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We can’t deny that artificial intelligence or AI has been shaping today’s smartphone landscape, as it transforms the phone into something that’s  custom-fit to the user’s preferences. Vivo has in fact made extensive use of technology in its devices to deliver an all new user experience. Selfies Made Better with the Vivo V9 Just this March, the company unleashed the V9, a phone that delivers good quality photos, thanks to its 24MP selfie camera. Its AI Face Beauty even utilizes a database of almost a million faces from all over the world to accurately determine gender, age, skin tone, texture, and even the lighting environment, lining you up for that perfect selfie. There’s also AI Selfie Lighting, which uses advanced algorithms to allow the user to choose from a variety of lighting effects like natural light, Studio Light, Stereo Light, and Monochrome Background, resulting to well-illuminated photos. Selfies are made even more fun,…

As a special treat to its customers, Vivo has recently announced a price reduction for Y-Series handsets, the Y85, bringing its price down to only PhP11,995. That’s PhP2,000 off its original SRP. The Vivo Y85 features a 6.22-inch HD+ 19:9 display, and an 88% screen-to-body ratio. It runs on a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It also comes with Face ID access, and a fingerprint scanner. For imaging, the device sports a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera system and an 8MP front shooter with AI Face Beauty. It runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1, and packs a 3,260mAh battery. Specifications

Vivo once again showcased its prowess for innovation, as it introduced its new Time of Flight 3D Sensing Technology at MWC Shanghai 2018. It detects the time that it takes an emitted pulse light to return to the sensor, allowing it to accurately map any object that’s in front (up to 3 meters). This opens up a myriad of possibilities in facial, gesture and motion recognition. 3D photography and AR, further expanding the capabilities of next-gen smart devices. The technology also involves industry-leading performance in depth of information captured by its 300,000 sensor points. 10 times that of existing Structured Light Technology. Through precise and accurate tracking of the user’s body, it opens the door to entirely new ways of interacting with the world. For example, merging this technology with AR capabilities could allow customers to try out clothes virtually,and being able to tracking gestures in Mixed Reality games can provide new…

Vivo has finally launched its latest flagship for the Philippine market, and its one of the most powerful from the brand to date. Say hello to the new Vivo X21, featuring an in-display fingerprint scanner. Design wise, the X21 looks pretty much like the V9 – plastic back panel with a glossy finish, and the familiar branding minus the fingerprint scanner. You get a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 660 chip, along with 6GB of RAM for multi-tasking and a generous 128GB of storage expandable with a microSD card. At the back of the device is a dual 12MP + 5MP camera system with AI Scene Detection, Dual Pixel PDAF, and the capability of adding a depth effect to your photos, complimented by a 12MP front snapper with AI-assisted beautification. Of course, the bread and butter of this phone is…

It was just a few months ago that Vivo unveiled one of its most powerful devices to date, the X21. At that time, it sparked a lot of interest, thanks to their new in-display fingerprint scanning technology, the first in the world. Here in the Philippines, the brand is known mostly for its budget and mid-range offerings such as its current forerunner, the V9. So it came as a surprise when they announced that they’ll be bringing the X21 to the local market. Perhaps, testing the waters? Anyhow, we were able to spend some time with the device, and here’s what we think. Vivo X21 Specs Design and Build Quality On the surface, the X21 looks a lot like the V9, especially on the display part. You get a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio, which exhibits rich colors, good detail, and ample brightness. The back panel…

After many teasers and rumors, Vivo has finally revealed the next smartphone that they’ll be launching in the country. And this time, it’s one of the most powerful and innovative from the brand, introducing the Vivo X21. The new flagship from Vivo is expected to have the signature FullView display that’s guaranteed to deliver an immersive and engaging viewing experience, and also equipped with an innovative unlocking feature. The X21 is also touted to have an AI-capable front camera, which can take vivid selfies even in less than ideal conditions. This will also be paired with a dual rear camera system. For media consumption, the X21 is also expected to come with Hi-Fi music features along with a hefty amount of storage for your photos, songs, videos, and more. The Vivo X21  is expected to launch on June 21. As always, we’ll be covering the event to give you the…

Remember the APEX phone from Vivo? Well, it no longer is, because it’s already reality. The company has just announced its newest flagship device, the new NEX-S, and my oh my, does it pack a ton of unique features. Let’s start off with the display. While most phones these days rely on a notch to house the front-facing camera and earpiece, the NEX-S completely gets rid of that, resulting to an astonishing screen-to-body ratio of 91.24%. The device features a 6.59-inch Ultra FullView display with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio, the first of its kind. So you might be asking, where did the front camera go? well, it’s still there, but instead of seeing it all the time, the 8MP shooter only pops-up when you need it. While this kind of mechanism might ring some bells as far as durability is concerned, but hey, at least it’s different. It also has…

The Vivo Y71 is probably one of the cheapest smartphones you’ll get in the market today. Should you buy this one? We’ll help you decide. This is a quick review of the Vivo Y71. Build The Vivo Y71 has the simplest design of an 18:9 smartphone. It is mainly made from a hard plastic with metallic rose gold finish at the back and definitely not a hefty gadget in your pocket. It’s slim and easy to hold. The Vivo Y71 already has a pre-installed tempered glass out of the box. The Vivo Y71 has HD+ resolution on its 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. At the top of the screen, you’ll see the 5MP front-facing camera, sensors and earpiece. On the right, you’ll normally see the volume rockers and power/lock button. These buttons are tactile and easy to press. You’ll find the triple slot on the left with dedicated slots…

Vivo posted a cryptic message in its social media pages, hinting of the next smartphone that it’ll be launching for the Philippine market. The photo showed a colored thumbprint, with the hashtag #UnlockingSoon, along with the caption “Unlock the future with a single touch.” Ever since its launch in the Philippines in 2016, Vivo has been introducing cutting-edge smartphone features to the selfie-loving Filipino consumers. The V5 Plus for example, was the first to have a 20MP dual front-facing camera, while the V7 and V7+both had 24MP front shooters. If you’ll recall, Vivo is the first brand in the world to introduce an in-display fingerprint scanner, which was showcased during CES 2018. If you think about it, the caption actually matches. Perhaps its next smartphone will also have this technology? Aside from developing the selfie camera, the company has also paid attention to the need for bigger displays. Earlier this year,…

When Vivo entered the mobile industry, the market back then was dominated only by a couple of names. In a matter of time though, the company has managed to place its own presence, by putting out products with game-changing innovations. Vivo is determined to break barriers and introduce technology that will usher the industry into the future. For example, it was the brand that introduced a 20MP dual front camera on the V5 Plus, and a 24MP front camera on the V7, V7+ and V9. Earlier this year, Vivo announced a concept smartphone called the APEX, which had a near 100%$ screen-to-body ratio. Its current flagship, the V9, is also inching close to that at 90%. The brand is also the first to introduce an in-display fingerprint scanner, giving users more options to unlock their devices. The possibilities are endless, and there’s no telling what Vivo has in store for…

Vivo has just launched a new mid-range device in China, and it’s pretty much everything the V9 is, except that it runs on a Snapdragon 660 chip. Say hello to the new Vivo Z1. The Z1 has a 6.29-inch 19:9 FHD+ display, and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. At the back of the device is a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera system, the latter for adding a depth of field effect to photos, while the front houses a single 24MP camera with AI-assisted beautification. The device runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and has a 3,260mAh battery. It comes in Black, Blue, and Red, and retails for around 240 Euros or around PhP14,700. Sources 1, 2

Vivo has brought in a new member of its Y-series lineup, the Y85. And while phones at this category usually have specs that you would expect from a budget device, this new kid on the block takes that a “notch” higher. The Y85 has a lot of resemblance to its more premium V9, and features a 6.22-inch HD+ FullView display. Under the hood  is an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The device packs a dual 13MP + 2MP rear camera system, and an 8MP front snapper with AI-assisted beautification. It runs on Funtouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1, and has a 3,260mAh battery. The Vivo Y85 retails for PhP13,999 and comes in two colors: Ruby Red and Black. Vivo Y85 Specs

A report from China Telecom leaks all the specs of the newest successor of the Vivo X21. Take a look and tell us if it can compete with the other flagship from other brands. Just by looking at the specs of the X21i, it truly has powerful innards and does the job to excite us for its own announcement. According to report, the device is set to launch in China on May 19 and the price tag is around CNY 2,698 ($426). Source

Summer is a time when almost everyone is out, enjoying fun activities under the sun. Of course, part of one’s itinerary would be to take as many photos as possible, wherever they go. The “pics-or-it-didn’t-happen” trend is in fact getting everyone excited to show their mad photography prowess. As such, Vivo ensures that its newest flagship, the V9 can cater to such demand, by providing a compact, all-around device that you can use to take quick snaps. Powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626, and a 6.3-inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio that lets you enjoy every bit of your content in detail. Specializing in creative shots, the V9 gives its users the freedom to customize photos and selfies with creative AI stickers. Its AI bokeh on the other hand, utilizes advanced algorithms to enable precise and optimal focus on the photo’s main subject. Finally, with Super HDR Mode, the…

Because the V9 is designed for the stylish, Vivo has just announced a new color for its latest flagship in the Philippines, which now comes in Velvet Red! a representation of passion and adventure that perfectly compliments the lifestyle of its users. The device is equipped with a dual 16MP + 5MP rear camera system which lets you add a depth of field effect to your photos. This is complimented by a 24MP front-facing snapper with AI-assisted beautification. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 626 processor, along with 4GB of RAM and 6 4GB of storage. The Vivo V9 is also available in Pearl Black and Gold colors, and retails for PhP17,990. For our full review, click here.

During its V9 Mall Tour, Vivo also silently released a more affordable smartphone with an 18:9 display. Named the Y71 (2018), it comes in two variants, and offers decent specs along with a premium design without putting a big hole in your pocket. The device has a 6-inch FullView display with HD+ resolution, bringing its screen-to-body ratio to 84.4%. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 octa-core processor, along with 2GB/3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage expandable with a microSD card. The Y71 is equipped with a 13MP rear shooter that’s capable of slow motion video recording, along with a 5MP front-facing camera with Face Beauty mode. It runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and packs a 3,360mAh battery. The Vivo Y71 comes in black and gold colors, and is now available in stores with an SRP of PhP8,990 for the 3GB…

Yesterday, Vivo held its grand mall tour at the SM Mall of Asia to celebrate the launch of its newest flagship in the country, the Vivo V9. During the event, Vivo Philippines Brand Director Annie Lim, also announced a partnership with the YouTube FanFest 2018 in May. Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Senior Marketing Manager Dominikus Susanto  also talked about the Snapdragon 626, the chip that powers the Vivo V9. Of course, the celebration wouldn’t have been complete without the presence of the brand’s endorsers, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, who were also given celebratory gifts for their birthdays, and treated the audience to a wonderful song number. The two also talked about their favorite features of the Vivo V9. Vivo Philippines Vice President for Sales Hazel Bascon also thanked the brand’s loyal customers for their unwavering support, as the V9 has already received 18,000 pre-orders only a few days after it…

During its recent mall tour at Market! Market! in BGC, global smartphone brand Vivo inked a partnership with Ayala Malls for a major sports event this year. Vivo will be the official title sponsor for the Hoop Battle Championship Philippines,  an annual 3×3  bastketball tournament held in a number of districts in China and other countries in Asia. In PH, Ayala Malls Synergies, Inc. (AMSI) Entertainment General Manager Gabby Katigbak also announced that it will be held in various Ayala malls. Capdase CEO Alex Fong also mentioned that the brand will give its full support in the upcoming activities. The three brands will be announcing more details of upcoming activities very soon. To know more about Vivo, you may visit their website, or follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.