that chip in it. The SD8gen2 will probably be slightly better, but there are no long term, real-world reviews out yet so who knows...

The X90 Pro will hopefully be a more polished product but based on my experience with Vivo, I wouldn't buy it at release: the most annoying bugs on the X80Pro weren't addressed until 5-6 months after I bought the phone and I'm personally not too pleased about paying full price to be a beta tester.

I'm sure other people have had different experiences with the X80 Pro, as well as different use cases, expectations, etc . Mine is that a lot of time was put into the camera (for photos, not so much video) and not enough into usability and offering a stable, bug-free, polished user experience everywhere else.

I know this isn't a very favorable review, perhaps others have a a better experience than me, but at least it's real and honest (unlike the stuff you find on YT).
 
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Hello, I recently purchased Vivo x80 pro (V2145, Funtouch OS 13 Global) and have noticed that there is a severe battery drain but I have no idea what is doing it, I restricted most of the apps, turned off so many settings etc and it's still the same. When I charge it before sleep and I leave it at 100%, I wake up with battery on 85-87% and knowing that I don't sleep more than 6-7h, that is a big chunk of battery gone by the phone just laying down. And also during the usage I rarely go over 2.5h of screen on time before it's on like 5% battery.
I have read some comments on some Vivo x80 pro here and some say to DL some apps that track battery but they don't seem to show exact culprint unless you root the phone and I don't really want to do that.
So if any1 has some advice or inisight into what might be the problem and how to solve it, I would be grateful! :)
 
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There isn't much you can do regarding battery drain. It's really bad even if I take care of my battery (charging between 20-80%). It barely lasts 4hrs SoT. I guess the A13 Beta optimization is really bad and I hope future updates will address this issue. If not, I'll be incredibly disappointed.
 

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Hello, I recently purchased Vivo x80 pro and have noticed that there is a severe battery drain but I have no idea what is doing it, I restricted most of the apps, turned off so many settings etc and it's still the same. When I charge it before sleep and I leave it at 100%, I wake up with battery on 85-87% and knowing that I don't sleep more than 6-7h, that is a big chunk of battery gone by the phone just laying down. And also during the usage I rarely go over 2.5h of screen on time before it's on like 5% battery.
I have read some comments on some Vivo x80 pro here and some say to DL some apps that track battery but they don't seem to show exact culprint unless you root the phone and I don't really want to do that.
So if any1 has some advice or inisight into what might be the problem and how to solve it, I would be grateful! :)

Same exact experience as mine when I first bought it. Putting it in flight mode + battery saver mode at night helps a bit (although drain is still more than it should be).

Try GSAM battery. In my case, a huge chunk of the background battery usage is coming from Android & Kernel. And sometimes, Vivo services.

Once you've had it for a while, battery life will probably get a bit better, but I've had mine for 7 months and no chance to the overnight battery drain, I've just gotten used to it.

Between the inefficient and power-hungry SD8Gen1 and Vivo's terrible power management...
 
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The battery was excellent with Android 12. 13 beta is just that, beta. We all knew what we were doing when we were installing TRIAL version of software. So, don't just bash on X80 Pro like that.
 

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The battery was excellent with Android 12. 13 beta is just that, beta. We all knew what we were doing when we were installing TRIAL version of software. So, don't just bash on X80 Pro like that.

The battery has been terrible for me since day one, on Android 12 as well. No improvement whatsoever in Android 13, but not worse either. And I'm running stable versions, until quite recently I didn't have access to trial versions.

I'm not bashing on the phone, just sharing my own experience with it. If yours is better and you're happy with the phone, I'm glad for you, but for people who stumble upon this thread while researching the phone to get a realistic picture of what to expect, I think it's important for negative experiences such as mine to be included as well.
 
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A little update...good thing is, turning on airplane mode during sleep made it go from 100% to 99% in those 7h of sleep instead of dropping my 13-15% like before. But bad news is still that the moment you turn off airplane mode, battery goes down quickly again since services start to work. I guess it's the vivo services or really that funthouch OS problem since when you look at the battery settings where it says which app spent the amount of %, you don't get even close to percentage that was drained and it doesn't show anywhere what wasted that remaining % of battery. Also I tried with gsam battery but app cannot separate the app's, it only says that 60% total battery was spent by something, but doesn't say which exact thing and recommends that if I want to know speciffic app, that I would have to root the device so the app gets permission to do it.
 

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    So, I exchanged the phone for another X80 Pro...I really wanted to give this phone another chance. And so far, it’s…well, a bit of a mixed bag:

    BATTERY LIFE:

    Battery drain isn’t quite as bad, but it still isn’t great. Yesterday I got 3.5h SoT with 40% battery left, but this was with light use (a lot of brief screen-unlocks just to check notifications).

    The screen is the main contributing factor (I’m using 2400x1080; I tried “smart” refresh rate for a couple of days and have now switched to 60Hz to see if it makes a difference), followed by networking: some of this can definitely be attributed to software—both the OS, Google Services with its background BS, and Vivo’s own [lack of] tweaking. Yesterday evening I was offered to update to 12.0.12.7, which I'm guessing focuses more on adquisition of cellular coverage. So far, I've been mostly on WiFi so I can't attest to any differences for the time being.

    But there's definitely a software component to the battery drain and heat associated with networking (either wifi or cellular), because it's very much dependent on the app and use scenario: with YT and Spotify (streaming), there’s no out-of-the-ordinary battery drain or heating, while anything that involves downloading files (Gmaps offline maps, downloading music from Spotify, downloading files from Tresorit, uploading to G.Drive, etc) causes the battery to go down FAST and the phone to get very warm to the touch. When restoring Whatsapp chat backups from G-drive, for instance, even though it was downloading at a very slow rate (it took 2.5h to download 3 Gb, but I’m guessing it’s ‘cause the app is designed to use limited bandwidth for backup restoring), battery drain and heating were both very considerable.

    I’ve disabled “raise to wake” and “tap to wake”, which were enabled on my previous X80 Pro, as I’m assuming they keep certain sensors awake. We’ll see if it makes a difference. Then again, I have all those features on on my P30 Pro and they don’t have enough of an impact on battery drain to warrrant disabling them.

    Looking at screen wakelocks, I found that com.vivo.fingerprint:powerUtils woke up the phone 113 times (keeping it awake for 1m 43s) in the 2h since the last full charge. That’s nearly once very minute…

    I’ve noticed (both on this unit and the one I returned) that with the phone sitting static on a table, the fingerprint unlock icon would randomly appear, waking the screen. And it did so quite often (once every 5-10”), so I’ve disabled “Show fingerprint icon on off screen”. Maybe this is a fingerprint sensor calibration issue (software, because it’s been present on 2 different units), and the fact it doesn’t wake the screen will only solve part of the associated battery drain, since the sensor remains active. If anyone knows of a way to disable this, so that fingerprint sensor only becomes active after hitting the power button and waking the screen, I’d like to give it a try and see if it has any effect on battery life.

    Overall, idle battery drain seems pretty high (I’ll report percentages once I’ve had Battery Guru running for a few more days).

    Based on the above, I get the impression that there’s a bad combo going on between power-hungry hardware and poor software optimization, with Vivo contributing to making Android’s poor power management (compared to Apple’s) even worse.

    Also, not a fan of Vivo’s battery management: it’s either too aggressive to the point of killing notifications and functionality, or completely unrestricted, allowing too much battery drain.

    We’ll see how it fairs over time, but with the 80W fast-charging, I’m willing to accept these battery numbers in exchange for the EXCELLENT camera, and overlook the less-than-ideal FunTouch OS, as long as my next main issue doesn’t become a total deal-breaker:

    OVERHEATING:

    As mentioned before, the heating issue is still there, although, granted, it’s been HOT here: from 35 to 38º C during the day.

    Strangely enough, it heats up more during networking activities than during CPU-intensive tasks such as rendering video. 🤷‍♀️

    But heating could be a deal-breaker for me based on something that happened yesterday. I went for a 1h bike ride and was using Gmaps Navigation for the route (phone locked and in my pocket, following audio guidance via my earbuds) and recording the ride with Relive. After about 1/2h, I took out the phone the take a few pics and it was so HOT the camera app was stuttering heavily. I tried recording a video and the result is as can be imagined. Even the home screen and menu were lagging heavily.

    I’ll have to try again during a night ride when it isn’t so hot, but if this phone is going to heat up to the point of nearly freezing (and surely shortening the battery life), there’s no way I’m going to hold onto it when my trusty old Huawei never had such issues.

    Wireless Android Auto also causes severe heating (in a shaded, cool area of the car), while wired AA doesn’t. I could understand if heavy 5G-use caused battery drain but also WiFi? (AA is known to be buggy, but this isn't an isolated case)

    I’m really starting to wish they’d shipped globally with the Dimensity9000….


    TBH, the only real reason I’m still rooting for this phone is the CAMERA.

    The stills it takes are EXCEPTIONAL—the best photos on any phone I’ve used. Especially now that I’ve spent more time playing with it. It nails high-contrast HDR situations, and night photos (especially city-scapes) are STUNNING. The camera UI could use a little polish though (so many options, often in not-too-intuitive places).

    The video is also very good, even though I find the colours a bit over-saturated and would have like to see a Zeiss colour mode there too. Correcting what I said in my previous, in-depth comment on the camera, it IS possible to change lenses when recording video, but only in 1080p—not in 4K or 8K—and not with AI enhancement turned on.

    Transition from one lense to another is smooth enough when zooming in/out, but as is to be expected, there are very noticeable quality losses at certain focal lengths, between lenses, when digital zoom is being applied:

    • At 0.6X, with the ultra-wide, quality is fantastic for an UW lense. At 0.7X the drop in quality isn’t noticeable, but at 0.8 and 0.9X, the digital zoom on the wide-angle yields grainy, pixelated results.
    • Once it jumps to the main camera, quality is top-notch, and respectable up to about 1.3X (30% digital zoom factor); at 1.4X the footage is still quite (despite the 40% digital zoom factor), but from 1.5X to 1.9X… Quality drops exponentially until it switched to the “portrait lense” at 2X.
    • Quality is still very acceptable up to 3X, gradually decreasing until it switches to the 5X periscope.
    • From 5X to 7X the quality is still very good; from there to the 9Xish mark, it’s still acceptable. But beyond 10X….you can imagine.
    Overall, I’m pleased with the video too. Or would be, if it didn’t heat up so much. With a 1min video at 1080p, 30 fps, cpuss-0 jumped from 49º C to 62º C and the battery reached 44º C. Battery dropped 1%. After letting it cool down again to baseline (during which time it dropped another 1%), I tried a [email protected] 4k60fps, and surprisingly, cpuss-0 “only” reached 56º (maybe the A1+ chip was doing the heavy lifting?), the battery hit 43º C and again, 1% drop in battery level.

    But in the 5’ since then, with the phone idle and screen off, it’s dropped another 4% and is still very warm to the touch. I’m guessing that’s Google photos uploading the videos in the background…but still, that’s a 7% drop in 10’, of which only 3’ were active use…

    So, overall, the main reason I’m holding onto this phone is the camera—which I suspect is the deciding factor for anyone who buys this phone. As a camera, it excels; as a phone—despite the gorgeous display, fantastic ultrasonic fingerprint reader and nice-sounding speakers—it’s, in my experience, a fairly poor package, especially at its 1199€ price point; both from a HW standpoint (CPU & battery life) and a SW one (Not-too-smooth 120Hz implementation, small lags in the OS and certain apps, poor HW optimization, bugs and issues with notifications, etc.). Maybe SW updates will solve some of the issues. Or maybe the SD 8 Gen1 is beyond fixable...
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    By the way, are you guys reporting bugs/things that need improving via the Vivo.com app > Support > Feedback? I think we should really make some noise and submit all of our complaints so that maybe they'll address them

    Very good feedback mate, we need to forward all of this to vivo together and separately.

    Camera is top-notch but the animations bugs, notifications and battery needs a major rework.

    Idle drain is bad unless you're on airplane mode or use the phone all the time, it seems vivo kernel combined with android causing some issues.

    Wish we could have more control on cpu power, likely to reduce it without forcing the phone going to power save mode and have all other effect on.

    Let's forward all of this to vivo via live chat and the feedback app.
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    Just got the X80 Pro SD8G1 version and already got some nice updates as well as optinal updates(They call it Trial updates, though it acts like Beta).

    On the first day, due to all the transferring I've done from mine legendary Mate 40 Pro, it got hot but not scorching hot.

    The camera is SuperB as you've heard and seen thought the reviews, it's extremely versatile and the ISP is fast, yet again it did get hot but ever so slightly, nothing to worry about.

    Battery is being tested so i don't have a conclusion yet, but it should be solid though probably nothing like iPhone 13 Pro Max or the Mate 20 X(best Android battery life EVER).

    Speakers are very good but lacks some bass.

    Overall performance are very solid and the charge speed is fast as hell.

    Now, battery will get a hit over the year with heavy use and i'm unsure how this will unfold, but judging from my past you should not worry about it.

    You'll have a blast with this phone, just wish it was bigger with bigger battery but well...
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    I’m new to the forum (I’ve been loitering for some time but have never posted), but I just bought an X80 Pro (in Spain, so FuntouchOS) and wanted to add my 2 cents / pose a question of my own, as I think I may have gotten a lemon and wanted to ask whether some of the behaviours it’s exhibiting are normal.

    I’d been waiting to upgrade for quite some time and had my mind set on the X70 Pro+, but asking prices were way too high, plus I prefer to buy on Amazon or from a well-established vendor, as I’ve had bad experiences with ebay and Aliexpress in the past. So I decided to hold out until the X80 series. Having watched and read every review out there on the X80 Pro, my mind was 100% made up.

    So, I’ve had it for 3 days and unfortunately, the plan is to return it on Monday and either exchange it for another X80 Pro, or for another phone altogether.

    My main issues are overheating and battery life. Granted, I’m in Spain and it’s summer, but I’m in the Pyrenees, rarely above 28º C, and have my old P30 Pro next to me for reference, which at the same ambient temperature, remains cool. (The X80 Pro heats up at night too, when ambient temperature is 15º C).

    On day 1, I charged the phone to 100% before using it, then started the install/customization process (letting it download apps from the Play Store, signing into my apps, rearranging them on the home screen, etc.). After 1h20min of screen time, my battery was down to 49%.

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    After 3h20” of screen-time, battery was down to 26%.

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    This seemed out-of-the-ordinary, but I figured it was the intensive first-day use. The phone also got pretty toasty. After charging it (that 80W charging is FAST!), battery drain continued at an alarming pace. This stopped (and the phone cooled down) after Whatsapp finished downloading the chat backup. Battery drain with light use seems to be approximately 10% per hour of screen-time (as long as there's not networking activity going on).

    Since then, I’ve noticed a pattern: any kind of network usage (cellular or WiFi) causes the phone to heat up and for battery to drain FAST (as in roughly 20-25%/hour). Downloading offline maps for Gmaps (WiFi, screen off), it became very warm, losing almost 10% battery to download 500 Mb (which took, for some reason, about 10’). The phone is even warm to the touch when idle and with the screen off (while my trusty old P30 Pro is cool to the touch).

    After seeing this, I decided to try a more CPU-instensive task. Applying a filter to an 11’ 1080p video and exporting it in Power Director (same resolution) took 5’ 11” and drained 2 % battery. The phone got warm, but no warmer than when downloading or using the camera (which also causes it to heat up considerably).

    So...battery seems to drain faster with network usage than with CPU-demanding tasks? Weird...

    *Note: none of the testing has ever been done under direct sunlight, always in the shade.

    Yesterday I went for a drive in the woods, using Gaia GPS (which has 3D terrain, so it’s somewhat GPU-intensive) on Android Auto, and the phone heated up so much it refused to charge (I tried both wired and wireless A.Auto). When trying to take photos, the camera app stuttered like crazy (the phone was in the shade and air condition was on). My old P30 Pro has always handled this without even a minor hiccup and has never overheated.


    I get the impression that overall, the chip runs hot, especially for networking, but even under idle (background network activity?). From what I’ve read, the SD 8 Gen 1 runs hot in general and is a bit of a power hog, but…is it really this bad or did I get a lemon? Maybe it’s Vivo’s bad thermals, maybe bad CPU optimization, maybe a not-so-great chip in terms of power efficiency and thermals…maybe just a bad chip (no two chips are identical, of course)…

    Has anyone else experienced something similar?

    I’m an intensive user, but I’m not even getting 3h screen-time (down to 20%; I’d probably get 4h if I drained down to near-empty, which I don’t do to preserve battery). And I haven't even been doing video or photo editing. And so far, draining down to 15%, I’ve never even gotten 4h of screen-on time.

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    Starting the day at 8 AM with 100% charge, by 3 PM I’m down to 20% (with light usage), so there’s no way this phone could get me through a full day, even with light use. And even with the 80W fast charging, what about holidays and days in the countryside? I’m not sure I want a phone that makes me so dependent on having to plug it in to get me through the day. If this is normal for this phone, there’s no way it’s for me.

    So, so far my experience with this phone hasn’t been too great, and I’ll definitely be returning it. What I’m not too sure about, is whether to get another X80 Pro or a different phone. I really want to like this phone and give it another shot but…I’m not sure I’m sold (especially at this price point).

    While the main selling point for me was the camera, I can’t say I’m as impressed as I expected to be. Detail is excellent and colour consistency between the lenses is pretty good, and it IS an amazing camera. But performance is proving rather inconsistent. Sometimes pictures feel a bit flat for my liking (I know this is subjective), as if the HDR were a bit overzealous and eliminated the punch/depth. It’s also a bit hit-and-miss in my experience so far: Snap the same picture twice and in one photo it lights up the shadows just right, so they’re not too dark, but contrast is retained; snap it again and it “lights them up” too much, creating a very flat image, lacking contrast. I guess it depends on what the AI deems appropriate for that specific moment.

    In terms of colour profiles, the standard is way too saturated for my liking (Samsung-style), which I didn’t expect. And the Zeiss natural colour mode…is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes it’s spot-on, other times it’s a bit dull and flat and I find myself wishing for a more balanced middle ground. Although this is very dependent, from what I’m finding, on which lense you use:

    Main camera, “Vivo colour”:

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    Punchy, attractive image if you like this style, with red tones actually very true-to-life but green tones fairly over-saturated for my liking.

    Main camera, Zeiss colour:

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    True-to-life greens, reds are a bit muted (the building to the left is red stone, with a few grey stones here and there, but it appears much less red in this photo than it actually is).

    Ultra-wide, Vivo colour:

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    As before, very punchy and vibrant. Greens are more saturated than in real life, reds are spot-on.

    Ultra-wide, Zeiss:

    IMG-20220710-140832.jpg


    Strange balance here. The green on the trees is more life-like, but the different tones of green (lighter leaves/darker leaves) are lost to this snapshot. The green of the grass is muted, with a more reddish tint; in real life it appears greener. The red building appears less red than in real life, yet it’s given a red tint to the shaded part of the building behind it, which is actually grey.

    2X zoom, Vivo:

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    The colour is actually fairly accurate here: a bit more over-saturated than in real-life, but pleasing to my eyes. Which proves my theory that colours are more muted on the 2X tele.

    2X zoom, Zeiss:

    IMG-20220710-140643.jpg


    Also visually pleasing, IMO, even if the colours, overall, are a bit muted compared to real life, particularly on the grass.

    5X zoom, Vivo:

    IMG-20220710-140654.jpg


    Colours are way off. Greens are very oversaturated, the house’s stone wall has a very unnatural, over-sharpened, too-contrasy look and the roof tiles have an odd orange tone to them (they’re redder in real life).

    5X zoom, Zeiss:

    IMG-20220710-140659.jpg


    Much more natural greens, but muted reds (the wall looks too grey, especially in the shadowy part) and again, a more orange tint to the roof.

    But of course, much of this is down to personal preference and I realise I’m nitpicking. I just thought I’d post this for reference. This phone has an impressive camera setup which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. For stills, that is.

    The video…I’ve found myself fairly disappointed with. The colour profile is WAY TOO saturated for my liking, and there’s no option (that I’ve been able to find) to switch to the Zeiss colour profile. Stabilization is good, except for a little jittering when panning. The gimbal on the 2X zooms works wonders, but I really find myself wishing it were on the main camera or the ultra-wide instead of the tele. I really can’t think of any cases where I’d want a gimbal on a 2X tele for video (a gimbal is meant for video use), and for stills, normal OIS would have been sufficient, and the gimbal could have been used for video on a lense people might use while walking around (which is rarely, to not say never, going to be using a 2X zoom factor).

    My main gripe, though, is the inability to switch lenses during video recording. If you start recording with the ultra-wide, you’re stuck with the ultra wide—there’s no option to zoom at all. If you start recording with the main camera, you’re offered the possibility of zooming in up to 5X, but this is digital zoom. Beyond 2X, it starts to get grainy, and beyond 3X the footage is, IMO, unusable. If you start recording at 2X, it’s also the main camera (with 2X digital zoom); it will let you zoom out to 1X, or zoom in all the way to 10X, which is pointless because past 3.5X, the footage looks like something recorded on a digital point-and-shoot from 20 years ago.

    The cinematic mode…honestly, is very aesthetically pleasing, but nothing that can’t be done in post, and not nearly as useful as being able to switch lenses during recording—so, IMO, more of a gimmick than a truly useful feature. I didn’t realise how important being able to switch lenses while recording was to me on my P30 Pro (even if the colour profile differed greatly from one lense to another) until I found myself trying to record my dog on the X80 Pro, seeing how much the image quality degrades when zooming in, and missing the possibility of switching to ultra-wide when he sits in front of me to give me the stick I’ve thrown for him. It just makes the camera so much less versatile for video—it’s such a waste to not take advantage of such high-quality hardware.

    This missing feature might be enough to sway me towards returning the Vivo altogether. I actually think I’d prefer an S22 Ultra, even if its photos can’t compete with the Vivo’s, for its versatility in this sense—I get a feeling that even if it doesn’t excel at any one thing (except zoom, of course), it’s a more balanced overall package. But after ordering and returning an S20 and an S21+ and being very disappointed by the lackluster Exynos performance (stuttering video, very slow to export video, bad battery life), I’ve sworn I won’t buy another Samsung that packs an Exynos chip in it.

    So back to the Vivo…as I write this, I’m realizing this phone might not be for me. I could maybe overlook the missing video features, but the battery life is a bit of a deal-breaker. Even if I could get 6h of screen time…that’s with a brand-new phone. My P30 Pro is 3 years old and outlasts by a mile, still getting more than 7h screen-time. I don’t even want to know how the X80 Pro will perform in a year or two…

    What do you guys think?

    On the other hand, even if I could overlook that, for 1199€, I’d expect a flagship experience and level of polish which the Vivo certainly does not have. A first update solved the inconsistencies in the dark mode (black text on a black background), but overall, the notifications issue is something that shouldn’t happen on a phone this price. I don’t get notifications from Protonmail or Signal, or the Mercedes Me app, and I’m a power user who’s gone through all the settings (allow background usage, unrestricted power usage, notifications, etc.).

    So…after writing this…as much as I like the Vivo for stills, and as much as I’d like to love it,
    I think I’m going to return it. And as things are, I don’t think there’s anything on the market that meets what I’m looking for. I think the SD 8 Gen 1 is too power-hungry a chip, and a SD 888 or 8+ Gen 1 would probably be better choices. Maybe I’ll get a previous-gen phone or just wait for new phones packing the 8+ Gen 1, which seems to be more power-efficient (by 30%).

    So I think I’ve answered my own question and will stick with the P30 Pro for now—even with the failing microphone and fingerprint reader. It still performs as well as the day I bought it and if I’m going to spend this kind of money on something new, I want it to really meet my needs (battery, camera, UI & polish, reliability—and storage: I think 512 Gb of storage would be the wiser, more future-proof option). And further down the road…we’ll see. I just don’t feel like being the guinea pig for companies that keep pumping out phones like this, using consumers as beta-testers for unpolished products (I’m not refering to any brand in particular; they all do the same…).

    Or does anyone who owns it think I'm being too harsh and should give it a second chance? (Another unit). Do you think I can get at least 6h of screen-time on a different (non-faulty) unit? Do you think Vivo might polish the UI and fix the missing notification issue? (I can't say I like the notification style either though).

    Anyway, sorry to all for the rant, but I hope that in exchange I provided some information that’s useful for you.

    That's a comprehensive report on the device, thank you for that.
    I myself coming from the mighty Mate 20 X and Mate 40 Pro and i have to say that there is NO Huawei replacement phone, not truly, they are legendary in all the possible ways, specially camera and battery life.
    About your X80 Pro, i think you got a lemon as the battery life are way poorer than it should be.
    While the battery life are not impressive at all( SD8GEN1 is the main culprit), you should be getting at least 3.5 to 4hr sot while remaining around the 50% mark.

    Now, I believe there is a problem with network optimization, I've read the notes of the latest beta update, and they further optimized the network compatibility.

    It would be helpful if you can submit your problems to vivo via live chat or the feedback program.
    This phone has the biggest potential to be the best on all terms, it is letdown by software, but it should be fixable.
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    The 12s Ultra is just hype. Not more.
    Check out tests on Youtube. The camera cannot keep up because the software from Xiaomi is poorly optimized. In addition, Vivo has its own chip for processing images. I have no regrets and am very happy with the Vivo.