The Vivo V5s is the latest smartphone Vivo has to offer today. We spent about three weeks with the unit and we are so excited to share our experience with it. The question will be is – If you have a Vivo V5 Lite or a regular V5, should you upgrade? Let’s find out.
- Octa Core Mediatek MT6750 processor
- Mali T860MP2 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB 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 3.0
- Price: P14,990
- Status: Available at Vivo stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We discussed much of our hardware and design on our unboxing and first impressions. But to make a quick recap, the V5s has some few key design differences from the older V5 like the antenna band design. Spotting the difference when it comes to design is obvious but our concern is the design is becoming a bit stale for us.
We wish Vivo could come up with a different design on their future smartphones.
Vivo opted for a lower res HD 720p display in order to bring down the price. To us, it was never an issue since the display is truly vivid with punchy colors. Sunlight legibility is also good and auto brightness works fine. Smart brightness is one useful feature in which the display remains turned on as long as you keep looking at it.
We normally don’t cover audio since we are not really audiophiles. But we would really like to point out that aside from the cameras, Vivo is also known for its audio since they put a dedicated audio chip on some of their phones. The Vivo V5s has a AKM AK4376 HiFi DAC. Audio experience is much better whether using the proprietary speakers or your third party earphones.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
For those who have not tried a Vivo smartphone before, all of their phones has a thick custom skin on top of Android called FuntouchOS. This custom skin reminds us of iOS a bit because it doesn’t have an app tray. This means all of your apps are on the home screen. We knew some of our friends who used to own an iOS device and switched to Vivo and adjusting was quite easy for them. Die-hard Android UI fans may not like the UI but you can always download a third party launcher to make it feel like more pure Android.
FuntouchOS is very smooth and simple.
That is also helped by Mediatek’s MT6750 chipset paired with 4GB RAM. Multi tasking feels seamless and fluid. Playing games feels the same too.
The Vivo V5s has the same front camera sensor as the regular V5 – a 20 megapixel camera from Sony with a decent f/2.0 aperture. It takes really good selfies whether in good or low light. The rear camera has a smaller f/2.2 aperture but still takes decent photos as well.
All connectivity options are available – 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner. The none clicky home button serves as the phone’s fingerprint scanner. It unlocks the phone very fast the moment to you lay your finger to it Network reception has been pretty stable with minimal signal drops. Calls are clear with no issues. Internet connectivity is within normal range.
The 3,000 mAh battery is more than enough for casual light to moderate use. For us heavy smartphone users, we are happy to report that it lasted nearly 12 hours with moderate to heavy use. That includes watching videos and a movie via online streaming – Neftlix, I Want TV, You Tube. social media, taking photos, email and Viber calls.
For P14,990 you get a decent and power efficient chipset paired with 4GB RAM, a generous 64GB of internal storage, a capable 20 and 13 megapixel shooters, a decent 3,000 mAh battery and an overall good-looking phone.
We think that justifies its value for money.
As for our hanging question, if you own a regular V5, no need to upgrade. We think you should wait for the Vivo V7 if it comes out sometime next year. For Vivo V5 Lite users, that phone you are using is a great phone. In fact it is one of the best selling phones nowadays. If you need that 20 megapixel camera, then it is worth the upgrade. Using a Vivo V3 Max? Please upgrade NOW.