Vivo has been more of a hit in the budget smartphones segment in India. Even though Vivo launched its mid-range smartphones in the past, they have not exactly done as well as its budget offerings. As mentioned in my previous article, Vivo has settled with the budget range, while Oppo sits at the mid-range and OnePlus takes care of the flagship smartphone market in India.

All three brands belong to BBK electronics and have now found their niche. But with Vivo bravely stepping into Oppo’s territory with a selfie-smartphone priced at Rs 17,980 there are bound to be some clashes. Priced as much as the Oppo F1s and coming from the same parent company, it all boils down to which one clicks the better selfie and obviously which smartphone is the better buy.

Build and Design: 7 / 10

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In terms of design there is really nothing new or refreshing on the Vivo V5. It’s the same old design which has been done to death by Oppo and Vivo with rounded corners. Unlike the Oppo F1s, which this smartphone will be compared with, Vivo went in for an an all-plastic build.

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It is all about mixing and matching. So my reasoning behind Vivo skipping on metal, was to keep the price tag competitive while offering something better with a 20MP selfie camera. Smart? Yes. Practical? You will know shortly.

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But it does not exactly feel premium, even thought it is supposed to look like a metal build. With that said, the design feels nice in the hand, but slippery at the same time (I dropped it once). However, the chrome plated lipping along with the white plastic lipping, which meet the display on the sides does makes it look a bit cheap.

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While this is a nobrainer, it is easy to point out how Vivo got away without any antenna bands on the back. There are just two thin reflective bands, which considering the plastic back are there just for cosmetic reasons.

Features: 7.5 / 10

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At Rs 17,980, Vivo is gunning for the mid-range with this smartphone. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display which translates into not so pixel-happy 267ppi. Inside, we get a tried and tested MediaTek MT6750 octa-core (64-bit chipset) clocked at 1.5GHz (4x Cortex A53 at 1.5GHz + 4x Cortex A53 clocked at 1GHz) paired with a Mali-T860 GPU. There’s 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage which is expandable to 128GB using a microSD card.

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There is a 20MP camera with a moonlight flash on the front, while the rear camera set up gets a 13MP sensor with phase detection autofocus (PDAF).

Coming to the connectivity, the Vivo V5 features a Hybrid Dual SIM (micro + nano/microSD) set up with support for 4G LTE bands. As for the regular connectivity options, it features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS and also includes a regular micro USB port with USB OTG support. All of the above is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.

Publish date: November 25, 2016 10:40 am| Modified date: November 25, 2016 10:43 am

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