There is no denying the fact that competition has been stiff, and brands are doing everything within their reach to outsmart one another. Pushing out devices every now and then could be one such approach, and BBK subsidiary VIVO has been doing quite a lot of that in the last few quarters. The brand earlier this week silently released a new phone dubbed the VIVO Z3x – a refresh or downgrade if you like of the VIVO Z1 launched about a year ago.
We say a refresh/downgrade because the VIVO Z3x is more or less the same device as the VIVO Z1albeit featuring a different front camera and Android Pie out of the box. While the Z1 featured a 24MP front camera and runs Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1, the VIVO Z3x gets a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie snapper and boots FunTouch 9 based on Android 9 Pie with software-based performance enhancement features like Game Turbo and System Turbo.
Other specs and features are largely the same, including having a polycarbonate body fitted with dual camera setup and a fingerprint scanner at the back, and a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen with FHD+ resolution, with the traditional notch, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the front. The VIVO Z3X is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage.
The device is tipped to go on sale from May 8, although you can already pre-order same via Jd.com in China. It is priced at at $180/CNY 1,198.
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Vivo Z3x specifications
- 6.257-inch (2280 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 19:9 IPS display
- Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU
- 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
- Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
- Android 9 Pie OS with custom FunTouch OS 9.0
- Dual rear cameras: 13-megapixel f/1.8 main camera, 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor; LED Flash, PDAF, AI Scene Recognition
- 16MP front-facing camera
- Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock 2.0, Game Turbo, System Turbo
- Dimensions: 154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm ; Weight: 149.3g
- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS
- 3260mAh battery with quick charging