Vivo is once again geared to rock the smartphone world with the launch of their first entry in the battle of the selfie kings, the Vivo V5.

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The V5’s design involves a slim metal frame with a 2.5d curved glass covering the display. The soft curves and the metallic finish makes the phone feel very premium and sturdy.

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The V5 is the first smartphone to pack a groundbreaking 20MP Front Facing camera which uses a Sony IMX376 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and is complimented by a soft light flash to illuminate subjects and ensure excellent selfies in any condition, a 5.5-inch 720p display, an MT6750 Octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of Internal Storage, a 16MP rear camera, an AK4376 dedicated Hi-Fi audio chip for superb sound quality, a lightning fast fingerprint sensor which unlocks the device in 0.2 seconds, and a 3000mAh battery.

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In terms of software and features, the V5 runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box, and carries nifty features such as Eye Protection Mode, which filters out blue light to ease the stress to your eyes, Hi-Fi music courtesy of the dedicated audio chip, Smart Split 2.0, which allows you to read incoming messages on one half of the screen while doing another task (ex: Watching a movie) on the other (Now supports more apps), and fast charging.

As if the V5 wasn’t already amazing enough, the company also gave a glimpse of an upcoming device, the V5 Plus, which is an enhanced, beefier version of the V5. Not much details were revealed, but it is confirmed that it will be equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and take note of this, a 20MP dual front facing camera. Hopefully, more details will be revealed soon.

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To cap things off, Vivo unveiled its newest product ambassador, none other than Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry, who expressed his thanks for being part of the brand and hopes to contribute to Vivo’s plans here in the country.

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The Vivo V5 plus is set to officially arrive in PH soon. The V5 on the other hand, is already available for pre-order starting Nov. 23, and will be officially available in Vivo concept stores and major retailers nationwide on Nov. 26, for PhP 12,990. Those who pre-order will receive exclusive freebies including Vivo speakers, selfie stick, and a phone-stent. In addition, Vivo has also partnered with Home Credit and Flexi Finance to offer affordable instalment plans for the V5 as well as the Y55.

Vivo V5 Specs

Processor MT6750 Octa-core 1.5GHz
RAM 4GB
Display 5.5-inch HD
Camera Rear: 13MP (PDAF)Front: 20MP (Sony IMX376, f/2.0 Aperture)
Storage 32GB, Expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD Card
LTE Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes (Front, Home Button)
Battery 3000mAh
Operating System Funtouch OS 2.6 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Colors Rose Gold, Champagne Gold (Not yet available)
Price PhP 12,990

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.