MWC 2015: Vivo X5Max+
There is a new kid on the block in Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC) at this time and its name is Vivo. Although the name is not too new, it is quite new in this part of the world. The name Vivo actually was spotted in Malaysia around mid of last year or so with their X series phone and most notably is their Xshot series. Their most prominent product to date, the X5Max though has not yet seen the Malaysian shores yet but we are hoping that it would soon. As it happens the Vivo X5Max is the currently the slimmest smartphone in the market with 4.75mm thickness. With that though it does not seem like they offer nothing less than its competition.
MWC 2015 has Vivo making an announcement of the X5Max+. It is basically the same smartphone with the original X5Max save for the processor and battery. It runs a MediaTek MT6752 processor instead of the original Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. It works with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU to keep everything in check and running. It has got 13-Megapixels looking out the back while the front is covered by a 5-Megapixel camera. Storage available internally is only 16GB but memory is expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB. Wrapping all these package is a 1080p Full HD 5.5-inches screen boasting a pixel density of 401 PPI.
The other difference between this X5Max+ that was announced in the original X5Max is its battery. The original phone had a 2000mAh Lithium Polymer non-removeable battery that was, according to plenty of sources dreadful. It did not last as long as any of its competitors but we assume that they fitted it with such small battery to achieve the acclaimed ‘thinnest phone in the world’ moniker. In the + model that was announced though they bumped the battery up to 2300mAh. As expected though the phone did gain some thickness due to the battery bump; it is now 5.1mm thick instead of 4.75mm.
It is still a darn thin smartphone though so it is not like it made much of a difference. For example it still runs the same Android 4.4.4 KitKat overlaid with FunTouch 2.0 user interface. Also it is made of the same basic materials and in the same construction design as well, albeit slightly thicker. So it is not like anyone will notice it in the first glance of the handsome device. It is nice though to have a larger battery. It will sell for Chinese Yuan 2998 or approximately MYR1797.00.