November 30, 2015
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Earlier today at the Beijing National Aquatics Center, VIVO unveiled two new smartphones that will be of great interest to those who place priority on solid specs, metal bodies, and Super AMOLED displays: the VIVO X6 and the VIVO X6 Plus. Earlier this November, the new product line had been teased by the Chinese OEM, and more recently one of the two had been sighted taking a certification stroll through China’s TENAA.

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The VIVO X6 has a 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 Octa Core SoC with Mali T760 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, microSD support, a fingerprint sensor, a 2,400 mAh battery, 4G LTE, and Dual SIM support. It measures 147.9 x 73.8 x 6.6 mm and weighs 135 grams. The X6 Plus runs VIVO’s own Funtouch OS layered above an Android 5.1 base.

The VIVO X6 Plus has a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, a a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 Octa Core SoC with Mali T760 graphics, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, microSD support, a fingerprint sensor, a 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE, and Dual SIM support. It has ES9028 and Yamaha YSS-205X Hi-Fi Audio as well. The X6 Plus runs VIVO’s own Funtouch OS layered above an Android 5.1 base.

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While the phones have slightly different specs, both are made of an aluminum-magnesium alloy which the company indicates takes 57 different steps to produce, including laser engraving and polishing by hand. Each has a fingerprint sensor that VIVO claims will read 360 degrees and unlock the device in 0.4 seconds.

With respect to photography, the rear camera on both the VIVO X6 and VIVO X6 Plus have Phase Detection Auto-Focus, HDR, and a f 2.2 aperture lens.

VIVO’s official site for the pair of phones specifically calls the display “Super AMOLED” which is Samsung’s branding for the EL technology. To this end it can be assumed Samsung has, therefore, supplied the panels.

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Both phones will be released on December 7th. The VIVO X6 will cost 2,600 Yuan full retail (roughly $406 US) or 2,500 Yuan (roughly $390 US) on contract with China Unicom. The VIVO X6 Plus will cost 3,200 Yuan (approximately $500 US) full retail, or 3,000 Yuan (approximately $470) on contract with China Unicom.

The pair of smartphones will be sold in a Silver color variant, a Gold color variant, and a Rose (Pink) color variant.

Rumor Control

It should be noted that the final specs clearly differ from the rumors that had been floating around, and do so rather significantly. While VIVO itself had confirmed the inclusion of 4GB of RAM, the full specs had previously been unknown. Some had suggested the device would come with a QHD 6-inch display with curved glass, a Deca-Core MediaTek Helio X20 64-Bit SoC, a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 12-megapixel front camera.

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This serves as a reminder, once again, that rumors need to be taken for what they are, and that one need not get too wrapped up in any which one so as to ultimately avoid being disappointed.

Wrap Up

With the VIVO X6 and VIVO X6 Plus now official, we would love to hear your thoughts on this promising pair of new products out of China. Could one (or both) become your next purchase? Let us know in the comments below!

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