Vivo X Fold: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 competitor is official with a 120 Hz LTPO 3.0 folding display, quad Zeiss cameras and dual ultrasonic fingerprint scanners
Vivo has officially unveiled the X Fold, one of two new flagship smartphones that the company has showcased today in China. Released alongside the X Note, the X Fold is a direct competitor to the Galaxy Z Fold3. Incidentally, Vivo has utilised the Samsung E5 OLED panel for the X Fold's cover display, which measures 6.53-inches across. Also, the X Fold has an 8-inch interior display that outputs at 2K and 120 Hz. However, Vivo has included an LTPO 3.0 backplane, which allows the X Fold to vary the refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. Predictably, the X Fold has ultra-thin glass (UTG) as well for protecting its fragile foldable display.
The flagship theme continues elsewhere too, such as the inclusion of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and a 4,600 mAh battery that can recharge at 66 W or a wired connection or wirelessly at 50 W. Moreover, the X Fold has premium cameras, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold3. Specifically, Vivo equips the X Fold with a 50 MP primary camera (Samsung ISOCELL GN5) that has optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 48 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, a 12 MP portrait lens and an 8 MP periscope camera. According to Vivo, the latter provides 5x optical zoom and supports OIS; for reference, all cameras contain a Zeiss T* coating. Supposedly, Zeiss has helped develop night and portrait modes for the X Fold, although it is unclear to what extent the camera company has influenced these camera modes.
The Vivo X Fold will be orderable in China from April 22, starting at CNY 8,999 (~US$1,415) with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Alternatively, the company has created a 512 GB variant for CNY 9,999 (~US$1,572), also with 12 GB of RAM. Based on Vivo's launch materials, both configurations come with dual ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. Unfortunately, Vivo did not comment on the X Fold's global availability during today's launch. Reputedly, Vivo will bring the X Fold to at least India, but the smartphone remains a Chinese exclusive for the time being.