The Vivo X90 Pro debuts in France without being as premium as its predecessor

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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 1,199 euros. // Source: Live

The latest generation of Vivo flagships will launch in France this year. While three new smartphones from the X range brand (X90, X90 Pro and X90 Pro+) were announced in China last December, Vivo France confirms that it will market the X90 Pro in France from March 8, 2023.

A successor to the excellent Vivo X80 Pro, launched last June… but it won’t be as premium as its predecessor.

Same name, but not same positioning

It’s all a matter of context. Since its arrival in France at the end of 2020, Vivo has always chosen to market a single model of its X range (which corresponds to its flagships) on the French market: the Pro model. In 2021, for example, the X60 was launched , X60 Pro and X60 Pro+ 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, launched in France in June 2022… but it is not! Last year, only the Vivo X80 and X80 Pro were launched in China. Therefore, the Pro model sold in France was no longer an intermediate version… but the ultra-premium model of the range.

In China, three models of the Vivo X90 range were launched, compared to just one in France. // Source: Live via GSMArena

You’re lost? We also. Just remember that despite their almost identical names, the Vivo X90 Pro doesn’t claim to be as complete as its predecessor. The true successor to the X80 Pro is in fact the X90 Pro Plus, which is not launched in France.

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The Vivo X90 Pro continues to be sold as a high-end smartphone, updated with the latest technologies from the Chinese manufacturer.

In its communication, Vivo France places special emphasis on the three photographic modules of its flagship. Specifically, its main 50.3-megapixel module, equipped with a 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor, one of the largest on the market. A generous size that will normally allow for very bright shots with a fairly natural depth of field blur.

One of the promotional photos of the Vivo X90 Pro. // Source: GSM Arena

Vivo also promises improved portrait modes, both day and night, and more adjustments to its video modes. Finally, the Chinese brand has also renewed its partnership with the German camera manufacturer Zeiss, where the colorimetry, the choice of lenses and the anti-reflective treatment come from.

… but some concessions

But due to its different positioning, the Vivo X90 Pro has noticeable differences from its predecessor. Instead of a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, as is the case with the X80 Pro and X90 Pro+, Vivo is here equipped with the Mediatek Dimension 9200. A processor that nonetheless seems to offer just as efficient performance. like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Similarly, the 12-megapixel x5 telephoto lens on the X80 Pro disappears to make way for a 50-megapixel x2 telephoto lens on the X90 Pro. Vivo also skips the photo stabilization technology.dreadlocks“, one of its selling points since its first model sold in France, replaced by optical stabilization in 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 launched. However, the X80 Pro is already available for around 1150 euros. So this Vivo X90 Pro risks finding itself in direct competition with its older one.

All the features of the Vivo X90 Pro:

  • 6.7-inch Amoled QHD screen;
  • 120Hz refresh rate;
  • Funtouch 13 interface (Android 13), with three years of major updates.
  • Puce Mediatek Dimension 9200, 5G compatible? ;
  • 12 Go to RAM;
  • 256 Go from stockage ;
  • Three cameras on the back:
    • A main module of 50.3 megapixels;
    • A 50-megapixel telephoto lens module;
    • A 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle module;
  • A camera in the front:
    • A 32-megapixel wide-angle module;
  • 4870mAh battery
  • Charge up to 120 watts and wirelessly charge up to 50 watts.
  • Fingerprint sensor under the screen

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