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vivo Announces X Fold, Its First Foldable Phone

vivo Announces X Fold, Its First Foldable Phone

vivo recently unveiled its first foldable phone, vivo X Fold, a premium device built for efficiency, convenience and exciting new user experiences. vivo X Fold is a superior foldable smartphone that integrates a multitude of industry-leading technologies and fully outperforms previous foldable products in terms of screen crease optimization and hinge durability. Boasting a series of innovations in display technology, chip performance, battery life and camera system, vivo X Fold ushers in a new era of foldable devices. In addition to vivo X Fold, the flagship lineup includes X Note, a large display smartphone designed for the high-end market. Expanding its product portfolio, vivo also launched its first flagship tablet vivo Pad.

vivo X Note boasts a large 7-inch display with a golden aspect ratio of 21:10, excellent for productivity. vivo X Note is enhanced with superior security features such as remote SIM card lock, 3D Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor and Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU) chipset-level security protection to effectively guard user privacy and security. Also, with dedicated mobile office features and the ZEISS Camera System, vivo X Note redefines large-screen business flagship smartphones by putting together business functionality, exceptional camera system, flagship performance and design embedded with traditional Chinese design elements.

vivo’s first flagship tablet, vivo Pad, was also announced at the launch event. An upgrade from its predecessor, vivo Pad boasts flagship specs with a fully optimized operating system for large-screen products and features tailored for various user scenarios like office use and educational purposes to provide a more refined user experience.

Multi-Dimensional Hinge Enables vivo X Fold to Withstand Over 300,000 Bends

A key component in foldable smartphones, the hinge directly impacts the overall performance of foldable phones. The multi-dimensional hinge in vivo X Fold is durable and reliable, and can withstand 300,000 bends, according to a TÜV Rheinland test, where the crease control remains excellent after testing. For average users who fold the device 80 times a day, vivo X Fold can function properly for 10 years. The vivo X Fold hinge is made up of 174 parts made, and using sixfold aerospace-grade materials such as zirconium alloys and FS53 Aviation-level High Strength Steel, allowing for robust performance in smoothness, strength and shock resistance.

vivo X Fold uses a floating medium plate design to optimize the screen crease. When the phone opens, the floating medium plate ascends, lifts the crease in the center of the screen and makes the screen flatter. When the phone folds, the floating medium plate descends, providing ample space for the screen to bend, while providing protection and durability for the device. In addition, vivo X Fold also adopts ultra-resilient Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) in a unique staggered structure, and sports a waterdrop-shaped hinge structure at the smallest bend radius of 2.3mm (folding left and right) in the industry. The combination of multiple technologies ensures the crease remains narrow and straight over time, and eliminates the common issue of bulging.

vivo X Fold Boasts Excellent Inner and Outer Screens

As a flagship foldable smartphone, vivo X Fold harnesses top display technology in both inner and outer screens. The 8.03-inch inner foldable screen is one of the industry’s largest screens, delivering tablet-like viewing and operating experiences, ideal for work and productivity. The 6.53-inch slightly curved outer screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9 is the largest in the industry, offering the user an option to seamlessly use the device as a conventional smartphone when folded. Owing to the exceptional screen quality, vivo X Fold is the world’s first smartphone to obtain DisplayMate A+ level certification for 19 performance items, proving the top-notch quality of its display capabilities.

Unlike conventional smartphones, a foldable phone requires higher color and display consistency on both screens as the device needs to switch between screens. Both inner and outer screens on vivo X Fold support a 120Hz refresh rate and use E5 luminescent material. Paired with the company’s self-developed color calibration schemes, the screens can achieve higher brightness, smoothness and color consistency. The device solves the issue of visual inconsistency in previous foldable screens, resulting in more visual coherence and smoothness when switching between the two screens. The inner screen with LTPO adaptive refresh rate guarantees a satisfactory display effect and excellent power control.

In addition, vivo X Fold is the world’s first foldable phone with 3D Ultrasonic Dual Fingerprint Sensors on both screens. The device breaks away from the commonly used side button unlock, and supports unlocking functions on both screens, notably enhancing both convenience and security. The 3D Ultrasonic Dual Fingerprint Sensors on vivo X Fold achieve nearly 100% 3D information recognition accuracy, and 38.7% unlock speed boost over traditional photoelectric fingerprint sensors. vivo X Note, announced alongside vivo X Fold, has an Ultrasonic Large Fingerprint Sensor featuring a fingerprint recognition area 11.1 times larger than single-point photoelectric fingerprint sensors, which leads to faster and more accurate unlock.

Top-of-the-Line Flagship Performance

vivo X Fold is built to deliver the ultimate performance and versatility. The device is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with customized SPU built using 4nm MEP process. The new flagship chipset offers 10% CPU performance improvement and 30% GPU rendering speed increase compared to the previous-generation Snapdragon 888 processor, scoring past 1 million points in AnTuTu. Paired with a UFS3.1 flash memory and enhanced LPDDR5 RAM, vivo X Fold offers cutting-edge speed. vivo X Fold is also equipped with the company’s self-developed Triple Performance Engine, which ensures the device run smoother, more stable, and saves more power.

vivo X Fold holds a 4600mAh large-capacity battery within its slim design, which can support 20.55 hours of continuous calling, 12 hours of video conferencing and 8 hours of massive multiplayer game. Additionally, vivo X Fold also comes with 66W dual-cell FlashCharge that can charge the device from 0% to 50% in 17 minutes. Furthermore, the device also supports 50W wireless FlashCharge, a first in a foldable phone, that can charge the battery from 0% to 10% in 5 minutes and to 100% in 53 minutes, for fast and convenient charging. At the same time, vivo X Fold also supports 10W wireless reverse charging.

vivo X Note is powered by the flagship chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with customized SPU and the company’s V1 imaging chip. With the help of both chips, the device reduces power consumption and has greatly improved visual capabilities, including photography and frame interpolation for gaming.

Hardware-Level Reinforced Protection Redefines Efficient Business Experiences

To deliver more efficient business experiences and comprehensive user privacy protection, vivo X Fold supports hardware-level reinforced protection. For the first time, full-featured security design is used with the customized SPU in Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 at the hardware level, and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SPU is adapted for full-featured design at the software level. In addition, vivo X Fold also ensures operation security at chip, core, framework and application levels through the Thousand Mirror security architecture.

In terms of software, vivo X Fold is paired with Origin OS Ocean system, providing local storage, private browsing, backend protection features, and better interactive user experiences. vivo also unveiled the Thousand Mirror trust engine that ensures overall privacy protection in all scenarios. This engine is able to do comprehensive analysis and computation on the chip, core, system and application layers, integrate key security indicators, provide trusted security judgment, and safeguard user, device, and data access. Other features like remote SIM card lock, smart privacy protection, Unlock before Shutting Down and Password Coffer help fully protect user privacy at the application level.

To better meet business needs, vivo X Fold supports multi-angle hover, hover video calling, hover video watching, hover motion and hover input at 60° to 120°. Combined with more efficient multitasking modes such as split-screen and small window, its features can help free hands and improve productivity. Lastly, vivo X Fold also offers a one-stop office solution, with a series of new features like Amber Scan, and Quantum Kit, making office work easier for its users.

Flagship ZEISS Optics Highlights Exceptional Imaging Performance

In addition to fully satisfying user needs with flagship specs and powerful processing, vivo X Fold also provides industry-leading professional smartphone photography capabilities. With ZEISS Optics and ZEISS T*Coating on the entire series, vivo X Fold has improved overall lens performance, effectively addressing light dispersion issues with strong anti-glare capabilities, maximizing the performance of high-resolution sensors and helping users capture photos with better light and shadow effects.

vivo X Fold has added several new shooting methods by building off the nature of foldable phones. The device can display the photo preview on both screens at the same time, allowing the subject to see a preview before taking the photo to adjust posture and expression, thereby making it easier for the user to take photos. Moreover, with the waist-level viewfinder (WLVF), rear selfie camera and Hover Photography Mode, vivo X Fold brings a unique and interesting experiences to consumers.

Last but not least, vivo X Fold is equipped with ZEISS Quad Camera setup in full focal length range, a rarity among flagship smartphones, to meet user needs in all photography scenarios. With ZEISS Portrait Effects like ZEISS Natural Color, ZEISS Superb Night Camera and ZEISS Superb Portrait, vivo X Fold can take clear and authentic shots, up close or far away. With an AI Group Portrait feature, the device can also optimize subjects’ faces for taking group photos of up to 30 people, ensuring that the group photo is presented in the best quality.

vivo X Note is equipped with the flagship Samsung GN1 Sensor to deliver additional excellent shooting experiences. Due to the excellent performance of the company’s V1 imaging chip, the phone delivers superior power efficiency in video scenarios and supports Real-Time Extreme Night Vision and Super Night Video.

Exquisite Design, Craftsmanship and Processes Inspired by the “Circle-Square” Design Philosophy

vivo X Fold’s design concept was inspired by the Chinese concept of “Round Sky and Square Earth”, in which the circle and square element bring forward traditional beliefs and architectural practices of Ancient China. By incorporating both square and circle elements with Continuous Curved Glass, the materials and texture highlight the majestic nature of the vivo X Fold design. Other design features, such as the colored mute button, matte frame, dual-tone splicing and embossed texture processes, are utilized in vivo X Fold to create superb visual aesthetic and high quality touch for its users.

vivo X Fold comes in two colors, Mountain Blue and Parasol Tree Gray; and vivo X Note comes in three colors, Mountain Blue, Earth Gray and Night Black. While ensuring top flagship performance, the ultimate thin design of vivo X Note leverages its large size to divide the weight of the whole machine, thus delivering refinement and high-quality feel.

vivo Pad runs a fully-optimized Origin OS HD operating system and includes various application scenarios such as “sharing screens among multiple platforms”, “Origin Notes” and “children’s education” to optimize its performance to give users a convenient and professional experience. Weighing only 489g and measuring 6.55mm in thickness, the device is sturdy and durable, perfect for users who are constantly on the go. With an 11-inch 2.5K 120Hz ultra-vision display and four-channel large-amplitude ultra-linear speakers, vivo Pad is optimized for superb audiovisual experiences, gaming and entertainment.

vivo X Fold is priced at RMB 8,999 and RMB 9,999 for the 12GB+256GB and 12GB+512GB editions, respectively.

X Note is priced at RMB 5,999, RMB 6,499 and RMB 6,999 for the 8GB+256GB, 12BG+256GB and 12GB+512GB editions, respectively.

vivo Pad is priced at RMB 2,499 and RMB 2,999 for the 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB editions, respectively.

vivo X Fold, X Note and vivo Pad are only available in mainland China.

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