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Should You Buy the Vivo V5 Plus or the Vivo V5?

Vivo officially launched their newest selfie-centric smartphone that’s equipped with dual front cameras; taking the Chinese company’s selfie game to a whole new level. They released the Vivo V5 in November and the device caught the attention of those with a penchant for taking selfies with its 20-megapixel front camera and its “selfie softlight”; a feature also present on the V5 Plus. We’ve already made a head-to-head comparison for both devices from Vivo and the V5 Plus definitely has a considerable lead against the V5 in terms of performance, but you do have to pay Php 7,000 more for it. We touched a bit on this topic in our full review and during our live unboxing on Facebook, but let’s go a little more in-depth in this article.

With or Without Dual Cameras?

We think it’s best to talk about the elephant in the room first — the front cameras. Both the Vivo V5 and Vivo V5 Plus come with 20-megapixel front cameras with a Sony IMX376 sensor, and an aperture size of f/2.0; the main difference between the two, of course, is the secondary 8-megapixel camera on the V5 Plus to be able to simulate a f-stop of f/0.95 and the other capabilities it brings. This means that there will be no difference between the output of both phones, if the V5 Plus didn’t have the help of its secondary cam and Bokeh Mode. So if your main criteria for your next purchase is to get a phone that takes great selfies, you could be better off with saving a bit of cash and buying the Vivo V5.

The V5 Plus Performs Better. Hands down.

We already mentioned this bit in the intro, but there is no doubt that the V5 Plus blows the V5 out of the water in terms of hardware and performance. As a quick refresher, the V5 Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage; while the V5 has a MediaTek MT6750, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Comparing the two phones via their benchmarks on AnTuTu gives you an idea of how the V5 Plus clearly out shines the V5; the V5 Plus scored a 62273 while the V5 scored a 40906. The benhchark results also translates into both day-to-day use and when playing games, with the V5 Plus able to handle heavier games like NBA 2K17 without much of an issue.

This isn’t to say that the V5 doesn’t perform admirably, but the V5 Plus wins this portion without question. Not to mention, the V5 Plus has the better screen too. In fact, the only thing the V5 has over the V5 Plus is the fact that you can expand upon its storage capacity via a MicroSD card.

Value for Money? It’s a tie.

A lot of you let us know during our live unboxing, and in the comments that followed, that the Vivo V5 Plus was a bit on the pricey side at Php 19,990; just as a reminder, the Vivo V5 costs Php 12,990. Given what phones have under the hood, how they perform, their build quality, and how they’re positioned against their competition — the Vivo V5 and V5 Plus offer great value for their price. We highly suggest that you check out the full reviews for both phones to see how they did.


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Should you choose the V5 Plus or the V5?

It really boils down to your budget, preference, and what you need in a smartphone. If you’re looking for a phone that takes great selfies, both the Vivo V5 and V5 Plus can give you that. Of course, the Vivo V5 Plus offers a little extra something for your self portraits. If you’re more of a heavy user and need more processing power, the Vivo V5 Plus is the clear choice, but if you are on a budget and use your phone primarily for social media —┬áthe Vivo V5 will do just fine too.

Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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