Features: 8/10

Compared to the Vivo V5, the stakes are higher in this price segment and the same can also be said about the features. Vivo has literally armed this smartphone to the teeth with just NFC left out.

On the front you get a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS In-cell LCD display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the top. On the front you will also find the dual selfie camera layout with a 20MP: f/2.0 + 8MP: f/2.0 sensors, while the primary unit on the back gets a 16MP f/2.0 unit. The front facing camera gets the ‘moonlight glow’ selfie flash on the front and single LED flash unit for the primary camera on the back.

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Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0GHz coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s no provision for a microSD card so 64GB is all you will get.

Coming to connectivity, we have 4G/LTE bands with VoLTE support on a dual SIM setup (nano + nano), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and oddly, a standard USB 2.0 at the bottom.

There is a 3,055mAh battery on the back and the same features Vivo’s proprietary Fast Charging technology.

Display: 7.5/10

The display on the Vivo V5 Plus is another much-needed improvement if you are coming from the V5’s HD display. The V5 Plus features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS In-cell LCD display with a protective layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 above it.

I had no problems with its brightness levels and the display was readable in direct sunlight. Indoors, text looked pretty sharp considering that the display tops out at 401 PPI and the same can be said for images. The display seems to be well made and showcased colours with some added saturation. Indeed these are calibration settings hard at work here, but sadly Vivo does not offer any sort of customisations for the same like one can find on a OnePlus 3T for adjusting hue and saturation levels.

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Viewing it at an angle showcased minimal colour shifting and a slight drop in brightness levels, but it’s not something I would complain about considering the price tag of this device.

With Gorilla Glass 5 on board, there little room for scratches and the display also seems to have an oleophobic coating as fingerprints picked up could be wiped off easily. But it was not able to keep them at bay.

Software: 7/10

Vivo V5 Plus Software A

Coming from an iPhone 6s owner, the Vivo’s FunTouch OS looks like a copy of Apple’s iOS software. There are plenty of similarities from the icons, to the native apps (like Calendar) to the Settings menu. You even have a Control Panel that pops up at the bottom and a stacked up multi-tasking menu with a side scrolling cards layout.

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In a way however, it’s a good thing as it brings a level of consistency to the smartphone’s software. The icons look uniform, the fonts are sized right and while you still have to deal with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you do get split-screen multi-tasking (called Smart Split) that works for a limited set of native and third-party applications.

Vivo V5 Plus Software B

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But the implementation clearly is not native, which is why it works in a rather weird manner. You cannot use the Smart Split feature when you choose to, but only when a notification from a supported app arrives. Tap on the notification and the screen splits into two. Oddly, this only works for a short list of apps, so I did not end up using it at all.

Vivo V5 Plus Software C

There are a couple of annoying shortcomings as well. The Battery section of the Settings menu cannot show you the Battery statistics along with the usual battery chart. So you will never know how much up time you have with the given battery life.

Then there’s the layout of the Settings menu, which is not your usual stuff and would be really frustrating to find a particular item since there is no search bar in it either.

What I did appreciate was how the software ran buttery smooth with 4GB RAM and a low-powered Snapdragon 625 onboard with no hiccups whatsoever, often making me forget that there’s a chipset from a budget smartphone that is running inside. Nougat however, I did miss considering that even a budget smartphone like the Asus Zenfone 3S Max comes with the update.

Publish date: February 17, 2017 11:02 am| Modified date: February 17, 2017 11:02 am

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