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Vivo launches the S5, a mid-range phone with a slightly novel diamond-shaped camera module

The Vivo S5's "diamond" camera. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo S5's "diamond" camera. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo's S5 might be taken for just another device in a steadily-growing range of mid-range quad-cam products, were it not for the rather more original way in which the OEM has arranged its rear image sensors. They are in a square housing, but one rotated through 90 degrees compared to that of, say, the Pixel 4.

The Vivo S5 sets itself apart from other Snapdragon 712-powered devices with a quad 48+8+2+5MP (for ordinary photography, ultrawide-angle, macro and depth-sensing respectively) rear camera in what the OEM calls a "diamond" arrangement.

This puts 3 of its lenses in an appropriately-shaped module with the main flash, which is on the left when looking at the device's rear panel. The remaining sensor is placed immediately under this housing, the outer border of which is also designed to match that of the S5's distinguishing feature.

Besides this detail, the new Vivo phone has a punch-hole selfie camera as suggested in some leaks prior to its launch. The rest of its specs were also predicted accurately by the tipsters in question: its display is a 6.44-inch FHD+ panel and it does has a 4100mAh battery with the OEM's 22.5-watt "Flash Charge" technology. In addition, the S5 has an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The S5's leakers were also correct in that the phone has 8GB of RAM. It is paired to SKUs with 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. They are priced at 2698 yuan (or about US$384) and 2998 yuan (~$427) respectively from Vivo's own Chinese-region web-store. The new phone has Star Black, Icelandic Love Song (yes, really: a pinkish-mint gradient) or Phantom Blue (a more appealing deep purplish shade) colorways, but is only available to reserve in the first 2 at present.

The Vivo S5 will be available for pre-order tomorrow (November 15, 2019), and for general sales on November 22.

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The Vivo S5's new color options. (Source: Vivo)
The Vivo S5's new color options. (Source: Vivo)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-11-14 (Update: 2019-11-14)