I’ve been itching to get my hands on this, the Vivo Xplay 5 has arrived and I’ve jumped right in to the box for a unboxing and hands on video, take a look.
I’ve been a long time Vivo fan with great experiences with both the Vivo Xplay 3S and the Vivo Xshot, but in recent times Vivo phones have started to loose their ground to other phone makers. The two most recent Vivo devices I reviewed (the Vivo X5 and Vivo X6 Plus A) were both really well made high quality units, but were let down with buggy OS, will the Xplay 5 also fall fowl to this too?
The model I have is the Vivo Xplay 5A, which means it is the 4GB RAM Snapdragon 652 powered version of the phone. The reason I have this one is because the 6GB RAM Snapdragon 820 model is not yet available. Differences between the two phones are just the RAM, processor and the HIFI audio set up, with the Xplay 5 Elite getting dedicated audio chips for both left and right channels (the Xplay 5A has just one working on both but I’m not too conderned about this).
Like the top of the range Vivo Xplay 5, but Xplay 5A has the same 2K 5.43-inch curved display, the same metal body, same super super fast fingerprint scanner, same from 8 mega-pixel camera and same 16 mega-pixel rear.
Vivo Xplay 5 – Unboxing Video
The box the Xplay 5 comes in is longer than most and includes the phone, case, fast charger, USB cable, earphones and simple pin to remove the SIM/SD tray. As usual the packaging is top notch and the phone comes wrapped in a plastic envelope.
Vivo Xplay 5 – hands on impressions
Build quality is what jumps to mind. Compared to the Xiaomi Mi5, the Vivo Xplay 5 is a world apart in the build quality department. Its easy to see where Vivo have really paid attention and the phone is a true premium device.
The balance of the phone is perfect, and while it might be larger than the Xiaomi Mi5, the screen is way brighter and much more enjoyable to look at. I’m still not sure about the curved design of the panel though. It is a talking point and everyone who has seen it has been ‘wowed’ but I’m not sure what it brings to the table in terms of function.
The fingerprint scanner is just as fast as the excellent scanner on the Vivo X6 Plus A I reviewed a few weeks back. The camera seems fine, not super quick (like the Xiaomi Mi5) and its too early to tell if the image quality is what we’re all expecting from a $570 Chinese phone.
I am also very interested to see if the Funtouch ROM is more reliable and bug free when compared to previous Vivo phones.
Speaking of Funtouch, I am currently installing Google service on the Vivo Xplay 5 as I write following the guide I wrote for the Vivo X6 Plus and it all seems to be working nicely.
Vivo Xplay 5 Gallery
I plan to review the Vivo Xplay 5 ASAP, if you have any questions about the phone please feel free to let me know and I’ll answer them as best I can.
Thanks again to shop.gizchina.com for arranging the phone for review.