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Vivo X100 Ultra launches with the largest telephoto sensor, top-notch specs, and optional camera kit

Vivo has launched the X100 Ultra in China with a starting price of ~$898 (Image source: Vivo)
Vivo has launched the X100 Ultra in China with a starting price of ~$898 (Image source: Vivo)
The Vivo X100 Ultra has officially landed in the Chinese market. With the largest telephoto sensor, industry-leading CIPA 4.5 stabilization, and a versatile setup, it stands as the best camera flagship the company has released. The starting price of the new Android phone is CNY 6,499 (around $898).

Vivo has launched the X100 Ultra in China. Like some of the previous Android flagship phones from the company, this one also goes all in on the camera. As a matter of fact, the smartphone is the first in the industry to come with a 1/1.4-inch telephoto sensor on the back.

This sensor, called HP9, is co-developed with Samsung, and it's a 200 MP unit that features an f/2.67 aperture and an equivalent focal length of 85 mm. It's paired with a Sony LYT-900 50 MP primary camera and a 50 MP LYT-600 ultrawide. On the front, the Vivo X100 Ultra has a 50 MP selfie shooter.

Getting back to the 200 MP telephoto of the new camera flagship, it boasts ZEISS T* coating and ZEISS APO certification. These two means that the X100 Ultra can take pictures with high clarity and low fringes at the edges. The periscope sensor can also offer 3.7x optical zoom and equips industry-leading CIPA 4.5 stabilization.

Another thing to note is that the Vivo X100 Ultra is the first Android phone from the company to run the BlueImage algorithm. Vivo says that it has been in development for eight years and promises to solve many image-capturing problems that most smartphones run into. That includes retaining the details in low light and handling lights behind the focused subjects.

Besides, the other aspects of the X100 Ultra are high-end too. It comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the leading flagship SoC from Qualcomm. The front has an E7 LTPO AMOLED display with 3000 nits of peak brightness and a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels.

A 5,500 mAh battery powers the hardware of the Vivo X100 Ultra, and it has support for 80-watt wired and 30-watt wireless charging. Software-wise, it runs OriginOS 4, which is based on Android 14, out of the box. The company has also confirmed that the smartphone supports 5.5G and two-way satellite communication in China.

As for the price, the X100 Ultra starts at CNY 6,499 (around $898), which comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The maxed-out variant with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB storage costs CNY 7,999 (about $1,105). You can also purchase an optional camera kit called SmallRig for CNY 350 (around $48). It's similar to the photography kit for Xiaomi 14 Ultra and 13 Ultra (available on Amazon). This kit makes the Android phone feel more like a DSLR camera. Vivo has yet to share details on the price and availability for the international markets.

Color options (Image source: Vivo)
Color options (Image source: Vivo)
Optional camera kit (Image source: Vivo)
Optional camera kit (Image source: Vivo)
Screen specs (Image source: Vivo)
Screen specs (Image source: Vivo)
Main highlights of the X100 Ultra (Image source: Vivo)
Main highlights of the X100 Ultra (Image source: Vivo)

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Abid Ahsan Shanto, 2024-05-13 (Update: 2024-05-13)