Vivo announced out of the blues recently the emergence of a new Z series with the Vivo Z1 coming as the first smartphone under the new series. The Chinese tech giant has now launched the Vivo Z1 today in China. The Z1 has even gone on sale earlier today in China with a decent price tag starting at 1,798 Yuan (~$282).
The Vivo Z1 comes with a superior hardware configuration and design which seems to further compound our confusion as to what the right definition of a midrange/flagship smartphone is. The device features a 6.26-inch Full-view In-cell LCD display with an 89.53% screen-to-body ratio. The full-screen design is further enhanced with a notch design which trims much of the bezel at the top leaving the part with the cut-out. This is obviously to give users a more stunning visual experience. The device is near bezel-less at the sides while it has a minimal amount of bezel at the bottom edge. The frame is narrow with a 19:9 aspect ratio which takes into account the notch. The device has an ultra-slim body which is just 7.79mm thick.
The Vivo Z1 rear design is also spectacular looking with its metal body. The body comes in pretty attractive colour options – Black, Blue and Red. The design of the fuselage is curved at the edges (3D arc) making it easy for users to firmly grip the phone. The device packs a dual camera setup at its rear which is arranged vertically at the top left corner. There is an LED flash at the bottom of the lenses. The device also packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor at the middle. Just under the fingerprint sensor is the Vivo logo. In addition, the antenna band is well hidden at the back that it is hardly noticeable.
Configuration wise, the Vivo Z1 rear camera consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for bokeh. There is also PDAF and AI smart camera feature. On the front side, there’s a 24-megapixel ultra-high pixel shooter with AI beauty technology, AI background blur, AR cute shooting and other features to meet the need of selfie lovers. The selfie shooter also comes with facial recognition feature which can detect up to 1024 feature dimensions of the face.
On the driving seat is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and there is 64GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD. The Vivo Z1 equally comes with dual SIM slots and a separate slot for microSD card. The two SIM slots support 4G VoLTE technology. The SIM tray is position on the left side of the display while the power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side. The bottom edge has the 3.5mm audio jack, speakers and micro-USB interface.
The Vivo midrange phone runs on TouchOS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and gets power from a 3260mAH battery. With the highly efficient SD660 chipset onboard, the device should be able to use less power while delivering high on performance. The Z1 also has a built-in Jovi AI Assistant. Jovi can actively understand the user’s habits and provide the user with the most suitable solution after learning. It proactively remind users of travel time, plan routes for users, and manage user’s life without any limitations.
As stated earlier, the Vivo Z1 is presently on reservation via JD.com and is slammed with a 1,798 Yuan (~$282) price tag which is definitely a deal breaker. Find more Vivo Z1 pictures below.