Vivo launches X30 and Vivo X30 Pro with 5G, Exynos 980 SoC, 64MP cameras, and FuntouchOS 10
Vivo might be alien to a lot of users in the west but it is fairly popular in parts of Asia. In fact, it is the second most popular smartphone brand in homeland China and occupies the third position in India. The company is also renowned for its design innovations like the first smartphone with a pop-up camera, multiple phones with AMOLED displays on both sides, or “waterfall displays” with >100% screen-to-body ratio. All these smartphones belong to the premium Vivo NEX series but today, they have launched two new smartphones in the X-series, which holds their affordable flagship smartphones. The successor to the Vivo X27 – Vivo X30 series – has just been launched in China and its exciting features include a 60x digital zoom, a minuscule hole-punch camera, 5G support, etc.
The camera is one of the primary features that Vivo focussed on while introducing the smartphone. The superior of the two – the Vivo X30 Pro – comes with a quad-camera setup on the back including a 64MP primary camera, a 13MP periscopic telephoto setup with up to 5X hybrid and 60X digital zoom, a 32MP camera with a 50mm focal length for depth sensing and better quality portraits, and lastly an 8MP wide-angle sensor. Additionally, there’s a LASER auto-focus on the camera module for faster and more accurate focusing.
On the other hand, the Vivo X30 comes with a triple-rear-camera setup but lacks a dedicated telephoto camera while retaining the remaining sensor, as they are. This means the zooming capabilities are limited to 20X on this smartphone but buyers will be able to capture DSLR-quality portrait shots, as claimed by the company, and capture a 112º wide field of view with the dedicated 8MP camera just like the Vivo X30 Pro.
Vivo announced that special camera features on the Vivo X30 and the X30 Pro include eye-tracking, Super Night Mode 2.0, and Hyper HDR for great shots irrespective of lighting conditions.
The Vivo X30 and the X30 Pro devices are identical in most other respects and in terms of the display and come equipped with a 6.44-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. This display is being called an XDR display by Vivo for its claimed peak brightness of 1200 nits, HDR support, and a contrast ratio of 2000000:1. The display also houses a tiny, 2.98mm hole punch for the 32MP selfie camera. This hole-punch is the smallest we’ve seen so far and is less than 60% in diameter compared to the smallest hole-punch we’d seen before this.
When it comes to the performance, Vivo X30 and the X30 Pro are powered by Samsung’s Exynos 980 chipset. With this chipset, these smartphones also get support for NSA as well as SA modes for 5G. The maximum download speed for the modem on the Exynos 980 is 3.55Gbps.
The two smartphones come with 4350mAh batteries and support Vivo’s FlashCharge technology with a fast charging rate of 33W. To keep the phone from overheating due to demanding 5G connectivity, performance, or while fast charging, there is a gel-based cooling solution inside a flattened conduit.
The Vivo X30 series comes in three attractive colors – lilac-ish silver, peach, and black – all of which have a reflective gradient surface on the back.
In terms of software, both of the smartphones come with the latest version of Vivo’s custom Android skin – FuntouchOS. irrespective of the numbering, FuntouchOS 10 is based on Android 9 Pie but we can expect a version based on Android 10 when it launches for markets outside of China.
Vivo X30 5G and Vivo X30 Pro 5G: Pricing & Availability
Both the devices come with 8GB RAM as standard and options between 128GB and 256GB for the storage.
The prices for each of the models are:
- Vivo X30
- 8GB + 128GB – CNY 3298
- 8GB + 256GB – CNY 3598
- Vivo X30
- 8GB + 128GB – CNY 3998
- 8GB + 256GB – CNY 4298
The prebooking for the Vivo X30 starts today and the 8GB/128GB model of the Vivo X30 Pro goes on sale on December 24th. The 8GB/256GB variant of the X30 Pro and the 8GB/128GB variant of the X30 will be available December 28th onwards. Lastly, the launch date of the 8GB/256GB model of the X30 will be announced later.
FuntouchOS comes with a more minimal design include lighter backgrounds, fewer separating lines, and a coherent, pre-dominantly white color theme. We can also see improved symmetry in icons besides subtle animations. Along with these changes, there are new live wallpapers as well as animated always-on lock screen animations.
FuntouchOS 10 also bring some new gestures to view and quickly access notifications from favorite apps. Furthermore, there are several improvements to Vivo’s smart assistant Jovi. The interface will also be available for other Vivo devices starting Feb 2020.