Is The Vivo V5 Plus Better Than The 2017 Sony Xperia?

Vivo V5 Plus
The Vivo V5 Plus is a smartphone with an amazing selfie camera that has the magic tools to make any selfie into a masterpiece. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia "Yoshino" is an upcoming smartphone said to be the successor of the Sony Xperia XZ that boasts amazing camera specs. Photo : Vivo India/YouTube

When the Sony Xperia XZ first came to light and were tested by its users for the first time, tech enthusiasts were amazed as to how amazing its features were, especially with its camera performance.

Now, a rumored 2017 Sony Xperia codenamed as "Yoshino" and is said to be introduced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. Will it share of the same features that the Sony Xperia XZ had? Also, how powerful is it against one of the best selfie smartphones in the world, the Vivo V5 Plus? Let's compare the two smartphones.

The Display

The Vivo V5 Plus features a 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Its screen is protected by a corning Gorilla Glass 5.

As for the Sony Xperia Yoshino, it will also feature a 5.5-inch screen. However, its screen resolution is said to be around 4k.

Now, if we compare the screen specifications of the two devices, we can assume that the Sony Xperia Yoshino's screen specs are for more superior than of the Vivo V5 Plus. It will even probably be more bright and the colors more vibrant.

The Platform

The Vivo V5 Plus runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is packed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 chipset. Its CPU is an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 and the Adreno 506 for its GPU.

On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Yoshino is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset. Sadly, there is no mention as to what OS will it be running on.

For this round, it is clear that the Sony Xperia Yoshino packs a more powerful chipset. But according to other reports, there is a chance that the Sony Xperia Yoshino might not have the Snapdragon 835 chip and come with another chipset instead.

Personally, I agree that it may not feature a Snapdragon 835 chip because there are reports claiming that the Snapdragon 835 chip is still due on April and Samsung has to dibs on those chips. Most likely if Sony won't be able to get their hands on the SD 835 chip, they could settle for the SD 821 chip, just like what LG did on their upcoming LG G6 smartphone.

Internal Memory

The Vivo V5 Plus features an internal memory storage of 64 GB partnered with 4 GB of RAM and doesn't have an expandable memory option. As for the Sony Xperia Yoshino, the only known info regarding its internal memory is that it will either feature 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM.

Now, for this part, I will make it a tie. In the past, if you ask me to judge a smartphone based on its RAM storage, I would immediately say that a smartphone with higher RAM is better. However, after watching and reading so many smartphone reviews, I have not yet seen a smartphone review that was able to use above 4 GB of RAM even when multiple apps were opened. In most cases, 2 to 3 GB was the average.

So for me, a smartphone can have 4 GB of RAM only and it will still work amazing. The iPhone 7 Plus is proof of it because it only features 3 GB of RAM. But of course, there are many things to consider like what processor it's carrying and its optimization.

Camera

The Vivo V5 Plus is known for its amazing selfie camera which also has these amazing features like its 'Bokeh' option and other things. But what makes its front camera special compared to its predecessor, the Vivo V5 is that its front-facing camera features two lenses: a 20 MP sensor and a 8 MP sensor. In a way, it's kinda like the iPhone 7 Plus' rear camera set-up.

On the other hand, there is not much information regarding what the Sony Xperia Yoshino camera specs will be aside from the leak that it will have Sony's IMX400 image sensor. This is good to hear because it is sure capable of capturing an amazing photo.

But for the winner of this round, I will go with the Vivo V5 Plus. Why? Well, one thing that really left an impression on me was from the Vivo V5, its predecessor. That smartphone did not have a dual-camera set-up, but the pictures taken from its selfie cam was amazing - like it can turn a person who is a 4 into a 10. And when the Vivo V5 Plus came out with its dual front camera, that feature was further enhanced.

The Verdict

If camera alone was the basis of this comparison, I would go with the Vivo V5 Plus. However, in terms of overall performance, I will go with the Sony Xperia Yoshino. With this being said, I think that the Sony Xperia Yoshino is the better smartphone.

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