Chinese phone makers seem to like their devices ultra-slim. Earlier this year, Gionee introduced the Elife S5.1 smartphone, which has a thickness (more like thinness) of 5.1 millimeters. And then Oppo trumped Gionee's offering by introducing its own, the R5 smartphone, which comes with a thickness of 4.85 millimeters.
This time around, Vivo is setting a new record with its X5Max device. This Android phone measures a jaw-dropping 4.75 millimeters in thickness. Despite its super-thin quality, the X5Max still manages to offer a few interesting features. What exactly can you pack within a 4.75 millimeter thick body?
Vivo's X5Max ultra-slim aluminum frame houses a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display screen, a 5-megapixel f/2.4 front facing camera, and a 1.7 millimeter thick logic board. Turn the device around and one can see a 13-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera (which protrudes by about 2 millimeters) and a loudspeakers on the bottom part.
Interestingly, despite its slimness, the X5Max still managed to retain its 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, instead of forcing a micro-USB adapter upon users (like what the Oppo R5 smartphone did).
Another cool thing about the X5Max is its dual SIM tray, which can fit a Micro SIM and a Nano SIM. The dual SIM tray also allows people to use a microSD card (up to 128 gigabytes) in lieu of the Nano SIM (just like in Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 and Lenovo's Vibe Z2 Pro).
Handling the processing duties for the X5Max is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chip that is not only octa-core (quad 1 GigaHertz Cortex-A53 and quad 1.7 GigaHertz Cortex-A53) but also 64-bit ready. Although it must be noted that users won't be able to take full advantage of the device's 64-bit capabilities unless it is updated from Android 4.4.4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Storage for the device is pegged at 2 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 16 gigabytes of internal memory. Battery pack comes in at 2,000 mAh.
As expected of any Vivo device, the X5Max offers some audio perks. It comes with impressive audio chips, namely a Yamaha YSS-205X signal processor, a Sabre ES9018K2M DAC, an exclusive Sabre ES9601 headphone amp, and an OPA1612 amp. These chips make up a part of the device's Hi-Fi 2.0 package.
For now, the X5Max is launching in China only (at a price of $490). But it is possible that an FDD-LTE edition will be made available soon for users outside China.
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