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Rumor | Vivo's first-gen foldable smartphone will launch with 80W charging and a fair-sized battery

A "Vivo X Fold" render. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
A "Vivo X Fold" render. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
Vivo is projected to launch an inaugural foldable smartphone in 2022. It is thought to be an alternative to its also possibly upcoming X Note at the top end of its mobile device offerings for the year. Now, both have reportedly been certified by the 3C regulator in China with similar specs in some respects.

Vivo has stayed out of the flagship tier of the Android smartphone for a few years now, having abandoned its NEX series for this purpose in the process. The same line has been tipped for a comeback in 2022; however, it now seems that the OEM has decided to make the handset in question a new member of the X line instead.

This inaugural "X Note" is rumored to take on even the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with a premium 7-inch display. However, a decision to buy it might be made more difficult by the prospect of the "X Fold", now projected to launch alongside it as its maker's first ever flexible-display device.

The possibility of the 2 alleged top-end devices launching together or in close succession now might be backed up by the discovery of a Vivo V2178A on the 3C database alongside the V2170A, or "X Note". This, according to the leaker Digital Chat Station, is because they both support the same dual 66/80W fast-charging profile.

The eminent tipster also now asserts that the X Fold will launch with an 8-inch main display that will bend in the same way as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 or OPPO Find N. Digital Chat Station also mentions 2 different battery sizes (5,000mAh and 4,600mAh) in conjunction with the alleged 2022 Vivo flagships.

The larger is not likely to belong to the X Fold, to be honest. Nevertheless, should it truly launch with Vivo's latest power tech, it could make for the fastest-charging foldable on the market. This may be why it is now touted to do so at around the 10,000 yuan (~US$1,413) mark.

Vivo's latest submissions to 3C lead to further X Note- and Fold-related speculation. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
Vivo's latest submissions to 3C lead to further X Note- and Fold-related speculation. (Source: Digital Chat Station via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-03- 9 (Update: 2022-03- 9)