vivo S12 is released again.
Why do you say "again"? Because in 2012, vivo once released a mobile phone called S12. At that time, "BBK" was printed on the back of the phone.
Nine years later, the new and old vivo S12 series have changed so much that people trance.
▲ The left is vivo S12 (2012 version), the right is the new model
The new vivo S12 Pro is the generation with the most significant changes in design style since S7. The addition of the micro curved screen makes the S12 Pro the thinnest curved screen phone in vivo history.
The whole machine weighs 171g and is 7.36mm thick, which is thinner and lighter than the iPhone 13, and the sleek frame brings a better grip. Whether playing games horizontally or taking selfies vertically, I, a user who is used to mobile phones with more than 200g, feel very comfortable.
The secret of its slimming lies in three aspects. First, the cover glass uses the latest SCHOTT α glass material, which is as thin as 0.55mm, but its drop resistance is increased by 47%. The second is to improve the screen PCB scheme, which is about 29% thinner than the previous generation. The third is to improve the packaging process, and the gap between the cover plates is reduced by about 30%.
With such a combination of punches, the vivo S12 Pro is equipped with a large 4300mAh battery while reducing the thickness of the fuselage.
On the front side, the screen is still the familiar "rabbit tooth shape" of the S series. There are two lenses in the rabbit teeth, a 50-megapixel main wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The main camera lens is a Samsung JNV sensor customized exclusively by vivo.
In the top frame, four soft light lamps of warm and cold colors are integrated. Compared with the S9's two monochromatic gentle lights, the skin color will be more natural. What's interesting is that when the soft light is turned off, it merges with the frame and is hard to find.
This 6.56-inch AMOLED screen has made a slight compromise to balance battery life and body thickness. With 1080P resolution, the maximum refresh rate is 90Hz, and the peak brightness is 800nit.
It is worth mentioning that the curvature of the screen is very restrained. The small curvature of 57° maintains a relatively ideal balance between look and feel. The curvature of the R angle is basically the same as the frame, which is more coordinated with the naked eye.
Going to the back, you can find that the style of the S12 series lens module has changed greatly, with a stronger sense of lens separation, and a large area of white space on the right side.
I personally guess that vivo may be to highlight the 100 million pixels of the main camera of the S12 series, and deliberately exaggerated the lens module design. But honestly, from an aesthetic point of view, it doesn't seem to be coordinated enough.
The S series represents the trend and youth in vivo's product line. This can be seen from the color of the back cover of the S series in the past few generations. The same is true for the back cover of the S12 Pro. Among the three romantic colors of Warm Gold, Islet Blue, and Bright Black, Warm Gold is the most special.
In an indoor environment, the front looks bright and warm gold. When you change the angle, you can see the gradient of green and blue. When it is taken outdoors and exposed to the sun, the main color will change to a lush blue-green.
This little "magic" is inseparable from the support of a new generation of photochromic materials. Compared with the previous generation of color-changing materials, it changes color faster, has lower requirements for light intensity, and has stronger expressive power of color and texture.
Looking at the entire smartphone market, it is rare to see “selfie” as the main selling point, and the vivo S series is one of the representatives. The S12 series has reached a new level in the self-portrait effect, focusing on the "micron-level skin rejuvenation technology", challenging commercial-level portrait photography.
To put it bluntly, vivo has conducted AI training and learning by analyzing tens of thousands of high-quality advertising-level photographic photos and data in the past year or so. The current S12 can "smartly" analyze your skin texture and facial structure, and perform smart beauty in different areas.
▲Vivo S12 Pro front lens shooting
In addition to the upgraded beauty effects, there are also more choices in the selfie gameplay. For example, the "sunset light" style that is popular on the Internet, the "passers-by blur" style that easily blurs passers-by, etc., are all interesting and useful features.
▲The "green orange" filter on the left, and the "sunset light" filter on the right
The S12 series also has a very useful teleprompter function. When recording videos such as Vlog, you can freely set the size and position of the teleprompter floating window, as well as the size and scroll speed of the text. Both vertical and horizontal screens can be used.
In addition to the camera upgrade, the performance of the S12 has also been greatly improved. The S12 Pro uses the Dimensity 1200 flagship chip and has passed the KPL competition machine test certification. There is no need to worry about performance for daily gaming and entertainment.
In terms of system, the S12 series is pre-installed with OriginOS Ocean. The new visual design, atomic notification system, and performance wallpaper are also refreshing.
Just like its product Slogan, "all-round outstanding" is the label of the vivo S12 series. The greatly enhanced performance allows the S series to get rid of the long-standing impression of a "vase".
Good-looking and easy to use. The vivo S12 series, with a starting price of 2799 yuan, will be a strong competitor in the mid-to-high-end market in the first half of 2022.
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