In an event in Gurugram, Vivo has launched the company’s latest selfie-focused smartphone in V-series – Vivo V5s at a price tag of Rs. 18,990. The smartphone comes in Crown Gold & Matte Black color and available for pre-order through online retailers like Flipkart as well as offline stores. The Matte Black version will go on sale starting from May 6th, 2017 while the Crown Gold version will go on sale from May 20th. If you can recall, Vivo launched the V5 back in November last year and V5s is the upgraded variant. As launch offers, the Vivo V5s comes with Saavn subscription free for two months. The main highlight of the smartphone is that it packs a 20MP front camera with Moonlight flash, Face beauty 3.0, and Group Selfie mode.
Before I share more details why I didn’t buy this smartphone. I would like to share the specifications/features you get when you buy Vivo V5s smartphone.
Display, Processor, Operating System, and Memory:
On the specifications front, the Vivo V5s features a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The smartphone is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 processor which is paired with Mali-T860 GPU & 4GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with FunTouch OS 3.0 on top of it and has a 64GB internal memory which can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card.
On the photography side, the smartphone features 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, PDAF and 20-megapixel front-facing camera with Moonlight Glow front light & features Sony IMX376 1/2.78″ sensor, f/2.0 aperture. According to Vivo, the ‘Moonlight Glow’ induces a natural glow on the face that lights up the picture irrespective of the lighting conditions. It has Face Beauty 6.0 app.
SIM Card Slot, Connectivity, and Sensors:
The smartphone has Hybrid Dual SIM card slot and comes with connectivity features like 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB OTG. Talking about the sensors, the smartphone comes with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, and a virtual gyroscope.
Dimensions, and weight
The smartphone measures 153.8×75.5×7.55mm and weigh 154 grams.
The smartphone packs 3000mAh battery.
The smartphone has fingerprint sensor which is embedded into the home button and according to the company, it unlocks the smartphone in just 0.2 seconds. The smartphone also comes with the AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip. According to the company, the camera & custom chip AK4376 Hi-Fi audio chip make Vivo V5s a camera and music smartphone.
The smartphone also comes with “App Cloning” feature which means you can run two different WhatsApp accounts on the same device.
Press Release Quote:
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Kent Cheng, CEO, Vivo India, said:
“After launching the Vivo V5Plus Limited edition, we are thrilled to introduce yet another masterpiece, the Vivo V5s. Through the launch of this device, Vivo aims to provide the best selfie camera phone in the market. Following the overwhelming response for V5, we have equipped the V5s with enhanced storage capacity and an improved operating system.
Today, aesthetics like colour and design play a vital role in customers’ purchase decision. As a young and dynamic brand, keeping up to customer demands is essential and a major focus for Vivo. We are hopeful that it will be a great success again.”
Reason Why I shouldn’t buy Vivo V5s:
I hope, now you are aware of the specifications, and what you will get when you buy Vivo V5s from Flipkart or offline market. There are a number of reasons why I didn’t buy it and all of them are listed below:
The Vivo V5s has 5.5-inch HD display (1280 x 720 pixels), and we are in 2017 where a smartphone under 10,000 comes with Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels). So, unable to understand who will pay nearly 20,000 for such a smartphone.
The Vivo V5s is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor which is paired with Mali T860 GPU. If you look at the processor side, you will find that you are paying more for such a hardware. Smartphones like Lenovo Z2 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 5 has better hardware when compared with Vivo V5s. It’s on you, if you want to pay Rs. 20,000 then go ahead and buy Vivo V5s against better smartphones.
The Vivo V5s runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with FunTouch OS 3.0 on top of it. There is no word from the company that Vivo V5s get Android 7.0 update or not. You are investing nearly 20,000 on such a smartphone where you are not getting the latest version of the Android operating system.
The Vivo V5s packs 3000mAh battery and doesn’t have support for fast charging. In 2017, at a price tag of nearly Rs. 20,000 we have a smartphone that does not support the fast charging feature. Sounds interesting and still, you are looking to buy perfect selfie smartphone?
Value For Money:
The Vivo V5s cost Rs. 18,990, nearly 19,000 (sub 20,000 segment). When compared with another smartphone in the Rs. 20,000 segment you will find that Vivo V5 Plus doesn’t offer anything much and doesn’t justify nearly Rs. 20,000 pricing. Rest is on you, as it’s your money where you want to spend it.
As a person, do I really need a perfect selfie smartphone? The answer varies from person to person. In this post I’m sharing my thoughts only and as said earlier, it depends from person to person. Let’s take an example, in a day we have 24 hours and out of which if we deduct 6 hours of sleeping, we left with 18 hours only. Now we have 18 hours and we can click selfie for 18 hours? That’s sounds crazy but when it comes to the company, they are providing you a selfie expert smartphone that comes with 64GB and store up to 26,000 images (as per their launch event announcement). Now again I’m breaking 18 hours in a precise manner. As a blogger, I usually work for nearly 12-15 hours and in this time period, I hardly click a photo using my smartphone. Talking about remaining 3-6 hours, these are spent in regular work, with family, and in other things. So, if I look at my schedule I don’t need a perfect selfie smartphone and if I have to click a selfie, then my non-selfie smartphone is good.
I want to ask a question from you? For clicking a selfie how many of you are ready to pay nearly Rs. 20,000 for Vivo V5s? As said above, the smartphone doesn’t have a better processor, will not get Android 7.0 Nougat update, doesn’t have support for fast charging and many others. In the Rs. 20,000 segment, there are many good phones that offer value for money and for reference, you can check it out on Flipkart.
Apart from this, we can do a simple mathematical calculation, the Vivo V5s smartphone cost nearly Rs. 20,000 and if you purchase it on 6th May 2017 and sell it on 7th May 2018. Just image how much you’ll get it. I’m assuming that at 50% you sell it and get around Rs. 10,000. Just take a wise decision, buy a smartphone worth of Rs. 10,000 and invest that amount somewhere. For your reference, the image gallery listed below shows that if you purchased the Vivo V5 Plus smartphone costing nearly Rs. 28,000, how much you will get after selling it.
The image gallery clearly shows that by investing Rs Rs. 28,000 on Vivo V5 Plus smartphone you get Rs. 9000 after a year. Is it a wise decision?
Comparison Vivo V5s vs Vivo V5:
When both the smartphone compared in terms of design & build quality, you only find fewer changes. The Vivo V5s has a unibody design and comes with new U-type antenna design at the top and bottom, more like an iPhone design. In addition to this, there is a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the front.
[Comparison] Vivo V5s vs Vivo V5
|Specifications||Vivo V5s||Vivo V5|
|Display||5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection||5.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection|
|Processor||Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU||Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750 (4 x 1.5GHz A53 + 4 x 1.0GHz A53) processor with Mali T860 GPU|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with MicroSD||4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Funtouch OS 3.0 on top of it||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system with Funtouch OS 3.0 on top of it|
|Rear-Camera||13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF||13MP rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF|
|Front-Camera||20MP front-facing camera with Moonlight Flash, Sony IMX376 1/2.78″ sensor, f/2.0 aperture and 5p lens||20MP front-facing camera with Moonlight Flash, Sony IMX376 1/2.78″ sensor, f/2.0 aperture and 5p lens|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB OTG||4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB OTG|
|Dimensions||153.8 x 75.5 x 7.55mm||153.8 x 75.5 x 7.55mm|
|Weight||154 grams||154 grams|
|SIM Card Slot||Hybrid Dual SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM|
|Battery||3000mAh battery||3000mAh battery|
Vivo V5s Listing on website:
Already shared all the required information with you and if you are still interested in buying Vivo V5s, just check out their website. When you check out the Vivo V5s product page, you’ll find that the company didn’t mention anything about processor (listed as Octa-Core processor), Android version, supports fast charging or not. Apart from this, if you check out the press release that company rolls out in that they also didn’t share anything about the processor, Android version, supports fast charging or not., etc. You’re buying a smartphone which offers nothing much in return, all you can click selfies all the time.
Vivo V5s specifications
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