Vivo V5 Honest Review: Is It Just A Selfie Phone?

The Vivo V5 is one of the latest phones that was released in the tech market right now and is currently a hot topic due to its epic 20 MP selfie front camera. It is currently labeled as the number selfie phone in the world. But front camera aside, what about its other specs?

The Design

According to the source, the Vivo V5's body design looks great. Its sides and back are covered in metal and are somewhat similar to the Oppo F1s and Asus Zenfone 3 Max. For its front design, it is covered with an unspecified version Gorilla Glass. It has a home button that features one of the fastest fingerprint scanners under a phone price of Rs 17,980 ($261).

The Sound

The Vivo V5 has a 3.5mm jack. It also has a loudspeaker. The thing about its loudspeaker is that when played in the highest speaker volume setting, it tends to be a little bit distorted but still sounds great for at $261 phone.

The Display

It is protected with an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass and with a tempered glass pre-pasted on its 5.5-inch screen. About its HD display, it is quite bright and colorful. The only problem is that the Vivo V5 does not have a full HD display feature which can be underwhelming, given that in today's market, high resolution and virtual reality is the main focus, especially in 2017.


The Vivo V5's uses a subpar CPU, the MediaTek MT6750 which is also quite underwhelming against phones equipped with Snapdragon 650 CPUs or Snapdragon 820 CPUs. Thankfully, the Vivo V5 runs on Funtouch OS based on Android Marshmallow. However, there are a few things that make it annoying. One of these things is that its software closes apps in the background too frequently, making its 4GB RAM kind of useless. Another is while you can choose what apps to close in the background, selecting individual apps can be somewhat tiresome or less convenient.


For gaming, the device has its ups and downs. For light, casual games, it plays quite well. For heavy games such Modern Combat 5, the Vivo V5 struggled a little bit, making the device great for normal users but not that quite great for hardcore gamers because of its underwhelming GPU and CPU.


With mild or moderate use, the Vivo V5 can last throughout the day. However, when used more, battery life becomes an issue. According to the source, the best way to counter this is to use the two power-saving modes available in the software. One more thing, though the Vivo V5 does not have a fast-charging feature, it can charge from zero percent to full battery around 100 minutes if used with a fast charger.

The Cameras

About its cameras, its front camera performance is superb with or without flash but has a tiny bit of a problem under artificial lights. For its 13 MP rear camera, it works well but struggles in low light conditions without the flash. And lastly, for the video it has a slow-mo effect when recording, struggles with dynamic range, stabilization, and much more. If you want to know more about the camera specs in complete details, here is the link.

The Verdict

In terms of overall performance, the Vivo V5's is average, but has great front camera for selfies and is priced for only $261. And for a phone in that budget, it can be great phone to have, especially for people who love selfies.

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