Just as we’re getting used to 4GB of RAM in our handsets, here comes the first smartphone with a whopping 6GB of RAM—the Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition.
This one isn’t like the Asus ZenFone 2. That phone, which set a record for being the industry’s first to come with 4GB of RAM, was just an average device by 2015’s standards. The Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition, on the other hand, is a premium smartphone (at least on paper). Its metal unibody design, fingerprint scanner, and internal specs seem to suggest that the Xplay 5 can go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Speaking of Samsung, the company has reportedly sold its curved display technology to other smartphone makers. That explains why the Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition has the same dual-edge display as the Galaxy S7 Edge. Huawei and Xiaomi also seem to be working on new products using such display tech.
Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition Specs
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Funtouch OS 2.6)
- 5.43-inch Super AMOLED (1440×2560 Quad HD), ~541ppi
- 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) processor
- Adreno 530 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB internal storage
- No microSD support
- 16-megapixel main camera, with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Dual SIM with dual standby
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS, A-GPS
- Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 7.59mm
- Weight: 167.8g
- Li-Ion 3600mAh non-removable battery
The official price of the Vivo Xplay 5 Ultimate Edition is CNY 4288 (approx. Php30,905), with the official release date scheduled on March 8. A standard edition (4GB of RAM) will sell for CNY 3698 (Php26,650). At such prices, one might say the Xplay 5 is a cheaper version of the S7 Edge. Then again, only real-world usage will tell us if this Vivo product can really deliver.