Overkill: There’s now a phone in the world that has 6GB of RAM

There’s now a phone in the world with 6GB of RAM. It’s the Vivo XPlay 5, and after a wealth of rumors regarding the device, it has been made official in China, as the first to come with such a huge stack of RAM. It’s not lacking in overall processing power either, and has the same Snapdragon 820 that’s inside the Galaxy S7, and the Xiaomi Mi 5, with which it closely contends.

It owes a lot to Samsung’s Edge series smartphones in terms of design, taking on a curved dual-edged screen style, and wrapping it in an all-metal unibody. While the front is very reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 and S7 Edge, the rear has a distinctly iPhone-esque look, except with a square fingerprint sensor at the top. The Super AMOLED screen’s large at 5.43-inches, and the resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Vivo has added a whopping 128GB of internal storage to the XPlay 5, and fitted a fast charging 3600mAh battery inside the sleek body, that’s also equipped with a USB Type-C connector, ensuring no-one is going to feel short changed when it comes to specs. There are two cameras, a 16-megapixel cam on the rear and an 8-megapixel selfie cam above the screen. Vivo’s used a set of special amps it calls HIFI 3.0 to give the XPlay 5 some serious audio ability.

The monster XPlay 5 with 6GB of RAM is joined by a standard edition of the phone with ‘only’ 4GB of RAM and a slightly less capable Snapdragon 652 processor inside. Neither phone is cheap, and the standard edition costs the equivalent of $565, while the 6GB RAM ‘Ultimate Edition’ model is a pricey $655. The Xiaomi Mi 5, which may not have 6GB of RAM, but is still a real powerhouse, comes in at about half that amount.

There’s no release date for the Vivo XPlay 5 yet, but when it does come, don’t expect it to venture far outside of China without the help of a friendly importer.

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