Vivo Xplay5 unboxing and hands on photos


vivo Xplay5 unboxing real photos

Want to see what the world’s first 6GB RAM Snapdragon 820 phone looks like in the flesh? Here are the first hands on photos.

If you missed the news yesterday then you won’t have seen the release of the Vivo Xplay5 smartphone, the world’s first 6GB RAM Android phone. The handset was launched in two versions, the Xplay5 with 4GB RAM and Snapdraogn 652, and the Xplay5 Elite with 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 820. The Elite also has a more potent audio spec sheet too.

Visually both phones are the same with Gold or Pink metal unibody designs, fingerprint scanner on the rear, 16 mega-pixel camera, and a curved 5.43-inch 2K Super AMOLED display from Samsung.

vivo xplay5 hands on

Below are the first unboxing and hands on photos of the gold and white version of the phone.

Vivo Xplay5 hands on Gallery

Not having had the curved phone in my hand I can’t really get a feel of what it really looks like, but I do hope to get one next month. In the meantime what do you think of this ‘super phone’? Could you see yourself living with one?

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85 Comments

  1. Gustav Larsson
    March 2, 2016

    I’m doubt they can motivate their pricing if they are aiming for international buyers… Buut I guess they’re big in the Asian market so people will buy it anyway.

    • March 2, 2016

      yup, this isn’t going to officially launch outside of China at this time

      • Bility
        March 2, 2016

        Andi now that u have held this phone and played with it a little is the price justified?

        • Angry Mobile Nerd
          March 2, 2016

          Uhhhh…..

        • Rob
          March 2, 2016

          He hasn’t held it if you read the article.

          • Bility
            March 2, 2016

            “Vivo Xplay5 unboxing and hands on photos
            By Andi – March 2, 2016”

            Then in that case the title of the article is wrong in my opinion because it says (BY ANDI)

            • Rob
              March 2, 2016

              I agree, the titles are often misleading so you really have to read things carefully.

        • balcobomber25
          March 2, 2016

          Based on my past experience with Vivo I would say it is justified. Vivo is the only phone brand I will pay more than $500 for.

    • XdaDev X
      March 2, 2016

      Mainly india malaysia ,philippines .. this will NEVER be in EU or usa ..
      And you might be able to get it on aliex. but NOT ultimate yet..
      I was interested in X5Max Platinum Edition back in day .. NOT a CHANCE to get it unless u go to china !!

      • balcobomber25
        March 2, 2016

        Merimobiles has it listed for preorder.

        http://merimobiles.com/vivo-xplay-5-elite.htm

        • XdaDev X
          March 2, 2016

          Fake site?
          Ridiculous price

          • balcobomber25
            March 2, 2016

            Merimobiles isn’t a fake site lol. I have ordered a few phones from them, in fact they (along with 1949deal) are one of my go to sites for new phones. Most resellers sell phones for between a 15-30% markup depending on the brand, this one is just under 20% so the price really isn’t that ridiculous for a reselle (keep in mind the retail price of this phone is over $650).

            • XdaDev X
              March 2, 2016

              this shop is in france ?
              the price is not good ..
              but you can buy it ..

            • balcobomber25
              March 2, 2016

              They are based in Hong Kong but they ship to France.

              I won’t buy it because I have no interest in this phone, but for a reseller a 20% markup is normal. What do you expect to pay on a reseller? They can’t sell phones for retail prices they would never make any money.

            • XdaDev X
              March 2, 2016

              Well
              why would i buy from reseller when I buy phones straight from hong kong ?? on aliex ?
              I have purchased Vivo X3S W loong time ago straight when it first came out for £300 on aliex. and Vivo X5 Pro D straight when it came out .. I asked discount from £300 to £250 but he agreed £280
              Vivo X5 Pro very good phone I have UHD photography ..
              NONE smartphone supports that one picture has 20MB …

            • balcobomber25
              March 2, 2016

              Personally I don’t buy from Ali or any site that won’t accept Paypal.

            • XdaDev X
              March 3, 2016

              why ? i never had issues with visa even i had refunds and all was ok

            • balcobomber25
              March 3, 2016

              I don’t trust them at all and I had some issues with “trusted” sellers on there selling fake product. I avoid them for phone sales, only buy small ticket items (cases, batteries etc) from them now.

            • XdaDev X
              March 3, 2016

              I purchased vivo phones ant they been great.. but purchased S6 edge in january for £280 had issues with gps but I fixed it ..

            • Mi-fan
              March 4, 2016

              I had same issues, but as long as you can open disputes everything is ok, I find paypal way more complex and annoying to open disputes than ALipay. For example, My 60″ Mi TV broke yesterday and now I’ve filed a claim against the seller for a refund

            • balcobomber25
              March 4, 2016

              Paypal is incredibly easy to deal with. Anytime I have a dispute they refund my money almost immediately, most here that use them will say the same. There have even been times I got refunds weeks after purchases because the seller didn’t honor the warranty. I have never had an issue with paypal.

            • Mi-fan
              March 4, 2016

              Okay I’ve not had much to do with refunds in paypal, but could you just buy something from gearbest for expample, and when it doesnt arrive, you choose “hasnt arrived” in your PP and open up a claim, then it refunds automaticly? WIthout gearbest saying its ok or not?

            • balcobomber25
              March 4, 2016

              What usually happens is you fill out a claim with Paypal they research it and they usually refund you within 48-72 hrs. But if you ordered the phone last week and the estimated delivery time was 7-10 days they probably won’t approve it. It has to be a reasonable claim.

            • Mi-fan
              March 4, 2016

              So i had these orders that sellers sometimes have tracking no. that says “delivered” although I never received it. Would paypal also refund me then, if it says delivered even though it never has?

            • balcobomber25
              March 4, 2016

              Most likely yes if they say it was delivered and you never got it. But they will check with the postal service or DHL, they will have a record of where and when they delivered it.

            • Mi-fan
              March 4, 2016

              Thanks for all the info. I have to say that gearbest has a ridicolous delivery deadline…3months until you get refund approved from customer service. It only takes this long to arrive when you live in South america…(I always choose free shipping/yanwen)

            • balcobomber25
              March 4, 2016

              Yea a lot of people I know have had issues with Gearbest. I like Merimobiles, 1949deal and Honorbuy the best. Honorbuy also runs the Gizchina Shop.

            • Mi-fan
              March 4, 2016

              But I have to say gearbest has the best prices on Xiaomi gadgets, that why I mostly order Xiaomi Gadgets there and Xiaomi phones and hardware on DX. (Bcs of the warranty). I’ve also heard good things about your sites, but tbh i’ve never ordered something from there. I should check’em out tho sometime

            • balcobomber25
              March 4, 2016

              There is a pretty good site called Kimovil.com, they gather all the prices from around the web and list them by cheapest. They dont’ always have all shops listed but it is a good starting point.

  2. Sbz
    March 2, 2016

    5:43 inches? Why not just 5.5?
    Anyways, how much is it going for?

    • Omer
      March 2, 2016

      Because they couldn’t avoid the big top and bottom bezels 🙂

  3. XdaDev X
    March 2, 2016

    So when we gonna see ultimate edition !?!? which everybody waiting for ??
    Am not interested in mid range.. and so expensive …..

  4. Angry Mobile Nerd
    March 2, 2016

    I would have been more impressed if they curved the whole screen like the G Flex(2).

  5. lemsi_86
    March 2, 2016

    Samsung edge and iphone 6 had a baby…. There s always been a lack of creativity from Vivo on the mid range models but now with xplay it s shocking

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      I agree this one looks like a clone mishmash but the iPhone 6 isn’t exactly groundbreaking design. Looks like a mishmash of HTC devices.

      • Tajwar
        March 2, 2016

        With a less curved back of the Mi Note…

  6. Gustav Larsson
    March 2, 2016

    I’m doubt they can motivate their pricing if they are aiming for international buyers… Buut I guess they’re big in the Asian market so people will buy it anyway.

    • Andi Sykes
      March 2, 2016

      yup, this isn’t going to officially launch outside of China at this time

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • Bility
      March 2, 2016

      Andi now that u have held this phone and played with it a little is the price justified?

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      March 2, 2016

      Uhhhh…..

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

      He hasn’t held it if you read the article.

    • Bility
      March 2, 2016

      “Vivo Xplay5 unboxing and hands on photos
      By Andi – March 2, 2016”

      Then in that case the title of the article is wrong in my opinion because it says (BY ANDI)

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      Merimobiles has it listed for preorder.

      http://merimobiles.com/vivo-xplay-5-elite.htm

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      Based on my past experience with Vivo I would say it is justified. Vivo is the only phone brand I will pay more than $500 for.

    • Rob
      March 2, 2016

      I agree, the titles are often misleading so you really have to read things carefully.

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      Merimobiles isn’t a fake site lol. I have ordered a few phones from them, in fact they (along with 1949deal) are one of my go to sites for new phones. Most resellers sell phones for between a 15-30% markup depending on the brand, this one is just under 20% so the price really isn’t that ridiculous for a reselle (keep in mind the retail price of this phone is over $650).

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      They are based in Hong Kong but they ship to France.

      I won’t buy it because I have no interest in this phone, but for a reseller a 20% markup is normal. What do you expect to pay on a reseller? They can’t sell phones for retail prices they would never make any money.

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      Personally I don’t buy from Ali or any site that won’t accept Paypal.

    • Guest
      March 3, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • balcobomber25
      March 3, 2016

      I don’t trust them at all and I had some issues with “trusted” sellers on there selling fake product. I avoid them for phone sales, only buy small ticket items (cases, batteries etc) from them now.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 4, 2016

      I had same issues, but as long as you can open disputes everything is ok, I find paypal way more complex and annoying to open disputes than ALipay. For example, My 60″ Mi TV broke yesterday and now I’ve filed a claim against the seller for a refund

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2016

      Paypal is incredibly easy to deal with. Anytime I have a dispute they refund my money almost immediately, most here that use them will say the same. There have even been times I got refunds weeks after purchases because the seller didn’t honor the warranty. I have never had an issue with paypal.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 4, 2016

      Okay I’ve not had much to do with refunds in paypal, but could you just buy something from gearbest for expample, and when it doesnt arrive, you choose “hasnt arrived” in your PP and open up a claim, then it refunds automaticly? WIthout gearbest saying its ok or not?

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2016

      What usually happens is you fill out a claim with Paypal they research it and they usually refund you within 48-72 hrs. But if you ordered the phone last week and the estimated delivery time was 7-10 days they probably won’t approve it. It has to be a reasonable claim.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 4, 2016

      So i had these orders that sellers sometimes have tracking no. that says “delivered” although I never received it. Would paypal also refund me then, if it says delivered even though it never has?

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2016

      Most likely yes if they say it was delivered and you never got it. But they will check with the postal service or DHL, they will have a record of where and when they delivered it.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 4, 2016

      Thanks for all the info. I have to say that gearbest has a ridicolous delivery deadline…3months until you get refund approved from customer service. It only takes this long to arrive when you live in South america…(I always choose free shipping/yanwen)

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2016

      Yea a lot of people I know have had issues with Gearbest. I like Merimobiles, 1949deal and Honorbuy the best. Honorbuy also runs the Gizchina Shop.

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      March 4, 2016

      But I have to say gearbest has the best prices on Xiaomi gadgets, that why I mostly order Xiaomi Gadgets there and Xiaomi phones and hardware on DX. (Bcs of the warranty). I’ve also heard good things about your sites, but tbh i’ve never ordered something from there. I should check’em out tho sometime

    • balcobomber25
      March 4, 2016

      There is a pretty good site called Kimovil.com, they gather all the prices from around the web and list them by cheapest. They dont’ always have all shops listed but it is a good starting point.

  7. Sbz
    March 2, 2016

    5:43 inches? Why not just 5.5?
    Anyways, how much is it going for?

    • Omer
      March 2, 2016

      Because they couldn’t avoid the big top and bottom bezels 🙂

  8. balcobomber25
    March 2, 2016

    I love this time of year! It’s Unboxing Season!!

    I am one of the nerds who will watch every unboxing video I can find.

  9. Angry Mobile Nerd
    March 2, 2016

    I would have been more impressed if they curved the whole screen like the G Flex(2).

  10. Joel Adames
    March 2, 2016

    How is VIVO regarding aftermarket service???

    What about updates???

    I know quality have been said to be top tier as well as audio and power … But those 2 questions go around my head in order to get a proper idea of price/value ratio in front of the other top shelf phones

    Do they even make international versions of their phones , that we can even lust about at least?

    No point of rooting a phone with unsupported features and then not being able to take advantage of the updates for the original/official version.

    If this is just for Asian market, then so be it, I’ll keep looking

    Maybe wait for the Elife E9

    • XdaDev X
      March 2, 2016

      Hi
      Service is possible if you travel to china and go to their store..
      Updates are pretty frequent but you will never see / feel lot of the difference..

      Yes they make international versions.. (soon there will be like 5 versions maybe)
      vivo x6 has now 6 versions..you need to check which is best for you

      You won’t be able to root the phone.. they do not provide unlocking bootloader at all

      Yes these phones are china phones .. even not 100% translated their OS in mobile.. If you select english there will be still 20% of chinese stuff not translated..

      • Joel Adames
        March 2, 2016

        So good to know, thanks. But would they also update some of their English versions???

        • XdaDev X
          March 2, 2016

          No there are only chinese versions .. they only made english translation in the phone as english is global language.. there are no more languages..
          Phone has app called ”feedback” where you can send them tips ,problems ,etc..

    • Sean Marrinan
      March 2, 2016

      When I had the vivo xplay 3s they released an international rom. signal strength was probably the worst of any phone I ever bought. They eventually released an update that stopped people from rooting it or changing to custom roms. it’s a shame as their ahead of the game on so many fronts just not on customer relations.

  11. lemsi_86
    March 2, 2016

    Samsung edge and iphone 6 had a baby…. There s always been a lack of creativity from Vivo on the mid range models but now with xplay it s shocking

    • balcobomber25
      March 2, 2016

      I agree this one looks like a clone mishmash but the iPhone 6 isn’t exactly groundbreaking design. Looks like a mishmash of HTC devices.

    • Tajwar
      March 2, 2016

      With a less curved back of the Mi Note…

  12. balcobomber25
    March 2, 2016

    I love this time of year! It’s Unboxing Season!!

    I am one of the nerds who will watch every unboxing video I can find.

  13. Joel Adames
    March 2, 2016

    How is VIVO regarding aftermarket service???

    What about updates???

    I know quality have been said to be top tier as well as audio and power … But those 2 questions go around my head in order to get a proper idea of price/value ratio in front of the other top shelf phones

    Do they even make international versions of their phones , that we can even lust about at least?

    No point of rooting a phone with unsupported features and then not being able to take advantage of the updates for the original/official version.

    If this is just for Asian market, then so be it, I’ll keep looking

    Maybe wait for the Elife E9

    • Guest
      March 2, 2016

      This comment was deleted.

    • Joel Adames
      March 2, 2016

      So good to know, thanks. But would they also update some of their English versions???

    • Mixterz
      March 2, 2016

      When I had the vivo xplay 3s they released an international rom. signal strength was probably the worst of any phone I ever bought. They eventually released an update that stopped people from rooting it or changing to custom roms. it’s a shame as their ahead of the game on so many fronts just not on customer relations.

  14. realjjj
    March 3, 2016

    A teardown for the SD652 version http://plus.zealer.com/post/57751

  15. realjjj
    March 3, 2016

    A teardown for the SD652 version http://plus.zealer.com/post/57751

  16. March 3, 2016

    Wasn’t it supposed to have a USB Type-C port? It sure doesn’t look like it from that photo.

  17. 10basetom
    March 4, 2016

    Wasn’t it supposed to have a USB Type-C port? It sure doesn’t look like it from that photo.