Vivo’s launched 3 new phones in its native home base of China namely the X9, X9 Plus, and XPlay 6. The fresh crop of phones cover the mid-range and premium market sector, with the common appeal being the camera setup found in each.
Starting off with the Vivo X9, the 64GB version is priced at CNY 2798 (roughly $406 or Rs 27660) and the 128GB one at CNY 2998 (approx $435 or Rs 29635). The handset looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 in terms of design, right down to the antenna design. Its knockout feature is its 20MP + 8MP dual lens combination unusually positioned on its front surface.
Vivo isn’t the first company to introduce a twin-lens system on to its phones, what with the existence of smartphones like Lenovo’s Vibe S1. In the X9’s case, the 20MP unit has been equipped with an aperture of f/2.0, soft light flash for more balanced photos, and a Sony IMX376 sensor. The 8MP lens is supposed to capture depth information for a variety of selfie effects.
As for the rear-facing shooter, it’s a 16MP snapper blessed with PDAF, an f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash. Other notable specs include a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen, Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3050mAh battery, Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Funtouch OS 3.0, and Hi-Fi audio courtesy an AKM4376 chipset.
There’s a lot of common ground between the X9 and X9 Plus. The latter differs from its smaller sibling by virtue of having a 5.88-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, 4000mAh battery, Snapdragon 653 SoC, 6GB of RAM, and an ES9018 + ES9603 DAC. Cost details for the device haven’t been revealed yet.
Finally, the Xplay6 sets buyers back CNY 4498 (about $655 or Rs 44460). Vivo’s premium offering has been showered with features like a dual curved panel, 5.46-inch 2K screen, and dual shooter setup on the back. The last is made up of a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor and 5MP lens. The module is accompanied by an aperture of f/1.7, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, and 0.03s focus time.
Here’s a neat summary of the main specifications of the Vivo Xplay6:
– Display: 5.46-inch Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Funtouch OS 3.0
– Memory: 128GB
– RAM: 6GB
– CPU: quad-core Snapdragon 820
– Battery: 4080mAh
– Size: 153.8 x 73.55 x 8.4mm
– Weight: 178g
– Camera: 12MP+8MP rear, 16MP front
– Connectivity: 4G, VOLTE, dual-SIM, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fiac
The two together make effects like depth of field possible. The Xplay6 also offers Hi-Fi sound output via an ES9038 + 3xOPA1622 chip. We’ll keep you updated as and when Vivo’s new phones make it outside China.