If you’re familiar with the design of the X90, you won’t be surprised by the Vivo X100. It follows the trend of other camera-centric smartphones. The X100 has a large circular camera module at the top of the phone that takes up a lot of space. The uneven stainless-steel ring surrounding the camera drew my eye. It’s thinner on the left side and progressively thickens, which may feel odd, especially for individuals who value symmetry. In addition, there is a Zeiss in the center of the camera.
When it comes to the back panel, Vivo has abandoned the vegan leather treatment featured on the X90 series for the Vivo X100. Instead, they’ve devised a silky textured surface that isn’t entirely glossy but has a comparable tactile effect. I received the starry blue color option for evaluation, which appears to be rather appealing. A black color variation is also available for those who like a more classic design. The silky texture on the panel helps to prevent fingerprint smudges, although it does make the phone a little slippery to hold. For a better grip, use the included silicone case. Despite its large size, the camera module on the Vivo X100 does not stand out as much as its more expensive sibling, the Vivo X100 Pro.
After using the Realme GT 5 Pro with a comparable camera configuration, I noticed that the Realme model protrudes somewhat more. quite, despite its fancy design, the Vivo X100 feels quite light. Another advantage is that its camera does not wobble when placed on a level surface. In terms of buttons, the power and volume buttons are located on the right side. The USB-C connector is located at the bottom, near the SIM card slot, and an IR blaster is located on top. The phone is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.
The Vivo X100 has a 6.78-inch display, which is the same size as the Vivo X100 Pro. This screen isn’t completely flat; it has slightly curved borders that give it a sleek appearance. Curved screens can be delicate at times, but I found the X100 to be less so in this regard. It appears to be durable enough for frequent usage without much concern for accidental damage. The display is quite brilliant, reaching a peak brightness of 3000 nits, which is comparable to what I saw on the iQOO 12. The Vivo X100 employs a type of AMOLED screen known as LTPO, which is typically found in flagship phones.
It also offers a smooth 120Hz refresh rate that adjusts itself depending on what’s on the screen.The colors on the display look beautiful right away, and you can change the color balance and switch between different screen resolutions.
Performance and battery:
The Vivo X100 is powered by a Mediatek Dimensity 9300 processor. There is a widespread belief that Mediatek chips are inferior to Qualcomm chips, although in practice, there isn’t much of a difference in how the phone works. I just tested the iQOO 12, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip—the company’s top-of-the-line chip.
Let us now discuss the battery in the Vivo X100. It has a fairly ordinary 5000mAh battery, which is pretty standard in many smartphones these days. After several weeks of utilizing the gadget. It also supports 100W fast charging technology, allowing you to recharge it in under 40 minutes. In addition, the Vivo X100 has rapid start-up technology. When you connect it in for charging, you can turn on the phone in a matter of seconds, which is a useful feature for when you’re in a rush and need to get your phone up and running as soon as possible.
The Vivo X100 has a 50-megapixel primary Sony IMX920 VCS bionic main camera with OIS, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 64-megapixel Zeiss super-telephoto camera with 100x clear zoom. For selfies, there’s a 32-megapixel main camera on the front.
First and foremost, the outdoor photographs captured with the Vivo X100 are outstanding. They have a lot of detail, brilliant colors, and natural skin tones. Essentially, you can capture everything exactly as you see it with your own eyes. However, indoors, especially in a brilliantly lighted space like my office, the photos appear washed out. The camera sensor appears to struggle with intense artificial lighting, resulting in a decrease of image quality.
The telephoto lens performs admirably, particularly in portrait mode. You can zoom in up to 4.3x without losing information, which is extremely useful in outdoor environments. Many outdoor portrait photographs benefit from a shallow depth of focus, which blurs out the background. It effectively distinguishes the subject from the background, adding an artistic touch to the photograph. The ultra macro mode on the Vivo X100 is a standout feature in its camera skills. It’s like having a magnifying glass right in your phone, allowing you to zoom in up to 6x on really close subjects. Now comes the intriguing part: when you’re that close to something, keeping your shot steady might be difficult. But don’t worry, the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology will come to your rescue, keeping your ultra close-up images sharp and clear.
The Vivo X100 offers a compelling package with impressive features and decent performance. It’s a solid pick, but keep in mind its occasional quirks. However, if you are looking for a device that offers similar features but at a more affordable price, the iQOO 12 could be a great alternative to consider.