Vivo V5Plus Review: Selfie Revolution with 20MP Dual Front Camera
Vivo a Technology Giant recently launched one of its flagship device – Vivo v5 Plus which has a unique camera set up in front that lets you take amazing selfies even in low light conditions. The Device looks really stunning and features a premium look when you hold it. We had the pleasure of reviewing this device at our comfort and let’s start with the review.
Vivo V5Plus Design
Vivo V5Plus designed to feature a premium look. The device has a soft gold back and a white front which looks just amazing. The rear end of the device has just the 16MP camera module with a single tone flash. On the bottom at the rear, there is antenna line running towards the sides of the device. On the bottom, the device has the speaker grill along with the micro USB charging port apart this the device has noise cancellation microphone and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone comes with pre-installed tempered glass on the screen so that you don’t have to lookout to buy a new one. You also get the silicon case for the phone to protect it from the damages and dents. The screen is 13.87 cm (5.5) FHD and almost narrow bezels. The top section has the most innovative and India’s first 20MP Dual camera setup with 20 MP, 8 MP lenses along with Moonlight flash which lets you take selfies in the low lighting conditions. The phone has 3 capacitive touch buttons on the front out of which the middle key is a physical one. The center key doubles up as a fingerprint sensor and back to the home button. If you assign a shortcut to the key then pressing it 2 times would open that shortcut for you. The volume rockers and power button have been placed on the right side. The power button and volume rocker on the same side offer much of ease to the right handed users as the buttons are easier to reach out and operate. The sim tray slot is placed on the left side. The sim tray slot is a hybrid one which means you can expand the storage further by inserting a memory card into it at cost of a sim slot.
Vivo V5Plus Performance
Vivo V5Plus is powered by the popular Snapdragon 625 processor. Which is an 8 core, 64-bit processor with 14nm FinFet architecture is more efficient. It can run at its top 2GHz clock speed for longer and without heating up. While doing so it will also not drain out the phone’s battery. The phone performs most of the task smoothly and doesn’t heat up if you are playing heavy games like Asphalt 8. The Phone’s Display is really bright and colors are accurately shown on the screen. The phone display doesn’t struggle in bright sunny conditions the auto brightness feature takes care of the brightness pretty well. The phone is really very light weight having the dual camera and fingerprint sensor on the front. In benchmarks, the Vivo V5 Plus puts on a good show too scoring 59,594 in AnTuTu and 22fps in GFXbench. The phone manages to keep its cool when performing stressful tasks like recording 4K video and gaming. The upper portion gets a bit warm, but that’s about it
Vivo V5Plus comes with a split mode which lets run two apps at the same time but the feature is restricted to some applications only when we reviewed it worked pretty well when the message came while we were using Youtube, mx player and Google play movies, facebook and facebook messenger. Vivo V5Plus comes with onboard DAC which gives pretty solid sound output and quality of sound through wired headsets is great provided you use the third party headsets and not the one’s which are bundled. the bundled headphones clearly show the apple’s influence on the company. The Vivo V5 plus is able to record and play videos in 4K.
The Vivo V5 Plus runs on Funtouch OS 3.0 which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. The resemblance to iOS is evident in the stock icons and the Control Centre-like panel which pops up from the bottom. There’s a host of preinstalled apps from Google, including Duo, and some third-party ones like WhatsApp, UC browser, and WPS Office. Vivo also throws in some of its own apps like Themes, Vivo Cloud, and a manager app for permissions, app locking, etc.
Vivo V5plus Camera
The front camera is the star of the show here and so we begin with that. The Vivo V5 Plus uses a 20-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and an additional 8-megapixel sensor for depth. The latter is used to generate a bokeh effect in the camera app by separating you from the background. You can adjust the aperture depending on how shallow you want the depth-of-field effect to be. The effect is actually pretty cool, and the 20-megapixel camera manages some detailed selfies, even in low light. You also get other modes like Auto HDR and Face Beauty, and the fill light helps when it’s dark. The rear camera has pretty great shots captured under natural lighting but during low light conditions, it struggles a bit.
Vivo V5Plus Battery
The phone is provided with a 3055mAh nonremovable battery. The battery on paper seems to be low but when it comes to performance the battery lasted for a day and a half which is really most exciting part of this phone along with the camera. To charge the battery, the phone is provided with quick charge adapter and battery gets charged quickly.In our HD video loop test, we managed 11 hours, which is pretty good. Fast charging is supported in the form of Vivo’s ‘Dual-Charging Engine’ technology, which features two microchips to handle higher current. Using this, we were able to achieve a 43 percent charge in about half an hour.
Vivo V5 Plus Network and Connectivity
The phone offers great connectivity and comes with VoLTE out of the box so you can make HD calls on your 4G enabled sim. The phone however sometimes had call drop problem but it is hardly an issue. The phone is snappy and speed dial is just quick. There is Bluetooth connectivity and no other feature is present to transfer media at least NFC could have been provided the price tag it’s competing for. The competitor to this Device Oneplus 3 and 3T comes with NFC and Type C Quick charging.
The Vivo V5 Plus would have been a strong addition to the V-series if it had been priced at about Rs. 20,000, which is what we think is justified given this phone’s capabilities. However, at Rs. 27,980, it’s simply too expensive to pick over much better offerings like the OnePlus 3T or even the Honor 8. If you’re only after good selfies then you can go for the Oppo F1s or Vivo V5, both of which will do a very good job for much less money.