It’s a no-brainer: Last week’s launch of the Qualcomm’s first-ever 5G chip for the masses, the 8nm Snapdragon 480, would make devices that support the fifth-generation mobile network more accessible to everyone.
That wave is already starting for the chipmaker, as Vivo today made the Vivo Y31s 5G available for preorder in China. The smartphone is the first in the world to use Snapdragon 480, whose Kryo 460 CPU and Adreno 619 GPU are said to each deliver an over-100% performance upgrade over the predecessor.
Set to go on sale beginning January 15, the Vivo Y31s 5G is priced at ¥1,698, or roughly P12,609 in Philippine pesos and $262 in U.S. dollars for the lone model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s a gradient color option, as well as red and gray.
The rear camera module, where the dual 13-megapixel camera sits, is squarish. And on the front is an 8-megapixel sensor for your selfies. It’s placed in the waterdrop notch at the top center of the 6.58-inch, 90Hz screen. On the side is the fingerprint sensor embedded into the power key, and inside is a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18 watts of fast charging. The system is running Android 11-based Funtouch OS 10.5.
The Vivo Y31, along with the Vivo X60 and X60 Pro, is confirmed to launch in the Philippines. Will the company bring the Y31s 5G in the country, too? We certainly hope so.
Vivo Y31s 5G specs
- 6.58-inch LCD display, 2,408 x 1,080 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch-sampling rate
- Octa-core 8nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor with 5G
- Adreno 619 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- Dual 13-megapixel (main), 2-megapixel (depth) rear cameras
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint reader (side-mounted)
- 5,000mAh battery with 18-watt USB-C charging
- Funtouch OS 10.5 based on Android 11
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