Meet vivo’s Xiaomi 14 Challenger: The X100

Meet vivo’s Xiaomi 14 Challenger: The X100

While Xiaomi went with team Qualcomm with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered 14 series, vivo went for team MediaTek with the X100 series that comes with the Dimensity 9300. This shows that vivo wants to compete against Xiaomi’s Leica-backed premium flagship phones with its Zeiss-backed offerings.

The Dimensity 9300 challenges Qualcomm’s 2024 flagship chip by not using any efficiency cores–that’s a big gamble on MediaTek’s part, so it remains to be seen if the Dimensity 9300 is any better than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

Both the standard X100 and Pro versions feature a 6.78-inch curved AMOLED display with a 120hz refresh rate and a claimed 3000nits peak brightness. That’s also the same claimed peak brightness of the Xiaomi 14 series,

When it comes to their Zeiss-branded cameras, the X100 Pro has a 1-inch IMX989 50-megapixel main camera that’s accompanied by a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 50-megapixel telephoto camera with a 4.3x optical zoom and Zeiss APO certification. The standard X100 has a 50-megapixel IMX920 main camera and the same ultra-wide camera. It differs with its 64-megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom.

Another major difference between both phones is the battery and charging speeds: the standard X100 has a familiar 5000mAh battery with 120w wired charging, while the Pro version gets a bigger 5400mAh battery with support for 100w wired and 50w wireless charging. We don’t know how vivo managed to squeeze in a bigger battery and wireless charging on the X100 Pro–perhaps they are using new battery tech that might be similar to HONOR’s silicon-carbon battery.

vivo is bent on giving the Xiaomi 14 series a run for its money: the standard X100 is priced at CNY 3,999(~Php 32k) for the 12GB/256GB variant, which is the same price as the standard Xiaomi 14 except that the X100 has more RAM on board. The same goes for the X100 Pro, which has a starting price of CNY 4,999(~Php 39k) for the 12GB/256GB model–which is also the same SRP as the Xiaomi 14 Pro.

Both X100 variants top out with a 16GB/1TB variant, though vivo is offering the standard version with faster LPDDR5T RAM for an additional CNY 100. Both phones will be available in China on November 21, though it remains to be seen if they will see global availability–in the Philippines, the last X-series that was made available was the X80 Pro.

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