Vivo X30 Pro hands-on review: a powerful 5G phone with excellent camera performance

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Vivo X30 Pro 

Vivo X30 Pro: specs

Vivo X30 Pro


6.44-inch super AMOLED screen

Screen resolution

2400 x 1080 pixels


Samsung Exynos 980

Front camera

32MP, f/2.45 aperture

Rear camera

● 64MP primary lens (f/1.8 aperture);

● 8MP wide-angle lens (112 degree, f/2.2 aperture);

● 32MP portrait lens (f/2.0 aperture);

● 13MP Periscope lens 

Rear camera features

Support super moon mode, portrait mode, ultra-wide angle, macro and other functions



Fast charging


Fingerprint sensor

In-screen fingerprint sensor

Operating system

Funtouch OS 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie

3.5mm headphone jack




5G network support





The vivo X30 Pro uses a 6.44in AMOLED punching screen with a diameter of only 2.98mm, which is currently the smallest screen punching scheme, which can effectively improve the integrity of the screen without excessive damage to the screen look and feel.

Vivo X30 Pro 

The screen material of the Vivo X30 Pro is the same as on the previous flagship Vivo NEX 3, both from Samsung’s E3 AMOLED. This screen can achieve the highest normal brightness of 800nit and local brightness of 1200nit while reducing harmful blue radiation by 42%, that is, it can already meet the brightness of HDR content, which few phones can do at this price range.

Vivo X30 Pro 

In addition to the screen specifications, the screen fingerprint module used by the vivo X30 Pro is also better than in the past: its detection area increases by 30%, which can effectively improve recognition performance and sensitivity. Judging from the unlocking situation experienced on the spot, the unlocking speed is almost comparable to that of physical fingerprint identification.

Vivo X30 Pro 

The vivo X30 Pro offers three color options. Personally, I like the white color called “Secret Silver”, which not only has the same texture as a mirror, but also has a beautiful color when viewed from different angles. In contrast, “obsidian” black is more low-key, “Gossip Cloud” is more detached.

Battery and charging

Under the battery of 4350mAh capacity, the thickness and weight control of the vivo X30 Pro are quite good, which is not as heavy as the previous 5G phone, and the Exynos 980 integrated baseband contributes a lot.

Vivo X30 Pro 

As for the details of the fuselage, the top of the X30 Pro has made some special textures. The figurative analogy is the staggered diamond on the file, but the engraving is softer and the feel is delicate. In addition, the vivo X30 Pro also retains the 3.5mm headphone interface, while the charging / data interface is Type-C specification and supports 33W fast charging.

Samsung Exynos 980: dual mode 5G baseband + A77 architecture

Exynos, jointly developed by vivo and Samsung, is the “killer mace” of the vivo X30 series. The integrated dual-mode 5G baseband SoC will be critical at the end of 2019, and according to the previous news about 100, 000 units daily output, the Vivo X30 series phones are likely to be the fastest CPU& baseband integrated dual-mode 5G models.

Vivo X30 Pro 

Exynos 980, which supports dual-mode 5G, can achieve the highest 2.55Gbps (theoretical value) data communication in the 5G communication environment, and the download rate can reach up to 3.55Gbps (theoretical value) per second under the condition of 4G-5G dual connection.

Related: Samsung Exynos 990 vs Exynos 980 vs Exynos 9825: what’s the difference and which one is better?

From the point of view of use, it is obviously impractical to reach the theoretical value, but the antenna technology accumulated by vivo over the years also makes the signal coverage of the X30 Pro better, and also makes the antenna performance of this phone keep good when it is held.

In terms of performance, the performance of the two large cores A77 architecture itself is amazing enough to level or even outperform Kirin 810 or Snapdragon 765G to ensure smooth daily use. In addition, the Mali-G76 image processor can also satisfy gamers.

64MP quad rear cameras

In addition to the dual-mode 5G, another big selling point of the vivo X30 Pro is its full-focus camera array.

13 million pixel periscope lens achieves 5x optical zoom, 32 million pixel portrait lens lamp effect 50mm focal length, 64 million pixel main camera equivalent 26mm focal length, plus 8 million pixels, with a 112 °field of view of the ultra-wide lens, the vivo X30 Pro provides users with a broader creative space.

Vivo X30 Pro 

The most striking of these is, of course, the periscope group with five times the light change. Vivo says it can achieve a mixed zoom of up to 60x. In practical experience, we find that the imaging availability under 5x light is extremely high, and there is basically no blurring of the sample caused by hand shaking; handheld is not recommended under 60x mixed zoom, and it is best if there is a tripod.

Also worth mentioning is the 50mm equivalent lens of the X30 Pro, the 2x zoom lens that is common in other multi-camera phones. This portrait on the vivo X30 Pro has 6p lenses and 32 million pixels, has a cmos, of 2.8 inches and an aperture of 2.0, which provides better low-light imaging than other 50mm lenses, making low-light portraits as good as those in low light.

With the new eye tracking function (automatically focusing on the selected portrait eyes), it is very convenient for both photo and video shooting. According to the effect of on-site experience, the effect of focus tracking is obvious. As for the sample film, we should wait for the evaluation machine to carry out a more detailed analysis.

Vivo X30 Pro​ 

During the short period of live experience, another impressive thing is the color consistency of the four cameras of the vivo X30 Pro. Although not nearly as consistent as the iPhone 11 series, the X30 Pro camera color balance is absolutely excellent among multi-camera phones.

Vivo X30 Pro: price and availability

The vivo X30 Pro 8+128GB version is priced at 3998 yuan ($572), 8 + 256GB version is 4298 yuan (about $615), now it has started pre-sale online and offline , and will be fully available on the December 24th in China.

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Vivo X30 Pro hands-on review: a powerful 5G phone with excellent camera performance
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