This evening Vivo launched their latest smartphone and first ever camera centric device. Here are all the details we have learned about the Vivo Xshot from the launch.
Vivo were quite good about letting their fans know about the Vivo Xshot’s main features and already told us all that their new phone would have a 1920 x 1080 display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 801 processor and 4G LTE, but there were still a few surprises during the launch.
First up was the design of the phone, it was obvious the Vivo Xshot wasn’t going to look like the various leaks seen before the launch (no Vivo yet has been the same as leaks), but the design which was shown was a bit of a surprise. Not only is the Vivo Xshot smaller than expected, just a 5.2-inch display, but the look is very different from any Vivo past or present. During the launch Vivo said that they wanted the Xshot to be easy to handle with one handed, and they certainly seem to have achieved that and claim the dimensions match those of a 5.5-inch phone display (we are waiting on actual dimensions).
Being a camera centric phone we were not shocked to see a 13 mega-pixel Sony IMX 214 main camera with 6 lens arrangement and f/1.8 aperture, capable of fast still shots or 4K video. Dual colour LED flashes also take up the rear to help produce more natural colours during night shoots and OIS is on board too, but it is not just the rear that gets a flash the front 8 mega-pixel camera has a single LED too! The front camera also has an 84 degree lens and boasts the usual beauty modes, voice control etc. One standout feature for the rear camera was the “kid mode” which has the Xshot play a sound , a dog barking or cat meowing, to catch the attention of a child, then once facing the lens the camera will take a shot.
Speed of the camera was really driven home during the launch. Vivo claim that the camera will take photos faster than most other devices on the market helping to catch action shots. Also the camera can be activated from the lock screen by simply pressing the shutter button. This way the phone can capture 5 quick photos without having to unlock the phone.
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Driving the small 5.2-inch display and impressive camera hardware are the above mentioned 3GB RAM and Snapdragon 801 2.5Ghz processor. Internal memory is 32GB, however you also have the option to use a 128GB SD card in there too. Other hardware features are 4G LTE support (bands not announced yet) and a 2600mAh battery, which is rather small compared to what Oppo and OnePlus are offering. A Cirrus Logic audio chip is on board to keep audiophiles happy, and there is enough video and photo editing built-in not to need additional apps.
Like all current Vivo phones the Vivo Xshot run Funtouch ROM, the retail version will be based on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
So what about the price well Vivo phones are not known for being cheap so it comes as no surprise the Vivo Xshot costs 3498 Yuan ($561) for the flagship 3GB RAM, 32GB memory version and 2998 Yuan ($480) for the 2GB RAM, 16GB memory option. The phones will go on sale in China from 10th June.
No test pictures?
Its still a demo version, nobody was allowed to publish pictures made with the xshot
Ha, and I expected the 24 MPx camera they were so hoaxing about.. It was a lie to get attention obviously..
realy so bad their joke. they should say 13MP and surprise us with 24MP camera.
i think Xplay 3s is better
yes, i don’t understand what the 24MP rumor was all about.
MOAR MEGAPIXEL PLSSS
Well well, at 5.2″ and many of those features, aside from the battery this phone is pretty interesting.
I’m scratching my head on this one… why would I buy this instead of the Xplay 3S?
Less screen (size AND pixels), less battery, same camera, 0.2GHz faster processor. Same Price.
I don’t get it. They seem to have phoned it in for this one.
Why would I want 6″ “phone” with wasteful battery draining screen instead of this well balanced phone with better GPU?
I guess it’s not the same camera, since it has OIS and a much better lens.
But I would much rather have has a tighter bezel and a 5.5″ 2K screen to match the picture quality of the camera.
I’m just a bit disappointed that they didn’t live up to their own seeded rumors.
“You can be the ripest, tastiest, most delicious peach in the entire world. But there will always be someone who dislikes peaches.”
Guess this applies for smartphones pretty well. No matter how good a smartphone is, there will always be someone who dislikes it for some reason, like having a display that’s too large or too small. Or having a less than ideal resolution. Or being too expensive. Or having a complicated buying system. Or having delays. Or being made of plastic, or aluminum, or glass, or almost any material, or even just for not being their a person’s favourite brand. There will always be someone who is displeased.
Moral of this? Buy what you want, not what people tell you to buy. Most times, even when you know what you got isn’t the best thing, you’ll still be happy because you get what you wanted.
Because I prefer a 6″ phone over a smaller 5.2″ phone so I can watch my favourite videos on a larger display. I also prefer the Xplay 3S because it’s got a better audio system than the Xshot. The Xshot is using an old TI codec, the exact same one that was in the Meizu M9 (if memory serves). The amplifier is also a fairly common one. The Xplay 3S also has dual rear speakers.
Good for you.
I’m with you on this. I think that the Xplay 3S offers the better package of features.
I’m going to try to pick one up the next time I’m in HK. (haha, unless the xshot LTE specs come out and it turns out to have 10 LTE bands! 😉
I’m impressed that Vivo took a step back from the brink and went with a 5.2″ screen. The price is certainly screams “flagship”, but the audio section is puzzling: a Cirrus Logic DAC, a Texas Instruments codec, and a Maxim amplifier. The Cirrus DAC they’ve used before, but the TI codec is a very old, very ordinary part. Meizu used the same chip (or one from the same 320 series) in the M9, which had good -but certainly not great- audio. The Maxim amp is also a common solution found in many devices. After the “benchmark” audio performance of the first XPlay, Vivo has been treading water and/or slowly sinking.
“and they certainly seem to have achieved that and claim the dimensions match those of a 5.5-inch phone display” i m confused how this is a good thing?
HAha i had the same
I presume this is not Dual SIM either right? :/
As a device that is suppose to be all about the camera, it’s very disappointing that it uses the exact same sensor as the One+ One, can’t match many of the other features of that phone, yet still manage to cost $180 more for the entry model.