We were invited to join the Philippine delegation to Vivo’s launch event in India last April 4-7 but we weren’t able to join due to conflict in schedule. Fortunately, VIVO and their PR sent us a copy of their latest announcement.
Yes, you read it correctly – Vivo is finally coming to the Philippines, and this isn’t actually surprising because the Philippines is a hotbed of smartphone lovers but still with low smartphone penetration rate. With rate of 55%, The Philippines lags behind Malaysia and India when it comes to smartphone penetration rate. Tapping such potency is one of the reasons why Vivo is coming to the Philippines. According to Annie Lime, Vivo Philippines Brand Director, “Vivo’s latest innovation, the V3 and V3 Max, highlight Vivo’s dedication to design and creativity coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Through the V-series, we are confident that we can give Filipinos what matters the most for them—great performance and premium features that are at an affordable price point. The V series is set to give consumers a better option that will give them cutting-edge functions and Hi-Fi music quality that only Vivo can offer.”
Apart from announcing the dawn of Vivo in the Philippines this April 2016, Vivo also launched V3 and V3 Max in India. These 2 devices are tailor-fitted to Asians, especially to Philippines.
The 2 new smartphones are powered by Snapdragon processors. V3 Max has a Snapdragon 652 Octa-core processor sitting inside its core, while the V3 has a Snapdragon 616. These 2 processors are lauded for being power-efficient and powerful so users are assured to have seamless and smooth experience.
Here are the main differences between the 2 devices:
|Vivo V3 Max||Vivo Max V3|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|5.5″ Full HD display||5″ HD Display|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa-core Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa-core Processor|
|4GB RAM/32GB ROM (Expandable up tp 128GB)||3GB RAM/32GB ROM (Expandable up tp 128GB)|
|13mp Rear Camera, 8mp Front Camera||13mp Rear Camera, 8mp Front Camera|
|3,000 mAh battery||2,550 mAh battery|
|With fingerprint sensor|
Curious about how these 2 devices look? Here’s a video from our friends at Unbox:
The prices of these 2 devices are yet to be known, but will be available this April (for V3) and May (for V3 Max). Apart from the 2 devices, Vivo is set to make Vivo Y51 available for only PhP7,990 via their distribution partners: Memo Xpress, Ez Text, Fonetwist, Flasher, Mege One, Twinline, Cyberwidget, Cybertab, CQE, Aerophone, and Wiltelcom branches in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.