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Vivo X9S and Vivo X9S Plus Official Thinner Bodies, Larger Batteries

Vivo X9S and Vivo X9S Plus Official Thinner Bodies, Larger Batteries

Vivo has unveiled the Vivo X9S and Vivo X9S Plus at an event in Beijing. The new smartphones will succeed the Vivo X9 and X9 Plus released in Q4 2016.

Vivo X9S and X9S Plus Design

Vivo says it has switched to a new design for the new phones but promotional images show they still look like their predecessors. One thing they have been able to achieve is making the phones thinner and fitting in slightly larger batteries.

The Vivo X9S is 6.99mm thin while the X9S Plus is 7.25mm thin. Compare that to the X9 which is 7.0mm thin and the X9 Plus that is 7.5mm thin and you will realize that Vivo is playing a game of numbers.

The U-design antenna lines are still present and the rear cameras are still positioned exactly the same way.

Vivo X9S Specifications

The Vivo X9S has a 5.5-inch Full HD display. There is 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a Snapdragon 652 under the hood. Vivo includes an AK4376 audio chip for Hi-Fi audio and manages to keep the audio jack even with the thinner body. This new audio chip consumes less power.

Where Vivo deserves a pat on the back is in the battery capacity. Even after cutting down the thickness by 0.01 mm, they were able to include a bigger 3320mAh battery under the aluminum body.

Vivo X9S Plus Specifications

The X9S Plus comes with a 5.85” display but surprisingly ditches the 6GB of RAM from the X9 Plus for 4GB. Storage is still 64GB and there is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 653 mobile platform to power it.

The X9S Plus gets an ES9318 Hi-Fi audio chip and a slightly larger 4015mAh battery.

Both phones run Vivo’s FunTouch OS 3.1 based on Android 7.1.

Vivo X9S and X9S Plus Cameras

The highlights of the Vivo X9S and X9S Plus are the front facing cameras. Both devices pack dual front facing cameras like their predecessors.

There is a 20MP sensor up front paired with another 5MP sensor for providing the portrait mode effect when you take selfies. Software upgrade for the front camera is Beauty 3.5.

The main camera is a 16MP sensor with image stabilization. Vivo says the camera has a dedicated DSP image optimization chip and you can shoot in RAW format.

Vivo X9S and X9S Plus Pricing & Availability

The Vivo X9S will sell for Rs.26000 (∼$397) and the X9S Plus will be priced at roughly Rs.29000 (∼$441). Both phones will be available in gold, rose gold, and matte black.

The Vivo X9S Plus is already open for pre-order on the official website and will go on sale on July 8 at 10:00 AM. The X9S will be open for pre-order on July 14 and will go on sale on July 20.

Vivo X9s Plus Pictures Leaked With Single Rear Camera

Vivo X9s Plus Pictures Leaked With Single Rear Camera

Vivo‘s upcoming device has been leaked on Chinese social media site Weibo today. The pictures show the front, rear, and bottom of X9s Plus revealing several aspects of the device including its home button, which can be assumed is also a fingerprint sensor, its dual front camera system, its single rear camera with LED flash, its USB port (which looks like an older micro USB port instead of the now more popular USB Type-C), and its 3.5mm headphone jack.

The information also reveals that the X9s will not be running a Snapdragon 660 after all and looks like it will run the older Snapdragon 653 at a clock speed of 1.95GHz.


New Vivo Model Appears on GeekBench

New Vivo Model Appears on GeekBench

A new Vivo smartphone has appeared on the database of popular benchmark website Geekbench revealing some of the key specs we should be expecting on the model. The new model is suspected to be the Vivo X9S that is expected to launch alongside the X9S Plus which was recently certified by China’s certification agency TENAA and also received 3C certification.

The model was listed as Vivo TD1608 and comes running Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset which has an octa-core CPU. The processor is backed 4GB of RAM on the variant that passed through Geekbench. There may likely be a higher variant with 6GB of RAM onboard.


Vivo shows Prototype of Full-Screen Phone with New “Under Display” Fingerprint Sensor

Vivo shows Prototype of Full-Screen Phone with New “Under Display” Fingerprint Sensor

The Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 began on June 28 and it began with a bang. BBK subsidiary Vivo took the center stage when it showcased a prototype of its latest full-screen phone which comes with a spectacular “under display” fingerprint sensor.

The fingerprint technology is actually developed by Qualcomm as a successor to its ultrasonic fingerprint technology unveiled last year. Vivo happens to have provided the prototype smartphone on which it is first being featured. The prototype is a modified version of the Vivo XPlay 6 with the under display fingerprint technology located beneath the 1.2mm thick OLED display panel. The new fingerprint scanner uses Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic technology which sends a pulse through the finger, some of which gets reflected while some get absorbed. These vibrations are then detected by a sensor which builds up a fingerprint.

Apart from penetrating the 1.2mm thick OLED, the sensor is said to be capable of penetrating a 0.8mm glass, and 0.525mm metal which is a great improvement over capacitive fingerprint sensor. Capacitive fingerprint sensor cannot function effectively under wet hands and in dusty conditions. But the new technology is reputed to function well under wet hands or dust.

Qualcomm’s new ultrasonic solution will ship to OEMs in two forms. The Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal will reportedly start shipping to OEMs this month and will only work with Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors while the fingerprint sensors for display will start finding its way into smartphones in the fourth quarter of the current year and will work with non-Snapdragon chip packing smartphones as well. The video demo of the under display fingerprint technology can be watched from below.

Qualcomm Develops Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner

Qualcomm Develops Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced Qualcomm® Fingerprint Sensors, next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions which bring new and enhanced features to the previous generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon Sense™ ID fingerprint technology.

The chip manufacturer announced that it is working on making under-display sensors and is even already making samples. This scanner will be able to sit under OLED panels that are up to 1200µm thick.

An image provided by Qualcomm shows that their scanners will cut across three main categories:

  1. Under-display scanners will be used for premium phones.
  2. Under-metal and glass scanners will be used for high-end phones and will be able to scan through the glass of up to 800 µm or aluminum of up to 650µm.
  3. Under-glass scanners for mid and low tier phones that can scan through glass 800µm thick.

Qualcomm said the Scanners for Metal and Glass will be compatible with the new Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660 mobile platforms while the Scanners for Display, Glass & Metal are designed to be compatible with future Snapdragon 800 series, 600 series, 400 series, and 200 series mobile platforms. They will also work with non-Snapdragon processors and as standalone sensors.

Qualcomm says their scanners will be able to detect fingerprints underwater and also heart beat and blood flow for a more secure authentication.

The highlight of the announcement is the partnership with Vivo. Qualcomm says it is working with the Chinese manufacturer and will display modified versions of the Xplay6 sporting Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display at the Shanghai Mobile World Congress.

Qualcomm has released a time-frame for when the scanners will hit markets:

  • Commercial samples of Fingerprint Scanners for Glass and Metal will ship out to OEMs in July 2017
  • Engineering samples of Fingerprint Sensor for Display will be received in October 2017.
  • Commercial samples of Fingerprint scanners for display are expected in early 2018.
  • Commercial devices with Fingerprint Scanners for Glass and Metal are expected to launch in early 2018
  • Commercial devices with Fingerprint Scanners for Display are expected to launch in Summer 2018.


Vivo Announces FunTouch OS 3.1 Check Your device in list

Vivo Announces FunTouch OS 3.1 Based on Android 7.1 Nougat

Vivo has announced a new version of its custom FunTouch OS which will be based on the latest version of Android. FunTouch OS 3.1 is said to be based on Android 7.1 Nougat and will start rolling out to eligible devices over the next couple of months.

The Eligible phones include the Vivo X9Plus, X9, Xplay6, X7, X7 Plus, Xplay5A, Xplay5 5S/Xplay5 Elite/Xplay5 Ultimate. The Vivo X9 and X9 Plus will be the first to be updated. The update should start rolling out to the X9 Plus on the 18th of July and to the X9 on the 31st of July.

Before the final update, Vivo says it will push out random beta updates to the X9 Plus, X9, and Xplay6 for testing. It also apologizes for the delay in the roll out to devices as it is working on releasing an update that works well instead of rushing and putting out one filled with bugs.


Vivo X9S & X9S Plus Promotional Poster Leaks

Vivo X9S & X9S Plus Promotional Poster Leaks

Vivo X9S was tipped to be the first smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 660 chip. Vivo may be gearing up to launch the X9S along with the X9S Plus as the next set of SD-660 phones. A photo has been shared on Weibo which looked like a promotional poster for the Vivo X9S and X9S Plus. The Weibo tipster who shared the photo hinted that the poster was spotted in a Vivo experience store apparently in China.

The poster itself reveals the renders of what should be the X9s and X9s Plus even though we cannot distinguish the two. The device seems to have a dual selfie camera setup. The dual setup at the front is part of the promotional caption of the poster which projects the 20MP dual selfie camera with soft flash which the TENAA listing for the X9s Plus reveals is a 20MP + 5MP combination.

Specifications(According to the TENAA listing):

The Vivo X9s Plus will be coming with a 5.85-inch OLED screen that will be delivering a full HD screen resolution of 1,920 x 1080 pixels. It is driven by an octa-core processor that clocks at 1.95 GHz. the first Vivo smartphone to be powered by the recently launched Snapdragon 660 chipset. The chipset will be accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and it will be arriving with a native storage of 64 GB. It will come preinstalled with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

The main camera of Vivo X9s Plus will be of 16-megapixel that will be accompanied by a single-LED flash and the front will be housing a dual camera setup of 20-megapixel + 5-megapixel snappers.

The Vivo X9s and X9s Plus are basically upgrades of the X9 and X9 Plus released last year. Some of the specs include a 3,920mAh battery inside the X9s Plus and a front fingerprint sensor embedded under the physical Home button.