The Vivo Xplay has seriously blown me away! Not only is it the first Vivo phone with a sensible price, but it offers some seriously amazing features all packed in a sleek design.
Vivo Xplay Promo Video
Vivo Xplay Hardware
Hardware details for the Vivo Xplay have been known for a while, but let’s just go over them quickly one more time.
Starting with at the front the display is a 5.7-inch OGS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 offering full HD video resolution and playback. Above the screen there is a wide-angle 5 mega-pixel camera, and sitting below are the usual Android navigation buttons. In true 2013 form the screen bezels are ultra thin measuring just 2.3mm.
Turning the Xplay over and you fill find the 13 mega-pixel Sony sensor with LED flash along with NFC, under which (and crammed in to the 7.99mm thick body) sits a generous 3400mAh battery.
While were on the inside, the Xplay features a 1.7Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core SoC, 2GB RAM, Adreno 320 graphics, options for either 16GB or 32GB ROM and for you music lovers there an OPA2604 operational amplifier to boost the Cirrus Logics stereo sound.
If you are drooling at that list of hardware and you don’t live in China prepare to have your heart-broken as the Xplay only supports WCDMA 2100 or GSM 850/900/1800/1900.
Vivo Xplay hands on demo
Vivo Xplay software and gestures
While there are few surprises in the hardware department the software on the Xplay is overflowing with cool features from a single-handed “Free Touch” mode to hand gestures.
Free Touch is what Vivo have named their feature for operating the Xplay single-handed, simply shaking the phone activates a small window which mirrors the main screen and allowing you to control the phone with just your thumb.
Vivo have also thrown in some nice gesture controls which allow you to turn a page by waving in front of the phone, the ability to mute the phone by covering the front, and launching apps by hovering your finger over them.
Vivo Xplay moving photos video
Vivo Xplay release date and price
The 16GB Xplay is available for preorder in China for 2998 Yuan ($480) a 32GB version will be available from the middle of May but pricing hasn’t been confirmed. As you have probably guessed, the Xplay isn’t likely to go on international sale any time soon, however this could change.