Next Vivo phone might come with a 1/1.7'', 20.2MP sensor and a Nikon SLR chip
In a world where words such as Samsung and Apple have become synonymous for a smartphone, it's a rough life for the many no-name brands that may not be particularly bad or even at all. In a growing number of instances, that seems to have a fair bit to do with the companies' lack of marketing “chops” (= money), when compared to that of the big guys. Especially in the Western hemisphere.
This same situation is quite different in the East, however, which, most agree, will stage the next clash for superiority in the industry. Relatively unknown brands such as Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Meizu and others are just getting their names heard, and it will probably be a longer while still, until you start spotting them in the mainstream. At the same time, those very brands are generating waves in their home markets, and are already readying quite a surprise for their behemoth, but laggard rivals.
One such brand is BBK. You've probably never heard of it, though you may have heard of Oppo and, recently, Vivo – currently holding the world's thinnest smartphone title with the X3. Oppo, along with Vivo, are both the brainchildren of BBK. And though it might take a not-too shabby nudge to get most to see quality under a name different than the prior-mentioned giants of technology, phones like the about-to-be-unveiled Oppo N1 have been proving why they deserve attention.
So, after three paragraphs worth of setting the perspective just right, let's talk about the new rumors surrounding Vivo's next flagship. According to a few official-looking promo renders posted on Vivo's forum, the next phone in the company's line-up is about to jump on the now trending cameraphone bandwagon. That's courtesy of an alleged 1/1.7-inch, 20.2MP CMOS sensor, an aperture of f/2.0, and a Nikon EXPEED chip. If you have a trusty memory, then you've probably already figured out that these are some impressive-sounding specs, at least on paper.
Not much else of note has yet been revealed, though there are exceptions. For starters, the pictures, found immediately below, were quickly removed from Vivo's boards. The company's official stand is that while a new flagship is coming by the end of the year, these are just a random person's conceptions. Of course, this doesn't really explain why they should bother the company enough to warrant what feels like a rather over-the-board response. Having said that, we're by no means claiming these represent an upcoming Vivo device, though that has more to do with the too-good-to-be-true camera than anything else – even though we know that BBK is capable of pulling off yet another hardware feat.
Vivo's next cameraphone? Fullscreen
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Vivo's next cameraphone?
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm digging the design as it reminds me of the iPhone 5S. Let's see what this phone is made of in the next coming months.
3. juandante (Posts: 214; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
I read a news sometime ago where Nikon said they will enter the phone market. But I hope they will enter it with a very well established brand, I would really love to see a Blackberry with a Nikon camera setup. Best seller ?
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I like BB10, but no way would I consider it as my main driver. Plus, any effort BB makes is useless as they just sink themselves further into a hole.
6. juandante (Posts: 214; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
In what way BB using a Nikon camera set up in their next phone would make them sink more ? You are just a manipulated PA guyee because I know a lot of people that would be ready to throw their Android phone if BB uses a... Nikon camera chip.
13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4183; Member since: 14 May 2012)
No one is buying BB. Why do you keep lying to yourself?
17. buccob (Posts: 725; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Wow dude... My country is still one of the most loyal BlackBerry consumers... and even I don't know anyone who would buy newer BlackBerry Handsets anymore...
10. woodshop20 (Posts: 433; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
BB10? Seriously? That OS is targeted at corporate use. Why would businessmen need a 20 MP camera?
21. reckless562 (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
because he WANTS ONE!!!! gawd man @ woodshop20 .....Really??? but yea bb10 only if they pull their head out of theyre ass
15. KParks23 (Posts: 385; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
Did u just say well established brand they say the sinking boat that is BB lmfao BB will be exiting the market very soon!
7. Insignificant (Posts: 141; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
And the iP5.
And the iP4S.
And the iP4.
8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 530; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
It looks pretty awesome very eye candy premium looking...
2. james004 (Posts: 349; Member since: 15 May 2013)
The LED flash will never leave humans alone.
5. darkskoliro (Posts: 736; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Ok so delay buying a phone for another year then? :(
9. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 462; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
this is awesome a rotating (flipping) lens,lol..i must add company like these really are not to be misjudge.samsung/apple design team makes smartphones.oppo,vivo,xiaomi,meizu make better smartphones (thinner design,more mah battery,and this..
12. amats69 (Posts: 732; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Nikon cam on a phone? D*mn that would be awesome! From which country is vivo from?thanks...china?just askin
16. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
1/1.7 is a point'n'shoot camera sized sensor. Don't get too excited.
19. juandante (Posts: 214; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
It's the sensor size of the Nokia N8. Well I don't know how well N8 performs vs the new phones of this year, but with updated software and the bigger more sensible sensor I'm sure that this 1/1.7 will outperform any 1/3 sensor of this world.
14. SonyPS4 (Posts: 154; Member since: 21 May 2013)
This is one of the most elegant smartphone i ever see.
18. sergiobr (Posts: 207; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
If Nikon enter this game they´ll win ! But ... not with this Vivo, nor BB, just with Sammy or others top dogs.
20. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Not sure why anyone would consider this an innovation. Phones with similar forms existed in the past, just to mention Nokia or siemens.
22. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Well, even samsung and lg belong to the eastern hemisphere, so nothing new happening here....