Vivo X Fold has a fingerprint reader on both screens

After e.g. Samsung, Huawei (and Honor), Motorola, Xiaomi and Oppo, we have a new competitor in the market for foldable smartphones. As reported by Engadget Chinese Earlier today, the Vivo X Fold is the first of its kind to pack not only Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, but also an on-screen fingerprint reader – the ultrasound type – on both its main and external screens. Unfortunately, this device is only available in China so far.

When opened, a liquid zirconium alloy intermediate plate rises slightly to support the flexible AMOLED panel, making the seam less visible.

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Like the Huawei Mate X2 and Oppo Find N, the X Fold has also adopted a water drop flex hinge design to achieve a slit-free fold, while minimizing the seams of its foldable AMOLED panels. But Vivo took things a step further: when opened, a floating zirconium alloy intermediate plate rises to gently push against the flexible panel, smoothing the remaining seam. While this sounds impressive, we need to look at it personally to believe it.

According to TÜV Rheinland, Vivos X Fold can survive over 300,000 folds – 100,000 more than Oppo Find N’s certification. Assuming an average user would open and close a foldable phone 80 times a day, X Fold should be good for about 10 years of daily use. It is of course provided that you can withstand the weight of 311 g for that long; Samsung and Huawei’s latest foldable large sizes weigh only 271g and 295g respectively.

The Vivo X Fold has a 50 MP main camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide camera, a 12 MP portrait camera and an 8 MP telescopic zoom camera (with 5x optical zoom).
The Vivo X Fold has a 50 MP main camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide camera, a 12 MP portrait camera and an 8 MP periscope camera with 5x optical zoom.

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For a foldable phone, the Vivo X Fold has a surprisingly powerful set of cameras. First, this is only the second foldable phone that carries a periscope zoom camera (8MP, 5x optical zoom, optical stabilization) after the Huawei Mate X2. The X Fold also comes with a 50 MP main camera (Samsung GN5 sensor, f / 1.75, optical stabilization), a 48 MP ultra-wide camera (Sony IMX598, f / 2.2, 114-degree field of view, low distortion) and a 12 MP portrait camera ( IMX663, f / 1.98, 47 mm equivalent focal length). And yes, you get Zeiss T * coating here for its anti-reflective properties. It’s a similar setup to the X70 Pro +, except for the lack of micro-gimbal and lack of optical stabilization on two of the cameras.

Vivo X Fold

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In terms of screen size, the Vivo has gone for a wider design than the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The external screen is a 6.53-inch 2,520 x 1,080 (21: 9) panel, while the main screen has an 8-inch 2,160 x 1,916 (4: 3.55) panel. Both are of Samsung E5 AMOLED character and support up to 120Hz refresh rate, but only the larger panel has adaptive refresh rate to further save power. These screens also have their own 16MP f / 2.45 selfie camera, though you can always open the phone and switch “rear selfie” mode to take advantage of the more powerful cameras instead.

Vivo X Fold

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Like its competitors, some of X Fold’s built-in apps – hidden inside the Android 12-based OriginOS Ocean – take advantage of the foldable form factor. For example, the camera app offers a tripod mode, which is convenient for time lapse videos and low-angle shots. You can also use the device as a laptop with the built-in Notes app and also with Chinese third-party apps like QQ for video calling and Youku for video streaming. Hopefully, Vivo will extend these benefits to Western apps ahead of a possible international launch.

There is still a list of features worth mentioning. The 4,600mAh dual cell battery supports 66W wired charging and 50W wireless charging along with 10W reverse charging to help your friends in need. In fact, the X Fold comes with an 80W USB-PD GaN charger with two USB-C ports, so you can also charge your laptop with it.

The phone itself also includes a CS43131 Hi-Fi chip, three microphones, stereo speakers, a barometer, various heat dissipation functions and an infrared port – a common feature of Chinese phones to control your household appliances. And for the first time, Vivo decided to add a slider to physically silent mode, which is otherwise only seen on Apple and OnePlus devices these days.

Vivo X Fold

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Vivo X Play is already available for pre-order in China, where the 12GB RAM version with 256GB of storage version asks for 8,999 yuan (about $ 1,410), and the higher version with dual storage costs 9,999 yuan ($ 1,570). You can choose either blue or gray, both wrapped with vegan leather on the back.

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