Ever wondered why phones made in China rarely sell outside their home market? The answer is poor brand recognition. However, if Chinese manufacturers keep producing the likes of the recently announced phablet Vivo Play, the situation will change sooner than we think. Vivo is a fairly unknown maker but its latest offering truly deserves your attention. In terms of hardware, it can well compete with such high-end devices as the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Vivo Play smartphone with 5.7″ Full HD Display
Being a phablet, the Vivo Play features a 5.7-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 386 ppi. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with a TI OPA2604 audio chip that supports BBE, SRS and Hi-Fi mode. The handset offers 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory.
The phone is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with 1/3.06″ Exmor RS sensor made by Sony. The front-facing camera is also nothing to complain about sporting a 5-megapixel BSI sensor and 88° FoV. The Vivo Play runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Fun-touch UI. Other features include a 3,400 mAh battery, USB On The Go and “a number of sensing capabilities similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4”.
The Vivo Play will hit the stores later in May. Officially it will be available only in China, but if you are lucky, you will be able to buy it from third-party vendors. Unlike other China-made devices, the Play will not sell cheap. In fact, it will be priced at a hefty 2,998 yuan, which is about $490.