Smartphones targeted at selfie-obsessed users aren't a new thing anymore. Brands including Gionee, Oppo, and Vivo have consistently been launching selfie-focused smartphones in India, which sport front camera enhancements. However, it isn't enough to be good at just one thing. Vivo's V5 series has been fairly popular, and the company is extending the series further. The new Vivo V5s is the third smartphone in the range, following the more affordable Vivo V5 and the premium Vivo V5 Plus.
The new Vivo V5s looks identical to the Vivo V5 Plus, which isn't bad considering that it sells for less. With a decent set of specifications and a 20-megapixel front camera, the Vivo V5s makes for a capable mid-range handset. But is that enough to make it the best selfie smartphone in its category? We try to find out.
Like we mentioned earlier, the new Vivo V5s closely follows the design cues of the Vivo V5 Plus (Review), and it actually looks quite impressive. The faux-metal finish at the back feels solid, though it isn't anywhere close to the metal of the V5 Plus. There are minor differences like the absence of dual front cameras on the V5s. The rear panel also sports iPhone 7-like antenna lines around the top and bottom edges instead of running across the back. The new Vivo V5s may be seen as an upgrade to the Vivo V5 (Review) in terms of specifications, and it definitely feels better in the hand, making it seem like a "lite" variant of the Vivo V5 Plus.
At 7.55mm, the Vivo V5s isn't the slimmest phone in its price category, though the 154g weight is manageable. Despite featuring a 5.5-inch screen, the Vivo V5s never seemed hard to use with just one hand, and we noticed that our thumb was able to reach all four corners. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the front and is easy to reach. From the back, this phone looks an exact copy of the Vivo V5 Plus and it can be hard to distinguish the two when they are placed side-by-side. The front has no branding, but there's a Vivo logo in the middle of the back. The Vivo V5s has been launched in Matte Black and Crown Gold options.
The physical buttons for power and volume are placed on the right, and we liked their tactile feel. The hybrid dual-SIM slot is located on the left. The bottom has a speaker grille, Micro-USB port, and 3.5mm audio socket. The Vivo V5s features a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D curved-edge Gorilla Glass for protection, and a density of 267ppi. The screen is bright and text appears crisp. Sunlight legibility is decent and there is an eye protection mode to filter out blue light. The screen is good for watching videos and playing games, but we do think that a full-HD resolution would have been more appropriate. One of the biggest dealbreakers about this phone could be the HD screen resolution at this price.
The Vivo V5s comes with the standard documentation, earphones, a Micro-USB cable, a power adaptor, a SIM ejector tool, and a transparent case. Additionally, there is a screen protector fitted on it out-of-the-box which some people might like and others might not. Overall, the Vivo V5s managed to impress us in terms of design though it can't match the solid feel of the Vivo V5 Plus.Read More...
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