Vivo Stories May 10

Oppo apparently ‘considering’ four years of Android updates as Vivo commits to three

Long-term Android updates have become a competition for most Android manufacturers nowadays with Samsung of all things leading the charge. To keep up, Vivo and Oppo are both expanding their Android update policies.

Vivo Stories January 22

BBK-owned Vivo has officially unveiled the X60 Pro Plus, a smartphone with some sizeable specifications, superfast internals, and an interesting gimbal camera system.

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Vivo Stories September 30, 2020

Vivo V20 series beats Pixel 5 to be first with Android 11 out of the box

The Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5 were widely expected to be the first Android devices to come with Android 11 pre-installed. However, the Vivo V20 series has beaten Google to the punch coming with Android 11 right out of the box.

Vivo Stories July 17, 2020

Vivo X50 and X50 Pro go global w/ Snapdragon 765G, gimbal camera setup, more

Another part of the BBK stable, Vivo has now officially launched the X50 and X50 Pro outside of China for the first time.

Vivo Stories May 21, 2020

[Update: OnePlus, more join] Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo join forces to make Android file transfers easier

With Android Beam set to be deprecated with the release of Android Q, we are still unsure of what the future holds for cross-platform file sharing. We’ve seen glimpses of the new Fast Share but it isn’t known if that will be available to all Android phones. While we are still unclear, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have decided to join forces to work on a multi-platform Android file transfer platform.

Vivo Stories February 26, 2020

iQOO 3 delivers Snapdragon 865 w/ disabled 5G, 55W charging, slick orange color

Ever heard of iQOO? The Vivo sub-brand doesn’t have much of a presence in the States, but it’s growing in India and today the brand is announcing its latest device with a notable “feature.” The iQOO 3 packs a Snapdragon 865 processor and it’s one of the first devices to disable the 5G modem.

Vivo Stories February 12, 2020

[Update: Crisis meeting] Here are all the companies not attending MWC 2020 due to coronavirus

The potential risk of the coronavirus has loomed over MWC 2020 in Barcelona since the first wave of news of the outbreak first broke during the early stage of this year.

Vivo Stories February 7, 2020

In the midst of its struggles with a ban from the US government, Huawei has been working on alternatives to the Play Store. Now, a report from Reuters is shedding light on plans from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo to create a Play Store competitor of sorts.

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Vivo Stories June 20, 2019

Vivo Super FlashCharge 120W can top up 4,000mAh cell in just 13 mins [Video]

Fast charging is set to provide the new battleground as Android OEMs begin to push the sizes of our batteries even further. Vivo has taken it to the next level though, announcing its Vivo Super FlashCharge 120W charging technology that can fully charge a 4,000mAh cell in just 13 minutes.

Vivo Stories February 20, 2019

Ahead of MWC 2019, the Vivo V15 Pro has been officially announced. The device brings in some of the more advanced features we’ve been seeing on the company’s NEX devices, but this time on a mainstream product. Here’s what you need to know.

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Vivo Stories January 24, 2019

Imagine a phone with zero input ports, no buttons and an (almost) bezel-free display with a full-screen in-display fingerprint reader and 5G connectivity. Well, the Vivo Apex 2019 might only technically be a concept but Vivo is supposedly taking this exact device to Mobile World Congress next month.

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Vivo Stories December 11, 2018

The Vivo NEX launched earlier this year as one of the first devices to go completely bezel-less by using a pop-out camera design. Now, a new version of that device is taking another route. The Vivo NEX Dual Display Edition adopts a second display on the back with no front-facing camera.

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Vivo Stories June 25, 2018

Here’s what makes the Vivo NEX’s pop-up camera work

In an effort to eliminate bezels and the notch, we’ve been seeing some pretty amazing engineering feats from some Android OEMs. One of the first was from Vivo with the NEX smartphone. Now, a teardown is revealing how things work under the hood.

Vivo Stories June 12, 2018

While we all knew ditching bezels would continue to be a trend in 2018, many hoped that the notch wouldn’t come along with that. Unfortunately, it has, but some companies are actually trying to think past the notch. Now, after showing off a concept at MWC, Vivo is delivering the NEX which goes all in on all-screen.

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Vivo Stories May 23, 2018

Vivo’s all-screen, pop-out camera ‘Apex’ smartphone teased for June 12th

Remember back at MWC when Vivo showed off that crazy concept Android smartphone, the Apex? It wasn’t expected that Vivo would ever actually deliver the phone to market, but now, it looks like June 12th will see its official unveiling…

Vivo Stories May 15, 2018

We learned back in January that the Vivo X20 Plus UD had won the race to be the world’s first smartphone with a fingerprint reader embedded into the display.

We discovered later that it still works fine with a few scratches, but a tech reviewer has now put it through a far more extensive set of tests …

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Vivo Stories January 14, 2018

Biometric security has been a core part of our smartphones for the past several years, and fingerprint sensors have only been getting better over the years. Now, though, as a war mounts up against smartphone bezels, fingerprint sensors are losing out. That is, until they end up under the display, as Synaptics is doing with its new Clear ID sensor.

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Vivo Stories October 30, 2017

Huawei overtakes Oppo to take lead in China, as Vivo, Xiaomi & Apple all see growth

Smartphone sales in China may be down 5% year-on-year, but four of the five top-selling brands saw growth in Q3, reports Canalys. Oppo was the exception, seeing a slight decline in sales, that allowed Huawei to take the #1 slot …

Vivo Stories April 11, 2017

Trendforce data seen by us suggests that Samsung overtook Apple in Q1 smartphone sales even before the company’s new flagship Galaxy S8 lands in stores in Q2. Most of the gains made by the company were thanks to lower-end devices.

Samsung’s sales results for its high-end smartphones fell short of expectations in the first quarter as consumers’ confidence in the brand had yet to fully recover from the recall of Galaxy Note 7. Nevertheless, Samsung continued to do very well in the mid-range and low-end segments of the market. The economically priced, high-performing Galaxy J series sustained Samsung’s shipments and contributed significantly to the expansion of the brand’s overall smartphone production volume. Samsung was the only brand that saw positive growth in production volume during the off season of the first quarter.

There was less cheer when it came to high-end devices, however …

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Vivo Stories February 6, 2017

Chinese phone sales continue to be dominated by local brands as shown by the latest analyst data via Bloombeerg. With the exception of Apple’s iPhone, all of the top manufacturers in the region are Chinese companies that make Android phones. Across 2016, Oppo, Huawei and Vivo grew in the double digits to take the top three slots and represent half of all smartphone sales.

Xiaomi slipped to fourth place with 35% fall in sales and Samsung Galaxy phones failed to hit the top five at all, being grouped into the ‘Others’ miscellaneous category by IDC.

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Vivo Stories December 10, 2014

x5max

Just when you wondered how much slimmer smartphones could get, Chinese brand Vivo has set a new record with the X5Max at just 4.75mm thick, beating the 5mm thin iPhone 6 clone Gionee Slim 5.5. Astonishingly, it has achieved this while still managing – just – to fit in a standard 3.5mm headphone socket. It does, though, the now-standard cheat of allowing the camera to protrude by 2mm.

headphoneIt’s also no slouch in the specs department, with a 64-bit octacore Snapdragon 615 processor, 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP main camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage – with a clever dual-SIM tray that allows you to substitute a microSD card of up to 128GB for one of the SIMs …  expand full story

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