Vivo V5 Plus Review – the DSLR Selfie smartphone

Vivo launched the V5 Plus and upgraded version of Vivo V5. This new handset is powered by snapdragon 625 octa core processor and loaded with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. But the key highlight is the dual cameras on the front, is Vivo V5 Plus a good buy, find out.

Vivo V5 Plus box pack

Inside the box : handset, data cable, travel charger 9V / 2A, SIM tray ejector pin, user manual, warranty card, premium quality earphone and handset case for protection.

Design, Display and OS

The Vivo V5 Plus looks even more premium when compared with the Vivo V5. It’s using a metal body, very good built and finishing, curvy design with no sharp edges. Handset weight is 158 grams and dimensions are 74 x 152.58 x 7.26mm.

Vivo v5 plus box pack

There are dual nano SIM slots – 4G with VoLTE is supported. There is no micro SD card slot. V5 Plus comes with LED notification and packed with Accelerometer, light, magnetic, proximity, hall and gyro sensors.

Vivo v5 plus dual nano SIM slots

Vivo V5 Plus features a 5.5 inch 2.5D curved IPS screen supporting 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and the screen also comes with corning gorilla glass 5 protection. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are excellent.

Funtouch OS 3.0 runs out of the box based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.

Vivo v5 plus review

Memory and Storage

V5 Plus comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. On first boot you will get around 52GB free internal storage space and 2 to 2.5GB free RAM on an average. OTG is supported, you can connect external pen drive. OTG is disabled by default so you will need to enable that, and when OTG is not used it gets disabled after 5 minutes.

Vivo v5 plus slim premium body

Performance and Benchmark

Inside the hood Vivo V5 Plus is using qualcomm snapdragon 625 processor clocked at 2 GHz with Adreno 506 GPU. Performance was very smooth lag free and the best part about SD 625 chipset is that it does not heat up much. Maximum battery temperature I encounter was  37 degrees when playing high end games.

Vivo v5 plus premium body

Vivo V5 Plus Benchmark

Quadrant : 35256
AnTuTu : 62708  / 12780
Nenamark 2 : 57.1 fps
Disk Speed : 266 MB/s read / 219  MB/s write
Multi Touch : 10 point

Vivo v5 plus ports and buttons

Gaming

This hardware is quite powerful; it can play many high end games. I tried Modern Combat 5 and the Asphalt 8 both these games played well without any lags.

Camera

The primary camera can shoot in 16MP resolution, its placed on the back with flash support. On the front there are dual cameras – A 20MP + an 8MP. This handset can shoot 4K videos.

Camera quality in daylight is very good but night shots are not that great, hence I would rate it as average (though quality is close to above average). The front camera quality is awesome, excellent. You can capture DSLR style shots – check the sample images. Vivo V5 Plus comes with the best selfie camera as of now.

Camera rating 3.9 out of 5

Front camera Rating 4.6 out of 5

Vivo v5 plus dual selfie camera

Vivo V5 Plus rear and front camera samples

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Other features

The finger print sensor on the front doubles up as the home button. Finger print detection is very fast and accurate. Sound is loud and clear, handset is using Hi Fi AK4376 chip.  I did not find any issues with 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Reliance JIO SIM worked.

Vivo v5 plus finger print sensor

Battery

There is a 3055 mAh non-removable battery. The Vivo V5 Plus battery performance was very good thanks to the Snapdragon 625 chipset. It took me 1 hour 52 minutes to charge the battery from 12% to 100% using fast charger.

Vivo V5 Plus Battery Performance (time / battery % drop / estimated battery temperature)

  • Running Benchmark app – 10 minutes / 2% / 34 degrees
  • Asphalt 8 game play – 23 minutes / 6% / 37 degrees
  • 4K video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – 27 minutes / 8% / 36 degrees.

Verdict

The Vivo V5 Plus no doubt is a very good handset with best selfie camera out there. Coming to the price it is pricey at Rs. 27,980. The Redmi Note 4 with the same processor i.e. Snapdragon 625 is available from Rs. 9,999 and if you are really looking to spend Rs. 30,000 the OnePlus 3T is the best option.

Vivo phones sell better in the offline markets, but when it comes to online customers I guess they will look for cheaper alternatives or go with OnePlus 3T.

Having said that, forget about Redmi Note 4 camera but even OnePlus 3T front camera cannot match the quality that Vivo V5 Plus captures.

Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5

Vivo V5 Plus is available for Rs. 27,980.

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