Chinese phone maker Vivo is trying to make its mark on the intensely competitive budget and mid-range segment. The new smartphone, called V5, is their latest gambit to take on Chinese counterparts like Le Eco and Xiaomi, that sell most of their products through online channels. Priced at Rs17,980, the V5 is likely to be compared to the LeEco Le Max2, which after the recent price cut is selling at Rs17,999.
The Vivo V5’s front panel is dominated by a 5.5-inch display followed by an oval shaped home button. The home button is not clickable but supports touch gestures, just like the new Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It also includes a fingerprint sensor. The back which is wrapped in a metal casing houses a 20-megapixel camera. The Le Max 2 also has a unibody metallic exterior, but its fingerprint sensor is placed on the back and its front is flanked by a slightly bigger 5.7-inch display. This makes the phone a bit heftier (185g) and taller (156.8mm) in size compared to the V5, which is 153.8mm tall and weighs just 154g.
The V5 comes with a 5.5-inch display with screen resolution of 1,280x720p and pixel density of 267ppi. The Le Max 2 not just has an edge in terms of display size, but also packs in screen resolution of 2,560×1,440p and pixel density of 516ppi, which is unheard of in smartphones selling under Rs20,000 or even Rs30,000.
The Vivo smartphone runs Android 6.0 with a layer of its proprietary FunTouch 6.0 custom UI over it. This is a colourful interface with plenty of customisation options to impress mainstream users. The LeEco smartphone is no different in this regard and uses its own custom UI. What tilts the balance in LeEco’s favour is the free access to premium video content from Yupp Tv and Eros Now that LeEco has bundled on the device.
Powering the Vivo smartphone is a 3,000mAh non-removable battery which on paper seems to be on the same footing as the Le Max 2’s 3,100mAh battery. However, the battery backup in the V5 is likely to be lot better given the fact that it has a smaller and low resolution display, while the LeEco smartphone has a more battery intensive display.
Driving the Vivo V5 is a 64-bit MediaTek 6570 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. This is a low-power processor and is mostly used in budget smartphones. In comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor that powers the LE Max 2 is one of the most powerful mobile chips in the market. It is mostly used in high-profile devices such as LG G5, HTC 10 and OnePlus 3. Storage is one area where the Vivo smartphone has a slight edge. Both offer 32GB of internal storage, but the V5 is the only one that has a microSD slot, which means one can expand the storage to another 128GB.
The V5 uses the traditional micro USB connector for charging and transferring files from the phone. The Le Max 2, on the other hand, uses the more advanced USB Type-C connector which is more convenient to use and also supports faster charging and file transfer. It also supports LeEco’s patented CDLA technology for delivering lossless audio in the headphones.