Vivo is no stranger to the Handphone market. With a big presence in China since the brand was founded in 2009, it is a brand known for providing consumer smartphones equipped with cutting edge technology at very affordable prices. Vivo has presence in 20 markets globally including China, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia. Now, Vivo is looking to expand their presence here with the Vivo V7+ and Y65 phones in Singapore.

A refreshing brand in a crowded market

The original equipment manufacturer has it’s roots in Dongguan China. They are looking in the likes to penetrate into the already crowded smartphone market. The company themselves designs, develops, and manufactures smartphones, smartphone accessories, software. This is in-addition to providing online services.

Hence, Singapore is a key market for Vivo, looking to establish their presence here. This is considering present incumbents like Huawei, Xiaomi, Asus, One Plus and course, Apple and Samsung in the running.

To date, Vivo was the fifth largest smartphone brand globally in Q3 2017 (Counterpoint’s research). Noteably, the smartphone brand already captured a 7.1% smartphone market share. Also Vivo observed the highest year over-year growth of up to 32% in global shipments.

Moreover, in making a brand statement, Vivo entered into a six-year partnership with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) from 2017 to 2023 as the official Smartphone of the FIFA World Cup in 2018 and 2022, and the Official Sponsor of the FIFA Confederations Cup, Vivo continues to bring vivid and inspiring experiences to connect young people around the world through sports.

Say hello to the V7+ and Y65

Targeting the medium to high end consumer markets are two of Vivo’s latest smartphones, their flagship V7+ and mid-range Y65. Vivo touts their V7+ a phone to empower self-expression in consumers, or would I say, the next generation of online stars.

Vivo V7+ 24MP selfies anyone?

The unique selling proposition of the $469 V7+ is its humongous 24MP front-facing camera as well as the use of Hi-Fi audio chips. Both are industry’s firsts. Vivo claims the front camera offers professional-grade photography. This front shooter dwarfs its main 16MP camera. Hence, there are no compromises here now without the need to frame yourself via the rear camera any longer.

Vivo V7+ with discreet 24MP front camera

Moreover, Vivo claims the V7+ dedicated X1 Hi-Fi chip provides the very best possible audio experience. This brings mobile audio technology to new levels, reaffirming Vivo’s commitment on the technology front.

V7+ Front and rear

However, contrary to Vivo’s new screen fingerprint unlocking phone showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, you won’t be getting any of these fancy screen unlocking hardware anytime yet on the V7+.

vivo V7+ Specifications

  • Released: September 2017
  • Dimensions: 155.9 x 75.8 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight 160 g
  • Screen: 5.99″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen FullViewTM display (720×1440 pixels)
  • CPU/RAM: Snapdragon 450 (64-bit Qualcomm octa-core CPU)/4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB Internal, up to 256GB via microSD.
  • Card slots: Dual Nano-SIM Card slots, and 1 Card slot
  • Cameras: Primary 13MP (f/2.2), Secondary: 5 MP, (f/2.2), LED flash
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Single Band (2.4G)
  • GPS: GPS+ A-GPS support, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Battery: Non removable 3225 mAh Li-Ion
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 a (Nougat)
  • 3 Colors: Champagne Gold, Matte Black, Infinite Red

Vivo Y65 Split-screen goodness

Priced at $269, the Y65 is a middle-tier no-frills simple smartphone. It is targeted at the entry-level market, and is equipped with the basics of what you need of a modern smartphone. You get the usual bells and whistles of a basic smartphone- sub-HD screen, all wireless connectivity and even and on-board FM Radio.

Y65 Front and Rear faces

To make up for the lower specifications, the Y65 touts rather premium looks and several software enhancements. For instance, the Y65 is also built with the user friendly “App Clone”. This allows you to run two accounts on applications previously limited to one per phone. Examples here include WhatsApp and Instagram.

This, coupled with the Smart Split 3.0 multi-tasking UI enhancement makes it easy to split your screen in two to handle multiple tasks (e.g. movie and texting). This is managed through gesture-friendly commands like sliding three fingers down the screen allows other applications such as Facebook or YouTube to be run in split screen mode without interrupting either app.

Y65 Specifications

  • Released: October 2017
  • Dimensions: 153.6 x 75.8 x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • Screen: 5.5″ TFT capacitive touchscreen FullViewTM display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • CPU/RAM: Snapdragon (64-bit Qualcomm)/3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16 GB Internal, up to 256GB via microSD.
  • Card slots: Dual Nano-SIM Card slots, and 1 Card slot
  • Cameras: Primary 16MP (f/2.2, 1/3″, 1.0 µm), Secondary: 24 MP, (f/2.0), LED flash
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Single Band (2.4G)
  • GPS: GPS+ A-GPS support, GLONASS, Beidou
  • NFC: NIl
  • Battery: Non removable 3000 mAh Li-Ion
  • Operating System: Android 7.1 a (Nougat)
  • 3 Colors: Gold, Rose Gold

Moreover, both smartphones features a dual SIM setup, offering twin GSM standby on two separate numbers via its two Nano-SIM slots which one can double up as a MicroSD card slot too

Availability

The recommended retail prices for the V7+ and Y65 smartphones are $469 and $269 respectively, without contract. Both the V7+ and Y65 smartphones are already on sale in good mobile retail stores through Telcos Singtel and M1 stores island wide. Moreover, M1 will be looking to launch the phones with their new data centric mySIMe plans through their enhanced 4.5G network.

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