The Vivo V11 (also known in some countries as Vivo V11 Pro) is a mid-range smartphone launched in November 2018 in Singapore (September 2018 in China). This phone is the company’s latest take on a smartphone, adopting a massive screen to body ratio and featuring their first in-display fingerprint scanner. Comparing to its predecessor, the Vivo V11 is a nice upgrade especially in terms of the memory and the camera specifications with its superb selfie capability.
The V11 continues the company’s pursuit of the perfect shot. Following with its success of V9, Vivo has stepped up its development of AI to satisfy the consumers’ hunger for more powerful photography features which can adapt to any scenario. Therefore, this new AI-powered addition to the popular V series by Vivo comes with an AI camera that can instantly turn amateurs into near-professional photographers by eliminating typical photography challenges, enabling them to capture picture-perfect moments.
Bezel-less Design with a Familiar Color
The Vivo V11 features key design breakthroughs such as the new Halo FullView™ Display paired with Starry Night and Nebula colors. The V11 is incredibly well-built, and at first glance looks pretty much like a high-end phone. The eye-catching gradient purple and blue color “Nebula” scheme gives the phone a premium touch. It is somewhat similar and made famous by Huawei’s Twilight color variant of the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. With gradient colors becoming a major trend in 2018, Vivo’s jump on this bandwagon is a smart choice, also taking into consideration that Samsung has also applied the same color treatment to its Galaxy A9 and S9 lineup.
The V11 measures 157.91 mm x 75.08 mm x 7.9 mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 156 grams, making it extremely sleek and lightweight. The phone has narrow bezels and adopts the tiny teardrop-shaped notch which is yet another 2018 trend that is slowly becoming the norm. The bottom and sides are quite standard with a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB 2.0 port, speaker grill, volume and power buttons, and nothing out of the ordinary. Flip the phone over, there’s a dual-lens camera and flash, while on the side there is a 3-in-1 SIM tray which allows you to use two Nano SIM cards and expand its memory by up to 256GB via a microSD card.
However, one major issue on the design is that the V11’s glossy back attracts smudges very easily. But it’s not an issue if you intend to protect your phone with a phone casing, Vivo has also thoughtfully included a protective casing in the box. NFC and water resistance are also missing in this phone, which is becoming one of the key selling points of many flagship phones in the market such as Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Google Pixel 3/3L, LG V40, and Huawei Mate 20 Pro. That also means it won’t survive an accidental dunk in a pool and is incapable of contactless payments.
Large 6.41 Inch Super AMOLED Display
The Vivo V11 has a 6.41 inch 2340*1080 FHD+ Super AMOLED display and is capable of producing incredibly accurate and vivid visuals with vibrant colors and excellent contrast levels. The impressive 91.27% screen-to-body ratio and ultra-thin 1.76mm side bezels create an immersive viewing experience.
AI Dual Rear Camera
The Vivo V11 has a dual rear-facing f/1.8 12MP (24 million photosensitive units) main shooter with Phase Detection technology and an f/2.4 5MP depth sensor. Phase Detection Auto Focus (AF) was initially built into discrete AF sensor chips in the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) days. It then got integrated into the camera image sensor. It works by having a specialized AF pixels sensors that can detect if specific points in the image were in-focus.
The phone also uses its AI capabilities to take photos in a whole new way. It analyses the subject by identifying different objects, elements, and scenes such as ‘portrait,’ ‘food’ or ‘flowers,’ and applies specially customized enhancements. Two particular AI features stand out the most which are the AI Low Light Mode and AI Backlight HDR. Both features use an AI algorithm to capture multiple frames, correcting uneven exposures, and combining them to create perfectly exposed photos.
The Selfie camera, on the other hand, has an impressive 25MP sensor which is larger than the Sony Xperia XZ2, but smaller than the OnePlus 6 or Huawei P20. Having said this, the selfie photos came in to be very detailed, even in relatively dim lighting conditions.
V11 also introduces their all-new AI Face Shaping technology, with an AI face-modeling algorithm. This feature adds additional treatments to your facial features, creating beautiful yet natural selfies. The improved AI Selfie Lighting feature also offers more lighting effects with AI algorithms that understand how the user’s face works with three-dimensionally with lighting. On top of that, the phone also has AI Portrait Framing which makes framing the perfect shot easier by using AI to guide you into holding the phone at the optimal position for a perfectly framed portrait shot.
Funtouch OS 4.5 on Android 8.1
Vivo V11 runs with the company’s custom Funtouch OS 4.5 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. Much of the functionalities mirror the iOS user interface (UI), and it’s quite different from the stock Android OS, so there is a learning curve for most users. There is also no option to enable the app drawer if you are accustomed to using the stock Android OS.
Despite not being a user-friendly OS, Vivo V11’s OS still does have its nifty features such as Game Mode, Motorbike Mode, Smart Split (split-screen), One-handed mode, App Clone, and Smart click, etc.
Game Mode works well to block off notifications when you’re gaming, while also optimizing the phone’s performance by automatically optimizing CPU and RAM usage.
Smart Split allows you to use multiple applications by splitting the display into two, and this is especially useful for running games while texting on the go.
App Clone, as its name suggests, allows you to clone apps on your Vivo phone and can be very useful if you have multiple accounts for social network like Whatsapp, Facebook.
Decent Performance and Battery Life
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE Octa-core with 6GB RAM and Adreno 512 GPU with 128GB internal storage, the V11 is capable of handling everything from simple operations to intensive gameplay. Multitasking and switching between apps is also not a problem, and the phone can handle these tasks quick and well. From experience, the phone managed to run smoothly for Lineage 2 Revolution (L2R) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on medium to low settings but encountered occasional stutter on max setting. Overall, the Vivo V11 offers decent performance for a mid-range smartphone.
3DMark is a popular benchmarking app that helps to test and compare the performance of smartphone by assessing the GPU and CPU performance of the device. From the tests, the Vivo V11 achieved a score of 1874, 1228 and 1187 respectively for Sling Shot, Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 and Sling Shot Extreme – Vulkan. These scores put V11 slightly below average among the mid-range smartphones.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (4608 / 3575 / 3188)
Huawei Honor Play (3450)
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2050 / 1350 / 1302)
Xiaomi Mi A2 (1901 / 1278 / 1253)
Vivo V11 (1874 / 1228 / 1187)
Oppo F9 (1668 / 1075)
Huawei Y9 (1441 / 948 / 1349)
Up next, running the Vivo V11 on Geekbench 4, produces a single-core score of 1446 and a multi-core score of 5517. This score also puts V11 on an average position.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (2210)
Huawei Honor Play (Excluded)
Xiaomi Mi A2 (1608)
Vivo V11 (1446)
Samsung Galaxy A9 (1300)
Oppo F9 (Excluded)
Huawei Y9 (Excluded)
The 3,400mAh battery on the Vivo V11 lasts at least 13 hours or more with average usage, which is very impressive and very competitive in its category. On top of this, Vivo’s Dual Engine Fast Charging tech fills the V11 up in less than two hours (around one and a half hours).
Feature: In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
The Vivo V11 is the first in the V series to incorporate In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology by the company. This feature continues Vivo’s technology leadership in biometric security while maintaining a sleek and stylish design. The sensor has an always-on option, so you always see a small fingerprint on the screen. Besides, the glowing fingerprint that indicates where to place the finger looks futuristic and cool, and it is also a battery drainer.
As far as it goes, Vivo recognizes that the in-display fingerprint technology is not going to be as fast as a physical sensor, and it is not as responsive from our tests, therefore the company has also incorporated the Face Unlock, which works hand in hand with the in-display fingerprint sensor to create a more seamless experience.
The Vivo V11 might not be the best phone in the market, but it is one of the better phones in its class. It packs significant improvements over its predecessor, V9, by adopting a better and prettier design and packing more power into the phone. The massive FullView™ Display with its almost bezel-less display is fantastic.
Having said this, it is hard to ignore the fact that Funtouch OS hampers the overall Android experience. The rear-facing cameras could be better as well. The lack of an IP rating, NFC, and wireless charging will also disappoint many, but not a deal-breaker.
Let’s keep an eye on Vivo, a company that aims to push boundaries with new features and experiences at affordable prices.
The phone retails for S$599 (without contract), and is available through telcos M1 Limited (M1), and StarHub, and authorised dealers including Best Denki, Challenger, and Gain City.
Asus AC2900 (RT-AC86U): High-end Performance with Decent Coverage for Singapore’s HDB
Whether you’re into competitive gaming, 4K video streaming, or just a typical internet user, the Asus RT-AC86U will keep your network safe and running smooth like butter. The RT-AC86U is a high-end dual-band router powered by a speedy 1.8 GHz dual-core processor and has an AC2900 speed rating.
Asus has built on the AiMesh firmware platform allowing you to pair multiple routers together to create a customized “Mesh” Network. The RT-AC86U supports this newly developed AiMesh technology, but it also features some of Asus’s latest technologies that it has implemented into some of its most powerful routers, such as the MU-MIMO, the WTFast game accelerator (useful for online gaming), the AiProtection (by Trend Micro) and the Adaptive QoS.
Futuristic look, But Not Versatile
There’s something inherently fearsome about the RT-AC86U’s red-eyed angular angry bee look. It features a rectangular case covered with a black matte finish with a diamond pattern on top. The RT-AC86U’s matte black and red color scheme and design offer a refreshing change from the typical uninspired black box design that you see with most routers.
As compared to the AC1200G or the typical router, the Asus RT-AC86U is very sleek as it stands upright with three antennas, a few status lights with an overall compact design. It consists of four Gigabit (LAN) ethernet ports and a WAN input on the rear along with a USB 2.0 and a super-fast USB 3.1 port. However, the only trade-off is that you can’t lay it down flat or mount it on a wall which some of the routers in the market can.
Top-notch Performance on the 5GHz Wireless Frequency
The performance of the Asus RT-AC86U is very impressive, especially on 5GHz. With NitroQAM™ technology, maximum data transfer rates on the RT-AC86U’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks are 750Mbps and 2,167Mbps respectively, giving RT-AC86U combined total speed of 2,917Mbps. Whether you’re playing an online game in a heated competition or streaming a live video at 4K UHD, buffering and lag are simply not an option.
Reliable Long-range Performance for Singapore’s HDB
RT-AC86U features a innovative antenna design and the new Range Boost technology. It also has an extra internal 5GHz antenna to provide the ultimate 5GHz quad-stream performance. Both Wi-Fi range and signal stability improve dramatically. AiRadar further focuses Wi-Fi signal on your devices, making your Wi-Fi faster, clearer and stronger. RangeBoost also significantly improves mid- to long-distance Wi-Fi coverage.
From tests, it shows that the ASUS RT-AC86U is able to provide a stable signal throughout a typical Singapore’s 4-room HDB apartment. With the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) near the main door, and the modem/router being setup at the same position, the ASUS RT-AC86U is able to cover from the living room all the way to the common bedrooms. The only issue is that none of the routers (AC1200G or RT-AC86U) are able to cover the far-most main bedroom.
Features: MU-MIMO, WTFast and Adaptive QoS for Better Online-gaming
MU-MIMO technology allows the Asus RT-AC86U to connect to multiple devices and simultaneously provide Wi-Fi to each at their top speed. The only thing is that your device needs to have MU-MIMO-capable hardware to make use of this feature, which is only made available on the 5GHz band.
The Gamers Private Network® (GPN®) from WTFast® performs route optimization automatically, choosing the most efficient route for game packets. This will result in consistently-lower ping time and minimal packet loss. This optimization is good for accelerating one selectable device at a time, so you can enjoy the best results on supported competitive multi-player online games.
QoS features on the Asus RT-AC86U give you easy access to prioritize your network traffic. You can use the adaptive QoS’s automatic settings to prioritize selected types of traffic like games or streaming. You can also manually set which traffic and devices get priority.
Asus also included a commercial grade security, AiProtection, together with Trend Micro. This feature will provide your connected devices with extra protection from malicious attacks and viruses. The feature monitors your entire network to prevent attacks as well as neutralize any devices that may get infected. You also have easy access to parental controls to restrict access to certain sites on your devices.
The Verdict: ASUS RT-AC86U
The ASUS RT-AC86U is a router that cooks up decent wireless performance from a gamer-friendly recipe. Its performance puts some of its competitors to shame, while keeping the price point to a lower budget. However, as compared to the basic Asus AC1200G, the RT-AC86U does not outperform much in terms of signal coverage.
The addition of high-end features like MU-MIMO, advanced traffic prioritization with extras like GameBoost and AiProtection, makes Asus RT-AC86U a perfect router for gamers looking to improve their HDB home’s network. It’s powerful enough for all your current devices and ones you get in future. If you are looking for a boost in signal coverage, then you might want to look somewhere like using a WiFi Mesh (TP-Link Deco, Asus Lyra System, Netgear Orbi, Google Wifi or Linksys Velop) or simply adding another WiFi Extender to your home.
BenQ EW3270U: 4K Entertainment Monitor with HDR
In recent years, tech and gaming enthusiasts have seen 4K monitors make some serious headway and many of such displays becoming far more affordable. Now that the HDR format is becoming increasingly common for games like the PlayStation 4 (PS4), brands are finding ways to work on technology to enhance the gaming experience, taking it to new heights.
The BenQ EW3270U is the perfect 4K HDR monitor for high-quality home entertainment, whether you are looking for a cinematic movie watching experience, an exemplary display for your PS4, or just a great 4K monitor to pair up with your gaming desktop. It’s designed to offer excellent visuals through its 32-inch 4K display which comes with BenQ’s latest HDR and Brightness Intelligence Plus (BI+) technologies.
Elegant, Simple and Straightforward
The BenQ EW3270U has a very basic design and somewhat similar to the EL2870U model. The key difference is the increase in size, measuring at 657.9×476.27×194.6mm, compared to 522.2X726.4X215mm of the EL2870U. On a side note, the EW3270U has an additional USB-C™ port which is absent on the EL2870U model, giving you the flexibility to connect to your favorite devices.
What is HDR gaming?
Credits to: PlayStation 4 Pro
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is one of the latest and best function you may need on video right now. This technology started out as a niche feature, but now it has taken the market by storm. With this feature, you can watch films and TV shows, and even play your favorite games in HDR.
HDR PC gaming is also gaining momentum, and HDR monitors are very slowly making their way into the market. They are mostly branded as either AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync HDR. In recent years, Sony and Microsoft have even come together to form the HDR Gaming Interest Group (HGIG), inviting TV manufacturers and game developers to participate in improving the HDR gaming experience. This proposed initiatives will also change how a game console and TV inter-operate.
HDR is a far more exciting display tech for games than 4K, whose mammoth pixel counts often don’t truly come into their own unless you’re using a huge TV. However, as someone who plays and spends an insane amount of time with the screen, gamers demand the sharpest possible image. And at the same time, with an HDR console (PS4, PS4 Pro or XBOX One X) and a supporting HDR TV or monitor (like the EW327U or EL2870U), it boosts the sense of depth and presence to games (and films) in a way that a mere pixel count cannot.
What HDR does is to expand the range of brightness, contrast and color displayed, bringing it closer with what the human eye can perceive. Brighter whites, darker blacks, more shades of color and, you will get a more true-to-life picture.
Hyper-Realistic Video Quality with HDR
Credits to: Wccftech
The BenQ EW3270U features a 32-inch VA panel with a max resolution of 3840×2160, 60Hz refresh rate and 3000:1 contrast ratio. As compared to the EL2870U, other than having a bigger screen size, the EW3270U has a higher native contrast and Dynamic Contrast Ratio (DCR), capable of deeper, more vibrant colors with more visible details in shadows and highlights.
The BenQ EW3270U is nice and crisp as you would expect with a 4K resolution. The addition of AMD FreeSync, an adaptive synchronization technology that is used to reduce screen tearing, gives gamers drastic increased visual performance and ultra-smooth gaming experience.
Credits to: AMD
4 Levels of HDR and BI+ Modes
HDR and BI+ are the prime features on the EW3270U and EL2870U. Given that there are various modes to use, it’s relatively simple to set up the monitor to your liking with excellent color accuracy. There’s a button with a shiny gold badge situated on the bottom right of the bezel that toggles HDR on and off. This simple hotkey switches between 4 levels of HDR and BI+ modes to balance maximum contrast and vibrancy and fully enjoy the splendid image performance of HDR while maintaining your viewing comfort. After activating it, an on-screen display will pop up to tell you whether the HDR on display is emulated or native (if it’s native it just says ‘HDR On’). The hotkey button also can turn on BI+ technology.
The BenQ’s BI+ technology gently soften bright areas while keeping dark details crystal clear. It does this via the ambient light sensor that detects the ambient light levels and the color temperature of the environment, while automatically adjusting on-screen brightness and color temperature to fit the surroundings to deliver the most comfortable viewing experience.
VA of EW3270U vs. TN of EL2870U
Most gamers are aware of the fact that monitors come in different resolutions and screen sizes, and that monitors can be either a glossy or matte screen surface. However, an average consumer is clueless on the LCD panel technology used in their monitor. A monitor’s panel type is a critical feature that determines how it performs as well as the kind of tasks it is best suited to accomplish.
Comparing TN (EL2870U) and VA (EW3270U), it is not hard to understand that TN panels are the kings when it comes to response time. However, VA panels win in terms of providing a slightly wider and better viewing angle. From a visual standpoint, VA panels also perform much better than TN panels with better black uniformity and high contrast ratios.
The BenQ EW3270U is a great gaming monitor with vivid colors, millions of pixels, all the ports you could ever need. The HDR and BI+ technologies are useful to have, catered for professionals, gamers, or home users.
Watching movies and playing games are great when there is HDR content. Retailing for roughly S$899, (12.12 sale at S$749 at Lazada), the EW3270U represents excellent value for money.
Editors’ Picks: Top 5 Tech Features For SITEX 2018
SITEX, Singapore’s long-running Consumer Lifestyle IT Exhibition, is back for the 30th time this week. Organized by SGtech, managed by SingEx Exhibitions Pte Ltd, this annual event is happening from today to Sunday, at Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6.
Visitors can look forward to amazing deals on the latest gadgets and tech gizmos. They can also experience the latest technologies via the four experiential zones – Travel Tech & Active Fit, Portable Audio, Smart Home and Living, and Gaming.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 tech features for SITEX 2018:
#1 Vivo V11
Vivo is launching the all-new V11 smartphone at SITEX 2018. The V11 handles the basics of battery, display and performance well, at the same time adding a few extras like its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology and the AI Camera.
At 156 grams, the Vivo V11 is lightweight and durable. The Nebula and Starry Night colorway on its shiny back panel gives this phone a unique and premium look.
Despite having a big display at 6.41-inch (16.29cm), the Vivo V11 does not feel like a large phone. Featuring a Halo FullView™ Display at 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, the phone can produce stunning images for a vibrant, ultra-vivid experience.
The Vivo V11 also features a 12MP (24 million photosensitive units) + 5MP dual rear camera combination, and 25MP AI front camera with AI technology.
The Vivo V11 is available for pre-order at S$599 (without contract) in Nebula and Starry Night exclusively at the Vivo booth 5C02 (Hall 5). Customers who pre-order the Vivo V11 will receive complimentary delivery, a JBL GO portable Bluetooth speaker worth S$89.90 and V11 gift box worth S$49.90.
#2 Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30
Casio’s Pro Trek WSD-F30 is the outdoors smartwatch even watch fans will adore. Casio has invested the last few years making smartwatches that are designed for adventure and active enthusiasts, and 2018’s iteration of the Pro Trek Smart WSD F range is a more refined version of that range.
The WSD F30 is a rugged piece of gadget, while it may not appear to be designed for military-grade protection, it should well survive some tough knocks and tumbles. It is water-resistant up to 50-meters, making it ideal for active use. Featuring a 1.2-inch dual-layer display and a resolution of 390 x 390 with capacitive touchscreen, it delivers clear visuals when looking at it in bright lighting.
You can select any of the 3 modes to suit your activity – the monochrome and color display separately to maintain optimum visibility in any environment, also to provide efficient power management for battery saving.
The watch also comes with Google’s Wear OS software, which means you’ll be able to download apps off the Play Store while also using it with your iPhone or Android devices. You can also have a choice of using Google Maps or the mapping technology by Casio, to give you an accurate location during your regular outdoor adventures.
#3 Sony WH-1000XM3
Released in August 2018, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are the latest in Sony’s line of flagship headphones. The Sony WH-1000XM3 are clearly the decendents of 1000XM2 and the 1000X before them; the overall shape and look are almost the same.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 is more comfortable than its predecessors as it is lighter, and has a thicker headband cushion that is wrapped with faux leather on the super soft ear cups. The headband is also more oval in shape to fit the head better, while allowing for more compact carrying.
Sony’s new QN1 HD processor on the WH-1000XM3, improves both audio processing and noise cancellation. Noise canceling headphones have a challenge dealing with mid to high-frequency sounds, like human voices, but the WH-1000MX3 delivers pretty well.
In addition, the Adaptive Sound Control feature allows you to set your preferred level of noise cancellation based on your needs – ranging from full noise cancellation, wind noise reduction, and allowing through various amounts of ambient noise. Pairing with Quick Attention, you can simply communicate without removing your headphones.
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 headphones are retailing at S$549 at booth 5D01B (Hall 5).
#4 Secretlab SoftWeave™ Series
Secretlab is well-known for its high quality, comfortable gaming chairs. The SoftWeave™ Series features a woven-fabric trend, known for its lightweight, breathable and durable properties. The fabric is custom-made and meticulously engineered based on the latest and high-quality 350gsm short-yarn available in the market.
The SoftWeave™ series will be made available across the THRONE, OMEGA and TITAN, come equipped with the award-winning features of the respective models – such as the multi-tilt mechanism, four-directional armrests, velour memory-foam lumbar pillow and inbuilt lumbar support system respectively.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, do head over to Secretlab at SITEX:
- OMEGA 2018 (SoftWeave™ series): S$499 (U.P. S$650)
- TITAN (SoftWeave™ series): S$579 (U.P. S$730)
- THRONE 2018 (SoftWeave™ series): S$429 (U.P. S$530)
#5 Google’s #madebygoogle
When Artificial Intelligence, software and hardware come together, it can unlock all kinds of possibilities. Featuring a family of consumer hardware products like Google Chromecast, Google Pixel 3 and Google Home.
Be sure to experience #madebygoogle in real life and try out their newest products just inside the entrance of Hall 5.
That’s all for now. See you there!
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