The selfie craze in India has evoked a battle between smartphone manufacturers to launch the most affordable phone with the best camera specs. Vivo, the Chinese manufacturer, now has a new contender in the form of Vivo V5. The phone was launched in November 2016 and is now available at online and offline stores.
The V5 is the new addition to the V-series of smartphones from the brand. The company has tasted success with its past releases in this series like Vivo V3 and Vivo V3Max. While V3E and V3Max were appreciated for their battery life and performance, the cameras were not as impressive. With V5, the manufacturer has tried to eliminate this shortcoming by delivering a mid-range smartphone which has one of the best front and rear cameras.
Inside and Outside
• The Feel and The Looks
The Vivo V5 measures 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6 mm and weighs 154 grams. It has a 5.5-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen which has a resolution of 720 x 1280 and a pixel density of 267.
• Powerful Features
The phone comes with an octa-core 1.5GHz Cortex 153 Mediatek MT6750 processor and a Mali T860MP2 GPU for smooth gaming performance. It has a 4GB RAM and an inbuilt storage of 32GB. You can use a microSD to expand the storage up to 128GB.
• The Camera and The OS
The phone features a 13MP rear camera and a 20MPfront camera. It runs on FunTouch OS 2.6 based in Android Marshmallow. It is a dual SIM phone with a hybrid SIM slot where both the slots can house SIM cards, or one can house a SIM card and other for a memory card.
What to Expect?
• Build Quality: The design of the V5 is greatly inspired by a lot of popular smartphones which actually works in its favour. It has an excellent build quality, and the Corning Gorilla Glass along with faux-metal chassis offers excellent protection.
• The Screen: While it is not a full HD phone, the performance is still very impressive with sharp texts and bright images. Even though the phone is slim, it has an ergonomic design.
• The Selfie Phone: It features a powerful processor to deliver a smooth experience on its Android-based OS. But while there are many praiseworthy features in V5, its camera is probably the best. Its front-facing 20MP camera with Moonlight flash has a Sony IMX376 sensor and supports full-HD video recording. Be it outdoor photos in daylight or indoor pictures at night, V5 is sure to deliver impressive results. Even the rear 13MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, and HDR is pretty neat.
Bring a mid-range phone, Vivo V5 offers a host of features which are usually unavailable in this price range. Some of the most important ones include a fingerprint scanner, 20MP front camera, support for OTG, custom-designed Hi-Fi AK4376 audio chip, Smart Split 2.0, Eye Protection Mode and camera features like Moonlight Selfie and Face Beauty Mode 6.0.
Pros and Cons
• Compact and light in weight- Given its 5.5-inches display, V5 is a compact and lightweight phone. Most users have agreed that it feels very sturdy in hands.
• Quick fingerprint sensor- While the fingerprint sensors in mid-range phones are known to be laggy, V5 is different. The unlocking action of the phone just takes 0.2 seconds.
• 20MP selfie camera- The 20MP selfie camera of the phone is perfect for users who love taking selfies. It also has several features to improve the quality of your selfies.
• Ample RAM and ROM- V5’s 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM are ample enough to avoid lags even when playing high-end games. The split screen feature too works flawlessly.
• Battery life is great- The 3000mAh battery in the phone is ideal for normal and heavy usage. Most users have agreed that the phone easily lasts for an entire day on full charge.
• No separate slot for the memory card- V5 features a hybrid SIM slot, and there is no additional slot for memory card. This means that you cannot use two SIMs along with an additional memory card to expand the storage. It can be two SIMs or 1 SIM and 1 memory card.
• Non-removable battery- The battery is non-removable, making it difficult for the users to replace them if required.
• No fast charge- The phone doesn’t support fast charge. However, the charging speed is pretty decent. Many of the users have mentioned that it can be fully charged in 90-120 minutes.
• No NFC- The smartphone lacks NFC and users are required to depend on Bluetooth. Most phones in this price range usually lack this feature and V5 is no different.
• Custom OS is a little cluttered- While the FunTouch OS 2.6 is now based on Android Marshmallow, it is still a little cluttered. However, the company has rolled out a new update for better performance.