Just a couple of years ago, to spend $150 on a Smartphone would be to invest in something that would ultimately disappoint you. It might get the job done and even look the part, but put it to the test and you’d be unlikely to beam with pride.
These days though, that same $150 can go a lot further. The reason being that the new mid-range is yesterday’s top-speck – also the fact that the new Vivo XL2 delivers outstanding performance for less-than mid-range money.
First of all, the Vivo XL2 looks in every way like a seriously expensive super-phone. It has a painfully pretty paint job, incredibly sleek construction and an engraved micro-pattern on the back for good measure. It’s all plastic, just to point that out, but looks a million-times better than many comparable devices for much higher prices.
And if you’re not keen, you can always pick up an affordable case.
There’s a 720p touchscreen of 5.5-inches to the front, along with a 13MP camera to the rear and a great 8MP wide-angle selfie camera to the front. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, which although not the most recent version of the stuff is still more than sufficient to bolster screen-safety.
As for what else you get for your money, there’s a MediaTek 1.4GHz quad-core MT6737T chipset under the hood with a generous 3GB serving of RAM, while juice comes courtesy of a large 3,150mAh battery. A full charge takes just two hours and you’ll hit a 30% charge in 30 minutes, which is good.
In-built storage comes in at 32GB and this can be increased by a further 64GB with a MicroSD side. In fact, the only thing that puts a downer on it all is the rather odd inclusion of Android 6.0…given the way in which Android 7 has been out since last August.
That being said, when considering the fact that you’re only handing over $150 for all of this, it’s not what you’d call a bad deal at all.