With the X Fold, Vivo has made its debut within the foldable smartphone phase. The telephone was released in April 2022 solely for the Chinese language market at a value of CNY 8,999 (about Rs. 1,02,600). If we instantly examine this pricing to the foldable choices in India such because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (Review), the X Fold positively has a extra tempting value. Sadly, as of now, Vivo would not have any plans of launching the X Fold in India, however contemplating the sizeable market share it enjoys in our nation and the truth that it does promote high-end telephones such because the Vivo X80 Pro (Review), the X Fold might be an fascinating addition to its premium smartphone portfolio right here.
We did get to spend a while with the Vivo X Fold on the firm’s first Tech Day event in New Delhi, the place Vivo talked about its partnership with Jio for 5G, its smartphone digital camera improvements, and extra.
The Vivo X Fold is priced at CNY 8,999 (about Rs. 1,02,600) for the 256GB variant, and CNY 9,999 (about Rs. 1,13,900) for the 512GB variant. Each variants characteristic 12GB of RAM. The foldable smartphone is available in three color choices, Crimson, Mountain Blue, and Black. In September 2022, Vivo refreshed the X Fold with a brand new mannequin referred to as the Vivo X Fold+, which options the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC, a barely bigger battery, and faster 80W wired charging.
The Vivo X Fold seems just like the X80 Professional at first look, at the very least from the again. The resemblance is uncanny, with the round glass digital camera housing and Zeiss branding. Nevertheless, it is a utterly completely different story once you take a look at the perimeters of the X Fold, which is once you realise it is a foldable smartphone. However, earlier than we get into the small print, one factor that stood out to me was how slim this foldable smartphone is. The Vivo X Fold can simply be mistaken for a daily non-folding smartphone.
Beginning with the again panel of the Vivo X Fold, you get a leather-finish together with the rear cameras and the Zeiss branding. The Vivo branding is on the bottom-half of the again panel, which has similarities to what we have seen within the model’s X-series smartphones. The again panel doesn’t entice fingerprints, however I discovered the leather-based materials to be overly comfortable and it might get simply scuffed with on a regular basis use.
The appropriate facet of the Vivo X Fold options an alert slider, as seen on OnePlus telephones, and the left facet has the ability and quantity keys. The telephone has a heft to it because it weighs 311g, and feels so much heavier in comparison with my day by day driver, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. The X Fold is the primary foldable smartphone that I’ve seen with an in-display fingerprint sensor for each the quilt show and the interior foldable show. The telephone does really feel very premium once you maintain it.
The Vivo X Fold sports activities a 6.53-inch E5 OLED panel with a full-HD+ decision, a refresh price of 120Hz, HDR10+ playback functionality, help for 100% DCI P3 color gamut, and a 21:9 facet ratio for its cowl display screen. The principle show consists of a 8.03-inch E5 OLED (LTPO 3.0) show with ultra-thin glass, a refresh price of 120Hz, 2K decision, and a 4:3.5 facet ratio. It additionally has HDR10+ and helps a color gamut of 113 p.c of the DCI P3 color house.
The duvet show of the Vivo X Fold itself is gigantic, and it may be used as a daily smartphone without having to unfold the principle show. The principle foldable display screen is bigger than the one within the Galaxy Fold 4, so viewing films or multitasking typically must be incredible. One factor to remember is that the Vivo X Fold nonetheless can’t be used with one hand comfortably, primarily due to its larger-than-usual dimensions.
The flagship Vivo X Fold, in line with the corporate, is the results of 150 technological patents. It goals to eliminates the most typical buyer criticism a few folding telephone: the crease. For my part, the crease is barely seen and the telephone folds utterly flush, leaving no gaps in between the 2 halves, in contrast to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Vivo appears to have discovered from the experiences of different corporations and consumer suggestions about foldable telephones.
Vivo additionally boasts concerning the unibody construction of the hinge within the X Fold and claims that six aerospace-grade supplies are used within the building of the telephone. The Vivo X Fold has matte-finished sides, together with the hinge, that is made out of aluminium. This ensures the telephone would not choose up fingerprints simply. The Sort-C charging connector, speaker grille, SIM slot, and noise cancellation microphones are all situated on the underside of the Vivo X Fold. One other speaker grill and two noise-cancellation microphones are situated on the highest.
Speaking concerning the cameras on the Vivo X Fold, the rear will get a 50-megapixel Samsung GN5 important sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle digital camera, a 12-megapixel portrait digital camera (2X optical zoom), and a 5-megapixel periscopic-style telephoto digital camera with a 5X optical zoom and as much as 60X digital zoom. This digital camera setup comes outfitted with the Zeiss T* coating for the lenses. For selfies, there are 16-megapixel cameras within the cowl display screen and the foldable show.
The Vivo X Fold is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, and runs on Android 12 with Vivo’s OriginOS Ocean (not Funtouch OS) pores and skin. It comes outfitted with a 4,600mAh battery that claims to have the ability to cost totally in simply 37 minutes owing to the 66W wired charging. It may possibly additionally cost wirelessly at 50W and helps reverse wi-fi charging at 10W.
Regardless of the X Fold being Vivo’s first-generation foldable telephone, it’s a well-crafted piece of expertise that appears very subtle. A lot of the massive issues that include a foldable smartphone appear to be addressed right here such because the cameras, hinge mechanism, and a premium look and really feel. Whereas Vivo has no plans as of now to launch the X Fold in India, it could be incredible if it did as it could imply extra selections for the buyer, which is at all times a great factor.