Buyer's Guide

Best 5G smartphones you can buy today (Philippines)

From flagships to lower midrange smartphones



5G smartphones are becoming increasingly common these days. Once a flagship-exclusive feature, more and more smartphones are featuring 5G, especially those in the midrange segment. In the Philippines, you have many options nowadays thanks to OEMs bringing their competitive offerings to the market.

While more and more smartphones are coming in with 5G, adoption of the next-gen network is still at a breakneck pace in the country. Major telcos are upping their game though, with many areas receiving 5G connectivity sooner than later. Still, you have to be mindful of the areas without 5G yet — there are still a lot in the country, to be exact.

You don’t have to wait for a country-wide adoption of 5G to take advantage of its benefits though. Through these smartphones, you can now enjoy faster network speeds and flaunt the venerable “5G” icon to your friends. Here are the some of best 5G smartphones you can buy in the Philippines now, sorted by categories.

Flagship (PhP 30,000 and above)

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (Starts at PhP 69,990)

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra could arguably be the best 5G smartphone from the beloved Korean company to date. It has all the features one can ask from a flagship, including cutting-edge cameras and top-notch performance. 5G connectivity is made possible by next-gen processors such as the Exynos 2100 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Yes, the camera hump is still there but a refined design and the 108MP wide-angle primary camera should be enough to gloss this over. The Infinity-O display is also here to stay, along with 1440P+ resolution. Coupled with the fact that it now receives up to four years of software updates, the Galaxy S21 Ultra surely delivers in both the hardware and software front.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (Starts at PhP 68,990)

This year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the first Apple devices to feature 5G conectivity. Upon first glance, Apple’s most expensive and largest flagship may look the same as last year’s model. After all, it still has the same three cameras on the back, and a notch that seems out of place in 2021. Make no mistake, however, since Apple has actually refreshed the design of its flagships to have flatter edges. Plus, there is a brand-new LiDAR sensor on the back along with MagSafe — Apple’s new proprietary wireless charging connector.

These changes and additions may not interest all users, but it is enough to give the iPhone 12 Pro Max a competitive edge. Couple that with six years of software support and you basically have a flagship worth your hard-earned money.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro (PhP 55,999)

This may not be the best time to adopt a Huawei flagship given the precarious situation the company finds itself in, but the Mate 40 Pro impresses at almost every level. The back design is arguably the one of best out there in the market today.  It hides the camera setup very well, which by the way is perfectly versatile and well-rounded. With a Kirin 9000 chipset running the show, buyers can expect a top-notch performance that punches its weight against Qualcomm and Samsung’s offerings.

The chipset also has a 5G modem built-in to support the next-gen network. For those worried about the app situation, Huawei has come a long way in remedying the lack of Google apps and Play Store on their devices. However, getting some of popular apps still proves to be a challenge though.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 (PhP 39,995)

A 5G-enabled gaming smartphone is what the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is all about, and it never failed on that front. The gaming-centric design is still here to stay, but ASUS surely fitted some cool tricks on the ROG Phone 5 that you may have seen before on certain ROG laptops.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with a Qualcomm Game Quick Touch included for best-in-class responsiveness. Truly, responsiveness is the name of the game since its display comes with a whopping 144Hz refresh rate. If those aren’t enough, it also has a 6,000 mAh battery is to keep going whatever tasks you throw at it.

Xiaomi Mi 11 (PhP 36,990)

Unarguably one of the first smartphones to launch with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, Xiaomi Mi 11 offers 2021 flagship specs at a bang-for-the-buck price. That has been the case for Xiaomi’s flagships anyway, which always have shook the competition with an attractive pairing of specs with prices.

One of the notable elements for Xiaomi’s latest flagship is the more rounded corners of the camera bump, which helps the Mi 11 stay distinct from its competitors. By the way, the camera bump houses a humongous 108 MP primary wide-angle lens paired with a 13 MP ultra-wide and a 5 MP depth sensor. Xiaomi also took the time to refine MIUI for version 12 in the Mi 11. Granted, ads are still a part of the OS but users now have more control over which apps they can uninstall or disable.

Upper Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 29,999)

OnePlus 8T (PhP 29,990)

OnePlus’ tradition of bringing flagship features at bargain prices continues with the 8T, which is more than a refinement of the highly-popular 8 series. 5G connectivity is possible thanks to the included Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. That processor alone is indicative of flagship performance, and it shows on this device. Everything just runs smoothly, which is also thanks to OxygenOS 11.

Buyers expecting flagship camera performance, however, would be a bit disappointed on the 8T. It is a great all-around camera for sure, but it lags behind flagships in night-time situations. Water-resistance ratings are also absent here as a cost-cutting measure. Finally, it lacks a curved display which is one of the highlights of the OnePlus 8 Pro.

vivo V20 Pro (PhP 24,999)

vivo continues to enjoy success on its V-series devices, which are predominantly midrange devices. The V20 series offers a Pro variant that features 5G, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor. This Pro variant is exactly the V20 Pro, which the company touts as the world’s slimmest 5G smartphone yet.

Aside from its thin profile, the device packs respectable specs for its class. The processor itself is quite capable, handling games, apps, and some intensive tasks. Likewise, the camera setup is versatile for almost every scenario thanks to the 64MP wide-angle lens coupled with an 8 MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (PhP 23,990)

For 2021, Samsung is finally getting more serious about its A-series lineup and the latest Galaxy A52 5G is an evidence for this. Gone are the flashy yet equally divisive design of the yesteryear, now replaced by a minimal yet almost-professional look thanks to a unibody matte finish all throughout the device.

The display also gets a nice bump in the refresh rate department, which is now a whopping 120Hz for the 5G-enabled variant. The processor here is also a win, with Samsung fitting in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G. The primary rear camera gets a bump to 64MP, while the battery sees modest increase to 4,500 mAh. Almost everything here gets a nice bump, and Samsung is even generous to include IP67 dust and water resistance.

OPPO Reno5 5G (PhP 23,990)

OPPO is shaking things up on the upper midrange segment with the release of OPPO Reno5 5G. It is the smaller brother of the Reno5 Pro 5G, having a 6.4-inch FHD+ resolution instead. Beyond that, it retains almost all of the features including the quad-camera setup in the form of 64MP wide-angle + 8MP ultra-wide-angle + 2MP depth + 2MP macro lens.

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, the device supports 5G connectivity and features modest performance for almost everyone. It’s not exactly flagship class, but it has the chops to play even the most graphically intensive games. And yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still here, which is getting quite rare to find in this price segment.

OnePlus Nord (PhP 21,990)

OnePlus stole the scene again last 2020 when it launched its first Nord device. It was the brand’s another attempt in the midrange segment after the ill-fated OnePlus X. So far, OnePlus’ strategy is working, with Nord driving sales for the brand thanks to its unique set of features including OxygenOS. When it launched in the Nord, it represented an Android purists’ dream.

Since then, the OS underwent major changes in its latest version mimicking another brand’s signature design. Still, it is not as bloated as the others. Beyond the OS, OnePlus Nord offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and a quad-camera setup. That camera setup may not excel in one particular area, but it is decent enough for most situations.

Huawei Nova 7 5G (PhP 17,990)

Huawei has put compelling options in recent years, and the Nova 7 5G is no exception. It is one of the first devices in the upper midrange segment to feature 5G, all thanks to the in-house Kirin 985 chipset. The chipset definitely keeps up with everything thrown at it, even on the most intensive tasks. Battery life is also a big plus for the midrange. Finally, its camera is definitely capable of any situation.

The plastic build and lack of a 3.5mm audio jack may put off some buyers, but it definitely is a well-made phone featuring everything one can ask for a flagship at a reasonable price. The biggest drawback though: the lack of Google apps and Play Store.

Lower Midrange (PhP 10,000 to PhP 19,999)

Mi 10T (PhP 19,990)

Xiaomi is only one of the few that dared to offer a 5G smartphone in the Philippines with a sub-PhP 20K price. Yes, the Mi 10T is still dangerously close to PhP 20K, but it represents one of the best bang-in-the-buck devices right now.

First, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor for flagship performance. It is quite rare for any brand to offer a device with a flagship processor in this price segment, but Xiaomi is not like any of those brands. The Mi 10T also gets a capable camera setup, with triple cameras in the rear providing flexible shooting modes.

TCL 10 5G (PhP 17,990)

Some of you out there may get confused with the inclusion of a TCL smartphone. Include this on your “today I learned” — TCL makes smartphones that are worth a second look. Chief among that is the TCL 10 5G with a price so appealing for buyers who really wanted to have a 5G-capable smartphone.

It’s no slouch too with the features it packs. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G runs the show, and the HDR-capable full HD display is something worth looking at. It even has a glass body which is truly quite rare for the price. Bundle in a headphone jack, and you clearly have a winner with the TCL 10 5G.

moto g 5G Plus (PhP 16,990)

It’s no secret that the primary draw of the moto g 5G Plus is its 5G capability. But there’s more to this phone. It sports a tall 6.7-inch FHD+ display with support for a 90Hz refresh rate, comes with a satisfyingly clean My UX, and equipped with a no-slouch Snapdragon 765G chipset.

Furthermore, this phone promises up to two days of battery life with its 5000mAh battery. And it fills up quickly with its 20W TurboPower charging. It’s easily one of the affordable options you can have if you’re looking for a future-proof handset.

No budget option yet

There are now quite a few 5G smartphones in the Philippines, and there’s more incoming as adoption continues to grow. However, it is quite baffling to see that there are no budget 5G smartphones yet. By the way, budget here means smartphones costing less than PhP 10,000.

One of the probable reasons why is the cost involved in the manufacturing process. Like every other technology, it takes time for the cost of manufacturing to go down especially with the strained capacity and logistics. The same goes for the manufacturing of modems that enable 5G connectivity.

As general advice, buyers rocking a 4G smartphone shouldn’t outright buy a new 5G-enabled smartphone just yet. Yes, it is the future of cellular networks but it doesn’t mean the end for 4G yet. For the greatest and the latest though, smartphones with 5G are the way to go.

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PlayStation gift ideas for 2022: The best of the best

God of War: Ragnarök tops the list



Gamers, rejoice! The Christmas season is finally here. That means it’s also the perfect time to secure PlayStation titles and peripherals to boost the gaming experience. Here are some of the best gift ideas for gamers on both PS4 and PS5:

UNCHARTED: Legacy of Thieves Collection

This collection retails for PhP 2,490 and includes both critically acclaimed single player adventures, UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End and UNCHARTED: The Lost Legacy.

Dive into complex history from the point of view of thieves Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer. Its PlayStation 5 option is remastered with improved visuals and framerate.

God of War: Ragnarök

Already widely considered as the game of the year, Santa Monica Studio’s sequel to the 2018 God of War features Kratos and Atreus going on a mythic journey across nine realms together before Ragnarök arrives.

Kratos will use his weapons like the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos as he puts everything on the line to fight for family while facing fearsome enemies from Norse gods to wild beasts.

God of War: Ragnarök is priced at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

Horizon Forbidden West

From Sony comes an action RPG wherein Aloy braves the Forbidden West, a frontier that conceals mysterious threats.

The adventure will take gamers to a far-future, post-apocalyptic world of Horizon where land is dying and vicious storms keep ravaging what’s left of humanity.

That said, it will be up to Aloy to uncover the secrets, forge alliances, and defeat the enemy to prevail.

Horizon Forbidden West is available at PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7

For those into racing, Gran Turismo 7 brings together the very best of the Real Driving Simulator.

The game reintroduces GT Simulation Mode, on top of the head-to-head GT Sport Mode, GT Campaign, Arcade, and Driving School.

With over 420 cars available at Brand Central and the Used Car Dealership from day one and over 90 track routes including classics, Gran Turismo 7 promises both unparalleled detail and experience.

You can purchase the game for PhP 3,490 for PS5 and PhP 2,990 for PS4.

The Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us Part 1

The multi-awarded game gets a PlayStation 5 treatment. Protagonist Joel smuggles 14-year-old Ellie out of a military quarantine zone, which jumpstarts a brutal cross-country journey.

This package includes The Last of Us single-player story and celebrated prequel chapter, Left Behind, which explores the events that changed the lives of Ellie and her best friend Riley forever.

The Last of Us Part I costs PhP 3,490 as well.

Gaming peripherals

As for accessories, you should get your hands on the DualSense Wireless Controller for PS5 which now comes in new colors. The controllers are now available in Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Galactic Purple, and Nova Pink, as well as Gray Camouflage.

It is available in all PlayStation authorized dealers starting at PhP 3,990.

Speaking of those colors, one can now customize their console itself with the PS5 Console Covers which are priced at PhP 3,090.

To complete the immersive gaming experience, the PULSE 3D Wireless Headset delivers with PS5 system’s Tempest 3D AudioTech and comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones.

It is available for PhP 5,590 in Midnight Black and Gray Camouflage.

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BUYER’S GUIDE: All-new PlayStation Plus

Which Tier is your match?



PlayStation Plus

It’s been close to two months, for most markets, since the all-new PlayStation Plus subscriptions launched. Being in a launch market, I have personally had it for over two months now. Even then, I still see plenty of people confused and frequently asking about which Tier they should subscribe to. My goal is to help you figure it out for yourself. 

The three tiers

There are three tiers, with the highest tier’s name changing depending on what region you’re in. They are as follows: Essential, Extra, and then Premium or Deluxe. 

Essential is what the entire PlayStation Plus subscription used to be. The benefits are online multiplayer, cloud save files, and monthly free games. 

Extra is a step above Essential. With it, you gain access to a catalog of PlayStation 4 (PS4) games. These include exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, God of War, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and many more. In this tier, you’ll also find older titles but remastered for the PS4 like The Last of Us (PS3), Final Fantasy X-X2 (PS2), Final Fantasy VII (PS1), and more. 

Now this is where it gets sort of tricky. Emphasis on sort of. You only really need to know what Region your account is registered under. Personally, I have one for R3 (Singapore) and another for R1 (USA). If you find the Regions confusing, this guide from GameOne is pretty helpful.

An easy way to check is to just fire up your console and go to the PlayStation Plus section. Depending on your region, you’ll see either Premium or Deluxe there. So, what’s the difference? 

Deluxe has all the benefits of Essential and Extra but adds a Classics Catalog. At launch, these included PS1 titles like Tekken 2 and Ape Escape. But most recently, it’s now included remasters of Batman Arkham City and Arkham Asylum. The remasters are for PS4 but the original games were initially released on the PlayStation 3 (PS3). 

Premium, meanwhile, has all the benefits of the aforementioned along with the ability to cloud stream games. This is crucial especially for some PS3 titles that never had any PS4 remasters. 

In this tier, you also curiously get Game Trials. It lets you play a portion of what is usually a AAA title. If it piques your interest, you can buy the game digitally and your progress will carry over. 

Nobody asked but I think this should have been added, instead, to the Essential tier. If the idea is to sell more games, wouldn’t it be better to put the trials at a tier that most people will likely subscribe to? PlayStation, I hope you reconsider.

How much are they?

Here’s the pricing for key markets: 


  • United States — US$ 14.99 monthly / US$ 39.99 quarterly / US$ 99.99 yearly
  • Singapore — SG$ 13.90 monthly / SG$ 35.90 quarterly / SG$ 89.90 yearly
  • Hong Kong — HK$ 75 monthly / HK$ 215 quarterly / HK$ 515 yearly
  • Malaysia — MYR 44 monthly / MYR 114 quarterly / MYR 269 yearly


  • United States — US$ 14.99 monthly / US$ 39.99 quarterly / US$ 99.99 yearly
  • Singapore — SG$ 13.90 monthly / SG$ 35.90 quarterly / SG$ 89.90 yearly
  • Hong Kong — HK$ 75 monthly / HK$ 215 quarterly / HK$ 515 yearly
  • Malaysia — MYR 44 monthly / MYR 114 quarterly / MYR 269 yearly


  • Singapore — SG$ 15.90 monthly / SG$ 40.90 quarterly / SG$ 103.90 yearly
  • Hong Kong — HK$ 85 monthly / HK$ 239 quarterly / HK$ 599 yearly
  • Malaysia — MYR 50 monthly / MYR 130 quarterly / MYR 309 yearly


  • United States — US$ 17.99 monthly / US$ 49.99 quarterly / US$ 119.99 yearly
  • United Kingdom — £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly
  • Japan — ¥1,550 – monthly / ¥4,300 – quarterly / ¥10,250 yearly

If you’re starting from scratch – meaning no prior subscription, those are the pricings you’re looking at. 

However, if you have an existing PlayStation Plus subscription the amount will be prorated. But what does that mean? 

Here’s an example: 

Before the all-new PlayStation Plus Subscription kicked in, I had a PS Plus subscription that goes all the way to December 2022. That means I essentially have an existing subscription with the value of seven (7) months of PS Plus Essential which amounts to SG$ 97.3. 

Had I started from scratch, I would have had to pay seven (7) months of PS Plus Deluxe which costs SG$ 111.3.

But thanks to my existing PS Plus Essential credits, I only paid SG$ 14 to go Deluxe for the rest of my subscription. 

Still confusing? Essentially, I didn’t have to pay the full amount of the yearly Deluxe subscription. I only had to pay for the upgrade to Deluxe that covers the duration of my subscription. 

And there’s really no other way to do it. PlayStation will automatically prorate your existing subscription to whichever tier you’re upgrading to.  

How to buy? 

You can simply upload your debit or credit card information directly to your account. It should be seamless in most countries. If you’re in the Philippines, here’s a helpful guide from Ungeek

Alternatively, you can opt to buy PlayStation Network (PSN) credits from authorized stores and sellers.

Which one should you actually buy? 

This depends entirely on your needs, the type of games you play, and naturally, your budget. 

For instance, I initially was only going to upgrade to Extra because I wasn’t really interested in the Classic titles available at launch. But a pretty little angel offered to cover for the Deluxe subscription. And I’m grateful, because now, I’m able to play Batman Return to Arkham: Arkham City, Syphon Filter, as well as the original Resident Evil game. Totally lied about that last one as I’ve been avoiding horror games since Silent Hill gave me nightmares wayback when. I digress.

If you’re the multiplayer type, you’re definitely gonna want to get at least the Essential tier as it’s required for online multiplayer. These are games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and even sports ones like NBA 2K and FIFA. 

Essential is also great if you’re the type who can wait. The monthly games are definitely a mixed bag, but every now and then they’ll throw in games you meant to buy but never did for whatever reason. That happened to me with titles like Persona 5 Striker, Judgment, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and many others.

Premium, if you have access to it, offers classic titles as well as access to cloud stream PS3 titles. That last one isn’t available in any other tier. 

What’s the best value?

God of War

Again, this really depends on the type of gamer you are and the number of hours you can spend gaming. But generally speaking, I personally think the Extra tier offers the best bang for your buck. 

Not only do you get free monthly games, you also have access to some pretty rad PS4 titles. And just recently, it also gave us access to a much anticipated and now thoroughly beloved indie title – Stray.

Premium and Deluxe are great. But given the available titles as of writing, these two tiers are more of a luxury at this point.

Other things to keep in mind

Spidey's not shy about taking selfies

Games come and go. After all, nothing lasts forever. Unlike the free monthly games available on the Essential tier, you won’t have access to certain titles once they’re pulled out.

It’s still early in the subscription’s lifespan so no major titles have left yet. But eventually, there will be games that won’t be available anymore for one reason or another.

So, if you’re subscribed to whatever Tier and a game you really like becomes available. Hop on it as soon as you can because you never know when it’ll go away.

Happy gaming!

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vivo X80 vs X80 Pro: Buyer’s Guide

Which vivo flagship is your GadgetMatch?



We’ve always been impressed by how much value vivo smartphones offer. The X series in particular has had some of the best camera smartphones we’ve tested in recent years. This year’s vivo X80 and X80 Pro are no different.

We partnered with vivo and put together this Buyer’s Guide to figure out which one is your GadgetMatch.

Tale of the Tape

The Vivo X80 is the base model in the X80 series, but it’s no slouch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 processor.

It’s got a 6.78″ HD display, 4500 mAh battery, 80W Flash Charge and 3 rear cameras co-engineered with Zeiss, coupled with OIS and EIS.

It’s going to be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

The price: INR 59,999 or around US$ 760 when converted.

The Vivo X80 Pro has all the bells and whistles and top of the line specs: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 6.78″ WQHD+ display, 4700 mAh battery, 80W Flash Charge and 50W Wireless Flash Charge, as well as 4 rear cameras co-engineered with Zeiss.

The rear camera system includes a new 50MP Ultra-sensing GNV sensor and Zeiss Gimbal Portrait Camera.

It’s going to be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, select countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.

The price: INR 86,999 or US$ 1100 when converted.


Both the vivo X80 and X80 Pro look and feel premium. They also both come in Cosmic Black, which is a rather classy finish. It’s got a nice shimmer to it.

Our X80 unit comes in a fun Urban Blue color — perfect for the summer.

The back is made of glass, but because of the frosted matte finish it’s not a fingerprint magnet the phones. The phones stay pristine-looking.

The camera module is nestled in a bigger rectangular plate. If you take a closer look, the X80 Pro’s is slightly bigger because of an extra 8MP Periscope lens.

The design is very similar to the previous X-series phones. Some people might find the lack of change rather boring, but I’m glad vivo is sticking to this design language.

For a few years now it has set the X-series apart from other smartphones and has left a lasting impression. Not to mention both phones are built great and feel solid.

If you ask me, I’d take something solid and refined over something flashy and gimmicky.

It’s worth noting that both the X80 and X80 Pro come bundled with matching cases. They’re made of plastic but have a leather-like finish.

Props to vivo for bundling a case that doesn’t cheapen the phone the way a jelly case does.


Both the vivo X80 and X80 Pro sport a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

This faster refresh rate makes the phones feel snappier; animations more buttery smooth. When playing games that support it, graphics are more fluid also.

On top of that, faster response rates: 240Hz on the vivo X80 and 300Hz on the vivo X80 Pro.

If you’re looking for an extra crisp viewing experience, the X80 Pro is the one to get. Of the two, it’s got the higher resolution W Quad HD+ display.

While Our Great National Parks is best enjoyed on a bigger screen, the vivo X80 Pro is the next best thing when you’re mobile.

Battery Life

One thing that’s hard to show on video, and certainly not something noticeable from daily use, is that the X80 Pro is slightly thicker and heavier than the X80.

One reason is a bigger battery: 4700 mAh vs 4500 mAh.

Battery consumption is different from person to person but both leave plenty of juice in the tank after a heavy day of use. In fact I was getting more like a day and a half with the X80 Pro.

Both phones also support 80W FlashCharge. With the bundled adapter charging speeds were insanely fast: a full charge in just 35 minutes.

10 mins 42%
30 mins 96%
35 mins 100%

X80 Pro
10 mins 42%
30 mins 95%
35 mins 100%The X80 does not support wireless charging. While the X80 Pro supports up to 50W Wireless Flash Charge with vivo’ proprietary 50W Vertical Wireless Flash Charger.

With the said wireless charger you can get to 50% in under 30 minutes.


One department vivo has spent a lot of time on over the last few years is its camera technology.

With every iteration of the X series we’ve seen it get better and smoke the competition.

This year vivo’s introducing the V1+, a custom imaging chip that enables a diverse feature set and optimizes energy consumption.

Another reason the vivo X80 and X80 Pro’s cameras are so good is its partnership with German company Zeiss.

I must admit I usually feel cynical about co-engineering partnerships because in a lot of cases it’s nothing but a license to plaster a prestigious camera company’s logo on phones.

My experience of using the X80, and even more so the X80 Pro has me convinced otherwise.

All the lenses on the X80 and on the X80 Pro have Zeiss patented T Star coating, which helps reduce those reflections when photographing lights at night.

Photos taken with the X80 and X80 Pro have none of those. What you get are clear, crisp images. even in the most challenging of situations.

Given its Pro monicker, the X80 Pro’s camera system is superior compared to the X80, headlined by a new 50MP Ultra Sensing Samsung GNV Sensor. Coupled with OIS and a f/1.57 aperture, it can capture photos that even the eyes can’t see in complete darkness.

With the X80 Pro you’re also getting a 8MP Periscope Camera with 5X optical zoom so you can take photos of landmarks even from far away.

It’s also got a 48MP f/2.2 Ultra Wide Angle Camera which makes taking photos of iconic places like Times Square a lot easier.

The new 12MP Gimbal Portrait camera lets you capture clear action shots. It comes with a new Camera Panning feature, which lets you achieve this linear motion blur effect when taking photos of moving subjects.

A lot of smartphones nowadays take excellent photos during the day; the vivo X80 and X80 Pro are no exception but where the X80 and X80 Pro really excel in is night time photography and videography.

In the X80 Pro vivo also introduces XDR photo technology, which, simply put helps manage highlights, shadows, contrast, and color reproduction in the most difficult of scenarios.

Watch our in-depth Buyer’s Guide video to see all the photos we took with the X80 and X80 Pro, and watch a video montage of New York City shot on the Vivo X80 Pro.

Is the vivo X80 or X80 Pro your GadgetMatch?

You can start by asking yourself these questions: What do I use my phone for? How important are top of the line specs to me?

Do I need wireless charging? How often do I take photos and videos? How much am I willing to pay?

If you want top of the line specs and wireless charging definitely go for the Pro Model. I’m confident that it’s one that you can rely on from day to night.

If differing cameras are a concern for you, my thoughts are while the Pro model has better cameras, the X80 still is a solid camera smartphone. You just lose the ability to zoom in 5x.

Definitely do pick up the X80 Pro if you want the best camera in your pocket. I’d say it’s up there among the best Android phones.

Of course with a great camera and advanced features comes a higher price tag. So that US$ 300 difference between the two should be taken into consideration.

Do the benefits make up for paying this much more? That’s something you have to answer based on what means the most to you.

Watch our in-depth vivo X80 vs X80 Pro Buyer’s Guide for you to find out!

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