It’s no secret that Vivo has its sights on rival Chinese company Oppo. Their smartphone lineup more or less is geared to go up against the green giant from China, and just like their biggest rival they’re banking hard on the selfie craze to sell smartphones in the mid-range market. While the V5 is a solid selfie shooter on its own, the company needed a sub 10K device to compete with the budget market. That’s pretty much the reason why the V5 Lite exists – it’s a relatively lower-priced version of the V5 catered to people with less cash in their pocket that still retains many of the same features of the bigger V5.
Vivo V5 Lite Specifications
- 1.5GHz MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor
- Mali T860 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.5-Inch HD IPS Display; 1280×720 Resolution
- 32GB of expandable storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, LED Flash
- 16-megapixel front camera f/2.0 aperture
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow, FunTouch UI
- 3000mAh Battery
Packaging and contents:
The V5 Lite comes in Vivo’s standard packaging for phones, namely a white box that has a picture of the device within printed on the front, as well as it’s stand-out feature. For the V5 Lite, it’s the 16-megapixel front facing camera for the ultimate selfie experience.
The V5 Lite comes with most of the stuff you’d expect from a brand-new phone, namely a USB charger, USB cable, a SIM ejector, a pair of headphones and documentation for the device. Vivo throws in a jelly case with the package as well as a freebie.
Initial impressions: better selfies for less
It’s not surprising that the V5 Lite is almost a direct copy of the V5 in terms of design, since it’s supposed to be a more affordable alternative to their more expensive device. They’re so similar that you’d be hard pressed to pick out the more expensive variant when both the V5 and the V5 Lite are placed side-by-side, looking at the rear a fact that may annoy the owners of the more expensive version.
The V5 Lite inherits the curved sides and corners of the more expensive variant, along with the button placements (both power and volume rocker is on the right) and port and slot placement (hybrid SIM/microSD slot on the left, power and 3.5mm jack on the bottom). The front of the phone is where the two devices differ. The V5 has a physical home button that also acts as the fingerprint scanner, something that the V5 Lite doesn’t have. Instead the chin on the bottom simply carries the capacitive keys for navigation.
The display of the V5 Lite is pretty much the same as the V5, a 5.5-inch display topping out at HD. The all-important selfie camera has been downgraded from 20-megapixels down to 16-megapixels. The rear camera stays the same though, at 13-megapixels.
Internally not much has changed in the V5 Lite compared to the bigger V5. You’re still getting a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM (1GB less than the V5), 32Gb of storage as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Vivo’s own FunTouch UI overlay. That’s not a bad deal – despite “lite” moniker Vivo hasn’t significantly gimped the V5 Lite in terms of specs.
That’s it for this short initial review and unboxing. Vivo’s V5 Lite looks to be a solid deal, especially if you’re not sold with its more expensive brother, the V5. It has all the key features that the V5 has. We’ll be giving you our full review of the device in the coming days.
The V5 Lite is priced at Php 9,990.