Vivo officially unveils the Xplay 3S, the world’s first ‘2K’ smartphone

by: Andrew GrushDecember 18, 2013


It was about a year ago that smartphone makers first starting introducing us to the first handsets with gorgeous 1080p displays. At the time there were many folks that felt such a jump from 720p was unnecessary, and yet there were others that warmly embraced the resolution increase.

It’s amazing what can change in a year. No longer is 1080p a rarity on smartphones, instead it has essentially become the standard resolution for most flagship devices.

So what’s next in the world of smartphone displays? Today in Beijing, Vivo introduced the world’s very first smartphone with an impressive resolution of 2560×1440 and 490ppi pixel density — or in marketing-speak, the first 2K phone.

There’s no denying that the Vivo Xplay 3S is a beast, though it’s too bad that we will probably never see it launch outside of select Asian markets.

We’ve known for a while now that Vivo intended to push display resolutions to the next level with the Xplay 3S, and for those that are passionate about display resolution, the Xplay 3S’ 6-inch display certainly won’t disappoint.

Aside from the display, the Vivo Xplay 3S also packs quite a few other high-end specs including a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, stereo speakers, DTS sound, 32GB storage, 3200 mAh battery and LTE connectivity. There’s also a 13MP rear cam with f/1.8 aperture and even a fingerprint sensor on the back.

There’s no denying that the Vivo Xplay 3S is a beast, though it’s too bad that we will probably never see it launch outside of select Asian markets. Still, we’re seeing more Chinese-based brands make there way outside of their home country, so anything is possible.

Even if the Vivo Xplay 3S doesn’t make it to Europe or North America, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll still get a chance to pick up one of the first 2K handsets in due course. Not only is the Galaxy S5 rumored to have such a display, Oppo recently confirmed their upcoming Find 7 will in fact feature a resolution of 2560×1440.

Would you consider the Vivo Xplay 3S if it were to launch internationally? Conversely, do you feel that so-called 2K displays are pretty much overkill on a smartphone?

  • Kwadwo Firempong-Boakye

    720 still looks good to me

    • Peter Bognar

      Actually, sometimes I can see the pixels on my Galaxy S3… Must be the pentile matrix… Anyway, 720 P on a phone is pretty good, and i don’t think anything over 1080 is necessary at all. 1080 itself isn’t necessary, it’s a justifyable luxury.

      • Bishop

        But some people actually don’t see 1080p as a luxury but as a visual improvement. Just as you can see the difference in detail playing a Full HD video on a Moto X and on an HTC One. The HTC One will offer a sharper and more detailed video… Same visual differences we’ll be able to see with these WQHD displays. At least to those people that look for the extra detail.

  • Luka Mlinar

    3200 mAh battery. LoLz, this thing will die by noon of each day.

  • João Grácio

    2k is overkill…. I just want 2 days of battery life with heavy usage..

    • Angel Angelov

      Then buy an LG G2 :)

      • MasterMuffin

        * Razr Maxx or Zerolemon cover

      • Xavier_NYC

        That’s what I have running Kit Kat 4.4.2 FTW.

    • Xavier_NYC

      Def agree I’d rather the give us better battery life than a better screen. You can’t enjoy a screen if it kills your battery in an hour

    • Fred Chiang

      i remember thats what everyone said last year. look where we are today

  • jayray78

    Where is 2K content going to come from? And how much data is it going to eat through to watch a 24 minute show? Overkill is you ask me.

  • vivalavivo

    This phone have a 6″ screen (not 4″ or 5″). So, 4K is really good for it to maintain the 450+ ppi) Well, when your phone don’t have this, you will say it’s not necessary LOL

  • Bishop

    Extremely impressive…. Still, I’ll wait for the Galaxy S5 which will have this WQHD display, removable battery and a micro sd card slot. I’m not very familiar with this company.

    Although, this isn’t the first phone with a 2K display.2k only refers to the horizontal resolution. 1080p also 2K because the resolution is 1920×1080. That’s 1,920 horizontal lines which are rounded out to 2 thousand lines, which = 2K….. Like 4K. The resolution of 4K TV’s is 3840 x 2160. That’s 3,840 horizontal lines rounded out to 4,000 which equals 4K.

    This comany, or any other company coming out with a WQHD display, shouldn’t market them as 2K. They should either call it 2.5k or 1440p or WQHD. The thing is, that other phone manufactures that are going to release phones with 1920×1080 displays, can just put a 2K label on it and it would be true. They will jump in on the 2K market bandwagon for free while no increasing the resolution of current 2k/1080p phones. Their best option would be to call this display a 2.5K/1440p display. That way, the customers know that it is higher than 1080p and it will help them better transition and understand to 4K since they will be slightly familiar with 2.5k.

  • NeedName

    I LIKE IT!!! 6″ screen, maintains similar ppi to the Nexus 5, good SoC though the 805 would have been incredible, design looks very nice, stereo speakers, 3gb RAM. . . what’s not to like?

    Very curious to see reviews and tests of this thing.

    Nonetheless, this is THE type of device that I’m looking for — high end phablet with minimal bezel.

  • Zombieman

    It’s overkill. There’s no benefit to the device’s use, no content for the resolution. Hooray, for the engineering, but it’s not anything the market needs or will reward in any likelihood.

    • Mike Reid

      It’s just bragging rights to try and get some press for a name most of us have never heard of.

      Same w/ Oppo and their alleged thinnest phone claims.

    • Fred Chiang

      i remember thats what everyone said last year about 1080p. look where we are today

  • jack

    No need for 2K or 4K for a phone

  • Islay banishing

    ‘2560×1440’ neither of those are 2000 or can be rounded to 2000 so where the hell does the name 2k come from?

    • Mike Reid

      The name “2k” is a thing these days.

      It’s all about the name, LOL.

    • Winston Purnomo

      Then you might prefer calling it QHD (Quad HD) but people might get QHD and qHD (Quarter HD) confused.

  • Melad360

    personally I say 2k isn’t overkill.. I noticed a huge difference in screen sharpness coming from a nexus 4 to nexus 5, and even with 1080p resolution I can see some pixelation. so long as the battery can maintain at least a days worth of usage I say 2k is nice

  • Aus_Roh

    It’s the forward step in care of the audio quality that I want to buy this phone. This is a much bigger step than the screen resolution, as 1080p would have been fine, or possibility better in terms of performance. I just wish it had a replaceable battery, and more international frequencies. What’ the quality of the microphone? At least it has an FM radio too! Size is probably ok, just a tad longer than the Note 3. I hope 64Gb is available on launch!

  • Sky Ang

    1080p is enough. Gonna love HTC J Butterfly