Video: Vivo Xplay5 full specifications and pricing


vivo xplay5

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.

Read Also:  Vivo X80 and X80 Pro launched with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000

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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248 Comments

  1. realjjj
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

      Doesnt the mate 8 have excellent battery life?

      • realjjj
        March 1, 2016

        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
          March 1, 2016

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

          • realjjj
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Luis Martinez
              March 1, 2016

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

        • balcobomber25
          March 1, 2016

          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
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Freeje
              March 2, 2016

              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.

  2. Rob
    March 1, 2016

    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.

    • March 1, 2016

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

      • HBK
        March 1, 2016

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

        • HBK
          March 1, 2016

          Xshot Successor*

          Does Xplay 5 have OIS in Camera?

        • March 1, 2016

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

          • HBK
            March 1, 2016

            Makes me so Sad.! 🙁

      • realjjj
        March 1, 2016

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

      • Rob
        March 1, 2016

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

        • Assefa Hanson
          March 1, 2016

          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
            March 2, 2016

            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
              March 2, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

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

      • Assefa Hanson
        March 1, 2016

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

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 1, 2016

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

      • Rob
        March 1, 2016

        There is no exciting conclusion for me 🙁

        • Assefa Hanson
          March 1, 2016

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

          • Rob
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

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

            • Luis Martinez
              March 1, 2016

              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
          March 1, 2016

          I thought you were happy with the new LeTV Max

          • Rob
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Rob
              March 2, 2016

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

            • realjjj
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

              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.

  3. peeyaj
    March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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
        March 1, 2016

        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
          March 1, 2016

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

          • Mi-fan
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Mi-fan
              March 1, 2016

              Ive had now:

              Mi4C
              Mi Note Pro
              LETV ONE
              Zenfone 2

              all with android 5 and all with memory issues

            • balcobomber25
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Mi-fan
              March 1, 2016

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

            • peeyaj
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • Rob
              March 2, 2016

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

            • Assefa Hanson
              March 2, 2016

              llol but had some interesting bugs

            • Rob
              March 2, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • MaxPower
              March 1, 2016

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

  4. Assefa Hanson
    March 1, 2016

    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

  5. balcobomber25
    March 1, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

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

  6. Rob
    March 1, 2016

    “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.

    • March 1, 2016

      nope, because it’s not for international markets

      • balcobomber25
        March 1, 2016

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

        • MaxPower
          March 1, 2016

          May

          • balcobomber25
            March 1, 2016

            I am thinking June/July at MWC Shanghai.

            • MaxPower
              March 1, 2016

              I think you might be right

  7. SPLEND1D
    March 1, 2016

    MI5 ftw

    • Mi-fan
      March 1, 2016

      YESSS BUT WAYY TO SMALL.

      • balcobomber25
        March 1, 2016

        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
          March 1, 2016

          Once you go note there no going back

          • balcobomber25
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

              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)

  8. Tommy
    March 1, 2016

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

  9. March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

      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
        March 1, 2016

        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
          March 1, 2016

          Not surprised at all

  10. Bility
    March 1, 2016

    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.

  11. Brooklyn701
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

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

      • MaxPower
        March 1, 2016

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

        • balcobomber25
          March 1, 2016

          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
            March 1, 2016

            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
              March 1, 2016

              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
      March 1, 2016

      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
        March 1, 2016

        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.

  12. E8hffff
    March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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
        March 1, 2016

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

    • Twister12
      March 1, 2016

      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.

  13. realjjj
    March 1, 2016

    Keeping things in RAM will impact battery life( in a negative way) . Noticed that the Mate 8 keeps a lot in the RAM too,compared to other high end devices, might become a trend.

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 1, 2016

      Doesnt the mate 8 have excellent battery life?

    • realjjj
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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.

    • realjjj
      March 1, 2016

      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.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Luis Martinez
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Freeje
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Freeje
      March 2, 2016

      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.

  14. XdaDev X
    March 1, 2016

    i rather buy real S7 not fake s7 for that price

    • Luis Martinez
      March 1, 2016

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

      • XdaDev X
        March 1, 2016

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

        • Twister12
          March 1, 2016

          How come? Because of the Amoled screen?

          • XdaDev X
            March 1, 2016

            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 :

            • March 1, 2016

              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
              March 1, 2016

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

            • XdaDev X
              March 1, 2016

              none

            • realjjj
              March 1, 2016

              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
          March 1, 2016

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

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      March 2, 2016

      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
        March 2, 2016

        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
          March 2, 2016

          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
      March 4, 2016

      > 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
        March 4, 2016

        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

  15. Rob
    March 1, 2016

    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.

    • Andi Sykes
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Guest
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Guest
      March 1, 2016

      Xshot Successor*

      Does Xplay 5 have OIS in Camera?

    • realjjj
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Andi Sykes
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Guest
      March 1, 2016

      Makes me so Sad.! 🙁

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

      There is no exciting conclusion for me 🙁

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 1, 2016

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

    • MaxPower
      March 1, 2016

      I thought you were happy with the new LeTV Max

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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?

    • MaxPower
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

      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

    • realjjj
      March 2, 2016

      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.

    • Luis Martinez
      March 2, 2016

      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

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

      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.

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

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

  16. peeyaj
    March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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”.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      Ive had now:

      Mi4C
      Mi Note Pro
      LETV ONE
      Zenfone 2

      all with android 5 and all with memory issues

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      Once Flyme was upgraded to 5.1, it was fixed in my phone. It was the same with all my old Nexus devices (4, 5 and 7). Once 5.1 was released no more memory issues.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

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

    • MaxPower
      March 1, 2016

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

    • peeyaj
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Marco Lancaster
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

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

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

      llol but had some interesting bugs

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

      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.

  17. Assefa Hanson
    March 1, 2016

    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

  18. balcobomber25
    March 1, 2016

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

    • Rob
      March 1, 2016

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

  19. Rob
    March 1, 2016

    “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.

    • Andi Sykes
      March 1, 2016

      nope, because it’s not for international markets

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

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

    • MaxPower
      March 1, 2016

      May

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      I am thinking June/July at MWC Shanghai.

    • MaxPower
      March 1, 2016

      I think you might be right

  20. SPLEND1D
    March 1, 2016

    MI5 ftw

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      YESSS BUT WAYY TO SMALL.

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 1, 2016

      Once you go note there no going back

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

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

  21. Tommy
    March 1, 2016

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

  22. 10basetom
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      Not surprised at all

  23. Bility
    March 1, 2016

    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.

  24. Guest
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • E8hffff
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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.

    • MaxPower
      March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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.

  25. Luis Martinez
    March 1, 2016

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

  26. Stef
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

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

  27. E8hffff
    March 1, 2016

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

    • balcobomber25
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Twister12
      March 1, 2016

      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.

  28. Guest
    March 1, 2016

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    • Luis Martinez
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Guest
      March 1, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • Twister12
      March 1, 2016

      How come? Because of the Amoled screen?

    • Luis Martinez
      March 1, 2016

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

    • Guest
      March 1, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • denkem
      March 1, 2016

      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
      March 1, 2016

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

    • realjjj
      March 2, 2016

      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.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      March 2, 2016

      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.

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

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    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 4, 2016

      > 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.

  29. Luis Martinez
    March 1, 2016

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

  30. Angry Mobile Nerd
    March 1, 2016

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

  31. Stef
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

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

  32. Minos2014
    March 1, 2016

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

  33. realjjj
    March 1, 2016

    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
      March 1, 2016

      :O whats the name of this concept phone

      • realjjj
        March 2, 2016

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

        • Assefa Hanson
          March 2, 2016

          so lg did it before samsung???

          • XdaDev X
            March 2, 2016

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

            • Assefa Hanson
              March 2, 2016

              damn

          • realjjj
            March 2, 2016

            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
              March 2, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

              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
              March 2, 2016

              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

  34. Angry Mobile Nerd
    March 1, 2016

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

  35. Anirudh Ragi
    March 2, 2016

    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.

  36. Minos2014
    March 2, 2016

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

  37. realjjj
    March 2, 2016

    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.

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

      :O whats the name of this concept phone

    • realjjj
      March 2, 2016

      It’s just a concept device LG Display had at CES 2015.

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

      so lg did it before samsung???

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 2, 2016

      damn

    • realjjj
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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
      March 2, 2016

      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

  38. Anirudh Ragi
    March 2, 2016

    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.

  39. JudikJ7
    March 2, 2016

    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/)

  40. JudikJ7
    March 2, 2016

    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/)