It’s become increasingly obvious in recent times that if you want to look for high-powered smartphones in the Android market at competitive prices, you have to look towards China. Xiaomi made a splash at MWC with the launch of its high-end Mi 5 that costs half what an S7 Edge might cost. Meanwhile, in China, Vivo has launched the Xplay 5 and Xplay 5 Elite, the latter of which boasts an enormous 6GB RAM.

Other specs of the Xplay 5 Elite are just as impressive as the amount of memory. Vivo opted for the Snapdragon 820 processor, Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset which you’ll also find in the LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5 and some versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Clearly then, the Elite model from Vivo’s latest range is competing head-on with the big name manufacturers’ flagship smartphones.

On the front is a large dual-curved 5.43-inch Super AMOLED display boasting Quad HD resolution (like the S7 Edge), while inside is a beefy 128GB of internal storage. Sadly, there’s no option to expand, but you likely won’t need to with that much capacity. It also has a 16MP Sony camera sensor on the back with phase-detection autofocus and a dual-tone LED flash. It has a fingerprint sensor, 8MP front camera and a large 3,600mAh battery.

Despite the fact that it looks like a Galaxy S7 Edge crossed with a Huawei phone, it looks very attractive. The folks at Anzhuo.cn have already gone hands on with the device.

Despite not having the ‘Elite’ moniker, the regular Xplay 5 is virtually as impressive as the premium model. It has the same 5.43-inch QHD display, the same design and camera setup. The differences are inside, where it hosts a Snapdragon 652 processor paired with 4GB RAM and an equally generous 128GB storage.

The Xplay 5 Elite and Xplay 5 will go on sale in China on March 8 and cost CNY 4,288 ($655 USD) and CNY 3,698 ($565 USD). No announcement has been made regarding an international launch.

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