vivo Xplay5 Elite, the Master of Affordable Flagships


Xplay5 Elite

The vivo Xplay5 Elite can be described as a dirt-cheap high-end smartphone, if there’s anything like that at all. I mean, just imagine a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, but without the home button. Close your eyes. Do you know what you’re seeing? Well, you’ve already guessed it: a vivo Xplay5 Elite.

However, the resemblance with the S6 Edge+ disappears completely when you flip the vivo Xplay5 Elite over, but now another “borrowed” design feature comes into play: from the back, the vivo Xplay5 Elite looks strikingly similar to an iPhone 6s Plus.

Are you starting to get it yet? That old saying about imitation being the highest form of flattery is the essence of the vivo Xplay5 Elite’s design. The frontal panel design is borrowed from a Samsung flagship while the back is similar to the latest iPhone.

But what about something more juicy, that doesn’t meet the eye? Well, besides being the master of disguise, the vivo Xplay5 Elite is a strong contender in the hardware department, as it runs on a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system on chip, with an ample 6 gigabytes of RAM, a Sony made sixteen megapixels snapper and 128 gigabytes of internal storage capacity as standard.

Do you want to know more? Are you interested yet? Well, keep reading folks, because the vivo Xplay5 Elite is one hell of a droid!

Talking about metrics, the vivo Xplay5 Elite measures  153.5 x 76.2 x 7.6 millimeters, almost identical to the S6 Edge+ and weighs 168 grams, being a tad thicker and wider than the Korean flagship. The design of the smartphone, besides resembling the aforementioned flagships, features a cool unibody built, it’s made entirely from metal and the workmanship is truly Elite, sort to speak. This baby looks and feels as premium as it sounds, and that’s a great achievement for the company in this writer’s opinion at least.

The most awesome design feature of the Xplay5 Elite is definitely its dual edge display, with a subtle curvature which looks amazing, while the back is perfectly flat.

The Xplay5 Elite comes with an odd 5.43 inches wide display, a high-end QHD AMOLED variety, featuring a flabbergasting 541 pixels per inch density, almost identical to Samsung’s high end smartphones.


In the connectivity department, the Xplay5 Elite offers almost anything you could think of, ranging from dual SIM capabilities to dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac powered by two MIMO antennas, 4G/3G/2G, Bluetooth is v4.2, GPS, NFC, micro USB 2.0 and Miracast.

The battery is a beefy 3600 mAh unit and it comes with an impressive endurance rating of 85 hours, which is outstanding to say the least.

The Xplay5 Elite runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box and in terms of performance, taking into account the fact that under the hood you’ll find the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 architecture, everything runs buttery smooth.

The chipset is helped by an Adreno 530 GPU that works together with an elite 6 GB of RAM on top, making sure everything is taking care of, from the latest games to the most demanding apps in the app-store.

Oh, but the camera is a real treat. This droid comes with a Sony IMX298 sensor which is hidden behind a six element lens featuring an f/2.0 aperture/16 Megapixels with no optical image stabilization unfortunately, but phase detection auto-focus as standard and a dual tone flash.

The camera app’s user interface is simplistic but very familiar to iPhone (former) users. In terms of photo quality, the smartphone does an excellent job, with a dependable and very fast autofocus, good contrast and impressive color accuracy. The secondary/selfie camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and it comes with fixed focus and an f/2.4 aperture lens.

As per video recording capabilities, the Xplay5 Elite produces great 4k videos but, surprising enough, mediocre 1080p clips.


Now, as per my final words, I must confess that I was absolutely amazed by this smartphone. The design is great, even if I can call “copycat” in this department, the build quality is flagship-grade, the hardware is top notch, the feel and looks are as premium as they come, the battery is excellent, the fingerprint sensor is lightning fast,  the camera provides an excellent output in terms of quality, 4k video recording is superb and the price…well, the price in China is $200 less than what Samsung asks for the S7 Edge+.











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