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.