Vivo has a new smartphone for the Chinese market that will go head to head with comparable Snapdragon 636-based devices like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, and Lenovo Z5, to name but three.
The Vivo Z1i is identical to the Vivo Z1 that was launched in China the previous month, except it has been fitted with a different selfie camera and a different chipset mated to more base storage. It is being marketed as a gaming-focused phone in its home market.
Physically, the two devices share the same size and overall design. The Vivo Z1i features a 6.26-inch, 2,280 x 1,080 LCD screen with narrow bezels and a notch at the top to house the earpiece speaker and 16-megapixel front camera.
The back of the phone looks flashier, too, with Vivo incorporating gold accents on the black version of the Z1i to highlight the capacitive fingerprint reader and dual-lens main camera. The camera is 13 megapixels, while the secondary sensor for snapping photos with a blurred background is 2 megapixels.
An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 sits under the hood and runs a custom Android 8.1 Oreo-based interface with Vivo’s own Jovi digital assistant baked in. The processor has 4GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. A 3,260mAh battery powers the assembly.
Vivo Z1i price and availability
The domestic price of the Z1i is set at ¥1,898 (around P15,255 or P$285). It’s already up for preorder online, with the first units shipping from July 7. As for a Philippine release date, we haven’t heard anything about it yet — but things could change quickly. We’ll be sure to update you with new information if anything juicy comes to light.
Vivo Z1i specs
- 6.2-inch LCD display, 2,280 x 1,080 resolution (19:9)
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB expandable memory
- Dual 13- and 2-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash
- 16-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
- 3,260mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
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