(*8*) If you're looking for a new phone and focus on power, the recently announced Vivo X90 Pro Plus might be the phone for you, as it's the first phone to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

(*8*) This flagship chipset is expected to work with many of the best Android phones of 2023, including the Samsung Galaxy S23 and OnePlus 11, but Vivo seems to have gotten there first.

(*8*) That's not even the only major selling point of the Vivo X90 Pro Plus, as the phone also sports a 50MP camera that uses a massive 1-inch sensor. While it's not the first phone to use this sensor, it's bigger than what you'll find on most smartphones, and photos could be better as a result, too.

(*8*) Added to this are a 48MP ultra-wide camera, a 50MP telephoto camera offering 2x optical zoom, and a 64MP telephoto camera with 3,5x optical zoom.


(Image credit: Vivo)(*8*)Other specs include 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 6,78-inch 1440 x 3200 AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. it also has a 4700 mAh battery, with 80W fast wired charging and ultra-fast 50W wireless connection, and is protected against dust and water, as it is IP68 certified.

(*8*)Launched in China, alongside the less interesting Vivo X90 and Vivo X90 Pro. These phones have a few differences from the Pro Plus, the biggest being that they use MediaTek's latest Dimensity 9200 chipset instead of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Still thought to be powerful silicon, but unlikely to match the Snapdragon.

(*8*)In fact, buying one of these phones may prove easier said than done, as they've only been released in China so far, where the Vivo X90 Pro Plus is starting to retail for ¥6,499 (about €910/ €760 / AU€1,365).

(*8*)It's unclear if or when they'll be sold more widely, but it's likely that at least some of them will be sold in the UK, given that the Vivo X80 Pro is available there. An Australian launch is also possible, but unlikely in the US, as Vivo doesn't have a huge presence there.

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 model on a plexiglass disc at Snapdragon Summit 2022 in Hawaii

(Image credit: Future/Alex Walker-Todd)

Analysis: The first of many Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones

(*8*)There's no need to wait for the Vivo X90 Pro Plus to go on sale worldwide, because before long there will be plenty of other Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to choose from.

(*8*)As noted above, the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup will likely use this chipset, and the OnePlus 11 certainly will, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

(*8*) We already know that one or more phones from the Oppo Find X6 and iQoo 11 ranges will use 8 Gen 2, and it seems highly likely that the Sony Xperia 1V, Xiaomi 13 range, Motorola Moto X40, Nubia Red Magic 8 and more will use it too.

(*8*)In short, if you're shopping for one of the better phones not made by Apple, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is the chipset they're most likely to have. As such, this exceptional feature of the Vivo X90 Pro Plus is only a limited-time exclusive and is likely to become commonplace soon, much to the benefit of consumers looking for the latest and most capable phones.

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