we met the killer of the Galaxy Z Fold 3


We were able to spend a few minutes in the company of the impressive folding Vivo, unfortunately for the moment reserved for China. Zipper, photographic part with two telephoto lenses, seems ready to eat Samsung’s fold.

Vivo X Fold (14)
The Vivo X Fold. // Source: Frandroid – Chloé Pertuis

Vivo is still a young brand in France, but its appetite is beyond doubt. To convince yourself, nothing better than to take a look at what is being prepared on the side of the Chinese market and which should not be long in coming to us. On the occasion of the European launch of the Vivo X80 Pro in Berlin, we had the chance to take control of its other high-end smartphone, the Vivo X Fold.

As the name suggests, this is a foldable smartphone in the same format as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but which pushes the concept a little further. Unfortunately, the release in France is not yet planned, but it allows us to imagine Vivo’s know-how. So much to tell you, there is level.

In closed position, fold the game

As soon as you close it, you immediately realize its small advantage over Samsung’s foldable: it is completely sealed, the two parts of the phone meet perfectly. Beyond the satisfaction this provides (the little take is very soft to the ear), we imagine this will protect the screen a little more from dust.

On the other hand, in the open position, the crease is still felt, unlike an Oppo Find N for example. Visually, it didn’t seem more shocking than on any folding chair, which is that when you look it straight in the face you don’t notice it at all, but as soon as you look into the corner of the phone, we can see it well and truly. Still on the screen, it does not avoid a slight “plastic” effect to the touch.

Still from the point of view of comfort, the smartphone didn’t seem too thick to us. Without being a model of finesse and lightness, it is easily worn for a few minutes without feeling its weight weighing on the ends of the arms.

The back (screen excluded) appears to pick up on the X80 Pro’s slightly frosted and soft fluorinated glass coating.

Perhaps the best photographic folding

We were also challenged by the phone’s photo setup. In general, brands tend to equip foldable sensors with slightly less attractive sensors than their non-foldable counterparts.

There, we are very close to the configuration of the Vivo X80 Pro, the recently announced flagship of the brand for Europe. The phone offers:

  • A 1 / 1.57-inch 50 megapixel sensor, with dual Pixel autofocus, laser autofocus and optical stabilization;
  • A 48 megapixel sensor with ultra wide angle lens;
  • A 12 megapixel optical X2;
  • An 8 megapixel optical X5.

We were able to take a few shots with it and honestly it was hard to tell the difference with the X80 Pro. Especially since Vivo has filled its folder of photo modes and features – we find Zeiss portrait styles, stabilization by leveling the horizon. , etc.

As this is a Chinese version of the phone, it runs on OriginOS, the manufacturer’s interface in Asia which, let’s face it, makes us want to. It pushes the use of widgets further. What perhaps giving leads to FunTouchOS to allow it to acquire personality.


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