Vivo launches second foldable phone, Vivo X Fold+

Despite Samsung being the leading player in the foldable scene, there are a few other players making exciting products in this category. However, most of them tend to restrict their products to the Chinese market. Back in April of this year, Vivo released their first foldable, the Vivo X Fold to the Chinese market, and less than six months later, they are back with an improved version of the same device, now called the Vivo X Fold+.

The Vivo X Fold+ has officially was released yesterday, 26th September. However, its existence had already been teased earlier in a post made on Weibo by the Chinese manufacturer. The tease was in the form of an image that revealed the phone’s design, as well as a new red colour option that was not available for the Vivo X Fold

Specs-wise, the older Vivo X Fold and the Vivo X Fold+ share a lot in common, and the improvement to the newer variant is not as radical as you might expect. However, there are still a couple of improvements that the Vivo X Fold+ gets to make it a worthy upgrade.

The first one is that the new model gets the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. This should massively help with both battery life and improved sustained performance since the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 runs cooler while also having better performance compared to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that is present on the Vivo X Fold.

The second improvement is the X Fold+ gets a small bump in battery capacity to 4,730 mAh, up from the 4,600 mAh present in the X Fold. The charging speed also gets a minor boost from 66 W to 80 W in the newer model. However, the wireless charging speed still remains rated at 50 W for both devices.

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Interestingly, the cover and folding displays are not expected to get any upgrades. The X Fold has a 6.53-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, opening it up reveals an 8.03-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED folding display. This should transfer to the X Fold+ down to the two ultrasonic fingerprint scanners, each embedded on one display.

An area where other foldables tend to have an advantage over Samsung’s foldables is the camera specifications, and this seems to be true in this case as well. The X Fold+ will feature a triple camera setup with the Zeiss branding and consists of a 50MP GN1 primary shooter with OIS, a 48MP ultra-wide, a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and an 8MP periscope cam with 5x zoom.

It is unlikely that the Vivo X Fold+ will get a release outside China, but if it does, it will be interesting to see what price Vivo sells the device at, and how it will compare to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, and the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 which are currently the best foldables you can buy in the market.

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