Vivo is a reputed brand from China, most popular for making affordable Android smartphones that are sturdy and packed with multiple useful features. The Vivo Xplay 5 and Vivo Xplay 5 Elite were both announced in March 2016, with Vivo Xplay 5 Elite being the superior one between the two. The Elite model was also to stand up against many similar smartphones launching in the market around the same time. With functions to suit a fast paced modern lifestyle, this model has attained a good balance between looks and features. It was launched with the USP of being the first Android phone to have a 6GB RAM, while most competitors were still stuck on 4GB.
Made entirely of metal (a metal unibody design), the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite has a dual-curved 5.43" Super AMOLED Quad HD screen, made from Gorilla Glass 4. That makes it sturdier and better in size as compared to most phones in the same price range.
It has a rear fingerprint scanner as an added security feature, and a Funtouch OS 2.6, thereby making it good for split-screen multitasking. The resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels is also pretty good with a pixel density of 541ppi.
It’s a slim phone with a 7mm thickness and a weight of 167.8 grams. For the kind of sturdiness that it offers, it’s quite chic looking coming with that kind of a slim body.
The Vivo Xplay 5 Elite model is available in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold options, pretty much on par with most other manufacturers producing smartphones in these same color choices.
The design and the display of this phone combine very well, making it an excellent model for men and women alike with their respective tastes and preferences for smartphone looks; men liking the slickness of it, while women like the delicate yet stylish look.
Powered by 2.15GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, it boasts of 6GB of RAM. In fact, it was known to be the first Android phone with this kind of RAM. The internal storage comes at 128GB. It means that there is a lot of scopes for a user to play many heavy games smoothly without any problems.
It’s a smooth functioning phone with barely any lags and no scope of heating up with long hours of usage. That maintains even when playing games, watching long videos, connecting over video calls, etc.
This phone has two cameras. The primary Sony 16-megapixels camera with f/2.0 aperture has phase detection, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. Indeed, pretty good specifications for photo enthusiasts.
The secondary 8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture is quite decent for selfie shooters, something that a lot of users these days are known to demand in the phones they are looking at to purchase. Again, this is a plus-point in comparison to other phones that come with 5MP or 6MP front cameras in the same price bracket.
The video recording specifications are 2160p@30fps and 1080p@30fps, making it one of the most video-friendly phones seen in the recent times. There are options for face detection, Geo-tagging, touch-focus, continuous shooting, Panorama and High Dynamic Range (HDR), the sensor size being 1/2.8" and the pixel size being 1.12. There are also white-balance presets for the more serious photography users of the phone.
The Music Player works with MP3, WAV, eAAC+ and FLAC formats, while the Video Player accepts MP4/H.264. Those are decent specifications for people who want to make the best use of their smartphones. In fact, these are at par with some of the most high-end smartphones available in the market these days.
The battery capacity of the phone is excellent at 3600mAh. It’s a non-removable Li-Ion battery, which charges pretty fast and supports long hours of functioning smoothly.
The Vivo Xplay5 Elite is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone, adding more ease and convenience to one’s life, especially for those who wish to combine professional and personal uses of a phone into one. Connectivity options include the usual ones as offered by most smartphones these days, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G.
The sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope. These are features that serious spec lovers of phones will find interesting and useful to know.
While Viva Xplay 5 Elite is a great model and has some brilliant useful features that come in handy for active phone users, there are some small disadvantages to it as well, which are probably careful decisions taken by the manufacturer to shift attention to the better features instead. Nevertheless, here’s what one should be aware of while making the purchase:WHAT WE LIKED
The Vivo Xplay 5 Elite is a great option to consider for someone looking at a reasonably priced smartphone that looks good and has many features as well. The price being one of its biggest advantages, it beats many phones from the high-end category by making the same features available at a lesser cost. And of course, the 6GB RAM comes in as a great icing on the cake for heavy phone users. Indeed, there is value for money stored in this model.