The Vivo V5 Plus has already been launched in some markets, but others are yet to see the phone, although it should be available in the coming days.
The phone comes in to take the place of last year’s Vivo V5 and as expected, there are quite an impressive set of updates on the new phone. But do these updates mean you should ditch your current Vivo V5 in favor of the new Vivo V5 Plus? Let’s take a closer look at what these two bring to the table in terms of specs, features, and price.
As far as design is concerned, you are looking at two phones that borrow a lot from the Apple iPhone 6 and last year’s OnePlus 3. However, the two phones are mainly targeting selfie lovers with what they are offering in terms of cameras, but this doesn’t mean they are poor performers in terms of hardware specs. Where the Vivo V5 ships with a 20MP selfie shooter, the Vivo V5 Plus comes in with a dual-lens front camera that gets an additional 8MP wide-angle lens alongside a 20MP Sony IMX376 lens, making it one of the best, if not the best selfie smartphone you can think of in the market right now.
On the back of the Vivo V5 is a 13MP snapper that comes with just about all the goodies you can desire, be it PDAF, ISO control, HDR or LED flash. The story is the same with the new Vivo V5 Plus, but it ups the megapixel count to 16MP. The new V5 Plus also adds support for 4K video recording on the main camera, but the original V5 only manages up to 1080p recording.
In terms of display, the Vivo V5 and V5 Plus have the same screen size of 5.5 inches, but the latter has a better resolution of 1080p with protection from Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 as opposed to the former’s 720p and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Under the hood, there are more differences. Where the Vivo V5 comes with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at a speed of 1.5GHz and is paired with a Mali-T860 MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM, the new Vivo V5 Plus ships with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core that is paired with an Adreno 506 GPU but keeps the same RAM.
The Vivo V5 has 32GB of expandable storage, but those who buy the new V5 Plus will be getting 64GB of storage alongside microSD card expansion. To keep the phones alive, Vivo went for 3000mAh and 3180mAh battery units for the V5 and V5 Plus, respectively. However, it is only the latter that comes with support for fast charging technology. Still, both phones have a fingerprint scanner, support LTE connectivity and come preinstalled with Android Marshmallow out of the box, but there is a FuntouchOS skin 2.6 on the Vivo V5 as compared to version 3.0 that comes with the Vivo V5 Plus.
The Vivo V5 Plus will be launched in India on January 23, which is this Monday. Even though the price of the phone has not been mentioned, it shouldn’t be very different from what the Vivo V5 was valued at launch. Back in 2016, the V5 came in at a price of about Rs 18,000, but given the huge improvements that have been included in the V5 Plus alongside the facts that it ships with a more powerful Snapdragon processor, a larger storage option, and an even better camera configuration, the price of the new phone will definitely be higher than that of its predecessor, probably somewhere in the regions of Rs 20,000.
So, what do you think about the new Vivo V5 Plus, especially when compared to the previous Vivo V5? Will you make the shift from the 2016 model to the 2017 model? Please let us know your thoughts on this through the comments section.