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Vivo Z3x: affordable 6.26-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 660, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP-2MP primary camera and 16MP selfie camera

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Just launched in China, the Vivo Z3x is all set to become the mid-range smartphone of choice with a price tag that starts from $175 USD.

But before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback at one of its releases from last year called the Z1i:

  • 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 ~279 USD price tag

It was probably one of the cheapest smartphones ever produced by Vivo with decent specs, and it is about to get even cheaper for the Chinese manufacturer.

Let’s all meet the Z3x, and see where it stands amid things:

  • 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 SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 13MP with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF + 2MP with f/2.4, depth sensor, LED flash and panorama
  • 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3260 mAh battery
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2019 release date
  • 1,198 Chinese Yuan or ~175 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage or 1,398 Chinese Yuan or ~200 USD for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage

Did you see how similar the Z3x and the Z1i is? But how different they are in terms of price?

That’s the magic of being almost one year apart, the cost of parts is getting cheaper while maintaining or improving on last year’s offerings.

With almost everything being equal, the Z3x now sports a much better Snapdragon 660 chipset, faster Kryo ocra-core processor, better Adreno 512 graphics with 4GB RAM. This makes for a very good experience in the mid-range territory.

Most of the apps and games should be able to run very smoothly.

Don’t be mistaken for the similar camera specs though, as the Z3x should be performing slightly better. The 13MP+2MP primary camera has more features, so does the 16MP selfie camera. The result? Better-looking photos on this smartphone.

It now comes with just one option on the storage department, 64GB of internal storage. But still, you can easily add in a microSD card to take it up to 256GB of additional space.

Sporting a 3260 mAh battery, the Z3x should have no problem lasting for a full day of use.

Finally, the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating is available right out of the box. This means that things will run better and smoother on the Z3x.

Conclusion:

Vivo Z3x makes good use of a one-year gap in coming out with a better and cheaper smartphone. You will get great value for money with the large 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS screen, mid-range performance with the Snapdragon 660, good camera experience, and the latest operating system to boot.

Vivo Z3x had just been released for 1,198 Chinese Yuan or ~175 USD for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant or 1,398 Chinese Yuan or ~200 USD for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. Three amazing colours are available: Black, Red and Aurora.

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