Vivo Xplay introduced as a 5.7-inch 1080p Android handset



Vivo isn’t a name we typically see around these parts, but the company has unveiled a smartphone worthy of attention. Dubbed the Vivo Xplay, the beast you see above is a 5.7-inch 1080p HD smartphone that houses some pretty notable specs and a few unique software features.

On the inside are a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a whopping 5 megapixel front camera, NFC, and a 3,400 mAh battery. This thing sounds more impressive than some of the many Android phones from these big name OEMs being pushed out on a daily basis. It also doesn’t look half bad.

Even more interesting is the software. The Xplay will have Android 4.2, and while that alone is enough to open my eyes wide open it’s the “Free Touch” controls that have me more interested. Free Touch allows you to shake your device to bring up select applications or scroll through web pages with your thumb. As someone who owns a 5.5-inch smartphone I know how hard one-handed use can be at times, so it was probably imperative for the Vivo team to create unique one-handed gestures such as these.

It looks like this smartphone will launch in parts of Asia, and as far as we can tell there isn’t much chance of seeing it elsewhere. Still, you can’t help but be excited about the potential this has to get a company like Vivo into the spotlight and help their chances of becoming the next big thing in smartphones. We sure would love to see the Xplay available in more places around the world sooner than later.

[via UberGizmo]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. 5mp front facing camera? Wow, if the price is right..

    1. All the better for Facebook mug shots right? Lol

      1. A facebook mug shot is better then having no photo at all (Y)

  2. I’d rather have that than the s4 or the one…

    1. To each their own, but i’d prefer a name that I know and trust and have had expereince with, not that Vivo is unknown, but that’s just me.

  3. What do you mean “scroll through Web pages with your thumb”? Can’t we do that now??

    1. I saw a video of someone using this phone and it’s basically similar software to the touch less ones on the s4. This phone looks like they took the UI from Apple, features from Samsung, design from LG, name from Sony and the wide angle front facing camera and stereo speakers from HTC.

      1. Well the truth is that they took nothing from no one. This phone is actually at least on par with the best phones which the companies you mentioned offer.

        Combine this with the fact that this phone is considerably cheaper and the amount of innovation in this phone and you’ll agree with my conclusion:

        BBK’s achievement with this phone is much more admirable than anything the companies you mentioned achieved in the last year!

  4. no thanks

  5. This is going to sell for around 3000 yuan ($500 US). Wonder if I can get one imported…

  6. Love that Samsung’s design language is being lifted left and right now ;)

  7. Gimme an SD slot and you can have my money.

  8. Typical Chinese clones. Playing off of Sony’s device names, imitating Samsung’s appearance and popup windows, and ripping off iPhone’s status bar.

    1. Vivo isn’t a cheap knock off brand.

    2. Someone clearly doesn’t realize that it’s actually using the same hardware as the big guys, so NO not a cheap knock off.

      1. Thank you for providing my point.

  9. it has one heck of a beautiful display, still though its too big. I choose a s3 over the Note II for this very reason.

  10. I think the picture in picture concept is genius especially for giant screens such as this. If you haven’t watched the video on Engadget in their vivo X play article you should check it out.

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