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Vivo V5 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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Before 2016 ends, Vivo introduced the new Vivo V5 and touted as the “Perfect Selfie”. But the company does not want to settle for just one selfie camera. In order to achieve the perfect selfie with other effects like the bokeh, Vivo has recently launched the Vivo V5 Plus.

It has two front cameras – one 20 megapixel and 8 megapixel shooters. Both cameras work together to achieve better selfies that no phone has done before. We have a review unit here sent to us. So, let’s unbox it, shall we?

Vivo V5 Plus

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • Adreno 506 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera f/2.0 aperture with autofocus and LED flash
  • 20 megapixel f/2.0 aperture + 8 megapixel front facing cameras
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • AK4376 audio chip
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,160 mah battery with fast charging
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 3.0
  • Price: P19,990
  • Status: Available in Vivo stores and retailers

What’s inside the box?

  • Vivo V5 Plus unit
  • USB cable
  • Fast charging wall adapter
  • earphones
  • clear case
  • screen protector
  • SIM card ejector

We love to see Vivo including free stuff like a clear case and a screen protector. No need to shell out more money for accessories. 🙂

Lets start with the phone itself. There are elements on the design that will resemble Apple’s current iPhone 7 especially the antenna bands. Overall design is basically generic as it looks like basically any phone right now – all metal unibody design, antenna lines, a single home button, white face, gold back, machine drilled speakers, etc.

Ports and buttons check:

  • Top – nothing
  • Bottom – 3.5mm headset jack, USB charging port, speaker grill, microphone
  • Left – dual SIM card tray (SIM 2 – hybrid microSD card slot)
  • Right – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – 16 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and antenna lines
  • Front – two capacitive buttons, home button, 5.5-inch display, sensors, softlight flash, two front cameras

The camera set up at the front is similar to Huawei’s P9 and Mate 9. Both cameras work together to achieve great selfies. One camera is a 20 megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture while the other is 8 megapixel sensor with f/2.8 aperture. We tried the take a selfie during the launch and here are the two selfies we’ve got.

with bokeh effects
with bokeh and watermark effects

On the software side, we found some noticeable changes with the Funtouch OS especially with the inclusion of two capacitive buttons. If you have not tried any Vivo smartphone before, Funtouch OS will take some time getting used to. So far, experience is very smooth since we got the phone 24 hours ago.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Those dual selfie cameras are indeed game changing on Android OEM’s quest to bring you the best selfie. Design may be generic and uninspiring but the power beneath this phone plus its camera capabilities, it makes us excited to use it as a daily driver. Full review coming soon!