After months of leaks, Vivo Nex 3 is finally released. As expected, the headline feature is its waterfull full view OLED display, which spills over the sides of the Nex 3 and has screen-to-body ratio of 99.6 percent. The 6.89-inch HD+ AMOLED display has very less bezels which leaves no room for physical buttons on the side of the phone. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2256 pixels. Instead, Vivo is adding virtual buttons called Touch sense alongside a port-less and button-less design we saw earlier this year.
The Nex 3 is one of the most advance smartphones today. Vivo is releasing two variants of the phone with 4G and 5G network support, both of which run on the same processing chip - Qualcomm snapdragon 855 plus. To keep the phone cool it uses a vapor chamber cooling system. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh and supports super flash charge 44W fast charging. As for the security, the phone uses in-display fingerprint sensor.
Vivo introduced a circular triple-camera module that Vivo calls the lunar ring. This house a 64-megapixel main camera with another 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. Vivo Nex 3 has again used the pop-up selfie camera. Vivo hasn't said anything about the price factor and the device will be available in only selected country in Asia pacific and other markets. Connectivity options include Connectivity options include 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth v5, NFC, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and GPS + GLONASS.
While Samsung had hoped to bring the world's first under-the-glass fingerprint scanner with the Galaxy S8, that plan didn't work out as the technology just wasn't ready in time. As a result, the Galaxy S8 ended up with the world's weirdest fingerprint scanner ever! Nevertheless, Samsung tried to incorporate it once again with the upcoming Note 8 and this time by working with a different company. However, reports are indicating that it didn't work out either and the Note 8 will sport a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, but in the middle thankfully! As it turns out, Apple themselves were not finding it easy to incorporate the next-gen fingerprint scanners either and rumor has it that there's no guarantee as to how the iPhone 8 OLED will be sporting its fingerprint scanner when it comes out later in the year.
Strangely enough, it's the Chinese manufacturer Vivo who is reportedly ahead of both the big guns and has already implemented the technology in one of their upcoming smartphones, which they are going to unveil in this very month (June 28) at the MWC Shanghai. I am really looking forward to this one, what about you?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Vivo is no longer just another Chinese manufacturer trying to copy Apple; as a matter of fact, it has not only risen as a global smartphone OEM to reckon with, one can go as far as saying that the Chinese company has managed to beat both Samsung and Apple when it comes to introducing true innovation. If you are wondering why anyone would think so, then you probably don't know that Vivo has already showcased the in-display, under the screen fingerprint scanner with its Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone, that both Apple and Samsung have failed to do, even after repeated attempts by the latter in the last year or so. As if that was not impressive enough, take a look at the leaked shots of this smartphone from Vivo, which will likely be coming in with the in-screen fingerprint scanner and this gorgeous, truly bezel-less display.
Sources are unsure whether this is the Vivo Xplay 7 or not, but it could very well be. It would be really interesting to see if Vivo also packs in a 4K resolution in that beautiful display, just like the rumors had been predicting. If they do, that would make Vivo the only company apart from Sony to have a smartphone with a 4K display. It is quite possible that the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the device as well, alongside an internal storage capacity of 256GB/512GB. Would you buy this beauty if it became available in your country?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Vivo has released a new smartphone, the Vivo Z5x in the budget category. The launch has been official placed in China and will probably be available in Indian market in near future. But when? We don't have an official timeline for this yet. The phone has moderate specifications usually comes within this price range, but it has two features that are premium-like: It's 6.53-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The device is equipped with a powerful 5,000mAh battery and the company supplies an 18W fast charger, which is called dual engine flash charging. The battery is big enough to keep you going with a single charge for a whole day, even if you love to talk selfies. The phone will go on sale from the 1st of June.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710SoC main processor. The Android Pie version 9 with Vivo's funTouch OS 9 will run the device. It has three cameras at the back side: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP. The last being the depth sensor, and in the front a punch hole type notch houses a 16MP selfie camera. The phone is available in three colors: Aurora, Extreme night black, and Phantom black.
For the security, Vivo Z5x has fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with 4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB storage options, expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The smartphone has been launched in China started at Yuan 1,398 which is approximately Rs. 14,500. The other variants are available for 15,400, 17,400, and 20,500 in Rupess. ensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Vivo Z5x measures 162.39 x 77.33 x 8.85mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 204.10 grams.
Last month Vivo launched its smartphone Vivo Y17 with water drop notch display and now there is another phone Vivo Y12 from the same series is joining the line. The specifications of Y12 has already been reported in the magazines. The rumors suggest that it will cost less than $200 to consumers. The phone has a 6.35-inch full view display with high definition resolution at 1080 x 2340 pixels. The waterdrop style notch allows phone to let user experience videos and games at an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. The appearance of the phone is similar to the Vivo Y15 and Y17 smartphones.
It is powered by MediaTeck Helio P22 processor that includes a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor. It will be available in market in two models such as 3GB Ram/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. The device comes with a microSD card slot which can be used to expand memory. Both of these variants will have slightly different price tags but still affordable. The Vivo Y12 has a non-removable 500mAh battery, dual-SIM option, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack.
The device is coming with FunTouch OS 9 UI based Android 9 Pie OS. It will be the most affordable phone with the triple camera feature in a mainstream series. It is expected to feature an 8MP f/2.2 aperture sensor, a 13-MP f/2.2, aperture lens and 2MP lens with f/2.4 aperture sensor. For front camera, it has f/2.0 aperture 8MP camera with Artificial Intelligence. For security, the Vivo Y12 is rumored to have the fingerprint scanner and face unlock features. This phone seems like packed with lots of features. If you are Vivo user, share your experience with this phone in the comments section below. You can tell us, what you like most about Vivo? And will you upgrade your phone to Vivo Y12?
Almost every week, we heard about new technology coming to the mobile phone industry but mobile chargers are usually the least-focused area of these manufacturers. While we are still a long way off batteries that can survive more than a day without a need to re-charge, we do have the next best thing - super fast charging. Now Vivo has announced super flash charge 120W charging technology that can fully charge a 4,000mAh battery cell in just 13 minutes. Yesterday, Vivo uploaded a video on the Weibo page that demonstrates super flash charge in action without providing much detail of the full charge cycle. In the video, the charging went from 10 to 14 percent battery in just 16 seconds.
So far we have seen Xiaomi 100w charging technology in March but it hasn't reached to the consumer market even after three months. OnePlus 7 Pro's warp has a fast charging speed but Vivo's super flash charge is really insane. But it does rise a question about its impact on the battery life in the long run. Vivo may unveil its super flash charging technology at MWC Shanghai next week with its first 5G enabled smartphone. The competitors may make claim about its negative effect on the battery but that's what we have to see.
The other concern about the heating problem. With xiamoi's charger we have seen this problem. How Vivo manage the over-heating issue, and will this kind of charger can sustain for a long period of time? So far, the fastest charger available is with Oppo Find X Lamborghini edition which fully charge a 3,400mAh battery in 35 minutes.
The pop-up camera has evolved and there is a dual-lens pop-up camera now to elevate the quality of the pictures taken by a smartphone. Vivo is one of the brands putting a great emphasis on the pictures taken by selfie cameras. The main sell-out pint for the new Vivo V17 Pro is a motorized dual-lens selfie camera and it looks great too. The phone falls into a midrange category which means it won't be costing you a lot to have this astonishing looking phone.
The phone as an unusual 20:9 aspect ratio with the 6.44-inch display on the front. This device is much smaller than the OnePlus 7T. The back of the phone is made from glass and may need a protector over the top. There is a quad-camera setup placed vertically at the top of the body. It uses a USB type-c charging connection. The phone is about 7 ounces and a bit heavier for 2019 devices.
The phone comes in a beautiful color crystal sky, which is similar to Huawei P30 Pro's breathing crystal color. It has a high-gloss finish which may attract more female users. Other colors include crystal black and midnight ocean. The pop-up camera allows Vivo to get rid of the notch, leaving the AMOLED screen with only thin borders around it. The selfie camera has a single 32-megapixel wide-angle lens, plus an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens. It takes good pictures, although the beauty mode is quite aggressive.
There are four lenses at the rear side- - a 48-megapixel primary lens, a second 8-megapixel ultrawide, a 13-megapixel telephoto, and a 2-megapixel depth lens. Along with wide-angle and bokeh mode, there is a macro mode, a slow-motion video mode, and a night mode to try. The edit features are also good, with changes to focus on the bokeh mode, different filers, and plenty more.
Vivo recently introduced the U-series of smartphones in India by launching the first Vivo U10. There has been a lots of hype around U3x before its arrival. Well, the Vivo U3x has now gone official in Vivo's home land and it appears to be a rebranded version of the Vivo U10 featuring the similar design and hardware specification. The main selling points of Vivo U3x are the device mega battery - 5000mAh, triple rear cameras, and support for Vivo's proprietary 18W dual engine fast charging technology.
The Vivo U3x comes in two variants for the base 3GB memory + 32GB, storage and the 4GB memory + 64GB storage model. The upper-end of the smartphone is now up for pre-order in china and available in deep lake blue, red tea red, and midnight black color options, with the first two has a gradient finish. Vivo has announced offers free accessories for early buyers. As of now, Vivo hasn't declared any date for the Vivo U3x in market.
The dual-SIM vivo U3x runs funtouch OS 9.1 based on Android OS. It has a 6.35-inch display with HD+ resolution at 1544 x 720 pixels. Vivo U3x runs over the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. ivo U3x is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W Dual Engine fast charging, and also supports reverse charging for juicing up accessories such as Bluetooth earphones and fitness bands. However, the OTG cable needed for reverse charging must be purchased separately. Storage on the Vivo phone is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Vivo U3x features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and also supports face unlock for authentication.
The Vivo v17 pro has received an official price cut of Rs. 2000 within a month after its launch in India. It was launched in late September this year, and the price was Rs 29,990. The Vivo v17 pro is available online and offline at the same price. You can also further reduce the price with the 5% cashback offer if you buy the device online using HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank credit and debit cards, This would give users up to Rs. 1,400 discount on the new retail price. If you are looking for a premium smartphone with a budget-friendly option, Vivo V17 is your device.
The Vivo V17 Pro is a mid-range smartphone that comes with many premium features, full-display notch-less design. For the selfie camera, it uses a pop-up housing. The rear camera setup uses a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 lens, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide unit, a 13-megapixel telephoto unit offering 2x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel telephoto unit with 2x optical zoom, a 20megapixel depth assistance unit with an f/2.4 lens. The Vivo V17 Pro can shoot videos on both 4K and Full HD at 30fp. The front camera is 32-megapixel with a f/2.0 lens, and an ultra-wide angle unit with 8-megapixel sensor.
The device has a gradient color on the cover and available in the crystal black, crystal sky, and midnight ocean finish. The Vivo V17 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm snapdragon 675 SoC, coupled with 8GB RAM and has 128GB storage. The display has a wider aspect ratio, with Full HD+ resolution. For connectivity, the device uses a USB-C 2.0 port for charging and tethering, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5. There is also an under-display fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. The phone has a solid 4,100mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
There were already some leaks about the next S-series phone from Vivo which was expected to be called Vivo S5. Today, the Chinese company has officially teased the arrival of Vivo S5 by releasing a teaser video and a poster. Based on the recent leaks and teaser it is safe to say that it could be the first phone to feature a diamond-shaped quad-camera system. The teasers reveal that like the Vivo S1 and Vivo S1 Pro smartphones, the upcoming Vivo S5 will be arriving in vibrant colors. This could mean that the phone manufacturer is targeting the younger consumer in China for Vivo S5.
Not so long, Vivo S-lineup brand ambassador Cai Xukun was spotted holding the upcoming S-series smartphone in a promo video for a fashion magazine. The rear side of the phone has pinkish appearance towards the left and right while the center portion looks bluish. The video revealed that the Vivo S5 has a 3.5mm audio jack on its top edge and it has a diamond-shaped quad-camera setup on its back. It appears that the phone is equipped with an in-screen fingerprint reader.
At present, there is no information on the specifications of the Vivo S5 smartphone. It could be packed with mid-range phones. Probably, the company will be unleashing the Vivo S5 in November. Hopefully, its entire specifications will be revealed through its TENAA certification in the coming days. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the Exynos 980 chipset. The said SoC is equipped with a 5G modem that will bring about NSA and SA networks. The launch event for the phone could be held on Nov. 7 in China.
Vivo launches a new smartphone from Y-series. It is called the Vivo Y19. The phone is up for sale in Vietnam and Thailand and hopefully, it will make to the Indian market very soon. Just like other Vivo Y-series smartphones, this is a too mid-range device. The price of the phone is Vietnam is roughly around Rs 15,000. The smartphone comes in two color options - Black and Morning Dew white. The Vivo Y19 looks premium for the price. \
As far as the specs are concerned the Vivo Y19 comes with a big FHD+ display of 6.53-inches that offers 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Vivo Y19 is powered by Media Tek Helio P65 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The device comes only in one variant. The device has a 16MP primary camera on the rear side, 8MP ultra wide-angle secondary camera, and a third is a 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots.
The phone has a fingerprint sensor for user authentication purposes. For selfies, the Vivo Y19 packs 16MP shooter. Similar to other Vivo phones this one too comes lots of AI features. The Vivo phone has a big battery. The Y19 comes with a 5000mAh battery with 17 hours of battery backup in a single change. The phone supports USB type C support. The phone runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.
Vivo officially teased its upcoming smartphone with 5G network support in a video. This will be called the Vivo x30. The device is teased to be released in December and is now confirming some of its specs though various video teasers. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the latest processing chip by Samsung - Exynos 980 5G chipset. Vivo's big phone seems to have a long-range zoom camera. The company released two official teasers of the phone. A still in the video teases a focal range of 16mm to 135mm, as well as a variable aperture range of f/1.8 to f/3.0. The variable aperture values belong to the zoom lens. Vivo called the lens "super-telephoto" and the second teaser for the phone confirms its 60x zoom capabilities.
The video is in the Chinese language. It says, "Zoom in, then zoom in again. 60x super zoom, more than you can see". This would be a periscope-style camera that Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno 10x zoom edition have already used. We don't know how the camera will be different from Huawei and Oppo but so far, this will be the highest zoom capabilities we have seen on a phone so far. The P30 Pro offers 50x digital zoom, while the Oppo Reno 10x goes up to 60x digital zoom. There is no official word on the optical or hybrid zoom values of the Vivo X30 yet, but it is likely 60x digital zoom as well.
The video shows a glimpse of the back of the phone that shows a stacked triple camera array and a separate rectangular camera, possibly the zoom camera on the side. The smartphone was previously tipped to sport a 64MP + 8MP + 13MP + 2MP quad camera setup. There's a Pro version also expected, with a 60MP + 13MP + 13MP +12MP configuration. Other noteworthy specs expected from Vivo's X30 series phones include 90Hz display, 44W flash charge, and a 32MP selfie shooter.
A few years ago, there was no existence of Vivo but now, it has become the fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer. When the world is adopting the 5G with slow pace, the company has already released two 5G-enabled smartphones in China, including the NEX-3. Vivo has plans to bring 5G to its budget-friendly consumers as well as its premium flagship buyers. In this year, almost half a million units were sold in China, developed by different smartphone makers. Vivo holds up to 54.3% of these numbers according to IDC. 5G networks may not be available yet, but Vivo is preparing customers to be connected as soon as the switch flips.
By next year, there will be 5G support by major telecom companies and Vivo is focusing on making the rollout for the Asian market as smooth as possible. Vivo is looking forward to launching more 5G-enabled devices and applications to keep the transition smooth. The company is also bringing the affordable versions of 5G-enabled phones to keep the most of its consumers intact. The internet expense for 5G isn't too expensive that means more and more people will be switching to 5G by the second quarter of 2020.
Vivo is working with its technology partners such as Qualcomm since 2016 to join the 5G revolution as soon as it is introduced to the public. Vivo has revealed technologies like AR glass and the 5G cloud game powered by its partner at MWC shanghai 2019. Both tech giants have been working in unison ever since their first 3G collaboration in 2011. Think about that: Vivo and Qualcomm have been together for three generations of connection. That's a great initiative and may bring positive change in the telecom industry.
The Vivo NEX 3 is available in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. It is unlocked on Amazon and Vivo Mall. It features a massive 6.89-inch display and a triple camera with a 64-megapixel main shooter. It's powered by the Qualcomm 855 Plus, and it even features a 3.5mm headphone jack. The days of the headphone jack don't have to end quite yet!
Vivo is ready to launch two brand new phones for its X-series. The two models are Vivo X30 and X30 Pro. Both of these phones have 5G network support and are the first mobile phones to be powered by the Exynos 980 processor. Both phones have a similar design with a punch-hole display at the top right corner of the panel for the selfie camera. The phones are covered in glass on both sides and have some shades. Both have a large 6.44-inch super AMOLED display with a 2400 x 1080 resolution. Under the display, there is a fingerprint scanner and a support for face unlock.
The phones are powered by the latest Exynos 980 processing chip with 5G modem integration which was developed by Samsung and Vivo in partnership. The octa-core processor features cortex-A77 cores and paired with 8GB of RAM on both phones with the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage. The processing chip has support for SA and NSA networks (n41 and n78 bands) and boasts up to 2.55Gbps in the download speed. For connectivity, both phones have support for Bluetooth, NFC, and there is also an audio jack for sound. Vivo ships both phones with a 4350mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB type-c.
Now, you must be wondering that if the specs are the same for both phones, why there are even two models? Well, the phones have different camera specs and price tags. The Vivo X30 has a triple camera - a 64MP f/1.8 camera with a 26.4mm focal length; an 8MP ultrawide angle camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length and a 112° field of view; and a whopping 32MP f/2.0 professional portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. The camera has a super night mode 2.0 to reduce noise and bring a brighter picture even at night.
The X30 Pro also has a 64MP primary rear camera with the same f/1.8 aperture and 26.4mm focal length. It pairs it with an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle camera with a 122° FOV and also has a 32MP professional f/2.0 portrait camera with a 50mm focal length. Vivo then rounds it off with a 13MP periscope lens with a 5x optical zoom. The Vivo X30 is priced at ¥3298 (~$472) for the 128GB version and ¥3598 (~$515) for the 256GB version.
Vivo V17 is almost similar to its Pro version that has almost similar hardware and software experience but the Vivo V17 is slightly cheaper than V17 Pro. The device has the same design as the Pro model. The major difference is the L shape rear camera set up inside a rectangular module. The Vivo V17 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with minimum bezels. The device has a pop-up module with a modified punch hole that dies. The selfie camera is being placed on the right corner instead of the center. This does give users an almost full-screen experience but you will feel the cutout while watching videos or playing games.
The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, which is good enough but not the best one. It can't handle heaving gaming or multi-tasking. So if you want to play PUBG on mobile, there will be a significant compromise on graphics. It has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage that can be expanded using a microSD card slot. For charging, it uses a Type-C USB charging port with 18W fast charging that helps to go from zero to 100 percent in less than an hour. The device has a 4100mAh battery whereas the pro version uses a 4500mAh battery.
V17 uses FunTouch OS 9.2 based on Android 9 Pie. The Vivo has a confusing interface and a new user may take some time to get used to it. The biggest hype around Vivo is its camera. The quad-camera setup is a perfect gift for photography enthusiasts. It can take stunning images with great detail and perfection under low light conditions. V17 has a 48MP primary camera with f/1.8, 8MP sensor with f/2.22, a 2MP sensor with f/2.4 for bokeh effect. The fourth 2MP camera with f/2.4 is a macro lens for macro photography. The night mode lets you take decent pictures even in a low light environment. There is a 32MP front camera that also has a night mode.
The Vivo V17 is great for the price tag Rs 22,990 and seems more attractive than its pro model but if you have you have to choose between Redmi K20 Pro and Vivo V17, it is hard to recommend V17. Realme X2 Pro is available at the same price or even less but with the same specs and bigger battery.
We have seen a few 5G smartphones recently but Vivo is missing from the 5G landscape till yesterday. As today, Vivo announced its 5G enabled flagship smartphone that is powered by a Snapdragon 865 processing chip. As you might have guessed it already from the name of the phone that Nex 3S 5G is a minor hardware upgrade over the Nex 3 5G that was launched by the company last year. The phone has a non-removable Li-Po 4500mAh battery that comes with fast charging at 44W.
The new Nex 3S 5G has the same 6.89-inch FHD+ waterfall display just like its predecessor. The device has a screen-to-body ratio of 99.6%. While the company hasn't changed much from the exterior point of view but it has upgraded its hardware specs. The old Nex 3 5G was using Snapdragon 855 plus, and the new Nex 3S 5G is powered by a liquid-cooled Snapdragon 865 processor, paired with up to 128GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage.
The phone has a triple-camera setup with a 64MP primary lens, a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 13MP telephoto lens featuring 2x optical zoom. For the front camera, the phone has a 16MP pop-up camera. It can create videos up to 2160p at 30 frames per second. The display is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and offers 16M colors with a 1080 x 2256 pixel resolution. The phone comes with Android 10 with the company's own UI FunTouch. The phone is available in China starting from March 14. There are two variants for this device - 8GB/256GB variant is priced at $719 while the other version is priced at $762. For the time being there is no news about its global availability and we just have to see when it lands in India and other parts of the world.
Vivo's spin-off brand iQOO is known for its dispensing affordable gaming smartphone devices like the iQOO 3 5G. Today the company introduces its first flagship device to its product portfolio in China. The phone has features like premium phones with a 144Hz refresh rate. The phone comes with a super-fast Snapdragon 865 mobile processor, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-mode connectivity support for 5G.
The design of the iQOO Neo3 looks quite similar to the iQOO 3 in terms of shape and the position of the camera module. It comes in two variants with gradients. The smartphone features a triple camera module. The phone is available in two color variants with gradients. The phone features triple cameras on the rear side. For the front camera, there is a hole-punch display on the display. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side and the stereo speakers on the top and the bottom edges.
The iQOO Neo3 features up to 12GB of LPDDF4X RAM, and UFS 3.2 storage technology. The internal hardware capabilities can support gaming apps up to 144fps, as well as Vivo's Multi-Turbo 3.0, which features Central Core Acceleration Engine, AI Acceleration Engine, Network Acceleration Engine, Game Acceleration Engine, Thermal Acceleration Engine, and Compilation Enhanced Acceleration Engine, leading for sustained high performance. To compensate for the over-heating due to continuous video gaming the device has an 11-layer heat dissipation system.
The device comes with HDR 10 certified and comes with a single hole-punch at the top right corner of the display. The phone is using an IPS display panel. The triple rear camera system on the rear side includes a 48MP primary camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera sensor, and a 2MP macro camera lens. The hole-punch on the front side features a 16MP selfie shooter. The phone has a 4,500mAh battery and supports Vivo's super flash charge fast wired charging at 44W. You can get your phone charge from zero to 100 percent under an hour and 50% battery in almost 20 minutes. The phone comes with Android 10 out of the box.
Vivo Apex 2020, a concept phone by Vivo was supposed to be unveiled at the event, but because the event was canceled due to coronavirus, it was doomed to be a footnote in the history despite its amazing features. Vivo intends to create more distinct devices than anyone else is creating reight now. The company was teasing the launch on the X50 series on Weibo, highlighting its main selling feature - the Gimbal camera system on the X50 Pro in particular.
Vivo X50 series has three phones -Vivo X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+. All of these feature 6.56" FHD AMOLED display with 90Hz display refresh rate except Vivo X50 Pro+ that has 120Hz refresh rate. The camera module of the X50 Pro includes a periscope telephoto camera (like the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, and the OPPO Find X2 Pro), the other two are normal camera lenses (most likely an ultra-wide-angle camera and a normal telephoto), and a much larger module that is the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal. The key benefit here is image stabilization.
Vivo is also adding a Gimbal Radar with the Camera UI which will be depicting as a small animated ball to reflect the gimbal's movement. This will let the users know when the frame is being stable. Other techniques are being used as well, including motion-deblur algorithms and continuous focus tracking to enhance the final result and clear video. The camera system also includes super night mode and Astro mode, which enable users to captures night time photography of the streets, city, or scenes, etc.
Vivo X50 series smartphone uses Android 10 out of the box with Funtouch OS 10.5 on the top. The front camera is 32MP for all three phones, whereas the rear camera starts from 48MP to 50MP for Vivo X50/Pro and X50 Pro+ respectively. The phone has launched in China but we don't know when it is going to be available in India or other markets.
Vivo iQOO Z1 5G is the latest gaming phone to feature the MediaTek flagship chipset for the first time. The company has already launched two gaming phones this year - iQOO 3 and iQOO Neo 3. Although snapdragon chops dominate the android phone in recent years, the MTK density series is in a better position for the high-performing needs. Let's talk about the display first. The phone has 1080MP LCD at a 144Hz refresh rate. The Z1 has scored over 520,000 points in the Antutu benchmark, but this isn't as good as 597,000 points of the Neo 3 running the Snapdragon 865. We see the GPU performance of the MTK chipset is much close to the Snapdragon chipset.
The gaming experience is not very different from what you can have on the Snapdragon since there are not many games that require extremely high CPU or GPU performance from Android phones. Most games support up to 60 fps frame rate. There are a few games that can lock the frame rate under 30fps like Asphalt 9. The game got a z1 shutter sometimes, but it still reaches at 29fps on an average. With games that don't lock the frame rate, Z1 could offer a super smooth gaming experience with its 144Hz display. If you continue to play games for a long time, the frame rate may drop down to 90fps to prevent any heating issues.
The phone comes with a 44W charger that takes only 23 min to charge up to 50% of the power and an hour to fully charge the phone. The one-hour PUBG mobile game consumed around 16% of the power. That means you can continue to play for another 5 hours of the game. The phone isn't perfect and has a performance gap between Snapdragon 865 and the Dimensity 1000 plus. However, with most android games, the gap is really hard to perceive due to frame rate limits. Z1 cost around $300 and is one of the cheapest gaming phones this year.
Vivo has already launched the Vivo X50 series in China and may hit the Indian markets at the beginning of July. One of the main selling points of the series is that the Vivo X50 Pro phone comes with a gimbal optical image stabilization technology for its main camera. A new poster by the Chinese firm has released a coming soon text suggests that the X50 series may come the upcoming month.
The Vivo X50 series is likely to arrive in multiple markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Singapore, and Thailand. The series has three devices refer as Vivo X50, Vivo X50 Pro, and Vivo X50 Pro plus. It remains to be seen whether all these phones make to the market mention above. The Vivo X50 series features a Full HD+ display with a super AMOLED screen and a punch-hole design. The X50 has a flat display panel, whereas the other two upper-tier models have curved edges. The X50 and X50 pro support 90Hz refresh rate whereas the pro model comes with 120Hz refresh rate support.
The snapdragon 765G Soc with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM powers the X50 and X50 pro models. The device has huge internal storage up to 256GB that is enough to store all images, videos, and files of yours. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC powers the X50 Pro plus with up to 12GB of RAM and 256G of native storage. The Vivo X50 trio has 4,315mAh batteries. The X50 and X50 pro support fast charging of 33W whereas the X50 pro plus supports 44W fast charging. The trio phone series is loaded with FunTouch OS 10 on the top of Android 10 OS. The three phones feature 32-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Vivo X50 has a 48MP camera with optical image stabilization technology as its primary camera, a 13MP portrait camera lens, an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens, and a 5MP macro camera lens camera system. The Vivo X50 Pro also features 4 camera system module with a 48MP with gimbal OIS, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with OIS, a 13MP portrait camera lens, and an 8MP ultra-wide camera lens. The phone is available in black, blue, and pink colors. The Vivo X50 is expected to price around $500+.
The latest leak suggests Vivo Y30 is going to launch in the Indian smartphone market. The phone was earlier released two months ago, and now it seems like the Vivo Y30 is coming to India as well. As per the retailer, the price of the handset would be around Rs. 15,000. The phone will feature 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. While we are not sure about the launch date, we can assume that it is going to be soon, as other leaks confirm. The phone is available in blue and Moonstone white colors in Malaysia. The device comes with dual-SIM support and operates on Android 10 with FunTouch OS on top. It features a large HD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 6.47-inch screen size.
The phone has a quad-camera system on the rear side that includes a 13-megapixel primary camera lens with f/2.2, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with ultra-wide-angle f/2.2, a 2.2-megapixel depth sensor lens with f/2.4, and a 2-megapixel shooter lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front camera is of 8-megapixel. The phone is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) SoC, paired with 4GB of RAM.
The Vivo Y30 offers multiple connectivity options including i-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, USB OTG, FM radio, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Vivo Y30 supports face unlock.
Vivo has apparently done what Samsung could not and Apple was only planning to. The famous in-screen fingerprint scanner which has so far eluded all devices till date, has been brought forth and showcased on a Vivo smartphone.
The Qualcomm fingerprint scanner which was put into effect at the show on a Vivo Xplay 6 prototype was announced earlier at the same show. It detects ultrasonic fingerprint signals through OLED displays up to 1200um and is more secure than any other fingerprint scanners that are available on smartphones at the moment. Check out the GIF image which we can now look at, thanks to Engadget.
The fingerprint scanner works underwater and doesn't care much even when your phone or your fingers are dirty. There are two points to be noted though. Engadget reports that the actual fingerprint recognition is much slower than what we are used to and also that the display was only able to detect the fingerprint from one particular place on the display. In theory however, the whole display should be able to detect your fingerprints flawlessly. Then again, this is just a prototype that we are looking at and things will definitely improve once the ultrasonic technology and the smartphone is ready for commercial release.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Today vivo launched a new smartphone called Vivo Y3. The Y3 is a mid-range smartphone but it is packed with high-end hardware specs and sleek design. Perhaps, the brilliant feature is the triple AI camera that adorns the back. The device is powered by 5000mAh battery. Since the smartphone is a budget phone, it has LCD HD+ display with a 720 x 1544 pixels resolution.
The Vivo Y3 has a water drop notch which features the selfie camera. The device has 6.35-inch screen with narrow bezels on all sides, leaving it a screen ratio of 89%. At the rear side, the Y3 uses a new nano-scale coating process. The device is available in three different color variants; peacock blue, peach pink, and ink bule. The handset has a 16MP HD front camera for taking selfies. There are three AI cameras at the rear side comprised of a 13MP primary camera. The secondary sensor is a 120-wide angle, with the third lens is a depth of field camera. For security, device has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the device. As an extra security layer, the Y3 also feature a face unlock.
The Y3 has a MediaTek MT6765 processing chip paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 128GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB with microSD card. Y3 equally comes with 9V/2A flash charging and support OTG reverse charging. It is great smartphone anyone who play video games as it has built-in game box which provides an immersive gaming experience such as built-in e-sport made 2.0. The device runs Android 9 Pie as its OS. The connectivity options are a micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
It has been a long time since the rumours about Vivo's next gen flagship smartphone surfaced. In fact this news goes back to 2014 and at that time they were supposed to be one of the pioneers in implementing Snapdragon 810 SoC. Quite evident that it didn't happen and now Snapdragon 810 is no way Qualcomm's best chip. At the same time people are looking forward to the XPlay 5, which is supposed to be available from March 1. At this point one important feature has been changed to another - this device will be the first one to come with 6 GB RAM.
But, don't consider this as a rumor. This has been leaked from the AnTuTu 6 benchmark test and even though we don't see 6GB being mentioned clearly, the 162,610 points mentioned in the leak is close to 30K more than other devices available in the database. We are also not exactly sure whether 2GB of extra memory can result in such a boost. In addition to this, there is a banner which states that the XPlay 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM. Also there are speculations about a 5.5 inch display too.
UPDATE: A tipster has revealed another piece of info about the Vivo XPlay 5 - this smartphone will feature Hi-Fi 3.0, which is most probably a cutting-edge audio processing chip, similar to rest of the Vivo devices like the X6 Plus.