We just were reviewing the then slimmest Gionee Elife S5.1, as Vivo just announced what now is the slimmest smartphone in the world – Vivo X5 Max. What’s the best part about it? the slim profile – at 4.75mm. But that is not enough, as we are not totally impressed with the slimmest device from Vivo.
If compromising on some important aspects just to make the device slim is good, then Vivo has done a great job. But that wasn’t the case here. The large device with slim profile doesn’t look really comfortable in the hand, and the curvy side frame on the Elife S5.1 would score a point here.
For a quick view on the specs, the X5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB RAM and it runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with FunTouch UI. Not really bad, and pretty well powered as the Snapdragon 615 is an octa-core chipset and has an Adreno 405 GPU support, but we’d expect at least this when the asking price is over Rs. 30,000.
Extremely slim the body is, and it feels so in the hand as well. But at the same time, the side frame between the two chamfered edges is flat and thus giving it a sharper finish, and all this makes it hard to hold in the palm for long as the corners poke into the hand. Two thoughts here – by looks, it is all premium and good, but in the hand, it isn’t really comfortable. For a device having such a large 5.5-inch screen, this thickness makes it hard to hold easily.
To not compromise with the camera, the X5 Max has got a bump on the back and the camera pops out. This is one such factor we don’t like on any smartphone, though we won’t complain much as we still are getting a pretty perfect shooter on the back. Another worthy mention is the inclusion of a 3.5mm headset jack, which was not managed by Oppo in the R5.
Overall, the build quality is good and Vivo did manage to pack everything in, within the 4.75mm body. But the two problems – uncomfortable to hold, and the camera bump on the back.
On the initial use for some time, we liked the interface and Funtouch UI isn’t bad at all. Just like most of the Chinese ROMs, there is no app drawer here and everything is on the multiple home screens. Google Play apps are pre-installed, and Vivo has included a few gestures for the user experience.
The camera too wasn’t bad, and for a 13-megapixel you would normally see these kind of captures, nothing extra-ordinary. We’ll be checking out the actual camera performance in different light conditions very soon before concluding about it.
The storage of about 11GB in total is available to the user, and of that, about 2.5GB is there for apps. But the expandable storage option is a good one, and the device supports USB OTG functionality as well.
So for the first impressions, as much impressed we are with the build and look, it is the other way about the comfort and the wide body isn’t easy to hold. The OS and camera are all good but Vivo hasn’t hit any good spot with the pricing set for the X5 Max.
[Inputs and Pictures by Shimon Das]