Vivo Introduces Xplay 3S, World’s First 2k Android Phone

Vivo has officially announced its Xplay 3S 2k Android phone, that sets a new standard for high end mobile devices. It was not long ago that we started seeing 720p and 1080p displays around the market, and it’s interesting to see how far we have come in the past 12 months. Even though majority of consumers will never notice the difference between 1080p and 2k, it helps make the geek within smile contently.


The phone boasts a 6-inch, 2560×1440 with 490ppi, making it more than just a 2k display. Inside the phone you’ll find a  2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, stereo speakers, DTS sound, 32GB storage, 3200 mAh battery and LTE connectivity. Right next to its 12 megapixel camera, it has a touch-sensor that works very similarly to Apple’s TouchID technology. The phone will sell for $580 USD, but it will be available exclusively in the Asian markets to start with.


To put things in prospective, the Xplay has over two times as much battery capacity and three times more RAM than Apple’s iPhone 5s. It’s only shortcoming might be the lack of 64bit computing, but that would not matter anyway, given both phones have less than 4 GB of RAM.


The phone isn’t too shabby in the design department either. The metal built body is 4.5mm thick and slightly thicker towards the middle, making it slightly thinner than the 5s. The phone weighs at 172g, and that might be its only shortcoming when put side by side with rest of the big players in the market. Buyers will have the option of either a black or white shell.


Geeky Bits

While an average consumer can use the phone to carry out regular daily tasks, it takes a special kind of geek to fully appreciate what this device is capable of.

Touch-Sensor: This is not the first device to offer users a Finger print scanner to unlock the phone, but in addition to unlocking the phone it can be used to access sensitive documents. This almost looks like a feature you’ll see if Sci-fi movies.

DTS Headphone X: There are probably only a handful of devices that support DTS Headphone X, and the 3S is one of them. The phone has its own dedicated chip that’s in charge of playing 11.1 surround audio that will blow your mind. The technology will bring 3d audio to your phone in a way that you haven’t experience before. Watching scary movies on this monster of phone would be a very bad idea.


2K Screen: The 6-inch phone packs enough pixels on its 490ppi screen to put any other phone to shame. Although the resolution is 2560×1440, the company has publicised it as a 2k phone for marketing reasons. But all geeks should know this phone is way more than 2k. It’s 872 more than your standard 2k which (2048X1080).



We still don’t know enough about the design of the phone, but from what we understand the finger-sensor is directly below the camera, which may result in smudged lens.

It’s quite strange to see the company name their device Xplay 3S, given that there was never a 2S. Nevertheless I’m very excited for the phone to launch and hopefully get my hands on it for a play. Although the chances of that happening are very slim as Asian manufacturers tend to keep their phones for their own markets.