It seems to have been a long time coming, but just as expected the high-end Vivo Xplay 5 and an enhanced version have been officially introduced. We have news on the Vivo Xplay 5 and Ultimate Edition 4GB/ 6GB RAM prices at launch, as well as all you need on specifications and more coming right up.
As the fight for distinctiveness in the smartphone sector continues, it is clear some companies are still focusing just as heavily on the numbers game as anything. The latest culprit is the new Vivo Xplay 5 Elite which comes with an absurd 6 GB RAM.
Though, fundamentally different, that’s more than most PCs in the world right now. The phone in question is the so-called “flagship edition”, with the peasant edition making an appearance later on.
It is also clear that design-wise it is inspired clearly by Samsung and Apple. Judging by the specs, too, it is clear where that inspiration is coming from.
The display at the front is a 5.43″ Super AMOLED with QHD resolution, and a 2.5D curved glass. It runs on aging Android 5.1 with a custom skin on top.
Underneath, you’ll get a Snapdragon 820 processor with 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128 GB of storage. The back boasts a 16 MP f2.0 Sony IMX298 processor with dual-tone LED Flash, along with an 8 MP f2.4 sensor at the front.
There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back, along with a good audio prowess, including “HiFi 3.0” system with 2 ES9028 DAC chips, as well as three OPA1612 amplifiers. Connectivity is rather lacking with no NFC or USB Type-C.
It doesn’t seem long ago that we were impressed with 2GB of RAM for smartphones, and so the Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition in particular is a significant arrival. The Xplay 5 and its Ultimate Edition sibling have the same design and build but differ in processors as well as RAM. The regular Xplay 5 packs a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor while the Ultimate Edition variant is equipped with a Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU.
Other specs for both of these new Vivo smartphones include a 5.43-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440. The dual curved display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. There’s 128GB of internal storage, and a 3600 mAh battery with dual-charging technology for fast charging. At the back there’s a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and IMX298 sensor, and at the front you’ll get an 8-megapixel shooter.
All these goodness and numbers cost, and the price here is a mere $655. The lowly non-elite will retail for $565 with Snapdragon 652 and “just” 4 GB of RAM. Again, the phone doesn’t break any grounds with what it brings, rather it focuses just too much on the numbers game.
If I was in the market for a phone like this, at least I would get something which wouldn’t get obsolete after six months by a phone with 7 GB RAM because that’s what Vivo is apparently aiming for here.
The phones go on sale in China first from March 8. While availability outside China has not been detailed yet, we expect them to launch in further regions at some point. The Vivo Xplay 5 price for China is CNY 3,698 (around $565, £404, €519, or Rs. 38,300.) Alternatively the Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition price is CNY 4,288 (around $655, £469, €602, or Rs. 44,400).
Vivo Xplay 5 Specifications:
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
- OS: customized Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G
- 5.43″ Super AMOLED with QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution
- RAM: 6 GB
- Internal: 128 GB
- Card slot: TBA
- Primary: 16 MP Sony IMX298, f/2.0, dual-tone LED Flash
- Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.4
- Connectivity: fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- Battery: 3,600 mAh with fast-charging