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Smartphone offers new ‘groufie’ technology


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Camera smartphone brands have slowly dominated the mobile market in the Philippines, but Vivo Philippines has launched its latest model V5s equipped with a new technology to give that “groufie” shots perfect.

Hazel Bascon, vice-president of Vivo Philippines, said V5s is its latest model under its V5 line, which is designed for the selfie-centric Filipino market.

Bascon said that its new model is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera with f2.0 aperture, the V5s takes crystal-clear and head-turning selfies for just a price of P14,990.

“But the newest and most exciting feature of the V5s is the Group Selfie technology, which allows panoramic and up-close panning effects in “groufies” or group shots, without squeezing in or missing out anyone in the barkada,” said Bascon.

Bascon explained that this new feature’s portrait and landscape orientations likewise help capture outdoor ‘groufies’ or family portraits without needing to squeeze in or cut out anyone.

The V5s’ 20-MP sensor guarantees that the smallest of details can be captured in your selfies. The light-sensing area is larger than usual at 1/2.78 inch. This allows more light to come in which in turn enhances photo brightness.

Its high-end front camera is also supported by its 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode that can render stunning ultra HD images of up to 52 megapixels.

Another edge of the V5s over its competitors is its all-new and improved Selfie Soflight that is now even softer, making one’s face and skin tone look even brighter even in poor lighting conditions, no matter what time of the day.

The Vivo V5s also uses Face Beauty 6.0, a face-retouching and skincare tool that makes your selfies look even more radiant. The V5s’ Face Beauty mode 6.0 has three new features, namely buffing, whitening, and skin tone. This can also tailor more user-specific solutions based on one’s skin condition and features.

Unlike most smartphones that allows user to log in to only one account for social media applications, Bascon said the V5s also introduced its App Clone feature that can run two accounts using the same app. This is very useful to millennials and professionals who want to better separate their personal and social lives online.

As for its appearance, the V5s’ slimmer bezels make it smaller in size than any ordinary 5.5-inch smartphones, making it easier and more comfortable to grip. The V5s is also more resilient and protected than most mobile phones’ screen glass because of its 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass that also gives it a more minimalistic and elegant design.

Other notable features of the V5s include its 4G RAM and 64GB internal memory, Hi-Fi music technology, and 0.2-second fingerprint unlocking.

“Knowing the consumers’ love for selfies or self-portrait shots, these brands are appealing to prospective buyers by boasting of their respective camera features,” she said.

Since its entry in the Philippine market, top five premium global brand1 Vivo has successfully captured the hearts of selfie-loving Filipinos with its “perfect selfie” V5 line, the latest of which is the new Vivo V5s.

“Just launched in May this year, the V5s already proves to be the best smartphone deal compared to other brands in its price range,” Bascon said.

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