It used to be that a smartphone getting a full gigabyte of RAM sounded like a luxury, a hardware extravagance that almost threatened to go wasted as mobile platforms looked for something to do with all that extra memory. But make good use of it they did, and it wasn’t long before we saw 1GB give way to 2GB, then 3GB and even 4GB. At some point, it almost seemed silly to keep talking about memory ceilings, as it became clear that smartphone OEMs would always outdo themselves with more and more handset RAM. For a while now, we’ve been looking forward to what’s next, and recently it’s become clear that Vivo would help take us on this journey. Today the company followed through on its teasers, announcing the Xplay 5 with its full 6GB of RAM.
Well – the option for 6GB of RAM, at least.
Vivo is giving us two primary Xplay 5 configurations: a Snapdragon 652-powered handset with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage, and a Flagship Edition Snapdragon 820 model with 128GB storage and the 6GB of RAM we came for. The Flagship Edition also picks up a higher-end DAC and amp package and for improved audio output.
As we saw in that most recent teaser, the Xplay has a curved screen, and while we can’t confirm it’s a Samsung Edge panel, it sure looks the part with its quad HD resolution, OLED construction, and 5.43-inch size. Unfortunately, Vivo doesn’t seem to have done much, if anything, in software to really take advantage of those curves.
Both versions of the phone get a rear fingerprint reader, 16MP main camera, 8MP front-facer, and a 3600mAh battery. The Xplay 5 will ship running Android 5.1.
Pricing starts at what works out to about $560 for the standard Xplay 5, with the 6GB RAM Flagship Edition fetching more like $650.