Officially announced this week, the Vivo X5 Max has now been officially named as the world’s slimmest smartphone.
Sizing up at an almost freakishly thin 4.75mm, the X5 Max has overtaken the likes of the Oppo R5 (4.9mm) and is much slimmer than the iPhone 6 (6.9mm).
One of the main reasons that the X5 Max is so slim is because of its advanced display, which itself is just 1.36mm thick, giving Vivo a real chance to pack the rest of the super-slim profile with all the tech they could.
Surprisingly, the Vivo handset doesn’t actually take much a dive on the spec front either, packing enough power to be considered one of the all-round mid-range handsets, similar to the likes of the recent Motorola smartphones.
Boasting a sizeable 5.5” Super AMOLED display, the X5 Max is no slouch when it comes to displaying images, videos or games, whilst a full 1080p HD resolution also makes for a sharp and vivid look.
The Vivo handset also sports dual-sim functionality, which is popular in many eastern markets, which can also be implemented as a Micro SD card slot as well, meaning you aren’t stuck with the 16GB internal memory which is supplied as standard with the handset.
A Snapdragon 615 chipset offers a pretty good performance internally, whilst the addition of a quad-core 1.7GHz 64-bit processor hammers home the X5 Max’s mid-range labelling.
2GB RAM also finds a home in the Vivo phone, performing brilliantly alongside the device’s other specs.
If you’re into your photography, then you’ll be impressed by the way Vivo has somehow fit in a 13 megapixel rear facing camera lens and a 5 megapixel front snapper as well. This definitely surprised us, as thinner handsets struggle to fit in powerful camera modules.
Another surprise inclusion is the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, another feature which is normally forced out with thinner handsets at the consumer’s expense.
On the software front we’re given Android’s 4.4.4 KitKat OS supplemented with Vivo’s own FunTouch 2.0 user interface, something not many western smartphone users will recognise.
Vivo has also added in a rather odd karaoke app for free, which seems like a strange addition to us, but then again might be a hit in Eastern markets.
Vivo will officially release its super slim device on December 22nd, giving consumers a brief opportunity to pick it up ahead of the festive celebrations.
Costing $485 (£310) sim free, it’s yet to be known just how well the X5 Max will perform on the sales front, but with some decent marketing we can imagine that it will do well.
The only catch is that it’s unlikely that it will be heading to UK stores anytime soon; this doesn’t stop you from importing it to the UK, but does add a whole lot of hassle to the purchasing process. It does however provide a glimpse into the future of slim smartphones though, giving more Western based manufacturers something to strive for.
Written by Luke Hatfield