vivo V5 Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

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The vivo V5 Plus was introduced for our market not long ago in January 2017 as the bigger brother for the selfie-oriented vivo V5. Being a smartphone that is more selfie-oriented, it now boasts 2 front facing cameras and costs RM1799.

Unboxing

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The vivo V5 Plus comes in a larger, but slimmer packaging compared to other vivo’s packaging. The V5 Plus is presented immediately on top as you lift off the top cover, covered with protective materials. Lifting the tray that the phone sits on reveals 2 boxes, one of which contains the usual documentations, a SIM tray ejector, a transparent soft case as well as an extra set of screen protector (since the phone already comes with pre-applied screen protector), while the other contains the usual earphones, microUSB cable and wall adapter.

First Impressions

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Being the bigger brother to the standard V5, the vivo V5 Plus’s design is, unsurprisingly, almost identical to the V5, apart from a couple of changes. The overall dimensions of the V5 Plus are slightly smaller than the V5. The design language of the V5 Plus is rather familiar, like the V5, it features glass front and metal back for a more premium feeling.

The front of the display still boasts a 5.5-inch IPS display, but instead of 720p found on the V5, its now bumped up to 1080p resolution with pixel density of 401 pixels-per-inch. The star of the phone is the dual 20-megapixel front-facing camera located on the top left. While being a selfie-oriented device, the design of both lenses are quite natural and does not stand out. There’s also a couple of sensors and a LED notification light, hidden out of sight. The bottom is where the Android controls live. The home button is located in the middle, with a fingerprint reader built-in. The recent menu and back button lives on either side.

Since there’s no removable back cover, there’s a removable tray located on the left, and in which contains 2 nanoSIM slots. Surprisingly, vivo has decided to drop storage expansion support for the V5 Plus, which is present in the V5. You’ll have no choice but to stick to the 64GB internal storage. The volume and power buttons are located on the right.

The bottom of the V5 Plus houses the usual ports. From the left you’ll have the 3.5-mm headphone jack, a microphone, a microUSB port and a speaker.

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The back of the V5 Plus gets a cleaner look compared to the V5. The antenna lines which used to run across the back panel has been relocated for a “hidden” look, which is pretty much like the iPhone 7. The camera gets an upgrade as well, and is now 16-megapixels compared to the V5’s 13-megapixel. The look of the camera lens however, is still identical. Next to it is the LED flash.

Specs

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For the V5 Plus, the specs are almost identical of the Oppo R9s. Instead of MediaTek processors, the V5 Plus get’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, which has 8 lower-powered cores clocked at 2GHz. RAM and on-board storage remains the same at 4GB and 64GB respectively, and this time round you don’t get storage expansion capability. It comes pre-loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with vivo’s own Funtouch OS user interface on top. Only 1 colour is offered on our shores at this moment, which is the popular Gold.

Stay tuned on MDROID.my for upcoming full review of this device!