“Why don’t you ever smile in photos?” people often ask me.
1) I grew up in the ’70s. We only took photos on special occasions.
2) I had braces for seven years.
3) When I tried to smile for pictures, this was my peg (read: smiley = no teeth).
I kind of envy the kids now who grew up comfortable with cameras, although I draw the line at duck face.
These days, it’s all about the selfie and it’s not just millennials. And now you have the perfect selfie phone.
Last Saturday, Vivo officially unveiled its flagship phone, the Vivo V5 Plus, at the SM Mall of Asia.
What makes it the perfect selfie camera?
The Vivo V5 Plus has the Bokeh Effect—a background-blurring photography filter—as well as the Face Beauty and Selfie Soft Light Effect, which give you radiant selfies even in poor lighting conditions, so there’s no need for editing or post-processing.
This means you can always tag your photos with #NoFilter and actually tell the truth.
Dual cameras on a smartphone is not a new concept but most of them are located at the back. Vivo V5 Plus has pointed its dual cameras to the front for the benefit of the selfie generation. On the front, you get a 20-megapixel camera that uses Sony technology that is paired with an 8-megapixel camera. You can readjust the focus of the photo even after taking the shot.
The Vivo V5 Plus improves upon the previous model by upgrading the rear camera to a 16-Megapixel camera.
So you have three cameras total—two are for selfies.
If you’re like me who’s always dropping my phone, worry no more. The 5.5-inch full HD display has a Gorilla Glass front for added protection. To protect the contents of your phone, the V5 Plus has an integrated fingerprint scanner on the home button for fast unlocking.
It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, an upgrade from the previous processor, with 4GB of RAM, and runs on Vivo’s Funtouch OS 3.0 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This means that aside from the dual front camera, you are getting a very powerful mobile phone.
The Vivo V5 Plus supports dual-SIM cards with one slot doubling up as the microSD card slot. It has 64GB of built-in storage that can be expanded.
The Philippine launch was hosted by Magic 89.9’s DJ Nikko Ramos and featured performances by boyband idols James Ryan and Tony Labrusca as well as singer KZ Tandingan. Meanwhile, a Perfect Selfie Fashion Show saw models demonstrating how to use the Vivo V5 Plus on the runway.
(From L-R) Shou Shou Chen, Vivo Philippines CEO Ted Xiong, SAVP-Sponsorship and Cyberzone Patrick Raymund Pacla, Vivo Philippines Vice President Hazel Bascon, National Sales Manager Robert John Decillo, and Brand Director Annie Lim