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Vivo launches in Kenya and releases the industry’s first dual pop-up camera phone

Global technology company Vivo has stamped its mark in the Kenyan market by launching its regional offices in the Kenyan capital and also unveiled the new V17 Pro smartphone in the Kenyan Market.

Vivo is committed to the Kenyan market and looks forward to making the most of its innovation and ingenuity to deliver user experiences that Kenyan consumers love. The company is actively investing in offline retail stores as a touch-point in Kenya to enable customers to have first-hand experience with Vivo smartphones. 

Vivo aims to create a positive socio-economic impact through its existence in the market.  It, therefore, seeks to create jobs to the Kenyan population which three quarter consists of youths below the age of 30 years. Vivo also aims to open up opportunities for creativity and innovation through partnerships with local tertiary institutions and innovation centres.

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With its launch in the country, Vivo not only aims to be a key player in the technology sector but also a brand that has the people’s interest at heart. To that effect, Vivo Kenya has already opened a new customer service centre in the Nairobi CBD with plans to launch new centres in Mombasa and Eldoret in the next six months. This is to enable a continuous supply of quality products and services.

V17 Pro in Satin Black and Silk White designs

The new V17 Pro houses a total of 6 cameras on the front and back that allow users to redefine their selfies with the industry’s first 32MP Dual Pop-up Front Camera, a powerful upgrade to Vivo’s iconic Elevating Front Camera.

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V17 Pro also houses cutting-edge features such as the Super AMOLED Ultra FullView™ Display, professional-grade 48MP AI Quad Camera, plus stunning makeover features created to compliment the lifestyle of today’s young and stylish consumers.

Speaking today at the offices Vivo Kenya CEO, Mr. Arthur Xian said “The creation of V17 Pro once again showcases our strong consumer-centric innovation approach. The new V series member brings brilliant camera systems on both the front and back of the smartphone to empower consumers to redefine their photography experience,” 

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The President for the Vivo Middle East and Africa Region, Mr. Jet Xu said “V17 Pro is a masterpiece that we are extremely proud of, as it reinforces our position as a pioneer in bringing best-in-class mobile experiences to the Kenyan Market” He added.

Vivo Kenya Management posing for a picture during the Launch of the Vivo Brand and the V17 pro

The V17 is part of an array of different versions of the Vivo brand with features such as the 91.65% screen-to-body ratio, the artificial intelligence-powered cameras that pop up. These plus the striking blend of technology ad price for today’s savvy millennials are key to delivering results for the company. 

“V17 Pro also houses cutting-edge features such as the Super AMOLED Ultra FullView™ Display, professional-grade 48MP AI Quad Camera, plus stunning makeover features created to compliment the lifestyle of today’s young and stylish consumers, said Vivo Training Manager, Peter .

Vivo continues to place world-first features into their smartphones to enable better mobile experiences and has ambitions to continue its growth trajectory and international expansion by providing stylish and dynamic products to more consumers around the world. Currently, Vivo is present in more than 30 markets including Kenya, Nigeria, with Egypt, Morocco, and the Middle East countries.

Also commenting on the move The Communications Authority of Kenya’s (CA), Mr Matano Ndaro Director of Licensing, compliance and standards has put his weight behind Vivo, commending them for their entry into the Kenyan market and plans to contribute immensely to the economy and create job opportunities. “ As a government, we are constantly encouraging investors to tap into the investment opportunities available in the country especially in ICT. As an arm that focuses on regulation, we encourage the public to only procure mobile phones that are CAK approved to avoid any health hazard.”

Mr Matano has also elaborated on the governments plan to boost access to Internet access across the country. “99% of all data sold in Kenya is accessed through a mobile phone. We, therefore, aim to engage in private-public partnerships that will help us achieve the target of connecting every Kenyan. This is why we welcome Vivo wholeheartedly.”

R to L Vivo Kenya GM Mr Arthur Xian, Mr Matano Ndaro, Director of Licensing, compliance and standards at Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Mr Jet Xu, President Vivo Middle East and Africa Reg and Amina toast

Vivo has a strategy to accelerate its innovations across smart devices and applications for the Internet of things era. Based on 5G enabled smartphones, Vivo is committed to its strategy to expand its 5G device offerings to include AR glasses, smartwatches, smart headphones and more. 

V17 Pro Specifications 

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE Octa-core
Storage 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM
Battery 4100mAh with Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Operating System Funtouch OS 9.1 (based on Android 9)
Dimensions 159.00 × 74.70 × 9.80 mm
Weight 201.8g
Screen 6.44” Ultra FullView™ Display
Type Super AMOLED
Touch Screen 2.5D (Glass)
Biometric recognition
In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology
Camera Front: 32MP Front Camera + 8MP Wide-Angle Front Camera
Rear: 48MP Main Camera + 8MP Wide-Angle + 2MP Super Macro Camera + 2MP Depth Camera 
Scene Modes DOC, PRO, SLO-MO, TIME-LAPSE, Camera Filter,
4K Video, Touch to shutter, Voice Control,
Palm Gesture, AR Stickers, Super Night Mode, Jovi Image Recognizer, AI Scene Identification, Bokeh (front cameras), Ultra wide angle, Super Macro,
Pre-Installed Apps
Google Services Play Store, Google, Chrome, Google Assistant, Gmail, Map, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Play Movie&TV, Duo, Google Photos, Google Pay
USB (USB2.0), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (Bluetooth 5.0), GPS, OTG
Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope
Items in the box
V17 Pro, Earphone, Documentation, USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, SIM Ejector, Protective Case, Protective Film (applied)
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Feritter Owich
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