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.

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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107 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

2. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

They're probably buying the screen from samsung

88. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

89. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

96. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

REMIX!!! ^^^

98. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung is the only one that can manufacture that screen

4. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

43. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

44. msaeed90

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I think samsung ones this year might be quite good

59. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

62. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 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

95. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

63. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

94. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

61. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

More choices=better

45. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Absolutely.

64. Hypergy

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

101. warwing

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 11, 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!

102. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

13. hexa-core.

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Nice naming there. :D

68. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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,

27. MSi_GS70 unregistered

sammy and apply have baby..

87. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Anything popular gets copied.

3. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

This is an overall nice phone.

100. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

for 650 DOLLARS , i'll get the s7 instead

57. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

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

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