From photo and video capture modes developed in partnership with ZEISS and powered by the new vivo V1+ chip to innovations that want to streamline the user experience, SAPO TEK embarked on an expedition to discover the novelties of the X80 Pro 5G.

Recently launched in Europe, vivo’s X80 Pro 5G wants to “shine” in photography and video with new solutions created in partnership with ZEISS. At the Xpedition live event at the ZEISS-Großplanetarium in Berlin, we had the opportunity to discover some of the “secrets” behind the smartphone and to experience the fusion between the Chinese brand’s innovation and the German company’s expertise in digital imaging technology.

Signed in 2020, the partnership with ZEISS is of particular relevance for vivo, wanting to assert itself as a differentiating factor in its smartphones, explains Carlos Mellado, vivo’s Go-To-Market director for Spain and Portugal , TOAD TEK.

According to the official, he believes that the “partnership with a recognized European brand such as ZEISS is capable of generating greater trust”, especially with consumers in the European market, where the Chinese company started to have a presence from 2020 and where you want to continue to grow.

“This partnership is long-term and we intend to continue it” , emphasizes Carlos Mellado. The X60 Pro was one of the first smartphones from vivo to be equipped with ZEISS photography solutions, followed by models like the X70 Pro+ and the foldable X Fold, both launched in China. The new X80 Pro follows in the footsteps of previous smartphones, bringing with it novelties in terms of photo and video capture . 

In addition to a 32MP front camera, its quad rear camera setup the X80 Pro features a 50MP ultra-sensory, which includes a CNV sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS), a 48MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP gimbal portrait camera and an 8MP periscopic camera.

ZEISS experts stress that the digital imaging technology developed for vivo’s smartphone cameras is rigorously tested , including analyzes of the calibration mechanisms and features such as autofocus or stabilization, to ensure higher quality.

Its optical coating system, with T-Coating technology, has been optimized in order to reduce light reflections on the lenses and obtain sharper images, even in more complex lighting scenarios.

The evolution also includes the Bokeh effects, one of the highlights of the X80 Pro , with the Cinematic Video Bokeh mode , using virtual prototyping technology, a technique initially developed for high-end cameras and now being implemented in smartphones such as give them alive.

Through the video mode with a more “Hollywoodesque” style, it is possible to create an oval bokeh in 2.39:1 aspect ratio, in combination with a widescreen cinematic lens effect. According to the brand, this effect varies according to the focal length, aperture and shooting distance.

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And because the vivo Xpedition experience wouldn’t be complete without putting the X80 Pro’s skills to the test, we took the opportunity to test the night mode, capturing some of the impressive spatial views that the Zeiss-Großplanetarium has to offer. 

Focus on innovations that want to streamline the user experience

In addition to its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.1 storage, 4700 mAh battery, Ultra Large Liquid Cooling Vapor Chamber in its cooling system and Dual Stereo speakers, the X80 Pro has room for a new fingerprint sensor. that promises to speed up the smartphone unlocking process .

Vivo claims that the sensor, “hidden” under the screen, is 11.1 times larger than typical optical fingerprint sensors , also giving users the ability to unlock their smartphone in less than a second.

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For greater privacy and to protect certain applications, it is possible to use the two-fingerprint encryption feature . Through the Quick Actions function, users can configure the opening of specific apps when unlocking their smartphone.

The smartphone unlocking technology included in the X80 Pro is one of the “fruits” of vivo’s R&D area, details Carlos Mellado. “The innovations we introduce in our smartphones are presented as a way to give consumers new options to experiment”, with solutions to make the user experience more efficient , in addition to tools that help them discover their most creative side.

“ We have more and more technological innovations in development, because 70% of vivo is dedicated to R&D : not only in China and Japan, with teams more focused on the photography area, but also, for example, in the United States, where we are work closely with Google to improve our artificial intelligence systems.”

Remember that the X80 Pro will be available, in Cosmic Black, for a price of 1,299 euros. Although an arrival date on the Portuguese market has not yet been announced, Carlos Mellado reveals to SAPO TEK that the brand intends to launch it “as soon as possible”, pointing to July this year .