Vivo X100 review: Is this the best non-Pro phone of the year?

Expert Rating: 8.0/10


  • Eye-catching design.
  • An impressive display
  • Excellent cameras.
  • Smooth performance.


  • Many pre-installed apps.
  • Underwhelming performance

The Vivo X100 Pro received high praise in our review, and it deserved it. Now it’s time to take a closer look at its younger sibling, the Vivo X100, which costs around Rs 26,000 less than the Pro model despite having similar specifications. In this Vivo X100 short review, we explain why the smartphone is worth considering if you’re looking for a camera-focused Android flagship for less than Rs 70,000.


The Vivo X100 fulfills its promises. The cameras are fantastic, the performance is smooth, and the battery life is excellent, aided by an impressive fast-charging solution. Additionally, the display provides an excellent viewing experience. While the phone can be a little slippery, the design is appealing and feels good in your hand.

Design and Display

The Vivo X100 design can only be distinguished from the X100 Pro by its additional sunset orange color variant. Aside from that, there is a crescent metal ring around the camera module of these smartphones. The crescent on the X100 Pro is at the bottom of the module, whereas on the Vivo X100, it falls gracefully to the right. I received the Startrail Blue X100 for review. The handset is also available in Aestroid Black, similar to the X100 Pro, as shown in the image above. I prefer the Aetroid Black, but if you like bright colors, the Startrail Blue is a good choice.

The Vivo X100 has a glass back with a matte finish and shiny arcs, which gives it an attractive appearance while also preventing fingerprints and smudges. The phone also has several markings, beginning with Zeiss branding on the camera module and Vivo etched on the bottom. Although the markings blend in seamlessly with the design, they do seem a little excessive.

The Vivo X100 has a 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 3,000 nits peak brightness, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Because it is an LTPO panel, the refresh rate can be dynamically adjusted based on what is on screen, saving battery life. The display provides an excellent viewing experience whether indoors or outdoors. The colors appear punchy and vibrant, with deep blacks and an excellent dynamic range. The stereo speaker output and elegantly curved edges contribute to an even more immersive viewing experience.


Now we come to the phone’s main feature: the cameras. The Vivo X100 comes with three rear cameras: a 50MP primary sensor, a 50MP ultrawide lens, and a 64MP 3x periscope telephoto lens. Unlike the Pro variant, the vanilla X100 lacks a floating telephoto lens, which aids stabilization. As a result, the handset cannot capture sharp images beyond 10x zoom. While the color shifts when the viewfinder switches to a telephoto lens, the level of detail remains acceptable, at least in well-lit areas, with 3x and 5x zooms. Nevertheless, the dynamic range could have been improved. The finer details surrounding the shadowy areas appear underwhelming.

The 50MP ultrawide lens can capture pleasing images in a variety of lighting conditions. There is noticeable warping around the frame’s edges, but the overall results are positive, with vibrant colors and good detail exposure, especially in the center. The lens includes night mode to reduce noise in low-light shots. The 50MP primary camera is undeniably the star of the show here. It produces incredibly sharp and crisp images regardless of the lighting, whether in low light or daylight. The dynamic range is also impressive, as are the colors, even if they appear slightly oversaturated.

The X100’s Super Macro mode is also worth mentioning here. The phone’s telephoto lens allows it to capture some sharp close-up images. Moving on to the front camera, the handset uses a 32MP snapper positioned in a punch-hole setup for selfies and video calls. The quality appears decent, with some skin smoothing.

Performance and Software

In terms of performance, the Vivo X100 is powered by MediaTek’s most powerful chipset to date, the Dimensity 9300. It comes with a custom V2 chip to improve image processing and up to 16GB LPDDR5X RAM + 512GB UFS 4.0 storage on board. Pretty flagship-grade stuff here, ensuring consistent performance whether you’re multitasking or gaming.

The Vivo X100 comes pre-installed with FunTouchOS 14 on top of Android 14. While the user experience is far from stock Android, it can be tailored to your preferences with features such as a Material You-like theme, various clock styles on the lock screen, and an array of new always-on display widgets, among others. In addition, the few third-party apps that come pre-installed on the device can be removed after setup.

Battery and Charging Speeds

The battery on the Vivo X100 is slightly smaller than the X100 Pro. The handset has a 5,000mAh battery, as opposed to the Pro model’s 5,400mAh. The smartphone also lacks wireless charging. However, all of this has been offset by a remarkable 120W fast charging solution, which outperforms the Pro’s 100W. The bundled charger can charge the smartphone from 0 to 100 percent in about 25 minutes.

In terms of battery life, I think it’s very respectable. The smartphone was able to get through the day’s worth of streaming, gaming, and navigation with about 30-35 percent of the battery remaining. The handset should be able to communicate without the need for a charger during the day.

Final verdict

Is the Vivo X100 the best non-Pro phone this year? It depends on how you view the smartphone. If you want the most comprehensive Android smartphone with all-around performance, the Vivo X100 is the best option right now. For me, the handset’s cameras outperform the previous best iQOO 12 (review). The Vivo smartphone performs similarly to, if not better than, its counterpart. Furthermore, the design is appealing, the display is stunning, and the battery life is comparable to most of its arch-rivals.

The software, which includes bloatware, and the relatively average selfie camera may cause you to reconsider purchasing the smartphone. However, if you can overlook those flaws, the Vivo X100 will provide excellent value for its price, which begins at Rs 63,999 for the base 12GB RAM variant and rises to Rs 69,999 for the 16GB RAM variant.

Reasons to Buy:

  • The Vivo X100’s matte glass finish design is aesthetically pleasing.
  • The display provides an excellent viewing experience whether indoors or outdoors.
  • The handset features a versatile camera setup that will impress you.
  • The phone delivers consistent performance whether you’re multitasking or gaming.

Reasons not to buy:

  • The phone comes pre-loaded with a number of third-party applications.
  • The front camera can take selfies with some skin smoothing.

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