Counterclockwise: vivo is the musical sibling of photo buff Oppo

Last week we told you about Oppo, so this week we want to talk about its sibling company, vivo. While Oppo was founded in 2004, vivo is even younger – it was founded in 2009 and released its first phone in 2012.

The company hails from Dongguan, a major manufacturing hub. Samsung Electronics, Nokia, DuPont, Maersk and others have manufacturing facilities in the city. In 2011 it built a Hi-Fi acoustic laboratory, which was designed for testing of audio equipment.

A year later the first phone came – the vivo X1. The company claims this is the first smartphone with a dedicated audio chip,…


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