Honor’s 2nd foldable and Vivo’s flagship chip debut | Fast Charge 136on November 24, 2022 at 12:29 Tech Advisor

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Welcome to our Black Friday safe space: you won’t find any deals discussion here this week. Instead, we’re focussed on a trio of major launches from Vivo, Honor, and Oppo.

First up, Vivo unveiled its X90 series, including the debuts of both the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 – a dual debut we’ve not seen happen before. Beyond the chips the big upgrades are to the camera, with the top Pro+ model using the same 1in IMX989 camera sensor we saw on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra. If Vivo’s track record is anything to go by, this might just be the new best camera in any phone right now.

Honor had a big week too, revealing its second-gen Magic Vs foldable alongside the more traditional Honor 80 range. The Vs (pronounced vee-ess, not the way you want to say it) is confirmed to get a global launch next year, and boasts a super-slim design that closes completely flat – still not a given in foldable phones. It only runs the slightly older Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 rather than the latest 8 Gen 2, but powerful cameras and a sleek design could make this Samsung’s first real competition worldwide.

Finally, Oppo has also taken advantage of what it probably thought would be a quiet week for phone launches to reveal the Oppo Reno 9 range. The Reno 9, 9 Pro, and 9 Pro+ look pretty similar to the Reno 8 phones, but boast upgrades going up to a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 in the Pro+ model. Big batteries, up to 80W fast charging, and high-res main cameras complete the spec sheet – but will we ever see these models outside of China?

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