Vivo Xshot Android phone launches with ultrafast F1.8 lens
Lars Rehm | Published: May 8, 2014 at 18:51 UTC32
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.