The new Vivo X Fold is another sign that foldable phones are becoming more common as retail products after a few years of existence. The current usage model is now well understood and foldable display technology is now available to more manufacturers.
That 8-inch primary foldable 2K OLED display uses LTPO 3.0 technology which allows variable rate from 1-120Hz. The 6.53-inch cover OLED display is quite large, and both are larger than the Z Fold3 displays. This makes the Vivo X Fold a real alternative to Samsung’s Star Foldable.
The just-released Vivo X Fold has the advantage of boasting the latest generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor platform, a gamer favourite.
Such a powerful platform is ideal for running graphics on such a large display, and it’s one of the perfect use cases for the increased graphics performance over the Snapdragon 888 that the Z Fold3 is equipped with.
There is an 8GB RAM/256GB version, but I think the 12GB/512GB model for an additional $150 would be a better choice. Yes, a retail price of $1410-$1580 for these various models is steep, but foldable devices remain unique and expensive.
All this performance is supported by a 4600 mAh fast charging battery (66W) which is a great size considering the industrial design challenges that folding devices bring.
Last but not least, the Vivo X Fold has an exciting camera system with a 50MP primary Camera (OIS), on 8MP long zoom camera, etc 12MP short zoom portrait camera and a 48MP ultra wide Camera. This makes it a very complete and full-featured camera system, perhaps the most powerful of any folding camera.
Vivo worked with Zeiss on this camera and normally this collaboration would involve Zeiss software to help with subjective photo tuning to achieve a unique photo signature.
Overall, this is a great start and the device is a serious competitor to Samsung, at least on paper. We’ll see how good it is when we take a spin. Unfortunately, today’s launch only affects China, and we don’t know when the Vivo X Fold will hit the rest of the world.
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