As mentioned in the software section, there’s really nothing to worry about as the interface is buttery smooth. The V5 Plus did not showcase any heating issues either, except for when it was being charged and that too just a little bit.
Gaming performance is the usual stuff and what we have come to expect from the 625. It’s comparable to the Asus Zenfone 3 and I had no issues playing games at the highest of settings but with minor drops in framerate. At medium settings, most games like Dead Trigger 2 to Real Racing 3 and Asphalt 8 ran fine with casual games running very smoothly.
Voice quality was pretty good, but it could have been a bit clearer. The speaker output was loud and clear and I had no problems playing games or even listening to music in outdoor spaces.
Audio quality through the headphones was pretty balanced and just right. Playing downloaded music using the built in Music app was an even better experience with rich audio quality that had plenty of depth but was again well-balanced.
The Vivo V5 packs in a 16MP sensor on the back with an f/2.0 aperture. While a 16MP sensor seems like downgrade compared to the 20MP set up on the front, it’s not.
The primary camera produced some well saturated images with plenty of depth and low noise in day light and low light or twilight conditions. While the colours are well-balanced it is impressive how the camera controls the noise as you shoot in dim lighting conditions or twilight. Check out the image shot in the corridor and the camera retains very little noise (just the right amount) to make them look realistic.
While the camera was quick to focus in daylight it was equally good in low light or night time shooting.
Click on the image below to go to the camera samples gallery.
Shooting a bit after twilight however, showcases some of the limitations of the camera setup. There’s luminance noise and the camera in a way tries to suppress it, which results in the loss of details. The images produced are still commendable considering what you get in this price range. In short, better than the ones you get from Asus Zenfone 3. What was sorely missed was the presence of OIS, but at Rs 27,000 it’s a bit too much to ask when you take into consideration the selfie hardware built into this smartphone.
Moving on to the unit on the front, and you get a 20MP, f2.0 unit plus an 8MP, f2.0 unit. Vivo uses a IMX376 image sensor which the company claims has been co-engineered with Sony. The 20MP unit captures image data while the 8MP unit is there solely to capture depth-of-field information. While this may sound like a gimmick, coming from a Chinese manufacture, the results are pretty awesome.
The depth data makes a world of a difference and is able to smartly identify the subject and blur just the background. In fact, the camera was smart enough to select two subjects and keep them in focus while the background gets blurred, which is pretty impressive for a selfie camera. The feature only worked when both (or multiple) subjects were in the same plane or distance from the camera. In short, it would not be able to segregate two subjects at different distances from the lens and then defocus the background.
The aperture can also be adjusted in Bokeh mode, which is pretty handy in case your image looks a bit too dreamy. You can also adjust the aperture and the refocus event after the image has been clicked. Then, there’s the moonlight glow selfie flash which makes taking selfies in the dark or dim light pretty easy because the flash discharges a soft glow instead of the usual bright LEDs.
In the end, I found myself wishing for a dual camera set up for the primary unit as well.
The Vivo V5 Plus packs in a 3,055mAh battery, but surprisingly out does the OnePlus 3 and 3T. The battery life almost seems unbelievable, but then it’s easy to identify that the FuntouchOS packs in a really good sleep mode. The smartphone literally consumes very little power when locked and will rarely throw up notifications unless you have added them to the list of apps that are allowed to remain on.
With that said, I managed to get more than day of moderate use and complete day of heavy usage which is pretty good for a smartphone with a 3,055mAh battery. We were unable to get our usual PC Mark battery life tests with this one as the app kept shutting at the end of the test. We did however manage to open up a result zip file that showed us 42,857 seconds, which translates to about 11 hours, which is pretty good.
Vivo has also included Dual Charging Engine technology that should provide a safer charge, and also make it quicker. The charging speeds however failed to impress me, as the OnePlus’ dash charge was way faster (almost twice as fast). It does however charge at speed that is above average while charging the first half, so it makes the technology worthwhile for those who want to quick short charge on the go.
Verdict and Price in India
All-in-all the Vivo V5 Plus is a great all-round package that will appeal to those who are serious about their selfies. It packs in the right balance of power, performance, battery life and adds a pretty good camera to the mix, making it a much better offering in comparison to the Asus Zenfone 3 (5.5-inch). It still however, falls short of the OnePlus 3T in some areas like raw power and the primary camera. The Huawei Honor 8 is also pretty good choice, if you are looking for a dual camera set up on the back, but it’s not so impressive in the selfie department. Another competitor in this segment is the Oppo F1 Plus. When it launched in April last year, it was indeed the king of selfie smartphones. But with so many new competitors offering better hardware (including sibling Vivo), the phone has now gotten a bit dated with its MediaTek Helio P10.
Back in 2015 Lenovo announced its Vibe S1, which was also a smartphone with a dual camera, but it did not produce images as good as the ones on the V5 Plus. In short, I can easily say that the Vivo V5 Plus is the new king of selfie smartphones and easily takes down any other smartphone in the mid-range (and higher) with its well-balanced features and price.
Publish date: February 17, 2017 11:02 am| Modified date: February 17, 2017 11:02 am
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