Although we’ve seen a great deal of super-phones with incredibly low price points getting unveiled in China lately, most of these can’t hold a candle to the Vivo XPlay unveiled mere hours ago.
This humongous guy has been the star of numerous rumors and alleged “leaks” in the past couple of months, but somehow it looks in reality much better than it did on paper in terms of its bang for the buck factor. The XPlay will be made available in a matter of weeks for… wait for it… 2,998 Yuan, which is roughly $480.
Sure, that’s not exactly dirt-cheap by Chinese standards, but you needn’t take more than a quick look at the below spec sheet to realize the Vivo XPlay is a one of a kind device:
- 5.7-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution display with Corning Gorilla Glass
- 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 or 32 GB of internal storage space
- Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
- 13 MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor sensor
- 5 MP secondary cam
- 3,400 mAh battery
- Hi-Fi audio, Bose headphones
- Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- 153.8 x 79.68 x 7.99 mm dimensions
- 187 grams weight
Is that a dreamy spec sheet or what? And I mean dreamy for a $700 smartphone, let alone for one that’s going to be sold (clearly at a loss) for the equivalent of 480 bucks.
The list of features is basically flawless, maybe save for the storage part, given there’s no microSD support. Other than that though, the Vivo XPlay is a top-notch device in terms of its display crispness, audio performance, cameras, software and processing speed.
And don’t even get me started on that stunning design, because I honestly don’t know how Vivo was able to pack the thing with a more than decently sized battery and at the same time keep the phone’s profile at an unbelievably thin 7.99 mm.
Also, while the XPlay sports in theory a larger display by 0.2 inches than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2, the differences in size and weight are unnoticeable. The 5.7-incher is just 4 grams heavier and 2.7 mm longer than the 5.5-incher, while actually being 0.8 mm narrower (!!!).
How is that possible? Well, BBK, the company that owns the Vivo brand, made this fellow’s bezels crazy thin, giving its overall design an even more distinguished and classy feel.
And yes, I know it’s (usually) a little uncomfortable to handle a bigger than 5-inch smartphone, but Vivo seems to have thought about every little detail. A so-called “Free Touch” single-hand mode is one of the neat and original pre-loaded features on the XPlay, mirroring your screen in a small window for easier one-hand interaction.
I’m sure the only thing on your minds right now is “where can I get this thing and how soon?”, but the truth is there’s only an outside chance the Vivo XPlay will ever make its way outside China. And even if it does, it’ll probably be sold in limited quantities in countries like Russia or Ukraine, because BBK simply doesn’t have the resources to do more. Oh, well, there’s always importing, right?
By the way, if anyone’s planning a trip to China for the near future, be sure to sign me up for a dozen of Xplays. That’s how in love I am with this thing!