Vivo Xplay video hands on plus specifications, pricing and more


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.

Vivo xplay rear

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.

vivo xplay side

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  • More Vivo Xplay photos here

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.

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vivo xplay free touch

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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.

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80 Comments

  1. Norman Zakaria
    May 8, 2013

    Holy shit i’m drooling over my keyboard..

  2. Aditya
    May 8, 2013

    Non removable battery Andi?

    • May 8, 2013

      non removable yes

  3. Traveller
    May 8, 2013

    Hi Andi,

    I am not an expertise on telecommunications issues. So what do you mean when pointing out this device doesn´t work out of WCDMA 2100 or GSM 850/900/1800/1900? If one lives in Europe as it´s my case what does this would imply?

    • May 8, 2013

      WCDMA is the 3G standard for China and isn’t compatible in many places. You would have to check with your carrier, but the Xplay might only work on slower GSM frequencies in most countries.

      • Marek J.
        May 8, 2013

        Not sure if you’re right, Andi. Aren’t you confusing wcdma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W-CDMA_(UMTS) with TD-SCDMA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TD-SCDMA? They are indeed incompatible, but their site mentions wcdma

        • May 8, 2013

          Possibly it’s been a long day…. 🙂

          • Bang jack
            May 8, 2013

            Hi andy, wcdma is universal 3g,
            in china using td-scdma (china telecom), but china unicom using wcdma standard

            • May 8, 2013

              Yep, you are right

    • njren
      May 8, 2013

      The 2100 band of WCDMA is pretty global and is the go-to radio band of 3G service. If you’re cheaping out on hardware, it’s the one 3G standard you use to cover much of the world. 2100 works on mobile carriers in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. It does not work in the USA, Canada and most of Latin America.

      Do not confuse it with TD-SCDMA, which is a China-only standard. Vivo, incidentally, plans to release a TD-SCDMA version of the Xplay in the future.

      • May 8, 2013

        I’m trying to confirm the bands now, but as it stands it still appears to have WCDMA 2100 and GSM.

  4. Simon
    May 8, 2013

    So does it work in Europe then ?

    • Bang jack
      May 8, 2013

      Absolutely working

    • njren
      May 8, 2013

      Yes.

    • May 8, 2013

      I made a mistake while writing it up. Still confirming the specs but if it is as I have said in the article it should be ok

  5. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    Holy shit i’m drooling over my keyboard..

  6. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    Non removable battery Andi?

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      non removable yes

  7. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    Hi Andi,

    I am not an expertise on telecommunications issues. So what do you mean when pointing out this device doesn´t work out of WCDMA 2100 or GSM 850/900/1800/1900? If one lives in Europe as it´s my case what does this would imply?

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      WCDMA is the 3G standard for China and isn’t compatible in many places. You would have to check with your carrier, but the Xplay might only work on slower GSM frequencies in most countries.

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Not sure if you’re right, Andi. Aren’t you confusing wcdma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W-CDMA_(UMTS) with TD-SCDMA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TD-SCDMA? They are indeed incompatible, but their site mentions wcdma

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Possibly it’s been a long day…. 🙂

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Hi andy, wcdma is universal 3g,
      in china using td-scdma (china telecom), but china unicom using wcdma standard

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      The 2100 band of WCDMA is pretty global and is the go-to radio band of 3G service. If you’re cheaping out on hardware, it’s the one 3G standard you use to cover much of the world. 2100 works on mobile carriers in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. It does not work in the USA, Canada and most of Latin America.

      Do not confuse it with TD-SCDMA, which is a China-only standard. Vivo, incidentally, plans to release a TD-SCDMA version of the Xplay in the future.

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      I’m trying to confirm the bands now, but as it stands it still appears to have WCDMA 2100 and GSM.

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      Yep, you are right

  8. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    So does it work in Europe then ?

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Absolutely working

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Yes.

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      I made a mistake while writing it up. Still confirming the specs but if it is as I have said in the article it should be ok

  9. May 9, 2013

    The device actually looks and performs pretty amazing. Also as pointed out in the article it is the first Vivo to be priced sensibly. Just that I’m not a phablet user.

  10. May 9, 2013

    Also, the bezel looks more than 2.3mm to me.

  11. t3k1lla
    May 9, 2013

    hi, it’s impossible to pre-order it when you live outside china… andi, do you know trustable stores where i can order it?

    thank you

    • May 9, 2013

      I’ve only seen Chinese sites listing it at the moment. I am really tempted to get one for myself it looks amazing!

      • t3k1lla
        May 9, 2013

        do you know trustable chinese stores? between all of them on the internet i don’t want to be robbered so your experience is welcome 🙂 (and sorry for bad english it’s not my mother tongue)

        • May 9, 2013

          Here you go, but I don’t think they will ship outside China http://item.jd.com/880730.html
          p.s your English is fine 🙂

          • t3k1lla
            May 9, 2013

            but you, where do you order? i already tried jd.com but nothing outside china

            • May 9, 2013

              I live in China

          • t3k1lla
            May 9, 2013

            i sent you email 😉

            • May 9, 2013

              I just spoke to you on Facebook 🙂

          • t3k1lla
            May 9, 2013

            didn’t receive message on facebook, sent it one (maybe you contacted the wrong person)

          • t3k1lla
            May 10, 2013

            hello andi, did you receive my pm on facebook?

  12. Yash Garg
    May 9, 2013

    The device actually looks and performs pretty amazing. Also as pointed out in the article it is the first Vivo to be priced sensibly. Just that I’m not a phablet user.

  13. Yash Garg
    May 9, 2013

    Also, the bezel looks more than 2.3mm to me.

  14. May 9, 2013

    Hi Andy can u suggest any good mobile android 4.2 from china site who can deliver to India at around USD400

  15. Guest
    May 9, 2013

    hi, it’s impossible to pre-order it when you live outside china… andi, do you know trustable stores where i can order it?

    thank you

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      I’ve only seen Chinese sites listing it at the moment. I am really tempted to get one for myself it looks amazing!

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      do you know trustable chinese stores? between all of them on the internet i don’t want to be robbered so your experience is welcome 🙂 (and sorry for bad english it’s not my mother tongue)

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      Here you go, but I don’t think they will ship outside China http://item.jd.com/880730.html
      p.s your English is fine 🙂

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      but you, where do you order? i already tried jd.com but nothing outside china

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      I live in China

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      i sent you email 😉

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      I just spoke to you on Facebook 🙂

    • Guest
      May 9, 2013

      didn’t receive message on facebook, sent it one (maybe you contacted the wrong person)

    • Guest
      May 10, 2013

      hello andi, did you receive my pm on facebook?

  16. Guest
    May 9, 2013

    Hi Andy can u suggest any good mobile android 4.2 from china site who can deliver to India at around USD400

  17. Bhawanishankar Arya
    May 12, 2013

    Hi, Myself is new for this forum! I live in india. How can i purchase this phone online & at what exact cost with custom claerence?

  18. Guest
    May 13, 2013

    Hi, Myself is new for this forum! I live in india. How can i purchase this phone online & at what exact cost with custom claerence?

  19. Rahul
    May 13, 2013

    Hello andi.I am really interested in this phone.Will vivo xplay work in india.And can i but this phone at http://liaow.com/bbkvivoxxplay16gwhite.php pls tell me.

  20. Guest
    May 13, 2013

    Hello andi.I am really interested in this phone.Will vivo xplay work in india.And can i but this phone at http://liaow.com/bbkvivoxxplay16gwhite.php pls tell me.

  21. May 21, 2013

    Unfortunately, Vivo doesn’t looks to be interested in international sales:
    We had a written agreement with them to recieve and review a Xplay 32GB, which they suddenly backed out of today.. (Via QQ) Not all that professional or trustworthy..

  22. Guest
    May 21, 2013

    Unfortunately, Vivo doesn’t looks to be interested in international sales:
    We had a written agreement with them to recieve and review a Xplay 32GB, which they suddenly backed out of today.. (Via QQ) Not all that professional or trustworthy..

  23. nexgen
    May 25, 2013

    how to root vivo xplay ?
    Need cwm or Twrp

  24. Guest
    May 25, 2013

    how to root vivo xplay ?
    Need cwm or Twrp

  25. JC
    June 14, 2013

    I just got the vivo x-play, wondering if you can help. A lot on the phone is still in Chinese, I selected English but as I said a lot stayed Chinese. Thank you

    • June 14, 2013

      I guess those are custom apps with no English support.

      • Jignesh
        June 27, 2013

        Hi andi can we root the mobile?

    • Jignesh
      June 27, 2013

      @JC
      can you just breif about the mobile, worth too buy it?

      • JC
        June 27, 2013

        All in all I love the phone. It’s a little big compared to my iPhone lol. The phone may have been routed. We did try but had a hard time installing the drivers. I brought it to a phone shop and they installed some new interfaces. I’ve since deleted most if the Chinese. So yes I would recommend it!

        • Jignesh
          June 28, 2013

          thanks
          was eagerly waiting for your reply

  26. Guest
    June 15, 2013

    I just got the vivo x-play, wondering if you can help. A lot on the phone is still in Chinese, I selected English but as I said a lot stayed Chinese. Thank you

    • Guest
      June 15, 2013

      I guess those are custom apps with no English support.

    • Guest
      June 27, 2013

      Hi andi can we root the mobile?

    • Guest
      June 27, 2013

      @JC
      can you just breif about the mobile, worth too buy it?

    • Guest
      June 27, 2013

      All in all I love the phone. It’s a little big compared to my iPhone lol. The phone may have been routed. We did try but had a hard time installing the drivers. I brought it to a phone shop and they installed some new interfaces. I’ve since deleted most if the Chinese. So yes I would recommend it!

    • Guest
      June 28, 2013

      thanks
      was eagerly waiting for your reply

  27. nexgen
    June 28, 2013

    i have build a little toolkit with auto load cwm root playstore more locale and some tool
    you can find it here http://www.nexgen2infinity.com/vivo-xplay-toolkit-v1-by-nexgen/
    update your phone and after go to cwm and root
    all ota update remove root
    do not flash cwm only load from batch it s more secure for update
    always cwm before update if an update brik our vivo you have the backup and you can restore
    i use clockworkmod super su zip and work find

  28. Guest
    June 28, 2013

    i have build a little toolkit with auto load cwm root playstore more locale and some tool
    you can find it here http://www.nexgen2infinity.com/vivo-xplay-toolkit-v1-by-nexgen/
    update your phone and after go to cwm and root
    all ota update remove root
    do not flash cwm only load from batch it s more secure for update
    always cwm before update if an update brik our vivo you have the backup and you can restore
    i use clockworkmod super su zip and work find

  29. July 1, 2013

    Anybody find an app that can mount an NTFS HDD without rooting!!

    Tks

  30. Guest
    July 1, 2013

    Anybody find an app that can mount an NTFS HDD without rooting!!

    Tks