Vivo brings pop-up selfie camera to the masses

Jauhn Etienne Villaruel, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2019 04:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 12 2019 07:00 PM

A sample photo taken using the Vivo V15 Pro, which the Chinese smartphone maker says is made for selfie-lovers. ABS-CBN News

BORACAY, Aklan -- Vivo is betting on selfie-loving Filipinos with its V15 Pro, which features a motorized front-facing camera that pops out from the top of the phone.

Vivo is among the first to implement motorized selfie cameras, which it now brings to the mainstream with the V15 Pro, which went on sale on Friday.

Smartphone makers are finding new ways to incorporate front-facing cameras without resorting to a notch or screen cutout. Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A80 with rotating cameras.

"We are confident that the V15 Pro can cater to different preferences of the market, especially since we considered the fact that Filipinos love to take selfies and are attracted to mobile games and videos,” said Zeng Kai, brand director of Vivo Philippines.

With the 32-megapixel selfie camera tucked inside the phone's frame, the V15 Pro has a 91.64 percent screen to body ratio, which Vivo said, is good for gaming and video viewing.

The V15 Pro has three, AI-equipped rear cameras, including a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

The rear camera combines four pixels into one large pixel to deliver clear photos even in the dark.

Launched in Manila last March, the Vivo V15 Pro retails for P23,999.

A photo of the sunset in Boracay taken using the Vivo V15 Pro. ABS-CBN News
A photo of two Vivo V15 Pro users capturing the Boracay sunset using the AI-equipped rear cameras' ultra-wide angle lens. ABS-CBN News
A photo of Boracay shoreline after sunset taken using the Vivo V15 Pro. ABS-CBN News
A photo of a Boracay islet taken using the Vivo V15 Pro while on board a speeding boat highlights the camera's image stability feature. ABS-CBN News