Vivo Xshot unveiled too with top specs, unique cameras
Today is quite a busy day in the mobile world, it turns out. The Huawei Ascend P7 which we wrote about earlier is not the only smartphone to get announced today. It’s been joined by the Vivo Xshot, an ultra high-end handset with a pretty unique camera (as its name would suggest).
The Vivo Xshot started leaking here and there last month, and it was clearly going to be a camera-centric offering. It definitely is that, but it’s also a very capable device in general.
The Xshot features a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED, dual-tone flash (more on this in a bit), an 8 MP front camera with a LED flash of its own, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,600 mAh non-removable battery. The retail version should run Android 4.4 KitKat, although prototypes have been on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Vivo’s Funtouch OS 1.2 sitting atop.
The Xshot’s rear camera doesn’t go bananas in terms of resolution, but it does come with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization – a unique combo in the mobile world so far. There’s also a two-stage shutter button on the side, and a dual-tone LED flash that’s all the rage these days (as seen in the iPhone 5S and the HTC One M8). The main camera is capable of 4K video recording too.
The front camera is something to talk about as well, especially given that it has its very own LED flash. This is something Vivo’s done in the past, for example for the female-focused Y19t, but it’s not so far been a trend picked up by other smartphone makers. With the growing selfie madness, though, perhaps things will change in the future.
The selfie shooter has 8 MP resolution and is capable of 720p HD video recording. None of those values are record-breaking (there’s nothing like a front-facing 13 MP cam), but they do show, once again, how interested Chinese mobile device makers are in selfies. We assume these types of shots are even more popular in China than in the rest of the world (if that’s even possible).
Something that’s becoming a tradition for Vivo’s wares is them having great audio hardware, and the Xshot is no exception, with a Maxim MAX97220 headphone amplifier, a Cirrus CS4398 DAC, and a TI TLV320 ADC chip for wider audio input bandwidth.
The Vivo Xshot will only be offered in China at first, though pricing remains a mystery for now. Hopefully the company will think about expanding its reach to other countries in the future, since devices such as the Xshot are quite interesting and may prove popular.