Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the X80 Pro, and its biggest new hardware feature is a bigger in-screen fingerprint sensor. The active area is much larger than the small sensors found on most Android phones these days, which means it’s easier to unlock the phone without looking at the screen to align your thumb.
The scanner has several advantages in addition to being physically larger. You can register each finger with a simple tap on the screen, instead of having to lift and tap it repeatedly like with traditional phones. It works very quickly, even if your hands or the screen are wet. The larger surface area also means you can configure the phone to require two simultaneous fingerprints for an extra layer of authentication.
The “3D Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor” technology actually comes from Qualcomm, which calls it “3D Sonic Max” and touted its inclusion in a recent phone from Vivo’s gaming-focused iQOO sub-brand. The X80 Pro represents the most common deployment of this technology to date.
As a company, Vivo has done more than any other to popularize in-display fingerprint sensors, having introduced the world’s first implementation on an expedition phone in 2018. Vivo has demonstrated larger areas digitization in “Apex” concept phones, including a “full-display” in its 2019 model, but the X80 Pro is one of the first commercial devices to come with a module bigger than the tip of your thumb.
Vivo is also increasingly known for its camera prowess these days, and that’s a big go with the X80 Pro. The Zeiss-branded camera hardware (with T* coating on the lenses) is similar to what we saw with last year’s X70 Pro Plus, although Vivo has yet to announce a Plus version of the X80 Pro. There’s a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 48-megapixel ultrawide, a 12-megapixel 2x telephoto and an 8-megapixel 5x periscope telephoto lens, all housed in a gigantic camera bump. One difference is that the 2x lens now uses Vivo’s gimbal-style optical stabilization.
Vivo also uses a new custom imaging chip called V1 Plus. Like Oppo’s MariSilicon X chip introduced earlier this year, the V1 Plus’ hardware is designed to handle image processing in tough situations like nighttime video capture. Another processing-intensive use case on the X80 Pro is a “cinematic video bokeh” mode designed to emulate the oval bokeh seen in scenes with shallow depth of field shot on Zeiss anamorphic lenses. Vivo claims the chip also helps reduce power consumption.
Other specs of the X80 Pro are typical of a 2022 flagship Android phone. There’s a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The display is a 6.78-inch 1440p curved OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The battery is 4,700mAh and chargers up to 80W with cable or 50W wirelessly via proprietary system Vivo FlashCharge.
We don’t have any information on pricing or regional versions of the X80 Pro yet. It is likely to hit Vivo’s typical markets in India, Europe and East Asia.