VIVO V5 Review: Is it the perfect selfie phone?
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VIVO V5 Review: Is it the perfect selfie phone?

It is a no brainer that a brand would come up with an “ultimate” smartphone that takes your perfect mug shot. Because the consumer in this region uses their front-facing camera as a mirror and they take tons of photos with it. So, stay tuned as we bring you VIVO V5 Review Philippines.

VIVO‘s latest smartphone V5 is posed to beat OPPO‘s F1s. The opponent’s tagline: Selfie Expert, the challenger’s: Perfect Selfie.

VIVO V5 Specs

5.5-inch HD IPS display (720 x 1280)
2.5D curved Gorilla Glass
64-bit Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 @ 1.5GHz
32GB internal storage
Max of 128GB microSD support
13MP PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash
20MP Sony IMX376 front camera w/ LED flash
Dual hybrid SIM slot
AK4346 Hi-Fi audio
Fingerprint scanner
Funtouch OS 2.6 (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
3,000mAh non-removable battery
MicroUSB 2.0

VIVO V5 Review Philippines

Unboxing the Perfect Selfie Phone

From the box to the accessories and everything inside looks similar to what is in OPPO’s F1s. (See: OPPO F1s Review)

All accessories come in white color — microUSB cable, wall charger & headphones. Similarly, it has a free transparent casing to protect the device. A SIM ejector is also inserted in that booklet that contains the usual reading materials about the device.

Watch our video unboxing below:

Design & Build

The V5 has metal body, white face and the back has this rose gold color which looks like premium.

VIVO V5 Review Philippines

The front has the home button cum fingerprint scanner flanked by two backlighted capacitive buttons.

At the back the lines that occupy the antenna is made visible for obvious reasons. It has the VIVO logo right there some prints below that says “Designed by VIVO”.

Everything at the bottom. The 3.5mm audio port, the microUSB 2.0 and speaker grille are all position in one place leaving nothing on the opposite side of the device.

On the right side are two-piece buttons — the smaller one is the power button and the longer one is the volume rocker.

I always complain about the devices that use capacitive buttons that aren’t backlighted. The VIVO V5 made me happy of enabling a backlighted keys!

The design and build of the Vivo V5 overall is very good at the price point it is offering in the market. Even if it has midrange specs, you would want to spend that money for this kind of device. It looks so good!

Display & UI

A 5.5-inch display is perfectly matched with a high-definition 720 x 1280 resolution. VIVO probably knows that if they decided to put a full HD display on this device, they would sacrifice the battery life.

Even at 720p (HD) display, we’ve seen a crisp and bright display without viewing angle issues with the VIVO V5.

What’s manning the front-end show is the UI called Funtouch OS which is running on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

To access the quick menu, you swipe up from the bottom of the device, which is kind of similar to the IOS. (Related: VIVO V3 Max Review)


Equipped with a 3,00mAH battery, the V5 can last you more than eight (8) hours of casual use. This is maintaining a 50% brightness and turning on the mobile data for at least 40% of the time.

What was missing is the feature called fast or quick charging. With the owner-supplied wall charger, it took us more than 2.5 hours to fill up the tank, while using a third party charger reached three hours and 46 minutes.

Camera: Is it the perfect selfie?

Ok, the debate is right here. The VIVO V5 front camera has 20MP (Megapixel) and it is perceived to be better than OPPO’ F1s which has 16MP shooter.

Before we proceed, let us be clear that V5’s front camera shots are clear, sharp and delivered beautiful photos.

But here’s what we discovered, it does not deliver a true 20MP shot at all. Take a look.

Here’s one photo with exif file to the right.

14.7MP only is used to take the shot of the above image. The file size is averaging 1.3MB. The dimension of the image is 5120 × 2880 pixels.

To compare it with OPPO F1s, here’s the exif from our archive.

The image above used 11.9MP and the file size is bigger than that of the VIVO V5 at 1.5MB.

Okay, we are just stating facts here. We only got curious if indeed the device is taking 20MP shots. Share your thoughts in the comments section and together let’s learn this thing.

Here are the samples of the 20MP front-facing camera of the VIVO V5.

And here are the sample photos out of the 13MP rear camera.


Under the hood of the VIVO V5 is a 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek MT6750 @ 1.5GHz and a 4GB of RAM. With this, you would expect a smooth performance of the device. Generally, it is, but we’ve experienced some hiccups. A few times Facebook app got stalled and so with the SMS app by VIVO. We’d like to believe that this happened because our review unit is a not a commercial unit yet.

We are giving this category a score of 8 out of 10.


Voice calls are crisp and clear as well as the loudspeaker delivers solid sound. The dual SIM card slot is a hybrid slot, you have to decide which one to utilize – dual SIM or additional storage. It has OTG feature too for transferring or accessing external media or files. Fingerprint scanner delivers 8/10 accuracy. The LED light helps when audio notification is muted.


The “Perfect Selfie” tagline could be a hype. A better branding than that of the “Selfie Expert”. We did not notice so much improvement in terms of the front-camera results.  Battery life is so-so and quick charging is missing in the game. With P12,990 as the SRP of the VIVO V5, it may attract some “selfie” community to switch. I wish that there would be series software updates so that everything can be optimized.


  • Solid build
  • Price point
  • Good camera (front and back)
  • Generous RAM
  • Fingerprint Scanner


  • Un-optimized performance
  • No quick charging

  • Build & Design4.5
  • Camera (Rear)5.0
  • Camera (Front)4.5
  • Battery3.5
  • Overall Performance4.0
  • Price5.0
  • 0.0
3.8Overall Score




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