A big breakthrough among the smartphone market could be hard to achieve mostly in the United States as it is extremely competitive and therefore a smaller company like Vivo which is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer may need to plan a good strategy in competing with bigger names such as LG, Samsung and Motorola.
Vivo X5 Pro is a latest flagship smartphone created by Vivo that is recently launched in May 2015. It is a phone with an attractive display, design and specifications that is sold at a great price. It is also a phone that could be found in black or white variant.
In term of design, the Vivo X5 Pro features a contemporary design that shares its look with the Sony’s Xperia Line. It is a phone with 2.5D glass panels covering its front and rear that features an 8MP front facer and a green notification light on its front as well as 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom comprising an option key, a home button and the back button. At its sides, there are smoothly polished metal frames could be found. These have made the phone one of the current attractive devices in the market.
Around the phone, there is a 3.55mm headphone jack could be found on its top while on its right side, a power button and an aluminium volume rocker could be notice sitting above the dual SIM cards slot. There is no peripheral whatsoever on the left-hand side of the device but on the bottom of the device, there is a USB port and speaker holes provided by Vivo.
The dual SIM cards slot is actually is a single SIM card tray capable of holding two SIM card instead of using two separate trays. In addition, the second SIM card slot could be turn into a microSD card slot and it would help to expand the device’s memory up to 128GB. This functionality is a little bit surprising compare with its competitor and thus giving more versatility and options to the consumer.
Apart from that, the phone offers the camera module with a single LED flash on its back together with the Vivo branding.
The device features a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED screen with a display of 1080p and 424 pixels per inch which produces rich colours that look great on both indoors and outdoors environment. Its screen’s calibration falls slightly on the warmer side while screen’s brightness falls short on mediocre.
Performance and Hardware
If hardware matters to the consumers, then this phone which features 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core processor and powered by Adreno 405 graphic processor and 2GB of RAM is going to frustrate them as it could stumbles every so often despite of its fluid experience. It is also a device with 16GB of storage with two speaker grills on the bottom which use CS4398 DAC + AX97220 op amp combo for Hi-Fi sound that is loud enough for watching videos or hearing music. Vivo has put a lot of emphasis on the X5pro sound quality. X5Pro audio is powered by a Cirrus Logic DAC audio chip
The device could last for a full day’s use with its 2450mAh non-removable battery and tend to be annoys as its UI doesn’t show the battery status on the screen without using another apps.
The Vivo X5 Pro uses a 13MP shooter with a 5-element lens on its back which is protected by sapphire glass. On the front, there is a 8MP camera that capable of securing data and applications via the device’s innovative eye recognition technology. Both of them are capable of taking a good high resolution images but also a little bit dull and blur especially when it doesn’t provided the OIS for a steady shots. However, the HDR and Face Beauty could help ease the trouble the consumers having with the camera.
The company has made this device to run on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with the company’s FunTouch OS 2.1 on top which resembles the iOS. Numerous icons could be seen as a blatant copy of things that consumers could basically find on an iPhone and its quick setting page looks familiar as well. Nonetheless, Vivo has bringing up their owns widget for this phone where it shows the numbers of apps that are currently running, the percentage of RAM that being used, and the phone’s efficiency, and so on.
In conclusion, the Vivo X5 Pro is a device that features an aesthetic premium design, easily to carry around and it is a device that is comfortable to hold despite its 6.4mm thickness. Its screen is vivid enough for most users while its camera and performance may leave something that is much desired. As there are many mid-range prices smartphone around, the X5 Pro from Vivo may as well been one of the solid handset with good performance for smartphone users to try.
Pros and Cons
- Its storage can be expand via the microSD card slot
- Its provide a gorgeous screen through its Super AMOLED screen
- The phone’s battery is capable to last for a full day with heavy usage
- The camera of Vivo X5 Pro is somewhat average and unreliable
- The device’s software is consistently lag