Vivo has unveiled its flagship phones for 2016, the Xplay5 and Xplay5 Elite. The Xplay5 features the Snapdragon 652 SoC with a modest (relatively speaking) 4GB of RAM, while the Xplay5 Elite is the first smartphone in the world to offer 6GB of RAM.
The all-metallic Xplay5 Elite offers Qualcomm's latest SoC, the Snapdragon 820, clocked at 2.15GHz. You also get a 5.43-inch Super AMOLED display with dual-curved edges, 128GB internal storage, 16MP camera with the same sensor that's used in the Mi 5 (Sony IMX298) with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash, 8MP camera at the front, LTE, Hi-Fi 3.0 (2*ES9028+OPA1612), Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3600mAh battery. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back, and runs Vivo's Funtouch OS 2.6 atop Marshmallow.
Other than the Snapdragon 652 and 4GB of RAM, the standard Xplay5 is identical to the Elite model when it comes to hardware, sharing the same screen, camera, storage, and battery. On the software front, however, it is running Android 5.1 Lollipop, with Funtouch OS 2.5.1 on top.
The Xplay5 Elite will launch in China on March 8 for 4,288 RMB ($655), while the Xplay5 will retail for 3,698 RMB ($565). No word as yet on availability outside of China, but with Vivo targeting emerging markets in Asia, it is likely we'll see the Xplay5 make its debut in other regions shortly.