We were able to spend a few minutes in the company of the impressive foldable Vivo, unfortunately for the moment reserved for China. Hinge, photo piece with two telephoto lenses, seems ready to eat Samsung’s folding.
Vivo is still a young brand in France, but its appetite is beyond doubt. To be convinced of this, nothing better than taking a look at what is being prepared in the Chinese market and that should not take long to arrive here. After the European launch of VivoX80 Pro in Berlin we had the opportunity to take his other ultra-high-end smartphone, the Vivo X Fold, hand in hand.
As its name suggests, it is a folding smartphone in the same format as the Galaxy Z Fold 3, but that takes the concept even further. Unfortunately, its launch in France is not yet planned, but it allows you to imagine Vivo’s know-how. As much as I tell you, there is a level.
In the closed position, it folds the game.
As soon as you close it, you quickly realize its small advantage over the Samsung fold: it’s completely sealed, the two parts of the phone come together seamlessly. Despite the satisfaction this provides (the clapperboard is very soft on the ear), we imagine that this will protect the screen a little more from dust.
In contrast, in the open position, the fold is still felt, unlike a oppo find N for instance. Visually it didn’t seem more shocking to me than in any folding chair, that is to say that when you look at it from the front you don’t notice it at all, but as soon as you look at it from an angle on the phone, we can see it well and truly. Even on screen, it does not prevent a slight “plastic” effect to the touch.
Still on the comfort side, the smartphone didn’t feel too thick to us. Without being a model of delicacy and lightness, it can be easily carried for a few minutes without feeling its weight on the tips of the arms.
The back (not including the screen) seems to take up the X80 Pro’s slightly satiny and smooth coating in fluorine glass.
Perhaps the best photo folding.
We were also challenged by the phone’s photo settings. Generally, brands tend to equip foldable sensors with slightly less appeal 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 an ultra wide angle lens;
- A 12-megapixel X2 lens;
- An optical X5 in 8 megapixels.
We were able to take a few photos with it, and honestly, it was hard to tell the difference from the X80 Pro. Especially since Vivo has packed its portfolio of photo modes and functionality: we found Zeiss portrait styles, stabilization when 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 do it. Further boost the use of widgets. What they may give you leads FunTouchOS to allow you to gain personality.