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Vivo's V17 Pro is the first smartphone with dual pop-up selfie cams and flash

The pop-up module includes 32 MP + 8 MP cameras, an additional earpiece and a flash unit. (Source: Vivo)
The pop-up module includes 32 MP + 8 MP cameras, an additional earpiece and a flash unit. (Source: Vivo)
The motorized pop-up module integrates a 32 MP main sensor with a 105-degree FOV 8 MP ultra-wide angle shooter, plus an additional earpiece and a flash unit. The V17 Pro comes with a Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage and it also features a rear quad-cam setup with 48 / 13 / 8 / 2 MP sensors.

Vivo was the first to introduce pop-up selfie cams in commercial smartphones back in June 2018 with the NEX A model. The Chinese company was clearly not a big fan of notched displays and sought to bring the largest possible screen to body ratio by implementing the selfie cam and remaining sensors in a special pop-up module placed on the upper edge of the handheld. Other solutions that enable the integration of full displays include rotating rear cams that act as selfies and in-display sensors, but these do not seem as elegant as the pop-up approach, so Vivo is still sticking to it for now and is ready to improve the original design with dual-cam setups.

The freshly announced Vivo V17 Pro is the company’s first phone to integrate a dual pop-up selfie cam, plus it sports a rear quad-cam setup, as well. The specs recommend it as a premium mid-ranger, as it is powered by a Snapdragon 675 SoC coupled with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. On the display side, Vivo is adding a 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with 20:9 aspect ratio and there is also an in-display fingerprint reader. It runs Android 9.0 with Funtouch 9.1 on top and comes with a 4,100 mAh battery that supports Dual Engine Fast Charging (18 W). Color options include Crystal Black and Crystal Sky.

Back to the camera setups, the pop-up module is wider now since it integrates a 32 MP regular cam with a new 8 MP ultra-wide angle senor that has a 105-degree field of view. Moreover, it houses an additional earpiece and a flash unit that works in conjunction with a new Night Selfie mode for improved low-light shots. On the back, there is a main 48 MP sensor, a 13 MP telephoto one with 2X zoom, an 8 MP cam with ultra-wide angle lens that doubles as macro shooter and the usual depth cam with a 2 MP sensor.

The Vivo V17 Pro will start shipping on September 27 for ~US$420, but it will be available only in India at launch. Vivo did promise it will bring it to Western markets in a few months.

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Crystal Black and Crystal Sky color options (Source: GSMArena)
Crystal Black and Crystal Sky color options (Source: GSMArena)

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-09-20 (Update: 2019-09-20)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.