Vivo's been teasing the concept of a pop-up selfie camera since last MWC, but outside the Nex S, which landed in China last year, the technology has been sadly lacking in consumer devices. Today that changes, but only a little: Vivo has just formally announced the V15 Pro, bringing the pop-up camera to another consumer phone, but this time in India.
The V15 Pro isn't a surprise, Vivo's been teasing it since earlier this month, but this is the formal reveal.
Specs for the new device look great, though not terribly exciting by flagship standards. It's powered by a Snapdragon 675 — the first phone I've heard of to get the new SoC —with 6GB of RAM, a sizable 128 GB of storage, 3,700mAh battery, "Dual-Engine" Fast Charging, Android 9 Pie, and a 1080p-equivalent 6.4" AMOLED display. A triple rear-camera configuration provides a 12MP rear primary (48MP -> 12MP via pixel binning) with an 8MP wide-angle and 5MP "depth" camera. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and Vivo went with MicroUSB rather than USB Type-C for some strange reason.
The pop-up selfie cam is a 32MP shooter, and Vivo advertises it as being tested to 300,000+ actuations and taking only 0.46s to slide into position. As with Vivo's previous phones, that means the front of the device can be otherwise unadorned. Save a bit of a bottom "chin," it's effectively all-screen, sporting just over a 91% screen-to-body ratio, according to Vivo.
Hopefully, other markets like the US can start to see phone designs like this. It remains to be seen how well they work in application, but I know I'm curious to take a look and see for myself. If it's between this and a sliding design, from what I've heard, a pop-up sounds like it might be the better choice.