Global smartphone brand Vivo has unlocked the future of mobile technology in the Philippines as it introduced a new flagship, the X21 with the pioneering In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, at its launch in Okada Manila on June 21.
The event, held in the Grand Ballroom of the picturesque oceanfront integrated resort, was well- attended by media partners and other guests despite the heavy rain.
Vivo Philippines Vice President for Sales Hazel Bascon during her opening remarks highlighted the global smartphone brand’s dedication to innovation.
“What is about to unfold before you is the reveal of the world’s first smartphone to feature an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner housed in a beautifully-designed all-glass build, a smartphone that is truly exceptional in more ways than one,” she said.
Vivo Philippines representatives Patrick Villareal and Jomarie Morales explained each of the specs of the Vivo X21. The pair discussed how the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, the AI Face Access, front and rear cameras with all-pixel dual-core sensors work.
Sharing tech expertise
During the launch, Vivo also invited some of the respected industry experts to discuss the X21. They are Louie Diangson of Yugatech, Daniel Moral of GadgetMatch, Mark Milan Macanas of TechPinas, Giancarlo Viterbo of GadgetPilipinas, Peter Jan Icogo of Gizguide, Jamie Inocian of Unbox, and Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu.
Diangson discussed the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology and the AI Face Access of X21, while Morial explained how efficient the X21’s AI photography is. Meanwhile, Macanas talked about the Vivo X21’s front camera, specifically its AI Face Beauty.
Viterbo, moreover, shared how Vivo X21’s AI Game Mode keep interruptions at bay while playing PUBG Mobile and other games.
Vivo X21’s chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE, is the most powerful in the Philippines to date, Icogo confirmed. Inocian focused on Vivo X21’s 6.28-inch + FullView™ Display, while Guerrero highlighted why the Vivo X21 is one of the most advanced phones when it comes to audio playback.
Vivo also announced its partnerships with Shopee Philippines and Akulaku. Bascon and Brand Director Annie Lim from Vivo Philippines exchanged tokens with the representatives from Shopee Philippines, Jane Lim, and from Akulaku, Sean Duxiang.
Shopee Philippines is an online shopping mall. Through the new partnership, Vivo has put up its official online store on Shopee Philippines. Akulaku, meanwhile, is an online installing shopping mall that also provides financial services in Southeast Asian countries. Vivo smartphones can now be bought online installment payment options on Akulaku.
Exhilarating FIFA fever
Vivo, as the official smartphone sponsor of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, brought the football fever to the launch of the X21. To get a glimpse of all the excitement in Russia, Vivo displayed some FIFA merchandise at the lobby.
During the presentation, Vivo mascots showed the crowd how to do the #PassTheSwag FIFA dance. Vivo Philippines endorsers Vern and Verniece Enciso, Chie Filomeno, Maris Racal, and TJ Monterde then strutted the new flagship with a Vivo FIFA ball while proudly sporting their favorite FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 team jersey.
Vern was wearing the jersey of the FIFA World Cup 2014 champs Germany while her sister Verniece was clad in a jersey of Spain, the FIFA World Cup 2010 victors. Chienna and Maris, meanwhile, were proudly wearing the jersey of Brazil, the five-time FIFA World Cup title holders. TJ, on the other hand, expressed his support for the national team of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal. Moreover, the Vivo Philippines team were also bitten by the FIFA fever in their football-inspired garb.
The Vivo Philippines endorsers also took cues from the new X21 for their second look for the night.
The Vivo X21 has ditched the metal body for a new 3D glass back cover. The design was inspired by Iceland’s Wake Black Beach, a rapidly cooling lava granule that is deep and dark yet free of impurities.
Vern and Verniece proved that they are young fashion icons in their Patty Ang creations. Chienna and Maris, meanwhile, showed off that simplicity is the key to achieving elegance.
Julie Anne San Jose who performed the closing number for the night looked like a total performer in her sparkly ensemble.
Darren Espanto, who had a mini-concert at the launch with a four-song set, and McCoy de Leon, who made sure he would be part of the event despite the rain, looked dashing and sleek in their tailored outfits.
The Vivo X21 is retailed for P29,999 in authorized shops nationwide. The list of participating stores can be found here.