Xiaomi’s sister partner, vivo has officially unveiled the X Fold+ today at an event in China. This highly anticipated device is the upgraded version of the last year’s vivo X Fold, one of Samsung’s most popular devices from last year. It takes over the design and few specifications from the first-gen foldable smartphone. The manufacturer will be hoping that the new vivo X Fold+ does a similarly stellar job as its predecessor.
At first glance, the vivo X Fold+ is a worthy successor with some meaningful improvements to the device. It doesn’t have any significant design changes, but there’s plenty new to be excited about with this foldable device.
At its core, you will get an outer display that can act like a normal smartphone, with a vertical fold that allows the handset to open up to a much bigger tablet-like display. The size of both displays is identical to the first-gen device, at 6.53-inches for the outer display and 8.03-inches for the interior panel.
The vivo X Fold+ has a 6.53-inch AMOLED cover display with FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and an integrated fingerprint scanner to unlock the device and makes it easier for users to capture photos and videos with the cover display, make calls, reply to text messages. When unfolded, you will be greeted by the 8.03 (4:3.55) with Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) and a 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate E5 LTPO panel with 2K resolution. Inner display also has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor for bio-metric reasons. This phone can be folded at different angles including 30, 90, and 120 degrees.
The rear camera setup consists four sensors, which is same as before – Zeiss branded 50MP primary module (1/1.57” GN5 sensor, 1.0µm, f/1.75 OIS), 48MP ultra wide (114°) and two telephoto modules, one 12MP camera with a 47mm lens for portraits and one 8MP periscope camera with 5x magnification (and up to 60x digital zoom) and OIS. On front-side, it has a 16MP selfie camera placed in a center-aligned punch-hole at top of the display.
Under the hood, there is a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chipset, which claims to promise a 30% reduction in power use with 10% in increase in performance. The chipset is paired with 12GB of LPDDR5RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
The battery has got an upgrade from its predecessor at 4,730mAh (X Fold had 4,600mAh) with support for 85W (up from 65W) fast charging, wireless charging support at 50W speeds. As per recent FCC entry, it also has reverse wireless charging capacity at 11W speeds. The vivo Fold+ is supposed to last nearly 2 hours longer if you watch videos. X Fold+’s battery let the handset to get charged 70% in just 18 minutes, and a full charge takes 35 minutes. This device ships with on OriginOS based on Android 12 out of the box.
The vivo X Fold+ is now available for pre-order in China starting today and will go on actual sale from 29th September. The base 12GB RAM/256GB model is priced CNY 10,000 ($1,400/€1,450/₹114,000), while the top-tier 12GB RAM/512GB upgrade can be grabbed at CNY 11,000 ($ 1538 / Rs. 1,25,520 approx.). vivo is also offering a free 50W wireless charger and protective case if you pre-order the new X Fold+. This offer is valid until October 7th only in limited quantities.
Foldable phones are really amazing and exciting bringing us amazingly new form factor with vast potentiality to explore them as tiny laptops. So, 2022 foldable lineup from vivo looks almost identical to the 2021 foldable lineup. We have identical camera housings, color branding in the same ways, but a new color edition is introduced this year. The new colorway is called Huaxia Red and is covered in faux leather.
Maybe 2023 will bring us the big refresh with big improvements?