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Vivo V5 smartphone Review- Lively display, Good performance and Standard selfies


Rs. 17,390


    • Bright and colorful display
    • Decent performance
    • Good daylight selfies
    • Great battery life
    • Loud speaker
    • Fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
    • Simple UI, easy to use with one hand
    • Good headphone output in Hi-Fi music


    • Big in size and dimensions
    • Heavy
    • Plastic build
    • Below average low light selfies
    • Hybrid SIM card slot

Vivo V5 is a decent smartphone offering good performance, longer battery life, lively display and can occasionally capture good selfies.
  • Review


Is it possible to retail a smartphone just on the basis of its selfie camera? I don’t know how this is possible, as a smartphone is not only about camera, but a blend of good specifications, speedy performance, decent camera, good battery life and a couple of other features as well. However, companies like Oppo, Vivo, Gionee do sell their smartphones just incorporating and promoting a good selfie camera. They’ll have to understand, if they want to gain a bigger market share in smartphones segment, especially in India. Only a combination of good specifications with great performance and of course a good camera (both front and rear) could save their neck.

I do appreciate the efforts of Vivo in manufacturing a smartphone featuring 20MP front camera. However, there are tons of other features as well in the Vivo V5 that the company could have used to advertise intelligently. Let’s check out what are they.

Plastic body design with wide Bezels

Vivo V5 smartphone

Resembling the Apple iPhone 6 from rear, Vivo V5 looks premium from both back and front sides. The rear panel is made up of plastic, but has been manufactured of a good quality material that didn’t receive scratches right away. The smartphone has iPhone looking camera with single tone LED placed adjacent it, below it a thin antenna strip is placed. There are a total of two single strings on Vivo V5 and a Vivo logo in silver embossed at the rear. The rear panel is not slimy which gives the smartphone a good grip holding.

Vivo V5 looks

Due to the wide bezels on front, Vivo V5 looks bigger than any other smartphone of 5.5-inch display size. On top of the V5, there is a 20MP selfie camera with speaker grill and sensors placed adjacent to it. Volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the right side of the smartphone with easy accessibility for a single hand use. The Sim card slot (Hybrid sim) is placed on the left side of the smartphone. Also, the rear panel is non-removable.

Vivo V5 camera

For a single hand use, any 5.5-inch smartphone feels bigger. However, Vivo V5 is easier to use compared to other smartphones, only because of the toggle buttons menu placed at bottom. This also makes using the smartphone easier comparatively, as most of the time it’s not because of the running notifications we explore our notification panel, but the Wi-Fi, data connectivity and brightness controls because of which we run to it.

As far as additional accessories are concerned inside the box, there is a charger, back cover and some documentation inside it. Vivo V5 also comes with a protective sheet over the display, and because there’s a back cover already packed inside the box, you can turn on the device and start using it right out of the box.

Camera Performance

The Vivo V5 smartphone comes with a 13MP rear camera with single tone flash and a 20MP front camera with Moonlight flash. The moonlight flash automatically lights up when the lighting conditions are dark.

Rear camera captures decent photographs with great amount of detailing in them. The images captured from the rear camera are sharp and the colors are also precise, except Red, which is just a little over saturated. Overall, it’s a good camera.

Vivo V5 camera sample 1

Vivo V5 camera sample

Vivo V5 camera sample

Vivo V5 camera sample

Talking about the Moonlight Selfie camera that Vivo touted about so much at the launch event. The 20MP selfie camera captures good photographs in proper lighting conditions. Pictures have nice amount of detailing in them and the colors are also accurate. However, it’s not a wide-angle lens, which makes capturing groupies difficult. Only if the selfies are captured in good lighting conditions the camera performs fine. However, when the smartphone is used to capture photographs in low light conditions, it capture below average selfies, with no detailing, hazy pictures and lot of grains in the photographs. The shutter response is also very slow.


The Vivo V5 is powered by a 1.5GHz Mediatek Octa core 64-bit processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 2.6 on top. It comes with 32GB of internal storage expandable upto 128GB via micro SD. It boasts a 5.5-inch HD display which bright and effortlessly visible in direct sunlight. However, it’s not clearly visible on steep angles. Watching movies and enjoying music is fun on Vivo V5. The smartphone scored 21,302 on Quadrant benchmark and it appeared that Vivo V5 handles even the 60fps videos with no difficulty.

To sum it all up in a single line, Video and audio quality is great, display angles are average and performance is good. I used the smartphone nearly a month and didn’t faced any issues with performance. It also never heats up even after using for long hours.

The fingerprint sensor on the Vivo V5 is swift and is also very precise. In our test, the sensor never wrongly performed. All the applications run well and the games also run pretty smoothly.

Battery Life

Mostly the battery life depends on the basis of your usage. In our tests Vivo V5 performed better than most of the other smartphones. I use the smartphone for watching movies, calling and a lot of social media. And the V5 gave me a battery backup of more than a single day. Even if I used the device for gaming and watching movies more than usual, V5 still gave more than a day of battery life.

Final Verdict

Vivo V5 is a sub 20K smartphone that come in plastic body design. The smartphone still looks premium and offers good performance. The camera quality is good, however could disappoint you a little in low light. The moonlight selfie camera captures good selfies in proper lighting condition; again the low light photography is below average. Battery life is good and the display is also very bright.

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