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The world's first 6GB RAM smartphone is now official

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The world's first 6GB RAM smartphone is now official

When it comes down to it, the Android game is one of numbers. And that's not surprising with so many rivals lurking right around the corner at any one moment—if they offer better hardware than you do, sales will understandably be impacted. That's why Android was first to claim outrageously pixel-dense displays, super-high megapixel cameras, enormous screen real estates, and deca-core processors. And the latest trend? Hoarding on memory.

The world's first 6GB RAM smartphone is now official
Announced last night in Beijing, vivo's Xplay 5 is the world's first smartphone with 6GB of RAM. Yeah, you read that right, this smartphone has more memory on it than most laptops currently in use. And while vivo's name is unlikely to ring many bells, it's worth pointing out that the Chinese company isn't new to world firsts, what with the 2014 vivo Xplay 3S rocking the first ever Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution display—it just never got the recognition as LG delivered the G3 and made it available globally. 

Being vivo's flagship line we're talking about here, it follows that the rest of the specs sheet attached to the Xplay 5 is equally as impressive. The 5.43-inch, Quad HD display on the Xplay 5 is of an AMOLED make and curves to both sides alike to the Galaxy S7 edge, with specially crafted software allowing for edge functionality. The phone is made almost entirely out of an aluminum magnesium alloy, with ergonomic curves at the back sides to help your grip. 

Under the surface, we're looking at Qualcomm's latest and greates, the quad-core Snapdragon 820, coupled with extremely fast, UFS 2.0 storage. The company claims it's using a custom liquid cooling system to keep the chipset cool and performing at its best at all times, and promises performance won't be affected by overheating. On the back, we've got a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 main camera with a dual-tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus, and electronic image stabilization. 

At 7.59 mm (0.30 inches) thickness, you'd think that vivo had to skimp on the battery, but it has actually managed to fit a hearty, 3,600 mAh cell inside the Xplay 5, with fast charging and all. A fingerprint scanner is also available at the back.

The vivo Xplay 5 is currently in its pre-order stage, though only a 4GB RAM/128GB storage option is available for the time being. Locals will have to dish out the equivalent of about $565 for it, so we're guessing the "Elite" 6GB RAM model will fetch over $600. If you're inclined to experiment and would like to get the vivo Xplay 5 in the States, you'll have to go through a re-seller and cover shipping fees. Keep in mind that the LTE bands supported by the phone are only consistent with Verizon's, AT&T's, and T-Mobile's networks, so Sprint users will have to look elsewhere.

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posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:15 46

1. shaineql (Posts: 344; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


You know samsung is good When oems start copying Samsung , lol.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:17 50

2. ph00ny (Posts: 1126; Member since: 26 May 2011)


They're probably buying the screen from samsung

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 00:14 1

88. havoc (Posts: 65; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Looks like samsung edge on front and iphone on the back.
Love it. Its just that it definitely wont be available in my country.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 00:14

89. havoc (Posts: 65; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Looks like samsung edge on front and iphone on the back.
Love it. Its just that it definitely wont be available in my country.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 10:46 2

96. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4799; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


REMIX!!! ^^^

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 01:15 2

98. ibend (Posts: 3167; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


samsung is the only one that can manufacture that screen

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:19 10

4. marorun (Posts: 2881; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Everyone copying everyone this is nothing new.

What i find interesting is they are using better aluminium quality than Samsung as well as making a model with more ram than Samsung.

Just need to see if the software is there.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:45 5

43. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


they are using better quality magnesium-aluminum body, better RAM and also expensive screen. But why there is a trend to cheap out on camera sensor? All companies tend to cheap out on camera sensor. First LG, by not improving the main camera of G5 and including a rather gimmicky wide angle secondary camera. Then samsung by opting for 1/2.5" sensor instead of 1/2". Huawei and xiaomi did the same and now vivo by opting for a small 1/2.9" IMX298.

All these companies are capable of putting much better camera than what they are offering to customers right now.

Last but not least, Apple doesnt need much words bcoz they always cheap out on camera sensor.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:48

44. msaeed90 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I think samsung ones this year might be quite good

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 13:08 1

59. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


it is but samsung could do better than this. They are completely capable to do better than this. But I think they are caught by increasing cost of components and interested in making more profit instead of offering, something truly spectacular. Only way to keep margin high, is to keep the production and material cost low.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:12 7

62. Jevon5 (Posts: 9; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


The camera on the S7 is vastly better than the s6 in lowlight. So don't sit there and act like Samsung literally used the same s6 camera this year. Megapixels aren't everything

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:27

95. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Dude do you have a comprehension deficit disorder? I think you have. I didnt say anything about megapixel war. I didnt say anything that S7 is an improvement over s6 or not. Learn to understand first and then jump to become a keyboard warrior. Those who click like button on your comment are rather more pathetic than you are.
Plz dont act like a hyper sensitive fanboy. I know your hormones are boiling high with fanboyism. Otherwise, you'll not get upset by reading something against samsung. I have also mentioned LG, huawei, xiaomi and vivo in that comment. But you only choose to come to the aid of samsung. Plz stop acting like your father has an investment in samsung.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:14 4

63. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Do you even have any links to these? Better quality magnesium? Better ram? ROFL you know samsung makes the worlds best ram right? And then you go on talking about some bs... No they're not capable to putting in a good camera like Samsung or they would have. It's call RnD and Samsung spent probably more money in it than any other company.. in the world.

posted on 02 Mar 2016, 09:16

94. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


hey, plz learn to understand first then plz reply to my comment. I am talking about north and you are commenting about south. Your comment has no answer to my comment. I am talking about completely a different thing.

Do ROFL in your head and enjoy your own comment in the air. OR keep doing bla bla bla on the street. I have a doubt about the mental capability of those who click like on your comment.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:09 3

61. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


It's a blatant copy of Samsung design with bigger uglier bezels. Does it have the worlds best camera with the fastest autofocus? How about practically being water proof without flaps? Gear VR support? And Samsung pay that works anywhere? SD Card support? And lets not get into all the features I am so used to now in touchwiz im sure it's all missing in this phone. Competition is a good thing and this phone is okay but if you want the best, there's only one. Galaxy.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:20 2

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2136; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


More choices=better

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:49

45. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Absolutely.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:17 3

64. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Totally agree. My issue is with people making it sound like this phone is better than the Galaxy because it's not. Go ahead and get the phone if you want, I have no problem with that. But don't muddle others potential Galaxy purchase by spewing bs that this phone is better. Any phone enthusiast knows the best phone to get atm is the Galaxy.... Same goes for apple. Get apple if you want I have no problem with that but don't say it's better. Why? I only have one reason why, beacause it's not.

posted on 11 Mar 2016, 22:56

101. warwing (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Mar 2016)


It might be better than Galaxy. I own 2 Samsung phones: S5 and Note 4, my mom owns the s6-- I believe I have more right than anyone to say: Samsung is a piece of CRAP. my god! too much hidden gesture, over sensitive screen, slow reaction/sometime froze, and unbearable annoyance in all aspects. Samsung's phones acts like it has a brain of its own (like skynet from terminator, acting on its own). sometime will neglect your order/input to perform certain function. samsung is crap!

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 04:14

102. belovedson (Posts: 975; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Hmm one post. Hmm are you Chinese? Hmm I wonder if you work for this company hmm lets see. hmm

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:23 16

10. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


iPhone Galaxy 5 Edge...with speedy ufs 2.0. #Whatatimetobealive

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:28

13. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Nice naming there. :D

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:28 2

68. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


More like the Vivo Galaxy S6 Edge iPhone.
This phone looks way more like the iPhone 6/6S than the original Galaxy S6 did.
Yet not one post from the usual suspects of the iPhone saying so...only because their hate is for Samsung because Steve Jobs told them to hate,

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:01 1

27. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


sammy and apply have baby..

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:21 1

33. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o2uOpRD0M8&ab_channel=ChinaDream

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 23:15 2

87. Kratos7 (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Anything popular gets copied.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:17 5

3. DaftPunk (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


This is an overall nice phone.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 01:21

100. ibend (Posts: 3167; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


doesnt matter... still get 7.5/10 PAscore... just wait, lol

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:20 28

5. abdoualgeria (Posts: 295; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


for 650 DOLLARS , i'll get the s7 instead

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:51 3

57. judik971 (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


yeah but at least you have 128GB of built-in storage

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:19 1

65. Hypergy (Posts: 54; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


128 GB of Non-expandable storage that is. And im thinking Samsungs internal storage are going to be the fastest as it usually is from what I've seen.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:19 1

72. cheetah2k (Posts: 1490; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


the S7 has expandability up to 2TB and internal 32gb so total = LOTS! I'll take the Sammy any day of the week and twice on sunday

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:20 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What the hell is one going to do with 6GB of RAM in a phone?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:23 13

9. Modest_Moze (Posts: 112; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


Games and stuff + 500 apps

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:24 4

11. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Insaaaaaane multitasking. I wonder if 1 or 2 gigs is dedicated for the GPU...that would be awesome.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:32

16. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Wow... But howmany apps do you need to open simultaneously?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:34 5

17. zeeBomb (Posts: 1728; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


*DJ Khaleds voice*: A LOTTT

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:34

39. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Try it with chrome, when having 3 tabs open on my Note4, it refreshes. That fk_n sucks. No more with 6gb Ram. Hardcore multitasking.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 14:26

67. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7836; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


ALL. Including background apps and services.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 20:49

80. jalebi2000 (Posts: 172; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


It was rumoured earlier before this phone was announced that this phone would have 1gb of gddr5 VRAM. No phone at this time of writing has VRAM.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:36

19. carlemillward (unregistered)


Android OS tries to make use of all the RAM available, with 6GB, less apps with be closed and aggressive RAM management/app priority will be less of an issue.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:44 4

23. KeyserSoze (Posts: 138; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


"What the hell is one going to do with 6GB of RAM in a phone?"

If you have to ask, you don't deserve to know or enjoy the benefits. Move along lightweight, have fun with your 640K DOS PC.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:46

55. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because I asked what can one possibly do with that much RAM? Lol someone got offended real quick. Too bad my MBPr is still running like new. :)

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 22:10

84. Topcat488 (Posts: 1392; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


That was stupid to ask... O.o

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:01

28. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Ummmm bandwidth, I guess? Though ~76.8 GB/s doesn't seem useful on a smartphone and it'll maybe chow a lot of power.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:03

29. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


i have 2gb ram vivo x5 pro and all runs pretty fast... 4g or g is gimmick

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:10

31. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


in reality it is not 6GB but 4GB
here ;http://www.vivo.com.cn/vivo/xplay5/

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:27

53. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2630; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


That is the standard version which also includes the Snapdragon 652. The ultimate edition has a Snapdragon 820 with 6GB

http://www.androidauthority.com/vivo-xplay-5-announced-6-gb-ram-snapdragon-820-dual-edge-display-677287/

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 16:29

73. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


yeah realised when visited official site.. but yet again who is gonna buy ultimate edition ? nobody.. little amount of ppl..

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 12:00

48. dimas (Posts: 1810; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Playing gta v while having other background apps. Final fantasy ix is just around the corner so 6gb ram would be cool. You have to understand that android's flagship phone specs are aimed at gamers but also favorable to casual users. It's better to have more than less.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:20

8. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


"..this smartphone has more memory on it than most laptops currently in use."
more RAM, much higher resolution screen, more cores.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 01:20

99. ibend (Posts: 3167; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


than any sub $500 laptops out there.. lol

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:26

12. sissy246 (Posts: 533; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Sounds pretty nice. Looks pretty good to.
But the are copying Samsung , they just want to be Samsung (sarcasm ) lol does that sound like iphone fanboys lol

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:29

14. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S7 is running to its mommy...

Awww, poor little fellow!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:35 17

18. hexa-core. (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Galaxy S7 over Xplay 5 any day!

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:41

22. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@Hexa-Core:

I believe that Korea has some sort of a hidden SUPER WEAPON which is made & designed by Samsung Industries...

Like Prof. Charles Xavier's CEREBRO...

Man, America should be worried!

Their people are HATING the products of their own "MOTHERLAND". And favoring KOREAN Stuff... BLINDLESSLY, I might add!

I quote: "Galaxy S7 over Xplay 5 any day".

Regardless of the fact that The Xplay has more muscle, more PPI and probably cheaper price tag too!

Obama, are you listening? You ought to be...

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 11:35

41. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


More Ram over standard spec anyday.

More Ram is much better than highend Cpu.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:36 2

20. sissy246 (Posts: 533; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Lol NOT

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 09:44

24. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@sissy246 Why not?

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 10:59 2

36. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


it's almost a same device anyway.
same chipset, screen, OS, battery, UFS 2.0, and with more RAM.

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