Audiophilia phased out of portable devices with the influx of smartphones and the slow death of the portable media player. BBK, known in the West as Oppo, is looking to correct this market oversight with the Vivo X1 and the pair of Beyerdynamic earphones it comes with.
The Vivo's audio mastery comes from the inclusion of Cirrus Logic's CS4398 Digital-analog converter. It's a component usually earmarked for high-end home theater systems. In another attempt to cater to what could be the pickiest crowd in consumer electronics, the above mentioned Beyerdynamic earphones can be exchanged for Sennheiser CX215's or a pair of AKG K420's when purchasing the Vivo. While we haven't tested the Vivo, we feel that it's a safe bet that it outclasses the new HTC models that pack in Beats Audio circuitry.
Specs-wise, the remainder of the Vivo is top of the line for last year. It packs in a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor that hums along to power a 4.7-inch 960x540 display. A single GB of RAM moves things along and it all runs off a 2,000mAh battery. The disappointing part for audiophiles is the paltry 16GB of onboard storage. That certainly won't load many lossless FLAC files. The Vivo X1 is available now (in China) for 2,498 Yuan ($400.)