After a very successful Vivo X80 Pro in 2022, the Chinese brand announces that it will market the X90 Pro in France from March 8. But, despite its very similar name, this new model won’t be as premium as its predecessor.
The Vivo X90 Pro will be marketed on March 8, 2023 at a price of 1199 euros. // Source: Vivo
The latest generation of Vivo flagships will be released in France this year. While three new smartphones from the X range brand were announced in China last December (X90, X90 Pro and X90 Pro+), Vivo France confirms that it will market the X90 Pro in France from March 8, 2023.
A successor to the excellent Vivo X80 Pro, released last June… but which will not be as premium as its predecessor.
Same name, but not same positioning
It’s all a matter of context. Since its arrival at the end of 2020 in France, Vivo has always chosen to market only one model from its X range (which corresponds to its flagships) on the French market: the Pro model. In 2021, for example, the X60, X60 Pro and X60 Pro+ were released in China, while only the X60 Pro was sold here.
This new Vivo X90 Pro therefore seems to be the direct sequel to the X80 Pro, released in France in June 2022… but this is not the case! Last year, only Vivo X80 and X80 Pro were released in China. The Pro model sold in France was therefore no longer an intermediate version… but the ultra-premium model of the range.
In China, three models of the Vivo X90 range were released, against only one in France. // Source: Vivo via GSMArena
Are you lost? U.S. too. Just remember that despite their almost identical names, the Vivo X90 Pro does not claim to be as complete as its predecessor. The real successor to the X80 Pro is indeed the X90 Pro Plus, which is not launched in France.
Better photos and videos…
The Vivo X90 Pro is still sold as a high-end smartphone, updated with the latest technologies from the Chinese manufacturer.
In its communication, Vivo France places particular emphasis on the three photo modules of its flagship. In particular, its 50.3 megapixel main module, equipped with a 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, one of the largest on the market. A generous size that will normally allow very bright shots with a fairly natural depth of field blur.
One of the promotional photos of the Vivo X90 Pro. // Source: GSMArena
Vivo also promises improved portrait modes, both day and night, and more settings in its video modes. Finally, the Chinese brand has also renewed its partnership with the German camera manufacturer Zeiss, from which come the colorimetry, the choice of lenses and the anti-reflective coating.
… but some concessions
But due to its different positioning, the Vivo X90 Pro has notable differences from its predecessor. Instead of a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, as is the case with the X80 Pro and the X90 Pro+, Vivo is equipped here with the Mediatek Dimension 9200. A processor that nevertheless seems to offer performance that is just as efficient as the Snapgradon 8 Gen 2.
Similarly, the 12-megapixel x5 telephoto lens of the X80 Pro disappears to make way for a 50-megapixel x2 telephoto lens on the X90 Pro. Vivo also ignores the “gimbal” photo stabilization technology, one of its selling points since its first model sold in France, replaced by optical stabilization on its wide-angle and telephoto modules.
A softer price
Fortunately, these concessions also affect the price of this smartphone: count 1199 euros for the model, or 100 euros cheaper than its predecessor when it was released. However, the X80 Pro is now available around 1150 euros. This Vivo X90 Pro therefore risks finding itself in direct competition with its elder.
All the features of the Vivo X90 Pro:
6.7-inch QHD Amoled screen; 120Hz refresh rate; Funtouch 13 interface (Android 13), with three years of major updates. Mediatek Dimension 9200 chip, 5G compatible; 12 GB of RAM; 256 GB of storage; Three rear cameras: A 50.3-megapixel main module; A 50 megapixel telephoto module; A 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module; A camera on the front: A 32-megapixel wide-angle module; 4870 mAh battery Charges up to 120 Watts and wirelessly charges up to 50 Watts. Fingerprint sensor under the screen
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