Vivo’s flagship crop is the strangest bunch we’ve ever seen: each new generation is different from the previous one, with shuffling features, different types of cameras and changed screen resolutions. The only things we always expect to see are camera technology upgrades and chipset improvements. And that describes the new vivo X90 Pro.

The latest top-tier X90 lineup is once again made up of three smartphones: the cutting-edge X90 Pro+, the regular X90 Pro and the understated X90. Today, we’re going to explore the vivo X90 Pro, the first smartphone we’ve come across powered by the new Dimensity 9200 chipset and among the few to offer a 1-inch camera sensor.

vivo X90 Pro review

The innovations start with the design: the vivo X90 Pro now has an even larger camera housing with a perfectly round shape. The back panel is covered in black vegan leather, and there are no other color options, at least not in international markets.

Beneath that screen, the X90 Pro hides MediaTek’s flagship SoC: the Dimension 9200 with modern CPU cores, including X3, an 11-core GPU and more than enough RAM and storage. There’s also a massive heat sink, arguably one of the biggest put into a phone, and it should help deliver more sustained performance.

The charging capabilities of this new vivo X90 Pro are also very impressive: it supports 120W fast wired charging (50% in 8 minutes according to the official specifications) and 50W fast wired charging.

The X-series has always been about cameras, and the vivo X90 Pro has some impressive kit out back. There’s a 50MP main camera with a 1-inch sensor, the same Sony IMX 979 used on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. There’s also a 50MP 2x telephoto camera, followed by a 12MP ultrawide camera with focus functionality. autofocus The entire imaging system is based on the latest version of vivo’s X2 image processing chip and Zeiss lenses.

vivo X90 Pro review

This year, none of the X90 models have gimbal stabilization, a feature several vivo phones previously offered with their primary, telephoto, or ultrawide cameras. Instead, the main and vertical cameras rely on traditional OIS systems.

We talked about the shuffled features and the display was one such feature that we just can’t predict. This year, the vivo X90 Pro uses a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1260p, 10-bit color depth, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+ certification. For comparison, the X80 Pro had a 1440p display, while the X70 Pro relied on a smaller 1080p OLED.

The vivo X90 Pro runs Android 13 with Funtouch 13 UI, while the Chinese version runs on Origin OS 3.

vivo X90 Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 164.1×74.5×9.3mm, 215g; glass front, vegan leather back, aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes).
  • Screen: 6.78″ AMOLED, 1B color, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak), 1260x2800px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 453ppi.
  • chipsets: Mediatek Dimensity 9200 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.05 GHz Cortex-X3 and 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-A715 and 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Immortalis Arm-G715.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • Operating system/software: Android 13, Funtouch 13 (global), Origin OS 3 (China).
  • Rear camera: Broad (main): 50.3 MP, f/1.8, 23 mm, 1.0″ type, 1.6 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Telephoto: 50 MP, f/1.6, 50mm, 1/2.4″, 0.7µm, AF, 2x optical zoom, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12MP, f/2.0, 108˚, AF.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.5, 24mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, Gyro EIS; Front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps.
  • Drums: 4870mAh; 120W wired, 50% in 8 min (advertised), 50W wireless, wired reverse.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; Infrared port; stereo speakers.

The vivo X90 Pro lacks a little in terms of modern features. The phone is IP68 rated, made for global markets, uses flagship screen, cameras, chipset, charging solutions. Maybe a bit longer telephoto, say 2.5x or 3x would have been better, but vivo is marketing this camera as a portrait camera, so the 50mm lens is kind of the standard for the course.

And now, here is the unboxed vivo X90 Pro.

Unboxing of the vivo X90 Pro

The vivo X90 Pro comes in a large black box, something we like and expect from this manufacturer. Inside, you’ll find the X90 Pro, accompanied by a large 120W charger and a 6A USB-C-to-C cable.

vivo X90 Pro review

That’s not all, of course. The box also contains a transparent silicone case, while the phone comes with a thin protective film that has been applied after the manufacturing process. It’s not the worst quality we’ve seen, though far from the best (meaning it’s still a smudge magnet).

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