Vivo V5s Hands-on Review – Best midrange Selfie Phone!

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Vivo’s selfie smartphone is getting a stronger presence in the country. The Vivo V5s is the latest in the selfie-centric smartphone and an upgrade to V5, sporting a 20-megapixel selfie camera and 64GB storage.

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Vivo V5s is the successor of the popular Vivo V5 with some upgrades. It’s also more expensive with 2K more added to its price tag. We got a chance to play with the V5s and here’s our experience with it.

Here’s our unboxing of Vivo V5s

Design

The V5s has 5.5-inch HD touch display at 1280 x 720 resolution topped with 2.5D curved and Gorilla Glass for protection. It already comes with screen protection already pre-installed.

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Looking at the top of the display is Vivo’s 20-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture which is proven to take some really good selfie pictures. Below the display is the home button that also acts at the fingerprint scanner flanked by capacitive option and return button.

Looking at the sides the power (on/off) button and volume controls are on the right side while at the left side is where the SIM card tray.

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The microUSB port, speaker, mic and the 3.5mm audio jack can be found at the bottom, while the top is clean which is a good design since all the cables like microUSB cable and earphones can be plug-in at the bottom part of the V5s.

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Going to the back, the 13-megapixel camera, and LED flash is at the upper left side and the company brand Logo at the center. The V5s has unibody metal build, it resembles iPhone look, it has a wide body measuring 7.55mm wide and 154g not too heavy.

Funtouch OS

Out of the box, V5s is running on the latest Funtouch OS version 3.0. The UI still looks a lot like iOS in terms of apps icon looks, it does not support app drawer, so swiping left and right to see all the installed apps.

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Unlike any traditional Android, the quick menu can be accessed by swiping from the bottom of the screen going up, while the notification is still at the top and can be accessed be swiping the top of the screen going down. Fountouch OS looks really clean and responsive, navigating the settings is also easy to use.

Performance

The V5s is powered by 1.5GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 CPU with 4GB of RAM and Mali-T860MP2 for graphics processing. It has 64GB (52GB is user available) of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

With the MediaTek MT6750 CPU, it easily handles the daily routine task for daily normal use. You can easily switch between apps and keep them in the background for later you. The V5s is also great for playing games, such as the latest NBA 2K17, Need for Speed, Mortal Kombat and other graphics intensive games.

Below are Benchmark scores of Vivo V5s

  • AnTuTu (v6): 41,012
  • PCMark (Work 1.0): 4,168
  • 3DMark (SlingShot ES 3.1): 299

Other Features

The V5s comes with Hi-Fi Music AK4376 dedicated audio chip so what does this mean? Listening to music using good earphones will be far more enjoyable compared to other smartphones.

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The fingerprint sensor on the V5s is located at the home button just like the other V series. The fingerprint scanner works really well, once your finger touches the home button it takes around 0.2-second to unlock it, now that is fast.

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The v5s screen has 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and it also comes with pre-installed screen protector.

The V5s has a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, based on our daily use we can get about hours of battery life on a single charge, usage includes connecting to 4G LTE data connection while on the road, listening to Spotify, constant connection to WiFi at the office, checking and updating social media accounts, watching YouTube videos during break time and playing some games every now and then.

Camera

The V5s’ has 20-megapixel selfie camera sensor which is great in taking selfies and groufies. The light-sensing area is larger than usual at 1/2.78 inch. This allows more light to come in which in turn enhances photo brightness.

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It features the improved Selfie Soft light that is now even softer, making one’s face and skin tone look even brighter even in poor lighting conditions, no matter what time of the day. It also uses Face Beauty 6.0, a face-retouching and skincare tool that makes your selfies look even more radiant.

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There’s also a 13-megapixel rear camera with f2.2 aperture and an ultra-high-definition mode that can render stunning ultra HD images of up to 52 megapixels.

Sample Selfies and Pictures

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Beauty mode and Bokeh Selfie effect

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Rear Camera Samples

Vivo V5s Specifications:

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 3.0
  • 5.5-inch IPS capacitive HD (1280 x 720) touchscreen display
  • 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 64-bit Octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM / 64GB storage
  • expandable up to 256GB via microSD card uses SIM 2 slot
  • 13-MP f/2.2 main camera ()
  • 20-MP f/2.0 selfie camera (Gender Detection, Mirrored Selfie)
  • Dual SIM, dual standby
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • FM radio
  • AK4376 audio chip
  • Micro USB 2.0, supports OTG functions
  • Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, e-compass
  • 154 grams
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Colors: crown gold, matte black

Overall Impressions

The Vivo V5s is priced at Php14,990 which is more expensive compared to V5, but the V5s looks slimmer it also feels more comfortable to hold for a 5.5-inch smartphone it has a minimalistic and elegant design, with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage you can run more apps and take more selfies with this phone. Now that’s a good deal if you ask us. The 20-megapixel selfie camera it great in taking perfect selfies and even groufies. The Face Beauty filter really works and makes selfies more fun.

Good About V5s

  • Slimmer bezels
  • Nice Unibody design
  • Good screen resolution (1280 x 720)
  • Impressive selfie picture quality
  • Selfie Softlight
  • Face Beauty 6.0
  • Good Battery Life
  • Improved Funtouch OS
  • Free case

Needs improvement

  • Still on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price should be lower

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31 thoughts on “Vivo V5s Hands-on Review – Best midrange Selfie Phone!

  • July 3, 2017 at 11:10 am
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    One of the best phone now!

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  • July 3, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    Wow! Great Camera Phone!

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  • July 16, 2017 at 9:09 pm
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    Ganda naman ng camera at ang laki pa ng storage

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  • July 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    Wish to have one 🙂

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  • July 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    Killer selfie1 Best phone so far after Asus Zenfone 3 haha

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  • July 16, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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    Nice camera for selfies, hope to get this in the future

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  • July 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm
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    And the camera! wow!

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  • July 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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    nice phone hoping to have it soon.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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    Wow, i want one! 🙂

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  • July 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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    Thanks for the review!

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  • July 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    Vivo V5s was really a perfect selfie performance I really love this phone totally.A must have and dream phone!

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  • August 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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    that was a neat and lit sample selfie pic. i wish to own a vivo.. maybe one day

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  • August 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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    Ang laki ng internal storage nya. Ganda din ng design.

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  • August 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    Ganda ng phone!gusto ko to 🙂

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  • August 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    Perfect selfie phone!

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  • August 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    This is a smartphone that I have been wanting to buy. I need this! I love the specs but sadly its not affordable for me

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  • August 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm
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    wow. I want one please.

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  • August 17, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    Bang! This one has great selfie camera.

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  • August 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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    I agree. Price should be a bit lower. Nice features, though.

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  • August 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    Listening to quality music is my hobby and I like its specs..

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  • August 20, 2017 at 10:33 am
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    Love its specs. Ito yung isang brand na pinagpipilian ko nung bibili ako ng phone since the specs are really amazing. But the Huawei GR5 2017 won kse mas matagal nya sya over Vivo.

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  • August 20, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    Maganda ang reviews ng vivo at marami akong kakilala na vivo users na ok ang performance nya. But I still prefer yung mtagal na sa market since subok na tlga sila tulad ng Samsung, Huawei at Asus.

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  • August 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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    wow! astig! sana magkaron ako nyan… 😉

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