Vivo recently launched what is currently being hyped as the slimmest smartphone in the market. The uber-thin smartphone is merely 3.98mm at its thinnest point and only 4.75mm at the chubbiest. This undoubtedly bests all the Guinness certified Elife smartphones, as well as the new-fangled Oppo R5—which happens to be 0.10mm thicker.
To hit this mark, the X5 Max literally had to cut many of its corners. For a starter, the motherboard it uses is only 1.7mm thick. Added to an exceptionally thin screen—1.36mm thick, and the world’s thinnest speaker that is only 2.45mm thick. More interesting is that the Vivo X5 Max still retains a dual SIM slot and a 3.5-mm headphone jack even at such constraints.
The handset sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, which comes with a 1080 x1920p resolution (401ppi) and 69.48 percent of screen to body ratio. The multi-touch screen also boasts of more than 16 million colors and, more importantly, the proximity and light sensors.
Under the ultra-thin hood, there is the Qualcomm 615 64-bit quad-core chipset, joined to a 1.7-GHz quad-core Cortex A-53 and a 1.0-GHz Quad-core Cortex A-53 with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The phone also boasts of a 16GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD.
For the rest of the innards, the phone registers a 13MP rear camera fitted to an IMX214 sensor from Sony alongside a LED flash. At the front, there is the 5MP snapper for video calls and selfies. Ending the list is the 3.5mm headphone jack—a feature not found in its closest competitor within the category, the Oppo R5.
Core to the camera features, there is the autofocus, face detection, touch to focus, burst mode, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Night mode and Panorama, to mention a few. The phone can also record videos at 30fps.
Running on Android 4.4.4 kitkat upped with Funtouch 2.0, the handset featuresa preloaded Karaoke app that uses a YAMAHA 205-X chipset. This is enhanced even further by the Hi-Fi 2.0 support running from the handset’s speakers.
The handset’s battery is in-some-way a letdown. At such a time when smartphone manufacturers are aiming for li-ion batteries that clog higher than 3, 000mAh, Vivo is still stuck with the 2000 mAh.
Vivo had earlier on intended to market the phone in China only, but recently the company released the handset to various retail outlets worldwide for purchase. Launched on 22nd December 2004, the handset can now be bought in various smartphones retail shops worldwide at only $488 US.
The X5 Max comes with a more affordable version–the Vivo-X5-Max L (note the L), which in actuality is marginally thicker, 5.1mm at the chubbiest point. The phone features almost the same feature as the X5 Max, save for snapdragon 615 which is replaced by a Mediatek processor and 1.7GHz ticking chip. These are the only notable changes—apart from the thickness–that distinguish between the two almost similar X5 Max Handsets.
Vivo X5 Max may not be as popular as some of the chipset flagships in the market, but it’s definitely among the few auspicious smartphones that can effectively pit against the big boys, given its relatively cheaper and has all the impressive features anyone would want to see in a standard high-end smartphone.