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Vivo V5s Review – Solid Selfie Smartphone

Vivo, like other popular Chinese offline brands operating in India, has embraced the selfie formula which has proved to be a runaway hit for mid-range phones. Building on its selfie-success, Vivo recently launched the Vivo V5s which in an incremental update to Vivo V5s where Vivo irons out some notable kinks and upgrades the overall experience.  Is it the best selfie phone you can buy for under 20,000 INR? Let’s try and answer that in our review.

Vivo V5s Specifications

  • 5.5- inch 720 HD IPS LCD Display, 2.5D curved glass, Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.5GHz octa-core MT6750 chipset, Mali T860 GPU
  • 4GB RAM,  64GB internal storage, MicroSD support
  • 13MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED flash
  • 20MP front camera
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Funtouch OS 3.0
  • 153.8 x 75.5 x 7.6 mm and 155 grams
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor
  • Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1

Design and Build

Design is the most conspicuous upgrade in Vivo V5s. It borrows the U-shaped antenna bands from the high-end Vivo V5 Plus or rather the current generation iPhones. The phone is quite slim measuring 7.55mm in thickness and there is 2.5D glass on the front. The fingerprint sensor below the display is extremely fast and accurate, and in the long run, you will realize that it does count as a significant advantage.

The phone feels pretty solid and ergonomic. The bezels around the display have been shaved off which makes it very comfortable to handle. The tactile feedback from hardware power key and the volume rocker is also good.

It looks a lot like iPhones, but originality is highly overrated in the smartphone world and at this point in time we’d rather have an iPhone premium-feel handset than the conventional metal-unibody template in this budget. The handset will be available in Matte Black and Crown Gold color options.


The Vivo V5s is using a 720p HD resolution IPS LCD display. Yes, full HD displays are more prominent in this budget but the Panel on Vivo V5s should still feel adequate to most users. If you are picky about your displays and are habituated to sharper display panels, you might notice the softness in the rendered text but otherwise, the display feels fine.

And with MT6750T, in our experience, the HD resolutions works a tad better compared to Full HD.The colors on the display are punchy and the contrast is high. We didn’t face any issue with auto brightness control or with outdoor usage. But at this price, we were expecting a full HD display.

Camera and Imaging

The 20MP selfie camera on Vivo V5s is using the same hardware as the Vivo V5. This includes 20MP 1/ 2.8-inch sensor, wide f/2.0 aperture optics, and moonlight fill flash that comes in handy while shooting selfies in low light.

Vivo, however, has upgraded selfie algorithms of the handset. The camera can handle metering a lot better and doesn’t overexpose the selfie backdrop. Selfies clicked in low light and in broad daylight show good details and accurate colors. The HDR mode for selfies helps too. It brings out highlights nicely without oversaturating skin tones.

Apart from regular selfie modes like the beauty mode, a groupie mode is also present that lets you shoot panoramic wide angle selfies.

The 13MP rear camera can lock focus very quickly. Once again, we found ourselves using the HDR mode very often. The camera interface is quite impressive and the elaborate Pro mode in the app works as it should. If you are acquainted with basic of Photography, you can use it to enhance your low light photography experience.

Performance and Software

The Vivo V5s is powered by 1.5GHz MT6750 quad-core processor. The chipset is aided with ample 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. This is a SoC Vivo can control well.  There is no heating issue or performance lag for normal apps. The device can handle moderate gaming but for high-end games, we did notice lag and this device is not meant for heavy gaming.

The Funtouch OS (based on Android Marshmallow) is also very well optimized and judicious on resources. If you haven’t used a Vivo phone before, the software will take some getting used to. The interface is very much inspired by iOS. It integrates loads of customization options but is intuitive and doesn’t feel overwhelming.

Hi-Fi audio experience on the handset further adds value. We didn’t face any issue with call quality or connectivity on the handset. Basics like GPS navigation work fine too. The handset has VoLTE support and thus Jio SIM cards work fine.

Battery life, Price, and Verdict

The battery backup from 3000mAh battery is again impressive. We could easily make it through a day and a half with two accounts synced and dual SIM cards plugged in.

Priced at 18,990 INR, the Vivo V5s sounds a tad expensive compared to online alternatives, but that’s only when you are comparing specs. Bolstered by elegant design and impressive selfie camera, the Vivo V5s experience stands pretty much in its own league.

If you are looking for a smartphone which offers you great selfie experience then you can opt for Vivo V5s but if you need a device which offers better performance then you do have better options available in the market.

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