Chinese phone maker Vivo is the latest to enter the foldable market with the launch of the Vivo X Fold. It’s a mobile device with a tablet-sized with a 8.03 inch, 2200 x 1800 pixel, 120 Hz AMOLED display that folds in half like a book and a secondary 6.53 inch cover display that lets you use the phone without unfolding it.
The Vivo X Fold is available in China from JD.com with prices starting at 8,999 CNY, which is a little over $1400.
That’s the price for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but there’s also a 12GB/512GB model priced at 9,999 CNY (about $1570).
Both versions feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 4600 mAh battery, and support for 66W fast charging with a wired power adapter or 50W wireless charging. The phone has four rear cameras with Zeiss optics:
- 50MP primary with optical image stabilization
- 48MP ultra-wide (114 degrees)
- 12MP telephoto zoom (47mm equivalent)
- 8MP Periscopic zoom (5X optical zoom or 60X digital zoom)
The phone also has two 16MP selfie cameras, one in the foldable tablet-sized 4:3.5 aspect ratio inner screen and another in the 21:9 aspect ratio, phone-sized cover display.
One of the most unusual features (in a time when a folding screen itself isn’t all that unusual anymore) is that the Vivo X Fold has two under-display fingerprint readers – one under each display. That means you can login to your phone by pressing a finger against the cover display, but you can also make payments or login to apps or websites that require a little extra security by pressing a fingertip against the interior display when using the device.
Vivo has also included a zirconium alloy plate that fits into place under the primary display when the screen is unfolded, which the company says makes the crease less visible than on other foldables.
While the design and feature set hardly makes the Vivo X Fold unique in 2022, the launch of yet another foldable phone could be an indication that the market is maturing a bit… although the high price tag shows that it’s not maturing quickly enough to make these phones particularly affordable for budget-conscious customers.
Vivo isn’t putting all its eggs in the premium foldable basket though. The company has also introduced a new Vivo X Note smartphone with a 5,999 CNY ($940) starting price for a phone with a single 7 inch, 3080 x 1440 pixel 120 Hz AMOLED display, 80W wired and 50W wireless fast charging, up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery.