Qualcomm announced its next flagship mobile processor just a few days ago, and Vivo is wasting no time while the new chip is still top of mind. The Chinese smartphone giant announced the new X90 Pro Plus, the first smartphone to ship with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It will go on sale in the coming days, but sadly, only in the Chinese market for now.
Vivo actually unveiled three versions of the X90, but the X90 and X90 Pro rely on the same MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chip. Only the Pro Plus gets the latest silicon from Qualcomm, but the X90 doesn’t set the Pro Plus apart. It also sports a massive quad-camera array, anchored by the Sony IMX989, a 1-inch camera sensor that promises unmatched light sensitivity. It has a 2x telephoto, a 3.5x periscope telephoto and an ultrawide sensor. The phone isn’t shy about displaying all that camera hardware on the bulbous camera bump that dominates the rear.
The rest of the specs are equally impressive. The X90 Pro Plus features a 6.78-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED that supports 120Hz refresh and a peak brightness of 1,800 nits. It’s even brighter than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s display. The X90 Pro Plus has 12GB of RAM and 256GB of the latest UFS 4.0 storage. The only potential hardware shortcoming is the battery, which is rated at just 4,700mAh. That’s on the small side for a device with such a large display and the most powerful mobile processor on the market. Qualcomm claims that Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more efficient than its predecessor, but no one has used it in retail devices yet.
Qualcomm announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 at its Snapdragon Summit last week, with the usual laundry list of performance and efficiency improvements. The new chip has eight CPU cores, including the new Cortex-X3 “Prime Core”. There are also four high-powered CPU cores, split evenly between Cortex-A710 and A715. The older A710s confirm that the chip will have strong native support for 32-bit apps, which are still common in China. There are also three efficient cores (Cortex-A510) that also run 32-bit apps.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 also features an improved Adreno 740 GPU with the latest Vulkan 1.3 API and support for hardware ray tracing. The chip has Wi-Fi 7 support, but the X90 Pro Plus doesn’t implement it.
Vivo will start taking pre-orders for the X90 and X90 Pro today, with the X90 Pro Plus to follow on November 30. All phones will ship in China on December 6 There’s no news of an international launch, but you won’t have to wait long to get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 device in the US. Motorola, Samsung and others are expected to announce flagship devices with the chip in late 2022 and early 2023.