You know what the problem with the 2016-era flagship devices are? Cosmetic differences aside, they’re all remarkably similar on the inside. Oh, they’ve got fast processors like the Snapdragon 820 and nice cameras, but none of them really throw the kitchen sink at the spec race anymore. Indeed, not since the days of the Lumia 1020 and it’s bonkers-for-bonkers sake 41MP camera have we seen specifications pushed to the limit.

Clearly, Vivo agree with that sentiment. The company have been off our radar since they stole the crown of ‘world’s slimmest smartphone’ back in 2014, but they’re back in style with the Xplay5, so what does the worlds most powerful phone offer inside that delightful frame?

vivo xplay5 front 2


The ‘Elite’ edition is where the real absurdity is. It comes with a top of the range Snapdragon 820 shipset, a wild 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM (renowned for its speed), 128GB of internal storage and a hi-res audio kit which consists of two ES9028 SABRE Mobile DAC chips plus three OPA1612 amplifiers for better audio clarity. There’s also a regular model, which has a Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a slightly different configuration of audio chips. Both configurations should be more than powerful enough to run Android 6.0 underneath Vivo’s own brand skin.

Both models feature identical specifications otherwise, with a dual-curved 5.43″ Quad-HD Super AMOLED display and a large 3,600mAh battery to keep it turned on (along with Quick Charge 3.0). On the rear, there’s a 16-megapixel f/2.0 Sony IMX298-powered shooter with phase detection auto-focus and dual-tone LED flash (just like the Xiaomi Mi 5) as well as a fingerprint reader. Rounding out the camera selection, there’s a 8 megapixel front facing unit for those of you with a craving that only selfies can satisfy.

vivo xplay5 back

As for the design, well, you’ve got to admire Vivo’s taste in smartphones. The XPlay5 is what would happen if you took the original HTC One, the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and then just nicked the best bits of all of them. In regards to dimensions, we’re looking at a rather large unit here, specifically 153.5 x 76.2 x 7.6 mm. In total, the phone weighs 167.8g.

So, how much will the Xplay5 set you back? The basic model costs around £395, whilst that ‘Elite’ unit will sit you back a cool £460. So, better start saving up. In the meantime, digest some delightful hi-res images over at Vivo’s website.

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