Vivo X27 Pro With 48-Megapixel Camera, Snapdragon 710 SoC

Vivo has announced a new smartphone which is essentially a new variant for the V15 Pro which was recently launched in India. The new Vivo X27 Pro is now official and comes with features like a pop-up selfie camera and in-display fingerprint sensor. The company also announced the X27 which is a slightly inferior version.
The Vivo X27 Pro features a 6.7-inch display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio and full-HD+ resolution. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of inbuilt storage. At the back there is a triple camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor, 13-megapixel secondary sensor along with a wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel tertiary, depth sensor. The pop-up selfie camera module that includes a 32-megapixel sensor and you get artificial intelligence (AI) features to enhance the photos that you take.

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Other features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and USB. The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9 on top. The X27, is pretty much the same device however it comes in a 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant which is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC. Also the pop-up selfie camera on the X27 is a 16-megapixel sensor and the battery is rated at 3,700mAh. As of now, the devices are only announced for the Chinese market. The launch of the X27 Pro hints at the fact that Vivo might be looking at launching the variant as an updated version of the V15 Pro in India.

First Phone With 12GB RAM And Snapdragon 855 Processor Launched

As smartphone manufacturers work towards notchless, bezel-less displays, sliding designs are making a comeback. In October, Xiaomi and Honor both released devices with rear slide-up mechanisms that allow components like the camera and top speaker to be placed somewhere besides the screen. Last month, Lenovo also joined the movement with the launch of the Z5 Pro. This week, however, the company outdid themselves with the announcement of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT.

This new slider moves in the same way as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Honor Magic 2: the back half of the phone slides up just enough to expose the front camera and speaker. Though the design closely resembles that of the Z5 Pro, the GT edition shown off on Tuesday really pumps up the specs.

The newest model retains the same size display and camera specs as its predecessor, but the RAM is doubled to 12GB, the storage is multiplied to 512GB, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is replaced with the 855. Despite this device coming with industry-leading features, there’s no 5G support even though the mobile communications standard begins shifting at the start of the new year. Aesthetically, the only difference between the two models is that the Z5 Pro GT edition has bright red accents that frame the screen and both rear cameras. Instead of the smooth finish that the Z5 Pro dons, the GT has a glossy carbon fiber pattern under the exterior glass. Putting the front camera and speaker on a mechanism that slides out from behind the display is great for those who want that full-screen experience, but it also forces owners to slide the screen down to take a phone call. Maybe it’s worth it, maybe it’s not.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro starts at 2,698 yuan (about $390) and is already available to the Chinese market, while the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT starts at 4,398 yuan (about $640) and launches January 24 with pre-orders beginning on January 15.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 With Snapdragon 855, Triple-Cameras, And Upto 12GB RAM Announced

Ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 launch, Xiaomi has announced its new flagship, the Mi 9. Most of the features of the mobile phone were already out, including the triple camera at the back with a 48-megapixel sensor and the powerful Snapdragon 855 processor.

Announced at a special event in China, the new Mi 9 comes in an interesting curved glass design with gradient finish at the back. There’s a 6.39-inch Samsung-made AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. There is a tiny water-drop notch at the top and a slight chin at the bottom, so no it isn’t completely bezel-less and the company claims a 90.7-percent screen-to-body ratio.

As mentioned above, the handset runs on a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. During the event, Xiaomi founder Lei Jun has announced a Game Turbo feature which is said to boost the phone’s performance for an improved gaming experience. He went on to say that this feature helps in maintaining a higher framerate when compared to the likes of Huawei’s Kirin 980 equipped device. The triple camera setup at the back includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and laser autofocus, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with a 117-degree view as well as 4cm macro photography capability. There are also some AI features, distortion correction, a bunch of face filters and more. There’s also a “Moon Mode” which does exactly as it sounds. It is claimed to take sharp and detailed photos of the moon. Sure, that’s exactly what consumers do when they buy a phone with a high-end camera. The company went on to actually compare shots taken from an iPhone XS and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro with the Mi 9. Hopefully, this feature also works for other bright objects that are far away instead of just working on the moon. Other features include an in-display fingerprint sensor, NFC, infrared remote to control TVs and air conditioners and improved audio courtesy a large driver and a 0.9cc sounding chamber. There’s a 3,300mAh battery which can fully charge within 60 minutes as the phone supports 27W fast charging. There is also 20W wireless charging support which is evidently faster than Samsung and Huawei.

To experience that, Xiaomi also introduced a $15 (Rs 1,100 approx) wireless charger, a 10,000 mAh power bank worth $22 (Rs 1,600 approx) and an in-car wireless charging cradle with automatic grip for $25 (Rs 1,800 approx). All of these accessories will be sold separately.

Last, but not the least, the Mi 9 also gets a transparent limited edition just like last year’s Mi 8. The limited edition of the Mi 9 was announced in association with newly released sci-fi movie Alita: Battle Angel. The company has improved the overall camera here adding an extra lens and a faster f/1.47 aperture. It also comes with a whopping 12GB of RAM so you don’t have to slow down on multitasking.

The Mi 9 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at 2,999 (Rs 32,000 approx) yuan while, the 8GB version will cost 3,299 yuan (Rs 35,000 approx) . The special transparent edition with 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage will cost 3,999 yuan (Rs 43,000 approx) .

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Vivo V15 Pro

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has launched its new device Vivo V15 Pro in India today for Rs 28,990. The all-new Vivo V15 pro will be available from 20 February in India. The device sports a pop-up front camera, which the company first introduced in the iconic Vivo Nex smartphone in early 2018.

The Vivo V15 Pro sports a 6.39-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Ultra FullView Display and include a Snapdragon 675 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The phone is also likely to have a 3,700mAh battery along with a “Dual Engine” fast charging technology. The device also lacks physical fingerprint sensor, so V15 Pro could have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display screen itself.

In terms of optics, the back of the Vivo V15 Pro houses a triple-camera setup with three lenses arranged in a vertical fashion. This line-up is likely to include a 48MP quad pixel primary sensor, with effective capabilities of a 12MP sensor. One 8MP sensor and another 5MP sensor are also likely to be in the mix. On the front, Vivo V15 Pro will have a 32-megapixel selfie camera that is going to pop-out whenever required.

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