Video: Vivo Xplay5 full specifications and pricing

Video: Vivo Xplay5 full specifications and pricing

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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.

vivo xplay5

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.

vivo xplay5

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..

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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).

vivo xplay5 funtouch

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

vivo xplay5 launch

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.

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  • realjjj

    Keeping things in RAM will impact battery life . Noticed that the Mate 8 keeps a lot in the RAM too,compared to other high end devices.

    • Assefa Hanson

      Doesnt the mate 8 have excellent battery life?

      • realjjj

        Nobody tests battery life properly so hard to say without owning it.
        http://www.anandtech.com/show/9878/the-huawei-mate-8-review/7

        Clean tests like that are poor since in real life users leave apps on in RAM and they got a bunch of apps that use a lot of resources. FB got a lot of attention lately because some folks discovered that they get 15-20% longer battery life without the FB app but social, IM , news apps , things that have notifications,always check for updates, maybe send GPS location do drain a lot of resources. So it’s not just FB that drains the battery, a bunch of very popular apps are rather nasty.. There are other things too but lets not get into that now.

        • Assefa Hanson

          Oh i was going off reviews, users kept saying it was a good performer

          • realjjj

            I wasn’t saying it wasn’t good, just that i don’t own the device and don’t have good data.
            It does have a big battery, a big screen but just 1080p and the SoC is staying cool so in theory it should have good battery life.

            • Mi-fan

              The Mate 8 would be real nice because of the 6 inch screen and the formfactor of an i6 Plus

            • Luis Martinez

              I owned a mate 7 but hated the emui. Went back to funtouch and XPlay 3s

        • balcobomber25

          Battery life tests themselves are subjective to begin with. No two people use their phones the same way and everyone is located in different areas and have different signals/coverage. Two people with the same phone can have drastically different results.

          • Freeje

            I’m getting 6-7 hours SOT with moderate-heavy use and 8-9 hours light use. No optimizations and using FB lite app and mainly using wifi. Others on XDA have reported up to 9-10 hours SOT with the use of optimization apps.

            • balcobomber25

              I’m not doubting it has good battery life just saying battery tests aren’t the most reliable.

            • Freeje

              I’m with you regarding that. Just giving an example when of what you said when you take a look at what users say online.

  • Rob

    Gutted that this has such a small screen, completely killed my interest in it right there. Also surprised that the rest camera has an f2.0 aperture and no laser autofocus! Will have to look elsewhere now as this is the 2nd time this year that vivo have disappointed with a new release.

    • Oppo R9 should be the camera phone of 2016 (should be if my theory is correct)

      • HBK

        Do you think we will see theXshot Successor with great camera?

        • HBK

          Xshot Successor*

          Does Xplay 5 have OIS in Camera?

        • I am not convinced there is going to be an Xshot successor

          • HBK

            Makes me so Sad.! 🙁

      • realjjj

        Hard to shove much of a cam in a 6mm thick device.

      • Rob

        Better than the next xshot? Doubt the R9 will have a 6″ screen though.

        • Assefa Hanson

          hey rob wnat a 6″ phone why not go for the leagoo shark 1 😛

          umm what about the archos diamond 2 note??.. not super specs tho.. QHd,helio x10, etc

          • Rob

            I was looking at the acer predator 6, pretty ugly but great specs and 4 front facing speakers should give a great audio experience.

            • Bility

              Please Rob whatever u do don’t go for leagoo. It is the worst smartphone I have ever bought since the beginning of smartphones

            • Rob

              Thanks for the tip, never get any mention on here although on paper the specs and price look good. The leagoo shark with a Helio x20 and hi-fi audio would be perfect.

            • Bility

              Yeah that’s all that is to it, looks good on paper but stay clear

      • Assefa Hanson

        what is that theory is it beacuse of the pixel stabilization thing?

    • Assefa Hanson

      Feel bad for you, your journey continues, will rob ever find the dream phone? Tune in next time for the exciting conclusion

      • Rob

        There is no exciting conclusion for me 🙁

        • Assefa Hanson

          rob dream phone season 8 has been cancelled :/ im sure the fans will feel Rob-bed *bad dum tss*

          • Rob

            Don’t worry I shall rise from the ashes to fight another day! It’s just incredibly disappointing when you’ve waited sooooo long for something to release only to find its not what you were expecting/hoping for. I feel that vivo have lost there way a bit as the xplay series really feels like it’s lost its identity.

            • Assefa Hanson

              i get you, bu from this you want a super speced phone, maybe oppo can meet your needs with their upcoming phone? your looking high end right?

            • Rob

              Now I am, done with cheap phones and I’ve had loads of them!

            • Luis Martinez

              I love the XPlay series because it is that. A great multimedia device. This one looks to further that with its extra amplifiers and 3.0 hifi

        • MaxPower

          I thought you were happy with the new LeTV Max

          • Rob

            I don’t own an letv! I’ve got a Meizu at the moment that I really like, except for the smaller screen as I really like the 6″+ form factor.

            • MaxPower

              I know you don’t, it just came out and I’m not even sure it’s already available.
              I thought you liked it though.

            • Rob

              Funnily enough I was looking at it earlier, the only place I could find it for sale and not on pre order was on Aliexpress. Trouble is I hate their ROM, plus the fact that it’s dearer than the Huawei mate 8 which IMO is a much nicer looking phone. Think I will bide my time and see what materialises when the Helio X20 arrives

            • MaxPower

              Oh, I forgot about the Mate 8.
              Not your cup of tea?

            • Rob

              It’s got the looks but from what I’ve read it’s not quite there yet in the software and camera departments.

            • realjjj

              LeTV Max Pro only sold 1k pre-production units at 2000CNY. Nothing else yet. Huawei will have a P9 Max and it seems that the P9 launch is next week.

              Xiaomi kinda needs a Mi Note 2 but remains to be seen if they have it ready soon.

            • Rob

              Yes I read that too, all 1000 units were engineering samples. Wouldn’t be surprised if people bought these to sell on though. If the images of the p9 are correct it’s damn ugly so a definite no no for me. Xiaomi make the most boring phones on the planet so I know nothing they make will ever interest me.

  • peeyaj

    Welcome to 2014, Vivo. Android Lollipop is calling you!

    • balcobomber25

      Guess I missed all the phones in 2014 with a SD820 and 6GB of RAM. Personally I would prefer a stable Lollipop (like Assefa says above me) than having Marshmallow just to say “we have the latest”.

      • Mi-fan

        The problem with android 5 is the ram leaking… even 6GB of ram wont completely fix that. Altough the curved screen is exactly what I expected from our dear Xiaomi so this Vivo phone might be my next device (Well goodbye username huh)

        • Assefa Hanson

          In theory we all know here you have never tested this 6gb ram phone

          • Mi-fan

            Are you saying Android 5 does not have memory management problems? IMO Android 4.4 was the best Android so far (Havent tested Adroid M tho)

            • Assefa Hanson

              No, i was challenging your point that not even 6gb ram would be enough, thats just specualation there has nevr bee n a 6gb lollipop in the universe

            • Mi-fan

              I have my mi note pro with 4GB ram, and there problem exists even there, so I doubt that its gonna be any different with 6GB (propbably will take longer until all ram is gone, but thats it)

            • balcobomber25

              My MX5 with 3GB has had no issues since Android 5.1

            • Mi-fan

              Ive had now:

              Mi4C
              Mi Note Pro
              LETV ONE
              Zenfone 2

              all with android 5 and all with memory issues

            • balcobomber25

              Once Flyme was upgraded to 5.1, it was fixed in my phone.

            • Mi-fan

              Well then ur pretty lucky, I’ll wait and see how MIUI on top of Android 6 performs, i hope better than atm

            • peeyaj

              If you are offering your phone with a price tag of 600+ dollars, at least offer the latest and greatest software of Android.

            • Assefa Hanson

              “latest and greatest” i remember when people said that about windows vista

            • Rob

              Hey, I liked vista! Better than the crap that was windows 8.

            • Assefa Hanson

              llol but had some interesting bugs

            • Rob

              Vista is probably the only version of windows where I never had a single issue, found drivers for everything and ran really smoothly for me.

            • Marco Lancaster

              Yeah, 5.0 to 5.0.2 sucks.
              But 5.1 fix the memory leak issue and also gives a better refinement.

            • MaxPower

              What kind of problem are you having?
              Would you mind being more specific?

  • Assefa Hanson

    Still a bit disappointed, i expected more boundaries would be broken, ive even heard of dual boot buy ehh rumors are rumors i personally prefer a stable finished lolipop over early marshmallow

  • balcobomber25

    Great specs with a mishmash design. Hopefully a new Xshot is on the way next.

    • Rob

      I thought the camera was a little disappointing on this, I’m guessing they are saving the big camera specs for the xshot.

  • Rob

    “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”
    But again, no B20.

    • nope, because it’s not for international markets

      • balcobomber25

        Any news when the MX6/Pro 6 will be announced?

        • MaxPower

          May

          • balcobomber25

            I am thinking June/July at MWC Shanghai.

            • MaxPower

              I think you might be right

  • SPLEND1D

    MI5 ftw

    • Mi-fan

      YESSS BUT WAYY TO SMALL.

      • balcobomber25

        I don’t mind the size of Mi5, I would have preferred 5.5 but 5.15 will only take a day or two to get used to.

        • Mi-fan

          Once you go note there no going back

          • balcobomber25

            I just got through using a Blu Pure XL for a month (friend works for Blu) that was 6 inches. I think for me 5.5 is the sweet spot. I can use 5 or 6 comfortably but like 5.5 the best.

            • MaxPower

              I’ll be waiting for a new MI Note.
              Hopefully it will come out with a bigger battery.

              I can’t go back to 5″ and I can’t go back to 3000 mha.

            • balcobomber25

              Yea I don’t know if I can go back to 5″ the more I think about it. I really like using a 5.5” phone.

            • MaxPower

              I can get used to 5″ very fast but also I’ll get tired of it very quick.

              But on my opinion they did the right thing going with 5.1″ (as long as they will release the MI Note)

  • Tommy

    Only availabe in gold or pink? What a fucking joke.

  • For the given specs, this phone is competitively priced compared to the big boys outside China. However, for a typical Chinese phone it’s definitely a luxury item (though past Vivo phones weren’t exactly known for their value). I absolutely love that it’s not another phablet. Having used 5″, 5.2″, and 5.5″ phones the past couple years, I’ve come to the conclusion that a 5.43″ screen size would be just about perfect, although judging by the comments here I seem to be in the minority heh.

    If the prices comes down and there’s an international version, this may be my next phone.

    • MaxPower

      Forget about international version and forget about price going down.
      Resellers are still selling the Vivo XShot almost at the same price of launch.
      For some reason Vivo’s price don’t drop like other brands

      • balcobomber25

        There actually will be an international version but it won’t be what people think. It will be for Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and India. Essentially it will be the same phone with Google Play. I actually dropped by a Vivo store in Thailand the other day when I was there, the Xshot is still selling for over $300 there.

        • MaxPower

          Not surprised at all

  • Bility

    Because Sammy supplied the display doesn’t mean they should build a phone to look like galaxy S7. I have just been put off by that. I guess I will stick with Oppo for now I really wanted to jump ship but not for this Galaxy S7 clone.

  • Brooklyn701

    Nice phone but 2K Screen is a big “no no” in my book. Too bad, I had hoped that the small Version would have FHD.

    • balcobomber25

      Couldn’t agree more, on phones less than 6 inches 2k is a waste to me.

      • MaxPower

        Not even my 55″ TV is 2K. It’s only 1080P and it’s ten times bigger than a phone. Lol

        • balcobomber25

          I have a 60″ LG OLED 4K. But I only got it because it was an open box special at Best Buy and I had some gift cards. I actually paid less than some 1080p’s that were on the shelf.

          • MaxPower

            It’s time to get a smart TV.
            I was interested into the one that LeTV launched before Xmas for the US market (I’ve been very close to buy it)

            Then I started looking on reviews and people are struggling to install Google Play, Netflix and all those services that are not strictly Chinese.

            Not to mention that it’s not HDCP 2.2 complaint which means it won’t support 4K here in the US.

            Too bad because it was a steal for $750 ( sometimes it goes on sale for $480 of you win an invite)

            LeTV is very close to win me as customer (I was very tempted on buying the LETV 1S until Andi said that camera sucked)
            So close yet so far.
            I’ll stick with Xiaomi for phones and Samsung/LG for TVs

            • balcobomber25

              I love LG for everything except the phones. Every tv in my home is an LG and most of my appliances. If their phones weren’t so hideous I would give them a shot but I can’t get past the looks.

    • E8hffff

      There’s little reason they would use more power other than GPU driving the pixels. You still have the same brightness and activity area.

      • balcobomber25

        You have the same activity area with more pixels. The more pixels it has the more power it takes to light up those pixels and the more power it takes to achieve the same brightness.

  • E8hffff

    $654.207USD hmm bad…it’s kind of an ugly phone too.

    • balcobomber25

      It is definitely ugly but that it is normal price for a Vivo, and if you ever own one they are worth every penny for the level of quality and fit and finish they offer.

      • E8hffff

        Yeah I love the specs, but the price and aesthetics are off for me.

    • Twister12

      Perfect phone for me. Quite expensive but price is still lower than the S7 or the latest Iphone. Specs wise it trounced those two too. But yes it’s not that very good to look at.

  • XdaDev X

    i rather buy real S7 not fake s7 for that price

    • Luis Martinez

      Huh. What the hell is an s7 this is an XPlay 5

      • XdaDev X

        Sorry supposed to be saying like this xplay is fake of S7..

        • Twister12

          How come? Because of the Amoled screen?

          • XdaDev X

            Vivo is really crossing line with copying.. X6 very similar to iphone 6 now this is very similar to s6 edge..
            Vivo xplay 5 supposed to look like this :

            • Everybody likes something else (not saying I like Xplay5). But there are another things – Samsung does suply front glass to Vivo for Xplay5. Different “curvy style” doesn’t make sense, right?

            • Assefa Hanson

              i wanted it to look like this as well, is there anyphone that has adopted this design yet?

            • XdaDev X

              none

            • realjjj

              The idea of bending the edges is not Samsung’s, they were simply the first to implement it because nobody else had the screen tech.
              Nothing else looks like Samsung,maybe the frame a bit.

        • Luis Martinez

          Fake. come on. Looks like a Vivo x6 plus with edged screens

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

      Calling the fastest cpu right now SD820 paired with the largest amount of RAM seen on phone till now 6GB just a “midrange” is making you to look as a retarted noob.

      • XdaDev X

        u are retard d-head I was talking about xplay 5 NOT xplay 5 ultimate !
        xplay 5 – SD 652 and 4GB RAM u mental infant.. The ultimate edition won’t be even avail. only in china..
        and am ROFL-ing u gonna buy ultimate edition for $650
        pleease stop making idiot from yourself..

        • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

          No, I’m not gonna buying this phone at that price. And you wasn’t clear for which version you were talking about.

    • Roberto Tomás

      > i rather buy real S7 […] for that price

      fair enough, lots of people (millions in fact) will feel the same way. Samsung has a great name, with lots of custom software that non tech savvy people actually like. Specifically the software around their camera is very, very good, making their photography a best-in-the-business feature.

      > And this one is just midrange 6gb edition will be same expensive as S7

      now you are just hating. it has the same processor, same screen, and in general superior specs to a S7 at the same price point.

      • XdaDev X

        I have it compared with xpaly3S and I think 3s is better.. Has NFC this hasn’t.. Has stereo speaker this hasn’t.. And yet it cost £250..
        Waiting for xplay 5 reviews. We will see

  • Luis Martinez

    Time to upgrade. I imagine I’ll be salivating about the sound coming from those speakers.

  • Stef

    What’s the point of curved glass if you’re to also put such thick bezels? That’s bigger than most modern 5.5 inchers, IMO it looks kind of ugly (I suppose it was looks that lead them to that decision).

    Apart from that (how needlessly bigger the device is) excellent hardware , easily the best hardware in 2016 (and it will probably be some time before it is topped, probably Note 6 in October).

    • Assefa Hanson

      welllllllllllll if it fallls……………………………………………………..

  • Angry Mobile Nerd

    Does Vivo know what ROM is or is the whole 128GB really read-only? 😛

  • Minos2014

    Bigger than a classic 5.5 inch phone? Come on Vivo,you can better than this.

  • realjjj

    Kinda wish LG would turn this old concept into a product. A shorter upper bezel and a thinner body and would be just great as it is,clean and simple.
    http://cdn03.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/lg-curved-edge-display-4.jpg

    • Assefa Hanson

      :O whats the name of this concept phone

      • realjjj

        It’s just a concept device LG Display had at CES 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vJFd2lXUro

        • Assefa Hanson

          so lg did it before samsung???

          • XdaDev X

            looks like january 2015…
            S6 edge released in april 2015 so looks like sam copied lg..

            • Assefa Hanson

              damn

          • realjjj

            The idea to do this has been around long before anyone had the screen tech to actually do it.
            Nobody deserves the credit for the idea, it’s too obvious.

            • Assefa Hanson

              huh? it really doesnt matter when the idea existed its when it is executed in reality, somebody deserves credit, if you lived in japan and i in jamaica i have the idea to eat potatoes and so did you, but i though of it 4 years b4 you but you made it happen first, can i say it though of it first so i should get credit?

            • realjjj

              You don’t seem to understand what an idea is.
              Or that the idea itself is what has value , even from a legal point of view.

            • Assefa Hanson

              but ideas are intangible no one but the owner of the idea can “see” or prove the idea is theirs or even thought about it in the first place how can you police an idea, if it were a concept now like some blueprint or dummy model

  • Anirudh Ragi

    Nobody has commented about the usb connection. The articles states USB Type C, but the photos and the video clearly show micro USB. Does it mean the Xplay 5 shown is a pre-production unit and the final units will have USB type-c, or does only the Xplay 5 Extreme have Usb type-c. Could someone clarify the type of connection on both the models.

  • JudikJ7

    On their website, it’s written that the Xplay 5s (6GB RAM) will have Funtouch OS 2.6 on top of Android M out of the box (cf. : http://www.vivo.com.cn/vivo/xplay5s/)