Vivo V5S Review: The Phone with a 20MP Camera for the Perfect Selfie
After the success of the Vivo V5 and Vivo V5 Plus in the Indian markets, the Chinese smartphone maker launched the third smartphone in its popular V5 series, the Vivo V5s in April 2017 for the Indian markets. This device has been positioned as a selfie-centric smartphone, as expected from Vivo.
The major attraction of the Vivo V5s is its 20MP front shooter, with moonlight flash. With the launch of the V5s, the company has reminded its audience again that the selfie culture is unlikely to become obsolete any time soon.
For the Indian markets, the mobile phone has been priced at about ?18,990. Let’s take a look at whether the Vivo V5s has the hardware and software to justify this price tag.
The Vivo V5s is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that features a 5.5-inch touchscreen display with resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The phone weighs 154 gm and measures 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.55 mm.
The device is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Vivo V5s is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. The phone features a 20-MP front shooter for selfies and a 13-MP rear camera.
This smartphone offers connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. The sensors include proximity sensor, accelerometer, compass/magnetometer, ambient light sensor and gyroscope.
Display size: 5.5-inch touchscreen
Screen resolution: 720X1280 pixels
Dimensions: 153.80 x 75.50 x 7.55 mm
Processor: 1.5GHz octa-core processor
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Front Camera: 20 MP
Back Camera: 13 MP
Display and Looks
The Vivo V5s flaunts a metal unibody that is available in two colour options, Crown Gold and Matte Black. The sleek lines and curved edges give the device a premium look.
To make the device comfortable to hold for long period of time and to give a good grip for the user, the Chinese smartphone brand has included elegant U-shaped cover lines in the Vivo V5s. However, the antenna lines on the top and bottom of the handset and similar chassis, makes it look like a iPhone7 wannabe.
Weighing just 154 gm, the 7.5 mm thick Vivo V5s is extremely lightweight and easily fits into the pocket and the palm of the hand. The phone features a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen. You’ll find a single speaker grille, headphone jack and a USB 2.0 port at the bottom of the device.
Vivo V5s’ predecessor, Vivo V5 Plus, featured a 5.5-inch 720p HD resolution display, taking movie and video watching to a whole new level. This is one area where the V5s is a disappointment. I deeply wished it had Full HD resolution, given the price tag for this phone.
Camera and Apps
Coming to the main attraction of this device, there is a 20MP IMX376 front camera sensor, co-engineered with Sony, which is touted to be the star of the Vivo V5s. And why not, the selfie camera does take amazing images. No doubt, this is one of best gifts Vivo has given selfie lovers in the country.
The V5s features a ‘Moonlight Glow’ front flash to take selfies in low light. However, I didn’t feel the need to enable the flash, since I got the desired natural look in the picture without it. However, adding the front Moonlight Glow feature does make you glow for those flawless selfies.
The 13 MP rear camera with LED flash takes descent photos in daylight but is a disappointment in low light and artificial lightning conditions. I found that the photos taken by the rear camera of the Moto G5 Plus were much better.
Face beauty, group selfies with panoramic landscape effects, bokeh mode and HDR are some of the interesting features offered by the camera app. The phone also has 52 MP Ultra HD photo feature that allows the powerful 13MP rear camera sensor and PDAF technology to shoot multiple frames successively and create 52 MP photos.
Vivo V5s also offers features like App Clone that allow you to use two accounts on WhatsApp, BBM, WeChat, Zalo and Smart Split 2.0 for multitasking.
Performance and Battery Life
The Vivo V5s is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC paired with a 4GB RAM and 64 GB inbuilt storage. The RAM is the same as that of the Vivo V5. The phone offers good day to day performance, the credit for which can also be given to the newly updated Funtouch OS 3.0, based on Android 6.0, which has only added to the smooth performance of the device. When the phone was launched, Android Nougat was part of most smartphones, but not the Vivo V5s, which is slightly odd.
I was impressed by the fingerprint sensor, which unlocked the phone at lighting fast speeds. To deliver amazing sound quality, Vivo has included the AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip in the V5s. The sound quality is good and gives a great audio experience during movies and music listening.
When launched, the Vivo V5s was priced at ?18,990 for the Indian market. Since then, many online platforms have been running offers that bring down the price of this phone. For instance, Amazon is offering this phone at a discount of around ?2,500. And if you exchange your old phone, you’ll get an amazing ?8,500 off!
Reasons Why I Like This Phone
- 20 MP camera for awesome selfies
- Lightweight and easily portable
- Good processor
Reasons Why I Hate This Phone
- Could have had a Full HD display
- Average gaming performance
- Slightly over-priced for its hardware
The specifications of the Vivo V5s aren’t the real highlight of this smartphone. However, its 20 MP front camera definitely is. If taking endless selfies to share with your friends and on social media is the main aim, I would recommend this smartphone.