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vivo TWS 2 ANC + TWS 2e Earbuds : All You Need To Know!

vivo TWS 2 ANC + TWS 2e Earbuds : All You Need To Know!

vivo just introduced the TWS 2 ANC and TWS 2e true wireless stereo earbuds that offer studio quality audio!

Find out if the new TWS earbuds are what you have been looking for!

 

vivo TWS 2 ANC + TWS 2e Earbuds : All You Need To Know!

vivo just introduced two new true wireless stereo earbuds – the TWS 2e and the TWS 2 ANC with active noise cancellation!

They both come with 12.2 mm speakers offering super strong bass, in a pair of feather-light earbuds.

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo TWS 2 series earbuds…

Comfortable Fit

Both vivo TWS 2 ANC and TWS 2e earbuds are ultra-light at just 4.7 grams. But more importantly, they were designed with a G3 curvature that conforms to the contours of your ears.

They also feature an innovative vent design, with front and rear chamber flow to help equalise pressure. You will hardly remember they are there!

Super Strong Bass

Both vivo TWS 2 models come with a large 12.2 mm speaker, which features a carbon fibre composite diaphragm to deliver powerful bass, with crisp mids and highs.

Active Noise Cancellation

The vivo TWS 2 ANC can continuously monitor and cancel the background sound, eliminating up to 40 dB of noise!

You can rely on its smart noise algorithm to intelligently adjust the degree of noise cancellation, or manually choose from three levels – high, normal and low.

It doesn’t matter how loud traffic gets – you will always hear every song and conversation crystal clear!

And a single tap activates the Transparency Mode which lets you clearly hear outside sounds, letting you hear announcements and chat with people as if you were not wearing the earbuds at all.

Microphone Noise Cancellation

Both models come with two external beam forming microphones to eliminate background noise while picking up your voice.

Their duct design also improves wind noise reduction by an astounding 148%, so your voice will always be clear even if you are running or cycling.

The TWS 2 ANC model has an additional microphone hidden within the earbud.  This microphone has a high SNR to help pick up your voice even in the noisiest environment.

Multipoint Connection

Both vivo TWS 2 models can simultaneously connect to two devices, and switch seamlessly between them – like your vivo X70 smartphone and a laptop, for example.

If you receive a call on your phone while watching a video on your laptop, the earbuds will automatically stream the call and switch back to the video after you hang up.

Ultra-Low Latency

Both models have been enhanced with vivo’s dual-coupled antennas to reduce wireless latency, which is critical for online games.

The TWS 2e has a wireless latency of just 117 ms, while the TWS 2 ANC goes as low as 88 ms!

Battery Life

Both models have a battery life of about 7 hours, and 29-30 hours when used with the charging case.

With active noise cancellation enabled, the TWS 2 ANC has a 4 hour battery life on a single charge.

 

vivo TWS 2 ANC + TWS 2e Earbuds : Specifications

To make it easier for you to decide between the two models, we created this table to compare their key specifications :

Specifications TWS 2 ANC TWS 2e
Design In-Ear Earbuds
IP Rating IP54
Speaker Unit 12.2 mm voice coil
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Active Noise Cancellation Yes No
Microphones 3 2
Voice Call Noise Cancellation Yes, 3-Mic Yes, 2-Mic
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 5.2
Dual-Channel Transmission 2.0
Wireless Latency 88 ms (min.) 117 ms (min.)
Wireless Codec aptX Adaptive / AAC / SBC AAC / SBC
Wear Detection Two capacitive sensors None
Google Fast Pair Yes
Controls Pressure +
Touch
None
Battery 45 mAh (each earbud)
505 mAh (charging case)
Battery Life
(Noise Cancellation Off)
7.3 Hours 7.6 Hours
Battery Life
(Noise Cancellation On)
4.1 Hours
Charging Time 60 minutes (earbuds)
110 minutes (charging case)
Charging Port USB Type C
Earbud Dimensions 23.8 x 22.2 x 30.2 mm
Charging Case Dimensions 60.0 x 24.3 x 45.4 mm
Earbud Weight 4.7 g per earbud
Charging Case Weight 41.9 g

 

vivo TWS 2 ANC + TWS 2e Earbuds : Price + Pre-Order Deals

The vivo TWS 2e is priced at RM269 – approximately US$64 / £47 / A$88 / S$87.

But it only costs RM68, if you purchase it with a vivo X70 series smartphone!

The vivo X70 Pro is priced at RM369 – approximately US$88 / £65 / A$121 / S$119.

But it only costs RM98, if you purchase it with a vivo X70 series smartphone!

 

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vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just introduced the X70 Pro and X70 smartphones featuring ZEISS optics and a unique gimbal camera!

Find out if the new vivo X70 gimbal smartphones are what you have been waiting for!

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just launched their X70 series of professional photography flagship smartphones, with two models – the X70 and the X70 Pro.

Both models come with ZEISS optics for their cameras, and a unique Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera, to allow users to capture the best possible photos and videos, even in the most challenging conditions.

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo X70 series smartphones…

Large AMOLED Display

Both the vivo X70 and X70 Pro come with a large 6.56-inch AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels.

They both support a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 240 Hz response rate, as well as HDR10+ support and Hi-Rest certification.

There is a subtle difference between the two models though – the vivo X70 display has a 2.5D edge, while the Pro version has a 3D curved edge.

Performance

Both models are powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 – a 5G mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, with eight processor cores that consists of :

  • a high-performance A78 core running at 3 GHz,
  • three sustained-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, and
  • four high-efficiency A55 cores running at 2 GHz.

In addition to its 8 processor cores, it has a 9-core Arm Mali-G77 MC9 GPU, and a 6-core MediaTek APU 3.0 AI processor.

RAM + Storage

The vivo V70 comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while the Pro version comes with a whopping 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

Even though they both come with a lot of memory, they support Extended RAM 2.0 – giving them additional 4 GB of memory on call!

There is no option to upgrade storage through a microSD card, but they both come with more than enough storage for most users, and most importantly – it’s super fast UFS 3.1 flash storage!

Cameras Co-Engineered With ZEISS

Both models have a high-resolution 32 MP front camera, with a triple camera system for the X70 and a quad camera system for the X70 Pro.

Both camera systems were co-engineered with ZEISS and feature lenses with ZEISS T* coating to reduce unwanted light flares, ghosting, stray light and other image artifacts.

The pièce de résistance of both models is the unique Ultra-Sensing Gimbal Camera, which is coupled with the Gimbal Stabilisation 3.0 technology, to let you capture steady images and video even in the most challenging conditions.

They also support VIS 5-Axis Ultra Stable Video technology, which integrates enhanced optical image stabilisation (OIS) with electronic image stabilisation (EIS) to aggressively stabilise the X/Y-axis as well as Z-axis rotation for silky-smooth video.

Rounding that up is a slew of AI-enhanced photography and videography technologies, like Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, Super Night Video, Pure Night View, Pro Cinematic Mode and more.

Battery + Charging

The vivo X70 Pro and X70 come with large batteries – 4,450 mAh and 4,400 mAh capacities respectively, for a long battery life.

On top of that, they both come with a USB charger in-the-box, which supports 44W FlashCharge for extremely fast charging.

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : Specifications

To make it easier for you to decide between the two models, we created this table to compare their key specifications :

Specifications X70 Pro X70
Display 6.56-inch AMOLED
– 1080 x 2376 pixels resolution
– 120 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz response rate
– HDR10+, Hi-Res
Platform MediaTek Dimensity 1200
– 1 x Arm Cortex-A78 core @ 3 GHz
– 3 x Arm Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.6 GHz
– 4 x Arm Cortex-A55 @ 2 GHz
– Arm Mali-G77 MC9 GPU
– 6-core MediaTek APU 3.0
Operating System Funtouch OS 12 (Android 11)
Memory 12 GB LPDDR4X 8 GB LPDDR4X
Extended RAM 4 GB
Storage 256 GB, UFS 3.1 128 GB, UFS 2.1
Front Camera 32 MP, f/2.45
Rear Cameras 50 MP, f/1.75
12 MP, f/1.98
12 MP, f/2.2
8 MP, f/3.4
40 MP, f/1.75
12 MP f/1.89
12 MP, f/2.2
Connectivity WiFi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.2
USB : USB 2.0 Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, QZSS, A-GPS
OTG Yes
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Sensor In-Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Colour Temperature,
Ambient Light, Proximity, E-compass, Gyroscope
Linear Motor Yes
IR Emitter Yes
Battery 4450 mAh battery 4400 mAh battery
Charging 44 watt FlashCharge
Dimensions 73.21 mm wide
158.3 mm tall
7.99-8.08 mm thick
75.39 mm wide
160.1 mm tall
7.55 mm thick
Weight 183-184 g 181-182 g

 

vivo X70 Gimbal Smartphones : Price + Pre-Order Deals

The vivo X70 is priced at RM2,499 – approximately US$598 / £437 / A$822 / S$806.

Here are the freebies you will get if you pre-order one from now until 1 October 2021 :

  • Protection Plus : 1 year extended warranty + 1 year screen crack protection
  • Premium Gift Box : Bluetooth speaker + car charger + 1-month Viu subscription

The vivo X70 Pro is priced at RM3,299 – approximately US$789 / £577 / A$1,085 / S$1,064.

Here are the freebies you will get if you pre-order one from now until 1 October 2021 :

  • Protection Plus : 1 year extended warranty + 1 year screen crack protection
  • Premium Gift Box : Bluetooth sound bar + 1-month Viu subscription

 

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vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

vivo just unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, and here is what you need to know!

 

vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : Launched In Shenzhen!

On 2 September 2021, vivo unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, at a press event in Shenzhen, China.

The V1 Imaging Chip was developed by over 300 vivo engineers and imaging experts over 2 years, as part of vivo’s  four strategic tracks on imaging technology :

  • imaging system
  • operating system
  • industrial design
  • performance

 

vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

According to Hu Baishan, vivo Executive Vice-President and COO, the V1 is a fully-customised integrated circuit chip that is designed to deliver leading-edge visual quality for both imaging and video applications.

The vivo V1 imaging chip will be used to optimise smartphone application scenarios like “viewfinder look and video recording“, according to Hu.

In these two leaked pictures, you can see how several vivo V1 chips sitting in their trays.

From what we understand, the vivo V1 custom imaging chip will first appear in the upcoming vivo X70 series of flagship smartphones.

Using a custom ISP (image signal processor) chip will allow vivo to offer faster processing and better image quality than what’s readily available through the integrated ISP offered by mobile SoCs.

vivo has already offered a sneak peek at how they will use their new custom imaging chip – paired with ZEISS Vario-Tessar lens in their X70 series smartphones!

Do let us know what you think!

 

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vivo Is Top 5 Smartphone Brand Globally In Q2 2021!

vivo is now a top 5 smartphone brand globally in Q2 2021!

Find out what this means for one of the fastest-growing smartphone brands in the world!

 

vivo Is Top 5 Smartphone Brand Globally In Q2 2021!

On 28 July 2021, Canalys announced that vivo ranked fifth in global smartphone shipments, with a market share of 10% in the second quarter of 2021!

Despite the challenging business climate brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, vivo actually increased their smartphone shipments 27% year-on-year!

Thanks to this strong growth, vivo remains firmly one of the top 5 smartphone brands globally.

 

How vivo Achieved Its Position As Top 5 Brand

vivo gave us some insights into how they achieved their present-day success as a top 5 smartphone brand globally.

vivo leveraged the local mindset with an understanding of the local culture and management as they steadily expanded globally.

Today, vivo has a global sales network that stretches across more than 50 countries and regions, with over 400 million users worldwide.

vivo also maintained a strong lead in telecommunications technology, applying for over 3,000 5G patents and submitting over 5,000 5G proposals to the telecommunications standard development organisations of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

They have even started research of 6G technology, which is expected to be launched in 2030. They currently have a network of 10 R&D centres in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, Taipei, Tokyo and San Diego.

 

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vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition : What You Need To Know!

After introducing the V21 4G smartphone, vivo just launched the V21 5G Exclusive Edition variant!

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition smartphone!

 

vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition : OIS Cameras FTW!

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition is the ultimate vivo V21 flagship smartphone.

Built around the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, it offers flagship-class performance, with OIS cameras in both front and rear!

Let’s take a look at its key features!

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition comes with a large 6.44-inch AMOLED display, with 500 nits of maximum brightness and a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

On top of that, its HDR10-certified display has a higher 90 Hz refresh rate, and is protected by AG Matte Glass.

Performance

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, which is a new mid-range mobile SoC, roughly equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G.

It has two fast ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.4 GHz for sustained performance, six power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz, and a tri-core ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU.

Memory + Storage

The V21 5G Exclusive Edition comes with 8 GB of RAM, but has the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

It also comes with 256 GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage, which offers 110% faster read speed and 95% faster write speed, compared to the vivo V20.

Its storage can be further expanded using a microSD card – shared with SIM2 in a hybrid SIM tray.

44 MP OIS Selfie Camera

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition comes with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

This 44 MP selfie camera boasts two world-leading features :

  • its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
  • it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!

Triple Rear Camera System

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition features a triple camera setup, that consists of:

  •  a 64 MP main camera with f/1.79 aperture,
  • an 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a single LED flash.

The 64 MP main camera with a 4-axes OIS technology, allowing you to take photos and record videos with incredible stability.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

The vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, it comes with the 33 watt FlashCharge 2.0 charger in box!

 

vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition : Specifications

We created this table to take it easier for you to compare the 4G and 5G variants of the vivo V21!

Specifications vivo V21 5G vivo V21 4G
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
RAM 8 GB + 3 GB Virtual RAM
Storage 256 GB 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP OIS (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Network Support 5G 4G
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g

 

vivo V21 5G Exclusive Edition : Price + Availability

The new V21 5G Exclusive Edition is available for purchase with immediate effect, with a launch price of RM1,899 (about US$459 / £324 / A$593 / S$606)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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vivo V21 OOTD Contest : Light Up Your Style!

vivo just kicked off their OOTD contest, giving you the opportunity to win a new V21 series smartphone and other cool prizes!

Here are the details!

 

vivo V21 OOTD Contest : Light Up Your Style!

Want to win yourself the new vivo V21 series smartphone and some cool prizes?

Then go join the new vivo V21 OOTD (Outfit of the Day) contest, which runs from now until 31 May 2021!

Contestants stand to win not only a brand-new vivo V21 series smartphone, but also limited-edition co-branded swag like t-shirt, cross-body bag, oversized shirt and bucket hat – all conceptualised and designed by local fashion labels like KitWoo, Evensince, Neonate and Cassey Gan!

vivo Light Up Your Style Contest Prizes
Grand Prize vivo V21 Series Smartphone
+ vivo exclusive co-branded item
1st Prize DJI OM 4 + vivo exclusive co-branded item
2nd Prize vivo Wireless Sport Lite + vivo exclusive co-branded item
Consolation Prize vivo exclusive co-branded item

 

vivo V21 OOTD Contest : How To Participate?

All you have to do is showcase your best creative interpretation of the theme – “Light“, using your lightweight and breezy outfits!

Step 1 : Style up and take your OOTD (Outfit of the Day) photo.

Step 2 : Go to the Light Up Your Style OOTD contest post on Facebook.

Step 3 : Post your photo to the comment section below, with the hashtags #vivoV21Series #LightUpYourStyle #ForYourBestMoments

Step 4 : Share the Light Up Your Style OOTD contest post on your Facebook wall!

Four winners will be selected from these entries, and the announcement will be posted on 3 June 2021.

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

Recommended : vivo V21 Smartphone : Our Hands-On Preview!

 

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Breaking News : vivo V21 5G Is Almost Here!

If you have been waiting for the 5G variant of the vivo V21, we have great news – it’s ALMOST HERE!

 

Breaking News : vivo V21 5G Is Almost Here!

When vivo Malaysia launched their V21 Series in April, they featured the industry-leading 44 MP front camera, with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and Dual Selfie Spotlight capabilities!

If you have been for the 5G variant of the vivo V21, we have great news – it’s ALMOST HERE!

We just found out that the vivo V21 5G variant, with the model number V2050, just received SIRIM approval on 5 May 2021!

On top of that, we found out that vivo plans to launch the V21 5G on 27 May 2021!

So you don’t have to wait very long to get your hands on the vivo V21 5G smartphone!

 

vivo V21 Series : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Let’s start with this official vivo V21 series promotional video, which gives you a quick overview of their key features.

The vivo V21 series 44 MP front camera not only supports Dual Selfie Spotlight, it also supports :

  • Superior Night-time Selfie, which gives you shake-free selfies, even during a roller coaster ride!
  • AI Night Portrait algorithm, helps ensure that you only get bright and clear selfies, every time!

In addition, the vivo V21 Series is the first to introduce the 3 GB Extended RAM technology, giving you the ability to boost its 8 GB memory to 11 GB!

This extra boost of memory is useful for power users who need to run multiple resource-intensive apps at the same time!

Recommended : vivo Virtual RAM For V21, V21e, X60 : How Does It Work?

 

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vivo V21 Smartphone : Our Hands-On Preview!

The new vivo V21 boasts a phenomenal 44 MP front camera, and a triple camera system as its killer features!

Take a look at our hands-on preview of vivo V21, and find out if this is the smartphone you have been waiting for!

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Let’s start with this official vivo V21 series promotional video, which gives you a quick overview of their key features.

To make it easier for you to differentiate the two models, we created this table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications vivo V21 vivo V21e
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits 430 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 60 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0) 44 MP (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP OIS (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
64 MP (f/1.89)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE
Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
74.37 mm wide
161.24 mm tall
7.38 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g 171 g

 

Unboxing The vivo V21 Smartphone!

The vivo V21 comes in a premium-looking box. Once you unbox it, this is what you will find inside.

  • vivo V21 smartphone
  • vivo V21 clear TPU bumper case
  • Set of vivo V21 documents
  • vivo V3330L0A0-UK charger (supports 33 watt Flash Charge 2.0)
  • USB-A to USB-C data and power cable
  • USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor
  • One pair of wired earphones
  • SIM tray ejection pin

 

vivo V21 Smartphone : Our Hands-On Experience!

vivo sent us a unit of the V21 smartphone to try out, so here is our hands-on experience and its key features!

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

The vivo V21 comes with a large 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.

While this is the same size as the V21e, it comes with a brighter 500 nits panel, which supports a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.

Performance

The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, which is a new mid-range mobile SoC, roughly equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G.

It has two fast ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.4 GHz for sustained performance, six power-efficient ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 2.0 GHz, and a tri-core ARM Mali-G57 MC3 GPU.

Memory + Storage

The V21 comes with 8 GB of RAM, but has the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

It also comes with 128 GB of internal UFS 2.2 storage, which offers 110% faster read speed and 95% faster write speed, compared to the vivo V20.

Its storage can be further expanded using a microSD card – shared with SIM2 in a hybrid SIM tray.

44 MP OIS Selfie Camera

The vivo V21 comes with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

This 44 MP selfie camera boasts two world-leading features :

  • its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
  • it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!

Triple Rear Camera System

The vivo V21 features a triple camera setup, that consists of:

  •  a 64 MP main camera with f/1.79 aperture,
  • an 8 MP wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture,
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a single LED flash.

The 64 MP main camera with a 4-axes OIS technology, allowing you to take photos and record videos with incredible stability.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

The vivo V21 has a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, it comes with the 33 watt FlashCharge 2.0 charger in box!

Heck, vivo even threw in a USB-C to 3.5 mm audio adaptor, and a pair of earphones too.

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Availability

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

Most smartphones are capable of playing games, but vivo shares how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!

 

How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones may be focused at delivering flagship-class photographic capabilities, but it is also a gaming powerhouse.

vivo shared how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!

Flagship Class Performance!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, which features :

  • 1 x Prime Core : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.2 GHz
  • 3 x Performance Cores : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Power-Saving Cores : ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 698 DSP

All that delivers exemplary CPU and GPU performance that is more than capable of handling any game you throw at it, at maximum resolution!

Display With High Refresh Rate + High Response Rate!

All of that processing power is important because it helps the vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones drive their fantastic 6.56-inch AMOLED display, which boasts not only a 120 Hz refresh rate, but also a 240 Hz response rate!

This not only gives you silky smooth visuals, but also ensures you can react much more quickly than your gaming opponents.

This will give you a definite edge in first-person shooter or battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.

Long Battery Life!

This is an oft-overlooked feature – a long battery life. Sure, you can keep your smartphone plugged into the wall, but is that really fun?

The X60 and X60 Pro not only come with a large 4,300 mAh battery, vivo optimised their power consumption to ensure that it lasts longer than competing smartphones.

This lets you go on playing, even when your gaming opponents have run out of power!

 

vivo X60 / X60 Pro : Enjoy A Great Gaming Experience Today!

Here are a few places online where you can buy a vivo X60 or X60 Pro smartphone, to enjoy a great gaming experience!

 

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AWESOME vivo Deals During LazMall Super Brand Spotlight!

vivo Malaysia is offering AWESOME deals during the LazMall Super Brand Spotlight – happening THESE TWO DAYS!

So check out these great offers, and grab them before the clock runs out!

 

AWESOME vivo Deals During LazMall Super Brand Spotlight!

During the 2-day LazMall Super Brand Spotlight – from 9 May until 10 May 2021 – you will be able to purchase a vivo smartphone for as low as RM 359, and redeem exclusive gifts worth RM 498 and vouchers worth up to RM 100!

AWESOME vivo Smartphone Deals!

During the vivo LazMall Super Brand Spotlight, you will be able to grab these awesome vivo smartphone deals :

  • V21 (8 GB + 3GB + 128 GB) : RM 1,599
  • V21e (8 GB + 3GB + 128 GB) : RM 1,299
  • Y20s G (6 GB + 128 GB) : RM 699 (RM 50 discount!)
  • Y12s (4 GB + 128 GB) : RM 599 (RM 100 discount!)
  • V20 2021 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM 1,269 (RM 230 discount!)
  • V19 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM 919 (RM 780 discount!)
  • Y1s (2 GB + 32 GB) : RM 359 (RM 100 discount!)
  • Y31 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM 899 (RM 100 discount!)
  • Y11 D (3 GB + 32 GB) : RM 415 (RM 84 discount!)

AWESOME vivo Freebies!

Every purchase of a vivo smartphone will come with these freebies :

  • Free shipping!
  • Zero instalment plan!
  • RM50 off LazCoins
  • Free Celcom Xpax SIM pack

In addition, the first 1,000 customers who spend RM599 and above will receive a Raya mystery gift worth RM299!

The next 1,000 customers will receive a power bank, or wireless earphones worth RM59!

If you purchase the new vivo V21, vivo V21e or Y20s G smartphone, you will receive these free gifts too :

  • a Macaron Earphone / Wireless Earphone
  • 1 year extended warranty
  • 1 year screen crack protection

AWESOME Discount Vouchers!

Those who purchase any product from the vivo Malaysia official store on LazMall will be able to redeem these exclusive discount vouchers :

  • RM100 minimum spend : RM 10 voucher
  • RM499 minimum spend : RM 30 voucher
  • RM699 minimum spend : RM 50 voucher
  • RM999 minimum spend : RM 70 voucher

There are also some Limited-Time Vouchers up for grab!

  • RM300 minimum spend : RM 15 voucher
  • RM1299 minimum spend : RM 80 voucher
  • RM2000 minimum spend : RM 100 voucher

Hati Rapat, Raya Berkat Campaign!

With every purchase of a vivo smartphone worth RM500 and above during the vivo Hati Rapat, Raya Berkat campaign period, you will stand a chance to win prices worth up to RM68,888, including :

  • OSIM Family Bundle
  • 40-inch Full HD LED Smart TV
  • Cash prizes of RM 10 to RM 200!

V21e Like, Share + Win!

You can also participate in the V21e Like, Share and Win contest from now until 10 May 2021. Just follow these simple steps!

  1. Follow Lazada’s Facebook page.
  2. Like the contest post.
  3. Proceed to the vivo LazMall and select any preferred smartphone to “Add To Cart”.
  4. Take a screenshot of the page, including the item(s) you “added to cart”.
  5. Post the image under the Facebook contest post, and comment why you selected that smartphone, and tag 3 of your Facebook friends!

It’s that simple!

 

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vivo V21 Series Superday Roadshow Deals!

Be amongst the first in Malaysia to try out the new vivo V21 series at their Superday Roadshow, and these special deals at the roadshows!

 

vivo V21 Series Superday Roadshow Deals!

The vivo V21 Series Superday Roadshow just kicked off at two locations, with some great deals!

  • Plaza Low Yat : 3 May until 9 May, 11 AM to 9 PM daily, and
  • Central i-City Mall : 5 May until 9 May, 10:30 AM to 10 PM daily

Both roadshows not only offer you the chance to try out the new vivo V20 Series smartphones, you can also participate in the Superday roadshow game stations to win attractive prizes!

These roadshows also offer you the opportunity to discuss with sales representatives about vivo’s device trade-in program.

In addition, the first 50 customers on 5 May will be able to purchase the latest vivo Wireless Sport Lite (worth RM159) at just RM 9 to RM 59!

Meanwhile, if you purchase any vivo smartphone worth RM500 and above, you can take part in the vivo “Hati Rapat, Raya Berkat” spin and win contest, where you can win exciting prizes worth up to RM 68,888!

Finally, any purchase of the vivo V21 Series smartphone during the Superday Roadshow will come with a 1-year extended warranty, 1-year screen crack protection, as well as exclusive gifts worth up to RM 360!

Those are really some great deals at that vivo V21 Superday Roadshow!

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

Both vivo V21 and V21e smartphones offer a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature. Let’s take a look  at their key features :

Performance

The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, while the V21e runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G.

They both have 8 GB of RAM, with the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

They both come with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

44 MP Selfie Camera

Both smartphones come with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

The higher-end vivo V21 boasts two world leading features :

  • its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
  • it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!

Triple Rear Cameras

Both models feature the same triple camera setup – a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

The higher-end vivo V21 main’s camera has a slightly wider f/1.79 aperture, compared to f/1.89 for the V21e.

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

They both come with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.

The higher-end vivo V21’s display is brighter at 500 nits, and comes with a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

Both models run on a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, they both come with the 33 watt charger in box!

 

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vivo Virtual RAM For V21, V21e, X60 : How Does It Work?

The vivo V21 series and X60 smartphones now support Virtual RAM / Extended RAM technology!

But what exactly is vivo Virtual RAM, and how does it work?

 

vivo Virtual RAM : How Does It Work?

First introduced in the vivo V21 series, vivo Virtual RAM is basically virtual memory that computers have been using for decades.

When our computers begin to run out of memory, it can use some of our HDD / SDD storage as virtual memory.

While storage speeds are many times slower than RAM speed, this is better than running out of memory, which would cause the app to stop working, or worse, crash the operating system.

vivo Virtual RAM uses the same concept – it utilises 3 GB of the smartphone’s internal storage as virtual memory.

This effectively gives the operating system and apps more memory to use. If your vivo smartphone has 8 GB of RAM, then Virtual RAM expands that to 11 GB.

To improve performance, vivo also borrowed the PC virtual memory technique of swapping out inactive apps into the extended RAM space, so active apps have access to the much faster RAM.

The Virtual RAM technology was introduced in the V21 series, and will soon be added to their flagship X60 smartphone.

 

vivo Virtual RAM : How Useful Is It?

That really depends on how you use your smartphone.

If you only use a few apps at the same time, you will probably never run out of memory.

vivo smartphones now come with a lot of memory – 8 GB, and even games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 use less than 1.2 GB of RAM!

But if you use many apps simultaneously, or switch between them often, this could help prevent slow loading.

According to vivo, turning on Virtual RAM on an 8 GB smartphone will allow you to cache up to 20 background apps simultaneously.

 

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vivo Wireless Sport Lite : What You Need To Know!

vivo just introduced a new pair of neckband headphones – the Wireless Sport Lite!

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo Wireless Sport Lite!

 

vivo Wireless Sport Lite : What You Need To Know!

The new vivo Wireless Sport Lite was introduced together with the new vivo V21 series smartphones on 28 April 2021.

While designed to complement the new V21 and V21 smartphones, they will work well with other smartphones too.

Golden Ear Acoustics

The vivo Wireless Sport Lite boasts an 11.2 mm moving coil for a strong bass, and a high polymer diaphragm for a more powerful bass and to balance the different frequencies.

Its Daikoku aluminium-coated bronze coil also produces more crisp higher frequencies, to match the powerful bass.

It also comes with a double-layered sound chamber, with front and back vents that enable you to feel the music, as well as hear it.

The Wireless Sport Lite was tuned by the renowned Golden Ears acoustics team, to deliver the best possible audio quality.

Ergonomic Design

The vivo Wireless Sport Lite is very light at just 23.9 grams, so you will barely remember it’s there!

For maximum comfort, you can choose from three sizes of soft ear tips to find the perfect fit.

Its neckband is designed to contour comfortably around your neck, and has a flexible memory metal wire that bounces back to shape even after being coiled up.

Low Latency

If you are a gamer or like to watch movies on your phone, you may be worried about the Bluetooth latency.

vivo says that the earphone to smartphone full loop latency was brought down to as low as 80 ms in the Wireless Sport Lite.

This means better gaming audio performance, and no syncing issues with your movies!

Active Noise Cancellation

The vivo Wireless Sport Lite also supports active noise cancellation (ANC)!

It will cancel out ambient noise, so that you can clearly hear your fellow gamers during a gaming session.

It also makes for clear voice and video calls with your family and friends, no matter where you are.

Long Lasting + Tough

The vivo Wireless Sport boasts a long battery life of 18 hours. It also supports fast charging, giving you 5 hours of playback time after just 10 minutes of charging.

It is also IPX4 rated, which makes it splash-proof, allowing you to use it outdoors – in both rain and shine!

 

vivo Wireless Sport Lite : Price + Availability

The vivo Wireless Sport Lite neckband earphones come in two colour options – Blue and Black.

They are both priced at RM 159 (about US$39 / £28 / A$50 / S$51).

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

vivo just launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Here is what you need to know about the new vivo V21 and V21e smartphones!

 

vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : 44 MP Selfie FTW!

On 28 April 2021, vivo launched their V21 and V21e smartphones, both offering a phenomenal 44 MP front camera as their killer feature!

Let’s start with this official vivo V21 series promotional video, which gives you a quick overview of their key features.

And now, here is a quick overview of their key features :

Performance

The vivo V21 is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 800U, while the V21e runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G.

They both have 8 GB of RAM, with the ability to expand it with 3 GB of Extended Memory (virtual memory).

They both come with 128 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

44 MP Selfie Camera

Both smartphones come with a 44 MP selfie camera, with a wide f/2.0 aperture; and support for Super Night Selfie and AI Night Portrait.

The higher-end vivo V21 boasts two world leading features :

  • its 44 MP selfie camera supports optical image stabilisation (OIS), which allows you to take super-steady photos and videos even while walking!
  • it is the first phone to feature Dual Selfie Spotlight, for radiant selfies even in low light conditions!

Triple Rear Cameras

Both models feature the same triple camera setup – a 64 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide-angle camera, and a 2 MP macro camera.

The higher-end vivo V21 main’s camera has a slightly wider f/1.79 aperture, compared to f/1.89 for the V21e.

6.44-inch AMOLED Display

They both come with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which is HDR10 certified.

The higher-end vivo V21’s display is brighter at 500 nits, and comes with a higher 90 Hz refresh rate.

Large Fast-Charging Battery

Both models run on a large 4,000 mAh battery, which supports 33 watt fast charging. And yes, they both come with the 33 watt charger in box!

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Specification Comparison

We created this table to make it easy for you to compare both models :

Specifications vivo V21 vivo V21e
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits 430 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 60 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0) 44 MP (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
64 MP (f/1.89)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE
Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
74.37 mm wide
161.24 mm tall
7.38 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g 171 g

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Deals

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

If you pre-order either smartphone from now until 4 May 2021, you wlll receive :

  • 1-year extended warranty
  • 1-year screen crack protection
  • RM 50 instant rebate
  • free gifts worth RM349 (V21) / RM209 (V21e)

 

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Antara Dua Hati : Catch Mira Filzah With vivo V21 Series!

Mira Filzah is the ambassador for the upcoming vivo V21 series smartphones, and vivo just released their official Raya TVC, Antara Dua Hati!

 

Antara Dua Hati : Catch Mira Filzah With vivo V21 Series!

On 20 April 2021, vivo unveiled Mira Filzah as its ambassador for the vivo V21 and vivo V21e smartphones.

Kicking off the launch of the vivo V21 series on 27 April 2021 is the special Raya TVC – Antara Dua Hati, which shows Mira and her husband, Wan Emir Astar, spending their first Raya together as a married couple!

Here is the full version of Antara Dua Hit, featuring Mira Filzah and Wan Emir Astar, with the vivo V21 smartphone!

Raya is a time of reflection and spending time with loved ones and to rekindle relationships. The short teaser lets Mira show the true spirit of the V21 series, which is “Bring Me Closer”.

As she used the vivo V21 series smartphone as a way to spend quality time with the ones who matter most to her, one selfie at a time, Mira is able to bring herself closer to them by capturing lasting memories.

The vivo V21 series consists of the v21 and the v21e, both featuring a 44 MP OIS front camera that supports  Superior Night-time Selfie, which gives you shake-free selfies, even during a roller coaster ride!

Its AI Night Portrait algorithm also helps ensure that you only get bright and clear selfies, every time!

Recommended : vivo V21 + V21e Smartphones : What You Need To Know!

 

vivo V21 Series : Specifications

We created this table to make it easy for you to compare both models :

Specifications vivo V21 vivo V21e
Display Size 6.44-inch
Display Panel AMOLED
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Brightness 500 nits 430 nits
Refresh Rate 90 Hz 60 Hz
Operating System Funtouch OS 11.1 (Android 11)
Platform MediaTek
Dimensity 800U
Qualcomm
Snapdragon 720G
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB
Front Camera 44 MP OIS (f/2.0) 44 MP (f/2.0)
Rear Cameras 64 MP (f/1.79)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
64 MP (f/1.89)
8 MP wide-angle (f/2.2)
2 MP macro (f/2.4)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE
Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth : BT 5.1USB : Type C
GPS GPS, Beidou, Galileo, GLONASS
Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging 33 W fast charging
Dimensions 73.90 mm wide
159.68 mm tall
7.29 mm thick
74.37 mm wide
161.24 mm tall
7.38 mm thick
Weight 176 g – 177 g 171 g

 

vivo V21 + V21e : Price + Deals

Both models are available for purchase with immediate effect, at these launch prices :

  • V21 (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,599 (about US$390 / £280 / A$502 / S$518)
  • V21e (8 GB + 128 GB) : RM1,299 (about US$317 / £228 / A$408 / S$421)

Here are online purchase options :

If you pre-order either smartphone from now until 4 May 2021, you wlll receive :

  • 1-year extended warranty
  • 1-year screen crack protection
  • RM 50 instant rebate
  • free gifts worth RM349 (V21) / RM209 (V21e)

 

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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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vivo X50 + X50 Pro Gimbal Smartphones Compared!

vivo is about to launch the X50 and X50 Pro smartphones, with a unique gimbal camera system!

Here is a comparison of the two upcoming vivo smartphones, to help you decide between the two!

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro : Official Presentation!

Let’s start with the official vivo X50 and X50 Pro presentation, which gives you an overview of both models, with their specifications at the end.

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro Smartphones Compared!

The vivo X50 and X50 Pro smartphones are similar in many ways, but with some crucial differences :

Display : Only Different At The Edges

They both come with a 6.56-inch AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

The only difference – the basic X50 has a flat display with 2.5D edges, while the X50 Pro display has 3D curved edges.

Performance : Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

They are both built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile SoC, which features eight Qualcomm Kryo 475 processor cores, and the Qualcomm Adreno 620 GPU.

Memory + Storage : Only Storage Capacity

They both also come with 8 GB of RAM, and fast UFS 2.1 internal storage, without a microSD card slot.

The only difference is the X50 comes with 128 GB of storage, while the X50 Pro has 256 GB.

Front Camera : Same 32 MP Camera

They both feature the same 32 MP punch hole camera in the front, with f/2.5 aperture.

Rear Cameras : An Extra 5X Telephoto Camera

They both come with a 48 MP gimbal camera, a 13 MP 2X telephoto camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and a 5 MP macro camera.

The X50 Pro, however, comes with an additional 8 MP periscope telephoto camera that offers 5X optical zoom.

Connectivity : The Same

Both models are 5G-capable, although that’s not much good since 5G connectivity is extremely rare, if available at all.

They both support WiFi-AC connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 5.1. They also use the bidirectional USB Type C charging and data port.

Battery + Charging : Slightly Bigger Battery

The X50 has a 4,200 mAh battery, while the Pro model has a slightly larger 4,315 mAh battery. They both support 33W fast charging.

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro : Specifications Compared!

We summarise their key specifications for an easier comparison in this table :

Specifications vivo X50 vivo X50 Pro
Display Type 6.56-inch AMOLED (2.5D edge) 6.56-inch AMOLED (3D edge)
Display Features 1080 x 2376 pixels (398 ppi)
90 Hz refresh rate
Protection NA
Operating System Funtouch 10.5 (Android 10)
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
CPU 1 x Kryo 475 Prime core (2.4 GHz)
1 x Kryo 475 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 475 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 620
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
NO microSD card slot
256 GB (UFS 2.1)
NO microSD card slot
Front Camera 32 MP sensor with f/2.5 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP gimbal camera (f/1.6, OIS)
13 MP 2X telephoto camera (f/2.46)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.48)
48 MP gimbal camera (f/1.6, OIS)
8 MP 5X telephoto camera (f/3.4)
13 MP 2X telephoto camera (f/2.46)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.48)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
NFC Yes
Battery 4,200 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 33W fast charging
4,315 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 33W fast charging
Dimensions 75.4 mm wide
159.5 mm tall
7.55 mm thick
72.8 mm wide
158.5 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight 174.5 g 181.5 g

 

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MediaTek Benchmark Cheating : What Happened So Far

MediaTek was caught cheating at smartphone benchmarks, in a stunning expose by Andrei Frumusanu from Anandtech.

Here is what you need to know about the MediaTek benchmark cheating scandal, and what it means to you – the user!

Updated 2020-04-17 : Added UL’s delisting of MediaTek chipsets, and their comments on MediaTek’s actions.

Originally posted 2020-04-09

 

Benchmark Cheating : What Is It?

The smartphone industry is a cut-throat business, with brands fighting to differentiate their smartphones from their competitors. One of the ways is to demonstrate a clear performance advantage.

Other than the usual ways – using more powerful processor and graphics cores – brands can tune their operating system to focus more on performance, at the expense of battery life.

Some though want to have the best of both worlds – the ability to brag about both high performance, as well as a long battery life.

To do that, unscrupulous brands can cheat by boosting performance only when a benchmark is run. But because this high performance mode doesn’t kick in when other apps are being used, this tricks reviewers into proclaiming that the particular device has great performance as well as great battery life.

 

Mediatek : Who Are They?

MediaTek is one of the main suppliers of mobile SoCs – the “processors” that power smartphones, tablets and even smart TVs.

They compete against Qualcomm, as a third-party supplier of these system-on-chip platforms to smartphone brands like OPPO, Vivo, and many smaller smartphone brands.

 

MediaTek Benchmark Cheating : What Did They Do?

According to Anandtech, MediaTek programmed their mobile SoCs to identify many benchmarks, and artificially boost performance, when those benchmarks run.

Hidden in the power_whitelist_cfg.xml configuration file were parameters designed to kick MediaTek-powered smartphones into a special high performance Sports Mode, when benchmarks were detected :

Credit : Anandtech

 

MediaTek Benchmark Cheating : How Much Of An Effect

Using an anonymised version of PCMark, Anandtech discovered that the cheat increased performance by 33% overall, with up to 75% boost in certain subtests like writing workload :

Work 2.0 MediaTek P95
(Real Performance)
MediaTek P95
(Sports Mode)
Difference
Performance Score
(Average)
6781 9048 +33.4%
Web Browsing 5484 9011 +64.3%
Video Editing 5306 5950 +12.1%
Writing 5734 10034 +75.0%
Photo Editing 14896 18804 +26.2%
Data Manipulation 5767 5995 +4.0%

 

MediaTek Benchmark Cheating : What Devices Are Affected?

Anandtech only checked a number of devices, but it looks like pretty much every MediaTek-powered smartphone manufactured in the last few years is affected, even the Sony XA1 from 2016!

Brand OPPO OPPO OPPO OPPO Vivo Xiaomi Realme iVoomi Sony
Device Reno3 Pro Reno Z F15 F9 Pro S1 Note 8 Pro C3 i2 Lite XA1
MediaTek SoC P95 P90 P70 P60 P65 G90 G70 A22 P20
AndroBench2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PCMark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AnTuTu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeekBench Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quadrant Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quadrant Professional Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
鲁大师 / Master Lu Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
鲁大师 / AIMark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
AI Benchmark (ZTH) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
NeuralScope Benchmark Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GFXBench 4 Corporate Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No

 

MediaTek Response To Cheating Claims

After Anandtech contacted them, MediaTek issued this statement “explaining” their decision to selectively boost performance for benchmarks :

MediaTek follows accepted industry standards and is confident that benchmarking tests accurately represent the capabilities of our chipsets. We work closely with global device makers when it comes to testing and benchmarking devices powered by our chipsets, but ultimately brands have the flexibility to configure their own devices as they see fit. Many companies design devices to run on the highest possible performance levels when benchmarking tests are running in order to show the full capabilities of the chipset. This reveals what the upper end of performance capabilities are on any given chipset.

Of course, in real world scenarios there are a multitude of factors that will determine how chipsets perform. MediaTek’s chipsets are designed to optimize power and performance to provide the best user experience possible while maximizing battery life. If someone is running a compute-intensive program like a demanding game, the chipset will intelligently adapt to computing patterns to deliver sustained performance. This means that a user will see different levels of performance from different apps as the chipset dynamically manages the CPU, GPU and memory resources according to the power and performance that is required for a great user experience. Additionally, some brands have different types of modes turned on in different regions so device performance can vary based on regional market requirements.

We believe that showcasing the full capabilities of a chipset in benchmarking tests is in line with the practices of other companies and gives consumers an accurate picture of device performance.

 

UL Delists Eight MediaTek Chipsets

On 15 April 2020, UL temporarily delisted PCMark for Android scores for eight MediaTek chipsets.

  • MediaTek Helio G90
  • MediaTek Helio G70
  • MediaTek Helio P95
  • MediaTek Helio P90
  • MediaTek Helio P65
  • MediaTek Helio P60
  • MediaTek Helio P20
  • MediaTek Helio A22

This affected more than 50 smartphones from 25 smartphone brands, including the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, Oppo Reno3 Pro, Vivo Y19, and Realme 6.

UL also called out MediaTek for claiming that they were following “industry standards”, saying :

Using hidden mechanisms to detect benchmarking apps by name and make app-specific performance optimizations is not an “accepted industry standard.” It is, in fact, the very opposite of the accepted standard.

Likewise, benchmark scores based on hidden app-specific optimizations and settings that are enabled by default and not available to the user do not accurately reflect a device’s true performance in everyday use. 

Simply put, a device must run a benchmark as if it was any other application. Performance gains must come from reacting to the nature of the workloads in the test rather than the name of the app itself.

 

MediaTek Benchmark Cheating : Conclusion

MediaTek was caught RED HANDED in the act of cheating at benchmarks. There are no two ways about it.

Their “explanation” that their chipsets are designed to “intelligently adapt to computing pattern” is just a lame excuse.

It cannot explain how their P95 processor delivered much poorer performance on an anonymised PCMark benchmark.

This is backed up by details in the configuration files that explicitly show them triggering a special Sports Mode for benchmarks.

Now, this does not change the performance of your MediaTek-powered smartphones. It just means that their benchmark scores were artificially inflated.

Short of an outright apology and a public promise never to do this again, all benchmark scores of MediaTek-powered smartphones should be considered suspect, and not to be trusted.

 

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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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Rising Camera PSA – Don’t Be A Dick And Take Dick Pics!

A Scottish bloke just found out the hard way why it’s a bad… VERY BAD IDEA to take dick pics using the newfangled rising camera that goes up and down like… his own dick.

WORST. IDEA. EVER.

 

A Bloody Emergency!

A horny Scottish gentleman was recently admitted to the Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, complaining that his “Johnny’s got cut!“, and spewing blood out the front of his pants.

Doctors quickly determined that a rectangular piece of his male pride was neatly cut out. They successfully sewed up the wound, but the poor bloke now has to live with a permanent downward bent in his junk!

C’est la vie! Or as they say in Scotland – Is e a bheatha!

The doctors were perplexed and greatly intrigued by the wound. It was a small but perfectly rectangular. What on Earth (or in the Milky Way) could cause such a wound?

Was it the results of some misadventure in self-gratification? Or a misunderstanding with a lass?

 

A Rising Camera Clipped His Junk!

With the help of a healthy dose of scopolamine and half a bottle of Macallan, they got to the bottom of it.

The poor bloke had just purchased one of those newfangled smartphones with a rising camera. He loved how the rising camera would go up and down on command, “like his own Johnny”.

After a hot and heavy evening of chatting with a lady he fancied, interspersed with Scotch shots, he decided to prove his virility by taking and sending her a few dick pics.

He could not remember what happened, but the next thing he knew, he was screaming in great pain with blood spurting everywhere!

One of the doctors passed him his phone and asked him to show them how the rising camera worked (seriously???).. and lo behold, when the rising camera slid up, out popped a piece of the Scottish lad…

 

The Rising Camera Is NOT For Dick Pics

Me dear laddies, it be true that the Scottish Highlands are cold and lonely, without a lass in sight and only sheep to keep the nights warm.

So we geddit when you have the urge to connect with a lass of the humanoid persuasion, But don’t be a dick and take those dick pics with a rising camera!

LOOK at how much painkillers they have to give him!!!

Yes, it may go up and down like your dick, but SERIOUSLY, it is still a self-respecting selfie camera and deserves to be treated with the appropriate respect.

So… DON’T BE A DICK and TAKE DICK PICS with your smartphone… especially if it has a rising camera!

 

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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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vivo V3 & V3 Max Rose Gold Smartphones Released

vivo V3 Smartphone Is Now Available

Vivo Malaysia just announced the availability of the smaller and more affordable vivo V3 smartphone. The vivo V3 will retail for RM 1,099 / ~US$ 289 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage.

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vivo V3 Max Now Available In Rose Gold

In addition, vivo Malaysia also announced that they have made the vivo V3 Max available in the Rose Gold colour. It is the same as the original V3 Max model we covered in our vivo V3 Max First Looks article earlier. The only difference? It’s in the Rose Gold colour, instead of the original Gold colour. They will both retail for RM 1,399 / ~US$ 368.

 

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vivo V3Max Smartphone First Look

During the vivo V3Max launch, we had the opportunity to get some time with the actual vivo V3Max smartphone. We took some pictures and a video, in which we detailed its key features. Check it out! Hope you like them! 😀

vivo V3Max Smartphone – Our First Look

The vivo V3Max is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ full HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D rounded edges. It runs on vivo’s Funtouch OS 2.5, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

The vivo V3Max smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It also features the AKM4375 HiFi chip, which allows it to deliver a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 105 dB, and a distortion rate lower than -97 dB.

If you are into selfies, you will be glad to know that it comes with an 8 MP front camera. For even higher-resolution photos, you can use its 13 MP rear camera which has an LED flash, and features the Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology. This allows it to focus on subjects in just 0.2 seconds.

The vivo v3Max also comes with a faster fingerprint sensor that is capable of 360° detection, and unlocking the phone is just 0.2 seconds!

To ensure you don’t run out of power, the vivo V3Max smartphone has a 3,000 mAh battery that is paired with dual charging circuits for super fast charging. It also comes with nine charging protection systems including :
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  • Input Counter-attack Protection
  • Battery Protection
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • Input Overvoltage Protection
  • Output Overcurrent Protection
  • Overheating Protection
  • Temperature Protection; and
  • Cable Overvoltage Protection.

In addition to the Gorilla Glass 3 front protection, the vivo V3Max smartphone has a tough but light aluminium magnesium alloy body created through precision stamping, anodising and CNC machining. They even added a zircon sand coating to the body to give it a nice texture and better grip.

vivo V3Max Specifications

Specificationsvivo V3Max Smartphone
Operating Systemvivo Funtouch OS 2.5 (based on Android 5.1.1)
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 652
Processor4 x ARM Cortex A72 (1.8 GHz) + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 (1.8 GHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM memory
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
Micro SD slot (up to 128 GB)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 510
Display5.5" IPS display (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Cameras13 MP rear camera with LED flash and Phase Detection Auto Focus technology
8 MP front camera
Connectivity4G LTE Cat 7 : 300 Mbps / 100 Mbps
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
USB 2.0 port
SIM SupportDual SIM, Dual Standby
Fingerprint SensorYes, 360° detection, 0.2 second unlocking
Other SensorsGravity, Light, Proximity, Compass
FM RadioYes
NFCNo
Audio ProcessorAKM4375 HiFi chip
- SNR : 105 dB
- distortion rate : -97 dB
Battery3000 mAh lithium polymer battery
Fast charging capable via dual-charging circuits
Dimensions77.1 mm wide x 153.9 mm tall x 7.58 mm thick
Weight168 g
Available ColourGold

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vivo V3Max Smartphone Launch

After vivo launched the V3Max smartphone in Indian on April 5, 2016, many vivo fans in Malaysia were glad to know that the vivo V3Max would hit our shores very soon. In fact, on April 13, vivo Malaysia officially announced the availability of the vivo V3Max smartphone for the Malaysian market.

vivo V3Max – Faster Than Faster

The vivo V3Max is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ full HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with 2.5D rounded edges. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. It runs on vivo’s Funtouch OS 2.5, which is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

In this video, vivo Malaysia’s CEO, Mike Xu gives a short presentation about vivo’s rapid expansion before revealing the vivo V3Max. Then Eric Ye, the vivo Global Product Manager, presented the key features of the new vivo V3Max smartphone. Check it out!

To power all that, the vivo V3Max has a 3,000 mAh battery which is further enhanced with dual charging circuits for super fast charging. It also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor as well as a 13 MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) technology. No wonder vivo fans are eagerly waiting to buy one!

For more information on the vivo V3Max, please take a look at our article – vivo V3Max Smartphone First Look.

vivo V3Max Smartphone Pricing & Availability

The vivo V3Max is available only in the Gold colour, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal flash storage. Its official RRP is RM 1,399 (inclusive 6% GST), which is about US$ 349. It will go on sale on April 15, 2016 at vivo authorized dealers and retail stores nationwide.

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