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Vivo has launched the X27 and X27 Pro: its newest pop-up selfie-cam phones

The Vivo X27 has a Nex S-esque selfie camera. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo X27 has a Nex S-esque selfie camera. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo has announced its newest devices in a Chinese event today (March 19, 2019). They are the X27 and X27 Pro. The X27 has 2 variants with either the Snapdragon (SD) 675 or 710, although they both have the same screen and single pop-up selfie camera. The Pro version has a larger display, and a more novel wider pop-up module with a dedicated flash.

Vivo has introduced a new device line in an event that took place today (March 19, 2019). It consists of the X27, which has been anticipated for some time as a result of several leaks. This phone is now joined by its Pro counterpart, which serves to confirm some less plausible-looking renders.

The Vivo X27 will have a feature more or less familiar to fans of the 2018 Nex series: a module that rises up out of a little silo in the top of the body of the phone. It houses a 16MP front-facing camera, which leaves the phone's screen with a screen-to-body ratio of about 87%. For this new launch, Vivo has added a new detail, however: vertical lighting strips on either side of the module that can be set to one of 6 colors.

In accordance with its previously-leaked specs, it is a mid-range phone; however, it turns out that the actual X27 has 2 variants: one with a Snapdragon (SD) 675 and one with an SD 710 SoC. Both of these pack 8GB of RAM, although the SD 675 has 128GB of internal storage, leaving a 256GB capacity for the remaining model.

The equally SD 710-powered X27 Pro bumps this phone's screen size to 6.7 inches. It is an AMOLED display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 92.12%. Its selfie camera is of a different conformation: it is longer, is placed centrally along the top of the phone and houses a dedicated LED flash along with a 32MP sensor. Vivo claims that it has developed a novel U-shaped, 10-layer PCB to accomodate this component.

The Pro also has the 48+13+5MP rear triple camera found in the X27, of which the main sensor is a Sony IMX586. Both phones also run the odd-sounding FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 (Pie) out of the box. The Vivo X27 starts at 3198 yuan (about $476) for the SD 675 version, which increases to 3598 yuan (~$536) for the SD 710 variant. The Pro version is to be sold for 3998 yuan (~$595), but won't be available for sale until April 2019. The X27s, on the other hand, will be released for sale on March 23, 2019.

The Vivo X27 line's new type of pop-up camera, as well as its color schemes. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo X27 line's new type of pop-up camera, as well as its color schemes. (Source: Vivo)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-19 (Update: 2019-03-22)