Vivo V17 Pro Debuts With World-First Dual Pop-Up Selfie Cameras
In effort to do away with display bezels and improve the camera performance on smartphones, hardware companies are coming up with unique designs. Take the new Vivo 17 Pro. It has a full front display, but instead of a selfie camera tucked underneath the screen, it uses a motorized pop-up assembly. We have seen that before, though in this case, Vivo is pitching it as the world's first dual pop-up selfie camera system.
"Double the clarity, double the fun. Make the most of the ordinary moments with the world's first 32MP dual pop-up selfie and 48MP quad rear camera," Vivo says.
For taking selfies, the Vivo 17 Pro is equipped with a main 32MP sensor and an ultrawide 8MP sensor with a 105-degree field of view (FOV). Both sit in a rectangle assembly that sits inside the phone until needed, at which point the motorized module rises to the occasion.
Around back, the Vivo 17 Pro features a 48MP sensor for the main camera, along with a 13MP telephoto lens with a 2x zoom and 10x digital zoom, an 8MP wide-angle lens (this also doubles as a macro lens, with Vivo claiming it can take photos of objects sitting just 2.5cm away), and a 2MP sensor for portrait photos. Overall, it appears (on paper) to be a robust camera system, on both the front and back.
As to the design on the back, Vivo went with a vertical arrangement. This is on contrast to Apple rolling with a large square bump for its dual and triple camera setups on its iPhone 11 models, and Huawei going with a circular design on its Mate 30 phones that is intended to look like a traditional camera lens.
Outside of the cameras, the Vivo 17 Pro sports a 6.44-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processors and 8GB of RAM. It also has 128GB of on-board storage, an in-display fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C connectivity, and a 4,100mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
Pricing has been set at 29,990 rupees in India, which is around $422 in US currency. It's not clear when or if the Vivo 17 Pro will launch in the US and/or other territories.