Vivo V5 Lite Review: Decent Specs on a Light Budget

I’ve been using the Vivo V5 since December of last year so I’m pretty much used to Vivo‘s built and user interface by this time. So we’re glad to meet it’s younger brother, or should I say, younger sister – the Vivo V5 Lite.

Vivo is definitely on a roll in the Philippines just like in other SouthEast Asian neighboring countries. Having just launched the Vivo V5 late before 2016 ended and the Vivo V5 Plus recently, it’s not showing any signs of slowing down with the newest Vivo V5 Lite.

I could say that Vivo V5 Lite is seemingly made for those looking to having a Vivo V5 smartphone but on a budget. Smaller and a notch ‘lighter‘ on some of the specs, this ‘lite‘ version is very much worth your money given the price of Php 9,990.

Vivo V5 Lite Review

Vivo V5 Lite Review

Vivo V5 Lite Smartphone

Vivo V5 Lite Smartphone

Vivo V5 Lite Specs

Looking at the details, here are the major specifications of the Vivo V5 Lite smartphone:

  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow + Funtouch OS 3.0)
  • 5.5-inch HD Display, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution + 2.5D Curved Glass
  • 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 Octa-Core 1.5GHz Processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM / internal storage, expandable to 256GB via microSD
  • Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
  • 16 MP Front Camera + Selfie Softlight Flash
  • 13 MP Rear Camera + LED Flash
  • 4G, LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi, Hotspot, Bluetooth, Gyroscope Sensor
  • 3000mAh battery
13MP Rear Camera

13MP Rear Camera & Backside Matt Finish

V5 Lite Review

All ports and earphone jacks are at the bottom leaving the top clean

What We Liked from the  Vivo V5 Lite

Maintaining its focus on the “selfie“-centric market, the major feature of the Vivo V5 Lite is the 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and softlight specifically for the “selfie” generation. The 16MP resolution alone may be enough to lure the selfie addicts but the softlight feature makes it even more useful even in low-light conditions.

Looking very much like the other ViVo V5 series, the V5 Lite is physically more handy for the smaller hands. Despite the handy size, Vivo was still able to fit the 5.5 inch HD display through the slim bezel design that’s only 7.6mm thick and only weighs 155 g.

On the other hand, it doesn’t have the fingerprint scanner its big brothers has, which is no big deal for most.

16MP Front Camera

16MP Front Camera with Selfie Softlight Flash

Moreover, Vivo did not scrimp on memory with 3GB of random access memory which is enough to support Filipinos’ habit of multi-application use all at the same time. We were able to have a game running and watch Youtube videos in different apps while browsing the internet through a web browser with no issues.

Lastly, the 3000maH battery life it inherited from the Vivo V5 is a big plus. For a toned-down version, this means more life for the Vivo V5 Lite.

The Vivo V5 Lite smartphone is available in crown gold and rose gold colors. The white-boxed bundle comes with the user manuals, a pair of earphones, a plastic case, and of course, a charging cable and adaptor.

Here are sample photo shots using the Vivo V5 Lite:

Selfie using the 16MP Front Camera


'Groufie' with Friends using a 'wide angle' clip lens (undedited; just cropped and watermarked)

Perfect Selfie

Selfie with Celebrity Bea Alonzo (undedited; just cropped and watermarked)

Using the 13MP Rear Camera

Flatlay Shot

Flatlay Shot using the Vivo V5 Lite at a restaurant table (undedited; just cropped and watermarked)

Vivo Philippines

Still Life Shot (undedited; just cropped and watermarked)

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Vivo V5 Lite Philippine Price

The Vivo V5 Lite Philippine Price is at Php 9,990

Vivo V5 Lite Review

Vivo V5 Lite Review

Overall, the Vivo V5 Lite smartphone packs a very decent set of specs for the young modern-day smartphone user. But what amazes us more is that Vivo was able to offer all this at such a friendly price of Php 9,990. If you loved the Vivo V5 and Vivo V5 Plus but is tight on the budget, then the Vivo V5 Lite is for you.

In addition we think this fits the teenager generation and more specifically the “girl teens” because of its handy-size for smaller hands and the 16MP front-facing camera with beautification features and the selfie softlight!

About Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is the Chief Creative of Hailing from UP Diliman with a degree in Computer Science, he is also the Managing Director of Blogger Circles Inc. engaging and amplifying social media campaigns for brands. On Mondays, he teaches information technology classes at a local college.
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