Vivo (technology company)

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Vivo Communication Technology
Native name
IndustryConsumer electronics
Founded2009; 11 years ago (2009)
FounderShen Wei
Area served
Sri Lanka
Key people
Shen Wei
(founder & CEO)
and online services
ParentBBK Electronics
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese维沃移动通信有限公司
Traditional Chinese維沃移動通信有限公司
Literal meaningvivo Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.

Vivo Communication Technology Co. Ltd. is a Chinese technology company owned by BBK Electronics that designs and develops smartphones, smartphone accessories, software and online services. BBK Electronics also owns Oppo, Realme and OnePlus. The company develops software for its phones, distributed through its vivo App Store, with iManager included in their proprietary, Android-based operating system, Funtouch OS.

With research and development centers in Shenzhen and Nanjing, vivo employs 1,600 R&D personnel, as of January 2016.[1]


Vivo was founded in 2009, in Dongguan, China, and was named for the Esperanto word for "life".[citation needed]

In the first quarter of 2015, vivo was ranked among the top 10 smartphone makers, achieving a global market share of 2.7%.[2]


Since its founding in 2009, vivo has expanded to over 100 countries around the world. International expansion began in 2014, when the company entered the Thai marketplace.[3] vivo quickly followed up with launches in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In 2017, vivo entered the smartphone market in Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Macau, Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, and Nepal.[4][5][6][7] In June 2017, it entered the Pakistan mobile phone market and the vivo brand is currently experiencing rapid growth in popularity in the country.[8][9]

On 26 November 2017, vivo entered the Nepali market with its Y53 and Y65 models.[10] In 2019, it started operations in the Middle East.[citation needed]

vivo devices were also sold in the US under the brand BLU such as the BLU Vivo X launched in 2018.[11]


vivo Mansion in Nanjing, China

In October 2015, vivo became the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League under a two-year deal starting in the 2016 season.[12][13] In July 2017, the deal was extended until 2022.[14]

In June 2017, vivo reached a sponsorship deal with FIFA to become the official smartphone brand of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.[15] The company also became a title sponsor of India's Pro Kabaddi.[16]

vivo has a sponsorship deal with the NBA in China, with Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry endorsing the brand in China and the Philippines.[17]


vivo logo used until 9 January 2019 in China and February 2019 in other countries
vivo V7 of "V"-Series

vivo has designed numerous phones, including several concept phones. vivo "V" series are the flagship cell phone models of the company.[18]

Vivo Y-Series[edit]

Model Date launched Processor Memory Rear Camera Front Camera Battery
Y15 (2013) 2013 Mediatek MT6582 4GB 512MB 5MP 2MP 1900 mAh
Y22 1GB 8MP 0.3MP
Y27 December 2014 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 16GB 5MP 2260 mAh
Y28 Mediatek MT6582 8GB 2100 mAh
Y11 2014, Q4 Mediatek MT6582М 4GB 512MB 5MP 2MP 1700 mAh
Y35 July 2015 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 16GB 2GB 13MP 5MP 2720 mAh
Y37 August 2015 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 2300 mAh
Y15S (2015) Mediatek MT6580 8GB 1GB 5MP 2MP 1900 mAh
Y31 September 2015 8MP 2100 mAh
Y51 December 2015 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 16GB 2GB 5MP
Y55L October 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 2650 mAh
Y67 November 2016 Mediatek MT6750 32GB 4GB 13MP 16MP 3000 mAh
Y55s February 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 16GB 2/3GB 5MP 2730 mAh
Y25 March 2017 Mediatek MT6580 1GB 5MP 2MP 1900 mAh
Y53 April 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 2GB 8MP 5MP 2500 mAh
Y69 August 2017 MediaTek MT6750 3GB 13MP 16MP 3000 mAh
Y65 November 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 5MP
Y71 April 2018 16/32GB 3360 mAh
Y53i 16GB 2GB 8MP 8MP 2500 mAh
Y83 May 2018 MediaTek Helio P22 32/64GB 4GB 13MP 3260 mAh
Y85 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 13MP

2MP (Depth)

Y81 August 2018 MediaTek Helio P22 32GB 3/4GB 13MP 5MP
Y83 Pro September 2018 64GB 4GB 13MP

2MP (Depth)

Y97 128GB 16MP

2MP (Depth)

16MP 3315 mAh
Y81i October 2018 16GB 2GB 13MP 5MP 3260 mAh
Y91i December 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 16GB 2GB 13MP

2MP (Depth)

8MP 4030 mAh
Y91 November 2018 16/32GB 2/3GB
March 2019 MediaTek Helio P22 64GB 3GB
Y93 November 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 64GB 4GB
January 2019 MediaTek Helio P22 32GB
Y95 November 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 32/64GB 20MP
Y93s December 2018 MediaTek Helio P22 128GB 8MP
Y89 January 2019 Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 64GB 16MP

2MP (Depth)

16MP 3260 mAh
Y91C February 2019 MediaTek Helio P22 16/32GB 2GB 13MP 5MP 4030 mAh
Y17 April 2019 MediaTek Helio P35 128GB 4GB 13MP

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth)

20MP 5000 mAh
Y15 May 2019 MediaTek Helio P22 64GB 16MP
Y3 May 2019 MediaTek Helio P35 128GB 4/6GB
October 2019 64GB 4GB 8MP
Y12 June 2019 MediaTek Helio P22 32/64GB 3/4GB
Y90 July 2019 MediaTek Helio A22 16GB 2GB 8MP 5MP 4030 mAh
Y11 (2019) October 2019 Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 32GB 3GB 13MP

2MP (Depth)

8MP 5000 mAh
Y19 November 2019 MediaTek Helio P65 128GB 4/6/8GB 16MP (Wide)

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth)

Y5s 6GB
Y3 Standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 64GB 3GB 13MP (Wide)

2MP (Depth)

Y9s December 2019 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 128GB 8GB 48MP (Wide)

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth) 2MP (Macro)

32MP 4500 mAh
Y50 April 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 13MP (Wide)

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth) 2MP (Macro)

16MP 5000 mAh
Y30 May 2020 MediaTek Helio P35 4GB 8MP
Y70s Exynos 880 8GB 48MP (Wide)

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth)

16MP 4500 mAh
Y51s July 2020 6GB 48MP (Wide)

2MP (Macro) 2MP (Depth)


Vivo V-Series[edit]

Model Series Date launched Other information
V1[19] V July 2015
V1 Max[20] V August 2015
V3[21] V April 2016
V3 Max[22] V April 2016
V5[23] V November 2016
V5 Plus[24] V January 2017
V5 Lite[25] V February 2017
V5s[26] V May 2017
V7+ V September 2017 It comes with 5.99-inch display, octa-core Snapdragon 450, 4GB RAM, 16 MP rear camera, 24 MP front camera and 3225 mAh battery.[27] Soon after the launch, the phone was in news for wrong reasons. The phone was launched with 24 MP camera but the Snapdragon 450 chipset used on the phone can only support up to 21 MP camera sensor. Later vivo clarified that the updated Snapdragon 450 can support 24 MP camera, and Qualcomm later updated their official website to reflect the changes to the chipset.[28]
V7[29] V December 2017
V9[30] V March 2018
V9 Youth[31] V April 2018
V11[32] V September 2018
V11 Pro V September 2018 The phone comes with 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display, oct-core Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM, 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera, 25 MP front camera, 3400 mAh battery. It also has an under-display fingerprint sensor & it has a dual engine fast charging with 18W power adapter[33]
V11i[34] V September 2018 The vivo V11i comes with 6.3-inch display, octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor, 4GB RAM, 16MP+5MP dual camera, 25MP front camera and 3315 mAh battery.


V15 Pro V February 2019 This is vivo's first phone in the V series to sport a pop-up camera and a full-screen display without a notch. It is powered by the Snapdragon 675 and has a triple-camera setup at the back. [36] V15 Pro packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. along with dedicated microSD card slot to expand storage up to 256GB. It is also the first phone to feature a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. The phone has an under-display fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock. There is also a 3700 mAh battery that powers the phone.[37]
V15 V February 2019 The vivo V15 was released on 20 February 2019 in India and 20 March in Southeast Asia and Russia.
V17 Neo V August 2019
V17 V The vivo V17 (V19 in Indonesia Market) released in India with 48MP AI Quad Camera and Ultra O Screen.
V17 Pro V September 2019 The Vivo V17 Pro released on 20 September 2019 in India. The first with 32MP Dual Pop-Up Front Camera.
V19 V April 2020 Vivo V19 in Global Version with Snapdragon 712 Chipset & Vivo Flash Charge 2.0
V19 Neo V June 2019

Vivo X-Series[edit]

Model Release Date Processor Memory Rear Camera Front Camera Battery
X1 November 2012 MediaTek MT6589 16GB 1GB 8MP 1.3MP 2000 mAh
X3 August 2013 MediaTek MT6589T 16GB 1GB 8MP 5MP 2000 mAh
X3S December 2014 Mediatek MT6592 13MP
X5 December 2014 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 16GB 2GB 13MP 5MP 2250 mAh
X5Max 2300 mAh
X5Max+ March 2015 Mediatek MT6752
X5Pro May 2015 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 8MP 2450 mAh
X5Max Platinum June 2015 Mediatek MT6752 32GB 3GB 5MP 4150 mAh
X6 November 2015 Mediatek MT6752 32GB 4GB 13MP 8MP 2400 mAh
X6Plus 64GB 3000 mAh
X6S March 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 2400 mAh
X6S Plus 16MP 3000 mAh
X7 June 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 64GB 4GB 13MP 16MP (Wide) 3000 mAh
X7 Plus 16MP 4000 mAh
X9 November 2016 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64/128GB 4GB 16MP 20MP (Wide)


3050 mAh
X9 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 64GB 6GB 4000 mAh
X9s July 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 4GB 20MP (Wide)


3320 mAh
X9s Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 4015 mAh
X20 October 2017 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 64GB 4GB 12MP

5MP (Depth)

12MP (Wide) 3250 mAh
X20 Plus 3900 mAh
X20 Plus UD January 2018 128GB
X21 March 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 64/128GB 6GB 12MP

5MP (Depth)

12MP (Wide) 3200 mAh
X21 UD 128GB
X21i May 2018 MediaTek Helio P60 64/128GB 4/6GB 24MP (Wide) 3425 mAh
X23 September 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 128GB 8GB 12MP


12MP (Wide) 3400 mAh
X27 March 2019 Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 128/256GB 8GB 48MP (Wide)

13MP (Ultrawide) 5MP (Depth)

16MP (Wide) 4000 mAh
X27 Pro April 2019 256GB 48MP (Wide)

13MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth)

32MP (Wide)
X30 December 2019 Samsung Exynos 980 128/256GB 8GB 64MP (Wide)

32MP (Telephoto) 8MP (Ultrawide)

32MP (Wide) 4350 mAh
X30 Pro 64MP (Wide)

13MP (Periscope telephoto) 32MP (Telephoto) 8MP (Ultrawide)

X50 Lite 12 May 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 128GB 8GB 48MP (Wide)

8MP (Ultrawide) 2MP (Depth) 2MP (Macro)

16MP (Wide) 4200 mAh
X50 1 June 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 128/256GB 48MP (Wide)

13MP (Portrait) 8MP (Ultrawide) 5MP (Macro)

32MP (Wide)
X50 Pro 48MP (Wide)

8MP (Periscope telephoto) 13MP (Portrait) 8MP (Ultrawide)

4315 mAh
X50 Pro+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 8/12GB 50MP (Wide)

8MP (Periscope telephoto) 13MP (Portrait) 8MP (Ultrawide)

Other vivo phones
Model Series Date launched Other information
U10 U September 2019 It has 6.35-inch HD+ Halo FullView Display with a resolution of 720x1544 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and 5000mAh battery.[38]
U20 U November 2019 It has 6.53-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels with Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and 5000mAh battery[39]
Z1 Pro Z July 2019 It has a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340x1080 pixels) with Vivo iView display which has punch hole design with Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE processor.[40]
Z1x Z September 2019 It has Halo FullView Super AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor and 4500mAh battery with Vivo Flash Charge (22.5W).[41]
S1 S August 2019 It has 6.38-inch AMOLED display with in-display fingerprint and powered by a MediaTek Helio P65.[42]
S1 Pro S November 2019 The Vivo S1 Pro has a 48MP Quad Camera with 32MP Front Camera, 128GB or 256GB ROM with 8GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Processor & 18W Dual Engine Fast Charging.
X1 X 2012[43] The X1 was the first vivo phone to use a Hi-Fi chip, developed by American semiconductor company Cirrus Logic.[44] vivo followed this up in 2013 by releasing the 2k-resolution screen phone, the Xplay 3s.[45] Other popular phones in the vivo lineup include the X5 Pro, the X5 Max, and the Xshot.
X7 X July 2016
X20 X September 2017
X21 UD X 2018 The X21 UD has an under screen fingerprint scanner.[46] It used the "ClearID" technology developed by Synaptics.
X30 5G X December 2019 The X30 was launched with the latest Samsung Exynos 980 Processor with 5G modem in the flagship smartphone, and has a quad camera with up to 60x digital zoom.
Nex NEX 2018 The company launched a concept smartphone, vivo Apex, at the Mobile World Congress in 2018, which features a high screen-to-body ratio (91.2%), a pop-up front camera, and two optical fingerprint scanners under its OLED display. The production version was named vivo Nex.
Vivo Z6 5G Z 29 February
Nex Dual Display Edition NEX 2018 vivo launched the Nex Dual Display Edition, which features a second OLED screen, and triple rear cameras embodied at the back, with a lunar ring instead of a sliding module.[47]
Nex 3 5G NEX September 2019 The Nex 3 5G has a Snapdragon 855+ Processor.


IMEI Number Fraud[edit]

In June 2020, it was revealed by the cybercrime unit of Meerut Police that more than 13,500 Vivo smartphones used in India were running on the same IMEI number. The IMEI number is a 15-digit code meant to be unique to every mobile device. In 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a notification stating that all mobile devices would have a unique IMEI number, failure to which in the form of manipulation or tampering could lead to a three-year jail.

The events lead to the police filing a case against Vivo and its service centre. The lapse reportedly came to light when a police officer gave his mobile phone to the staff at the cybercrime unit for examination, as the phone was not working properly despite being repaired at a Vivo service centre in Meerut. The cybercrime unit found that the IMEI number of the device was different from the one printed on the box, and then forwarded the IMEI number to the telecommunications company providing the SIM service for the handset and asked for the relevant data. The company informed that as of 24 September 2019, the same IMEI number had been running on 13,557 mobile phones in different states of the country. The Meerut police reportedly handed a notice to Vivo India’s nodal officer Harmanjit Singh under Section 91 of the CrPC, and also registered a case under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.[48][49][50][51]


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