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(Pocket-lint) - Vivo has given us something new to drool over ahead of MWC 2019. The Chinese electronics manufacturer is announcing the Vivo V15 Pro smartphone, which notably features a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera.

This phone is the company's second device with an unusual camera. At MWC 2018, we saw a concept phone Vivo had, called The Apex. Then, four months later, it unveiled the Vivo NEX S, a top-end device that also has a pop-up camera and an under-screen fingerprint scanner. When we reviewed it, we said it gave innovative glimpses into the future technologies likely coming to other phones.

In other words, Vivo is building a reputation for delivering devices with out-there, experimental features. Its first major launch in 2019 is the V15 Pro, for instance, and it not only brings a pop-up selfie camera but also a notchless 6.4-inch OLED display. In order to roll out a device with no blemishes on the front, it had to go the pop-up route. And it stuffed the camera with a 32-megapixel sensor.

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It does have a 8-megapixel default setting, but that's an upgrade over the Nex's 5-megapixel unit. As for the camera array on the back, there’s a three-camera setup including a 48-megapixel main sensor (12-megapixel stills by default), an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. These are positioned next to each other in a housing that also contains the pop-up.

That means the V15 Pro has a huge camera bump, made even more evident by the "AI Triple Camera" marking. Vivo mist really want to highlight the phone's smart camera tricks, which include an "AI Super Night Scene", "AI Super Wide-Angle Camera", and "AI Body Shaping".

Aside from the cameras, the V15 Pro features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 chip, a 3,700mAh battery, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Android 9 Pie, a headphone jack, and for some reason Micro USB with a dual-engine fast charger included in the box. All that suggests the phone has some flagship features (notchless display, pop-up camera, AI rear cameras, processor), but it's still mostly midrange.

It's quite odd to see a mid-range smartphone finally get rid of bezels and notches but stick to Micro USB. If any of this interests you, however, the V15 Pro will launch in India and other markets, with pricing to be announced by region. In India, it starts at Rs 28,990 (about $400).

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on 20 February 2019.