The foldables market continues to grow, with several new players expected to enter the market this year. The first of them is Vivo, which has revealed its first ever foldable phone: the flagship Vivo X Fold.
With a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and serious photographer power, this is a flagship positioned to rival the best from Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi. But will the X Fold ever make it outside of China?
Here’s all we know so far about the Vivo X Fold.
Will the Vivo X Fold be released outside of China?
Vivo officially the X Fold on 11 April 2022, alongside the
Vivo X Note and
Vivo Pad, and the phone is on sale in China now.
What we don’t know is whether the phone will ever launch elsewhere – but we’re not optimistic. Many of Vivo’s handsets never make it to the rest of Asia, let alone the West. To make matters worse,
Android Authority reports that the company told it in March that there were “no plans at the moment for the foldable to receive a global launch.”
How much does the Vivo X Fold cost?
The X Fold is available in two versions in China:
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: ¥8,999 (around $1,400/£1,100/€1,300)
- 12GB RAM + 512GB storage: ¥9,999 (around $1,550/£1,200/€1,450)
For the sake of comparison, here’s how some of the other notable devices already on sale are priced:
What are the Vivo X Fold specs and features?
The Vivo X Fold is a flagship through and through.
The centre of it all is obviously the folding display. The X Fold has a folding 8.03in, 1800×2200, LTPO 3 AMOLED E5 display on the inside, with support for 1-120Hz refresh rates and HDR10+ content. This is made with Schott UTG (ultra thin glass, as Samsung also uses) and has an under-display fingerprint scanner.
The hinge is supposedly aircraft-grade, and allows the vivo X Fold to close flat or to stay open at angles between 60 and 120 degrees.
On the outside the 6.53in external display is also AMOLED, with 120Hz max refresh rate and HDR10+, along with another fingerprint scanner. This panel isn’t LTPO 3 though, and can’t drop all the way down to 1Hz.
Powering the phone is a
Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, accompanied by 12GB of RAM and a choice of either 256 or 512GB of storage, so this is a powerful phone.
Speaking of power, a 4600mAh battery should be enough to keep those two screens running all day. If not, charging comes from 66W wired charging or 50W wireless, with a 10W reverse wireless charging option too.
The cameras are particularly impressive – no surprise given that this is one of Vivo’s strengths. The main camera uses a 50Mp Samsung GN5 sensor with OIS at an aperture of f/1.8.
It’s joined by a 12Mp, f/2.4 2x zoom camera; an 8Mp 5x periscope zoom camera; and a 48Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera. As with other recent Vivo flagships, the camera bears Zeiss branding and support for a few Zeiss camera modes including Texture Portrait, Motion Capture 3.0, Zeiss Super Night Scene, and Zeiss Nature Color.
You’ll also find two 16Mp hole-punch selfie cameras: one on the outer display, and one on the inner.
Here are the full specs for the Vivo X Fold:
- 8.03in 2K E5 AMOLED folding display with 1-120Hz refresh rate and LTPO 3.0
- 6.53in FHD+ external display with 120Hz refresh rate
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 256/512GB UFS 3.1 storage (not confirmed how much)
- Rear cameras:
- 50Mp, f/1.8 main camera with OIS
- 12Mp, f/2.4 2x zoom camera
- 8Mp, 5x periscope camera
- 48Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera
- Selfie cameras:
- 16Mp outer selfie camera
- 16Mp inner selfie camera
- Wi-Fi 6
- 4600mAh battery
- 66W wired charging
- 50W wireless charging
- Android 12 with OriginOS
It seems that Vivo isn’t pulling any punches with its first dabble in foldables, as the specs are top draw in most respects.
Be sure to check out our guides to the
best phones coming in 2022 as well as
best phones to see what the Vivo X Fold is up against.