If you’re looking for a new phone and performance is what you’re after, the newly announced Vivo X90 Pro Plus could be the perfect choice for you as it’s the first phone to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
The flagship chipset is expected to power many of the top Android phones in 2023, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11, but Vivo appears to be the first to do so.
That’s not even the only major selling point of the Vivo X90 Pro Plus, though, as the phone also packs a 50MP camera using a large 1-inch sensor. While this isn’t the first phone to use this sensor, it’s larger than what you’ll find in most smartphones, so photos will likely be better, too.
That’s joined by a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 50MP telephoto camera offering 2x optical zoom, and a 64MP telephoto camera with 3.5x optical zoom.
Other specs include 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 6.78-inch 1440 x 3200 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also packs a 4,700mAh battery with 80W fast wired charging and an impressive 50W wireless fast charging, and is dust and water resistant thanks to IP68 certification.
It was launched in China alongside the less interesting Vivo X90 and Vivo X90 Pro. There are a few differences between these phones and the Pro Plus, the most important being that they use MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 9200 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It’s still considered a powerful chip, but it’s unlikely to be on par with the Snapdragon.
Actually buying any of these phones could prove easier said than done, as they’ve so far only been launched in China, where the Vivo X90 Pro Plus starts at ¥6,499 (around $910 / £760 / AU$1,365).
There’s no word on if or when they’ll be sold more widely, but there’s a fair chance that at least some of them will eventually be sold in the UK, given that the Vivo X80 Pro is available there. An Australian launch is possible too, but the US is unlikely, as Vivo doesn’t have much presence there.
the first of many Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones
There’s no need to wait for the Vivo X90 Pro Plus to go on sale globally, because before long there will be lots of other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to choose from.
As noted above, the Samsung Galaxy S23 line will probably use this chipset, and the OnePlus 11 definitely will, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We already know that one or more phones in the Oppo Find X6 and iQoo 11 lines will use the 8 Gen 2, and it’s looking very likely that the Sony Xperia 1 V, Xiaomi 13 range, Motorola’s Moto X40, Nubia’s Red Magic 8, and more will use it too.
In short, if you buy any of the best upcoming phones that aren’t made by Apple, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the chipset they’re most likely to have. As such, this standout feature of the Vivo X90 Pro Plus is only a limited-time exclusive and one that will likely soon be commonplace, much to the benefit of consumers looking for the most capable new phones.
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