vivo launches its first foldable smartphone, X Fold, in China

The foldable smartphone market is getting crowded. Originally dominated by the likes of Huawei and Samsung, more Chinese smartphone makers are jumping on the foldable bandwagon.

vivo just launched X Fold, its first foldable smartphone, in China. Its design is quite similar to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 with an external cover display of 6.53 inches when folded. When unfold, the X Fold features a 8.03-inch display.

vivo X Fold. (Photo: vivo)

Both displays have a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and feature in-display fingerprint sensors. The X Fold is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip with 12GB of RAM and a 4,600mAh battery.

While the Fold3’s cameras might not be of “flagship” grade, the X Fold comes with the full arsenal. Its rear camera system consists of a 50-megapixel (MP) main wide-angle camera, a 48MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a 8MP periscopic camera with 5x optical zoom. Plus, the X Fold comes with two 16MP selfie cameras – one on the cover display and one on the foldable display.

The vivo X Fold is currently only available in China. It comes in black, blue and grey with a price tag of 8,999RMB or S$1,928. Not too expensive, if you consider the Fold3 starts from S$2,398.

However, there is no indication yet if the X Fold will be launched in other regions. For instance, Oppo’s first flagship foldable smartphone, Find N, never find its way to other markets. So, the X Fold might follow the same path to disappoint Singapore foldable fans.