Vivo X Fold3 / Pro: The Next Generation of Folding Screen Mobile Phones

Vivo has just released its latest innovation in the world of folding screen mobile phones - the X Fold3 series. This new series, which includes the vanilla and Pro models, brings significant improvements over the 2023 model, the vivo X Fold2, in terms of design, camera, and battery.

The vivo X Fold3 weighs in at just 219g, making it the lightest horizontal inward foldable phone on the market. This is lighter than many bar phones, including the iPhone 15 Pro Max (221g), Galaxy S24 Ultra (232g), and other foldables like the Galaxy Z Fold5 (253g). The thickness when folded has also been reduced from 12.9mm in the X Fold2 to 10.2mm in the X Fold3.

Both the X Fold3 and the Pro model feature the same set of displays. The inner panel measures 8.03” in diagonal with a resolution of 2,480 x 2,200px and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The Samsung E7 material used can be pushed to 4,500nits of local peak brightness. The cover display is 6.53” with a resolution of 1,172 x 2,748px and a refresh rate of 120Hz. This is more than double the brightness of the X Fold2 displays.

The vivo X Fold3 Pro is powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, paired with the custom vivo V3 imaging chip. It comes in two configurations, 16GB/512GB and 16GB/1TB, with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage. The vanilla X Fold3 uses the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 as the X Fold2 and can be configured from 12GB/256GB to 16GB/1TB.

The imaging chip in the Pro model handles data from the 50MP “ultra-sensing” main camera, which is equipped with a 1/1.3” OmniVision OV50H sensor and an f/1.68 lens with OIS. This sensor is larger than the 1/1.49” Sony IMX866v that was in the X Fold2. The main camera in the vanilla X Fold3 uses a 50MP 1/1.49” Sony sensor (an IMX920 this time) and an f/1.75 lens with OIS.

Both X Fold3 models feature a lightweight carbon fiber hinge that weighs only 14.98g. It was certified to withstand 500,000 folds by TÜV Rhinenland. Vivo has also improved the drop resistance of the phones – the front is 11 times more resistant, the back 15 times, compared to the X Fold2.

The vivo X Fold3 Pro starts at CNY 10,000 for a 16GB/512GB phone ($1,385/€1,275/₹117,00). The top of the line model is 16GB/1TB and costs CNY 11,000. The phones are already up on vivo’s store in China and will start shipping by the end of the month. There’s no word on global availability just yet.

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