Vivo Z1i is a Downgraded Vivo Z1 With Snapdragon 636 SoC and 16MP Selfie Camera

Vivo has introduced a new smartphone, namely, the Vivo Z1i. As the name of the handset itself suggests, it’s a sibling of the Vivo Z1 that was launched back on May 25 this year. The new entrant features a downgraded chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 636 SoC, but it offers more storage than the Vivo Z1 and a better selfie shooter as well. The Vivo Z1i has been launched in China and Vivo did not reveal its intentions of bringing the phone to other markets such as India. Notably, the price of the Vivo Z1i is a tad higher than that of the Vivo Z1, which is very surprising to see, but Vivo might be charging a premium amount for the storage and selfie shooter.


Vivo Z1i Specifications and Features
The Vivo Z1i’s spec-sheet is pretty much similar to the Vivo X21 and the Vivo Z1. It rocks a 6.26-inch Full HD+ display on the front with 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is a slightly less powerful version of the Snapdragon 660 SoC. The chipset comes mated with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with support for storage expansion via a microSD card. The phone comes in a single variant with 128GB of internal storage, as per the available information.

Cameras on the Vivo Z1i includes a 13MP primary shooter on the rear, which works in collaboration with a 2MP depth sensor for producing bokeh effect in the images. As mentioned, Vivo has upgraded the selfie shooter on the Z1i to a 16MP unit. For the unaware, the Vivo Z1 arrived with a 12MP shooter on the front. The Z1i also offers software-based Face Unlock feature, much like other Vivo smartphones releasing these days.


Rest of the specs of the Vivo Z1i are similar to the Vivo Z1. A 3260mAh battery backs the entire smartphone; It boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based FunTouch OS out of the box; Has support for Dual 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth and GPS. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side.

Vivo Z1i Pricing and Availability
The Vivo Z1i is available in two colour options- Black with Gold accents and a Red colour variant. The price of the Vivo Z1i is set as Yuan 1898 (approx. Rs 19,900). The Vivo Z1’s price has been dropped down to Yuan 1598 (approx. Rs 16,800) in China.

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