By Argam Artashyan
The Chinese first-tier smartphone brands continue to surprise us. They release innovative phones every few months. Today was the next iteration. The VIVO X90 series of flagship phones are out.
The entire series is available in four colorways: Red (plain leather), Original Black (plain leather), Extreme Black (AG glass), and Ice Blue (AG glass). The company disclosed that the design was inspired by the moment when the sun rises from the sea and sky. Looking at the back of the phones, we can see a new waistline. It looks like a horizon. The camera module is like a red sun bursting out. Also, the camera uses a surgical-grade stainless steel ring. Thus, it can withstand any disaster.
VIVO X90 Standard Edition
By the way, the VIVO X90 debuts the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 processor. The latter is the world’s first to use a TSMC second-generation 4nm process. Also, it has a new generation of octa-core flagship CPU, Dimensity’s strongest flagship 11-core GPU Immortalis-G715 graphics, and the sixth-generation flagship APU.
Due to many improvements and optimizations, the phone scores 1.28 million points in AnTuTu. The overall power consumption is more than 25% lower than the Dimensity 9000.
Regarding heat dissipation, the VIVO X90 series has an ultra-wide-area ice sheet cooling system. It uses the largest 4313m㎡ among VIVO flagship phones.
Another selling point of the VIVO X90 is the VCS Bionic Spectrum camera, including a 50MP VCS IMX866 primary sensor and a 108° low-distortion 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, IMX663.
The VIVO X90 uses the world’s first BOE Q9 light-emitting screen on the front. At the same time, it adopts a blue diamond arrangement with a pixel density of up to 452ppi. The company provides a trinity of eye protection solutions – software, hardware, and chips. It reduces eye fatigue and makes viewing more comfortable.
There is also a large 4810mAh battery, which supports 120W dual-core flash charging. In simple words, the phone can charge 50% in 8 minutes. The 120W mini charger inside the box can also charge computers.
Our protagonist runs the OriginOS 3 system. Many enhancements make the phone run more smoothly.
The VIVO X90 is already available for booking and will start shipping on November 30.
The prices are:
- 8GB + 128GB: 3699 yuan ($518)
- 8GB + 256GB: 3999 yuan ($560)
- 12GB + 256GB: 4499 yuan ($630)
- 12GB + 512GB: 4999 yuan ($700)
VIVO X90 Pro+
The VIVO X90 standard version looks pretty nice. But there is another model that has almost no equals on the market. We are talking about the VIVO X90 Pro+, the top model of the X90 series. It uses a one-inch IMX989 sensor. The latter should be familiar to you from the Xiaomi Mi 12S Ultra. Its photosensitive area has increased by 77% compared with the previous generation. The lens has the industry’s only f/1.75 large aperture. Thus, the amount of light entering is 24% higher. The parameters include an SLR-grade glass lens with a high Abbe number of 81.6 and a Zeiss T* coating to eliminate glare and ghosting better.
VIVO also uses a self-developed imaging chip, V2. Due to it, the Zeiss one-inch T* primary camera brings some new features:
- Fantastic night scene video, relying on V2 to achieve adaptive HDR;
- Handheld starry sky photography, reaching CIPA 4 image optimization level;
- Suspended motion capture adopts an ultra-low latency motion strategy of less than 30ms.
The ultra-wide-angle lens of the VIVO X90 Pro+ has been upgraded to a 114° low-distortion ultra-wide-angle sensor. Plus, there is a 64MP periscope telephoto lens. This is the world’s first deeply customized IMX758 sensor. Its aperture of f/1.6 also allows for using the camera as a 90mm mid-telephoto portrait camera.
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The VIVO X90 Pro+ supports the industry’s only 14-bit Super Raw. The other camera advantages include video LOG mode, 8K 30-frame video recording, ISO manual expansion up to 12800, real-time EV, gray card white balance calibration, 10 frames per second jpg continuous shooting, and two sets of color systems.
The screen is another highlight. The VIVO X90 Pro+ has the world’s first 2K E6 super-sensing eye protection screen. It uses Samsung’s latest generation of E6 luminescent materials. Its local peak brightness can reach 1800 nits. It supports XDR display and Dolby Vision display. The phone’s “Zeiss Natural Color” mode can realize the accurate restoration of natural colors from the front end of the shooting to the back end of the display.
The phone’s head dissipation area is 8900mm². This is essential for the real-time operation of the computational photography algorithm for a more extended period.
Though the company didn’t say, we guess the processor inside is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. We mean, it said that the chip is a new-gen 4nm flagship platform. But VIVO didn’t mention a specific model. Moreover, it supports 80W wired and 50W wireless charging.
The phone will start pre-sale on November 28 and shipping on December 6.
The prices are:
- 12GB + 256GB: 6499 yuan ($910)
- 12GB + 512GB: 6999 yuan ($980)
VIVO X90 Pro
The VIVO X90 Pro has many features in common with the vanilla variant. It still comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chip, a Q9 screen, and three rear cameras.
Like the original model, the Pro version has already started getting pre-orders and will go on sale on December 6.
- 8GB + 256GB: 4999 yuan ($700)
- 12GB + 256GB: 5499 yuan ($770)
- 12GB + 512GB: 5999 yuan ($840)