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Vivo Z1i: large 6.26-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP+2MP primary camera and 16MP secondary camera for just $279


Having just recently released in China, let’s check out Vivo Z1i and why it has been getting great responses so far.

For starters, the Z-series by the Chinese manufacturer is very new indeed. There hasn’t been one, so for comparison purposes – let’s begin by doing a quick throwback at an almost similar smartphone by Vivo; the X21i:

Now then, let’s turn our attention to the X21i for now:

  • 6.28-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • FullView display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G72 MP3 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.5", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5MP primary camera with (f/2.0 aperture), phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 24MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3425 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2018 release date
  • 2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~420 USD for 4GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 2,698 Chinese Yuan or ~420 USD for 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage

Vivo X21i has everything that you would expect out of a large and capable mid-range smartphone, except for a competitive price tag.

Hence, there’s a need for something like the Z1i which offers a cheaper alternative. Here you go then with its specs:

  • 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Plastic back
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 processor, Adreno 509 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with PDAF and 2MP with depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 16MP secondary camera
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3260 mAh battery
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • July 2018 release date
  • 1,898 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 279 price tag

Just a quick glance on the Z1i and a quick comparison with the X21i, you can see no major differences; apart from the huge price tag difference of USD 141.

You won’t miss out on a lot of details though, as the Z1i is blessed with a large 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS screen with the amazing 19:9 ratio. No metal over here, as there’s only the plastic body.

Performance-wise, the Z1i is in the mid-range side of things with the Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with a decently fast octa-core Kryo processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. Good enough for your daily dose of social media and some gaming as well.

Moving on to the camera, the dual 13MP+2MP primary camera setup provides for some good photo-taking opportunity. Then there’s the 16MP selfie camera that you can use to take great selfies.

Regarding storage, a huge 128GB internal storage is available that is great news indeed. Even then, there’s still an opportunity to add  256GB of space via the expansion slot.

With the latest Android Oreo 8.1 available right out of the box, the Z1i is looking to complement its good hardware with the latest software.

The only hiccup about the Z1i, is on its relatively small 3260 mAh battery capacity. 


Vivo Z1i seems to provide a cheaper alternative and looks to be doing great so far in China. Large 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS screen, good mid-range hardware with the Snapdragon 636 running the show, good 13MP-2MP primary camera setup, great 16MP selfie camera and a huge 128GB internal storage makes for an attractive package. The price tag just makes it even more attractive.

Vivo Z1i had just been released in China for 1,898 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 279. You get to choose either Black or Red colour.

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