New "king of cameras" is not the Google Pixel 7 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

This Chinese Android phone takes some of the best images of any phone

A close up of the Vivo X90 Pro+ with red leather back panel
(Image credit: Ice Universe)

When looking at the best phones on the market, one of the most influential points on the spec sheet is the camera. Snapping great shots is a must for any flagship phone – with DSLR cameras set to be overtaken by smartphones, many will only have the camera in their phone in the coming years.

Cameras have gotten much better recently, too. The Google Pixel 7 Pro came out with a host of software wizardry that redefines the standard for phone photography. Useful AI-powered effects, like Magic Eraser and Photo Unblur, enable you to perfect images even after they've been shot. What's more, Photo Unblur can even sharpen up images that weren't taken on a Pixel device.

Beyond that, though, software effecting the composition of zoomed in images means that your photos look natural and detailed, even when zoomed up to 10x, The result is a well structured image that isn't grainy, no matter how far you are from the subject.

Elsewhere, this year has seen the first 200MP camera phone introduced, with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra set to bring that to a much wider market. The first image taken by the S23 Ultra may have been leaked recently, showing how well that camera works.

But those may all be set to play second fiddle to another camera phone set for release later this month. A series of images taken on the Vivo X90 Pro+ have been released (opens in new tab) on the Twitter account of popular tipster, Ice Universe, showing some of the best imagery of any phone camera.

As you can see, the images are fantastic. Colours are nicely saturated and bright. Images are full of details and well balanced, and even night shots are well composed. It seems like a really great all rounder, even prompting Ice to name it the "king of cameras" – high praise!

I can't wait to put this to the test against devices like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7 Pro. The X90 Pro+ is slated for a worldwide release, too, so we should see it in most markets. 

Sam Cross
Trainee Online Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.