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The Number One Selfie Phone vs The Fast Shutter Wonder: Vivo V5 vs Sony Xperia XZ; Which Is Better?

By Cameron , Dec 04, 2016 09:24 PM EST
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A group of friends taking a selfie with the Vivo V5. (Photo : vivo Malaysia/YouTube)

The Vivo V5 and Sony Xperia XZ are phones praised for its powerful cameras. However, people question which is better between the two. Before we compare the phones, let's first talk about its price, announcement date, and release date.

Vivo V5 and Sony Xperia XZ

On the left corner, known as the 'Current Number One Selfie Phone In The World' - Vivo V5, was first announced in November and released in the same month. The price tag is $261. And on the right, known as the 'Fast Shutter Wonder' - Sony Xperia XZ, was announced last September and released in October. Current price tags are Rs. 47,985 - 49,900 ($706 - $735).

Time to talk about the specs and features:

Network. Networks for the Vivo V5 are GSM, HSPA, and LTE. Networks for the Xperia XZ are GSM, HSPA and LTE. This round is a tie,

Body. Body dimensions of the Vivo V5 are 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6 mm and body weight is 154g. Body dimensions of the Xperia XZ are 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm and body weight is 161g. Personally, I like my phone close to 140-145g, making the winner of this round - the Vivo V5.

Display. Display type of the Vivo V5 is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, display size is 5.5 inches, and display resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. Display type of the Xperia XZ is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, display size is 5.2 inches, and display resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. I will give this round to the Vivo V5, because even though it is bigger and lighter, it has a larger screen.

Platform. OS of the Vivo V5 is Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), chipset is MediaTek, MT6750, CPU is 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor, and GPU is Mali T860. For the Xperia XZ, the OS is Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to v7.0 (Nougat), the chipset is Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, CPU is Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo), and GPU is Adreno 530. This round goes to the Xperia XZ.

Memory. Internal memory of the Vivo V5 is 32 GB and 4 GB RAM. The internal memory of the Xperia XZ is 32/64 GB and 3 GB RAM. This round goes to the Vivo V5, because of its higher RAM.

Camera. Front camera of the Vivo V5 is 20 MP, the rear camera is 13 MP, and video is 1080p@30fps. Front camera of the Xperia XZ is 13 MP, back camera is 23 MP, and video is 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 1080p@60f. This round goes to the Xperia XZ because it has more options for the video and has a higher MP rate for its camera.

Battery. Battery of the Vivo V5 is a non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery. Talk time, music play and standby time are unknown. As for the Xperia XZ, its battery is a non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery. Talk time is up to 11 hours and 40 minutes for 2G and 17 hours and 30 minutes for 3G. The music play and standby time is unknown.

It is said that the Vivo V5's battery can perform quite well if used with two power-saving features and can charge from zero percent to full battery within 100 minutes using a fast charger, even though it hasn't had a fast charger feature. However, given that no official information has been announced for its battery specs performance and the Xperia also has no data about its stand-by time and music play, this round is a tie.

Features. Sensory features of the Vivo V5 are a fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, and compass. On the other hand, the sensory features of the Xperia XZ are Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, and color spectrum. This round goes to the Xperia XZ because it has many sensory features compared to the Vivo V5.

The Verdict

The tally is Vivo V5 with 3 wins and the Sony Xperia XZ with 3 wins also, making it a tie. However, if we include the price, that gives the Vivo V5 with another win. In my opinion, I totally agree that the Vivo V5 is the better phone which is why it is labeled as the number one selfie phone in the world. Well, this is my preference of course. The final decision depends on you.

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