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Vivo V5 Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Philippine smartphone arena remains to be at war. Tech companies continue to innovate, offering the latest in camera and other features plus maintaining a competitive price tag. When OPPO identified itself as “The Selfie Expert” with their trio of selfie smartphones – the F1, F1 Plus and F1s, it made company the No. 2 best selling smartphone brand in the Philippines. The reason is very simple – Filipinos are selfie-loving people. The better the selfie camera, the more they will buy as long as the price is right.

Vivo entered our local smartphone arena this year and offered three phones – the Y51, V3 and V3 Max. Vivo centered itself on audio front by offering phones with Hi-Fi audio. Then recently, Vivo announced the Vivo V5 is a grand launch event. This phone is not only Hi-Fi but a selfie centric device too. It has a 20 megapixel front facing Sony camera. Now Vivo has just challenged OPPO into a selfie camera battle! But before we do that, let’s take a closer look at the phone itself first. Unboxing time!

Vivo V5:

  • Octa Core Mediatek MT6750 processor
  • Mali T860MP2 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (11280 x 720 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • AKM AK4376 HiFi DAC (digital to analogue converter)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 20 megapixel selfie Sony camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6
  • SRP: P12,990
  • Status: Available at Vivo stores and retailers

What’s inside the box?

  • Vivo V5 unit
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Wall adapter
  • Silicone case
  • SIM card injector

There’s no denying that the Vivo V5 looks very familiar. It took some inspiration from OPPO F1s in which took inspiration from the Apple iPhone 6s. We’ve been telling this a number of times. It is not a bad thing. we actually find it practical. Imagine, buying a phone with a premium, iPhone-like design for 1/4 portion of the price of the iPhone. A good pair of cameras are just a bonus of us. Its the design that pulls us towards the V5.

By just looking the Oppo F1s and the Vivo V5, they are like twins. But taking closer look that you will see their differences. First, we find the Vivo V5 a bit lighter at154 grams (160 grams for OPPO F1s). Next, buttons and ports are placed very differently.

Ports and buttons:

  • Top – nothing
  • Bottom – speaker grill, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, USB charging port
  • Left – SIM card/ microSD tray
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 13 megapixel camera with flash
  • Front – 20 megapixel camera, sensors, earphones, physical non-clicky home button, 5.5-inch display

Our first impressions left us with excitement. We can’t wait to take the Vivo V5 for a spin and pit it against the OPPO F1s. Watch out for our camera comparison of both phones and a separate full review of the Vivo V5 coming out within this month. 🙂