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Vivo V5s

Colours:
Black
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 256 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Nano (Hyb...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • USB OTG Support
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateMay 6, 2017 (Official)
BrandVivo
ModelV5s
Operating SystemAndroid v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Custom UIFuntouch OS
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Design
Height153.8 mm
Width75.5 mm
Thickness7.5 mm
Weight154 grams
Build MaterialCase: Metal
ColoursCrown Gold, Matte Black, Energetic Blue
Display
Screen Size5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density267 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass v3
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)71.65 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750
ProcessorOcta core (1.5 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T860 MP2
RAM4 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 53.2 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution20 MP Front Camera
SensorExmor RS
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flashyes
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
SAR ValueHead: 0.599 W/kg, Body: 0.798 W/kg
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

If you looking for a smartphone for clicking selfies, then Vivo’s V5s is definitely the best bet. But, the question here is, should a normal user, who isn’t fond of clicking selfies and want a power packed smartphone go with the Vivo V5s? My answer to this will be a no. The reason behind it is the price Vivo is asking you to pay for owning the V5s.

Priced at above Rs. 15,000, buying the Vivo V5s won’t be a good decision, as there are many other smartphones offering much betters specs and performance than the Vivo V5s like Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus, Honor’s 6X and Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4. Yes, you might have to adjust with the selfie camera, in return to which you save a huge amount of money which you can invest in buying an additional security or save for later use.

Introduction:

Vivo started its operations in India back in late-2014 with the introduction of the Vivo X5 Max. In 2016, Oppo started focusing more on the camera, and Vivo aimed at two major consumer needs - Camera and Music.

Nowadays, everyone is fond of selfies and to fulfil the need of clicking high-quality selfies, Vivo launched an upgraded variant of its highly popular Vivo V5 smartphone, called the Vivo V5s in April 2017.

Vivo V5s is a mid-range smartphone from Vivo focusing more on selfie and less on music. Vivo is calling the V5s a Perfect Selfie smartphone. The Vivo V5s, unlike its competitor the Oppo F3 which has dual-front cameras, has a single-front facing camera with flash.

On paper, the Oppo F3 definitely wins over the Vivo V5s. So, does the Vivo V5s hold up well in front of the Oppo F3 in real-life usage? and is "selfie" the only best part of this smartphone? Let's find out in this review.

Design & Display:

This is where Vivo misses a point. The Vivo V5s, as mentioned above, comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display.

The panel used is of HD resolution having 1280 x 720 pixels with a pixel density of just 267 pixels per inch. The 5.5-inch display is protected with a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

Besides having a low-resolution display, the Vivo V5s display produces bright and crisp output. The color reproduction is good and so is the outdoor visibility. You will enjoy watching videos and playing games on the Vivo V5s. Overall the touch response is also good.

Vivo has included an Eye Protection Mode inside the V5s, which filters out blue light from the screen to protect your eyes from straining while reading books or while using the device at night.

The biggest drawback (just on paper) of the display on the V5s is the inclusion of an HD panel rather than a Full HD panel, which is being offered by many other smartphones priced similarly like the Oppo F3, Redmi Note 4, Moto G5 Plus etc.

Performance:

When it comes to performance, the Vivo V5s is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Paired with the processor is Mali-T860MP2 GPU for handling all graphically related activities. Though the processor is old school, there’s nothing to worry about the performance. Vivo has optimized the software of the V5s well.

Opening apps, playing games, surfing, multitasking, all went smoothly with no major lag. Yes, you can definitely expect some delay in a couple of tasks, but they are manageable. Playing heavy games like Asphalt 8, Pokemon Go, and others were smooth, with a couple of frame drops at times. Heating isn’t any major issue either, but when it comes to playing games for long you can experience warmness on the back of the device.

For RAM we get 4 gigs of memory, out of which approx. 2 gigs of RAM was available during normal usage. During heavy activities, the availability meter went down to 1.2 to 1.5GB, which is acceptable. In terms of storage, Vivo V5s comes with double the storage found on the Vivo V5, 64GB. So, you can easily install many apps and store personal files too. You also get a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

If you are looking for benchmarking scores, Vivo V5s scores on an average 41,000 in AnTuTu and around 26,000 in Quadrant.

Cameras:

Specifications wise, the Vivo V5s comes with a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and on the front, there’s a 20MP sensor with Moonlight flash, f/2.0 aperture, 5p lens and Sony’s 1/2.78-inch IMX376 sensor. The numbers count big but in-reality it’s a miss or a hit.

Detailing the front-camera first, the 20MP sensor does level up the game of selfies. The selfies clicked using the front-camera of the Vivo V5s are top-notch, with great detailing and colors. You can definitely say that Vivo V5s has the best selfie camera available in the market at sub-20000 price. In day light, the selfie camera outshines, and in low-light, it is better than others.

Moonlight flash is something which every manufacturer should implement, as it helps in clicking bright low-light selfies, with less detail loss and noise. Vivo has included Face Beauty Mode 6.0 inside the camera app of the V5s, which helps in beautifying the selfies, along with group selfie mode which allows users to pan the device left or right to click extended aka group selfies, the feature is good but you have to pretty stable while using this mode.

Coming to the rear camera, it’s better than the one found in the Vivo V5. The 13MP sensor of the V5s is well optimized with the software to create impressive shots. Daylight images capture details, but at times are also over exposed. This was solved by using HDR mode, which helped in lowering down the exposure and producing better images.

Focusing is fast and the color reproduction is at par. Heads up for the macro shots, as the device handled them very well. The area where rear camera disappoints is when used in low-lighting conditions. Images are filled with noise and there’s very less detailing. The front camera is much better in low-light when compared with the rear one.

The UI of the camera app is simple and easy to understand. If you are familiar with the iOS camera app, then you can easily use the camera app of the V5s, as it’s the same.

Battery:

Vivo V5s comes with a 3000mAh battery. Like the V5 and the V5 Plus, the battery of the Vivo V5s is non-removable. Since the V5s comes with an HD display, the battery life has been amazing during my daily usage because of low power eating pixels.

On heavy usage, which includes gaming for a long time, camera, video playback, messaging, calling, and surfing the web, the device lasted till late evening, and on moderate usage, you can easily expect the V5s to be active till late night or even next day morning.

Talking of charging, the results were surprising as the V5s took around 90 minutes to charge completely from 0 to 100 percent, besides not having fast charging support.

Audio & Video:
Software & Ui:

Compared to the Vivo V5, the Vivo V5s comes with a more appealing design. Though the front of both the smartphone has similar hardware placements, there’s a high-quality polish which makes the front of the Vivo V5s much more attractive. The major design change is on the back panel of the Vivo V5s, making it look more like the smaller variant of the Vivo V5 Plus smartphone.

With an ultra-slim frame measuring at 7.55mm, the Vivo V5s feels like a premium smartphone at a mid-range price. The corners are curved and the bezels around the display panel are narrow, which helps in comfortably holding the device. The device has a U-shape, thanks to the metal unibody design along with the curved corners and iPhone 7 like antenna band placement.

Starting up with the front, there’s a 5.5-inch huge display with the capacitive home button below it which doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Menu and back keys are on the either sides of the fingerprint scanner, which aren’t backlit. The 20MP front shooter, earpiece, pair of sensors and the Moonlight flash are all placed above the display.

There’s nothing you can find on the left side of the V5s other than the SIM/microSD card tray, as both the volume and power buttons are located on the right side of the smartphone. The buttons are highly tactile and are impressively responsive. The placement of the buttons are on point and you won’t face any issue reaching them out.

The top of the Vivo V5s is clean and the bottom is crowded with the 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, USB 2.0 port and the speaker grille, all at one place in respective positions. The back panel is smooth with antenna lines positioned similarly to what you will find on the iPhone 7 or the 7 Plus. The rear camera sits on the left top corner with LED flash on the right. Vivo branding is only visible on the back of the V5s.

To your notice, Vivo ships the V5s with the clear case inside the box packing. The Vivo V5s is available in three color options including Crown Gold, Matte Black and Energetic Blue.

In 2017, you really won't expect any new smartphone to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unfortunately, Vivo thought differently while launching the Vivo V5s, as the device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. On top of Marshmallow, you get Vivo's proprietary software called the Funtouch OS 3.0.

The Funtouch 3.0 is an upgraded version of the Funtouch 2.6, launched with the Vivo V5. There’s no word on whether or not Vivo will be upgrading the Vivo V5s to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat.

Though the Funtouch OS is based on Android Marshmallow, Google Assistant is still missing, which we can find on many other smartphones running on Marshmallow. Also, Vivo's Funtouch OS is a heavily customized version of Android. To explain you in simpler words, Funtouch OS is the iOS for Android.

The UI completely resembles iOS starting from no app drawer like every other Chinese smartphone vendor, quick settings panel swiped up towards the screen, search tool by swiping down for searching through files, folders and apps, app icons, settings and more. The UI also includes the ability to customize the look and feel by allowing users to change app icons and applying various themes.

If you are moving from any smartphone running on near-to-pure Android to the Vivo V5s, then you will definitely struggle to understand the UI. Being heavily customized, the UI is complicated at once. But after using the Vivo V5s continuously for a week, I got used to the UI.

One of the major drawbacks of Vivo smartphones is the bloatware. The number of unnecessary apps Vivo includes in its smartphone is unbelievable. Here is the list of pre-loaded apps included inside the Vivo V5s - iManager, iMusic, iTheme, Hangouts, Facebook, WPS Office, UC Browser, Amazon, V-Appstore, Vivo Cloud, and some more.

Lastly, Vivo has included many software features inside the Funtouch 3.0 including Smart Click –  turn on flashlight or open camera by long-pressing volume button, Smart Motion – gesture based controls, One-handed mode, App Clone – use apps like WhatsApp, Line, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Viber with two different accounts, Smart Split 2.0 – multitasking, and Smart Wake.

Besides having heavy UI and bloatware, the device was running smooth with no hiccups. RAM management was never an issue inside the Vivo V5s. Apps were running smooth and were responsive.

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