Phablets are heating up and a relatively unknown Chinese maker Vivo wants in. Yesterday it announced the Vivo Play with a 5.7″ 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset. Unlike most unknown Chinese markers, Vivo isn’t trying to sell its device for a low price – it’s asking 2,998 yuan ($490) for it.
The Vivo Play certainly has an impressive set of specs – the 5.7″ 1080p (386ppi) screen obviously, but also Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean running on Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM (same chipset as the HTC One). Annoyingly it won’t leave Android pure but will saddle it with “Fun-touch” UI that has an iOS-like flat structure.
The camera on the back uses a 13MP 1/3.06″ Exmor RS sensor from Sony with an F/2.2 aperture lens. The front-facing camera has a 5MP BSI sensor and 88° FoV. The Vivo Play measures 153.8 × 79.68 × 7.99mm and weighs 187g with a 3,400mAh battery inside.
The Play reportedly packs “a number of sensing capabilities similar to the Samsung Galaxy S 4″ though the exact details of that are unclear. It also uses a TI OPA2604 audio chip with built in support for “BBE, SRS and Hi-Fi mode” and features USB On The Go.
The Vivo Play will go on sale later this month in Black or White with 16GB or 32GB of built-in memory. While Vivo will be selling in China only, but you will reportedly be able to snag one on eBay.
Source (in Chinese)