Is it worth spending 25k+ on Vivo V5 Plus? Check our detailed review and decide yourself

Vivo V5 Plus

More than 7 years have passed since the spectacular beginning of Android powered smartphones. Since then, the focus on certain features to be added in these smartphones have shifted from time to time. While initially it was all about multitasking between several apps, somewhere two to three years down the line, speed of the processors became all important, thanks to the periodical upgrades of SOCs introduced by firms including Qualcomm and Mediatek to name a few. Then, slowly yet gradually, Camera started getting prominence among smartphone users who wanted to grab all their special moments in a remarkable quality using their phones. This led to all the tech conglomerates out there paying special attention and putting in extra efforts to build the phone’s camera. User’s focus once again changed and yes, you guessed it right, all of a sudden SELFIES became the most important part of the smartphone usage. However, one such popular Chinese Smartphone maker, Vivo, seems to have taken the Selfie Game a bit too seriously, or at least that’s what the company’s most recent product launch suggests.

In late January, Vivo launched one its most premium phones to date, the Vivo V5 Plus, priced at 27,980 INR. While the V5 Plus boasts some above average hardware that any sub 30k phone generally possesses, the said phone’s USP is the first of its kind Dual Lens Front/Selfie camera that promises to capture selfies like never before. While the rear dual lens cameras had become a common sight at every phone launch in 2016, the Front camera features of V5 Plus definitely stand out. So is it really worth spending more than 25K for a phone that takes great selfies? Let’s quickly find out in this review:

Vivo V5 Plus technical Specifications:

Feature Description
Model ID Vivo V5 Plus
Display 5.5 Inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
Processor Snapdragon 625 2GHz Octa-Core
Operating System Android 6.0 (Funtouch OS 3.0)
RAM 4GB
Internal Storage 64GB
Camera Rear: 16-megapixel

Front: 20mp and 8mp Dual Lens

Battery 3055 mAh
Network Connectivity Dual SIM, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth

 

 

After using the Vivo V5 Plus for around 2 weeks, here are some of my observations about the said smartphone:

1. Design and Build Quality (8/10):

The V5 Plus is an upgrade to its predecessor, the Vivo V5, in terms of design and build quality. While the hefty price tag has certainly added overall strength and superior design to the V5 Plus, overall the phone looks just average in your hands. Below the 5.5 inch display sits a home button that doubles up as a fingerprint sensor and the notification light on the top right corner coupled with dual lens selfie cameras make up the front panel of the V5 Plus. The antenna bands on the Vivo V5 Plus look identical to the ones on the new iPhone 7. Back panel consists of 16 megapixel rear camera and a VIVO logo that sits on the middle of the panel.

The full metal back feels sturdy, and we quite like the soft gold finish on the phone. On the left side reside the SIM tray that can hold 2 nano sim cards. One noticeable change is the absence of memory card slot meaning you cannot expand the V5’s internal storage. At the bottom, there is a micro-USB port, a 3.5 mm jack for earphones and a speaker grill. V5 plus weighs about 160 grams and the back panel provides enough grip to hold the phone comfortably. To sum it up, the V5 Plus has certainly got above average looks and a bit premium build quality that certainly justifies its price tag. However, initial impressions suggest phone might not be able to sustain sudden drops.

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  1. Display (8.5/10)

Display quality of V5 Plus is certainly great and has all the impressions of a premium smartphone. The 5.5 inches IPS display is equipped with Full HD resolution which makes the screen colors wonderfully sharp. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches and accidental breaks. Overall, the display on the V5 Plus didn’t disappoint at all.

  1. Hardware and Software (7/10)

Vivo V5 Plus comes with SNapdragon 625 SoC complemented by a respectable 4GB of RAM. While these numbers are pretty decent, you can easily get these specs for a much lower price point in the market. The said phone ships with 64GB of internal storage. In terms of V5 Plus’s other hardware specs, it is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS and USB-OTG. There’s an AK4376 audio DAC for better sound quality. There’s no NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ac or even FM radio. The said phone is DUal SIM 4G enabled with support for VoLTE.

The said phone has got a non-removable 3055 mAh battery which lasts for a full day with light to moderate usage. Video loop test produced a result of 10 hours of run time.

Speaking of the smartphone’s software, the Vivo V5 Plus is powered by Funtouch OS 3.0 which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0. The software in the phone indeed takes inspiration from Apple’s iOS as is evident from the designing of certain basic app icons and overall look and feel. Preinstalled apps on the V5 Plus include popular 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.

4. Performance (7/10)

With Snapdragon 625 under the hood, performance is pretty smooth on the V5 Plus. Switching between apps, multitasking is pretty decent and we did not notice any lags while doing so. Fingerprint sensor is quick and fast although it does get slow on occasions while the finger was a bit sweaty. We did play a lot of resources demanding games on the Vivo V5 Plus and most of the times the going was smooth. The phone does heat up a bit while watching videos or playing games for a long time, however, that is true with almost all the smartphones currently plying in the market. Call quality and the signal receiving was within the generally accepted limits.

5. Camera (9/10)

Aha! The most interesting and perhaps the only USP of Vivo V5 Plus- It’s camera. The front dual lens V5 Plus is equipped with a 20 megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an additional 8-megapixel sensor for capturing depth. The bokeh effect, courtesy of the dual lens arrangement, is breathtaking and indeed produces the required results. Bokeh effect is 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. Those who are fond of selfies would be delighted with the quality of the images that the camera in V5 Plus produces. Moonlight glow, a flashlight feature bundled with V5 Plus, is responsible for taking clear pictures in low light.

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While there is absolutely no doubt about the quality of the front camera of V5 Plus, its rear camera is also pretty awesome and indeed does the required job. The 16 megapixel rear camera performs great under bright light but does suffer in dark conditions. The level of detail dips a bit and distant objects appear a bit fuzzy when you zoom in.

6. Verdict (7.5/10)

Vivo V5 Plus, priced at 27,980 INR is indeed a premium offering by Vivo and does compete with OnePlus 3T which is in the same price segment. People fond of selfies and in general photography should consider buying V5 Plus as it is certainly a great camera phone complemented with great looks and above average hardware specifications.

 

Also, Stay tuned for a detailed video on how to use Bokeh effect on Vivo V5 Plus!