Dual selfie cameras? Or dual rear facing shooters? Plus version battle incoming.
The Mi 5s Plus is coming in to the fight with a brushed metal finish apart from the top and bottom portions for signal reception.
It’s a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner located right below the dual camera setup. Further below will be the Mi logo.
The chamfered frame curves to the sides providing access to the power button below the volume rocker on the right side, while the dual-nano sim tray can be found at the opposite end.
Up top sits the 3.55mm headphone jack together with a noise canceling mic and an IR blaster.
While the bottom is where you will find the USB Type-C port flanked by its speaker grilles.
The top portion is a standard affair with a pair of sensors, LED flash and selfie camera.
The chin will be housing the three backlit capacitive navigation keys.
Featuring an iPhone clone, the V5 Plus emulates much of the Cupertino design cues down to the antenna line placement.
The physical buttons can be found on the right side while the opposite end is where you can find the dual-nano SIM tray.
Everything else can be found at the bottom starting from the left the 3.5mm headphone jack, the microUSB port, and the speaker grille.
The forehead highlights the dual camera setup complete with front facing flash.
The chin houses the home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner being accompanied by two backlit navigation keys.
It’ll be easier to navigate through the expanse of the Vivo V5 over the slightly bulkier build of the Mi5s Plus.
The design and build comes down to user preference so we’re letting you decide on this category.
Both devices will be sporting a 1080p IPS LCD panel with relatively small bezels.
The only difference will be in size where the Mi 5s Plus gains .2 inches more over the 5.5 inches for the V5 Plus.
Utilizing the exact same display panel. there’s really no contest here as either screens are bright, crisp and on point in this category.
You guessed it, it’s a tie.
The Mi 5s Plus will be coming in with dual 13MP shooter while the V5 Plus is left with a singular 16MP rear facing camera also set at f/2.0 aperture.
Daylit outdoor shots are on par with one another with a closer rendition of natural colors for the V5 Plus.
Properly lit indoor shots emulate the same quality seen here though the version for the Mi 5s Plus pulled better sharpness comparing.
It was noisier for the V5 Plus when taking photos in low-light compared to the sharper version for the Mi 5s Plus. Utilizing the LED flash aided in capturing more details for the Vivo contender over the softer, more muted version for Xiaomi’s take.
It’s 4K all the way for both our contenders with the V5 Plus resulting in smoother playback over the Mi 5s Plus.
The V5 Plus will pull ahead in the selfie game as a 20MP plus 8MP setup will be responsible for your “perfect selfie” complete with that coveted bokeh effect making you stand out more; compared to the 4MP version for the Mi 5s Plus. Low light shooting will never be a problem thanks to the front facing flash.
It’s a tie overall in the camera department but it’s hard to deny how much better selfies are for the V5 Plus.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus will pull ahead in the performance department as the included Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 will outshine the Snapdragon 625 found in the V5 Plus. Even with the 4GB RAM present in both contenders.
Starkly similar, however will be the proprietary skins on top of Android 6.0 for both our contenders. The FunTouch OS for the V5 Plus and the MIUI 8.0 for the Mi 5s Plus emulates a lot of the functions of an iPhone complete with the absence of an app drawer.
Daily tasks, casual games, and video playback will be smooth for both our devices here where the Mi 5s Plus pulls ahead in more demanding apps and games.
The Snapdragon 625 can handle almost as much as the 821 during Real Racing 3 but will have significant frame drops during long periods of usage.
Either fingerprint scanners performed well and were accurate gaining 10 out of 10 tries.
No contest here, the Mi 5s Plus wins.
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The larger 3800mAh of the Mi 5s Plus lasts longer with 4hours of screen on time while the meager 3160mAh of the V5 Plus can last for about 3.5hours of screen on time.
But most of the time you will be stuck longer on a wall socket with the Mi 5s Plus taking 3 hours to fill its tank where the V5 Plus will need only an hour and a half.
Mi 5s Plus slightly takes this one.
Pitting the two bottom firing speakers of our contenders will favor the V5 Plus as it easily overpowers the Mi 5s Plus in terms of volume intensity.
Luckily both phones have hir-res audio playback support via audio accessories.
Pricing and verdict
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus retails for Php20,990 or $422 USD while the Vivo V5 Plus is coming in at Php19,999 or $402 USD
It’s hard to dismiss the Php 1000 difference or $20 USD for flagship specs and future-proofing in favor of the Mi 5s Plus. But if selfies matter more, by all means the Vivo V5 Plus is a worthy contender that will not disappoint.
|SPECS, PH Price||Vivo V5 Plus||Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus|
|Display||5.5-inch 1080p FHD IPS LCD, 401ppi||5.7-inch FHD 1080p IPS LCD, 386 ppi|
|Size||7.26mm thick, 159g weight||8mm thick, 168g weight|
|Design||All metal unibody, antenna lines, 2.5 curved Gorilla Glass 5||metal body, plastic caps, antenna lines|
|Colors||Gold||Silver, Gray, Gold, Rose Gold|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset||Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset|
|Processor||8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53||2 x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 2 x 2.2 GHz Kryo|
|Graphics||Adreno 506||Adreno 530|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, microSD card up to 256GB||4/6GB RAM, 64/128GB internal|
|Main Camera||16 MP f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||Dual 13 MP f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Multimedia||4K video, 1080p @ 30fps||2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps|
|Front camera||Dual 20 MP + 8 MP f/2.0, 1/2.8″ sensor size, Sony IMX376, 1080p||4MP f2.0, 1080p|
|Connectivity||GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz |
4G LTE, WiFi , Bt, GPS, hybrid dual-nano sim
|GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE (Cat. 6), WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, dual-nano sim tray
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Software||FunTouch OS 3.0||ZenUI 3.0|
|Ports||microUSB, 3.55mm headphone jack||USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack|
|Official Price||Php19,990 Philippine peso or $402||Php20,990 or $422 USD|
|Where to buy||Vivo Stores||Online Stores|