Gadgets Now – Vivo V5: First impressions


There’s no doubting the fact that the selfie craze is here to stay. Whether it’s parks, public transit, parties or just about anywhere, it is not uncommon to see people holding their smartphones with outstretched hands and clicking selfies (or even ‘groupfies’). It’s probably why smartphone manufacturers have started making devices that are specifically targeted towards selfie lovers.

Earlier this year, Gionee launched its S6s selfie-focused smartphone. Oppo, too came out with a refreshed version of its F1s selfie-expert handset , a while back. And now, it’s Vivo ‘s turn. The company’s newest launch – V5, is a selfie-centric smartphone that comes with a 20MP front-facing camera. Priced at Rs 17,980, it also has a 13MP rear camera. We went hands-on with the Vivo V5 , and here’s what we think of it.


The White and Gold coloured Vivo V5 has a simple yet elegant design. The front is dominated by a 5.5-inch HD display, below which lies a capacitive home button. There’s also a fingerprint sensor integrated into the home button. Above the display is an earpiece, the aforementioned 20MP selfie camera with LED flash and the proximity sensor.

The rear panel of the Vivo V5 houses a 3,000mAh battery underneath. The panel has Vivo branding in the centre, while the primary camera and LED flash are in the top left corner. The volume rocker and power buttons are placed on the right, while the SIM tray is on the left. The speaker grille, USB charging/data port and 3.5mm audio jack are placed at the bottom.

As we said before, the Vivo V5 has a design that’s simple yet sophisticated. The phone has a really good in-hand feel as well.


The smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD display of 720×1280 pixel resolution. During our limited time with the smartphone, we found the Vivo V5’s display to be quite promising. Colours are vibrant and viewing angles are pretty good too. However, we’ll only be able to comment on aspects like sunlight legibility once we review the smartphone in detail. Camera

Since the Vivo V5 is a camera-centric phone , we were really looking forward to see how good it is when it comes to taking photos. And even though we used it for just a little while, we’ll say are quite happy with the camera quality.

The pictures clicked with the 13MP primary camera turned out to be really good. Colours are accurate and there is no distortion in images. The image quality doesn’t deteriorate even when zooming in. As for the highlight 20MP selfie-camera, it left us quite impressed. We clicked quite a few selfies and the Vivo V5 didn’t disappoint.

There are various beauty features in the camera app which can be used to make selfies look better. These include everything from face slimming to skin tone correction. Also, the Moonlight Glow that comes with the front snapper helps in clicking great selfies even in dimly-lit areas. Hardware and software

Powered by 1.5 GHz octa-core CPU, the Vivo V5 comes with 4GB of RAM and offers 32GB of internal storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for expandable storage. The V5 comes with a hybrid SIM tray, so users will have to choose between dual-SIM functionality and expandable storage. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box, skinned with the company’s own Funtouch OS UI layer.

Speaking about the software, it does have certain handy tweaks. The app drawer is integrated with the home screen and there are a few pre-installed apps like Facebook , WhatsApp and WPS Office.

The quick settings do not appear on the notification shade, as they do on most Android smartphones. Instead, they appear when the finger is placed on the home button and scrolled up. This is similar to the tweaks used in devices such as Lenovo Z2 Plus and Coolpad Note 5.

What we think

In the limited time we had with the Vivo V5, the smartphone left us quite impressed. It’s really well-built and the camera experience is great. For the asking price, the Vivo V5 definitely looks to be a promising smartphone. But whether it’s actually worth buying or not, is something we’ll only be able to tell once we review the smartphone in detail. So stay tuned for our full review.