By Stephen Schenck | December 18, 2013 11:34 AM
You’ve known they’ve been coming; for the past several weeks now a couple OEMs have been teasing their work on smartphones featuring 2K resolution displays. Yesterday we saw Oppo get very official with confirmation of the Find 7′s 2K display, and today we take the next step with Vivo, as we see the company launch its own 2K handset, the six-inch Xplay 3S.
It’s not just the display that’s high-end. Beyond that 2560 x 1440 panel, the phone packs a Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, some premium audio DAC and amplifier chips, and a 3200mAh battery. Around back, there’s not just a 13-megapixel camera, but a fingerprint scanner as well.
We also learn that the phone is quite a bit more affordable than one leak had it appearing, with a starting price that works out to around $580. Initially, expect the phone to stick to China, though Vivo does plan a global push sometime in 2014.
And for the record: the six-inch 2K panel give you a pixel density of 490ppi. When compared to a figure of about 470ppi for 1080p 4.7-inch screens (like on the HTC One), 2K (at this size) doesn’t seem quite so crazy.