We’ve known about the first foldable Vivo, dubbed the X Fold, for a while now thanks to Vivo’s own leaks and teasers. The day has finally come, as the company has just launched the foldable device in China, along with the Vivo Pad tablet and Vivo X Note smartphone.
The new foldable device takes the path of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 by displaying a smartphone screen on the outside and a foldable tablet-sized screen on the inside. The previous screen is a 6.53-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED panel (2,520 x 1,080, E5, 21:9, HDR10+), while the foldable display is a 8.03-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED panel (2,160 x 1,916, E5). , HDR10+, 4: 3.55).
Fortunately, Vivo brings ultra-thin glass on the foldable screen to provide a measure of protection. On top of that, the company claims that this screen is certified for up to 300,000 folds – the equivalent of folding and unfolding the device 80 times a day for 10 years.
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Much like the Galaxy Z Fold series, Vivo says the phone’s internal display can be rotated between 60° and 120° like a laptop (allowing use cases such as video calling, using the camera without a tripod, or watching videos without propping the phone up against something) . The company also claims that the internal display has a wrinkle-free design, although we’ll need to spend some time with the review unit to see if that’s really the case.
The X Fold features two ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors, with one for each screen. This is a noticeable departure from all the other large foldables on the market, as it offers a fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button.
Other than that, the foldable Vivo is equipped with the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, a 4,600mAh battery, 66W wired charging (the phone reaches 100% in 37 minutes), and 50W wireless charging ups.
The first foldable Vivo also brings a familiar rear camera setup to last year’s X70 Pro Plus, featuring a 50MP main shooter (Samsung GN5), a 48MP ultra-wide lens (114-degree field of view), a 12MP 2x telephoto lens (IMX663), And an 8MP 5x periscope camera. We also get punch-holes on both displays, which host a 16MP camera on the smartphone display and a 16MP camera on the foldable panel.
The Vivo X Fold also comes with a wake/mute slider (shown in the photo above), an OriginOS Android cover that’s only for China, and 10W reverse wireless charging.
What else did Vivo announce?
The BBK brand had two other major products to be revealed on the day, as it revealed the Vivo X Note and Vivo Pad.
Starting with the phone, the Vivo X Note is fully displayed on a large screen that features a 7-inch LTPO OLED display (3,080 x 1,440, 21:10, 120Hz). A big screen usually means a big battery, and here you have a 5,000mAh battery. The phone also has 80W wired charging, which promises 100% charge in 32 minutes. Other than that, 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging are also available on the device.
As for the camera experience, here you get a quad rear camera system almost identical to that of the Vivo X Fold. However, the only change here is the switch from the 50MP GN5 main camera to the slightly larger GN1 camera sensor.
Other notable Vivo X Note features include Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, IP68 rating, under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with large scanning area, mute slider, cross-device support with PCs, OriginOS, and a thickness of 8.37mm.
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Moving on to the tablet, the Vivo Pad offers a Snapdragon 870 chipset, an 8040mAh battery with 44W charging, and an 11-inch 120Hz 2560 x 1600 display. Camera duties are handled by an unspecified dual rear camera system. Interestingly, the Vivo Pad is also equipped with a 3D front camera for face unlock.
The Vivo Tablet also supports an optional stylus pen (which provides up to 4,096 levels of pressure) and an optional keyboard case.
Vivo X Fold Price and Availability
The Vivo X Fold is available in China with a faux leather back, starting at 8,999 yuan (about $1,413) for the 12GB/256GB model. There’s also a 9,999 yuan (~$1,570) variant, which has 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. Meanwhile, the Vivo X Note starts at 5,999 yuan (around $942) for the base 8GB/256GB model, while the Vivo Pad starts at 2,499 yuan (~$392) for the entry-level 8GB/128GB option.
Vivo told us earlier last month that there are currently no plans for foldable to receive a global launch. Hopefully, this will change as Samsung can do by competing globally.
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