Daily authority: 📁 X marks the fold

Vivo X fold rear

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X-Fold: The best non-Samsung?

Vivo X Fold Official Image

Following the Oppo Find N, the Vivo X Fold marks the second foldable under the umbrella of BBK Electronics. It matches the Find N by copying the Galaxy Z Fold 3 design with the external display and opening it on the larger pad-style display inside.

It makes the first few grooves for folding space:

  • This is the first foldable that has two fingerprint sensors. Ultrasonic in-display option versus side fingerprint scanner on both power buttons.
  • It also packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
  • There is no new ultra-thin glass to protect the internal display like the Samsung, but the X-Fold has certification that it can withstand 300,000 folds, which is 100k more than the Find N.
  • And as far as I can tell, this is the first foldable with a careful / mute slider, probably borrowed from the OnePlus team!
  • Vivo’s first foldable last year’s X70 Pro Plus features a well-known rear camera setup, featuring a 50MP main shooter (Samsung GN5), a 48MP ultraviolet lens (114-degree field-of-view), and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. (IMX663). , And an 8MP 5x periscope camera.

Folding design, kitchen-sink glasses:

  • Much like the Huawei Mate X2 and the Oppo Find N, the X Fold also has a water-drop hinge design.
  • This is a style that tries to offer a seamless fold, as well as reducing the crease of the panel which is sometimes visible in foldable.
  • Vivo has also added a metal plate that pushes against the flexible panel in an attempt to smooth the crease.
  • As for what those screens are, they have a fairly normal looking exterior screen, a 6.53-inch FHD + 120Hz OLED panel, slightly wider than Fold 3, and an inner display an 8.03-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED panel.
  • The cameras are also ready to be flagship-level, packing Zeiss branding in a quad setup like last year’s X70 Pro Plus: a 50MP main camera, an 8MP 5x periscope zoom camera, a 12MP 2x telephoto, and a 48MP 114-degree ultraviolet lens.
  • There are also two 12MP punch-hole selfie cameras, one on each display.
  • It’s like a tech creature, with no compromises on camera and display, but no IP rating, and will it appear outside of China, or is it just another Chinese release?

I checked in Get some thoughts on where it would fit with our regular vivo reviewer Hadley Simmons. Here is what he wrote for the readers of the Daily Authority:

  • The Vivo X Fold compares favorably with the Z Fold 3 and you could argue that it may still be Samsung’s best competitor to the device.
  • It has a good camera system on paper (derived from its traditional flagship), an under-display fingerprint scanner on both screens (although the side fingerprint scanners are also great), and even a warning slider for the first time in a foldable. You also get faster charging and a more intelligent external display.
  • Samsung still rules the roast for durability. Of course, the inside screen of the Vivo device also has ultra-thin glass (UTG), but Samsung has dramatically improved the display stability regardless of the UTG, to the point of being able to use an S Pen, Samsung also has all the important IP ratings.
  • The lack of water resistance in Vivo devices is also noticeable compared to Samsung’s foldable.
  • Neither has the ability to resist dust, which I would like to see later.
  • For China only: Vivo told us last month that there were no “momentary” plans for a global release, although we did hear a report of an Indian launch on the card. Don’t hold your breath though!


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ESO / M. Roman, NAOJ / Subaru / Comics

This combination shows thermal images of Neptune taken between 2006 and 2020. The first three images (2006, 2009, 2018) were taken with ESO’s VISIR instrument on a very large telescope, while the 2020 image was captured by a comics instrument (Telescope subcontractor) VISIR was not operational in mid-2020 due to the epidemic). After the planet has gradually cooled, the South Pole appears to have warmed dramatically over the past few years, as shown by a bright spot beneath Neptune in the 2018 and 2020 images.

  • In short, what you see is a thermal image taken by Neptune over the years. (Bright warmer and darker cold.)
  • But time on Neptune is slow: a season lasts 40 years. And when we look at it from Earth, it’s summer, so naturally, some warmth will be expected.
  • Instead, Neptune has cooled down: Neptune’s global average temperature dropped by 8 ° C between 2003 and 2018, with the exception of the South Pole, dropping to minus 117 ° C.
  • “This change was unexpected,” said Michael Roman, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Leicester and lead author of a study published this week. Planetary Science Journal. “Since we are observing Neptune at the beginning of its southern summer, we expected the temperature to warm up gradually, not cold.”
  • “The atmosphere seems to be more complex than we can easily grasp,” says Roman.


Tristan Rainer, Senior Editor.

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