Vivo V5 the selfies smartphone was recently launched in India. Key attraction is the 20MP camera on the front with Moonlight flash. Is this high resolution camera on the front worth it, read this review to know.

Vivo V5 Unboxing

Vivo V5 Box content : handset, user manual, warranty card, silicon case, data cable, SIM tray ejector pin, good quality earphone and travel charger (5V / 2A). SAR Value as mentioned on the box- 0.224 W/kg head and 0.767 W/kg body.

Vivo V5 Design and Display

The V5 is packed inside a metal body. Build quality and finishing is very good. Handset is curvy on the sides, comfortable to hold and not at all slippery. Weight is 159 grams with 3000 mAh built in battery and dimensions are: 75.50 x 153.88 x 7.76 (mm).

Vivo V5 review and unboxing

It’s a dual SIM Hybrid handset (Micro + Nano / Micro SD). 4G with VoLTE is supported. You can use micro SD cards of up to 128GB.

Vivo V5 dual SIM

There is LED notification and following sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity, gyro and magnetic.

Vivo V5 / V5s comes with 5.5 inch screen with 2.5D curved glass, supporting 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Color reproduction, viewing angles and touch response are good.

V5 Memory, Storage and OS

The V5 is packed with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM. Vivo V5s comes with 64GB storage. On an average you will get 2.4GB free RAM and on the first boot you will get about 22 GB free internal storage space. OTG works but you will need to enable OTG.

How to enabled OTG on Vivo V5?

Go to settings -> more settings and look for OTG, switch it on and connect an OTG pendrive.

Vivo V5 / V5s sails on Funtouch OS 2.6 over Android Marshmallow 6.0.

V5 Performance

This handset is powered by MediaTek MT6750 octa core processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with Mali T860 GPU. Performance is smooth, lag free and heat up is under control – max battery temp – 42 degrees outdoor under the sun.

Vivo V5 5.5 inch HD screen

Vivo V5 Benchmark

Quadrant : 21135
AnTuTu : 40619 / 4703 – 2nd time 41292 / 4802
Nenamark 2 : 60.7fps
Disk Speed : 130 MB/s read / 80 MB/s write
Multi Touch : 10 point

Vivo V5 Gaming review

I tried both Modern combat 5 and Asphalt 8. Both games played well, without any lags. This hardware can play many high end games.

Vivo V5 Camera Review

Front camera is 20MP with front flash and rear camera is 13MP with rear flash. Camera quality is above average. Rear camera can shoot FHD videos at 30fps. You can also record slow and fast motion videos.

The front camera comes with a higher megapixel and it is not an auto focus camera instead it is focused at the selfies distance i.e. objects that are far away will be out of focus / blurry. This is a perfect setting for selfies, wherein more weight is given to the selfie subject and background is slightly out of focus / blurred.

Vivo V5 back panel

Because of this limitation the front camera even though it comes with 20MP resolution, cannot be used like a rear camera. Do check the long shot in the front camera section to get an idea.


There is finger print sensor – it is very fast and accurate. Reliance Jio worked with VoLTE. No other issues with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Sound was loud and clear.

Multi window/ screen is supported and screen comes with eye protection option that filters out the blue light for comfortable use – less strain on the eye.

V5 Battery review

There is a 3000 mAh non-removable battery. On a full charge you will get 3 to 8 hours of non-stop moderate to heavy usage. With mixed usage you will get an easy over 24hours battery life.

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

Running Benchmark app :  10 minutes / 3% / 33 degrees
Asphalt 8 + MC5 game play : 22 minutes / 11% / 40 degrees
FHD video playback with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) :  32 minutes / 6% / 35 degrees.

It took me 2 hours 19 minutes to charge this handset from 16% to 100% using the wall charger.

Vivo V5 review Verdict

The Vivo V5 is a good handset, has got a premium look, is powerful, camera is above average, heat up is under control and battery life is pretty good. The handset however is quite pricey.

Rating 3.8 out of 5

Vivio V5 is available for Rs. 17,980.

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Vivo V5 video review

V5 rear camera sample

Vivo V5 Front 20MP camera sample

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -