Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the X80 Pro, and its most notable new hardware feature is a larger in-display fingerprint sensor. The active area is much larger than the tiny sensors 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 many advantages besides being physically larger. You can register each finger with a single tap on the screen, rather than having to lift and tap multiple times 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.
This “3D Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor” technology actually comes from Qualcomm, which it calls “3D Sonic Max”. described It’s built into a recent phone from Vivo’s gaming-focused iQOO sub-brand. The X80 Pro represents the most widespread 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 mobile charging app in 2018. Vivo has shown larger scanning surfaces in Apex concept phones, including the Full View 2019 edition. However, the X80 Pro is one. first commercial devices to ship with a unit larger than the tip of your thumb.
Vivo is also increasingly known for its camera prowess these days, and they’re front and center with the X80 Pro. The Zeiss-branded camera hardware (with T* coating on the lenses) is similar to what we saw with the X70 Pro Plus last year, although Vivo has yet to announce a Plus version of the X80 Pro. There’s a 50MP main sensor, 48MP ultrawide, 12MP 2x telephoto, 8MP 5x telephoto periscope, all housed in a huge camera bump. One difference is that the 2x lens now uses Vivo’s gimbal-style optical stabilization.
Vivo also uses a new dedicated imaging chip called V1 Plus. Like Oppo’s MariSilicon X chip that was introduced earlier this year, the V1 Plus is designed to handle image processing in tough situations like shooting video at night. Another processing-intensive use case in the X80 Pro is the Cinematic Video Bokeh mode designed to simulate the oval bokeh seen in shallow depth-of-field scenes captured on anamorphic Zeiss lenses. Vivo says the chip also helps reduce power consumption.
Other specs of the X80 Pro are typical of the 2022 Android flagship. There’s a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. The screen is a 6.78-inch curved OLED panel with a resolution of 1440 pixels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The battery is 4700 mAh and charges up to 80 W with a cable or 50 W wireless with Vivo’s FlashCharge system.
We don’t have any information on pricing or regional versions of the X80 Pro yet. It will likely hit Vivo’s typical markets in India, Europe, and East Asia.