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vivo unveils the X Fold, a serious Z Fold3 contender

by Warren

vivo has officially unveiled its first flagship foldable smartphone at China, this is a gorgeous looking foldable that’s set to retail exclusive at China for CNY8999 (RM5981), while expensive, it is rather competitively priced as compared to recent foldables announced by other smartphone brands.

As reported previously in a leaked marketing material, the vivo X Fold and comes equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 12GB RAM and up to 512GB of storage, it features a 6.53-inch 120Hz external AMOLED display and the internal foldable display measures 8.03-inches with a 2K LTPO AMOLED E5 display that refreshes from 1Hz to 120Hz, both displays are larger than its direct competitor – the Galaxy Z Fold3.

Like the Z Fold3, the vivo X Fold uses the same UTG (ultra thin glass) for its internal display and has received Display Mate’s A+ recommendation, both the internal and external display feature optical in-screen fingerprint readers, which is an interesting move as the Z Fold3 uses a side mounted fingerprint reader built into the power button.

What vivo has done better over the Z Fold3 is the display hinges with an aircraft-grade floating wing hinge, which allows the X Fold to close flat and stay open at angles between 60 to 120 degrees.

Also, the foldable also features a quad camera array that houses a primary ZEISS 50MP lens, an 8MP periscope lens that goes up to 5x optical zoom, a 12MP telephoto lens that does 2x optical zoom and a 48MP ultrawide lens, while the front camera will take selfies at a respectable 16MP resolution, this is currently the best camera setup we have seen on any foldable smartphone.

The vivo X Fold also has pretty crazy charging speeds at 66W which can juice up its 4600mAh battery in just 37 minutes, you can also expect wireless charging speeds of up to 50W when paired with a compatible wireless charger and it can reverse charge other devices for up to 10W of power.

While we don’t expect vivo Malaysia to bring the X Fold to local shores, the foldable smartphone is a serious contender judging by its specs sheet and design to Samsung’s Z Fold3, the only question remains is how well vivo’s software optimizations on foldables can match up with Samsung’s effort on One UI.

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