vivo has unveiled a new smartphone at its home market – the vivo Z5i. While the front looks like the vivo Z5 with a waterdrop notch, and the back appears to be borrowed from the vivo Z5x with its physical fingerprint scanner, the completely new phone is actually the vivo U3 with more memory.

This vivo has a Snapdragon 675 chipset that is coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. There is also a slot for a microSD card that can act as a slot for the second SIM. The most impressive feature of the phone is its 5,000 mAh battery that supports vivo’s proprietary 18W charging.

There are three cameras on the back – 16MP main shooter, 8MP cam with an ultrawide lens and a 2 MP depth sensor, while the selfie shooter is 16MP with an f/2.0 aperture in front. The phone comes with FuntouchOS 9.2 out of the box, based on Android Pie.

vivo Z5i
vivo Z5i

vivo Z5i Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
  • CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A


  • Announced: 2019, November
  • Status: Available. Released 2019, November


  • Dimensions: 162.2 x 76.5 x 8.9 mm (6.39 x 3.01 x 0.35 in)
  • Weight: 193 g (6.81 oz)
  • Colours: Glazed Black, Jade Blue
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
vivo Z5i
vivo Z5i in Colours


  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.53 inches, 104.7 cm2 (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
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Operating System

  • Android 9.0 (Pie); Funtouch 9.2


  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 612
  • Storage: 128GB 8GB RAM, UFS2.1
  • Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB



  • Radio: FM radio
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • USB: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go


  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass


  • Battery Type & Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 18W
vivo Z5i
vivo Z5i

vivo Z5i Price and Availability

The vivo Z5i costs CNY1,798 ($255/€230) in China and we don’t yet if the phone will appear on shelves elsewhere. It might appear like a new memory option for the vivo U20, available in India (that’s the overseas name of vivo U3), or vivo might decide for a completely new moniker since the company enjoys renaming phones so much.


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