The latest contenders in the foldable phone market are here from vivo with the X Fold2 and X Flip. The second generation horizontal folding phone from vivo brings improvements across the board with a reworked hinge mechanism, the latest gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, new cameras and 120W wired charging.
X Flip is vivo’s first attempt at a clamshell foldable and it packs a sizeable 3-inch cover display, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a 50MP main cam. Sadly, vivo did not share any details concerning a global release.
vivo X Fold2
X Fold2 brings an 8.03-inch E6 AMOLED display with 2160 × 1916px resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The panel brings a 4:3.55 aspect ratio and a new droplet-style hinge system which is lighter and more durable compared to the one used on the X Fold and X Fold+ from last year.
You also get a 6.53-inch AMOLED cover screen with 2520 × 1080px resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate and a more traditional 21:9 aspect ratio. Both panels feature ultrasonic fingerprint scanners and 16MP front-facing cameras housed in punch hole cutouts. In terms of dimensions, X Fold2 is 1.5mm slimmer than its predecessor in folded form and over 30 grams lighter.
X Fold2 incorporates a triple camera on the back with a 50MP main unit IMX866V with OIS and Zeiss T* coating on the lens, a 12MP ultrawide and a 12MP 2x portrait lens that also offers up to 20x digital zoom. The camera system is supported by vivo’s self-developed V2 image chip which touts improved HDR in stills and video and better noise reduction. X Fold2 can record up to 8K video at 30fps and features a Zeiss Cinematic mode.
The foldable boots Android 13 with OriginOS 3 on top, which features several enhancements for the large screen. These include a taskbar for easy multitasking, a remote PC control feature and adaptable UI in certain apps when you prop the hinge at an angle. Keeping things running is a 4,800 mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.
vivo X Fold2 comes in two trims – a 12/256GB priced at CNY 8,999 ($1,308) and a 12/512GB version for CNY 9,999 ($1,453).
vivo X Flip
The X Flip is vivo’s first clamshell foldable phone and it brings a spacious 3-inch AMOLED cover display that can be used for just about everything from texting to maps navigation and using social media apps. vivo is actively working with app developers to optimize their apps for the cover display so that users can complete most tasks without opening the internal screen.
The main screen is a 6.74-inch LTPO AMOLED with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also features a waterdrop hinge mechanism which should deal with the infamous crease seen on most folding screens. X Flip brings a 32MP front facing cam and a side mounted fingerprint scanner.
There’s a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset at the helm aided by 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. The camera department features the same 50MP Sony IMX866V sensor with OIS as on the X Fold2 alongside a 12MP ultrawide module.
You can prop the phone flat on a table and adjust the hinge to your desired position for hands-free selfies. You can also use the main 50MP camera for even better details. There’s a 4,400 mAh battery with 44W fast charging here and Origin OS3 based on Android 13 on the software side.
vivo X Flip starts at CNY 5,999 ($872) for the 12/256GB trim and goes up to CNY 6,699 ($973) for the 12/512 GB model.
Great phones with great innovation--and great storage markups. $143 to go from 256GB to 512GB??? It costs $17 to go from a 512GB to 1TB SSD from a reputable brand (Crucial P3 on Amazon). That's likely a 1000%-1500% markup on storage!
I do. I was test driving Z Fold 4 for a good week and I don't want to go back to regular phone now. The contention around narrow screen I've found to be ridiculous because for me, when shopping or doing anything else that required me to han...