Despite being the 5th largest phone maker in the world, Vivo remains a little known brand in Kenya. Vivo has, however, stamped its mark in the Kenyan market by launching its regional offices in the Kenyan capital. They have also unveiled the new V17 Pro smartphone in the Kenyan Market.
The company says it is also investing in offline retail stores as a touch-point in Kenya. This will enable customers to have first-hand experience with Vivo smartphones.
“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,”Vivo Kenya CEO, Mr. Arthur Xian Speaking today at the offices
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, artificial intelligence (A1-powered) cameras that pop up. These, plus the striking blend of technology and price for today’s savvy millennials, are key to delivering results for the company.
“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”President for the Vivo Middle East and Africa Region, Mr. Jet Xu
Vivo V17 Pro Specs
|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|
|Screen||6.44” Ultra FullView™ Display|
|Touch Screen||2.5D (Glass)|
|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, LIVE PHOTO, HDR, PORTRAIT, Panorama, 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,|
|Google Services||Play Store, Google, Chrome, Google Assistant, Gmail, Map, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Play Movie&TV, Duo, Google Photos, Google Pay|
|Connectivity||USB (USB2.0), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (Bluetooth 5.0), GPS, OTG|
|Sensors||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)|
Such specs put this device squarely in competition with most of the devices we have seen from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, and Oppo. The price though?
Pre-orders are live and the device can be had for Ksh 40,999/-.
Currently, Vivo is present in more than 30 markets. These include Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, and the Middle East countries.
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 opened a new customer service center in the Nairobi CBD. There are also plans to launch new centers in Mombasa and Eldoret in the next six months. This is to enable a continuous supply of quality products and services.
Vivo says it 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 offering. These will include AR glasses, smartwatches, smart headphones and more.
A new player in this competitive market means that customers get a wider variety of options. We hope Vivo pushes more outstanding (and affordable) devices to the Kenyan market in the future.