Review: Good for selfies, Vivo V11 also has a cool fingerprint sensor

Reta Lee
Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
Vivo V11 in Nebula. (Photo: Vivo Singapore)

At first glance, the Nebula background that changes its shade from purple to blue, is pretty on the Vivo V11. It has a nice hand grip and doesn’t particularly feel too lightweight (I’m particular as I have flimsy fingers).

The smartphone has a full-view display, with just a tiny notch for its camera, which it’s almost unnoticeable until second glance. You’ll also immediately notice the exclusion of a home button; the Vivo V11 now incorporates in-display fingerprint scanning technology, the fourth gen smartphone to do so. It also has a Face Unlock features which is speedy if your fingers are busy. Super!

Setting this up was very cool and seamless. And the effect of turning on your phone by fingerprint recognition has a wow factor – you could even customise the light effect, with a few designs to choose from! That makes for quite a fun party conversation. For now.

The phone sports a micro USB port (though this annoys me as it’s not compatible with my other gadgets I’m using and it’s so outdated), speaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The essentials. The volume buttons are on the right. And there’s space for a card tray to support 2 nano SIMs and one microSD.

Face unlock features, checked! (Photo: Reta/Yahoo Lifestyle)
Finger sensor with customisable design effect. (Photo: Reta/Yahoo Lifestyle)

Technical specs

The Vivo V11 features new design breakthroughs, with the new Halo FullViewTM Display paired with
fusion colours, all enclosed within a curved 3D body to provide a seamless and immersive user
experience. With its super AMOLED display, Vivo V11 is the first in the V series to incorporate In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology (fourth-generation).

It has a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera combination with a large f/1.8 aperture and 1.28μm pixels, as   as a 25MP front camera. The 12MP rear camera boasts Dual PixelSensors with 24 million photosensitive units for higher light sensitivity and DSLR-standard Dual-Pixel Autofocus technology that can lock focus in just 0.03 seconds.

AI-powered selfies

I must confess, I’m not a fan of beauty apps that alter your facial expressions to no end. I don’t find them realistic at all. The V11 has an AI Face Shaping technology that allows you to change your face shapes, including depth in your eyes, widening your smile, making sharper jawlines and lightening your skin tone – you don’t actually have to go under the knife to obtain another look. Perfect, if you’re a queen of selfies.

However, by just using the photo and portrait features alone, gives a much more realistic feel. Colours are vibrant as the camera captures light effectively, and my skin tone is real, none of that brightening effect. Even on Portrait mode, it serves well, with the blurring of the background and tight focus on the subject.

The camera is also powered by Google Lens, AI-powered analysis app that recognises objects as you pan to them. This, I find quite nifty as the tag appears on screen.

Overall, the mid-range smartphone has a stylish outlook, and a good camera for taking selfies. Which is almost what most simple users are looking for, right? The price, set at SGD599 (without contract) is not wallet-heavy, and good for those who like to consume content on the go.

The Vivo V11 is available for purchase through telcos M1 Limited (M1), and StarHub, and authorised
dealers including Best Denki, Challenger, and Gain City.

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