Vivo V3 Specs, Price, Initial Impressions, Features, Actual Unit Photos

The new Vivo V3 is already slated to be released in the Philippines within this month, April 2016. This model - simply put - is the smaller, less powerful, and more affordable version of the Vivo V3 Max phablet, which I talked about earlier.

Vivo V3

Like its larger sibling, the V3 also flaunts a CNC-crafted magnelium alloy unibody shell that looks premium and elegant. The curved 2.D glass face provides an air of sophistication and makes the device even nicer to hold and behold.

Vivo V3

In fact, according to the Chinese handset maker, Vivo V3's aesthetics and build could very well be its strongest suits.

Vivo V3
To be fair, it's quite hard to find a gorgeous metal-clad handset like this in the midrage category. Vivo V3 dons an official SRP of 17,980 Indian Rupees or roughly Php 12,500 with current conversion.

Vivo V3

Having played with the handset during its launch in Mumbai, I really have to say that Vivo V3 one of the best-crafted handsets in its price bracket; Its build is quite stellar. I reckon many of you will agree with me once this model hits store shelves in our country a few days from now.

Vivo V3

Alright! Now, let's talk about this upcoming smartphone's key technical specifications and unique selling points.

On the outside, Vivo V3 sports a 5-inch HD IPS OGS screen that looks crisp and clear regardless of the viewing angle. There's a 13 MegaPixel camera at the back with phase detection autofocus that's complemented by an 8 MegaPixel selfie cam in front.

Vivo V3
Both shooters have Vivo's Ultra HD mode that greatly enhances details to deliver even finer looking shots, ready for printing or sharing on social networking sites.

Vivo V3

Under the hood, Vivo V3 runs its FunTouchOS-flavored Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system with a 64-Bit Octa-Core Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 chipset incorporating four ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz, four similar CPUs clocked at 1 GHz, and an Adreno 510 GPU. The device also has 3GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and comes wih 32GB of internal storage that users can beef up using the secondary SIM slot doubling as a microSD card expansion module.

In contrast, the bigger and more expensive Vivo V3 Max runs on the more powerful 64-Bit Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset and has 4GB of RAM for even an more enjoyable mobile multitasking experience.

Vivo V3
Like the V3 Max, Vivo V3 features a top-notch fingerprint scanner at the back that allows you to unlock the phone, snap selfies, and log-in to supported apps with but a touch of a finger.

Powered by a non-removable 2,550 mAh Li-Ion battery pack delivering around a whole day of uptime, Vivo V3 has Dual SIM, Dual Standby capability and supports LTE Cat4 mobile connectivity.

Vivo V3

Perfect for mobile consumers who love listening to their favorite music tracks on-the-go, Vivo V3 - just like the company's flagship X-Series models - also comes with an AK 4375 Hi-Fi chipset that lets you hear more of the basses and trebles in each song -- whether you're using the included earphones or the loud speaker.

Vivo V3

For those who are wondering, FunTouchOS is basically an app-drawer free interface for Android that looks and works a lot like Apple iOS. You also get quick access to connectivity switches plus brightness and volume control by swiping from the bottom edge up and you can quickly check notifications by swiping down from the top edge.

Vivo V3

Apart from its aesthetics and UI, what I love about the Vivo V3 is that it has dedicated RAM for the camera. This means that you can launch the imaging app in a snap! No more missed opportunities to shoot fast moving subjects. Sweet, eh?

Vivo V3

Again, TP Friends, you can expect to see Vivo V3 in store shelves across the Philippines later this month, April 2016. As yet, we don't have the official SRP for our country but I'm guessing that it should come in at around Php 12,500 to Php 13,000.

Vivo V3

Is it the right smartphone for you? If you're on the look-out for a beautiful metal-clad Android handset with fingerprint scanner, Hi-Fi audio chip, good selfie cam, and decent set of innards, you should definitely include this model in your list of devices to check out and give a test run.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Vivo V3
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions143.6 x 71 x 7.5 mm
Weight 138 grams
Available Colors Gold
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop with Funtouch OS 2.5
Display 5.0 inches (~67.6% screen-to-body ratio), 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density), IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 64-Bit Octa Core = Quad Core 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A53 + Quad Core 1 GHz ARM Cortex A53, Adreno 510 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8939v2 Snapdragon 616 chipset
Internal Storage 32GB of ROM, expandable via hybrid nanoSIM slot that also works as a microSD card expansion slot supporting up to 128GB
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, phase detection
Front: 8 MegaPixels
Video Capture Front and Back: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSPA+; LTE Cat4
GPS Yes, with GLONASS, BDS, and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerscanner
Network 2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 40(2300)
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM, Dual 4G
Battery Non-removable 2,550 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features 3GB RAM, Hi-Fi audio chip
Announcement April 5, 2016
Availability April 2016
Price Official: 17,980 Indian Rupees
Price Guesstimate for the Philippines: Php 12,500 to Php 13,000

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