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Vivo’s V3Max is a metal-bodied smartphone that packs a punch

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Vivo recently unveiled two smartphones in Mumbai under their “V’ line of affordable smartphones — the V3 and V3Max. Just hours later, the higher-spec V3Max has popped up online on both DirectD and Vivo Malaysia’s Facebook page.

The best part? It’s pretty good value for money.

On paper, the V3Max puts on a strong show. It’s got a 5.5-inch full-HD display on the front which packs a pixel density of 401ppi. Inside, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

For photos, the device gets a 13-megapixel primary camera with PDAF and a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie shooter. Keeping the lights on is a 3,000 mAh battery.

While the internals are impressive, we’re a little on the fence about the looks of the smartphone. Sure, it’s got a nice full-metal unibody with rounded edges for better feel-in-hand. But, it just looks so much like an OPPO R series smartphone and I think we have more than enough of that design.

That said, the V3Max also packs a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM support, LTE connectivity, Quick Charge and will come running Android Lollipop out of the box.

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You can’t exactly buy the smartphone right now, but you can pre-order the device from authorised Vivo retailers in Malaysia, or online at DirectD for RM1,399. If you do place a pre-order, Vivo is throwing in a mystery gift worth RM199 plus a leather smartphone case while stocks last.

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