Samsung dominates the foldable market but does not necessarily have the best device on the market. Oppo, Huawei and other Chinese companies have all released much more compelling foldable phones, but they’re only available in a handful of markets. Vivo jumped on the foldable bandwagon with the launch of the Vivo X Fold in China in April. Not even six months later, the BBK-owned company is gearing up to release its successor: the Vivo X Fold+.
Vivo confirmed in a post on Weibo that it will launch the X Fold+ on September 26 (via GizmoChina) in an event scheduled to start at 7 p.m. local time. The ad accompanies an image revealing the foldable phone’s design. This also confirms that the company will launch the phone in a new red hue this time around.
The Vivo X Fold+ won’t be a drastic upgrade over the X Fold. The device’s AnTuTu listing has already appeared online, confirming its key specs. The biggest upgrade would be the switch to the faster and more power-efficient Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. This should help both battery life and improve sustained performance. Besides Qualcomm’s latest chip, the Vivo X Fold+ will come with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and will run Android 12 out of the box.
The cover and the folding screen should not receive upgrades. So, cover screen tasks should be done by a 6.53-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, while opening the device will reveal an 8.03-inch LTPO 120Hz OLED folding display. Like the original model, the X Fold+ is expected to feature two ultrasonic fingerprint scanners: one built into each screen. The battery capacity is rumored to be no more than 4,600mAh, although its charging speed can reach 80W. a 48MP ultra-wide, a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and an 8MP periscope camera with 5x zoom should remain unchanged.
Like the original X Fold, don’t expect Vivo to launch the X Fold+ outside of China.