Vivo X-Fold is the first foldable smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and an under-display fingerprint reader, the ultrasonic kind, on both its main and external screens (instead of having a side-mounted capacitive sensor like other foldable). The device is only available in China now.
Much like the Huawei Mate X2 and the Oppo Find N, the X Fold also adopted a water-drop flexion hinge design to achieve a gapless fold while minimizing its foldable AMOLED panel’s crease. When opened, a zirconium alloy floating middle plate rises to gently push against the flexible panel, thus clearing out the remaining crease.
Vivo’s X Fold can survive over 300,000 folds — 100,000 more than Oppo Find N’s certification. An average user would open and close a foldable phone 80 times a day, the X Fold should be good for around 10 years of daily usage. That is, of course, assuming you can tolerate the 311g weight for that long; Samsung and Huawei’s latest large size foldable only weigh 271g and 295g, respectively.
The Vivo X-Fold has a powerful set of cameras. For one, this is only the second foldable phone to carry a periscopic zoom camera (8MP, 5x optical zoom, optical stabilization), after Huawei’s Mate X2. The X Fold also comes with a 50MP main camera (Samsung GN5 sensor, f/1.75, optical stabilization), a 48MP ultra-wide camera (Sony IMX598, f/2.2, 114-degree field of view, low distortion), and a 12MP portrait camera (IMX663, f/1.98, 47mm equivalent focal length). You get Zeiss T* coating here for its anti-glare properties.
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 nature and support up to 120Hz refresh rate. These screens also pack their own 16MP f/2.45 selfie cameras, though you can always open the phone and toggle the “rear selfie” mode to leverage the more powerful cameras instead.
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 charge your laptop with it as well.
The phone has a Cirrus Logic CS43131 Hi-Fi chip, three microphones, stereo speakers, a barometer, several heat dissipation features, and an infrared port which is a common feature on Chinese phones for controlling home appliances. And for the first time, Vivo added a physical silent mode slider, which is otherwise only seen on Apple and OnePlus devices these days.
The Vivo X Fold is available for pre-ordering in China, with the 12GB RAM with 256GB storage version asking for 8,999 yuan (around $1,410), and the higher-end version with twice the storage going for 9,999 yuan ($1,570). You can pick either blue or grey, both wrapped with vegan leather on the back.