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vivo Xshot Review – One Year Later. Is it still worth it?

by Linus 8

Vivo is one of those Chinese manufacturers that try to impress the audience with their products. The company was the first to introduce the 2k display on the smartphone on the Vivo Xplay 3s, first to use the Hi-Fi audio chips on the mobile devices. What is more, it still holds the crown of the slimmest device on the planet with their X5Max model, which is only 4.75mm thick.

As there were rumours and leaks regarding the successor of the camera centric device – Xshot, we thought that we could take another look at this device. Just almost one year later.

At the time of the release the company were the first to introduce the powerful combination of 13MP Sony IMX214 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and the dual tone dual LED flash. Also, vivo managed to put real flagship grade specs at that time – Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5 Ghz, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (expandable up to 128 GB via Micro SD), Hi-Fi audio chips, 8MP front facing shooter with flash and more.

Does the vivo Xshot still have a killer camera? How does it work on the daily basis after using it for months? Check out our detailed video review of the vivo Xshot:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to use the comments section either on Youtube or under this article and we will answer them all.

There are a few versions of the vivo Xhot. The one mentioned in the review is the Ultimate. However, you can buy an Elite version for a much lower price. It is practically the same device, but processor speed goes from 2.5 Ghz to 2.3 Ghz, it has 2GB of RAM (instead of 3 GB) and 16 GB (instead of 32GB) of expandable storage. It is still a great device with a great performance and stellar camera, and you can get it for as low as $399.


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  • mritunjay singh

    When I get 4.4 support funtouch os update

    • Linus Jacob L.

      I know what you mean. I’m on international ROM and still stuck on Android 4.3. However, there are manual ways to upgrade. Also, the Chinese Rom has Lolipop I think as it gets weekly software updates. You can check out for that.

  • Tock

    THX, really a good idea to reflect this phone! It was its time ahead – although with its price. Last year ¥3498 ($559, €411) was to much for the market but today it feals to be cheap because of the actual competitor prices.

    • Linus Jacob L.

      I’m happy you enjoyed it! I agree with you. At first it was simply too expensive. Right now it seems like a right time to buy it. Of course, if you like it 🙂

  • Rigge

    great review, thanks!

    • Linus Jacob L.

      Thanks! Appreciate that!

  • Rob

    Ordered this for my wife recently and wondered if the Chinese ROM can be installed on the international version? Was thinking of changing language to English and installing Google apk to enable Google services, is this possible??

    • Hansb

      The former question I would recommend to look for in one of the vivoforums, the latter is very well possible in Chinese ROM based on Android 4.4. Its very stable version. Again look for in one of the Forums.