In one fell swoop, vivo has unveiled its first phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and its first Dimensity 9200 SoC. We are talking about the vivo X90 series, of course, which will go on sale in China over the next few weeks.
And while it’s exciting to see the new chipset in action, the main focus of the X90 series is to be the best camera phone on the market. The Pros are outfitted with a 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor with f/1.75 apertures and OIS, not to mention all the work Zeiss has done on the lenses.
Of course, it can only be one The The best and that honor goes to vivo X90 Pro +. This is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 we mentioned, but it also has exclusive periscope and ultrawide modules. The Ultra Wide camera doesn’t have the widest distance (114 degrees), but its lens is designed for low distortion, which means less digital perspective correction is necessary.
As for the periscope lens, it has a focal length of 90mm which means 3.5x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. The 64MP high-resolution sensor helps bring out additional details. There’s another telephoto lens on board, a 50mm portrait camera with a 50MP sensor and a bright f/1.6 aperture.
The Vivo X90 Pro has the same main and portrait cameras, but loses scope and the ultrawide module is reduced to a 12MP sensor and 108-degree lens.
The vanilla vivo X90 takes it one step further – it loses the main IMX989 sensor, and instead gets a 1/1.49″ 50MP sensor. Also, the 50mm camera drops to a 12MP sensor. However, it has a powerful chipset and an auxiliary vivo V2 ISP to do image processing, just like the other two.
There are several other reasons to choose Pro+ over others. All three devices have 6.78-inch 120Hz AMOLED displays, but only the Pro+ has an LTPO4 panel with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels. The other two skip LTPO and come down to a resolution of 1,260 x 2,800 pixels. And they use the Dimensity 9200 chipset, if that wasn’t obvious, but we haven’t tested it yet against the Snapdragon (we’ve only seen leaked benchmarks so far).
There are also differences in shipping. Battery capacity is about the same, but the X90 Pro has the fastest charging support – 120W wired (0-50% in 8 minutes) and 50W wireless. Pro+ is slower with 80W wired charging (and still 50W wireless). The vanilla model holds its own in the wired race with 120W support but lacks wireless charging (the USB-C port is also down to v2.0, in case video output is important to you).
The last thing – pricing. vivo has only announced plans to launch it in China for now, so these are the prices we’ll have to work out. The Vivo X90 and X90 Pro are now pre-ordered at CNY 3,700 ($515 / €500 / INR 42,000) and CNY 5,000 ($700 / €675 / INR 57,000), respectively. It will be available from December 6th.
The Vivo X90 Pro+ will start at CNY 6,500 ($905 / €880 / INR 74,000) once pre-order starts on the 28th (it’s also set to be released on December 26).
vivo X90 series prices for china
These three are without competition courtesy of being the first to use their chips. More Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Dimensity 9200 phones are on the way, and we should see some before the end of the year. However, we can only speculate on its pricing and we only have spec rumors to go, so we’ll keep that in check for the time being.
We’ll just mention the Xiaomi 12S Ultra – it features the same 1-inch IMX989 sensor, as well as a 48MP 120mm periscope and a 48MP 128-degree wide-angle camera. However, it uses the older Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, and its 6.73-inch QHD+ display is “only” LTPO2 (still 120Hz). The 12/256GB version is CNY6,500, same as the X90 Pro+ (there’s a slightly cheaper 8/256GB model for CNY6,000).
Xiaomi 12S Ultra
Note: We know about the Sharp Aquos R7 and Leica Leitz Phone 2, but these are boutique devices, impossible to buy outside of Japan.
Assuming it goes global, would you buy the vivo X90 Pro+? Leaks indicate that the 1-inch IMX989 will be used in more phones. Do you prefer to wait for them? Or is the camera not a major factor for you? Vote below or using this page. All of this assuming, of course, that the Pro+ will be available near you.
What about Vivo X90 Pro? Zoom isn’t great, but it might be better value for money – vote below if you’re interested (or use this page if that doesn’t work).
Finally, the Vivo X90 – any takers? Vote below or using this page.