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IN PHOTOS: vivo V27e

vivo’s portrait-centric smartphones are back with a new twist. The vivo V27e joins the V27 and V27 Pro to introduce what the brand calls its Aura Portrait system. This Aura Light Portrait changes up the rear flash in a way that makes it look like the phone has its own built-in ring light.

The effect is you get a soft, evenly-lit portrait in low-light conditions. It’s a feature I’m still tinkering around with, but it’s brighter than it looks. vivo boasts how it gives you that studio in your pocket and I’m inclined to believe them.

The vivo V27e is the “baby” of the V27 series, but it isn’t just a drab, ordinary model, especially this Lavender Purple color option I’m testing. It gets this feather-like, stenciled design on top of the lavender finish. It appears when the light hits the back of the phone. It’s reminiscent of vivo’s color-changing phones. That photochromic back isn’t available on the vivo V27e so we appreciate this design touch.

I like the slim 7.69mm slim flat frame on this 6.62-inch phone, but it does have slightly thick bezels on all sides. Speaking of the display, this has a 120Hz refresh rate. It gets a hole-punch at the top center for the 32-megapixel selfie camera. The vivo V27e has the power button and volume rocker on the right, while the bottom gets a dual SIM tray (no storage expansion), USB-C port, and a solitary speaker. There are mics at the top and bottom of the phone.

vivo maintains a similar, minimalist camera module as its past V series phones. And that isn’t a bad thing. It’s raised slightly from the top right side but doesn’t really wobble when placed on a desk. The triple rear cameras on the V27e includes a 64-megapixel customized Samsung GW3 main camera and a pair of 2-megapixel bokeh and macro lenses. It offers vivo signature features like its Vlog Movie template, dual-view video, and a hybrid Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization.

The vivo V27e runs on a MediaTek G99 processor, which we’ve seen on the POCO M5. My review unit runs on 8GB of RAM with support for 8GB extended RAM. The latter takes up some of the built-in 256GB storage to work. This phone gets you through all your tasks with its 4,600mAh battery, which supports the speedy 66W Fast Charge. I was able to top up the phone this morning from 11% to 100% in around an hour, so this device should be useful for the on-the-go user.

You can get the vivo V27e for PHP 16,999 (around USD 310). Pre-orders start on March 22-29 exclusively in vivo’s E-store for the vivo V27e variant. You can take advantage of installment plans via Home Credit or with 0% interest via credit cards. Early birds can also take home a TWS Bluetooth headset or a vivo VIP Card for every purchase of V27 Series phones online until supplies last.

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