The smartphone market is becoming really competitive in India and its really difficult for small manufacturers to tap the right cord when there are large players like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola already ruling the roost. And with a plan to get through that the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has launched its flagship product which is the Vivo X5 Pro with a launch price of Rs. 27, 980.

Launched a couple of weeks ago the phone which has been priced smartly offers all those feature you would expect from a high end smartphone, but lets find out if it actually gets through the competition.




Display 5.2-inch Super AMOLED, 1080 x 1920 resolution
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
GPU Adreno 405
Storage 16GB internal, microSD expansion up to 128GB
Camera 13MP rear-facing camera
8MP front-facing camera
Battery 2450mAh, non-removable
Software Android 5.0 Lollipop, Vivo Funtouch OS 2.1
Dimensions 147.9 x 73.5 x 6.4mm
Colors Black, White
Dual SIM Yes



The first thing that catches your attention in the device is the design and the looks and for this smartphone it surely is enough to hold your eyes for a while. The device carries the same aesthetics as those in the Xperia series by Sony. The glass back and the front with polished aluminium sides can make you fall in love. There is a seamless flow of the glass into the aluminium bezel and the glass surface rises a bit higher than the bezel.

At the top left is the 8 MP front facing camera and a notification light, at the bottom are the three buttons for the generic operations. The camera module at the back is on the left with a single LED flash. There is a branding at the back in the center and also in the front on the top left.

One feature that caught my attention specifically is that the device being dual SIM enables you to use one slot for micro SD card in case you are using only one SIM, thereby expanding the phone’s memory upto 128GB. This is one feature that most devices with dual SIM functionality have not explored and hence a feature to look forward too. There is a a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, with the power button and aluminium volume rocker on the right hand side of the frame.

For me the device carries a premium look and does not seem to any less than a bang for the buck.



The device supports a 5.2 inch super AMOLED display with 1080p that comes to 424 pixels per inch. The super AMOLED screens looks just perfect when inside as well as outside. The colors are vibrant and the screen is really sharp. With this price range I was expecting something more than 1080p. The device also has good viewing angles.



Performance  And Hardware

As mentioned in the specs section the device carries Qualcomm’s Octa core Snapdragon 615 processor with Adreno 405 graphics processor and 2GB RAM. Like the older generation iPhones the device features two speakers at the bottom of which only one fires up for sounds and the other is used as the microphone. The sound is loud enough for listening to music and watching movies.

Although the device has good hardware configuration but you can not avoid lags at certain times, which can be headache. The device comes with only 16GB configuration but as mentioned earlier if you are a person who will use only 1 SIM then it is capable of being pumped up to 128GB storage.

The device boasts a 2450 mAh non removable battery which is a decent one and can serve your purpose for 15-20 hours under heavy usage of data, calls and multimedia. The battery is of the smaller size, especially given the larger footprint of this phone with a 5.2 inch display.




The Rear

The rear camera is an amazing 13MP shooter and is one of the best I have used in this price range. The pictures come out pretty well in good light conditions and but suffers some noise in low light conditions and also while using flash indoors. Like most of the others the inbuilt camera app has the HDR and the Face Beauty features which adds icing to the cake.

Front Camera

The front camera supports a 8 mega pixel sensor which is capable of taking good high resolution pictures. One defect which I faced almost all the times using the front camera is that it fails to focus and the result is a blurred image almost all the times.



Vivo uses the Funtouch OS 2.1 over the Android 5.0.2 and looks much like the iOS. When we press the left capacitive key the special Vivo implemented widget opens up currently running apps, the efficiency  and percent of the RAM used by the phone and when the wheel on the screen is clicked it clears up all the unused apps. Tapping the left allows you to go into the app selected which provides you more details while enabling you to clear any specific tasks.