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Chinese brand Vivo gears up to sell smartphones in PH

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Not too many people in the Philippines have heard about Vivo, a Chinese OEM that, like Huawei and OPPO, is aggressively expanding to markets outside of its native China, where it ranks among the country’s top-selling smartphone brands. However, that might soon change now that the company is apparently gearing up to sell its phones locally.

Vivo has shown increased activity on its local Facebook page lately, and in its latest post, it announced the arrival of the Vivo Y51 with the caption “experience speed like no other,” which is interesting because on paper, the Y51 isn’t particularly speedy. It does offer fast mobile data across 4G LTE networks — but then again, support for the fastest wireless data standard available is common among today’s smartphones.

Vivo Y51

The Y51 isn’t new either, as the phone has been widely available in select markets since January for 12,000 Indian rupees, or roughly Php8,000.

Vivo’s current lineup of affordable devices aside, what it has in store in the future, however, may be of interest to local consumers; the Chinese brand is slated to unveil the V3 and V3 Max smartphones in India on April 5.

The latter has been spotted at China’s TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) carrying a 5.5-inch, full-resolution display, an octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. Considering the modest specifications, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it come with an equally modest price. We’ll be in India next week to cover the Vivo launch event, so expect to hear more about the V3 and V3 Max then.

Vivo operates in seven countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines, and is known for pioneering the Quad HD era of mobile devices, having introduced the first smartphone with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels in 2013. Its current flagship, the Vivo Xplay5, boasts 6GB of RAM — another industry first — plus an AMOLED screen that’s curved on both sides, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Vivo to release a white NEX Dual Display Edition

It’s coming soon

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Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

Vivo Design Director Kyle Xiao tells GadgetMatch that a white NEX Dual Display Edition is coming in 2019, in roughly four months.

While developing the new NEX phone, Vivo found that users find white smartphones to feel cheaper than the usual black phones.

Vivo’s design team is currently working on using different materials to make the best white NEX Dual Display Edition possible, although Xiao says that the NEX line isn’t about being premium or using expensive materials.

Prototype of the white NEX Dual Display Edition

He says the ultimate vision for the NEX line is to be different from the current crop of smartphones — to have a notch-free experience. “We’re not saying that we’re leading the trend but we want to break the barrier. The smartphone as we know it is heading to an era that needs to be changed.”

The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition was made official in Shanghai this week, a few months after the original Vivo NEX, which featured a pop-up selfie camera, was announced.

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Stable Android 9 Pie for Pocophone F1 is now available for download

Still with MIUI 10

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The Xiaomi-made Pocophone F1 continues to stir us with the value it offers to consumers. After impressing us with its incredible price to specs ratio, Pocophone proves again that it can deliver flagship features pretty well — this time in the software department. While other premium phones are still waiting in line for the Android Pie update, the Pocophone F1 already has it.

The Pocophone F1 or Poco F1 in some markets just started getting its stable over-the-air update to Android 9 Pie. Although, users might not be able to feel the jump from Oreo to Pie because the phone is already running MIUI 10.

Xiaomi’s Android Pie update is still based on MIUI 10, so the overall UI will remain untouched. But of course, it brings a number of changes under the hood including core Pie features, bug fixes, and Google Lens.

The update is already making its way through the cloud. It might come a bit late depending on your location, but that’s perfectly normal. Weighing at 1.7GB, the update is quite heavy.

If you’re getting impatient, you could also download the firmware and manually update your phone using this link. Simply place the downloaded files in your phone in the “downloaded_rom” folder and go to the system update settings to install it.

While we’re at it, check out our Pocophone F1 video review:

Source: Android Police

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 teardown shows the ‘LiquidCool’ system inside its body

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ASUS outs cheaper ZenFone Max M2 with pure Android software

A great contender in the budget segment

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Alongside the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M2, ASUS also introduced a budget-oriented device: the ZenFone Max M2. The non-Pro version of ASUS’ newest line of phones with big batteries cuts down its specs to meet the affordable price point.

Understandably, the ZenFone Max M2 is rocking a slightly less powerful chipset than what the Pro variant has. It’s using the new Snapdragon 632 processor with either 3GB or 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage.

Its 6.26-inch display is less sharp because of its HD+ resolution, but it still has a full-screen design and, of course, a notch. ASUS has to cut corners in battery capacity as well by putting a humbler 4000mAh cell. It’s still bigger than most, though.

It also has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader that works hand-in-hand with face unlock using the front camera.

Speaking of camera, the ZenFone Max M2 is equipped with an AI-enabled 13-megapixel main shooter paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front snapper with its own LED flash.

The phone runs a stock version of Android, which is something that fans asked for according to ASUS. It’s still on Oreo with no timeline for when Pie is coming. Just to be clear, this is not an Android One phone, so don’t expect timely software updates for it.

Pricing starts at INR 9,999 in India for the 3GB+32GB variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB+64GB model. In Indonesia, Lazada will exclusively offer the ZenFone Max M2 starting at IDR 2,300,000.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is bigger, faster, and still runs pure Android

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