After a week of teasers and speculations, local tech consumer brand Cherry Mobile finally introduces its first 5G-enabled handsets in the country. Meet — the Aqua S10 Pro 5G and the Aqua SV 5G.
Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro 5G
The first we have here is the Aqua S10 Pro 5G. It is the successor of the last year’s Aqua S10 Pro with the inclusion of the latest 5G connectivity, and more. It features a slightly large 6.78-inch IPS display in Full HD resolution with a punch-hole cut-out for the 16MP selfie snapper. It has a Dimensity 700 5G chip with a 7nm process, accompanied by 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, and runs on Android 11.
Aside from its processor, the Aqua S10 Pro 5G retains the same quad-camera setup seen on its predecessor. It comes with a 48MP primary shooter alongside 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth camera modules. It also offers a large 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support through USB-C, as well as 10W for wireless charging, and includes an audio jack.
The Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro 5G retails for PHP 7,999.
Cherry Mobile Aqua SV 5G
The latter is obviously the best part since we have already heard of the Aqua S10 Pro and the name “Aqua SV” sounds like it came out fresh from the oven. It also marks the highlight of Cherry’s new era of venturing into the 5G scene.
The Aqua SV 5G features a 6.6-inch AMOLED display in Full HD resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, and a 90Hz refresh rate. It has a pill-shaped punch-hole cut-out housing the 16MP dual front cameras with a 2MP depth sensor and also comes with a set of four cameras on the back, comprised of 64MP main, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensors.
Inside, it uses a more-powerful 6nm Dimensity 810 chip, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage. It also comes with a liquid cooling system and runs on Android 11. For biometrics, the Aqua SV comes equipped with an in-display fingerprint scanner for another layer of security. It also has a 4,200mAh battery with 30W fast charging tech through USB-C with dual-mic.
The Cherry Mobile Aqua SV 5G sells out for PHP 11,999.
Both smartphones will be available at Cherry Mobile stores and kiosks nationwide, including the brand’s online shopping channels on Cherry Shop, Shopee, and Lazada. It is also worth noting that the Aqua SV 5G will come with a special discounted price of PHP 9,999 on Shopee on May 8, so be sure to keep an eye on that.
Vivo T1 5G: Unboxing and First Impressions
Is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions.
Vivo’s new T-series smartphones are directly aimed at Gen Z. Such shoppers, according to Vivo, seek well-designed items with good features for the price. The Vivo T1 5G is the first smartphone in this new series that offers a sleek new style. It also has a massive 64-megapixel triple camera setup, a 90Hz refresh rate display, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G chipset.
So, is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let’s take a quick look at our first impressions.
First, let’s look at the box. The phone arrives with a charger and a decent back case in a package. This ensures you won’t have to shell out extra cash for a phone case. The Vivo T15G is available in two colors: Turbo Black and Turbo Cyan.
It’s a fairly standard unboxing experience when you first open the Vivo T1 5G. There’s a cardboard box with the silicone casing and a user guide. The charging brick, charging cord, and SIM ejector tool are all located beneath the device.
Design and Build
The Vivo T1 5G comes with a 6.58-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone weighs 187g and is 8.25mm thick. It also has a dewdrop notch on top with a 16-megapixel camera, a hefty chin on the bottom, and narrow bezels on both sides of the screen. Interestingly, the camera island on the phone is reminiscent of the triple camera design on the Huawei P50.
The Vivo T1 5G has a plastic body, but it looks attractive with a gleaming black finish. The phone’s smooth matte back texture and curved corners make it easy to handle.
Under the hood
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 5G, Qualcomm’s mid-range chipset with integrated 5G and designed for mobile gaming, powers the Vivo T1 5G. Vivo has also included a virtual RAM function that allows you to use a portion of the phone’s storage as extra RAM. Depending on the model, this can range from 1GB to 4GB.
The Vivo T1 5G should be able to play Call of Duty Mobile or Genshin Impact in high settings. However, we will still have to park this one as we fully test the phone in our full review.
So far, the phone feels smooth and fluid as I navigate the UI and switch between apps. I appreciate how FunTouch OS 12 is implemented here because it appears more like the stock Android UI. It’s a lot easier to use and much cleaner.
On the back, the phone has a triple camera configuration with a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. A 16-megapixel front camera is available for selfies.
In our initial shots, the 64-megapixel primary camera takes photos in daylight with ease. It captures fine details and has a decent dynamic range. We also tried taking shots at night, and we are pleased with the photos it produced. The f/1.79 aperture delivers plenty of details and, combined with its Super Night Mode feature, denoises photos while adding more light to nighttime shots.
Here are some shots were taken by the Vivo T1 5G:
Vivo attempted to improve performance by including a high-refresh-rate display, additional cameras, and a large battery. As a result, the Vivo T1 5G is an all-around mid-range smartphone designed for Gen Z and gamers.
However, the Vivo T1 may have been superior in some areas if it had opted for a punch-hole display and a 120hz refresh rate. So, should you go with the Vivo T1 5G or one of the other alternatives? We’ll get to that in our full review, which will be out soon.
You can also watch our unboxing video here:
|vivo T1 5G||Key Specifications|
|Display||6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED, 90Hz|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G|
|Rear Camera||64MP main|
66W Flash Charge
The Vivo T1 5G is currently selling at P16,999 locally at Vivo’s flagship stores online via Shopee and Lazada and authorized retailers nationwide.
Vivo launches Imaging Academy led by renowned photographers
To premiere photography masterclass episodes online.
Ahead of the local introduction of its newest flagship smartphone series, the leading smartphone brand vivo announces the launch of the vivo Imaging Academy. The academy will feature a series of online classes with renowned photographers here and abroad which aim to not only spotlight the outstanding photography features of the vivo X80 series but also impart top-notch photography techniques straight from the ZEISS masters.
There will be a total of five main episodes which will each be spearheaded by photography masters and experts. Every 35-minute episode will showcase the masters’ work and life experiences, case studies, and the key imaging functions and features of the X80 series in relation to different types of photography. At the end of each session, participants are encouraged to capture images and create their own art while applying the new techniques they have just learned.
Meet the Masters
New York-based photographer Michael Halsbandwas determined that he wanted to become a photographer at the very young age of 10. Many years and thousands of photographs later, he has already made his mark in the photography scene as the former exclusive photographer of The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Andy Warhol, among many prominent bands and celebrities.
His works are exhibited and archived by major art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania. For the vivo Imaging Academy series, Michael will be sharing his insights about Portrait Photography: Journey to understand what defines to be an iconic image.
Peter Van Agtmael
Known for his surrealist style of photography is multi-awarded photographer Peter Van Agtmael who is also based in New York. Heavily influenced by his Yale history degree and the 911 attacks, his works usually reflect images of conflicts, history, nationalism, militarism, and social classes. He works with the New York Times and his works are archived by the International Center of Photography, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Deutsche Bank, and Yale University Art Gallery.
Because of his extensive work especially on the US wars in Israel and Palestine, Peter has been recognized by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Magnum Foundation, Pictures of the Year International (PoYI), and the Pulitzer Center, among others. For the vivo Imaging Academy series, Peter will be talking about Documentary Photography: Finding the beauty in the ordinary.
Michael and Peter will also be joined by other renowned photographers who are also experts in their respective fields. Among them is an artist and photojournalist Issa Barte. Despite picking up photography only during the pandemic, her passion and dedication to giving a platform to the existing climate crisis at a grassroots level made it too difficult for National Geographic not to notice her work. In 2021, she was recognized as one of NatGeo’s 25 Young Explorers and Changemakers around the globe. Issa will be sharing her story and some expert tips through her episode Nature Photography: empowering change through photography.
ZEISS Ambassador E-Jay Zhang specializes in urban architecture, night scenes, and night portrait photography. All the way from China, E-Jhay will be spearheading the episode Night Shot: Capture Amazing City Landscape at Night. To complete the list of masters and experts is Raul Romo, a self-taught freelance photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in portraiture and fashion photography.
His works include magazine cover shoots for popular celebrities like Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, and Ashanti. For the vivo Imaging Academy master class series, Raul will be talking about Commercial Photography: Leverage lights and colors for stylish portraits.
Learn From Some of the World’s Best
The vivo Imaging Academy masterclass series will be available on vivo Philippines’ official Youtube and TikTok channels starting this month. The first episode featuring Michael Halsband will be available on June 15-20 while each of the remaining episodes will be premiered individually in the succeeding months following this schedule: Peter Van Agtmael (July 15-20), Issa Barte (August 15-20), E-Jhay Zhang (September 15-20) and Raul Romo (October 15-20).
vivo X80 and X80 Pro with ZEISS now available in the PH
Purchase the vivo X80 for Php 45,999 and vivo X80 Pro for Php 59,999 (via vivo website, Shopee, and Lazada).
vivo’s latest variants in the X series – the vivo X80 and vivo X80 Pro — have finally arrived in the Philippines. Following its recent launch and pre-order schedule, the vivo X80 series is now available in all vivo concept stores, kiosks, and official Shopee and Lazada stores nationwide.
The vivo X80 and vivo X80 Pro, both powered by ZEISS technology, are certainly a technological feat designed to enable users to create and own their masterpieces. Packed with powerful features, the vivo X80, priced at Php45,999, and the vivo X80 Pro, which lists at Php59,999, will redefine mobile communication for everyone. Here’s why:
Optimal performance to rely on
The vivo X80 and vivo X80 Pro deliver powerful performance to ensure users get the most of their smartphone experience. Both variants of the vivo X80 series have 12GB plus 256GB ROM with 4GB extended RAM. The vivo X80 features a 4,500mAh battery to last many hours of use and take care of all FOMO concerns. The vivo X80 Pro has a 4700mAh battery that can be charged up to 70 percent in just 19 minutes and can be fully charged in just 37 minutes using the 80W Wired FastCharge. The vivo X80 Pro also supports up to 50W wireless flash charging through the exclusive vertical charging stand bundled with the unit through online purchase.
The vivo X80 runs on the latest MediaTek Dimensity 9000 platform, which ensures fast performance and powerful 5G connectivity and can deliver hours of gaming, surfing, and photo and video taking without lag. The vivo X80 Pro houses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the most advanced 5G platform in the market today.
To further amp the performance of the vivo X80 series, vivo has developed its own customized V1+ chip to complement each processor. Besides delivering a more intense gaming experience, it enhances the phones’ photography and videography capabilities.
Capture masterpieces in the ordinary with the vivo x ZEISS camera technology
Taken by vivo X80 Pro by Jyllan Bitalac
With their many years of partnership and collaborative work, vivo and ZEISS have developed game-changing mobile photography innovations. From their first collaboration on the vivo X60 and then the vivo X70, vivo and ZEISS are now bringing the IMX866 RGBW in the vivo X80 — the first-ever and only smartphone in the market equipped with the Sony IMX866 RGBW bottom sensor — and an exclusive customized Ultra Sensing GNV sensor for the vivo X80 Pro.
With these advanced camera sensors, the vivo X80 series is set to reimagine night photography and filming, enabling users to capture vivid nighttime scenes. The vivo X80 series is also equipped with ZEISS optics with lenses coated with ZEISS T* Coating. The T* coat improves image quality, resulting in clearer and brighter images with richer details. For those who love documenting the little moments in life, vivo and ZEISS have created a perfect replica of the ZEISS Master Anamorphic cine lens, bringing to the new smartphone series the ZEISS Cinematic Style Bokeh and Cinematic Video Bokeh.
With unique elliptical flares, vintage blue streak line effects, bokeh effects and movie LUTs tonality, users will not only record the best moments in their life but they can also make them look more professional and cinematic. vivo’s exclusive motion auto-focus and panning can shoot photos with dynamic blurred backgrounds for stunning in-action photography.
All these camera technological advances will enable users to take smartphone photography and videography to the next level and own their masterpieces, masterpieces that are made with vivo and ZEISS.
Built with class and sophistication
The vivo X80 series exudes elegance and premium aesthetic. Both the X80 and X80 Pro have a 6.78-inch curved E5 AMOLED display. The vivo X80 boasts a full high-definition 120Hz display while the vivo X80 Pro has a wide quad high-definition display that can support 2400×1080- and 3200×1440-pixel resolution. The vivo X80 Pro also has a 10-bit color depth with 1,024 color levels, making color transitions more natural and the display more delicate for a clear and immersive visual experience.
The vivo X80 series comes in two stylish colorways.
The vivo X80 is available in Urban Blue reflecting the calmness of nature and ocean. The vivo X80 Pro comes in Cosmic Black inspired by the magnificence of the galaxy.
Start owning your masterpieces and get your hands on the newest vivo X80 series co-engineered with ZEISS. Purchase the vivo X80 for Php45,999 (via vivo website, Shopee, and Lazada) and vivo X80 Pro for Php 59,999 (via vivo website, Shopee, and Lazada).
Vivo T1 5G: Unboxing and First Impressions
Is the Vivo T1 5G the right phone for you? Let's take a quick look at our first impressions.
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