Vivo U1 Launched with 6.2” Display and Snapdragon 439 Chipset

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Earlier this week, China was the venue for the Vivo U1 smartphone launch. Interestingly, this device was launched as the Y95 in India and the Philippines in 2018. However, the Vivo U1 offers impressive specifications with a budget price tag.

For instance, the Vivo U1 comes with massive screen size, an ideal mobile processor and an 8MP selfie sensor. It also has a battery capacity that handles the demands of heavy usage.

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Here are some of the critical features in details.

Vivo U1 Key Specifications

  • 6.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Octa-core 1.95 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • 13MP + 2MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera
  • 4030mAh non-removable battery

Vivo U1 Design and Display

The Vivo U1 has a width of 75.09 mm and a weight of 163 grams (with the battery included). It also comes in a bar shape like most devices in the smartphone market. These details make us believe that the U1 will be a portable device.

On the rear panel lies a centrally placed fingerprint scanner which lies beside a dual camera setup. The cameras are positioned vertically with an LED flash under both sensors.

The Vivo U1 has a 6.2-inch LCD that offers 1520 x 720 pixels. This display comes with a screen to body ratio of 82.64%. The smartphone also has a waterdrop notch that houses the front-facing camera. Slim bezels surround the phone and end in a narrow chin at the bottom.

The Vivo U1 is available in attractive gradient finishes of Red, Black, Blue.

Vivo U1 Camera

This phone comes with a dual rear camera setup which consists of a 13MP primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 2MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 opening. The primary camera supports HDR, AR shoot, Panorama and several modes including Professional Mode. It even shoots 1080p videos at 30fps.

The U1 has an 8MP selfie snapper with an opening of f/2.4. This sensor supports facial recognition via Vivo’s FaceWake technology. This means you can skip the fingerprint scanner and use Face Wake to unlock this smartphone. The device does not come with an LED flash for the selfie camera.

Vivo U1 Hardware and Software

Under the glossy panel of the Vivo U1 lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset.  This mobile processor clocks at 1.95GHz and works alongside a Qualcomm Adreno 505 GPU. The GPU can handle the demands of high-resolution graphics/ games.

The Vivo U1 comes in two variants with RAM of 2GB and 32GB. Both options also have internal storage spaces of 32GB and 64GB respectively. Both spaces can be expanded to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

The device also has dual slots that support Nano SIMs of all networks.

The Vivo U1 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based on Vivo’s Funtouch 4.5.

Vivo U1 Battery and Connectivity

One of the major attractions of the Vivo U1 is its battery. The smartphones have a massive 4030mAh irremovable cell. This offers users a regular usage time of 15 hours and an incredible 355 hours of idle mode. It even supports fast charging.

The device supports most networks including 4G LTE which makes it easy for users to gain access to better data services. WiFi standards recommended by the Vivo U1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Display and Hotspot

Other connectivity options featured on the smartphone include Bluetooth v4.2 and MicroUSB 2.0 with OTG.

Vivo U1 Complete Specifications


  • Dimension: 11× 75.09 × 8.28mm
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 163 g
  • SIM: Dual SIM 
  • Colors: Red, Black, Blue


  • Type: IPS, LCD Capacitive touchscreen
  • Size: 6.2-inches
  • Screen Resolution: 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixels
  • Multi-touch: Yes

Software and performance

  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Chipset: Octa-core 1.95GHz
  • RAM: 2/3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32/64GB expandable to 256GB
  • Card Slot: Yes


  • Primary: 13MP with f/2.2 and 2MP with an f/2.4 depth sensor
  • Secondary: 8MP with f/2.0

Network and Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Network 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G:850/900/2100MHz
  • 4G: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.2
  • USB: Yes, MicroUSB 2.0 with OTG
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, Single Speaker
  • Audio Jack: Yes, 3.5mm
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Yes
  • NFC: No
  • Sensor: Proximity, Light, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint (rear mounted)


  • Capacity: 4030mAh, non-removable
  • Type: Li-Poly
  • Fast Charging: Yes
  • OTG Support: Yes

Vivo U1 Pricing and Availability

Buyers in China can get the budget-friendly 3GB RAM/32GB for CNY 799 ($119) while the flagship 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage model costs CNY 999 ($149). Purchases can be made at the Vivo e-Shop in China. But shipments will begin from February 26.

At the time of press, there are no details of a global launch on Vivo’s website. But we will give you an update as soon as we have such information.


Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

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