vivo X Fold enters the foldable game with Ultra Thin Glass over its 8.03″ foldable display
With HUAWEI, Xiaomi, OPPO and HONOR having unveiled their foldable smartphones, it’s now vivo’s turn. The innovative brand that is no stranger to weird concepts that later catch on in a huge way has just launched the vivo X Fold, their first foldable smartphone, and is also probably one of the largest foldable smartphones in the market.
vivo X Fold: quad-camera flagship foldable with ultra-thin glass
The vivo X Fold comes in with a massive 6.53″ 120Hz AMOLED outer display, and an even larger 8.03″ 120Hz AMOLED foldable display inside. Just like most of the Chinese-made foldables, the vivo X Fold doesn’t have a gap when folded shut, and this is made all the more interesting by the fact that vivo went with Ultra Thin Glass for its inner display, for a more premium feeling when you are using the inner display. I honestly wonder why Samsung still can’t get their foldables to have the halves fold flush.
Speaking of which, vivo is also differentiating the vivo X Fold from the other foldables with a premium camera setup that wouldn’t look out of place in a more conventional flagship. There’s a 50MP ISOCELL GN5 main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 12MP 2X “portrait” camera and an 8MP 5X periscope camera for additional zoom range. ZEISS optics and “ZEISS modes” are present on the vivo X Fold to amp up its imaging chops. Selfies will be handled by 16MP cameras, both inside and outside.
Under the hood you have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 paired with 12GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage. Keeping things running is a 4600mAh battery that supports both 66W fast wired charging, and 50W fast wireless charging. All of that hardware does result in a rather chonky device, with it measuring a rather unwieldy 74.47mm wide and 14.91mm thick when closed.
The vivo X Fold won’t come cheap, at 8999 CNY (~RM5984) for the 256GB variant, and 9999 CNY (~RM6649) for the 512GB version. But given the amount of screen real estate vivo is giving you, the prices are probably somewhat justified.
vivo X Note: the revival of the phablet?
For those seeking a large display but aren’t interested in foldable panels, vivo is serving up the vivo X Note. You get a huge 7″ 2K 120Hz AMOLED display, a size that has probably not been seen in smartphones since the phone-tablet era a few years ago. It’s probably a little easier to wield, with a 21:10 aspect ratio, but its still one gigantic device.
vivo has paired up this humongous display with an equally sizeable ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, with it capable of reading two fingerprints at once for enhanced security. Under the hood, you have a massive vapor chamber as well, to help cool the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The processor is paired up with up to 12GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage.
The Snapdragon chipset isn’t the only processor in the vivo X Note though. Helping the imaging capabilities along is a vivo V1 ISP. With the impressive quad-camera array comprising of a huge 1/1.3″ 50MP ISOCELL GN1 sensor and ZEISS optics, the vivo X Note is probably going to be the camera smartphone to beat.
Interestingly enough, while everything with the vivo X Note is apparently supersized, the battery isn’t. We get a rather conventional 5000mAh battery that you can get in much smaller devices. However you do have 80W fast wired charging and 50W fast wireless charging to keep it topped up.
Prices start from 5999 CNY (~RM3990) for the base 8GB + 256GB variant, ranging up to 6999 CNY (~RM4659) for the maxed out 12GB + 512GB version.
vivo Pad: the first tablet from vivo
If you want an even bigger display, there’s the vivo Pad. It features an 11″ 2.5K 120hz display with Dolby Vision. Hardware wise, it’s definitely a lot less interesting than the two prior devices, and I guess that’s why we don’t have it named the vivo X Pad. You get a Snapdragon 870 mated to 8GB RAM to keep things running along smoothly, with the option for up to 256GB storage.
Prices are notably rather affordable, starting from 2499 CNY (~RM1662) for the 8GB + 128GB version and 2999 CNY (~RM1995) for the 256GB storage option.
Pokdepinion: Glad to see vivo back to their innovative roots. Loved the vivo NEX series, hope to see more interesting things from vivo!