Viva la Vivo with Siti

> The songstress was on hand to help launch the smart­phone for self­ies, the sleek V5, which will be avail­able here in Malaysia from to­mor­row


VIVO re­cently launched what is touted as the smart­phone for the per­fect selfie. The sleek Vivo V5 fea­tures an as­tound­ing 20MP front-fac­ing cam­era that is paired with what Vivo calls “a soft light front-fac­ing flash” de­signed for tak­ing pho­tos even in low-light con­di­tions and a so­phis­ti­cated pho­tog­ra­phy soft­ware to craft the per­fect selfie.

The phone was launched in the Malaysian mar­ket by none other than pop­u­lar artiste Datuk Siti Nurhal­iza, who is the brand am­bas­sador, to­gether with Mike Xu, the CEO of Vivo Malaysia.

Ac­cord­ing to Xu, the Vivo brand was founded in China in 2009 and came to Malaysia in 2014.

In the two short years in this coun­try, it has since grown to in­clude 4,000 deal­ers, 2,000 staff, and 16 ser­vice cen­tres na­tion­wide. It is now one of the world’s top 5 smart­phone ven­dors based on the num­ber of units shipped.

This lat­est de­vice from Vivo runs on Me­di­aTek MT6750 Oc­taCore pro­ces­sor which is backed by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of stor­age that is ex­pand­able via a mi­croSD card.

It also utilises Vivo’s own Fun­touch OS 2.6 which is based on An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low.

The customised op­er­at­ing sys­tem looks sim­i­lar to Google’s own Google Now launcher and its in­ter­face could eas­ily be swapped with an­other if it is not to your lik­ing.

For the cam­era, the Vivo V5 uses the com­mend­able Sony IMX376 sen­sor with Moon­light Glow tech­nol­ogy, a f/2.0 aper­ture, and a 5P lens.

To fur­ther en­hance self­ies, the smart­phone comes pre­loaded with the Face Beauty Mode 6.0 app that is said to be able to en­hance images with­out mak­ing it look ar­ti­fi­cial.

As for the rear cam­era, the Vivo V5 sports a 13MP sen­sor.

The phone also fea­tures a front­fac­ing fin­ger­print sen­sor that is said to be able to ver­ify a fin­ger­print in 0.2 sec­onds and the Vivo AK4376 Hi-Fi mu­sic for au­dio­philes.

The phone has the Smart Split 2.0 fea­ture which lets you run two apps on the screen at the same time and an Eye pro­tec­tion mode that fil­ters out blue light.

At a glance, the Vivo V5 has no dis­tin­guish­ing fea­tures apart from the lack of a cam­era bump and the brand­ing on the back of the phone.

It comes in the crown gold and rose gold colours.

The de­vice fits well in the hand and is light enough for the sin­gle­handed op­er­a­tion needed for a selfie.

De­spite the high-res­o­lu­tion cam­era, the Vivo V5 only sports 5.5inch 1280-by-720 res­o­lu­tion dis­play.

The Vivo V5 is avail­able na­tion­wide from to­mor­row at the rec­om­mended re­tail price of RM1,299.

How­ever, Vivo hinted that in De­cem­ber, it will re­lease the Vivo V5 Plus.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the V5 Plus is said to have a more pow­er­ful pro­ces­sor, a Full HD dis­play, the same 20MP front-fac­ing cam­era, and a 13MP dual rear-fac­ing cam­era.

For more, visit the Vivo Malaysia web­site.


(be­low) Siti and he Vivo V5; and (from far left) of­fi­cially launch­ing the phone in Malaysia with Xu; and us­ing the V5 to take a selfie with two of the guests at the launch.

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