Foldable Android phones are certainly an interesting concept – take a simple, already-established form factor like a candy bar phone design, and find out a way to turn it into something with more screen real estate to accommodate more media and productivity purposes. They’re slowly but surely gaining popularity, and it seems that every other phone manufacturer is making moves to get a piece of that folding, bending action.
As such, the Vivo X Fold is set to take on foldable Android devices like Samsung’s impressive Galaxy Z Fold 3, which has managed to establish a considerably formidable niche as far as Android hardware is concerned. With that said, it comes with some rather impressive hardware, and today we’ve managed to get our hands on it.
So for this one, let’s take a quick look at Vivo’s newest foldable. Let’s get started!
Design and Display
Let’s start off with the design – the Vivo X Fold manages to create a bit of identity with a fairly unique design combination, although it does resemble other foldable devices out there. When folded, the device greets you with an AMOLED display that comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, and is 6.53 inches wide with a resolution of 1080 x 2520 pixels.
Surrounding the sides of the device is a sleek metal frame with a matte finish, and around the back there is a textured panel which sits below a rather large camera module. The X Fold certainly looks premium, and the non-glossy texture at the back is a nice contrast to the majority of glossy-backed handsets out there. The metal frame houses the power and volume buttons, and there’s even an additional slider button on one end.
The camera has a quad-lens set-up with a 50 MP, f/1.8 main sensor, an 8MP, f/3.4 periscope telephoto lens, a 12MP, f/2.0 telephoto lens, and a 48 MP, f/2.2 ultrawide sensor – all of the cameras feature Zeiss optics as well. Of course, there’s also a front-facing camera with a 16MP resolution.
Opening the X Fold reveals an 8-inch foldable AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a total resolution of 1916 x 2160 pixels. Similar to the Galaxy Z Fold devices, it has an almost-square aspect ratio, and its large width means that it will be ideal for a lot of web browsing, scrolling, productivity and media consumption. There’s also an in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone which is quite responsive as well.
Overall, it’s a solid-feeling device – the hinge mechanism likewise feels sturdy, and it doesn’t seem like it will give even after repetitive usage.
Moving on, let’s talk about internal specs and performance. The Vivo X Fold comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 gen 1 chipset, and you can get the phone either 256GB of storage and 12GB RAM, or 512GB storage and 12GB RAM
The addition of the 8 Gen 1 is a fantastic choice, and performance was fast and fluid as expected. Gaming in general was a breeze on the Vivo X Fold, and graphically-intensive games were able to run well on the phone. The device comes pre-loaded with Android 12, under Vivo’s Origin OS Ocean which is the company’s custom Android UI.
Powering the phone is a 4600 mAh battery, with support for 66W fast-charging. Vivo says that the phone can go from zero to 100 in less than 37 minutes, which is rather impressive and is not too far from fast-charging speeds on other devices.
Alright – so let’s talk about that price tag. You can get the Vivo X Fold in the UK at around £1,429 for the 12GB RAM and 256 GB storage version. If you want to go for the 12/512 GB storage variant however, that will cost you about £1,585.
For the price, it does place it at the same ballpark as Samsung’s foldable options. Right now, they are expensive pieces of tech, but if you’re more of a Vivo fan than a Samsung connoisseur, then there’s finally a foldable handset to look into. It does come with the 8 Gen 1 as well, so performance is certainly a big consideration.
Additionally, whether or not you’ll like Vivo’s version of Android is entirely a subjective affair, but if you can live with custom apps and software services in addition to the built-in Play Services, then you’ll be able to enjoy a powerful and impressive foldable Android phone.
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