When it comes to camera phones, most people will tell you that the latest iPhone 14 Pro, Galaxy S22 Ultra, and Pixel 7 Pro are the best you can get, and while these are great phones for photos and videos, there are still another phone maker meticulously focused on creating the ultimate smartphone camera. And his best and newest creation is just around the corner.
Those of you who follow these camera sensors would be happy to know that this is the incredible Sony IMX989 image sensor, first revealed in mid-2022 and then implemented in the impressive Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
Just check out these shots captured with the Vivo X90 Pro Plus:
Admittedly, these are carefully selected shots that show the best of what this phone is capable of, but even in that sense it’s an impressive showcase.
Vivo advertises this camera as it also uses high-quality Zeiss glass lenses, and on the back of the phone you’ll find the following printed: Zeiss Vario-Tessar, 1.6-3.5/14-90 Asph, meaning the phone a 14mm ultra wide-angle lens and a 90mm zoom lens.
The Vivo X90 Pro Plus also has not just one, but two telephoto zoom lenses. The periscope offers a native focal length of 90mm, which is great for portraits and pet photos, but with some software camera magic it can go up to 100x zoom, just like the Galaxy Ultra series.
A fairly unique feature of the Vivo flagship phones and the X90 Pro Plus is the presence of a dedicated “portrait telephoto” camera, which is basically a 2x zoom camera used for portrait mode. 2X is a hugely underestimated focal length, equivalent to about 50mm in traditional photography and closest to how the human eye perceives the world.
Interestingly, the phone is said to come in two versions: one with the new MediaTek Dimensity 9200 processor, a chip rumored to beat the current Snapdragon generations (8 Gen 1, 8+ Gen 1), and then a even more powerful model with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Keep in mind that the Snapdragon model is expected to launch a little later than the MediaTek version.
At 4,700mAh, the battery in this phone isn’t the biggest, but it’s by no means small. It’s also very nice to have super-fast charging on board, and the Vivo comes with 80W wired charging support that should charge the phone from 0-100% in under forty minutes. They also have wireless charging on board.
The phone launches Android 13 with its own custom skin on top. For the global version, that would be the Funtouch OS (isn’t that the best name you’ve heard for a custom phone UI?), while the Chinese version gets its own skin called Origin OS Ocean.
The unfortunate news is that just like most of these powerhouses from Chinese brands, the Vivo X90 Pro Plus isn’t officially sold in the United States, so don’t expect to see this phone on the carriers, or on Amazon or Best Buy. An import via smaller specialist shops will certainly be possible.
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