Chinese smartphone maker Vivo could soon expand its smartphone portfolio with the launch of two new models. Four unannounced Vivo devices have been certified in China by the 3C certification agency – V1816A, V1818A, V1816T, and V1818T.
Going by the model numbers listed on the 3C website, we expect the V1816A and V1816T to be variants of the same smartphone. Similarly, the V1818A and V1818T are two variants of an upcoming Vivo smartphone. The 3C listings for these model numbers do not divulge any important information, except that they all will be bundled with a 5V 2A charger in the box. Since they are not going to be bundled with a fast charger in the box, it is likely that the V1816 and V1818 smartphones will be budget-friendly offerings. While the specifications of these smartphones remain a complete mystery at this point, the 3C listing does suggest that they will be made official in China very soon. We do hope to find out a lot more about these devices once they show up on the TENAA website. Unlike 3C, TENAA publishes images as well as key specifications of the devices that it certifies.
Since no details are available currently, we can only speculate on what the upcoming V1816 and V1818 smartphones from Vivo will offer. Vivo recently launched the V9 Pro in India with a surprisingly low price tag of Rs.17,999. It is possible that the V1816 and V1818 could join the company’s V-series family and might be positioned below the V9 Pro in markets such as India. Alternatively, they could also be part of Vivo’s entry-level Y-series line. While Vivo products weren’t known to offer great value for money in the past, the company has managed to get the pricing somewhat right with some its most recent launches. The Vivo V9 Pro is one of only three Snapdragon 660-powered Android smartphones priced below Rs.20,000 in India currently. However, we may have to wait at least a few more weeks for the two smartphones to be made official.