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Vivo X5 Officially Unveiled, Packing New Digital Surround Sound Chip from Yamaha

August 27, 2014 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Being one of the smaller companies coming out of China these days, Vivo decided to skip all that crazy fanfare, big announcement parties and media conferences and just announce their latest device on their website today.  Most of the device is upper mid-range to high-end depending on what specs we’re looking at.  You’re going to be getting a 5-inch 720p display, which is a little lower in the pixels-per-inch department than some other flagships out, but still a decent resolution at that size.  Inside you’ll find 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octo-core processor, which is a true octo-core processor with 8 full cores rather than the usual dual quad-core setup that’s found in a lot of other octo-core devices.

The camera sports Sony’s fantastic 13-megapixel Exmor IMX214 sensor, the same one found in phones like the Oppo Find 7/a and the OnePlus One, so you know it’s capable of some pretty amazing shots so long as the software is good.  There’s also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera too, so even selfies are going to look way better on this phone than most out there.  You’re also going to find a 4G LTE modem inside for fast network connectivity.  The Vivo X5 is the first big flagship from the company since the XPlay 3S came out earlier this year, and while it’s not packing a QHD 2K display like that device has, it does have something special of its own.

The new YSS205X-CZE2 digital surround sound chip from Yamaha is the set-piece in this phone, and Vivo is aiming all its marketing toward audiophiles that need the absolute best in audio from their phone.  We’re not talking amazing speakers on the device itself, rather amazing sound output to other devices such as receivers and headphones, and it’s the world’s first mobile phone to be using a chip like this too.  Texas Instruments is also providing a CS4398 decoder chip and MAX97220 class AB amp inside the device, giving you unparalleled audio feedback you might not have thought possible in a phone.  Tomorrow, August 28th, is the official release date, although Vivo didn’t set a price in its announcement, so we’ll have to wait until then to find out how much this’ll set you back.