Vivo V5 Review

Vivo V5 Review: Vivo has been more of a hit when it comes to the budget smartphones section in India. Regardless that Vivo launched its mid-range smartphones in the past, they haven’t precisely done in addition to its budget offerings. As talked about in my previous article, Vivo has settled with the budget range, whereas Oppo sits on the mid-range and OnePlus takes care of the flagship smartphone market in India. All three manufacturers belong to BBK Electronics and have now discovered their area of interest. However with Vivo bravely moving into Oppo’s territory with a new selfie-smartphone, the Vivo V5, there are sure to be some competition. Priced as much as the Oppo F1s and coming from the same parent company, all of it boils down to which one clicks the better selfie and clearly which smartphone is the better buy. Check it out in our article on Vivo V5 Review.

Vivo V5 Review – Specification

Display Size:5.5 inches 720p
OS:Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Internal Storage:32 GB
Rear Camera:13MP
Front Camera:20MP
Battery Life:Non-removable 3000 mAh battery

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Sales Package Handset, Earphone, User Manual, microUSB to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, SIM Ejector, Silicon Back Cover, Screen Guard (applied on screen)
Model Number 1601
Model Name V5
Color Space Grey
Browse Type Smartphones
SIM Type Dual Sim
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes
Touchscreen Yes
OTG Compatible Yes
Additional Content Back Case
Display Features
Display Size 5.5 inch
Resolution 1280 x 720 Pixels
Resolution Type HD
GPU Adreno 510
HD Game Support Yes
Display Colors 65 K
OS & Processor Features
Operating System Android Marshmallow 6.0
Processor Type MediaTek MT6750
Processor Core Octa Core
Processor Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
Operating Frequency GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; WCDMA - 850, 900, 2100 MHz; 4G LTE - Band 1 (2100), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 40 (2300) MHz
Memory & Storage Features
Internal Storage 32 GB
Expandable Storage 128 GB
Supported Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Card Slot Type Hybrid Slot
Call Log Memory Yes
Camera Features
Primary Camera Available Yes
Primary Camera 13 megapixel
Primary Camera Features Panorama, HDR, Night, PPT, Motion Track, Professional, Slow, Fast, Voice Shutter, Touch Capture, Palm, Timer, Gender Detection, Filter, Watermark
Secondary Camera Available Yes
Secondary Camera 20 megapixel
Secondary Camera Features Night, Voice Shutter, Touch Capture, Palm, Timer, Gender Detection, Filter, Watermark
Flash Front Flash
HD Recording Yes
Full HD Recording Yes
Video Recording Yes
Video Recording Resolution 2592 x 1944
Frame Rate 30 fps
Call Features
Call Wait/Hold Yes
Conference Call Yes
Hands Free Yes
Phone Book Yes
Speaker Phone Yes
Speed Dialing Yes
Connectivity Features
Network Type 4G VOLTE, 3G, 2G
Supported Networks 4G LTE, WCDMA
Internet Connectivity 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi
3G Yes
Pre-installed Browser Android, WAP
Bluetooth Support Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Version 802.11 b
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes
USB Tethering Yes
USB Connectivity Yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Map Support Google Maps
GPS Support Yes
Other Details
Smartphone Yes
Touchscreen Type Capacitive
SIM Size Micro SIM and Nano SIM
Mobile Tracker Yes
Social Networking Phone Yes
Instant Message Yes
Removable Battery No
Graphics PPI 267 PPI
User Memory 26
SIM Access Dual Standby
Internal Memory 32 GB
Sensors Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Fingerprint
Ringtones Format MP3
Important Apps YouTube
Multimedia Features
FM Radio Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Music Player Yes
Video Formats MP4
Battery & Power Features
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Battery Type Li-ion
Talk Time 9 hrs
Warranty Summary 1 Year
Warranty Service Type Carry-in
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Vivo V5 Review – Design

When it comes to design, there may be nothing new or refreshing on the Vivo V5. It’s the same previous design which has been done to death by Oppo and Vivo with rounded corners. Not like the Oppo F1s, which this smartphone will be compared with, Vivo went in for an all-plastic build. It’s all about mixing and matching. So our thought behind Vivo skipping on the metal body was to maintain the price tag competitive whereas providing something better with a 20MP selfie camera. Smart? Yes. Sensible? You’ll know shortly.

But it surely doesn’t exactly feel premium, even though it’s purported to appear like a metal construct. With that said, the design feels good in the hand, however slippery on the same time. However, the chrome plated clipping together with the white plastic clipping, which meets the display on the edges does makes it look a bit cheap.

Whereas this is a no-brainer, it’s easy to level out how Vivo got away without any antenna bands at the back. There are just two thin reflective bands, which considering the plastic back are there only for beauty reasons.

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Vivo V5 Review – Display

At this price tag, we usually count on a Full HD display on board the V5. However as we mentioned earlier Vivo appears to have lower corners for its 20MP camera, so an HD display is what we get. The display on the V5 is a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD unit. It features a pixel density of 267ppi which is a bit too low for a screen of this measurement. While I was a bit shocked as to how I could not spot ragged edges in my first reactions, upon longer usage I did get a bit irritated with the sharpness issues when it got here to reading the text.

While Vivo’s software takes care of iconography, it someway can not do a lot regarding text particularly in third-party apps, so it does end up looking mediocre with jagged edges particularly for those who use smaller font settings. The display is legible in shiny daylight, but it inevitably takes a slight hit regarding viewing angles. While the colors remained intact, there’s that pink tinge that makes reading or viewing things at an angle difficult. The colors do get washed out when viewed at certain angles.

Fingerprints are one other problem. The screen doesn’t have any oleophobic coating so while it easily catches fingerprints, wiping them off turns into a daunting task. Simply put, it does offer you that average feel when you think about that LeEco, Xiaomi, and many other competitors have better Full-HD units on lower priced handsets. However, this one’s about slicing corners, and the reason there’s an HD display is that the MediaTek 6750 can only support up to that resolution.

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Vivo V5 Review – Software

This is the first time I was going to review a Vivo smartphone, so I didn’t know what to expect. It turned out that things weren’t all as bad as I thought it could be, after my issues with the screen. There are some features that I appreciated, while there some that I didn’t. As with most Chinese smartphones, I didn’t count on up to date Android base, but here I was looking at Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with Vivo’s Funtouch OS. So I have used MIUI, EUI, ColorOS and the like, but I appreciated how Vivo’s theme maintained flexibility when it came to app icons.

However, it was simple to note how unpolished the UI is. Pull down the notifications tray, and you won’t be able to read some notifications, due to the transparency layer below the text. The icons beside notifications look terribly pixellated. I see no reason why Vivo couldn’t keep on with the stock icons for notifications.

Shifting from the UI to the UX, the experience was a good one. The software didn’t feel heavy, nor did I experience any lag while utilizing it. Switching between apps, games, multi-tasking using the Smart Multi-screen was a neat experience with no hiccups. However, there was one area where the UX was complicated – the Settings menu. It’s a mess. It’s hard to determine the place you need to go to alter something and at instances why you opened up the Settings app, due to how complicated the structure is. Even with Android Marshmallow, there isn’t a search function in the settings either which could have helped to an extent.

A useful mention was the iManager app. While I often keep away from opening such apps on the different custom cell software program, I was steadily pressured to take a look at the iManager. The rationale? There is no such thing as a different approach to entry the battery settings or to verify what number of hours of energy I had left. On the brilliant aspect, the app was properly constructed (in contrast to the notifications tray) and clearly exhibits what number of hours of energy every mode would ship given the kind of utilization (video, looking, gaming, studying, calls and so forth).

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Vivo V5 Review – Hardware and Performance

The Vivo V5 features a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz paired with a Mali-T860 GPU. There is 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage which is expandable to 128GB using a microSD card. Which allowed for smooth functioning without any noticeable lag. With eight A53 power-saving cores on board, the heat was never a drawback. However contemplating that these are power-saving low-efficiency cores, gaming was not up to the mark.

Moving on to audio, the call quality was loud and clear on each end. Sound quality via the speaker was loud enough for us to turn it down. However, it was not too clear. When maxed out, music didn’t sound pleasing, which kept pushing us to turn down the volume to the 70% for a better listening experience. Audio quality via the 3.5mm headphone jack was spectacular for a smartphone at this price level with expertly balanced audio.

Vivo’s Hi-Fi addition using the built in DAC delivered an immersive music experience, however, this only works for music and video apps (YouTube, iMusic, and Google Play Music) and primarily for locally saved music. Games like Asphalt 8, Asphalt Xtreme, showcased some stuttering regardless of all the chaos happening on screen. If you’re serious about playing 3D games at high settings, this isn’t the smartphone for you. Casual games chugged along just fine.

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Vivo V5 Review – Camera

As with most selfie smartphones, the engineers often concentrate on the front camera than the rear camera and the Vivo V5 isn’t any different. The camera interface is simple to use and even contains a Pro mode for some tuning with controls like ISO, exposure, white balance, shutter speed, and manual focus. One can get better results from the Professional mode than with the Auto mode. Nevertheless, it requires plenty of patience.

In the Auto mode, the rear camera produced some excellent pictures in daylight. They showcased correct color reproduction and sharpness where exactly where they needed to be. Blown highlights, however, were a downside, and this may be noticed in plenty of pictures. Fortunately, the HDR mode saves the day.

Issues, however, aren’t too confident regarding low light. I would suggest not taking pictures in low light at all, as the photographs are barely usable. While the colors remained relatively accurate, there may be a lot of luminance noise all over the place.

Moving to the 20MP front-facing camera, it’s fairly good. The Moonlight selfie flash isn’t any gimmick, and it does help click decent selfies with gentle lighting in low or no light. The pictures from the 20MP sensor are sharp, and the camera does a good job of at all times placing the subject in focus regardless of how strong the backlighting is. There’s loads of depth in the pictures as well. I clicked selfies in every possible situation, and it’s hard to go wrong with this camera.

The V5 is indeed the selfie king of selfie smartphones in this range. Video quality is respectable and provides a steady frame rate throughout the recording. However focusing is a downside to the camera only locks the focus once the recording starts, apart from this, if the scene is changed, objects and people remain out of focus.

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Vivo V5 Review – Battery Life


If there’s one area where the Vivo V5 that does not see compromise, it’s got to be battery life. With the two email accounts on sync, Telegram, WhatsApp, Slack, and some picture capturing, the Vivo V5 got me through a complete day quite easily. Gaming did take a slight toll however it’s not many, thanks to the display with HD resolution and the low power A53 cores inside. The usual PC Mark for Android benchmark delivered more than 10 hours of battery life which is spectacular contemplating that this smartphone features a 3,000mAh battery. Activating the power saver modes will add a couple of hours of battery life. Vivo has pulled off some software magic here to attain such spectacular battery times.

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Vivo V5 Review – Connectivity Options

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot

Bluetooth:  v4.0, A2DP

GPS:  Yes, with A-GPS

USB:  microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go

NFC:  No

Sensors:  Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass

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As mentioned in our review, the Vivo V5 does come with loads of compromises, at the cost of a 20MP front-facing camera. However, it all appears to have paid off because, at the end of the day, it does click some spectacular selfies. It easily beats the Oppo F1s and the costly Oppo F1 Plus regarding selfies, and picture quality, however low light imaging is its sore point. The construct quality while being rigid and well built still falls short of the Oppo, because the V5 is made from plastic. And then there’s that smudge-happy display. However, as we mentioned, the compromises can be put aside, because, in terms of selfies, there’s no better offering at this price range.

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