The craze for selfies is not going anywhere, courtesy manufacturers like Vivo which has just added yet another front camera-focused smartphone to its V5 series. Called the Vivo V5s, it is a variant of the Vivo V5, which was launched late last year. Priced at Rs 18,990, the smartphone gets a few improvements under the hood. It is also one of the affordable, selfie-centric smartphones out there in the market. I briefly used the Vivo V5s and here are my first impressions. Also Read - Vivo V21e 5G launch on June 24; company accidentally reveals in a tweetAlso Read - Vivo V21e 5G India launch expected soon, specs leaked: Here's what to expect
One of the first observations about the Vivo V5s is that it boasts the same design architecture of the higher-variant V5 Plus. It has a unibody design with metallic finish on its rear panel and features the newer U-type antenna band design similar to what we have seen on the Vivo V5 Plus. Akin to other smartphones in its V series, the V5s also features curved edges, narrow bezels, with an overall sleek frame. Also Read - Best 5G smartphones with top MediaTek processors under Rs 30,000 in June 2021
On the front panel, there is a fingerprint sensor which doubles up as the home button, along with the Android controllers which get camouflaged under the white panel. Being used to a clickable home button/fingerprint sensor, I ended up pressing the one on the Vivo V5s only to realize later that it is instead a capacitive button. You can register up to five fingerprints for unlocking and app authentication. On the top panel, there is the usual set of sensors, front camera module with the LED flash, and a very discreet notification indicator tucked in the right corner. ALSO READ: Vivo V5s with 20-megapixel front camera launched at Rs 18,990: Specifications and features
Then there are the standard power and volume buttons on the right with the left reserved for the SIM/microSD card slot. On the bottom is the charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and the speaker grille. The rear panel is again pretty neat with the rear camera ring and flash placed on the left corner and the Vivo logo sitting below. The 5.5-inch HD display with 1280x720p resolution delivers good color contrast and the auto-brightness seems to work smooth. The touch response is also quite smooth and the experience was lag-free during my brief usage.
Although the overall design architecture is neat and sleek, it fails to make the Vivo V5s stand out from other models in the V series. It seems Vivo has stretched its V5 series far too much by introducing new models with just a handful of tweaks under the hood, a new title, and no significant upgrade in terms of design.
At the heart, the Vivo V5s is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 octa-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Now this is an improvement over the previous Vivo V5 which featured 32GB of default storage onboard. However, the option to further expand storage using microSD card remains in the new Vivo V5s. You can take up the storage up to 256GB via microSD card. Out of the 64GB of internal storage on the V5s, about 50GB is user available.
The Vivo V5s runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based FunTouch OS. The custom Android skin is infamous for drawing a lot of inspiration from Apple s proprietary iOS. Being an iOS user, I did not find much hassle interacting with the V5s. You swipe up to get the customizable Control Centre while the swipe down releases the notifications panel. The icons are also familiar in terms of design. There are some preloaded apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, UC Browser, Saavn, Amazon and Vivo s own V-Appstore. While most of these are useful, you can always uninstall them should you wish to. Fuelling the smartphone is a 3,000mAh battery which, given the specifications should suffice for a light-average user. However, real-time performance is yet to be tested.
During the brief time experiencing the smartphone, while there were no app crashes, I witnessed the phone warm up a bit, especially the top half. Now, this could be a software-related issue, however, we will talk more about the performance following our prolonged usage.
USP of the Vivo V5s is its 20-megapixel front camera with an LED flash which the company likes to call the Moonlight flash, along with a 13-megapixel rear camera which is complemented with an LED flash as well. One of the differences between the earlier Vivo V5 and the V5s is the addition of the flash. While the predecessor featured a softlight camera, the V5s is equipped with the Moonlight flash. ALSO READ: Vivo V5 to Gionee A1: Top 5 selfie-centric smartphones in India, priced under Rs 20,000
There is no change in terms of the native camera interface. Given that, it is an iOS-inspired interface, you get all the options placed in the similar fashion as on an iPhone. Other than filters and options to capture in HDR, Professional, UltraHD mode, etc., being a selfie-centric smartphone, there are the usual beautification tools as well. The camera supports video recording in resolutions ranging from 480p to 1080p. In the given lighting conditions the rear camera output is quite detailed and good on color contrast. I found the selfies a little too bleached out if the beauty tools are not judiciously used. However, the LED flash on the front does its job well to even out flaws when used in combination with beauty tools. While it appears to deliver good low-light selfies, we will reserve our say on the camera performance till the in-depth review.
The Vivo V5s, to sum up, is definitely an aesthetically pleasing as a standalone device, but it doesn t bring much of an upgrade over other similar looking V5 smartphones. Being a selfie-centric smartphone, it does offer a decent specification sheet with more onboard storage and battery capacity. At the given price of Rs 18,990, the Vivo V5s seeks to compete with other smartphones in the same price and feature category such as the OPPO F1s and the Gionee A1 among others.