So the cat is finally out of the bag and Vivo have launched their latest flagship. Here are the full specifications and pricing of the Vivo Xplay5.
Not one but two Vivo Xplay5 phones have been announced today in Beijing. The flagship model boasts the 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 820 as rumours had pointed out, and the ‘base’ model get’s 4GB RAM, Snapdargon 652 and a slightly different HIFI arrangement.
Vivo Xplay5 design
Both variants of the Xplay5 feature the same curved 5.43-inch display and all metal body available in Gold or Pink. The full metal chassis is similar to other Vivo phones from the rear with the same fingerprint scanner and camera location as the Vivo X6 Plus.
Dimensions for the phone are 153.5 X 76.2 X 7.59mm, which is a good thickness for a phone sporting a 3600mAh battery.
A SIM tray is located in the left of the chassis (Yes, there is support for dual SIM cards), while a physical power and volume button are on the right. A 3.5mm headphone jack is found at the top of the phone, while a USB Type C is located in the base.
Vivo Xplay5 Specifications
Both phones feature the same curved Super AMOLED 2K display, they both also have the same 8 mega-pixel F2.4 front camera, and 16 mega-pixel Sony IMX298 rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus). The rear camera has an F2.0 aperture and features such as eye tracking, stabilistation is mentioned but it isn’t clear if it is software or hardware..
The similarities between the two Vivo Xplay5 variants continue with the same 3600mah battery and dual engine charging (a quick charge feature), and parts of the HIFI audio equipment are the same too however the 4GB RAM version of the phone only has dual audio chips were as the 6GB RAM model has separate audio chips for left and right channels.
Where things are different are in the processors used and the amount of RAM. The flagship version of the Vivo Xplay5 has a Snapdragon 820 chipset and 6GB RAM where as the ‘entry-level’ model will have a Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM.
To keep the Vivo Xplay5 cool an innovative liquid cooling system has been designed in to the phone. The feature uses a special gel that can reduce the core temperature of the phone by up to 10 degrees.
Network support for both versions of the Vivo Xplay5 are as follows:Band38 / 39/40/41 (100M), Band 1 / 3, Band 2/4/5/7/8 (only supported international roaming). What this means is that anyone in China using a Chinese SIM is limited to bands 1 and 3 for FDD-LTE, while outside of China you have more LTE support options (we saw the same with the Oppo Find 7 when it launched.
Vivo Xplay5 Funtouch
OS on the Vivo Xplay5 is Funtouch 2.5.1 based on Android 5.1 and its a Chinese system with only support for Chinese and English, and no native Google support (however that can be fixed).
As rumoured the system allow for split screen support allowing you to have 2 apps open on the screen at a time.
An interesting feature is that the Xplay5 will keep your most used applications loaded in to the RAM at all times meaning a faster load time. I assume won’t be affected by the task manager and would mean the phone learns which apps you use the most and keep them on standby.
Vivo Xplay5 Video hands on (Chinese)
Vivo Xplay5 Gallery
Vivo Xplay5 Pricing
Pricing isn’t cheap with the 6GB RAM version of the phone costing 4288 Yuan ($654) and the 4GB RAM model slightly less at 3698 Yuan ($564). So far it looks like Vivo have no plans to launch the Xplay5 outside of China, but we will keep you posted.