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vivo Electrochromic Glass Prototype Sneak Peek!

Have a sneak peek at the upcoming vivo Electrochromic Glass technology, which could soon be covering their smartphones!

 

vivo Electrochromic Glass Technology

Electrochromic glass is a type of smart glass, whose colour or opacity changes when a voltage is applied to it.

Already used in the automotive industry to create rear-view mirrors that automatically adjust their tint in different lighting conditions, it will soon come to smartphones.

vivo is developing their own version of the electrochromic glass to change the hue of the back panel, instantaneously and on demand.

Because colour or opacity changes in electrochromic glass must be maintained by a continuous electrical current, a concern is battery life.

vivo claims that their electrochromic glass technology “does not consume a lot of power” and “is unlikely to have much impact” on the phone’s battery life.

Of course, until they give us hard numbers, it’s really hard to know what they mean by “not … a lot of power” or “much impact“.

 

vivo Electrochromic Glass Sneak Peek

vivo shared this sneak peek video of their Electrochromic Glass prototype in action.

Although it’s not ready for mass production, their prototype shows how quickly and smoothly the hue of the back panel changes.

As impressive as this may be, we have to point out that beyond aesthetics and bragging rights, there is really not much use for electrochromic glass.

More so when almost everyone slaps on a protective case on opening the box of a new smartphone!

Or are we too old school? Tell us what YOU think!

 

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Warning : vivo NEX 3 5G is NOT Certified in Malaysia!

vivo Malaysia launched their vivo NEX 3 5G smartphone in 2019. However, it looks like it was not certified for use or sale in Malaysia!

Find out what happened, and what it means for anyone who owns or sells the vivo NEX 3 5G in Malaysia!

 

The vivo NEX 3 5G Smartphone

vivo launched their NEX 3 5G (V1924) smartphone on 17 October 2019, with an official retail price of RM 3,899 / S$1,283 / US$950 / £723 / A$1,383.

That was a hefty price tag, tying with the likes of the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro, so at launch, it came with a bunch of great freebies.

Unfortunately, in their rush to be the first out with a 5G smartphone, it looks like vivo Malaysia launched and sold the vivo NEX 3 5G without 5G certification from SIRIM.

 

The Spotlight On vivo NEX 3’s 5G Certification

Today, HUAWEI Malaysia announced that their HUAWEI Mate30 Pro was the first to be 5G-certified in Malaysia. They even shared their SIRIM certificate on Facebook :

 

Unfortunately, their announcement also cast a spotlight on vivo’s claim to be the first to introduce a 5G smartphone in Malaysia – the vivo NEX 3 5G.

 

vivo NEX 3 5G : NOT Certified For Use Or Sale In Malaysia

When we investigated, we found out that the vivo NEX 3 5G (vivo 1924) was not certified for sale or use in Malaysia.

With a little help from some friends, we found out that only the non-5G vivo NEX 3 (vivo 1912) is currently certified in Malaysia.

There was no listing for the vivo 1924vivo V1924 or vivo NEX 3 5G in the SIRIM database. There was also no vivo smartphone listed in the SIRIM database with 5G capabilities.

Since receiving the certification for their non-5G vivo NEX 3 (V1912), they only received certifications for three smartphones :

  • vivo Y19 (vivo 1915)
  • vivo S1 Pro (vivo 1920)
  • vivo V17 (vivo 1919)

The only 5G-certified smartphone we could find was the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G (LIO-N29) :

 

So The vivo NEX 3 5G Is Illegal?

This is the problem here – it is illegal to own or use or sell any device that is not SIRIM-certified in Malaysia.

According to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia (Technical Standards) Regulation 2000, anyone who owns, uses or sells such a device would be liable to :

  • a fine not exceeding RM 100,000, or
  • imprisonment for a term not exceed 6 months,
  • or both a fine and imprisonment

Of course, we believe the vivo NEX 3 5G (V1924) smartphone will eventually receive its SIRIM certification, but until then, best not to boast about your vivo NEX 3 5G smartphone!

vivo has quietly removed all references to the vivo NEX 3 5G, and so should anyone owning one.

 

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The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Smartphone Revealed!

Vivo just revealed the Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition smartphone with 3X rear cameras! Find out what else the NEX Dual Display Edition offers!

 

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition Revealed!

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition is the industry-first dual-display smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to its dual-screen display, it has an astounding 10 GB of RAM!

Dual Display Design

The 6.39-inch Ultra Full View Display in the front has a Super AMOLED panel, and an improved screen-to-body ratio of 91.63%, without a display notch!

The additional 5.49-inch Super AMOLED at the back allows greater flexibility in using the rear cameras. Snapping high-quality selfies is now easier as users can use the main cameras along with the rear screen to get the perfect angles.

The rear display also features a Lunar Ring that creates a glowing band of colours to signify notifications. It can even pulse in tune with your music!

Triple Camera Setup

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition’s triple camera setup consists of a 12 MP Dual Pixel main camera (featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor and 4-axis OIS), a specialised Night Video Camera and an innovative Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Camera.

The Night Video Camera helps users film clear and stable footage in motion and low-light environments, while the TOF 3D Camera lets users to see the world with an added dimension.

Its 3D sensing capabilities not only enables point-to-point distance measuring but also supports 3D Modeling of the user’s face for enhanced facial recognition, protection and personalized beautification.

Different Camera Modes

Vivo has created more innovative camera modes for NEX Dual Display Edition such as Mirror Mode and Pose Director.

Mirror Mode allows users to see themselves in the rear display while being photographed or filmed while Pose Director can show a posed image or video in the rear display as reference for imitation.

Coupled with other camera modes such as AI Scene Recognition, AI Filters and AI Portrait Framing with the diffusion lighting from the Selfie Softlight as part of the Lunar Ring, it is now easier to capture the perfect shot.

Flagship Performance

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and comes with 10 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.

It also boasts In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, TOF 3D Camera and 3D sensing technology for enhanced facial recognition protection, allowing the NEX Dual Display Edition to provide faster and more secure ways to unlock the two displays.

 

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Only 6,000 Fairy Pink Vivo V11i Available For Sale!

Vivo today officially unveiled the limited-edition Fairy Pink Vivo V11i smartphone. It is part of their effort to support breast cancer awareness in October. Here are the full details!

 

Only 6,000 Fairy Pink Vivo V11i Available For Sale!

The Vivo V11i is the latest Vivo smartphone that features an AI camera that helps the user take the best pictures possible in any scenario. They are now making 6,000 units of the limited-edition Fairy Pink Vivo V11i smartphones to show support for breast cancer awareness.

“The Fairy Pink is not an ordinary colour variant of the V11i. We are revealing this new colour in line with Pink October as a way of showing support to the cause of breast cancer awareness,” said Mike Xu, Chief Executive Officer of Vivo Malaysia. “Malaysia has always been a key market for Vivo in the Southeast Asia region, and to bring in the Fairy Pink V11i is a way of showing our commitment to this market. The Fairy Pink serves as a beautiful addition to the Starry Night and Nebula colour line-up for the V11i, and we believe this will help us further strengthen our position here in Malaysia.”

 

Fairy Pink Vivo V11i Price + Availability

Vivo Malaysia will make just 6,000 units of the Fairy Pink V11i for sale at RM 1,299 / ~US$ 325.

They will go on sale nationwide on 1 November 2018 at all Vivo concept stores, the official Vivo eStore, and eCommerce platforms like Lazada, Shopee and 11street.

It will also be available at authorised resellers starting 3 November 2018.

 

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The Vivo V9 FullView Smartphone Revealed!

The Vivo V9 smartphone was just launched, boasting a FullView display and “enhanced AI-powered experience“. And just in case the new features don’t impress you, they also introduced not one, not two, but THREE new celebrity endorsers.

 

The Vivo V9 Launch & Celebrity Endorsements

Vivo believes in the power of launch gambits and celebrity endorsements. Check out the awesome laser light show they put up, and the ringing celebrity endorsements of Janna Nick, Joyce Chu and Alvin Chong.

 

The Vivo V9 Feature Presentation

Not impressed by laser light show, or celebrity power? Let Vivo Oversea Product Manager Guo Chao Yang give you an incredibly detailed presentation on the Vivo V9 smartphone.

FullView Display

The Vivo V9 is as compact as a traditional 5.5-inch phone but offers a 6.3-inch display. The screen size was increased by 5.2%, with 19% thinner side bezels, compared to the previous generation’s Vivo V7+.

AI Photography

The Vivo V9 has a 24 MP front camera, and a dual-lens main camera with 16 MP and 5 MP sensors. These cameras have been enhanced with “AI capabilities” that are based on software and machine learning.

Its Super HDR feature auto-detects the surroundings in order to produce better colours, more details and better tones. Super HDR captures and merges more frames and intelligently merges them to cater to more extreme lighting scenarios. it also employs smart scene detection to balance the lighting of the person and the background to create a natural feel.

AI Face Beauty identifies users’ age, gender, skin tone and texture, as well as the surrounding lighting environment. Its AI algorithm, trained using a database of almost one million facial images from around the world, allows AI Face Beauty to adapt and apply the ideal algorithm for optimized photos. As your usage increases, the AI will also learn your customized setting preferences, automatically creating the ideal photo every time and exactly the way you want.

The new AI Selfie Lighting feature also allows you to create artistic photo masterpieces anytime anywhere without an elaborate equipment setup. The Vivo V9’s AI algorithm transforms the facial profile in the original 2D photo into a 3D model to process the light accents authentically. You can choose from a range of effects like Natural Light, Studio Light, Stereo Light and Monochrome Background.

AI-Optimized Mobile Experience

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The Vivo AI Smart Engine learns your usage habits and preferences, to help prioritize processing and storage resources. As the AI Smart Engine picks up on your usage habits, it can accurately predict your next move and have your favorite apps launch 20% faster.

The updated AI Face Access technology can detect the reflection of natural skin and the subtle movements of the face to further reduce the possibility of accidently unlocking when shown photos or videos. AI Face Access for App-Lock even helps secure your data and privacy for individual applications.

The AI Attention Sensing also recognizes when you’re looking at the phone to keep disruption to a minimum by automatically reducing the volume of message alerts, incoming calls and alarms, since you’re already looking at the screen.

Updated Game Mode

Updated Game Mode delivers the hyper-focused environment required for the most dedicated gamers with the ability to block all messages, calls and alerts while gaming. Alternately, you can set it up to display phone calls from designated contacts only. The new picture-in-picture for games feature means you won’t even have to exit the game to reply to critical messages.

 

The Vivo V9 Specifications

SpecificationsVivo V9
Display6.3" IPS display
- 1080 x 2280 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with Funtouch OS 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 626
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.2 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506 (650 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 memory (933 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera24 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Main CameraDual-Lens Camera
- 16 MP RGB sensor with f/2.0 lens
- 6 MP monochrome sensor with f/2.0 lens
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, E-Compass, Gyroscope
Battery3,260 mAh battery
Dimensions75.03 mm wide
154.81 mm tall
7.89 mm thick
Weight130 g
Available ColoursPearl Black / Gold

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Vivo Quietly Leaks Vivo V7 Specifications To Select Media

Vivo launched their V7+ smartphone in September, and are now preparing to launch the smaller Vivo V7 smartphone. In addition to their media invitation, they also leaked the Vivo V7 specifications to select media.

Now, the specifications themselves are no big secret. But the official leak gives us all an interesting look at their marketing techniques.

 

The Vivo V7 Launch

Vivo just issued invitations to their launch event today, and it promises to be a spectacular affair. We can’t wait to see what they plan to do.

 

The Leaked Vivo V7 Details

But unbeknownst to the media hoi polloi, select media publications received a separate email with a special file from Vivo. Inside the ZIP file were the Vivo V7 specifications, media talking points, as well as a high-resolution Vivo V7 infographic.

Vivo is set to announce the Vivo V7 smartphone by the month of November in Malaysia according to vivo Malaysia. Vivo V7 can be termed as the standard variant of Vivo V7+ launched 2 months back.

Recently, there is leak from the internet sources that indicates the overall specification of vivo V7. The leak indicated that Vivo V7 is almost the same device as Vivo V7+ and in terms of hardware, it comes with few minor variations. The basic differences between the two devices are in terms of screen size, internal storage and the battery capacity.

V7 comes with 5.7-inch display along with 32 GB storage instead of 6.0-inch along with 64GB storage and it is backed by a battery of 3,000 mAh instead of 3225 mAh. The equipped 24MP front camera will be the spotlight of vivo V7: other than Selfie Softlight, it also offers Beauty Mode and Portrait Mode, letting the user to capture every moment and produce delicate yet sophisticated selfie in every click. Not forget to mention that vivo V7 16 MP rear camera that provide numerous mode ( Professional, Slow Motion etc.) for users to capture in different scenarios, as if the they are having an DSLR in their hand – but much more smaller and more functional.

In terms of performance, V7 inherits the same screen ratio as vivo V7+ and with 1.8 Ghz Qualcomm Octa Core processor, ensures seamless and smoother usage experience. Other than that, vivo V7 supports insertion of 2 nano SIM cards with 1 micro SD card.

It is believes that vivo V7 will come in 2 colour variants: Matte Black and Gold and will be arriving Malaysia by this November. For more information, do follow vivo Malaysia official Facebook account on latest update on vivo V7.

Presumably, Vivo was trying to get these publications to write up an exclusive “Vivo V7 leaked article” in advanced of the launch. They would get additional publicity ahead of their launch, and these lucky publications get a boost to their readership.

Well-played, Vivo. Even we fell for it!

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The Leaked Vivo V7 Specifications

Instead of just copying the leaked Vivo V7 specifications, we thought you might like to see a specification comparison of the Vivo V7 and the larger Vivo V7+ instead. Here you go!

SpecificationsVivo V7Vivo V7+
Display5.7" IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
6.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1440 pixels
- Corning Gorilla Glass protection
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 450Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 506
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)4 GB LPDDR3 (933 MHz)
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot
Front Camera24 MP camera24 MP camera
Main Camera16 MP camera with LED flash16 MP camera with LED flash
NetworkingLTE : Cat7 (300 Mbps DL) / Cat13 (150 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP
LTE : Cat7 (300 Mbps DL) / Cat13 (150 Mbps UL)
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual StandbyDual SIM, Dual Standby
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG-capablemicroUSB 2.0, USB OTG-capable
FM RadioYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, E-CompassAccelerometer, Ambient Light, Proximity, E-Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery
- Quick Charging support
3,225 mAh lithium-ion battery
- Quick Charging support
Available ColoursMatte Black, GoldMatte Black, Gold

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The vivo V5s “Perfect Selfie” Specifications & Preview

Dubbed as the “Perfect Selfie” smartphone, the vivo V5s boasts an incredible 20 MP front camera with a dedicated soft LED flash. Get its full specifications and catch our hands-on preview!

Don’t forget to check out our coverage of the star-studded vivo V5s launch event!

 

The Hands-On Preview

We had a short opportunity at the end of the launch event to do a hands-on preview. Check it out!

Here is a summary of the vivo V5s’ key features :

The Perfect Selfie

The vivo V5s is equipped with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an updated Selfie Softlight. It also comes with the Face Beauty 6.0 and Group Selfie that allow you to create better selfies and wefies.

Ample Memory & Storage

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It comes with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal storage. If that is not enough, you can add a microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage.

App Clone

The vivo V5s offers the App Clone feature, which allows you to use up to two accounts to log into the same social media apps. Current supported apps include WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Viber.

For The Audiophile

It also boasts a 32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier. The AK4376 is capable of achieving -106dB THD+N and 125dB SNR.

 

The vivo V5s Specifications

Specificationsvivo V5s
Display5.5" IPS HD display
- 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 with Funtouch OS 3.0
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2 (520 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM (667 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal flash storage (eMMC 5.1)
microSD card slot (shared with SIM2, up to 256 GB)
Front Camera20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 lens and Selfie Softlight flash
Rear Camera13 MP camera with f/2.2 lens and single LED flash
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat 6
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth : v4.2 with A2DP
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, Dual Standby
Hybrid SIM - SIM2 shared with microSD card slot
GPSYes, with A-GPS and GLONASS
Audio32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier
FM RadioYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, integrated with Home button
Other SensorsAccelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Dimensions75.5 mm wide x 153.8 mm tall x 7.6 mm thick
Weight154 g
Available ColoursGold, Rose Gold, Matte Black

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The vivo V5s Price & Key Features Revealed!

On 3 May 2017, vivo officially revealed the vivo V5s. Dubbed as the “Perfect Selfie” smartphone, it boasts an incredible 20 MP front camera with a dedicated soft LED flash. Check out the star-studded launch event, and get briefed on the vivo V5s price and availability, as well as its key features!

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on preview of the vivo V5s!

 

The vivo V5s Launch Gambit & Presentation

The vivo V5s launch kicked off with an amazing drum performance. Check it out!

Then Winston Wu, vivo Product Manager, gave a presentation on the key features of the new vivo V5s “Perfect Selfie” smartphone.

Here is a summary of the vivo V5s’ key features :

The Perfect Selfie

The vivo V5s is equipped with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and an updated Selfie Softlight. It also comes with the Face Beauty 6.0 and Group Selfie that allow you to create better selfies and wefies.

Ample Memory & Storage

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The vivo V5s comes with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal storage. If that is not enough, you can add a microSD card for up to 256 GB of additional storage.

App Clone

The vivo V5s also offers the App Clone feature, which allows you to use up to two accounts to log into the same social media apps. Current supported apps include WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Viber.

For The Audiophile

The vivo V5s boasts a 32-bit Asahi Kasei AK4376 DAC with headphone amplifier. The AK4376 is capable of achieving -106dB THD+N and 125dB SNR.

 

vivo V5s Price & Availability

The vivo V5s will come in three colour options – Matte Black, Gold, and Rose Gold. It will be available for pre-order on 3rd May, 2017 with the retail price of RM 1299 (GST inclusive) / ~US$ 289. The vivo V5s will officially go on sale in Malaysia on 10 May 2017.

 

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