vivo is getting ready to announce its first ever foldable smartphone, aptly named vivo X Fold. It will become official at an event in China on April 11. In the meantime, a photo of a marketing stand for offline stores has been leaked, revealing a lot of the phone's specs in the process. Take a look:
The vivo X Fold is thus confirmed to have an 8-inch "2K" internal folding screen with 120 Hz refresh rate and LTPO 3.0 technology for varying said refresh rate, a 6.53" FHD+ 120 Hz outer display, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset at the helm, LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.1 storage, Android 12 on board, and a 4,600 mAh battery with support for 66W wired and 50W wireless charging.
The phone comes with a quad rear camera setup with Zeiss branding and T* coating, with a 50 MP Samsung GN5 main snapper with OIS. The rest of the cameras are a 48 MP ultrawide with 114-degree field-of-view, a 12 MP portrait lens (which we take to mean 2x zoom), and a 60x OIS periscope cam. Wi-Fi 6 and NFC are also confirmed to be inside the vivo X Fold.
The materials additionally mention that the X Fold's screen has matched or broken 19 DisplayMate A+ records, while the hinge has been certified to work for 300,000 folds/unfolds by TUV Rheinland. As you probably were able to tell from the fact that this is all in Chinese, the vivo X Fold is launching in China first. Hopefully it will make it to global markets at some point, unlike the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold and the Oppo Find N, but we wouldn't hold our breath.
It seems like Chinese companies are betting big on foldables, but only for their home market, for reasons that we can't quite fathom. That's a shame since it means that globally there's much less competition in this space than there could be.