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Vivo X Fold First Impressions : The Folding Phone That Leaves Us Wanting

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Vivo X Fold First Impressions : The Folding Phone That Leaves Us Wanting



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The folding phone market has begun to take off in recent years and more and more brands are betting on this type of format. For several years, Samsung , Xiaomi , Huawei and OPPO , among others, have been establishing this new category in the world of mobile telephony to which, last April, Vivo joined with the Vivo X Fold .

This new player on the folding phone board is the first folding device that Vivo has developed and, for the moment, it will not see the light of day in the West. Despite this, the Vivo X Fold has come into our hands in a fleeting way and, after having tested it, we are going to tell you what this company is capable of in terms of folding phones. And we anticipate that, for its debut, Vivo has managed to make a fairly solid and competent bet, and with a physique that is inevitably reminiscent of its most direct competitor: the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Vivo X Fold technical sheet

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT Unfolded : 162 x 144.9 x 6.3mm
Folded : 162 x 74.5 x 14.6mm
311 grams
SCREEN Folded : 6.53-inch, AMOLED, 120Hz, 1,080 x 2,520 resolution Unfolded
: 8.03-inch, AMOLED, 120Hz, 1,916 x 2,160 resolution
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
8 MP, f/3.4, periscope 5X, OIS
12 MP, f/2.0, zoom 2X
48 MP, f/2.2, OIS
Origin OS

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WiFi 6

BATTERY 4,600 mAh
66W fast
charging 50W
wireless charging 10W reversible wireless charging
OTHERS Fingerprint reader under the screen
Stereo speakers
PRICE From 1,297 euros to change

A high range on all four sides

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Like the vast majority of folding phones that we have tested, the first thing we should know about the Vivo X Fold is that it is a high-end phone that transmits and exudes quality in all its sections. As can be seen at first glance, its design has been especially familiar to us, since the format chosen for the folding of its screen is the book type, similar to that of other folding devices from the competition.

The finishes of this Vivo X Fold pursue that air of a premium phone , thanks to a case covered in rough leather, which offers a very pleasant touch. Vivo’s X Fold is therefore a large phone, with a generous weight that exceeds 300 grams .

Folded, as usual in this type of device, the phone is quite thick, since the two screens are superimposed next to each other. Despite this, we found the grip when folded to be surprisingly comfortable and it doesn’t slip at any time. After using it for a while, its 300 grams remind us how heavy the terminal is, something that we can remedy using both hands.

Like any good self-respecting folding book format, the Vivo X Fold has two screens . First of all, its outer screen has a size of 6.53 inches. Fortunately, this panel turns out to be wider and not as vertically elongated as that of the latest Samsung foldables. This favors much more comfort when using it individually, getting closer to the concept of a traditional telephone.

When we unfold the Vivo X Fold, the resulting screen is 8.03 inches , a larger panel than what we can find in Samsung’s Z Fold 4 (7.6 inches). This screen arrives surrounded by a generous outer frame that, in my opinion, does not hinder the user experience too much.

Both panels have AMOLED technology and offer good image quality, as well as a refresh rate of 120 Hz , so fluidity is quite present in the user experience with this device.

The wrinkle is still present, but less noticeable

Now, in this section I have good and bad news. The bad, although it is not a drama, is that the crease of the screen is noticeable when we run our finger through the central part, and can also be seen depending on how the light falls on the panel.

The good news is that this wrinkle is more subtle, both to the touch and to the eye, than on Samsung’s flip phone. To give you a more precise idea, this wrinkle is halfway between the Oppo Find N and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4.

At the construction level, the hinge that gives meaning to the Vivo X Fold has, according to the company, 174 different elements that, together with fairly robust materials, offer good strength and resistance to folding, something that transmits very well to the user experience. At no time have we noticed a lack of hardness or fragility during our use with the Vivo X Fold, so good news in this section.

According to company data, the phone has the capacity to make 300,000 folds without compromising its materials . These are interesting data, but once again, we have not been able to verify for ourselves.

In relation to this section, a detail that we liked a lot is that when we fold the phone , the closure is complete , leaving no opening or space between the two screens, so the whole is completely symmetrical.

Power from the hand of Qualcomm and Zeiss lenses

Vivo has decided to bring a fairly complete phone at all levels, and that is also present in its performance section. Inside, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor , which comes accompanied by 12GB of RAM and with configurations of 256 or 512GB of storage. On paper, it is a more than capable set to offer adequate performance for any task, from the simplest to the most demanding. And during my experience with him is what I have perceived. Stability, fluidity and zero lag.

I would have liked to see how this terminal behaves at a sustained performance level, but since it was a first contact, I have not been able to test it in depth.

Changing the third, the camera section is the least I have been able to try in this first contact and I have not used it in the most appropriate conditions either, therefore I cannot tell as much about my experience as I would like. What I can tell you is that, on a technical level, and as is the case with the Vivo X80 Pro , the camera system of this foldable has been co-designed together with ZEISS , a German company in charge of developing optical equipment and lenses.

The signature of this company is found in the software section, as well as in the hardware section, providing stability and quality that, in the little that I have been able to use it, has reminded me a lot of what I was able to enjoy in its day of Vivo X80 Pro.

At the battery level, the Vivo X Fold maintains the quality standard of the rest of its specifications and has a battery with a capacity of 4,600 mAh . We would like to talk about the behavior of its autonomy, but the short test time has not allowed us to have a clear estimate on this section.

Vivo’s first phone comes with 66W Flash Charge fast charging . According to company data, it allows you to recharge your battery to 50% in just 17 minutes, completing 100% in less than 40 minutes. In addition, it is also capable of taking advantage of 50W wireless charging, making it a device that is well served.

A flagship that leaves us wanting more

Vivo has had time to learn from its main competitors in the development of folding phones and that is just what we see in this Vivo X Fold. In all its sections, including also the price .

This phone takes advantage of the benefits that we have seen and experienced in its competition, so, in general, this first folding proposal from Vivo seems very solid in all its points: construction, specifications and user experience. At the price level, and if we take into account the direct conversion of yuan to euros, this device has an approximate price of 1,300 euros , turning out to be cheaper than some folding terminals of the competition, but also remaining far from the pockets of the majority. of users.

The feeling after our first contact with the Vivo X Fold is bittersweet. We have liked what we have seen, but we are going to be left wanting it to come to our country so that it can compete, face to face, with Samsung’s folding giant.

We understand why this happens. It is normal that Vivo does not want to risk bringing a folding proposal to the West. This market is still very far from the general public, which normally looks for the cheapest offer when buying a mobile phone. And that, perhaps, is the great giant against which folding phones will have to continue fighting in the coming years.

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