Vivo Xplay 3S: The first phone with a display that has 2560 x 1440 resolution


We believed that the “spec war” of Smartphones has finished around this time last year, when the first 1080p handsets started to roll out to the market, and many folks claimed that 1080p on a smartphone was unnecessary because 720p was more than good enough. Well, we guessed wrong, because that did not stop Chinese smartphone maker Vivo, from jumping to the next level. Yes, Chinese OEM Vivo is ready to make an unprecedented attack against everyone, from Samsung to LG and also to Apple. After creating the thinnest smartphone in the world, Vivo X3 (5,6 mm thinner even than the Huawei Ascend P6), the BBK decided to break another record and equip her new phablet, Vivo Xplay 3S, with a screen resolution Quad HD 2.560×1440, (the highest resolution so far in the smartphone world).

Unfortunately, we don’t know the actual display size of this upcoming Vivo Xplay 3S, so we can’t crunch all the numbers yet and tell you what pixel density you’ll be looking at. But since LG did announce a 5.5-inch panel with the same resolution back in August, so it’s likely that Vivo will overindulge our retinas with this 538ppi display.

In addition to the so-called 2K display, Vivo also indicates that the phone will have a high-end 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and will support 4G TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE technology for all three Chinese carriers.


The Vivo XPlay 3S might not make its way out of China officially, but that doesn’t make its arrival any less interesting.

But do we actually need smartphones with displays higher than 1080p? And will be the benefits more than the cons that we believe that we will get in front of us? Specifically, we imagine that the larger display will slow the phone down both in terms of raw speed and in the graphics department. Such a display may also suck the phone’s battery dry very quickly, unless Vivo sticks in a huge battery to make up for the difference.

It seems like only time will tell for sure whether the Vivo Xplay 3S’ high-end display is a worthwhile improvement or just a move for impression.


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