Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo on Thursday launched the VivoY19 into the Kenyan market as the company fights off fierce competition from rivals in the budget smartphone market.
The launch of the new device is also set to increase quality smartphone penetration, fast-tracking Vivo’s vision to drive affordability inclusion in the country.
Speaking during the launch of the phone in Nairobi, Vivo Kenya chief executive Arthur Xian said that the company is keen on being the leading maker of budget smartphones with the right features to make the gadgets sell themselves.
“As a leading smartphone brand, we are keen to meet the increasing demand of quality devices and better user experience in this market. We are aiming to offer more options of devices with high-quality standard and comprehensive functionality at affordable prices.’ said Mr. Arthur.
The Vivo Y19 joins the Y- series which include the Y12, Y15, and Y17 currently retailing in stores countrywide.
“The Y Series is made for the youth. We are bringing our latest innovations to many younger consumers through our Y Series smartphones,” he added.
Vivo Y19 features a 6.53-inch FHD + Halo display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, up to 90.3% screen-to-body ratio.
Under the hood, it is powered with an Octa-core Mediatek’s Helio P65 (MT6768) processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable via microSD card. The phone also has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
On the camera front, Vivo Y19 is equipped with a triple rear camera setup with 16-megapixels as a primary sensor with f/1.78, an 8-megapixel wide-angle snapper with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
On the front, it employs a 16-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0, AI Face Beauty mode. The phone also carries support for face unlock.
The phone comes packed with a 5000mAh non-removable battery with support for 18W dual-engine fast charging.
Vivo Y19 also supports reverse charging and runs on Android 9.0.
The device will be available countrywide in two variant colors – Magnetic Black and Spring White and will retail at Ksh26,999.