How much RAM does your phone have? How would you like to own one with two or three times more? Folks in China will soon have that chance.
This week Vivo announced the Xplay5. It's a beast of a phone with a Snapdragon 820 processor and 128GB of internal storage. But that's not what makes it special. No, this is the first smartphone announced with 6GB of RAM.
That's right. The Xplay5 has 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Its specs are so obscene that the paired down model comes with a Snapdragon 652 processor and only 4GB of RAM, like it's a Galaxy S7 or something. I know, I can barely look at those specs without scoffing too.
Actually, I'm getting by pretty well right now with 2GB of RAM. Clearly I'm not the target audience for this device. But while we're talking about mobile excess and power, let's move on to the display. The Xplay5 has a 5.43 Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440. And because that isn't premium enough, the screen is curved on both sides like the Galaxy S6 Edge. Vivo is using this screen plus the 6GB of RAM to provide users with a form of split-screen multitasking.
There are other niceties here. The rear camera has 16 megapixels. The front one manages to have half as much. There's a fingerprint reader on the back, and the battery packs 3,600mAh of juice. The overall design is made of metal.
On the downside, buyers will only get Android 5.1. They also won't have NFC or USB Type-C ports.
Vivo wants around the equivalent of $650 for this phone and around $100 less for the less beefy version. So no, this won't be cheap hardware when it goes on sale. But it will have 6GB of RAM.