Vivo X90 Pro Review: Creature Of The Night

Vivo X90 Pro Review: Creature Of The Night

Vivo X90 Pro is an interesting Galaxy, Pixel and iPhone alternative of this world with a camera that lights up when the sun goes down. However, bad software decisions and lack of polish keep it from breaking Android Elite.

Vivo X90 Pro back slanted

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In recent years, Vivo has established itself on the camera phone map with new micro-gimbal stabilization technology and a partnership with photography brand Carl Zeiss. The 2022 Vivo X80 Pro has been the pinnacle of their efforts so far, with an impressive camera system with great low-light capabilities, as well as all the premium extras you'd expect from a high-end flagship phone. Is the Vivo X90 Pro another step towards achieving the company's ambitions? It's time to present the Vivo X90 Pro review from Android Authority .

About this Vivo X90 Pro review: I tested Vivo X90 Pro (12GB/256GB) for 10 days. It was running Android 13 (build number: PD2242F_EX_A_13.1.11.3.W20) with January 2023 security patch. This review unit was provided by Vivo.

Everything you need to know about Vivo X90 Pro

Vivo X90 Pro Google Discover

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  • Vivo X90 Pro (12GB/256GB): TBA

The Vivo X90 Pro is one of three phones in the high-end X90 series, which also includes the standard X90 and the high-end X90 Pro Plus. Unfortunately, the X90 Pro Plus, which competes with the best Android phones in terms of specifications, is limited to China, so the X90 Pro remains the top model in the global market at the time of this writing.

The Vivo Pro is still a flagship device in terms of specs and features, including the new MediaTek Dimensity 9200 processor with ray tracing, a 50-megapixel 1-inch main camera, IP68 rating and fast wireless charging. The X90 Pro Plus comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, a telephoto zoom lens, a high-resolution ultra-wide-angle camera, and the same fantastic in-display fingerprint scanner we saw on the X80 Pro.

This puts the Vivo X90 Pro in a difficult position to be the successor to the flagship X80 and X70 Pro, while the X90 Pro Plus looks like the successor to the X80 Pro.

Vivo X90 Pro will be available in Hong Kong, Europe, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. It comes in a color called Legendary Black (pictured). No European pricing or release date is yet known, but in Malaysia the device is priced at RM4,999 (~$1,174). Its predecessor, the Vivo X80 Pro, cost £1,199 in the UK and €1,299 in other European regions.

Which one is better?

Vivo X90 Pro back upright edited

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After unboxing the Vivo X90 Pro, I was greeted with a phone that looks like other Vivo X-series devices from the front. However, flipping the device over reveals a new vegan faux leather with a smooth texture that provides a premium look and feel. I also like the thin metal strap that goes under the camera ring. It fits snugly against the bezel and separates the top third of the phone from the bottom two thirds.

The camera cover itself is half the size of an Oreo cookie, or what Vivo calls "Big Eye". It's not the biggest camera island we've seen, but it's still a lot bigger than the X80 Pro module or even the chunky Google Pixel 7 Pro camera. When the phone is resting on a surface, it doesn't wobble too much, but I'm concerned that the bottom of the case wears more over time, since that's where the phone usually sits. However, the leather back and slightly beveled edges make this a premium phone. It doesn't hurt to have Scott Genesis Up glass on the screen and Corning Gorilla Glass on the camera for protection, as well as IP68 water resistance.

Vivo X90 Pro's OLED display is a step up from the regular FHD+ display.

The display of the Vivo X90 Pro is a curved 6.78-inch OLED display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. The good news is that a great browsing experience awaits you here. The 2800 x 1280 display may be a QHD+ panel, but it's a step up from regular FHD+ displays on paper, and I had no complaints about sharpness. The display has a maximum brightness of 1300 nits and I had no problems using the device outdoors. Vivo offers a variety of display color profiles, including a Zeiss Natural Color option for more realistic colors.

Vivo is using the Dimensity 9200 processor in the X90 Pro instead of the ubiquitous Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 we've seen in most 2023 models, including Vivo's own X90 Pro Plus. This is our first experience with MediaTek's 2023 flagship chipset, and judging by its specs, it should deliver impressive performance. So what does the benchmark tell us?

In particular, the Geekbench results show that the Dimensity 9200 is quite powerful, but in terms of multi-core CPU performance, it falls far behind the best Snapdragon silicon. However, the X90 Pro performs better in GPU-related tests, beating the OnePlus 11 at its peak in the Wild Life stress test, putting it on par with the flagship Snapdragon processor, which is no small feat. It also came close to the Galaxy S23 Ultra's top score, although it couldn't match it for consistent performance; more on that later.

Regardless, I had no complaints about the Vivo X90 Pro's day-to-day performance during testing. Browsing, multitasking and launching apps seamlessly. The game is a tough test, but Genshin Impact runs smoothly at medium settings and 60fps. The GameCube and PS2 emulation was also good, although I definitely noticed some lag in more demanding titles like Shadow of the Colossus and F-Zero GX. Though this has more to do with the state of Arm Mali's graphics drivers than a sheer lack of horsepower.

There's no point in having a ton of raw power if the phone isn't quiet. The X90 Pro's 4,870mAh battery generally does a pretty good job. Typical usage, which included YouTube videos, some gaming, and web browsing, resulted in over seven hours of screen time and just over a day and a half of use (see first image below). About an hour of GPS navigation, about an hour of camera use, and heavy Reddit browsing resulted in five hours of screen time and a full day of use.

Vivo X90 Pro is equipped with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The fast charge switch is surprisingly disabled by default, but without it I still ran from zero to 100%. Last time, I managed to cut the time by three minutes by turning on the fast charge switch. Either way, you should expect charging times of half an hour or less, which is in line with the OnePlus 11 and other ultra-fast charging phones. It should be noted that wired and wireless charging solutions are proprietary. The 120W USB-C to USB-C charger also provides 65W PPS charging so you can charge other devices without any hassle. If you want maximum wireless speed, the only downside is getting a Vivo wireless charger from the original manufacturer, although it does support Qi wireless charging as a fallback.

Two other positives worth mentioning are eSIM support and a pair of quality stereo speakers. The earlier feature was heavily delayed as previous Vivo flagships didn't have this connectivity. Meanwhile, the X90 Pro beats my Pixel 7 Pro in speaker volume. The lower speaker is slightly louder than the speaker, but the sound is quite balanced.

Which is not very good.

Vivo X90 Pro face down on window sill

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Just take a look at the app drawer to see that Vivo still hasn't fixed the virus issue in Funtouch OS. We counted 11 pre-installed apps and this does not include hot app/game icons and Vivo native apps (such as Vivo browser and app store). In a rather exciting move, Vivo actually asks you if you'd like to install more apps during the setup process, such as Snapchat, PicsArt, Pinterest, TurboVPN, and Facebook Lite. The Vivo skin clearly has potential thanks to its aesthetics and decent list of features. But Vivo really needs to fix the virus problem if it wants the FunTouch OS to have a chance to topple Android's best backs.

It also doesn't help that Vivo has fallen behind in the upgrade race. Vivo X90 Pro will be supported for three major OS updates and three years of security patches. The previous update policy is pretty good, but three years of security updates is pretty bad when Google and Samsung offer five years. BBK stable partner OnePlus is also offering a four-year security agreement for older flagships and a five-year security agreement through 2023.

Funtouch OS is a solid android skin, once again marred by a plethora of malware.

While overall and gaming performance is generally good, the Vivo X90 Pro heats up unacceptably under standard stress tests. In this situation, the device heats up unpleasantly, especially around the edges. Sure, these stress tests take the phone beyond the necessities of 3D gaming, but we're still a bit concerned about how it'll handle more demanding tasks later on.

To track consistent performance, the 3DMark Wild Life stress test showed the phone eventually dropped to around 60% of its original performance. That's close to the OnePlus 11 results, but well behind the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which dropped just 37%, although the overall stability score reached ~60%, in line with our Galaxy S23 series tests. We didn't notice any drop in real-world performance during long gaming sessions, but combined with the overheating we experienced, it's entirely possible that the X90 Pro could win during marathon mobile gaming sessions.

Vivo X90 Pro back face down USB port

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It's a little disappointing that the X90 Pro's display doesn't even support refresh rates below 60Hz. The phone either stays on 120Hz, 60Hz or dynamically switches between the two with the Smart Switch option. By comparison, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus drop to 48Hz, while many premium flagships have LTPO displays that drop to 10Hz or 1Hz. It's not a big deal, but a lower refresh rate can save battery life in some situations.

Speaking of weight loss, the in-display fingerprint sensor is a significant step up from the excellent Sonic Max 3D scanner on the Vivo X80 Pro. It's still a fast but sometimes inaccurate experience, but it's a little disappointing that the new scanner remains exclusive to top models.

Finally, while I really like the design of the Vivo X90 Pro, I really could do without the "Extreme Imagination" badge on the metal back strap, as well as the "Professional Photography" badge on the top of the phone. Why spoil a good thing, Vivo?

Vivo X90 Pro camera review

Vivo X90 Pro camera viewfinder

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Vivo X90 Pro's triple rear camera system is dominated by the IMX989 1-inch 50MP main camera. This is the largest camera sensor you can find on a modern smartphone and it matches the Xiaomi 13 Pro. So what does this mean for actual image quality?

Daytime photos produce very natural bokeh due to the large sensor size, but I find it a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you get a great separation between foreground and background. On the other hand, in some cases you need to step back or you run the risk of a poorly focused subject or part of your subject being out of focus.

In fact, the camera seems to have a small focus area even when pushed back, resulting in color bleeding and a general lack of focus (see flower tips in 1x photo, as well as a bowl of noodles). move your phone away to get a good picture.

Otherwise, daytime shots from the main camera usually provide a good level of detail, minimal noise, and relatively vibrant colors without going overboard. Thankfully, the Zeiss Natural color profile also makes a comeback if you're after more realistic colors. However, the phone sometimes applies a bit more sharpening.

Where this great sensor really excels is in low-light shooting, and the combination of this sensor and the Vivo's excellent low-light performance makes for great night shots. Expect bright shots with low noise and maintain a good level of detail. The phone is sometimes a little sharper at night, although it is similar to daytime. .

Vivo X90 Pro's powerful 50-megapixel main camera is capable of capturing low-end high-end cameras.

Perhaps the coolest trick here is the addition of a manual astro mode that lets you take astrophotos just like you would with night mode. Just hold your phone relatively still for a few seconds and it will disable star mode. Regardless of tripod star mode, manual mode selects the blue sky color, which can (thankfully) be turned off.

You're still better off using a tripod for stargazing, as it gives a crisp, clear image, and image quality can be inconsistent when using your hand. For example, in the third image, some sections of the mountain have a strange hue (although this is probably due to the emphasis on the city). However, it's a clear step up from regular night mode and means you can get more creative with your shots; no need to lug around a heavy tripod or lean over a portable tripod.

The 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera is solid enough for daytime shooting, although you'll definitely notice very soft corners, purple edges, and a more contrasty look. You will even notice a lot of noise in the dark parts of some scenes during the day. At least this camera has a dedicated macro mode that zooms in up to 1x to provide close-up detail without the horrendous over-sharpening that gets in the way of the Vivo X80 Pro's mode. Overall, though, the X80 Pro's ultra-wide-angle lens falls a little short.

Vivo has also opted for a 50MP 2x telephoto camera, which has more megapixels than the 2x camera on the X80 and X80 Pro. Image quality is good at 2x, although detail drops off very quickly at 5x and the image looks too contrasty to load. Therefore, portraits on this camera, as a rule, are sharp and have some depth errors. Vivo implements the Zeiss Cine Flare portrait style if you want to get a cinematic flare in your photo by incorporating existing portrait styles.

Another new addition is the Zeiss Miniature Effect mode, which is literally a tilt and shift mode. Luckily, Vivo lets you adjust the range and angle of the blur, and you can even select the Zeiss bokeh effect to enable night mode.

In terms of video capabilities, the Vivo X90 Pro tops out at 8K/24fps, albeit without any kind of stabilization. बालाई बहुल्य. If you need stable video, 4K/60fps or 4K/30fps is better. I'm also happy to see the return of the Smooth Ultra Stabilization feature, though disappointed to see it's still capped at 1080p/60fps after all this time.

Other notable camera modes include Skyline Stabilization (limited to 1080p/30fps but keeping the horizon level), Freeze Frame Sport Mode, Pro Mode, Full Resolution version for 50MP shots, Supermoon Mode, and the aforementioned manual or tripod mode. . based on Astro mode.

Vivo X90 Pro Specification

vivo x90 pro:


6.78" QHD+
refresh rate 120Hz
Touch response 300 Hz
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor


Mediatek Dimension 9200
Mali-G715 Immortalis MC11 GPU frame


12 GB


256 GB
not extensible


4870 mAh
Wired charging 120W
Wireless charging 50W


f/1.75 50MP IMX989 main one inch OIS
f/2.0 12MP ultra wide
f/1.6 at 50MP 2x telephoto IMX758

Video: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps.

forehead 32 MP

IP rating





IR blaster
WiFi 6:
Bluetooth 5.3
Codec support SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, adaptive aptX, aptX TWS+, LDAC, LC3


July 13
Android 13:

dimensions and weight

164.07 x 74.53 x 9.34mm
215 grams

Vivo X90 Pro review

Vivo X90 Pro screen up on ledge

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Vivo X90 Pro meets all the requirements you would expect from a 2023 flagship phone from a major manufacturer. the head of the execution too? Yes, super fast charging with cable and beta. Deal with the IP68 rating? a secure primary main camera (which launched Excel overnight). absolutely.

Телефон Vivo делает некоторые заметные ошибки, такие как слишком много вирусов, обещание обновления программного обеспечения, которое отстает от конкурентов, дисплей с полностью динамической частотой обновления и зум камеры с большим радиусом действия. Эти недостатки особенно разочаровывают смартфон, который, как ожидается, будет продаваться по цене более 1000 фунтов стерлингов, когда он, наконец, прибудет в Европу: если она будет ниже, мы снова увидим наш вердикт, но, учитывая, что его стартовая цена в Малайзии идентична X80 Pro, он выглядит как будто мы снова видим четырехзначную запрашиваемую цену в Европе:

X90 Pro отвечает многим требованиям, но Vivo до сих пор не учится на своих прошлых ошибках:

Если вам нужен флагманский телефон со всеми прибамбасами, на рынке есть несколько вариантов: Galaxy S23 Ultra (1199,99 долл. США в Samsung) — лучший вариант на данный момент. Телефон Samsung имеет специальные функции, такие как 200-мегапиксельная основная камера, 10-кратная перископическая камера, разогнанный процессор Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, встроенный S Pen и дисплей QHD + 120 Гц: телефон Vivo также предлагает отличное качество изображения при слабом освещении, тонкий дизайн и быструю проводную / беспроводную зарядку. , но ультрафон Samsung лучше и будет поддерживаться дополнительными двумя годами исправлений безопасности:

Это может быть год, но Vivo X80 Pro (86 999 рупий в Vivo) стоит рассмотреть, если вам нравится концепция флагмана Vivo: у него более старый (хотя все еще мощный) процессор Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 и более низкая светоотдача. , менее впечатляющие функции, но он лучше X90 Pro, предлагая 8-мегапиксельную камеру перископа с 5-кратным увеличением, дисплей QHD + и один из самых точных и надежных:

Если вам нужен премиальный опыт без премиальной цены, вам следует серьезно рассмотреть Google Pixel 7 Pro (899 долларов на Amazon): телефоны Google не имеют особенно быстрой проводной или беспроводной зарядки, а качество изображения при слабом освещении не немного отстает. Vivo: Тем не менее, Pixel 7 Pro обладает отличными функциями, такими как дисплей QHD +, 48-мегапиксельная перископическая камера с 5-кратным увеличением, эксклюзивные программные функции Pixel и обещание долгого обновления:

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Дизайн Marjit • отличный экран • зарядка 120 Вт

Надежный Android-телефон с превосходным внешним видом

Vivo X90 Pro — долгожданное обновление серии Vivo X: быстрая зарядка, красивый дисплей, большая камера, класс защиты IP68 и новый премиальный внешний вид:

Лучший Vivo X90 Pro вопрос и ответ

Vivo X90 Pro имеет рейтинг IP68, что делает его пыле- и водостойким, но не водонепроницаемым:

Vivo X90 Pro имеет стекло Shot Xensation Up на экране и стекло Corning Gorilla Glass на камере для защиты:

Нет, Vivo X90 Pro недоступен для покупки в США и не ожидается в продаже в Северной Америке.

да, Vivo X90 Pro имеет доступ к сервисам Google и Play Store.

Vivo еще не выпустила X90 Pro Plus на мировой рынок, но ожидается, что он появится после 2023 года.

Vivo X90 Pro поддерживает 5G с частотой менее 6 ГГц.

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