At some point, smartphone manufacturers are just going to have to call it a day and stop with this ambition to go thinner and thinner (at the expense of battery life). In late October, Oppo stunned the tech community with its R5 that boasts a 5.2” 1080p display while measuring just 4.85mm thin.
Now it’s Chinese OEM Vivo’s turn with the announcement of the X5 Max, a 5.5” phablet that measures just 4.75mm thin. And unlike the Oppo R5, the Vivo X5 Max manages to fit in a full-size 3.5mm headphone jack onboard instead of relying on the microUSB port and an accompanying adapter.
Specs wise, the Vivo X5 is well equipped with a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for storage expansion (up to 128GB), LTE connectivity, dual SIM slot, 2000 mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera (Sony IMX214 sensor), and a 5MP camera up front for selfies and video chatting. Vivo even found space to throw in a Yamaha YSS-205X sound processor for the audiophiles out there.
As for the operating system, the smartphone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but you will be subjected to Funtouch OS 2.0 skin that runs atop the main OS.
According to GizmoChina, the smartphone will have a price tag of around $485 when it launches in China on December 22. But for now, you can check out a hands-on look at the Vivo X5 in the video below: