Vivo X1 arrives: world's new thinnest smartphone is also a joy for Hi-Fi enthusiasts

Vivo X1 arrives: world's new thinnest smartphone is also a joy for Hi-Fi enthusiasts
We would not blame you if you have not heard about the Vivo X1. Made by Chinese BBK Electronics, the X1 however is worth a special mention as it has now launched and become the world’s thinnest smartphone. Not just that, it comes with top notch audio quality and the quite capable Beyerdynamic MMX 71 iE earphones. All of that runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and costs a reasonable 2,500 yuan ($400) off contract.

Most impressively, the Vivo X1 is the world’s thinnest smartphone measuring only 6.65mm (0.26 inches). And still, it manages to fit a 2,000mAh battery inside, and that’s quite a feat. And if you are wondering what kind of company is BBK Electronics, it is a Chinese phone maker working under different brands like Vivo, and exporting mainly to Russia. Recently, though, it has started selling under the Oppo brand for the United States as well.

Diving into more details for those who want clear sound, we discover that the Vivo X1 comes with a Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-analog converter and a CS8422 sample-rate converter for audio. The Beyerdynamic headsets that we mentioned are also just one of the options, you can pick between them and the AKG K420 and the Sennheiser CX215 headsets when you shop from BBK’s official web store.

Apart from that, the Vivo X1 is not all that top notch, but not a slouch either. It packs a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9-based MediaTek MT6577T processor and 1GB of RAM.

The X1 features a 4.7-inch qHD (540 x 960-pixel) screen and an 8-megapixel camera on the back, as well as a 1.3-megapixel shooter up front. Internal storage is 16GB and there is 3G on board as well.

And if the X1 was not good enough, Vivo is already teasing its next device - a 1080p phone with virtually no bezel, a huge battery and a 13-megapixel camera.

source: Vivo via Engadget



1. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Thin and no bezel, just make it more difficult to hold the phone. Never I want such a device. It do looks very nice, but using it too are more important and just how it looks.

11. MeoCao unregistered

The battery is as large as DNA, the only draw back is screen res. But it is a real feat nevertherless. pick up the gloves, SS & HTC

14. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I thought they were gonna a say 2,500 USD, phew!!

23. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's neat in its thinness and bezel size but looks like a smooshed GS3 with an iphone5-esque back. Too generic.

2. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Uh Oh... "Rounded" edges. Wait. It's China. So what's a patent? I'd but it for $250-$275 maybe.

26. AlecSmith unregistered

I don't know if you've seen the back of an iPhone 5 before but this phone pretty much copies its design exactly. And this company won't get in any trouble in China. China is by far the biggest copy-cat nation in history. They thrive on cheap replicas of products from other countries.

29. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Did you know Apple products, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S3 you are holding right now, is made in that country? instead of saying it copied here and there, why don't you think the other way- no china, no cheap phones = less ppl can afford.

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

The Chinese are pretty impressive at technology considering they arent as well funded as most electronic companies...probably a lot less RnD yet we keep seeing pretty awesome stuff. Make some of these international!

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm really up for the OPPO find series!

19. MeoCao unregistered

But most Chinese companies do not have to pay for patents, that makes things easier for sure.

4. android_hitman unregistered

iThought that the iphone 5 is the tinnest mobile in the world? :( is apple lying?

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

No, Apple don't's the Vivo that's lying!

28. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Apparently, no one got my joke on Apple!!

30. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

That is because you forgot the ''. How you expect us to think that your joke is very ''funny''?

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I didn't expect it to be very funny...i just wanted it out of my system, lol!

5. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Why is it everyone non apple article has anti-apple comment? If is was not for android fanboy I would not know about apple.

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

because they feel the need to mention them, there more obsessed then the fans

16. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Every comment on Apple is about their pricing policy or the abusing of the patent system. And those are facts, not fanboy rants or mindless acusations.

20. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

no mate its not, half the comments are in the same tone as ''apple is s**t'' or'' who buys crappy apple'' there are mindless fanboy obsessions and rants

24. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

hushh... dont cry baby... ill keep you safe from now on... xoxo

25. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

whatever d**k weasel, keep your track record of been a knob i see

27. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

ohh... its alright... you can lean on my shoulder if you like... ☺

21. Hemlocke unregistered

Then go ahead and toss Samsung in there, as well. Their pricing for flagships is pretty close, with lower build costs, and they abuse FRAND patents. I would hate to see you betray your idealism by only including one offender, since those are obviously important issues to you.

6. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

China has now arrived in the phone scene for real, things are going to be really interesting and cheap.

9. huypaulha94

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

If Asus were anything like Apple that company would have been slapped with a lawsuit in about a week or so!

10. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

All i can think of now, is this company is ((((Kicking iT))))...Another beautiful smartphone for the Android OS consumer to pick from... The Chinese are the makers of the iphone, all of them are made in China, only the headquarters (offices) are based in the U.S.of A.... Don't you dare underestimate China... ;)

12. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

These super thin phones always come with cheap hardware like mediatek processors which are often clocked at 1.2ghz (look at oppo finder!)

17. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Nice phone, but honestly who comes up with these names? "Oppo" ? really? You'd think 1.35 billion people could come up with a better name, huh?

18. angelesmec unregistered

This phone looks like a Galaxy S II or a Galaxy S Advance on the front and looks like an iPhone 5 on the back..

33. yellowsynapse

Posts: 1; Member since: May 15, 2013

you cant just say this phone looks like this or that, you cant judge it by the looks, honestly every phone nowadays looks a bit of this and that, try it first before judging

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