Vivo has just introduced the X Fold+, a new high-end folding smartphone. With its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, improved battery life and top-flight fast charging, it stands out as a strong rival for Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4.
This Monday, September 26, 2022, Vivo lifted the veil on the Vivo X Fold+, a new iteration of its folding smartphone, at a conference in China. As its name suggests, the device is very close to the X Fold announced last April.
Mirroring the Galaxy Z Fold 4 de Samsungthe X Fold + is a folding smartphone that converts to a small tablet. Like its illustrious rival, the phone folds inwards. The structure folds thanks to a proprietary central hinge designed with materials from aeronautics. Thanks to this design, the smartphone can survive more than 300,000 foldings and unfoldings, Vivo assured in April.
As a main screen, Vivo is once again relying on an 8.03-inch LPTO AMOLED panel (7.6 inches at Samsung) with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen is protected by glass Gorilla Glass Food from Corninga protection widely used on high-end smartphones.
On the outside, there is a secondary 6.53-inch (6.2-inch for the Z Fold 4) 120Hz AMOLED display. Under both screens, Vivo places an ultrasonic fingerprint reader. On this side, the manufacturer is modeled on the X Fold, which was the first foldable terminal with two biometric readers. Note that the Z Fold 4 is content with a fingerprint reader housed on the power button on the edge.
Same story on the side of the camera. The Chinese brand integrates a camera developed in partnership with the German specialist Zeiss.
It is composed of 4 photo sensors, including le Samsung GN1 50 megapixel as the main module. The sensor is accompanied by a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle, a 12-megapixel 2x telephoto lens and an 8-megapixel 5x periscope.
Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip and better battery life
The Vivo X Fold + differs from the original model by the presence of a chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, supported by 12 GB of RAM. The first X Fold was powered by the SoC 8 Gen 1. Thanks to this new chip engraved in 4 nm, the folding smartphone offers better performance and better energy efficiency.
Moreover, Vivo claims to have improved autonomy of his folding smartphone. The brand entrusts this time the autonomy to a battery of 4730 mAh, against 4600 mAh for the first X Fold. Combined with the new chip from Qualcomm, the accumulator promises 20% more endurance, ensures Vivo. Note that this is the same Qualcomm chip that powers the Z Fold 4.
Much faster charging than the Galaxy Z Fold 4
In addition, the firm has optimized the fast charging technology integrated into its flagship. The Vivo X Fold+ comes with 80W wired fast charging, compared to 66 W for the X Fold. The smartphone is able to recover 70% of autonomy in 18 minutes of recharging. To fully charge the battery, it would only take 35 minutes. The X Fold+ incorporates the same charging technology as the Vivo X80 Pro, announced in June. For its part, wireless charging remains at 50 W. For a full charge of the battery by induction, count a little less than an hour.
In terms of charging, the X Fold + largely outdistances the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Samsung’s folding flagship is content to25W charging. It takes over an hour to fully charge the battery.
A folding smartphone reserved for China?
For the occasion, Vivo inaugurates a new premium finish in vegan leather and new red and blue colors. The brand leaves the choice between two internal storage options, 256 GB or 512 GB.
In China, Vivo will open pre-orders for the X Fold+ as early as September 29, 2022. Like its predecessor, the folding phone is expected to be reserved for the Chinese market. There is no indication that Vivo wants to market this new iteration in Europe. Resolutely high-end, the phone is offered at a starting price of 9,999 yuan in China, or approximately 1,450 euros excluding tax.