Qualcomm announced its next flagship mobile processor just a few days ago, and Vivo is wasting no time while the new chip remains top of mind. The Chinese smartphone giant has announced the new X90 Pro Plus, which is the first smartphone to ship with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It will go on sale in the coming days, but unfortunately, only in the Chinese market for now.
Vivo has already revealed three versions of the X90, but the X90 and X90 Pro are based on the similar MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chip. The Pro Plus only gets Qualcomm’s latest silicon, but that’s not all that sets the X90 Pro Plus apart. It also features a massive quad camera array, stabilized by a Sony IMX989, 1 inch camera sensor that promises unparalleled light sensitivity. It has a 2x zoom, 3.5x telephoto periscope, and an ultrawide sensor. The phone isn’t shy about showing off all the camera hardware in the bulging camera bump that dominates the back.
The rest of the specifications are equally impressive. The X90 Pro Plus has a 6.78-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED display that supports 120Hz refresh rate and 1800 nits of peak brightness. It’s much brighter than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s screen. The X90 Pro Plus also has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of the latest UFS 4.0 storage. The only possible hardware flaw is the battery, which is only 4,700mAh. That’s a bit on the small side for a device with a large screen and the most powerful mobile processor on the market. Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more efficient than its predecessor, but no one has used it in a retail device yet.
Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 at last week’s Snapdragon Summit, with the usual laundry list of performance and efficiency bumps. The new chip has eight CPU cores, including the new Cortex-X3 “Prime Core”. There are also four high-powered CPU cores, split evenly between the Cortex-A710 and A715. The older A710s ensured that the chip would have solid native support for 32-bit apps, which are still popular in China. There are also three efficiency cores (Cortex-A510) that also run 32-bit applications.
Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also features an improved Adreno 740 GPU with support for the latest Vulkan 1.3 API and hardware ray tracing. The chip supports Wi-Fi 7, but the X90 Pro Plus doesn’t.
Vivo will start taking pre-orders for the X90 and X90 Pro today, and the X90 Pro Plus will follow on November 30th. All phones will ship on December 6 in China. There’s no news on the international launch, but you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 in the US. Motorola, Samsung, and others are expected to announce flagship devices with the chip in late 2022 and early 2023.