Vivo nets Steph Curry as brand ambassador, unpacks selfie smartphone

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By Edd K. Usman

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo recently scored a “coup” as it snared NBA superstar Stephen Curry as its latest and most famous brand ambassador.

Vivo Philippines vice president Hazel Bascon (right) and product manager Mark Cuevas display the new selfie smartphone -- Vivo V5, which sports a 20-MP front camera
Vivo Philippines vice president Hazel Bascon (right) and product manager Mark Cuevas display the new selfie smartphone — Vivo V5, which sports a 20-MP front camera

The revelation about Curry came during the tech firm’s unveiling of its latest selfie smartphone, the Vivo V5 that sports a 20-MP front shooter for Filipino selfie fanatics.

Its front camera has a 1/2.78″ Sony IMX376 camera sensor with a 5P lens and an aperture of f/2.0 that is sure to take in more light.

Vivo Philippine vice president Hazel Bascon and product manager Mark Cuevas led the launch of V5 and the revelation about Curry at a hotel in Paranaque City.

NBA star Stephen Curry giving his message as brand ambassador
NBA star Stephen Curry giving his message as brand ambassador

The company is pushing the V5 as a smartphone with “perfect selfie” capabilities with high-quality front-facing shooter, fast performance, and scaled-up features said to ensure great experience for its owners.

With an all-metal unibody shell back case in two colors — champagne gold and rose gold ? the V5 has a 5.5-inch 1280×720 HD display protected by a 2.5D Corning Glass that provides an ideal premium feel in one’s hand.

Further, it is armed with a MediaTex MT6750 octa-core processor at a speed of 1.5GHz in tandem with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in storage capable of expanding to 128GB using a micro SD.

v5

In a departure from the usual, the V5 has its fingerprint scanner in the front, said to be fast and able to unlock the smartphone in as quick as 0.2 seconds. It was also designed with a fast-charging technology to quickly top up its 3,000 mAh built-in battery.

The new smartphone is armed with a 32-bit AK437 digital-to-analog converter Hi-Fi chip. It also runs on Vivo?s proprietary FunTouch OS 2.6, based on Android’s 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.

The V5 sells for P12,990.

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