Black Vivo Xshot Is Coming Soon

I find myself rooting for the Vivo Xshot. I’m not sure why, perhaps because it didn’t get the attention heaped on other recent releases, but I like its style, I like its camera, I like its AnTuTu score and I like its specs. I’m not sure if I am willing to drop $600 to import one, but some part of me has lost its impartial journalistic integrity and is actively rooting for the device to do well. That being said, I don’t do white. I’m a messy, unorganized guy who doesn’t always take the best care of his expensive devices. The last thing I need is a paint job that highlights every smudge that gets on it. So when I saw the images of the “new” Vivo Xshot, I was immediately attracted to its darker color.

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Currently, the Vivo Xshot is only available in white, however, a Vivo executive has posted images of the device sporting a new black color with a silver trim. Otherwise, the phone appears to be the same device as the original Xshot, only now you won’t have to wash your hands every time you want to make a phone call.

The new paint job does come with a name, unfortunately there seems to be some issue with Google’s translation. According to that translation, Vivo is calling this version of the Xshot “Sky Blue.” It seems unlikely that is the correct translation, given that the device appears to be no where close to sky blue.

What do you think of the Xshot’s new look?

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  1. desponent
    May 22, 2014

    Maybe the sky in china’s industrial town is so dark it shifted the perception of sky blue for the resident? 😛

  2. Faux-News
    May 22, 2014

    Probable influenced by Huawei P7 with their blue-black patterned back.

  3. May 22, 2014

    Vivo would be the enthusiast’s front runner if they would support open source.

    They keep building GREAT hardware, but with little or no options for alternate ROMs.

    It’s a shame, since with cutting edge specs and their excellent design, all they would need to do is seed a few phones to develops.

    • Ian DeMartino
      May 22, 2014

      For what it is worth: your sentiments are shared by many, just today I saw someone post to their weibo account saying they love Vivo’s hardware, but not its software.

      • May 23, 2014

        perhaps we can think of a way to get ROM developers to “adopt” Vivo and add CM11 support. 😉

  4. KurtSchmitt
    May 22, 2014

    Hi Andi, do you have any information about the release date of the white and/or black version?

  5. njren
    May 22, 2014

    It’s not black. The Chinese translation is “Starlit Blue” or “Starry Sky Blue”. In other words, the color of the night sky, which you can see from the photos in the link. Looks good.

    • Ian DeMartino
      May 22, 2014

      I might be colorblind. As I mentioned in the article, the device was called something (my translation said “sky blue”) but I keep looking at it and it keeps looking black to me. The pictures in the article are the same ones found in the link, but otherwise I think you are right. It is supposed to be a really dark blue (hence, your translation is probably more accurate) and my eyes are simply too weak to pick up on it.

  6. Airyl
    May 22, 2014

    It is Sky Blue, or rather Midnight Blue. It’s like the Oppo Find 5 Midnight, they say it’s black but it’s actually a really, really dark blue.