Confirming information indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra in 2024 will feature a slightly curved screen, giving it a similar appearance to the 2.5D screens of the past. In other words, Samsung has created its own version of a curved screen. This information is meant to convey that flat screens are gradually gaining popularity in the smartphone industry. It suggests that a hot-selling model could be negatively affected if a flat screen version is not available.
Possibly considering this aspect, information from “Digital Chat Station” reveals that the MediaTek Dimensity 9300 will also have a flat-screen version. Industry speculation suggests that this model could be the flat-screen version of the vivo X100, as the Dimensity 9300 flat-screen version is described with minimal changes in specifications, aligning with the vivo X100.
The processor will still be the Dimensity 9300, and the screen will be 6.78 inches with a 1.5K resolution and 8T LTPO adaptive refresh rate. The only difference is that it will change from the previous curved screen to a flat screen (which will surely be welcomed by some). The main camera will still be the 50-megapixel Sony IMX920, the ultra-wide-angle camera will be the 50-megapixel Samsung JN1, and the periscope telephoto lens will support 3x zoom with the OV64B sensor. The battery capacity and fast charging are not yet confirmed. The company is currently contemplating between a combination of a 5,000mAh battery with 120W charging or a larger battery with 80W fast charging.
Research shows that the current vivo X100 has a built-in 5,000mAh battery and supports 100W fast charging. If it adopts a flat screen, the battery capacity might be increased, but the charging power will likely decrease. Industry speculation suggests that a combination of 80W wired charging and a 5,500mAh battery would be the best option. As for the price, it is expected to remain the same as the curved screen version: 3,999 yuan for the 12+256GB version and 4,299 yuan for the 16+256GB version.
The new vivo X100 with a flat screen can be seen as an enhancement of the previous version, with all the highlights becoming more prominent. For example, it will offer exceptional imaging capabilities, allowing users to capture stunning shots, including of the sun.
In my opinion, it is highly necessary for vivo to release a flat-screen version of the X100. In the current market, there is a growing trend of flat-screen smartphones, and many people tend to dismiss curved screens altogether. Although the previous generation of the vivo X100 saw a significant increase in sales, who wouldn’t want to sell even more? Additionally, with the iQOO Neo9 series being a great success with flat screens, vivo surely wants to capitalize on this trend.
Of course, this is currently only speculation within the industry, and there is no confirmation regarding the existence or release date of the flat-screen version.