Vivo teases the X6, a monster phablet with dedicated graphics RAM

Vivo teases the X6, a monster phablet with dedicated graphics RAM
While we were expecting some imminent Xplay 5S announcement today, Vivo actually took the date to tease us about an upcoming X6 phablet, and a November 11th phone sale bacchanalia.

The first two phones on the sales date are existing handsets, or their upgrades, like the low-end Y23, which will probably be announced with wider availability, and an X5Pro version with 32 GB of storage is teased. Next in line for the November 11th blowout is a Vivo X5Max+, which we already saw being certified by TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of FCC.

The new and surprising kid on the Vivo block that is being teased for imminent release, however, is the X6. This one is shaping up to be a real monster, if speculation about its specs is to be believed. Vivo uses the word "fast" many times to describe it in the teaser, and rumor is that the X6 will sport 1 GB of dedicated graphics RAM for the first time in a phone. 

Other rumored specs include a 6" Quad HD display with Force Touch tech, a deca-core Helio X20 processor, 4GB of RAM, 21 MP camera, and 4000 mAh battery to back it all up. A pretty respectable sheet, and, judging from alleged hands-on photos below, as well as a posting with 8 different X6 backgrounds on Vivo's Weibo account, it might come in different colors, too. The Vivo X6 is said to sport a dedicated shutter button for faster snapping, and run on Android 5.1 Lollipop. How much of this teasing will turn out credible, may become clear as soon as next week, it seems.

source: Vivo via PhoneRadar



1. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

I was hoping a phone like that will be made, like PC different memory for CPU and GPU

6. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

And i hoped for 5-5'2" display with less iPhone design, but...

15. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015


16. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015


17. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015


18. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Monster ...specs and most ideal display for me ;6 inch... Another standard set for 2016; high GPU dedicated RAM.. 2016 looks promising.. Wonder how monster note 6 will be if Samsung doesn't Flop it like Note 5...

29. TerryTerius unregistered

By flop I'm assuming you mean that you were disappointed with its internals.

34. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Not really that.. But by Samsung removing features that make note series be a productivity phablet and yet these features are the ones we've been enjoying over other oems.. ie IR blaster, expandable memory and others in software.. I dislike this pro-apple moves by Sammy

22. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I know an iPhone ripoff when I see one but this obviously ain't it. It's actually one of the more original designs coming from a Chinese OEM.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The last orig iPhone design was the iPhone 4. Almost everything after looks like what was already out. If anything this looks more like an HTC phone than an iPhone.

31. TerryTerius unregistered

That gold one looks remarkably similar to the high gloss concentric circle styling ASUS frequently uses. But the rest... Well, they don't exactly look like iPhones to me, they just look generic. But to be fair, there aren't that many phones with truly distinct designs.

2. Obie-Wan

Posts: 112; Member since: May 24, 2012

Holymolly! Pretty respectable indeed. My pc does not even have a dedicated gpu ram. T_T

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's impossible. Don't you always talk about the VRAM of the graphics card? Like a 2GB GTX950 or so. That 2 GB of GDDR3/GDDR5 memory is the dedicated GPU buffer. And even the stinky intel GPUs have dedicated GPU buffer. You won't be able to rasterize without GPU memory as all the fragments will be stored there. In fact, even phones have GPU memory. That's why instead of 3 GB RAM, you usually get around 2.6-2.7 GB. That 300-400 'missing' memory is used for the GPU.

11. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That 'missing' memory you mentioned before is actually reserved for the system, GPU buffer is only part of it.

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

Well, maybe some of it. But majorly it is for graphics memory. System takes more memory than 300 MB.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This is VERY interesting though if what Vivo is saying is true. Inb4 phones having dedicated graphics with gddr5 memory blowing the competitionn in GPU benchmarks. Anandtech/Tomshardware, look out!

28. TyrionLannister unregistered

Is it GDDR5? I doubt it is. Besides, it won't make that big a difference if your GPU can't deal with that much bandwidth.

30. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Agree with you, GDDR5 is also more power hungry and expensive than a standard DDR3 or GDDR3.

36. tallbob

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2015

Yeah but it's faster. Phones should get thicker and sport bigger batteries and GDDR5s

43. Obie-Wan

Posts: 112; Member since: May 24, 2012

Well, mine is an AMD A10 APU, i think it use a portion of my main ram for the gpu's vram.

3. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Nice Idea!!!Go on Vivo!!!

4. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Great, but the question remains: which game will fully use its potencial? I think not even the emulators require this kind of power. And then we didn't even talk about the gpu: in pcs there is a dedicated gpu in the vga for the dedicated vram. So I think that the SoC's gpu still will not compete with those in pcs. But let's hope it will, we will see it after all very soon. :)

5. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

The specs are pretty impressive, but it probably won't support US LTE bands. T-T

39. T-Dizzle

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

You're probably right, but I hope you're wrong.

7. Acer_Predator unregistered

Wooow At last something new on the back of smartphones that silver brushed is gorgeous I have Vivo X5Pro it is very nice but battery

8. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

good start by vivo this will push mobile industry nd innovation level to new heights

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

This phablet actually have 5gb DDR3 RAM, but 1gb is reserved for the GPU.

12. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What is the reason for including "faster" RAM for graphics, if the mali GPU's are crap, and slow GPU's just kind of doesn't need "fast" memory?

13. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The Mali-T880MP4 inside X20 is on par with T760MP6, so it's still a fast GPU, at least by 2015 standards. In 2016, the competition is getting harsh and l doubt this GPU would survive the competition even with dedicated GPU memory.


Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

android, ios and windows phone with that kind of specs, which is which?

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