Samsung unveiled its flagship Exynos 980 chipset earlier this month. It is the company’s first mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem. Shortly after the announcement, Vivo made a formal statement confirming its plans to launch a new 5G smartphone powered by the Exynos 980 by the end of 2019. Details of this new smartphone have just begun to arrive. A blogger on Chinese social media platform Weibo who goes by the name IT Station, has posted that the Vivo X30 5G is arriving by the end of December.
The Vivo X30 5G will succeed the Vivo X27 that launched back in March 2019. There is no information on a Pro variant at the moment, but it may arrive in the near future. The device was first mentioned back in June, when Vivo applied for a trademark with WIPO.
Vivo and Samsung are scheduled to hold a joint press conference on November 7th regarding the dual-mode 5G AI chip. Additional information concerning the X30 is expected at the event. The Exynos 980 is a collaborative effort between Vivo and Samsung Electronics. The dual-mode SoC excels at power management.
The Vivo X30 5G is rumoured to be a mid-range smartphone with a lower price tag than Vivo’s flagship NEX 3 5G, which starts at RMB 5,698 (~Rs 57,000). Leaked images of the upcoming Vivo X30 5G launch event that have surfaced on Weibo have revealed it features a display without a notch or punch-hole, hinting at the presence of a pop-up selfie camera. The screen is likely to sport a waterfall display judging by the rounded edges.
A second image shows a vertically-arranged triple-camera layout. The device lacks a physical fingerprint scanner on the rear panel or the side edge, hinting at an in-display fingerprint sensor. More details are expected soon as the launch date isn’t far off.