Vivo Xplay 3S gets official with 6″ 2,560×1,440 screen, latest Snapdragon 800, $576 price
After two whole months of teasing, the Vivo Xplay 3S has finally become official in Beijing today. And yes, it is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 2,560×1,440 resolution touchscreen. This is being called “2K”, although there are many definitions of that – even 1080p might qualify. Anyway, that’s probably not going to matter in the long run, when we’ll be flooded with 1440p screens. 2014 may indeed be their year.
The size of the Xplay 3S’ screen doesn’t make it the most pocketable device around, though – it’s a six-incher. So a phablet more than anything else. The rest of the specs are as high end as you’d expect to fit with that insane 490 ppi.
The Vivo Xplay 3S also has a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor (the latest around), 3 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, 32 GB of internal storage, a fingerprint sensor on the back, stereo speakers, DTS sound, two dedicated audio chips, 4G LTE support (both TD-LTE and FDD-LTE), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Funtouch OS, an Android-based Vivo-made ROM.
One Chinese retailer will start taking pre-orders for the handset soon, but a release date hasn’t been mentioned yet. Perhaps it’s then safe to assume that the Xplay 3S will only arrive in the hands of eager consumers early next year. The price will be 3,498 yuan, which is about $576 or €419 – which, as usual for China, is insanely low given the specs. Apparently Vivo has big plans for selling its wares outside of China in 2014, so here’s hoping that the Xplay 3S will make it to other shores in due course.