I. Foreword: Vivo's annual imaging flagship X100 Ultra finally debuts

Last year, Vivo launched the standard version of its flagship X100, introducing the periscope telephoto lens to a mid-cup phone for the first time, but the only thing that was missing was the release of the Ultra Cup phone, which, we guess, must be zooming in.

After half a year of anticipation, Vivo has finally unveiled its latest photography flagship: a phone that combines a Zeiss 200MP APO super telephoto lens, a main camera with a larger than one-inch sensor, and a new Zeiss T* coating - the Vivo X100 Ultra - has finally made its debut.

X100 Ultra hardware specifications stacked to the full level is just the foundation, the new blueprint image processing technology coupled with the V3 + image chip, cell phone image technology is once again pushed to new extreme heights by this mega cup.

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Let's take a look at the main features of the Vivo X100 Ultra and the detailed parameters.

1, the world's first 200 million high pixel periscope telephoto

The vivo X100 Ultra is the world's first 200 million pixel periscope telephoto lens with the industry's highest pixel count, equipped with the 1/1.4-inch Samsung S5KHP9 CMOS with the strongest sensitivity among cell phone telephoto lenses to date, which boasts an unprecedented level of telephoto photography, whether it's detail capture in distant landscapes or clarity in nighttime shooting.

At the same time, this telephoto lens has also been awarded the Zeiss APO certification, and built-in 2 independent lens clusters, both near and far can be photographed, and you can even take it as a telephoto macro lens.

2, third-generation Snapdragon 8 performance Iron Triangle

X100 Ultra as the top flagship phone, built-in third-generation Snapdragon 8 Soc, with LPDDR5X 8533Mbps RAM, UFS4.0 flash memory form the top of today's iron triangle.

3. First with Blueprint Imaging Chip V3+

The previous generation of X100 Pro debuted with the imaging chip V3, and this generation of X100 Ultra debuts the latest generation of Blueprint imaging chip V3+, with a 6nm process and a 30% increase in energy efficiency compared to the previous generation of V2.

Combined with the third generation Snapdragon 8 powerful ISP performance, the phone supports 30 times the long-distance telephoto photography and the industry's strongest 4K movie portrait video recording.

4, Samsung 2K E7 Ultra Color Quasi Screen

The screen of the vivo X100 Ultra is made of Samsung E7 light-emitting material, which realizes the double extremes of screen finesse and display effect.

Comprehensive technical enhancements have been made in terms of power consumption reduction, high frequency dimming, and wet hand operation, and its screen life is the best in the industry in terms of 2K screen performance.

5, vivo first two-way satellite communication phone

Vivo's first time to put the satellite communication capability into its own super large cup cell phone, X100 Ultra supports two-way satellite communication, using the Tiantong satellite communication program, which is widely used in a number of application scenarios, such as marine fisheries, emergency rescue, tourism and adventure, and Internet of Things.

Ordinary users can also use calls and SMS in the Tiantong satellite service area.


Appearance: Pure metallic titanium color, large camera module, flagship quality.

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The vivo X100 Ultra comes in the popular titanium color, named “Titanium”, which restores the pure color of the metal, and the entire back panel does not have any added texture, is simple and clean, and displays a low-key elegant style.

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The X100 Ultra's camera module consists of three high-megapixel lenses, with the co-branding partnership's logo from Zeiss printed right in the center, a T* coating attached to the surface of the lenses for anti-glare, and a noise-canceling microphone underneath.

Above the noise-canceling microphone, there is also a hidden laser focusing module.

On the top right of the camera module, there is also a dual-LED monochromatic fill light Flicker sensor as well as a multispectral color temperature sensor integrated.

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The edge of the lens is designed with a sunburst process, making the lens deco more visual impact, highlighting the design details, and the surface of the metal ring is used in the brushed process, which makes the lens ring texture more visible.

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The Xtreme Imagination engraved on the bottom of the lens module represents the X series' attitude of extreme imagination and constantly breaking the boundaries of imagination.

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The front of the vivo X100 Ultra is equipped with a 6.78-inch Samsung top E7 screen, LTPO substrate, support for 1-120Hz adaptive high brush, local peak brightness up to 3000nit, support for the full high frequency 1440Hz PWM dimming, and can be touched in the case of a wet hand, which covers more cell phone use scenarios.

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The X100 Ultra has a 2K screen with a resolution of 3200*1440, a standard PPI of 517, and an OLED-equivalent PPI of about 423.

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The X100 Ultra is equipped with separate speaker openings at the top and bottom of the phone to create a stereo sound field, and has an integrated infrared remote control sensor at the top and a Type-C and headphone 2-in-1 port at the bottom.

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Accessories include a gray silicone case, 80W fast charging kit, SIM card pin, and a quick start guide.

Image: High-power, high-megapixel periscopic telephoto zoom, clear zoom, no stray light, a real night shooter.

The vivo X100 Ultra has reached the highest level in the industry when it comes to imaging capabilities, and this is not an overstatement, so let's take a look at its imaging specifications.

As an imaging flagship, a 1-inch LYT900 super-large bottom sensor is naturally a must, with a 22nm process, 23mm equivalent focal length, and 50 effective megapixels, along with a large f/1.75 aperture and a 1G+7P LISA design, the surface is covered with PVD coating, Multi-ALD, ALC coating, GLC coating, and IR spin-coating.

The periscope telephoto lens uses a 1/1.4-inch super-large bottom Samsung S5KHP9 sensor, the industry's largest telephoto CMOS, 1G+5P lens, 85mm equivalent focal length, f/2.67 aperture, and 3.7x optical zoom compared to the main camera, with surface covered with PVD Coating, ALC Coating, and IR Spin Coating.

The ultra wide-angle lens adopts a 50-megapixel LYT600 sensor, 1/1.953-inch sensor unit, supports ultra-low aberration ultra, 116-degree field of view after correction, 14mm equivalent focal length, f/2.2 aperture, and the surface of the lens is covered with PVD coating and IR spin coating.

So many coating solutions make up the strongest Zeiss T* coating of Vivo so far, and the industry's most complete stray light flare solution.

In addition, the Vivo X100 Ultra debuts an iterative version of the Core Blueprint image chip V3+ based on the V3 mobile image chip, which supports 4K 120FPS image output at the same level as the iPhone in terms of photographic capabilities, further consolidating its title as the “image exterminator”.

We also used the X100 Ultra to take a lot of photos, and then we will see how it really is.

--Main Camera

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In the daytime scene, through the LYT900 large bottom main camera, can get a rich amount of light, to ensure that the brightness and clarity of the photo, the samples taken to enlarge the fine look can also be observed clear texture details, and the default to the “sharp” color, the picture saturation will be relatively high.

However, Vivo has taken into account the importance of users' individual needs for color, and therefore provides three different color styles for users to choose from: Vivid, Texture Color, and ZEISS Natural, which allows users to easily switch to the most suitable color configuration according to different shooting scenarios and personal preferences.

Moreover, in scenes with direct sunlight, thanks to the industry-leading T* coating, it greatly improves the performance of cell phone photography in backlight or strong light environments, effectively suppresses lens halo and astigmatism, and shoots clean images without stray light, so that we don't have to think about the brightness of the environment any longer, and we can just pick up the camera and press the shutter to get our heart's content.

---Night Scene

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In the night scene, a great test of the phone's control of the light and the ability to suppress the dark details of the noise, through a number of groups of samples we can see that, even in the night scene to crop and zoom in on the shooting, vivo X100 Ultra is also able to truly restore the colors of the night, showing deep and pure black tone, while we zoomed in to look at the picture carefully, but also barely noticeable large areas of noise.

-Periscope Telephoto

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200 million pixels of periscope telephoto lens, 1/1.4 inches of the industry's largest light-sensing unit, shooting distant landscapes will not appear to be generally white, the sample is transparent and bright, details are clear, the sample shows a very high degree of transparency and brightness, even in complex lighting or backlighting conditions, the details still remain clear and discernible, vivo X100 Ultra's large bottom of the periscope of the advantage of the advantage of the show here.

And even when standing at a distance, you'll be able to capture subtle text and decorations on buildings with ease.

--Ultra Wide Angle

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When using the Vivo X100 Ultra's ultra-wide-angle lens, distortion is significantly suppressed even at the edges of the frame, ensuring that images are captured with a high degree of accuracy.

When photographing grand landscapes or wanting a more open perspective, the phone ensures that the entire scene is captured evenly and truthfully, allowing the viewer to feel the expanse and authenticity of the image.

Fourth, performance and games: Snapdragon 8 Gen3 performance iron triangle image flagship performance release is still fierce

The Snapdragon 8 Gen3 Performance Iron Triangle is certainly a must-have for the vivo X100 Ultra as a top-tier flagship, combining up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 1TB of UFS 4.0 flash storage to form the strongest Snapdragon Performance Iron Triangle available today.

The Vivo X100 Ultra we have in our hands is the very top of the line 16GB+1TB version, so with such strong hardware specs, how does the performance unleashed in this image exterminator really work?

Then, we did a theoretical performance and gaming test on the X100 Ultra, and turned on the phone's BOOST mode during the test to unleash the phone's best performance.

-Theoretical performance test

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The first is the AnTuTu comprehensive performance test, in an office environment with an indoor temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, the total score is 2,088,000 points, the CPU score is 439,685 points, and the GPU score is 874,474 points, and the comprehensive performance exceeds 97% of the users.

In the Geekbench6 single test, the single-core score was 2260 points and the multi-core performance was 6788 points.

For GPU testing, GFXBench's six 1080P programs scored the following under continuous testing conditions:

Aztec Ruins OpenGL: 186FPS

Aztec Ruins Vulkan: 214FPS

Racing Chase Frame Rate: 147FPS

Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen: 243FPS

Manhattan Offscreen: 312FPS

Tyrannosaurus Rex Offscreen: 478FPS

Finally, we also did a flash memory performance test on the Vivo X100 Ultra, with sequential read speeds of 3.83GB/s and write speeds of 3.86GB/s, which is under the flagship UFS 4.0 level.

--Game test

In terms of game testing, we directly chose two high-load handheld games, namely “Original God” and “Wipeout: Star Dome Railroad”, and tested them with frame rate priority in an office environment of 28 degrees Celsius indoors, and recorded the frame rate, power consumption, energy efficiency ratio, and the body's heating performance during the game.

1. Original God

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The original God's hand game, in the opening of the highest quality + 60 fps mode, Sumeru City run for 15 minutes, the average frame rate stabilized at 59.91FPS, as a huge rear camera module of the vivo X100 Ultra image flagship, can run out of such a stable frame rate is quite not easy, the frame rate during the game is almost maintained in a straight line, the game screen is no sense of lag, I have to say that the Vivo's tuning of Snapdragon 8 Gen3 is still remarkable.

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Then we checked the power consumption of the phone, the average power consumption is about 5.08W, the energy efficiency ratio is about 11.78FPS/W, which is a very good performance in the top flagship of the main image.

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Temperature, the back of the body up to 43 degrees Celsius, the high temperature area is located below the camera, the horizontal grip will feel a trace of heat, but not particularly hot.

2, crash: star dome railroad

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Next is the high load crash: star dome railroad hand test, in the highest quality + 60 fps mode, star hew sea hub running test for 15 minutes, the average frame rate of the game is stable at 55.4FPS, the frame rate during the game appeared regular fluctuations, the screen does not appear obvious tearing feeling, for an image flagship, this performance is already quite considerable.

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Then we checked the power consumption of the game, an average of about 6.12W, power consumption is on the high side, but as an image flagship, we can not ask for both performance and image.

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Due to the higher power consumption, the body temperature soared to 46.7 degrees Celsius, and during high-load operations such as gaming, users may feel the device getting progressively hotter, especially since the heat is mainly concentrated in the area around the camera.

For a more comfortable gaming experience and to avoid overheating, it is recommended to use a cooler in conjunction with playing such demanding games.

V. Two-way satellite communication experience: senseless search for stars Tiantong satellite communication experience is a step ahead of others

As a top flagship, the Vivo X100 Ultra integrates a two-way satellite communication function for the first time, allowing calls and text messages to be made through the Antenna Satellite Communication Program, greatly enhancing the phone's ability to communicate in remote or special environments, broadening the user's communication boundaries, and ensuring that the user can stay in touch even in areas outside of traditional signal coverage.

In this regard, we also tested the X100 Ultra's satellite communication function, it should be noted that the Tiantong satellite communication currently only supports China Telecom users to open and use.

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First of all, in the satellite communication opening interface, it is different from other cell phones.

In the interface, in addition to the satellite communication switch, there is also a new professional rescue hotline and SOS flash function.

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In terms of connectivity performance, after enabling the Satellite SkyTone satellite communication function, the phone will automatically jump to the interface of searching for satellites and establishing a connection.

After correctly placing the phone to receive signals, the process of searching for satellites takes only 2 to 3 seconds, hardly feeling any waiting time, and then the phone will enter the stage of connecting to satellites.

Following the on-screen prompts, we adjusted the phone to the proper position, and the whole connection process may require fine-tuning the phone's orientation from time to time to ensure the best connection is achieved, a process that lasts about 20 to 30 seconds.

With the vivo X100 Ultra's Antenna Satellite Communication feature, the total time from searching for the star to connecting was around 40 seconds, providing us with more valuable time for emergency communication.

Moreover, when we connect successfully, we can see that the calling interface will show four forms of calling and rescue at the same time: phone, message, professional rescue hotline and SOS flash.

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After connecting the satellite, directly click on the phone or SMS button at the bottom of the interface, you can use the satellite to communicate with the outside world, in the process of dialing or sending SMS, the satellite's connection status will be presented in real time in the form of a small window, to ensure that we are squared away in the best position for communication.

Before making a call, there is no need for tedious searching, and you can directly dial the professional Blue Sky Rescue Team with a single click. In addition, the Vivo X100 Ultra also provides the phone numbers of 20 top automobile insurance companies and the official customer service hotlines of 54 automobile and motorcycle brands, which truly ensures efficient retrieval and quick call for users in extreme situations.

Moreover, the X100 Ultra also has a new SOS Quick SOS signal, which sends out a cyclic SOS signal when the flash is turned on, so that people nearby who see it can also participate in the rescue nearby.

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When making a call, the satellite correction window is presented in real time in the form of a small window to ensure that we are in the best position to search the star.

If it deviates from this position, there will be a murmur during the call.

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In the satellite SMS sending interface, Vivo X100 Ultra can edit the sending text by itself, and in the SMS interface, the satellite signal status is also presented in the form of a small window of the conference, which guides the user to adjust the orientation of the phone in real time to ensure smooth communication.

When sending text messages, users can choose to send their current location at the same time. In the chat interface, in addition to displaying the content of the sent message, it will also display the specific location information.

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On the receiving end, users can view the exact current location of the person seeking help through the map interface, and are able to utilize the navigation function of Gaode Maps to travel to the location in order to provide timely assistance.

Six, charging and battery life: 5500mAh battery as long as 43 minutes full charge in exchange for nearly 10 hours of strong battery life

vivo X100 Ultra has once made a breakthrough in the battery, adopting a new semi-solid second-generation silicon blue sea battery, with a larger capacity and a more boisterous volume, taking into account the ultra-large bottom periscope full-focus lens group at the same time, the battery capacity is still done 5500mAh .

The X100 Ultra also supports 80W wired fast charging and 30W wireless charging.

Then, we did a series of tests on the charging and battery life of X100 Ultra.

-Charging Test

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First is the charging test, we will consume the phone's power to 1% to start the test, 10 minutes of power to 22%, 20 minutes of power to 49%, nearly half, half an hour of power to 73%, and finally completely full in 43 minutes.

--Battery life test

For the battery life test, we use a professional battery life test tool - Battery Dog produced by Fast Tech to conduct the test.

In the test program, the default will be carried out to 20% of the power test, at the same time, including CPU high-pressure, CPU multi-threading, AI recognition, image browsing, video playback and web browsing of all the test items will be checked, through the simulation of the user's use of the scenario, to restore the real load to the greatest extent possible, infinitely close to the real power consumption situation.

During the test, in order to keep the environmental variables uniform across all models and to ensure the accuracy of the test scores, Battery Dog automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to 50%, turns off auto-brightness and adjusts the volume to 30%.

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After the battery dog uninterrupted testing, vivo X100 Ultra power from 100% consumption to 20%, in 9 hours and 3 minutes, which translates into a full battery life of about 10 hours or so, which endurance ability up to now, has exceeded the vast majority of imaging flagships.

Seven, summarize: the real flagship exterminator

After half a year of careful polishing, the vivo X100 Ultra ultra large cup image flagship, once again proved the deep strength of vivo in cell phone image technology.

Through the industry's highest pixel 200 million pixel periscope telephoto lens, the vivo X100 Ultra, with the strong combination of a one-inch super-large bottom sensor, and the multiple optical coating technology of the Zeiss T* coating, the quality of the phone's telephoto photo shooting has been upgraded to an unprecedented level.

Whether you're shooting distant scene details or clarity in low-light conditions, the X100 Ultra easily leads the pack.

Blueprint Image Chip V3+, which further expands the possibilities of cell phone photography and pushes photo performance to a whole new limit, is not only a technological leap, but also a revolutionary enhancement of the user experience.

With the support of the V3+ image chip, in the daytime scene, combined with the super-large bottom main camera, the film rate is greatly improved, and the dark light environment can show amazing details, and the picture quality is extremely delicate.

In backlight environments, the industry-leading T* coating effectively suppresses stray light, so you can easily capture clean and clear images.

In night scenes, it demonstrates precise control of light and noise suppression, allowing it to present the most realistic deep night colors.

The industry's largest bottom periscope telephoto not only maintains a high film rate, but also effectively eliminates ambient stray light while maintaining vivid colors, ensuring the clarity and purity of the photos, and avoiding a large amount of noise in the nighttime samples taken even after 10x digital cropping.

Not only that, it also introduces a two-way satellite communication function for the first time, which greatly expands the user's communication boundaries and guarantees communication needs in extreme environments.

In terms of performance, the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen3 paired with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 flash memory form the strongest performance iron triangle today, allowing the Vivo X100 Ultra to handle high-load tasks with ease, with a stable and smooth gaming experience, and excellent temperature control, demonstrating Vivo's mastery of high-performance tuning.

Overall, the Vivo X100 Ultra is a flagship phone that achieves the ultimate in imaging, performance, design and user experience.

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It is not just a regular upgrade, but a feast of technology and images that Vivo has brought to us by constantly challenging and breaking through itself.

The vivo X100 Ultra is a masterpiece of flagship imaging, performance and experience, and is a true flagship “exterminator”.