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Vivo Xshot Android phone launches with ultrafast F1.8 lens

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We've seen almost all smartphone manufacturers put an emphasis on camera performance with their latest models. Now Chinese manufacturer Vivo is upping the ante with the Xshot. The new model is a high-end Android phone with a clear focus on the camera and imaging performance.

The Xshot comes with a 13MP Sony camera module that features an F1.8 lens, the fastest we have seen on a smartphone in recent history. In combination with optical image stabilization, this should make for decent low light performance. There's also a two-stage shutter button and like the iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8), the Xshot uses a dual-LED flash for better color balance in flash photography. In video mode the device is capable of recording 4K resolution and for selfie-shooters there is an 8MP front camera with LED-flash. 

Images can be viewed and composed on the 5.2-inch 1080p display and power is provided by a 2,600mAh battery. Android 4.4. serves as the operating system with Vivo's Funtouch UI built on top. On the processor and memory side of things you can choose from two different versions. The more powerful offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. The slightly lower-end variant makes do with a Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. 

The Vivo Xshot will be priced at approximately $560 for the Snapdragon 801 version and $480 for the lower specification model. Bad news is that for now, the Xshot is a China-only model as no word on international availability has been given yet. 

Key Specifications:

  • 13MP Sony sensor
  • F1.8 lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 4K video
  • 8MP front camera with LED flash
  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • Android 4.4. with Funtouch UI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 / Snapdragon 800 SoC
  • 3GB / 2GB RAM
  • 32GB / 16GB built-in storage
  • 2,600mAh battery

Via: Engadget


  

Comments

Total comments: 32
Jurka
By Jurka (4 months ago)

If this device would not have a larger screen than 4, I buy one.

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (4 months ago)

Now go working guys to spend another week's salary for a chinese toy that'll be a must-have for a few weeks. :) People are kind of slaves of the modern era where manufacturers tell them what they need.

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joshwallace
By joshwallace (4 months ago)

Where can I buy one?

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joe6pack
By joe6pack (4 months ago)

I bet the aperture is fixed still. While it is good for low light, it will hurt at daylight.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (4 months ago)

hurt in which way?

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ehisforadam
By ehisforadam (4 months ago)

Hurt in that in that the shutter speed probably isn't fast enough to not horribly over expose in bright light.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (4 months ago)

I really would not be worried about that. We already have various smartphone lenses with F2 apertures and they seem to manage just fine. Electronic shutters can be damn fast these days :)

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Shadowww
By Shadowww (4 months ago)

My phone has 1/16000 shutter, and I am not sure how low ISO goes, but on e.g. iPhone 5S it goes as low as 32. ISO 32 and 1/16000 shutter would need uh.. f/0.5 or something like that lens to overexpose in daylight :P

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (4 months ago)

The problem is ... maintenance ... as always. Who is Vivo ???

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (4 months ago)

maintenance? You mean lubing he gears and changing the filters? ;) Honestly, I haven't done much maintenance on any of my phones thus far...

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SergioMO
By SergioMO (4 months ago)

I meant broken display or malunction Lars. My son has a blu. Excelent, but I´m always worried . No technical assistance. If I´ve problem with my Note 3 ... there´s Sammy anywhere.

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Artpt
By Artpt (4 months ago)

Is here any information on the size of the SIM Card that is used?

Thank you.

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Elix
By Elix (4 months ago)

Is that important? If SIM is small and phone slot is regular, us an adapter, if the other way around use scissors.

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Artpt
By Artpt (4 months ago)

Actually, I purchased a SIM Card cutter for our phones and are looking into transitioning to another model....thanks....

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Jogger
By Jogger (4 months ago)

The smartphone market is pretty mature at this point and all of the components are commodity items; just the right time for Chinese brands to flood the market with low priced products.. similar to what happened with the PC market. I was going to say "cheap phones" .. but, this one uses the exact same components as flagship phones from other makes.

The only thing i dont like here is the use of Android.. its basically a direct line to the NSA.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (4 months ago)

so what NSA-safe OS would you prefer?

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Impulses
By Impulses (4 months ago)

Chinese brands flooded the PC market after it matured? Huh, that's news to me... AFAIK Lenovo (Chinese) didn't buy IBM's PC business until a few years ago (ok, 9 years ago, time flies). The brands that dominated before then, and still do, were either American (HP, Dell) or Japanese (NEC, Toshiba)...

It wasn't until somewhat recently that other Asian brands started to climb up the ladder, and Acer/ASUS are really Taiwanese so they'd probably take issue with you calling them Chinese brands. I'm really not sure what are these cheap Chinese branded PC that have flooded the market, maybe you can expand on that.

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Rservello
By Rservello (4 months ago)

Wow, that's some tin foil hat conspiracy theory bs. And even if it were true. The NSA diesbt care that you look at porn, or what you buy on amazon. People consider the gov so incompetent, yet are paranoid that they care to spy on millions of citizens. Lol.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (4 months ago)

Engadget: "Both come with microSD expansion (up to 128GB) "

With 4K video you will need that extra storage.

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Henrik Herranen
By Henrik Herranen (4 months ago)

Again, please, c'mon guys:
Why isn't the sensor size in the list of "Key features"? Without sensor size the f-number doesn't tell, well, much anything. As camera enthusiasts you surely know this, so why isn't sensor size anywhere in this photography oriented site's article?

Example: a 1/2.3" sensor with an f/2.2 lens still collects slightly more light over the sensor area than a 1/3" sensor with an f/1.8 lens, and has a potential for slightly better low-light performance. Leaving sensor size out of the equation is quite misleading.

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dedirg
By dedirg (4 months ago)

Here u come again....

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viking79
By viking79 (4 months ago)

He's right, f/1.8 doesn't mean much without a sensor size to go with it.

7 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (4 months ago)

Errrr... a 1/2.3" sensor with a f/2.2 lens collects less light than a 1/3" sensor with f/1.8 lens because the opening at the lens is narrower. Sure, you get better performance from the bigger sensor but you don't get more light just because of the bigger sensor..

My fullframe Sony a850 meters the same Exposure values compared to my APS-C NEX-5 with a f1.4 lens and same ISO. And we are talking about a "slightly" smaller sensor.

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misolo
By misolo (4 months ago)

No, in the example given, the opening at the lens is not narrower for f/2.2 lens. The f number tells you the relative aperture - relative to focal lebght. If the sensor is bigger and the angle of view is the same (they're always around 28mm equivalent), the focal length is proportionally bigger. You need to multiply focal lenght by f number to get the actual aperture ("opening at the lens", as you say).

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vladimir vanek
By vladimir vanek (4 months ago)

"...the equation is quite misleading" - now you got it! what sells better than (quite misleading) specs?

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (4 months ago)

I'd have to agree here. Listing the aperture relative to 35mm would be helpful, to know how much DOF control you'd have. Plus f/1.8 isn't exactly 'ultra-bright', that would be something like f/1.2, that's like calling 28mm 'ultra-wide'.

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Rservello
By Rservello (4 months ago)

Also, considering how tiny the lens element is, an f/1.8, is basically an f/16 on a real lens. So, still no additional low light performance and still infinite focus. Pinhole cam is pinhole cam, regardless of aperture ratio.

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JKP
By JKP (4 months ago)

All these new less well-known phones from China with good specs build up pressure on iPhone and Galaxy pricing, which I see a very good thing.

Competition is a nice thing for consumers!

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (4 months ago)

Another iphone look alike.. waiting to be sued by apple and no sd slot too. This one must be sold only in China for their own good.

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dzukela
By dzukela (4 months ago)

Vivo, what is vivo, bulgarian weapon factory?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (4 months ago)

seems to be your favorite joke, right?

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esmu urdis
By esmu urdis (4 months ago)

most mobile phones are rectangular in shape even mobiles before the iphone
as for curved corners well, they seem to appear on most street corners

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