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Vivo’s X90 flagship phones charge to 50 percent in 8 minutes

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Just days after Samsung launched its Galaxy S23 series of flagship smartphones, China’s Vivo is here to spoil its party. On Friday, the company launched the Vivo X90 and Vivo X90 Pro, a pair of powerful phones with a long and interesting list of features.

The X90 Pro is the more powerful of the two, with a 6.78-inch curved display (yes, Vivo still does curved displays even though Samsung has moved on to flatter pastures) with a 120Hz refresh rate, a MediaTek Dimensity 9200/Vivo V2 chip combo, up to 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.

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The phone has a massive, 4,870 battery with 120W wired charging and 50W charging. Most of the time, you’ll likely charge it in Vivo’s “balanced” charging mode, which is quite fast and will get the phone from one to 100 percent charge in 29 minutes. But if you need even more speed, you can switch to fast charging, which will bring the X90 Pro from one to 50 percent charge in just eight minutes and 10 seconds.

The X90 Pro has an interesting camera setup, located in a massive, circular camera bump on the back of the phone. The main shooter is a 50-megapixel ZEISS camera, coupled with a 50-megapixel portrait camera and a 12-megapixel wide camera. Note that instead of going for tons of optical zoom like Samsung, Vivo’s focus is on portraits, which might make sense if you prefer taking photos of people to photographing distant objects. The main camera should also be pretty good, as it uses Sony’s 1-inch, IMX989 sensor, the mobile phone industry’s largest sensor to date (it’s the same sensor used in Xiaomi’s 13 Pro flagship which launched in Dec. 2022). On the front, you’ll find a 32-megapixel front camera hidden in a centrally positioned punch-hole cutout.

Other specs of note are IP68 dust and water resistance, dual stereo speakers, and a 24-layer liquid cooling system which Vivo says it’s the largest it ever used in any of its “X Pro” phones. The phone also has a black, vegan leather back which should make it stand out from the sea of glass back devices.

Vivo X90

The Vivo X90 will only be available in Asia.
Credit: Vivo

The X90 is exactly the same size, and shares most of the specs with the X90 Pro, including display, processor, and the fast-charging battery (no wireless charging here, though). The main difference is in slightly less powerful camera, with a 12-megapixel portrait camera replacing the 50-megapixel unit, and the design; the Vivo X90 has a glass back and comes in Breeze Blue and Asteroid Black colors.

Both phones will run on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 13, which is based on Android 13.

Vivo X90 Pro will be available in Asia and Europe, while the X90 will only be available in Asian markets.

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