|Vivo V5 Lite Review; Affordable Perfect Selfie Companion|
Meet the Vivo V5 Lite, the latest, most budget-friendly addition to the V5 series. As the third member of the "Perfect Selfie" family, it still features capable imaging hardware and software, especially the one facing front, which is dedicated to young and young-at-heart selfie generation.
The design aspect of the V5 Lite swapped out the full metallic-unibody design and falls back to plastic on the sides. Nonetheless, it still retains the same footprint with its other two siblings. In fact, its physical dimensions are identical to the V5, which is 153.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.6mm, and it is just 1 gram heavier at 155 grams.
|Back of Vivo V5 Lite|
The youngest of the V5 series copies much of the design of an iPhone down to camera placements but, this time, in plastic. The entire construction curves from the back through the front panel to meet the glass screen. The same story goes for the positions of the buttons, where the volume rocker and the power key can be found on the right side, while the hybrid dual (Nano+Micro) SIM tray is located on the opposite side. The top portion has nothing on it, while the bottom portion houses everything else from the speaker, micro-USB port, microphone and headphone jack.
|Front of Vivo V5 Lite|
Moving up front, the display has a 2.5D curved glass underneath a pre-installed plastic protector. The secondary camera together with the earpiece grill, included sensors and so-called "softlight" flash are all placed at the top. What's noticeably absent is the fingerprint sensor slash physical home button, instead the space below the screen houses the capacitive navigational pads, which are non-backlit by the way.
Going back to the handset's display, it measures 5.5 inches diagonally with IPS panel and 1280x720 pixels or commonly known as HD resolution. It got nice viewing angles, has enough brightness, good sunlight readability, and has Eye Protection mode that lessens eye fatigue. Moreover, it also detects up to 10 fingers at the same time, that is, if in case you need all of them.
If you want to get a better glimpse of its physical appearance, you can watch the simple unboxing video we prepared above.
|Vivo V5 Lite Software Information|
Even if Vivo denies its software is an iOS copycat, the FunTouch OS simply tells the opposite, it resembles, if not copies everything from iOS down to the quick settings menu. This is even more apparent with the absence of an app drawer.
The control center queues by swiping from the bottom, which houses control buttons, brightness slider, and most recent apps. Meanwhile, swiping from the top reveal notifications.
At some point, the Vivo's proprietary skin gains some advantages in the customization department, there are lots of pre-installed themes plus the options to download more. There are also lots of add-ons, wherein most of them are very useful, such as Vivo Cloud, Easy Share, Smart Split, Smart Motion, and Super Screenshot to name a few.
The BKK Electronics child brand claims that the FunTouch OS, this device runs on version 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is battery friendly due to aggressive utilization of RAM to lower down the power consumption. We will tell our findings on this matter at the dedicated battery section later.
|Vivo V5 Lite CPU-Z Information|
Packing a MediaTek MT6750 chipset, the same one in Vivo V5, that has an octa core Cortex-A53 processor with frequency of up to 1.5GHz each paired with the dual core Mali-T860 GPU, and 3GB of RAM, you can expect decent performance for this phone. Below are the scores it garnered in our favorite benchmark applications.
Antutu - 41,144
Quadrant - 22,173
NenaMark2 - 60fps
Geekbench - 603 (single core)
Geekbench - 2,528 (multi core)
Geekbench - 1,703 (compute)
PC Mark - 2,997
Vellamo Browser - 2,602
Vellamo Metal - 1,069
Vellamo Multicore - 1,969
|Vivo V5 Lite Benchmark Results|
In real-life, the day-to-day experience is better than expected, with a few stutters when calling up heavy apps and games. Modern Combat 5 and Nova 3 were playable at high frame rates while more graphic intensive games like NBA 2K17 and Real Racing 3 resulted in some frame drops, so we recommend to set the graphic settings to medium (or lower) for better and smoother game play.
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Any other tasks, from casual to regular use will whiz by without a hitch as the included processing capabilities and the amount of volatile memory will suffice to serve your requirements. In terms of basic phone functions, there is no problem at all, texting and calling are just fine. Overall, the experience is smooth and responsive.
|Vivo V5 Lite Camera UI|
The smartphone photography has vastly improved since the start of its incubation few years ago that even camera manufacturers admit that their sales already declined a lot, especially for point-and-shoot system. There is no denying that many consumers put more weight on the camera department when choosing a new phone. And with selfie generation, more and more brands are investing in the front snapper. The Vivo V5 Lite, for example installed a 16MP f/2.0 camera module upfront, which is better in numbers than the 13MP f/2.2 shooter in the back.
Digging deeper in the camera department reveals an intuitive interface that can be easily controlled and operated. The UI offers more than just the basics with different available pre-installed filters, shooting modes, and wide array of useful controls.
|Indoor (low light)|
|Night with HDR|
|Night Shot Mode|
|Professional Mode (Shutter Speed - 4 seconds, ISO - 50)|
The 13MP rear facing camera does what it is supposed to do outdoors, it provides crisp and vibrant images with full of details that lean towards the overexposed side. Not all users love overexposure, but it our case we do, and we believed many others too! It's much the same story for shots taken indoors, as long as there is adequate lighting, the pictures produced are of good quality.
However, the Vivo V5 Lite had some focusing struggles when it comes to taking shots in low light scenarios, and will most likely require the aid of the LED flash. Thankfully, the output images are very much usable, and still contains enough details. The HDR, which can be set to Auto or On, helps a lot in showing highlights, and if you want to play around a bit, there is Professional Mode wherein you can adjust ISO and Shutter Speed. In addition, there is a Night Mode, which as the name implies, allows users to shoot better at night.
Meanwhile, the video recording capability maxes out at 1080p resolution @ 30fps. Due to the absence of image stabilization, expect wobbly, stutter-y and jello-like results if you do not have rock-steady hands. So if video is your thing, a tripod or smartphone stabilizer a.k.a gimbal, would really improve the results.
Moving on, the V5 Lite headliner 16MP front facing shooter delivers bright, detailed, and crisp images, which is great for taking selfies and groupies. There's also a softlight flash that aids in improving picture quality by providing bright light. Moreover, there is a Face Beauty Mode that provides variations of facial "enhancements" from blurring out blemishes to adjusting skin tone and whitening.
It's all back to basics in the connectivity department with the likes of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. There is also the nifty USB-OTG should you need one, but be sure to turn on this feature first in the system settings, otherwise it won't work.
The 'litest' version of the V5 also accommodates two SIM cards with fast mobile data through 4G/LTE, however, the hybrid SIM tray nature will have to sacrifice the second SIM for more memory, if you require more storage.
The Vivo V5 Lite may lack some features like fingerprint sensor or dual cameras, but it makes up for battery endurance. A good one and a half day can be expected for normal phone usage with around 5 to 6 hours of scree-on-time. It scored more than 11 hours in PC Mark Battery Test, which is pretty much great, considering that it only has a 3000mAh battery underneath its skin.
The Vivo V5 Lite is a good option for consumers who wants a smartphone with decent performance and can take nice selfies and groupies, but with a budget that is capped at 10K pesos. Add the great battery life, and you got a phone that conforms above acceptable standards.
Vivo V5 Lite Specifications:
- GSM: B2/3/5/8
- 3G: B1/5/8
- FDD LTE: B1/3/5
- Dual (Nano+Micro) SIM, dual standby
- 5.5-inch IPS capacitive HD (1280x720) touchscreen display
- Dimensions: 153.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.6mm
- Weight: 155 grams
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Funtouch OS 3.0
- 64-bit octa core CPU Cortex-A53 (4x1.5GHz + 4x1.0GHz), ARM Mali-T860MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6750 chipset
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via micro SD, uses SIM 2 slot
- 13MP f/2.2 main camera with LED flash
- 16MP f/2.0 secondary camera with selfie softlight flash
- Multimedia player
- 3.5mm audio jack
- FM Radio
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Micro USB 2.0, supports OTG functions
- Sensors: accelerometer, light, e-compass, gyroscope, proximity
- Battery: 3000mAh Li-Ion, non-removable
- Colors: crown gold, rose gold