Two of the biggest rivals in the PH right now are Vivo and OPPO. Not only are the two brands waging a war for mindshare (as evidenced by the huge, side-by-side ad deployments in strategic areas like SM Cyberzones), they’re also trying to win the crown of the selfie expert. Now OPPO was first out of the gate, solidfying their selfie-centric lineup last year with their F-series of devices but Vivo is looking to challenge them with the V5 and now, the freshly-leaked V5 Plus. Today we’ll see just how the dual-front facing cam does against OPPO’s headline F1s in this comparo.
Oppo F1s Specifications
- 1.5 GHz Mediatek MT6750 Octa-core Processor
- Mali-T860MP2 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD Display, 720×1280 resolution
- 32 GB of expandable storage (Up to 256GB)
- 13-megapixel rear camera, phase detection AF, LED flash, f/2.2
- 16-megapixel front camera, f/2.0
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, Fingerprint Scanner
- 3075mAh Battery
- Android 5.1 Lollipop, Color OS 3.0
Vivo V5 Plus Specifications
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch Full HD display; 1920×1080 resolution
- 64GB of expandable storage
- 16-megapixel rear camera
- 20-megapixel with 8-megapixel secondary camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- Fingerprint Scanner
- 3160mAh battery with fast charging
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow, FunTouch UI
While we havent really seen the Vivo V5 Plus in person as of yet, signs point to the phone having the same premium-looking metal body as the F1s. Photos point to a design that’s quite similar to the F1s (along with button placement) which make the two phones quite similar in the design front. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities end.
Vivo’s V5 Plus has seemingly been engineered to compete with OPPO’s offering in every way, offering a substantial upgrade in hardware. The 5.5-inch display of the V5 Plus is full HD as opposed to just HD in the F1s. The processor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, is the same speedy processor we’ve seen on mid-range devices like ASUS’ Zenfone 3 and Zenfone 3 Zoom. There’s 1GB more RAM in the V5 Plus as well, and storage is double of what the F1s is offering.
The Vivo V5 Plus’ main appeal is the twin front-facing camera. Vivo isn’t the first to try such a thing, and we expect the cameras to work much the same way as the Lenovo’s Vibe S1 – one camera shoots the still image, while the other one takes depth information. There’s already a couple of selfie photos from celebrities that Vivo handed V5 Plus units to early that shows the bokeh capabilities of the phone.
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Battery is almost the same, though Vivo’s V5 Plus offer fast charging thanks to Qualcomm’s QuickCharge tech. The V5 Plus also has Android Marshmallow installed, though there’s still hope for the OPPO F1s if the company offers a software update to bring the device up to speed.
Despite this comparo being one-sided against OPPO, they do have a couple of things going for them – one is price. Vivo needs to price the V5 Plus competitively to effectively grab the market, which will be a challenge given the specs of the device. The PH market is a very price sensitive one, as many brands sooner or later learn for themsleves. The other is new releases – MWC is just a few weeks away, which means OPPO may launch a newer, better selfie contender to fend off competitors in markets that they already operate in.