Vivo recently improved the X-Series, a line of smartphones renowned for their outstanding photography performance. As the Vivo X90 has been introduced in the Indian market, it has a magnificent triple camera configuration powered by Zeiss optics. The smartphone not just has good cameras, but it also boasts top-notch hardware. Let’s see how this smartphone performs in the flagship category. This is the Vivo X90 review you should not miss.
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Vivo X90 review: Design and Display
Talking about the Vivo X90’s construction and design first. We have Breeze Blue as our test unit, which is a lovely tint. In contrast to the leather finish on the Pro model, which undoubtedly appears refined and elegant, the X90 has a shiny gradient surface. If you prefer a gadget that feels more premium, you can also take that option into account. The smartphone resists light scratches and is not a fingerprint magnet.
Although the gadget is less broader than it is tall, we truly appreciate how this phone feels in our hands. It is perceptive, svelte, and appears exquisite. Despite being a little slippery, it is lighter. With metal frames surrounding it, both sides are smoothly curved. The camera module really stands out and unlike others, it does not wobble at all when placed on a flat surface.
Three camera sensors and an LED flash are included in the module. On the back panel’s top-right corner is a Zeiss logo. In addition, a bright chrome strip with “Xtreme Imagination” written on it is located beneath the camera module. The phone has an IP64 rating for water and dust protection.
The 6.78-inch curved AMOLED display of the X90 features a 1,260 x 2,800-pixel resolution. The screen-to-body ratio of the gadget is 93.53 percent, the aspect ratio is 20:9, and the refresh rate can reach 120 Hz. DCI-P3 colour gamut support has been validated for the screen. It incorporates an in-display fingerprint sensor that is accurate and quick and has no side bezels.
Whether viewing a video, browsing the web, or even navigating through your favourite social media apps, the 120Hz AMOLED display is a treat. You may use it outdoors with ease because of its terrific brightness. The high-quality twin speakers further improve the overall usability of this phone.
Vivo X90 review: Performance and Camera
Performance is enhanced with the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 SoC. We did not observe any lag or stuttering, and the overall experience was pleasant. It has the ability to easily manage practically all daily duties. We played Call of Duty and Asphalt 9 in terms of gaming, and surprisingly, the experience was almost identical to that of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU. Thanks to the large vapour chamber cooling system, we were able to play the games at their highest settings with consistent gameplay and very little heating near the camera module.
The Vivo X90 comes pre-installed with the most recent Funtouch OS 13 version based on Android 13. Of course, some bloatware applications are pre-installed, but you may quickly remove those that you don’t require.
The triple back camera system of the Vivo X90 features Zeiss lenses. f/1.75 lens with a 50-megapixel main Sony IMX866 sensor with OIS and laser autofocus. A 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 telephoto portrait camera with an f/2.0 lens and 2x optical zoom as well as a 12-megapixel Sony IMX663 ultra-wide-angle camera with an f/2.0 lens are also included in the camera arrangement. For taking selfies, the smartphone has a 32-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.45 aperture.
Look at the images taken during the day, first. The primary sensor can provide excellent details and sharpness in daylight, especially in direct sunlight, thanks to the Zeiss alliance. When you zoom into the photos, it becomes clear that their images are rich in depth. There are several problems with saturation, and the colours seem vivid rather than natural. Although the dynamic range is fairly good, it is inconsistent because it fails to activate even in Auto mode. The pictures were indeed underexposed, and the shadows are occasionally not very well controlled.
The Vivo X90 performs reasonably well in terms of detailing in the daytime, with the exception of saturation problems that can be partially resolved by using Zeiss’s natural colour mode.
Moving on, the ultra-wide angle lens generated excellent details and an excessive amount of crispness. Again, the colour is close to that of the primary camera, and the image colour reproduction is consistent, but the colour is prone to be oversaturated.
The phone’s 12-megapixel telephoto portrait lens, which has a 2x optical zoom capability, does an excellent job bringing out details while maintaining good clarity levels. The images taken with a 2x optical zoom are also sharp and detailed.
Since Zeiss and the camera setup were collaboratively developed, you can now use the Zeiss natural colour mode. When you activate the Zeiss natural colour mode, the colour does improve but is still not realistically natural. The photos produced in the regular mode are a little saturated and appear unnatural at times. However, the X90-produced photos are mostly vibrant.
The X90 performs admirably with regards to details and sharpness levels in the close-up photos, and colour conveys the same message. Again, they appear to be enhanced and do not appear natural, which many of us will like. The smartphone can also take macro photos, and the pictures have good colour and detail quality here too.
The USP of the Vivo X90 is its amazing portrait photography. With the help of Zeiss, a variety of bokeh options are available. The edge detection is perfect, and the portraits are excellent. The skin tone appears to be natural as well. We loved taking shots here.
Now let’s talk about low-light photography. The X90 can produce good photos with very little noise and excellent resolution when in low-lit areas. Additionally, the sharpness levels are excellent. It is preferable to switch to night mode in extremely low light conditions, and this is where the V2 chip also plays a crucial role. Extremely low light conditions don’t affect the quality of the details. This time, the colours are decent. The clarity levels are remarkable, and there was nothing about the low-light photography that we could fault. Well done Vivo! Well done!
Finally, let’s talk about the phone’s selfie camera, which has a 32-megapixel sensor and produces good to great selfies. The skin tones are good, and if you turn off the beauty mode, you can still take sharp selfies with a great dynamic range. Additionally, edge detection is excellent.
Along with astrophotography, there are additional capabilities like landscape and architecture modes. We did take some pictures and were able to catch some stars, but the fact is that you need a completely clear sky for that.
When it comes to video recording, the Vivo X90 supports 4K at 60 frames per second with optical image stabilisation. There is some shake, but it is not a huge issue and the video quality is nice and sharp. Once again, the colours are dazzling. EIS is supported in 4K videos at 30 frames per second, and this stabilisation performs excellently. Both the sharpness levels and the details are good. While making videos, you can also optically zoom in by two times.
The ultra-wide camera has good stabilisation and can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second. The X90 also offers a cinematic mode, which performs wonderfully. The front camera only supports a maximum resolution of 1080p@30fps and does not support 4K recording.
The Vivo X90 also supports 120W rapid charging and has a 4,810mAh battery. The battery will last up to 22.2 days in standby mode, according to the manufacturer. At medium to heavy usage, we were able to obtain an entire day’s supply of endurance. You have the choice to enable fast charging in the settings. You can find it by selecting the battery option. In order to use the full 120W rapid charge, one must enable the fast charging option. The included 120W charger can fully charge the phone in around 30 minutes.
The collaboration with Zeiss has really elevated the Vivo X90’s cameras above and beyond, what you would expect from a flagship series. You can obtain outstanding low-light shots, good macros, great portraits, and a great choice for video recording with it. The colour saturation is the only problem, though.
When it comes to performance, the device is lightning quick, the way it looks and the display experience definitely won’t let you down.
Vivo X90 Pros:
- Premium design
- Excellent display
- 120W fast charging
- Excellent cameras
Vivo X90 Cons:
- The colours in the pictures tend to be a bit saturated.
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