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Vivo’s new phone is the first to use the superpowered Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

If you’re looking for a new phone and your focus is power, then the recently announced Vivo X90 Pro Plus might be the phone for you, as it’s the first phone to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

This flagship chipset is expected to power many of the best Android phones of 2023, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11, but Vivo seems to have gotten there first.

That’s not even the only major selling point of the Vivo X90 Pro Plus though, as the phone also sports a 50MP camera that uses a massive 1-inch sensor. While this isn’t the first phone to use this sensor, it’s bigger than what you’ll find on most smartphones, and photos could potentially be better as a result, too.

That’s joined by a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 50MP telephoto camera that offers 2x optical zoom, and a 64MP telephoto camera with 3.5x optical zoom.

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Other specs include 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 6.78-inch 1440 x 3200 AMOLED display, with a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also packs a 4700mAh battery, with fast charging. 80W wired power and an impressive 50W wireless speed, and is protected against dust and water as it has earned an IP68 certification.

It launched in China, along with the less interesting Vivo X90 and Vivo X90 Pro. These phones have a few differences from the Pro Plus, the most significant being that they use MediaTek’s latest Dimensity 9200 chipset instead of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It’s still thought to be powerful silicon, but it’s unlikely to match the Snapdragon.

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Actually, buying any of these phones might prove easier said than done, as they’ve only been released in China so far, where the Vivo X90 Pro Plus has a starting price of 6,499 yen (about $910 / GBP 760 / AU$1,365).

There’s no word on if or when they’ll be sold more widely, but there’s a strong 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 also possible, but the US is unlikely as Vivo doesn’t have much of a presence there.

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Analysis: 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 worldwide, because before long there will be plenty of other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to choose from.

As noted above, the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup will likely 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 seems very likely that the Sony Xperia 1 V, the 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 better 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 will likely soon be commonplace, to the benefit of consumers looking for the most capable new phones.


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