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Vivo V5s Review- A Moonlight Selfie worth considering


Rs. 18,990


    • Premium built
    • Easy to use with single hand
    • Good selfie camera
    • Swift performance
    • Loud audio output
    • Decent battery life
    • Snappy fingerprint sensor


    • Average low light camera performance
    • Software need improvements
    • No Quick Charge

Vivo V5 is a sub 20K selfie focussed smartphone build out of a unibody metal design, 2.5d curved glass on top and a 20-megapixel front facing camera.
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Here is another selfie focussed smartphone from Vivo for Indian audience. The third in its category, Vivo V5s just like its predecessors features a 20-megapixel selfie camera that no other brand offers. The strategy is implicit already; however is the Vivo V5s all about selfie? Or there’s more to it. Let’s find out.

Metal Design and Feel

We reviewed the Vivo V5 (Vivo V5 Review) early this January and were suspect about its built quality. However, the product has progressed now to a greater extent. Vivo has taken a leap ahead of all what we had experienced earlier in design and build.

Vivo V5s sports a metal body

The latest Vivo V5s sports a metal body design with rounded edges. The smartphone feels premium to look at from both the rear and front sides. It’s available in Crown Gold and Matte Black color variants, and at the launch event we had a notion that only the Crown gold variant is eye-catching, rather the Matte black variant got our attention equally. Both the color variants look fabulous and will not disappoint you in looks.

Vivo V5s features

The Vivo V5s features a 5.5-inch display with 2.5d curved glass on top, and offers a resolution of 1280 x 720pixels. The display has a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch which is low considering the current standards. However, that doesn’t influence the quality of content visible on display. Normal color temperature is slightly penchant to blue and you also have an option of switching it to reading mode where gives it an incandescent temperature.

Vivo V5s smartphoneOn front, there is a 20-megapixel selfie camera on top of the display adjoining the earpiece, light sensor and Proximity sensor, while on the bottom there is a gold coloured edged fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is a touch sensitive home key, unlike a physical button found on other similarly priced smartphones and might take a couple of days getting familiar with. While on the rear there are two antennas placed on top and bottom, with an I-phone look-a-like 13-megapixel camera located on top.

Vivo V5s Black VariantBlack Variant

The Vivo V5s still packs a USB 2.0 port placed at the bottom of the device, the port is placed between a 3.5mm audio jack and speaker grill.

Recommendations to Vivo- Although the design has improved at par, we have a quick suggestion for Vivo. The V5s has broad bezels on top as well as bottom, and the capacitive touch buttons are dimly lit. If Vivo could reduce the bezel thickness and improve the brightness level of capacitive keys, then the upcoming products will definitely become a game changer in the smartphone industry.


The Vivo V5s packs a 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC that handles complex tasks without breaking a sweat. The octa-core chip is coupled with 4GB of RAM which offers you enough memory to run high-end games along with fulfilling regular application requirements. We did the testing in two scenarios, first as a regular user who uses the smartphone for social media, browsing, music, videos and a couple of games. On second time we used it as a hardcore user that uses the smartphone for a specific task.

For a regular user, the Vivo V5s gets the tasks done really well. Browsing, multimedia, music, videos and games are all fun on the smartphone. Apart from a couple of software limitations that we’ll mention later in this article, the Vivo V5s handles regular tasks really well. As for a hardcore user who uses the smartphone mostly for gaming, browsing or calling, the Vivo V5s might feel getting a little warm after a continuous usage of more than an hour. However, the temperature levels are bearable and never disturb too much like some of the other high-priced smartphones.

As for user interface, there are a couple of additions which are required that will make the overall user experience further user friendly. First, there should be a normal audio control to access all audio settings easily when we press the volume key. Apart from automatic audio controls, an addition of manual audio setting will provide a better control over the smartphones audio before accessing any application. Secondly, sometimes we need to change brightness levels in camera application and the toggle menu helps in such a situation. On Vivo V5s, you’ll have to come to the home screen for changing brightness levels while using camera application, which only adds a couple of more steps, rather than making the task easier.

Speaker output on the Vivo V5s is also pretty decent for enjoying movies and music.

Moonlight Selfie Camera

The Vivo V5s features a 20-megapixel front facing camera that it calls as moonlight camera. Moonlight, because of the flash light it uses. While on the rear, the smartphone packs a 13-megapixel shooter which has a regular flash.

Vivo V5s Moonlight Selfie Camera

The front facing 20-megapixel camera on the Vivo V5s captures good selfies in daylight and low light conditions. The images have good sharpness and the saturation levels are also pretty accurate. And because it’s a 20-megapixel lens, the need of a wide angle lens diminishes to a great extent. The moonlight flash also works great in night time. Although the images have some grains in them when captured without flash, the photos are still better than the one captured on some other similarly priced devices.

On the other hand, the 13-megapixel rear camera captures properly lit well saturated pictures in direct sunlight, however in low lighting conditions the camera quality gets really poor.

Vivo V5s camera sample

Vivo V5s camera sample

Vivo V5s camera sample

Vivo V5s camera sample

Battery Life

In a normal charge, the Vivo V5s easily offers a battery life of more than a day for normal user. And even if you’re a hardcore user, you may need the charger by the end of the day only, which is a good battery life considering its 3000mAh capacity.

Check the closest competitor to Vivo V5s- Gionee A1 Review

Final Verdict

Vivo has done a great job this time; the V5s is not only a smartphone for selfie lovers, but a regular user will like the device equally. The Moonlight selfie camera on the Vivo V5s is great and the performance is also very swift. Battery life is decent and lasts a day without troubling at all. And at Rs.18,990, we think Vivo V5s is good choice worth considering.


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