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Vivo’s X90 Pro Plus becomes the first phone to use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

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Vivo’s X90 Pro Plus will be the first phone using Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The phone, however, is China-exclusive and will launch on December 6, starting at ¥6,499 or roughly $900 for the 256GB model. The pricing goes up to ¥6,999 or roughly $970 for the 512GB storage option. 

Thanks to the new SoC, the phone can leverage the faster UFS 4.0 storage announced earlier in May that can hit read speeds as high as 4,200 MBps and write speeds of up to 2,800 MBps, although the chip supports WiFi 7, the phone sticks to WiFi 6. That’s all for the new improvements, although it’s a little hard to tell; the Chinese spec sheet indicates that the phone might support AV1.

Vivo's X90 Pro Plus becomes the first phone to use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
The phone does boast a rather good screen, at least on paper. | Source: Vivo

Besides all the benefits Qualcomm’s latest flagship brings, users also get a 6.8-inch OLED screen running at 3200 x 1440 resolution and 120Hz. There are 12GB RAM, 256 or 512GB storage options and the device is powered by a 4,700 mAh battery, which can be charged at a maximum of 80W courtesy of the supplied charger. Wireless charging is also supported for a maximum of 50W. 

The cameras are also interesting and rather big. The phone gets the following three cameras powered by Sony’s 1-inch IMX-989 sensor

  • 50MP portrait camera
  • 48MP ultrawide
  • 64MP 3.5x telephoto

The front camera is your usual pinhole 32MP camera located in the top centre of the screen.

Vivo's X90 Pro Plus becomes the first phone to use Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
The phone has some pretty big cameras on the big and a big sensor on the inside. | Source: Vivo

The sensor situation is also rather unique. There’s the super-sized 3D Sonic Max in-display fingerprint sensor from Qualcomm and a rear colour temperature sensor for whatever reason. The array of unusual sensors doesn’t end here either. Buyers will also get a laser focus sensor and an infrared remote control sensor. 

SpecificationsVivo X90 Pro Plus
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 2
Memory12GB RAM
Storage256/512GB UFS 4.0 storage
Display6.8-inch OLED
3200 x 1440 at 120Hz
Rear Camera50MP portrait camera
48MP ultrawide
64MP 3.5x telephoto
Front Camera32MP punchole
Battery and Charging4,700 mAh battery
80W wired charging
50W wireless charging
ConnectivityWiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.3
SoftwareOriginOS 3 (based on Android 13)

Considering Vivo is owned by BBK, a company that also owns rival phone companies, including Oppo, OnePlus, Realme and iQOO and the ongoing trend of sharing parts between phones from these manufacturers, there’s a good chance that a OnePlus or similar equivalent might also be announced for the Chinese market before the year ends. 

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