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Vivo Xshot hands on

May 08, 2014 23:29

 

Let's start off with the basic specs. The Xshot comes in two flavors: the "flagship" version packs Qualcomm's awesome Snapdragon 801 SoC (quad-core, 2.5GHz) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, whereas the "elite" version has the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both come with microSD expansion (up to 128GB) and Micro SIM support, and these are brought together onto a single pin-eject tray. You also get a relatively more palm-friendly 5.2-inch 1080p LCD, as well as a non-removable 2,600mAh battery within the shiny aluminum frame and smooth plastic cover -- very much the same solid construction as the Xplay 3S. Unsurprisingly, there's LTE radio here, but only the flagship version supports both FDD-LTE and TD-LTE.
 
The Xshot's main camera features the rather common 13-megapixel resolution, but its combination of optical image stabilization plus a bright f/1.8 aperture makes it a rather unique selling point. The downside here, as you can see in the earlier photo, is that the bulky camera literally sticks out like a sore thumb on the back. On a more positive note, you get a two-stage shutter button on the side, which should provide a better grip and easier camera control. Vivo's also thrown in a dual-tone LED flash that's also used by theiPhone 5s and the latest HTC One for prettier flash photography. As for video, this camera's capable of 4K capture, though we remain skeptical of the video quality coming from such a tiny sensor.

 

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