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Vivo launches the mid-range S15e with a Samsung Exynos chipset and a 50MP main camera

The new S15e. (Source: Vivo)
The new S15e. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo has announced the S15e as a perhaps more affordable alternative to the new X80 mobile-photography flagship smartphones today (April 25, 2022). It has a modern design, although it lags behind a bit in terms of display refresh rate and Android version out of the box. This panel is driven by a lesser-spotted Exynos processor from Samsung.

The new Vivo X80 series is finally official; however, there may be those a little reserved about upgrading to one of these highly premium and distinctive devices. For these consumers, there is also the latest addition to the BBK Electronics brand's S line of Android devices.

It has an increasingly conventional flat-edged design, along with angel-eye rear shooters slightly disguised in a multi-layer camera hump. One "eye" houses an (unspecified) 50MP main module, whereas the other is split between an 8MP ultrawide-angle lens and a 2MP one for macros.

A 16MP camera occupies the S15e's FHD+ AMOLED display's water-drop notch, which (despite having an appreciable 1,300 nits of maximum brightness) has a 90Hz refresh rate. Its contents are informed by OriginOS Ocean, which might be the latest version of Vivo's software skin, but is based on Android 11 in this case.

As for the SoC behind all this, Vivo has used up more of its order from Samsung by conferring the Exynos 1080 on the new phone. However, the phone's real highlight is nearly flagship-grade 66W charging for its 4,700mAh battery.

The NFC-enabled Vivo S15e comes in 8/128GB, 8/256GB or 12/256GB RAM/internal storage configurations, now priced at 1,999 (~US$305), 2,299 (~$350) and 2,499 (~$381) yuan in China.

Vivo unveils the S15e. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo unveils the S15e. (Source: Vivo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-25 (Update: 2022-04-25)