Vivo V5s Review: A Solid Selfie Camera Smartphone Which is Also a Decent Performer

Vivo extends its streak of selfie-centered smartphones with the launch of Vivo V5s. Back in April 2017, the Chinese smartphone brand, which is also a subsidiary of BBK Electronics has launched the V5s in India as an upgraded version of the Vivo V5, which sported an industry’s first 20MP front-facing camera.

The Vivo V5s comes with more storage, better design, and in a new Matte Black avatar. Vivo has sent us a review unit of the V5s smartphone, and here’s our full review of the product.

1) Design
The Vivo V5s comes with a different design when compared to its sibling Vivo V5. The smartphone resembles the bigger Vivo V5 Plus smartphone, especially from the rear. Vivo uses an iPhone-esque design in its smartphones, and the V5s is no different. The smartphone is a bigger version of the Apple iPhone 7 with the rear camera slightly protruding at the back, and antenna bands running across at the top and bottom of the phone.

From the front of the phone, it is the Vivo V5 with a 20MP front-facing camera, primary microphone, and proximity sensor at the top of the display. Below the display are three hardware navigation buttons- for the back, home, and recent apps. The home button also dubs as a fingerprint scanner, which isn’t clickable.

Speaking about the fingerprint scanner, it is fast and accurate and unlocks the device even with wet hands. The volume rockers and power button are present on the right side of the phone with the left being used for the SIM card tray. And yes, it’s a hybrid SIM card tray, which means that you can add either a secondary SIM card or microSD card. The micro USB port and single bottom firing speakers are at the bottom of the device.

Overall, the design of the V5s is a distinctive one and the fact that it resembles the Apple iPhone 7 will attract more customers.

2) Display
The Vivo V5s has a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels, which further translates to a pixel density of 267 PPI. Now you may claim that the phone has just an HD display, where its competitors are packing Full HD panels. But the HD display on the V5s is one of the best in its segment with excellent viewing angles and rich colours. Also, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass technology.



3) Hardware and Performance
The Vivo V5s is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 chipset, which is an octa-core chip with 1.5GHz CPU powering it. The chipset works in tandem with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As mentioned earlier, the device accepts microSD cards up to 256GB if you’re not satisfied with the 64GB internal storage.

The chipset is accompanied with ARM Mali-T860MP2 GPU to handle the games and graphic intensive tasks. Speaking off the real-time usage with the V5s, it fared well most of the time with our period with the device. And yes, the smartphone handles heavy titled games such as Asphalt Xtreme, Nova 5 with ease.

The highlight of the V5s is its audio prowess. Vivo has added a 24-bit/192kHz audio chip in the phone, which delivers superior sound quality with the headphones. And the Music player which comes preinstalled with the phone offers equaliser support as well.

The phone has connectivity options such as 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and USB OTG. The phone accepts Reliance Jio 4G SIM card, and the voice calls over VoLTE were best, and the device even offered decent signal in congestion areas.

Coming to the battery life, the V5s has a 3000mAh unit powering it, which is a non-removable unit. Vivo also added support for fast charging in the phone, and it charges the phone is just over 90 minutes. With moderate use, the device offers one day of battery life, and with heavy use, you have to charge it before the day ends.

Vivo Back Camera

4) Camera
The selling point of the Vivo V5s or any other Vivo smartphone in India is its cameras, especially the front-facing ones. Vivo has added a 20MP selfie camera to the V5s with f/2.0 aperture, 1/1.8-inch sensor. The camera also has support for Moonlight flash, which adds light during low-light conditions.

Images captured with the selfie camera came out really well with extensive details, and true to life colours. The Moonlight Flash doesn’t add more light to the images. The camera app itself comes with a bouquet of features such as various colour modes, beautification mode, etc.

The rear camera of 13MP has an aperture size of f/2.2, PDAF, and dual tone LED flash support. The rear camera captures insane images, which can be easily posted on social media. The colours are accurate, true to life, and there’s an HDR mode as well, which helps in achieving more colours. The cameras on the V5s are one of the best in its price segment.

5) Software
Same as the design part, Vivo also looking to replicate its software as the Apple’s iOS as the interface is entirely similar to the Cupertino giant’s. The smartphone launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow running on top of FunTouch OS 3.0.

The FunTouch OS 3.0 has some exciting features such as app clone, which allows you to create two instances of the same app. This feature is very much helpful when you’re looking to use two WhatsApp accounts in a single device.

Then there’s the group selfie mode which will allow you to click group selfies with ease by just tapping a button in the camera app. The group selfie feature is a software feature, rather than a hardware one seen on the Oppo F3 and F3 Plus, who uses a secondary camera for group selfies.

Vivo is also looking to improve the theme engine. That being said, the software in the V5s doesn’t turn any heels upside down and isn’t bad either.

Priced at Rs. 18,990 (currently available at Rs. 17,990 in Flipkart), the V5s is competitive enough. The phone stands out from the crowd especially with its capable cameras, stellar performance, and iPhone-esque design.

The V5s competes with the likes of Gionee A1 and Oppo F3. More importantly, the V5s is sold in the offline market as well. Vivo has been successful in the offline market, and the V5s continues to sell in good number. If you’re in the market for an excellent smartphone, the get the Vivo V5s.

Vivo V5s Review: A Decent Mid-Range Smartphone
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    Design - 85%
  • 75%
    Display - 75%
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    Hardware - 75%
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    Performace - 85%
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    Camera - 85%
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    Battery Life - 85%

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