Vivo V5, is the latest phone of the Chinese company’s V-series. Earlier Vivo V3 (Review) and Vivo V3 Max (Review) were launched. v3 And V3 Max Can be considered good in terms of performance and battery life. But the camera, awkward user interface and price did disappoint. Now it has to be seen whether Vivo has improved this department through Vivo V5 or not.
Vivo V5 Design and Build
The design of Vivo V5 seems to be a mix of many popular phones in the market. The effect of iPhone 6 is clearly visible on the back of the phone. And looking at the front panel, one will miss OnePlus 3 or any Oppo phone. It all goes in favor of Vivo V5. We weren’t disappointed by it. Build quality is good. There is a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass on the display. We also liked that the phone is slim as well as light. The weight is just 154 grams. We would have liked it more if real metal was used.
The 5.5 inch IPS display is bright. Its color saturation is also good. Because of this, it looks like an AMOLED panel. The resolution of the screen is HD but it does not affect the performance. The text looked very sharp. Vivo V5 comes with capacitive navigation buttons. And the fingerprint sensor is integrated in the home button. The sensor works very fast. Worked perfect almost every time. Apart from unlocking the phone, you can also lock apps with this.
There is a lot of harmony in the design of Vivo V5. Despite being slim, its grip is good. The bottom part of the phone is full. Headphone socket, Micro-USB port and speaker grille have got a place here. The back panel has been given a matte finish. However, during the review, we found that fingerprints or other stains were very easy to spot. On the left is the dual-SIM tray. It is also possible to use a microSD card up to 128 GB in its second slot. You will also get a 10W charger in the box which we found to be way too big. Along with this, a data cable, silicone case, headset and SIM ejector tool will be available.
Vivo V5 Specifications and Features
Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chipset has been used in Vivo V5. Oppo F1s also comes with the same chipset. You will get 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. This is enough for the best Android experience. We have no complaints about its performance. Talking about the benchmark test, it got a score of 40,916 in Antutu and 21 fps in GFXBench.
Other features of Vivo V5 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS and FM radio. Vivo V5 comes with the company’s Funtouch OS 2.6 which is based on Android Marshmallow. Other features include Now on Tap and Battery Optimization. Due to Vivo’s UI customization, it is not easy to tell which version of Android it is. The look and feel of the Vivo V5 software is similar to what we have seen in other V-series phones.
First-time users of Vivo phones may be a bit confused by the iOS-like look. It is possible to access the Recent Apps screen and toggle switch by swiping up from the bottom. A short press of the capacitive button on the left brings up the homescreen customization menu. The problem is that the menu is too small. In such a situation, it is not easy to find the widget of some apps. The drop down shade can only be used for notifications. Other features of Vivo V5 are similar to those of Vivo V3 which we mentioned in our review. This includes being able to see notifications on the homescreen and split screen.
Vivo V5 Performance
As soon as you will be exposed to the Android avatar of Vivo. There will be no problem in using this phone. We used this phone for a few days and are happy with its general performance. App loading in Vivo V5 does not take much time. Even during multi-tasking, the performance is not weak. You can also play games. However, you will have to make some changes to the settings while playing high-end games. One thing we really liked. The phone never gets hot. Even during benchmarking, this phone got a little hot. Call quality was good and 4G network worked fine. There is support for Voice over LTE in Vivo V5.
Like other Vivo phones, the company works hard on audio quality. AK4376 audio chip has been given in Vivo V5 which has been made by the company itself. You can activate it from the Hi-Fi option by going to the Settings app. It seems to work when headphones are plugged in. Apart from the default music and video players, third apps like MX Player, YouTube and Google Play Music will be able to take advantage of this feature.
The most important feature of Vivo V5 is the 20-megapixel front camera in which Sony IMX376 sensor has been used. It is equipped with F / 2.0 aperture and fixed focus lens. It supports full-HD video recording and also has a face beauty shooting mode. In daylight, the front camera takes pictures with lots of detail and very good color reproduction. However, indoor shots were a bit grainy in artificial light. The lack of quality is clearly visible. The shutter lags too. For this reason it will be difficult to take pictures of moving objects.
In Vivo V5, the company has given Moonlight Flash which works to give more light to your face. If you are taking selfies by keeping the phone a little far away, then it is not very powerful. However, it does a better job than the regular LED flash and screen flash. The performance of the selfie camera in low light was sometimes good and sometimes bad. You will be able to enhance your selfie with the one-tap makeover feature.
Using the Vivo V5’s primary camera, we felt that the company did not pay as much attention to it as the selfie camera. Very average pictures came from this camera. Landscape photos lacked detail in daylight. Macro shots are not sharp. Color reproduction is fine. Photos taken in low light are worse than average. It has color noise and lack of detail.
You will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels. Its quality was good. Shooting modes include Panorama, HDR, Night, Profession, PPT, Slow-motion and Hyper Lapse. The iOS effect is visible in the Camera app. Actually the old logo of Siri has become the shutter button in this app.
The Vivo V5 packs a 3000mAh battery which lasted 11 hours 41 minutes in our video test. In normal use, we could easily use it for more than a day. The phone’s battery standby is excellent. If you are not an active user then it will last for 2 days. Fast charging support will not be available. But a 10-watt charger charges the battery to 25 percent in an hour. This is slower than we expected.
There is no doubt that Vivo V5 is better than the company’s old V-series phones. But it doesn’t make its rivals eat all four. The most important feature of this phone is the 20-megapixel front camera which attracts but it is not revolutionary by any means. That much megapixels doesn’t seem worthwhile for a selfie camera, if you don’t want to print out your selfie on A4 size paper.
The Vivo V5 also has some great features, such as display, battery life and beautiful Android performance. However, for Rs 17,980, the Oppo F1s (Review) is a better option for you. Because, its build quality is good and the cameras are also excellent. The Gionee S6S is also a good option if you have little money to spend. If you are willing to wait, then you will be able to buy the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant of Oppo F1s in December for Rs 1,000 more.