If you’re looking for a new phone and your focus is on power, then the recently announced Vivo X90 Pro Plus might be the handset 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 2023’s flagship Android phones, 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, as the phone also has a 50MP camera that uses a massive 1-inch sensor. While this isn’t the first phone to use this sensor, it’s larger than you’ll find in most smartphones, and photos could be better as a result, too.
This is joined by a 48 MP ultra wide camera, a 50 MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a 64 MP telephoto camera with 3.5x optical zoom.
Other specs include 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 6.78-inch AMOLED 1440 x 3200 display with 120Hz refresh rate. The phone also packs a 4,700mAh battery, with 80W fast wired and impressively fast 50W wireless charging, and is protected from dust and water as it has achieved IP68 certification.
It launched in China alongside 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 considered a powerful silicon, but it’s unlikely to match the Snapdragon.
In fact, buying either of these phones might be easier said than done, as they’ve so far only launched in China, where the Vivo X90 Pro Plus starts at ¥6,499 (about $910 / £760 / AU$1,365) .
It’s unknown if or when they’ll be sold more widely, but there’s a good chance that at least some of them will be sold in the UK, as the Vivo X80 Pro is available there. A launch in Australia is also possible, but in the US it’s unlikely as Vivo doesn’t have much of a presence there.
Review: 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 soon there will be plenty of other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to choose from.
As mentioned above, the Samsung Galaxy S23 line will likely use this chipset, and the OnePlus 11 will definitely do so, 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, 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 phones that aren’t made by Apple, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the chipset they’re likely to have. As such, this Vivo X90 Pro Plus standout feature is only a limited-time exclusive and will likely soon be commonplace, to the benefit of consumers looking for the most capable new phones.