Should you skip the Galaxy S7 edge and go for this Vivo clone instead?

Have you been mulling over the Galaxy S7 edge, but you’re not sure you want to do business with Samsung ever again? Luckily there are a lot of Chinese device makers who have been busy copying the Galaxy S7 edge’s looks.

The latest to join the party is Vivo with the new Xplay6 handset, which like the Galaxy S7 edge boasts a curved display. And in some areas it might be even better than Samsung’s offering. Let’s compare:

Let’s start off with the new Vivo Xplay 6 which makes a grand debut into the with a 5.46-inch AMOLED display with QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixel resolution). Comparatively the S7 edge features a tad larger 5.5-inch AMOLED display with the same resolution.

vivo-xplay6-launchesVivo employs the power of a Snapdragon 820 to breathe life into the Xlay 6 in combination with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As for the Samsung curved phone, the chipset du-jour is still a Snapdragon 820 (or Exynos 8890 in other markets) working hand in hand with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB of 64GB of internal storage.

There aren’t so many 6GB of RAM phones available on the market, but one just launched the other day. We’re talking about the affordable OnePlus 3T.

samsung-galaxy-s7-egde-frontAnyway, moving along to the photo department the Galaxy device takes advantage of a 12MP main shooter plus a 5MP selfie snapper. The Vivo Xplay 6 seems more appealing in terms of photo capabilities. The device enjoys the perks of a dual camera setup with a 12MP Sony IMX362 sensor and 5MP secondary unit that captures depth info. The selfie snapper is of a 16MP variety just like in the case of OnePlus 3T.

Both phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and while Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge will soon get the Android 7.0 Nougat update, we don’t think the Xplay 6 will ever get a taste of the new software.

vivo-xplay-6-in-handThe Vivo Xplay 6 has a pretty large 4,080 mAh battery at its disposal, while the Galaxy S7 edge benefits from a smaller 3,600 mAh one. Like it’s the case with most high-end phones both come bundling a fingerprint scanner.

Last but not least, let’s compare pricing. The Vivo Xplay 6 will become available for $651 a pop in December. While the phone is mainly aimed at the Chinese market, third-party re-sellers like Gearbest or Oppomart might pick up the phone.

As for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, customers can get it from places like Amazon starting at around $570 or from carriers like Verizon which offer it for $779.99 outright (32GB version) or with an installment plan.

When and where to buy: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The Vivo Xplay6 offers more RAM, more storage and a better camera setup plus a larger battery, so if you’re sick of Samsung, the phone might actually prove a great Galaxy S7 alternative. Although Android 7.0 Nougat will probably never make it onboard (but who knows).

Now if you don’t have that kind of money to spend and still want to get a premium-looking phone with glorious specs, we have a couple of other for you. First off, we have the Elephone S7, an obvious attempt to distract Galaxy S7 edge users. The phone features a curved display and other solid specs.

Elephone S7

  • elephone-s7-gold5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core chipset
  • 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 13MP/5MP camera combo
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Metal frame and glass on both sides
  • Prices start at $139.99

If the looks and internals of the Elephone S7 aren’t enough to satisfy you, we suggest you take a look at the UMi Plus E (although it doesn’t have a curved display).

UMi Plus E

  • umi-plus-e5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • MediaTek Helio P20 deca-core chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of internal storage
  • 13MP/5MP camera combo
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Aluminum alloy cover
  • Prices start at $199.99
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