vivo Xplay5 Elite review: Edging in

Edging in

GSMArena team, 27 June 2016.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Vivo Xplay5 Elite is fully tricked out in the hardware department. And it's not just the mighty Snapdragon 820 chipset we're talking about, no - the smartphone is one of the few members of the (well...) elite 6GB RAM club.

Other members include some versions of the OnePlus 3, LeEco Le Max 2, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe, ZTE Axon 7 and ZUK Z2 Pro. Our OnePlus 3 review unit did indeed come with as much operating memory, but not the Le Max 2 we tested, and the other models we're yet to experience first-hand.

Vivo Xplay5 Elite review

Plenty of Snapdragon 820s already in our benchmark database, though, so we're not short on options for comparison. There's an Helio X20 and an X25 too, plus the odd Kirin and Exynos 8890, so we can get a pretty good picture of where the Xplay5 Elite stands in terms of raw power.

Kicking off with a CPU-focused test, GeekBench puts the Vivo in the middle of the pack when it comes to multi-core performance. It's the Kirin 955 inside the P9 that leads the way, closely followed by the Helio X25 in the Meizu Pro 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 with an Exynos 8890. Some 1000 points below the Snapdragon 820s come, very tightly spaced, with the Vivo showing about average results.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei P9
    6558
  • Meizu Pro 6
    6427
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    6360
  • Zopo Speed 8
    5543
  • OnePlus 3
    5520
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    5460
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    5437
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    5420
  • LG G5
    5362
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    5358
  • HTC 10
    5257
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    5026

When it comes to single-core performance, the Xplay5 Elite moves up the flagship ladder a little bit, but mostly due to the lower numbers of the non-S820 models. Among its peers with Qualcomm's high-end silicon, the Elite is again in the middle.

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 3
    2383
  • HTC 10
    2368
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    2345
  • LG G5
    2328
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    2322
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    2305
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    2273
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    2170
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2118
  • Meizu Pro 6
    1905
  • Zopo Speed 8
    1834
  • Huawei P9
    1819

In Basemark 2.0, which sums up an extensive number of tests including CPU, memory, and storage, the Elite posts excellent numbers, but then so does the competition. Vivo's flagship scores virtually identical to the Xperia X Performance and Xiaomi Mi 5, all three of them somewhat behind the Snapdragon version of Samsung's current flagship and the OnePlus 3.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 3
    2365
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    2352
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    2180
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    2179
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    2175
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    2128
  • Huawei P9
    2068
  • LG G5
    2065
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2063
  • Meizu Pro 6
    1919
  • HTC 10
    1839
  • Zopo Speed 8
    1227

Antutu tells a slightly different story, one that puts the Vivo Xplay5 Elite in a more favorable light. Neck and neck with the OnePlus 3, the two are only second to the HTC 10. The rest of this year's cream of the crop are ranked lower. Now had it not been for the HTC 10, we could have reasonably deduced that 6GB of RAM does indeed make a difference. Well, it apparently does, but there's more to it, as the Taiwanese flagship can attest.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC 10
    154031
  • OnePlus 3
    141764
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    140871
  • LG G5
    134541
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    132849
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    132084
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    131758
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    129461
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    116217
  • Meizu Pro 6
    99195
  • Huawei P9
    98069
  • Zopo Speed 8
    90137

On the graphics front the Adreno 530 is a proven top performer, even when it needs to deal with QHD resolution as is the case with the Vivo Xplay5 Elite. In fact, the score in Basemark X is the highest we've seen.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    35180
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    33874
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    33110
  • OnePlus 3
    32715
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    32345
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    32160
  • LG G5
    29456
  • HTC 10
    28882
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    28450
  • Huawei P9
    16942
  • Zopo Speed 8
    15756
  • Meizu Pro 6
    15209

In the OpenGL 3.1-enabled Basemark ES 3.1 the Elite returns from exceptional to average for this esteemed selection. The humble Huawei P9 is the last in this test, and the Vivo outpaces the Xperia X Performance and Le Max 2, with the Mi 5 and G5 in its crosshairs. The OnePlus fares better in this test, but it's no match for the Galaxy S7 and its 12-core Mali GPU.

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    732
  • OnePlus 3
    625
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    624
  • LG G5
    587
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    580
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    574
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    551
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    517
  • Huawei P9
    341

In GFXBench the strong results continue, with the obvious note that due to the QHD resolution onscreen tests will inevitably produce lower frame rates than the standardized 1080p offscreen runs. A frame per second here and there splits the S820/Exynos 8890 rivals, and the other chips are not quite in the same league.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    49
  • HTC 10
    47
  • LG G5
    47
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    47
  • OnePlus 3
    46
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    45
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    44
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    41
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    38
  • Huawei P9
    18
  • Meizu Pro 6
    18
  • Zopo Speed 8
    14

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 3
    45
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    43
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    38
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    29
  • HTC 10
    28
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    28
  • LG G5
    28
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    27
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    27
  • Huawei P9
    19
  • Meizu Pro 6
    18
  • Zopo Speed 8
    12

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    32
  • HTC 10
    31
  • OnePlus 3
    31
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    31
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    30
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    30
  • LG G5
    30
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    28
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    28
  • Meizu Pro 6
    11
  • Zopo Speed 8
    11
  • Huawei P9
    10

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    31
  • OnePlus 3
    30
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    29
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    16
  • HTC 10
    15
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    15
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    15
  • LG G5
    15
  • Huawei P9
    11
  • Meizu Pro 6
    11
  • Zopo Speed 8
    11

Reader comments

  • AnonD-594446

I finally have this phone available for my online shop n the price is $689. The next question is is that worth it? Well since the American people have Samsung S7 I'm not so sure that they would go out of their way to check out this Vivo phone no matt...

  • Anonymous

Bro the camera is much better than xperia xz.look at the picture.the sky looks more better than the cold xperia xz.the dxomark is just a hardware score not real life performance.if u thinking to buy xperia xz just think twice just buy another flagshi...

  • Aasis

its camera is not so good....its must be like sony Xepria XZ