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BPhone gets a “like” from domestic netizens

Posted on February 25, 2017 in Blog

More and more Vietnamese netizens have shown their support to the made-in-Vietnam smartphone model, BPhone, which is described by the manufacturer as “incredibly wonderful”.

BPhone and its manufacturer BKAV (Bach Khoa Antivirus Center) have successfully done what no other Vietnamese product could do before – becoming a hot topic on netizens’ forums.
However, there is difference in the way Vietnamese netizens look at BPhone before and after it was introduced on May 26 at a ceremony broadcast live on internet.

While netizens repeatedly ridiculed BPhone before the launching day, they have been cautious talking about the blockbuster product after they saw the BPhone.

In Vietnamese thought, made-in-Vietnam products mean low-quality products which target low income earners. Therefore, the fact that BPhone, positioned as high-end product with the selling price of VND10 million at least, was “unbelievable” to them.

They called Nguyen Tu Quang, chair of BKAV, a boaster as Quang compared BPhone, a Vietnamese product, with iPhone and other products which are favored worldwide.

However, Vietnamese netizens tend to talk about the new model with goodwill.

Bui Minh D wrote on his Facebook that BPhone, which could be the pride of Vietnamese, is bearing unfair criticism.

As for Transfer Jet, Fast Tracking, the price of VND9.999 million is “really reasonable” for a product with battery capacity of 3000mAh and strong security commitments from a leading security firm (BKAV was born as an internet security firm).

“Maybe BPhone is not suitable for you. But you should understand that security is a concern for anyone, from heads of states to policemen and common people,” he commented.

Many young people agreed with D’s comments.

Tran Cong V, 27, said the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of VND10 million for BPhone is equal to the price of Oppo R5 from China. Meanwhile, BPhone is more powerful in configuration.

The launching of BPhone has caught the attention of Asian newswires. Tech In Asia on May 26 reported about the event with the title “Here’s Vietnam’s first homegrown smartphone”.

According to Tech In Asia, BKAV strives to build BPhone into a smartphone with high security and safety, like the image attached to BlackBerry.

China News Agency has also reported about the launching of BPhone, focusing on its outstanding features, including the TransferJet, the wireless data transmission technology. BPhone is designed by a security firm, and therefore, it has outstanding features in security, anti-virus and anti-spy software.

Bphone offers smartphone exchange

Posted on February 25, 2017 in Blog

BKAV started a program recently on the Bphone fanpage that allow customers to exchange their old smartphone for a new Bphone, saying the idea came from consumers.

Smartphones eligible for the exchange are iPhone 5 and higher, Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher, Sony Z3 and higher, and HTC One M8 and higher.

For other smartphones not included on the list, users can leave their phone number with BKAV and it will contact them with an answer on whether the phone can be exchanged.

BKAV will evaluate the value of the customer’s old smartphone and offer them the chance to pay extra to make up the difference in value between a new Bphone and the old smartphone.

This is a new form of promotion and it seems quite popular, with many retailers adopting it to push up sales.

Last August, during a visit to Bphone’s factory, BKAV leaders said they will not reduce the price of the Bphone until the Bphone 2 is released.

In December, however, the price of the Bphone was indeed cut by VND3 million, despite the Bphone 2 not being released as yet.

Even with the price cut Bphone has not become as popular as other brands. The appearance of Bphone in stores has been limited under its distribution policy.

Apart from the BKAV SmartHome online retail and showroom, the Bphone is only available in one retail chain. Many believe the exchange program is in preparation for the release of the Bphone 2.

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BPhone, a year later, called ‘dud bomb”

Posted on February 25, 2017 in Blog

BPhone was brought into life in an impressive way, but the smartphone which was hoped to be ‘Vietnamese technological pride’ did not have an impressive performance in the last year.
BPhone turns one year old this month. Making its debut officially in May 2015, people heard about it many months before.

The smartphone was the hot topic of discussion among hi-tech fans because it is a Vietnamese product. Moreover, it was positioned as a high-class product with the high retail price of VND10 million.

Vietnamese were eager to see BPhone because of the attractive marketing campaign that BKAV, its creator, prepared for it.

A local newspaper commented that Nguyen Tu Quang and BPhone were the two names most often mentioned in the Vietnamese technology community in 2015. The former is the name of the CEO of BKAV, while the latter is the name of BPhone, a high-end smartphone, the first-ever Vietnamese manufactured smartphone.

The CEO launched a lively media campaign to advertise BPhone. He affirmed BPhone would be ‘one of the most beautifully designed smartphone models in the world’.

He compared BPhone with a ‘super product in the world with very attractive selling prices to anyone in world, not only in Vietnam”.

The marketing campaign was so noisy that some analysts called BPhone ‘Bom Phone’, or a ‘bomb’ in English.

On the first day BPhone was put on sale, BKAV stated that it sold 4,800 products within two hours. Later, it said it received 11,822 orders for the first campaign, adding that the black 16GB version was most wanted.

However, contrary to all expectations, the first-generation BPhone received more criticism than compliments.

On technology forums, people commented that the product was too expensive compared with what it could bring to users.

Only in October 2015, or five months after it was put into online sale did BPhone begin selling through retail networks.

The manufacturer then launched a program allowing consumers to buy BPhone by installments. However, this could not help attract people. BPhone faced consumer indifference.

In January 2016, the BKAV decided to slash the price to VND7.9 million. No further information about BPhone appeared on the technological product market.

Most recently, in an expected move, BKAV the manufacturer sent emails to its loyal clients who have been using BKAV Pro, an anti-virus product of BKAV, for many years, announcing that the clients now can buy BPhone at the preferential price of VND3.9 million.

BKAV affirmed that the program would be applied to the first 1,000 who first registered to buy BPhone and the program would finish on May 20.

However, according to Bizlive, very few people are interested in the program.

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Photos captured by Bphone on reputed technology forum

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

Bphone is actually “not moderate” when step by step proving the message of Bkav CEO Nguyen Tu Quang that this is the world’s smartphone masterpiece. A series of photos taken by an admin who often reviews photos on Tinhte forum, a reputed technological forum in Vietnam has confirmed the high quality of Bphone’s photos.

From its first introduction, Bphone has been given many praises for its design which is very beautiful and luxurious with high-end aluminum frame, for its screen which is as beautiful as Galaxy S6, and for its configuration which is as powerful as top smartphones of Apple, Samsung, and Sony… A clip recording the comparison of performance between Bphone and Xperia Z4, the newest top smartphone of Sony has shown that Bphone surpasses Xperia Z4 in terms of performance in all speed tests. Especially, right from the previous version, sound experts have confirmed that Bphone’s sound quality is “better than Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6”. And recently, after receiving Bphone with updated firmware repairing camera software error and having direct experience, many users have confirmed: Photos taken by Bphone have colors of higher fidelity than Sony Z3, brighter and clearer colors than iPhone 6.

Bphone’s camera has also convinced Mr. Dang Tuan (nicknamed as tuan_lionsg), an admin of box Camera, Tinh Te forum when he posted a series of photos showing Bphone’s great capability of photography. Mr. Tuan said that, circumstances of photography were indoor and outdoor activities with not really good light conditions because Saigon was quite dark these days. Most of the photos were taken in auto mode of camera; some in HDR and some in Fast Tracking Auto Focus.

Below are some photos captured by Bphone in different conditions posted by Mr. Dang Tuan:

Color reproduction: “In my opinion, White Balance of Bphone is quite good in different light conditions, even when using flash, in the late afternoon when the light is weak, photos seems in cool tone, as if it is affected by some auto color effect”. (See 5 photos below)

Fast Tracking: Bphone has feature of fast tracking moving objects (like continuous tracking of objects) integrated on Bphone’s Camera. In fact, in addition to fast tracking, there are other factors as high shutter speed at appropriate level, increasing the speed of the shutter at the same time increasing ISO or increasing EV (Exposure Value) (See 2 photos below).

Bphone has high dynamic range HDR – auto capturing photos which differ in light intensity at different layers, then auto overlapping and mixing into a photo with more harmonious light for the whole frame (see the photo below, HDR ON to the right, HDR OFF to the left).

Fast tracking auto focus – In Bphone, this camera mode is quite simple, selecting and then shooting. Focused point will be the photo saved to the phone, then users will select different focused points and save into the second photo (see two photos below).

Original photo:

Photo focused on the vase:

See more photos from Bphone:

These three photos are captured in dim light condition from neon lights in restaurants and shops. The photos still reveals the great capability of detailing and light balancing. 

Three next photos illustrate the capability of photography in dim environment difficult to distinguish objects. Bphone reveals these “half-light” spaces very well.

Putting black shoes next to orange and light grey shoes causes great contrast difference, however Bphone still preserves the balance when getting a little light burnt in shoelaces.

These photos have shown that Bphone has great capability of covering outdoor space, from landscapes photography to capturing close-up objects. This is exposed in the yellow detail in the centre of Nymphaea flower which is not burnt, or dead nymphaea branches on the ground of pistia in light or dark corner still preserve the contrast and vivid color.

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BKAV criticized for misleading advertising for smartphone

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV, a wholly owned Vietnamese enterprise, has promoted its BPhone smartphone as a super product, but the device remains a mystery.

BPhone was first mentioned in the mass media after it unexpectedly turned up at a CES exhibition last year.

BKAV said the smartphone model had a beautiful design. However, no one could see the smartphone because BKAV covered the product with a box.

The statement then immediately stirred up the public as many did not believe that a Vietnamese company could manufacture smartphones. However, doubts raised by the public made the BPhone an even hotter item.

“BPhone is one of the best designed smartphones, a high-end product with strong configuration, but the selling price is not overly high” Vu Thanh Thang, vice president of BKAV, said.

“Our plant in Cau Giay District, Hanoi can manufacture tens of thousands of products each month. If we have positive feedback from the market, we can quickly increase capacity to hundreds of thousands of products each month with the workshop in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park,” he said in an interview.

After that, some images of BPhone with a glass back, being assembled in a BKAV factory in Hanoi, appeared in local newspapers.

BKAV’s managers then said the BPhone would hit the market in the first quarter of 2015, which set people’s curiosity agog.

Most recently, BPhone was once again seen in the hands of BKAV’s CEO Nguyen Tu Quang at his company’s conference. Quang noted that BPhone was even better designed and individualized than iPhone 6.

A branding expert said that BKAV has been following a misleading advertisement campaign.

“They (BKAV) made strong commitments about the product, but did not show what they can do,” he said. “As a result, people’s doubts about BKAV’s ability have grown.”

How BPhone is made remains a big question, though BKAV says the product is “100 percent Vietnamese”.

Analysts said they don’t think the smartphone was “ordered by BKAV” and “outsourced to China”, or “assembled in Vietnam with components from China”. In other words, the product is designed by BKAV and its components made in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, a reporter who visited BKAV’s factory in Hanoi thinks BKAV has only designed the features and exterior of the product, and has imported components from China and assembled the finished product in Vietnam.

An expert said that BKAV was likely to buy a production line from China and use it in Vietnam. He said this was feasible as they are not too costly.

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BPhone gets a “like” from domestic netizens

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

More and more Vietnamese netizens have shown their support to the made-in-Vietnam smartphone model, BPhone, which is described by the manufacturer as “incredibly wonderful”.

BPhone and its manufacturer BKAV (Bach Khoa Antivirus Center) have successfully done what no other Vietnamese product could do before – becoming a hot topic on netizens’ forums.

However, there is difference in the way Vietnamese netizens look at BPhone before and after it was introduced on May 26 at a ceremony broadcast live on internet.

While netizens repeatedly ridiculed BPhone before the launching day, they have been cautious talking about the blockbuster product after they saw the BPhone.

In Vietnamese thought, made-in-Vietnam products mean low-quality products which target low income earners. Therefore, the fact that BPhone, positioned as high-end product with the selling price of VND10 million at least, was “unbelievable” to them.

They called Nguyen Tu Quang, chair of BKAV, a boaster as Quang compared BPhone, a Vietnamese product, with iPhone and other products which are favored worldwide.

However, Vietnamese netizens tend to talk about the new model with goodwill.

Bui Minh D wrote on his Facebook that BPhone, which could be the pride of Vietnamese, is bearing unfair criticism.

As for Transfer Jet, Fast Tracking, the price of VND9.999 million is “really reasonable” for a product with battery capacity of 3000mAh and strong security commitments from a leading security firm (BKAV was born as an internet security firm).

“Maybe BPhone is not suitable for you. But you should understand that security is a concern for anyone, from heads of states to policemen and common people,” he commented.

Many young people agreed with D’s comments.

Tran Cong V, 27, said the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of VND10 million for BPhone is equal to the price of Oppo R5 from China. Meanwhile, BPhone is more powerful in configuration.

The launching of BPhone has caught the attention of Asian newswires. Tech In Asia on May 26 reported about the event with the title “Here’s Vietnam’s first homegrown smartphone”.

According to Tech In Asia, BKAV strives to build BPhone into a smartphone with high security and safety, like the image attached to BlackBerry.

China News Agency has also reported about the launching of BPhone, focusing on its outstanding features, including the TransferJet, the wireless data transmission technology. BPhone is designed by a security firm, and therefore, it has outstanding features in security, anti-virus and anti-spy software.

 

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BKAV meets foreign partners in an attempt to export BPhones

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV, the manufacturer of BPhone, a 100 percent Vietnam-made smartphone, is moving ahead with its plan to export BPhones, ignoring doubts that a Vietnam-made high-tech product can be sold in the world market.

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A senior executive of BKAV said BKAV and Qualcomm have negotiated with large distributors in the US and regional mobile network operators to bring BPhone into Indonesian, Thai and Indian markets.

The executive revealed two weeks ago that BKAV and Qualcomm would meet with distributors and network operators at a global conference on mobile telecom technologies in Hong Kong held by Qualcomm in mid-September.

The meetings took place as scheduled. BKAV met True Move, the Thai third largest mobile network operator, in September. True Move said the meeting with BKAV was the ‘most impressive’. The two sides would meet again to discuss further details for cooperation.

BKAV also met the representatives of mobile network operators from Indonesia and India, and a network from Europe on the sidelines of the conference.

Thieu Phuong Nam, Qualcomm’s CEO in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said Vietnam has the opportunity to jump into the manufacturing of telecom terminal devices thanks to competitive production costs. He said Qualcomm was willing to help Vietnam develop the industry.

Vietnam has become one of the world’s largest production bases of mobile devices with the presence of big manufacturers such as Samsung and Microsoft.

“The production costs for terminal devices in Vietnam are very competitive, which is the reason why some big companies have decided to set up factories in Vietnam,” Nam said.

Though the CEO noted that there are many smartphone models available in the market, he thinks it is feasible for BKAV to bring BPhone to the world market.

However, what BKAV needs to do is make BPhones from the next generation with 4G support, because 4G technology is a new technology trend worldwide.

It is still too early to say whether BPhone can become well known, but it is clear that BPhone has been a hot topic among high-tech experts.

CNET, a US technology website, recently published an article about BKAV and BPhone, which aims to compete with Apple’s and Samsung’s products.

CNET said that to some extent BKAV was following the steps of Xiaomi, a Chinese firm, but unlike Xiaomi, BKAV has focused on high-end products.

Meanwhile, an analyst commented that BKAV was ‘overly ambitious’ trying to sell BPhone in the international market, where Samsung and Apple products dominate.

“This is really a bold move,” he said. “It is highly possible that BKAV would not be welcomed, even though it has high quality, because BKAV and BPhone remain unfamiliar brands in the world market.”

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Bphone offers smartphone exchange

Posted on March 22, 2016 in Blog

BKAV started a program recently on the Bphone fanpage that allow customers to exchange their old smartphone for a new Bphone, saying the idea came from consumers.

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Smartphones eligible for the exchange are iPhone 5 and higher, Samsung Galaxy S5 and higher, Sony Z3 and higher, and HTC One M8 and higher.

For other smartphones not included on the list, users can leave their phone number with BKAV and it will contact them with an answer on whether the phone can be exchanged.

BKAV will evaluate the value of the customer’s old smartphone and offer them the chance to pay extra to make up the difference in value between a new Bphone and the old smartphone.

This is a new form of promotion and it seems quite popular, with many retailers adopting it to push up sales.

Last August, during a visit to Bphone’s factory, BKAV leaders said they will not reduce the price of the Bphone until the Bphone 2 is released.

In December, however, the price of the Bphone was indeed cut by VND3 million, despite the Bphone 2 not being released as yet.

Even with the price cut Bphone has not become as popular as other brands. The appearance of Bphone in stores has been limited under its distribution policy.

Apart from the BKAV SmartHome online retail and showroom, the Bphone is only available in one retail chain. Many believe the exchange program is in preparation for the release of the Bphone 2.

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BPhone maker has trouble in domestic market

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

BKAV initially stated that the first batch of products would be delivered to customers on June 11. However, at the last minute, BKAV said the delivery would come one week later.

Do Thu Hang, BKAV’s PR Director, said since there are some changes in upgrading some apps on operating systems in the MADA (Mobile Application Distribution Agreement) signed between Google and OEMs (original equipment manufacturer), BKAV will need more time to update the upgrades.

Do Hoai Nam, a technology expert, said he advocates the BKAV decision on delaying the delivery.

“I don’t think the delay w.ould cause big problems,” he said.

However, many people are dissatisfied about the delay. “BKAV may try to run against the clock to upgrade BPhone and fix problems,” he commented.

The blogger said he accessed BKAV’s website some days ago and surprisingly saw the image of a new version of BPhone, which is more beautiful and modern than the one introduced at the BPhone launching ceremony.

“This seems to be abnormal,” he commented. “In general, the best version needs to be introduced at ‘hot’ moment”.

Also according to the blogger, technology experts have pointed out that BOS is not a perfect operating system. Meanwhile, some clients have had negative feedback about BPhone.

“These could be reasons why they did not feel confident enough to market the products at this moment,” he commented.

Some days ago, there was heavy criticism from the public when local newspapers reported it had asked FPT Shop to give back the demo version of BPhone.

Some domestic websites then reported that BKAV had to recall BPhone products because of the errors found.

However, a representative of BKAV said that BKAV lent the product to FPT Shop so that the distributor could show the product to customers.

The representative also denied the ‘recall’ of products.

Meanwhile, a local newspaper showed pictures believed to be the images of the BPhone manufacturing factory in Cau Giay District in Hanoi.

“The place which is believed to be the BPhone factory is located on a small alley surrounded by car sale showrooms,” the newspaper reported.

However, BKAV said this is a workshop that makes components for its SmartHome solutions.

BKAV launched BPhone in late May, a product which is “Designed by BKAV – Made in Vietnam” and described by the manufacturer as “incredibly wonderful”.

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12,000 units of Bphone Bkav has been sold in one day

Posted on July 17, 2015 in Blog

Some days before, I gave you one news about Bphone made by Bkav in 4 years and I make sure that the Vietnamese will feel proud of their first flagship. With the latest news from the manufacturer It makes sense that Bkav has sold about 12000 units phone in the first selling day. To Bkav, it is a good sign for the preliminary technology industry and it shows the community solidarity of the Vietnamese, of course.

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Anyway, let’s see what does Bphone Bkav really have inside:

  • Operation System: BOS (based on Android 5.0 Lollipop)
  • Network category: HSDPA 21.6 Mbps
  • Screen LCD TFT 5”, 1.920 x 1.080 pixel, pixel density up to 441 ppi
  • Tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13MP of the rear camera , supported by OmniVision sensor and bi Focus
  • Supporting to record 1080p@60fps/30fps, 720p@120fps,
  • 5MP of the front camera , wide spotting angle up to 88 degree.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801AC with the clock speed of 2.5Ghz
  • RAM 3GB DDRL3
  • Three types of ROM: 16GB / 64GB / 128GB
  • No external SD card
  • All current connection : Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, 2 băng tần, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Glonass, TransferJet
  • MicroUSB, 3.5mm port
  • Special thing: FLAC, ALAC, 24-bit/192kHz
  • Mic anti noise FluenceHD
  • Li-Po 3.000 mAh of battery
  • Quick Charge 2.0 Plus technology
  • Dimension : 14,1 x 6,9 cm
  • Colour case: black, white, yellow champagne, Gold 24K
  • 7.5mm of thinness.

Although there will be more problems and difficulties for Bkav, but we should hope them more successful in the near future with Bphone brand.

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