The first smartphone equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, the vivo X90 Pro+ also stands out with its one-inch photo sensor.
Vivo has just presented three new high-end smartphones, the X90. While many manufacturers plan to quickly use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the vivo X90 Pro+ is the first to feature Qualcomm’s new chip. It thus launches the announcement season in China, with the presentation of several flagships which will arrive a little later in our regions. Accompanied by the X90 and X90 Pro, this X90 Pro+ variant comes forward with very solid arguments.
A Snapdragon 8 Gen 2? Yes, but don’t say it too loud
One of the curiosities of this X90 Pro+ is the presence of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Close to Qualcomm, Vivo does not really highlight this major feature. This is probably explained by a merger with MediaTek, which offers its Dimensity 9200 in the X90 and X90 Pro. Unlike its two brothers, vivo simply mentions the presence of a chip engraved in 4 nm in its flagship. A particularity which suggests that this vivo X90 Pro+ could exist in two variants; with a MediaTek Dimensity 9200 in China and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for the rest of the world. Either way, these powerful SoCs are coupled with 12 GB of RAM And 256 or 512 GB of storage internal (UFS 4.0).
The manufacturer adds a AMOLED screen displaying in 2K (1400 x 3200 pixels), with a refresh rate of 120Hz. This LTPO 4.0 panel (Samsung E6) from 6.78 inches offers brightness up to 1,800 nits. To power this promising configuration, we find a 4,700 mAh battery compatible with the 80W wired fast charging. Vivo promises a full recharge in 33 minutes, as well as the possibility of enjoying the 50W wireless charging.
A 1-inch sensor and photo ambitions
Vivo’s new flagship is not just a powerhouse. He seeks to shine in photography and equips himself with four modules on the back, with the participation of Zeiss. The X90 Pro+ offers the famous 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, which we were able to see at work in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. This module of 50.3 megapixels (23 mm eq.) also benefits from a wide aperture (f/1.75), which should help it in low light situations. To support it, vivo adds a 50 megapixel telephoto lens (IMX758, x2, f/1.6, 50mm eq.), a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle (IMX598) and a second telephoto lens with 64 megapixel periscopic zoom (Omnivision OV64B, f/3.5, 90mm eq.).
On paper, the smartphone has the weapons to join the fight with the best photophones on the market. The video is not put aside, with the possibility of film up to 8K at 30 fps and in 14-bit RAW. Dolby Vision and LOG formats are also supported. A 32-megapixel front camera takes place at the front.
While waiting to know if Vivo manages to tame this configuration, we note the presence of stereo speakers. Connectivity is not left out with wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 and support for aptX HD and LDAC. On the connectivity side, it is a USB-C port (3.2 Gen 1) which takes place in this IP68 certified model. To avoid overheating, an imposing heatsink is there to ensure good performance.
First in China
Announced in China, the vivo X90 Pro+ sold for a price of around 900 euros excluding taxes (6,499 yuan). Count on a little less than 1,000 euros (6,999 yuan) for the 512 GB version. For the moment, this smartphone is reserved for the Chinese market and it will be necessary wait until 2023 to hope to see it in Europe. Its price should then easily cross the 1,000 euro mark; like the vivo X80 Pro.