Vivo’s conquest for the mid-range segment continues with the launch of the V11. It combines the formula of a new design, a very capable processor, AI-powered optics, and a ton of other features to create, what seems to be the company’s most well-rounded device to-date. I was able to spend some time with a review unit, and here are my first thoughts.

Unboxing

Specifications
ProcessorSnapdragon 660 (Octa-Core)
RAM6GB
Storage64GB (Expandable)
Display6.41" FHD+ Halo FullView Display
Rear Camera12MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera25MP (f/2.0)
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo + Funtouch OS 4.5
Battery3,400mAh
Other FeaturesIn-Display Fingerprint Scanning
Dual Engine Fast Charging (9V 2A)
AI Scene Recognition
AI Face Beauty
Slow Motion Video Recording
AR Stickers
AI Selfie Lighting
AI Face Shaping
Beautiful. No, Seriously.

v11 8 - First Impressions: Vivo V11For the V11, Vivo has decided to go for some changes in the design – starting with the notch, which is now much smaller when compared to the V9. Of course, that also improves the phone’s screen-to-body ratio, and though just slightly, gives you more screen.

v11 9 - First Impressions: Vivo V11Next, they went outside of the conventional colors, and used a gradient for the back panel. Using what they call color fusion, it’s basically a mix of a sleek black and glossy finish, and a glittery blue finish that responds beautifully when illuminated at the right angle. The result is an incredibly elegant and premium look that makes the phone look more expensive than it actually is.

v11 10 - First Impressions: Vivo V11Speaking of the display, the V11 sports a 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display, which means you get more saturated colors than usual. Unfortunately, the display is barely visible in direct sunlight even at maximum brightness.

No Hiccups, So Far

The V11 runs on a Snapdragon 660 processor with AI capabilities – a very good choice, and a very capable processor that offers a huge bump in performance over the V9’s Snapdragon 626.

As such, using the phone for basic tasks such as social media, web browsing, music and video playback was a breeze. Oh, and it also has 6GB of RAM, which means it should handle heavy multi tasking with ease. We’ll have to test that out in our full review.

As for gaming, I’ve used a device with an SD660 before (ZenFone 4), and it ran NBA 2K17 at almost max settings smoothly. As such, I can more or less, expect good gaming performance from this phone.

Great Camera for a Mid-Range Device

If the V11 had an ace up its sleeve, I’d say it’s somewhere in the camera department. I’ve taken a number of sample shots, and I was quite impressed at the outcome. Day shots were detailed, sharp, and color reproduction is on-point.

v11 c 5 - First Impressions: Vivo V11v11 c 7 - First Impressions: Vivo V11v11 c 8 - First Impressions: Vivo V11v11 c 4 - First Impressions: Vivo V11v11 c 3 - First Impressions: Vivo V11From observation,  it seems that the phone’s AI isn’t as aggressive, and tries to keep the enhancements to a minimal, which is a good thing. AI Scene Recognition also works as explained, and can accurately differentiate between subjects.

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The secondary 5MP sensor at the rear allows for a depth of field effect to be added to your photos. And while it manages to blur out the background with none to minimal signs of pixelation, it still needs work on accuracy, as some parts that aren’t supposed to be blurred are blurred, and vice-versa. I hope that can be fixed with an update.

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Without AI Selfie Lighting
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With AI Selfie Lighting

Its 25MP selfie camera is also impressive in terms of detail. Vivo has added AI Selfie Lighting, which lets you simulate a number of lighting effects to improve the quality of selfies in less than ideal lighting. The good news? it works, and it works well.

v11 c 9 - First Impressions: Vivo V11AI Face Beauty is still present, and makes my eyes look bigger than what I would’ve wanted. Fortunately, you can adjust a lot of elements manually.

Funtouch OS brings some nifty features

The V11 runs on Funtouch OS 4.5 which brings Face ID access – perhaps the quickest I’ve seen in a mid-range phone. The phone does unlock even when I’m not directly looking at the camera. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.

v11 11 - First Impressions: Vivo V11Like the X21, the V11 also houses an in-display fingerprint scanner that works most of the time. It’s fast enough, but not as fast as using face recognition. Hopefully, Vivo can continuously improve it.

There’s Game Mode, which optimizes the phone’s performance and also stops notifications from bothering you when in-game, the ability to change the screen’s color temperature, gesture support, and an alway-on-display, which shows a limited amount of information.

The verdict, so far

v11 4 - First Impressions: Vivo V11The Vivo V11 isn’t exactly a world’s  step-up from the V9, but the company seems to have gotten the formula right – a sleek and premium design, more screen, surprisingly good cameras, and a feature-packed operating system. On the downside, it still uses a microSD card, its depth of field effect can be a hit or miss, and the operating system could use a bit more customization.

There’s still a lot of things to test, such as battery life and gaming performance, so prep yourself up for our full review, coming soon.

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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

sk8lqukaqalhq2mrzkqd 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forIf you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present.

2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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