Samsung is coming in hot into the fight with IP68 rating of dust and water resistance over Vivo’s contender.
It’s a battle of all glass sandwiching and aggressively tapers on the sides towards the metal frame for the Korean contender in stark contrast to a full metal unibody design of the Vivo that curves towards the edges.
Camera placements will be centered for the A5 compared to the left-flushed setup for the V5 Plus.
Headlining for the Vivo V5 Plus will be the dual front facing camera complete with an LED flash on the forehead.
Similar on both fronts will be the home button on the chin that doubles as a fingerprint scanner flanked by capacitive navigation keys.
Button placements are a standard affair for the Chinese contender having the volume rocker above the power button compared to the Korean contender with the side mounted speaker on the right panel relocating the volume rocker on the opposite end.
A dedicated microSD card slot can be found on the top edge of the A5 2017 a feature that is absent on the V5 Plus.
The A5 commands a smaller footprint comparing but does not make the V5 seem gigantic.
Stark differences aside, design will always come down to user preference so we’re letting you decide on this category.
We liked the compact form of the V5 and the matte finish helps with grip. Fingerprint magnet aside, the A5 2017 feels solid and cool to the touch.
As expected on any Samsung phone sporting a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED panel set at 1080p, blacks will show deep blacks and colors are vivid. This is in contrast to the 5.5 inch IPS LCD panel also set at 1080p for the V5 Plus that had a yellowish tone over saturated colors.
It’s a little bit brighter for the output for the V5 Plus if only by a hair but both displays can be viewed under direct sunlight.
It’s a tie this round.
It’s a tie for the rear facing camera for both our contenders with 16MPs in tow set at f1.9 in favor of the A5 2017 compared to f2.0 for the V5 Plus seen here on a take of day-lit images.
It was a touch warmer for the Chinese contender with a hair of saturation in tow compared to the Korean’s version of the same image taken in low light scenario.
The A5 struggled to focus in night shooting seen here compared to better handling for the V5 Plus.
The LED flash aids in shots taken in close proximity.
The V5 Plus pulls ahead in the video recording department that caps off at 4K resolution. But for the purposes of this test we have dialed it down to 1080p.
The absence of both optical and electronic image stabilization will mean steady hands or a gimbal will almost always be required.
More points are earned in the selfie game as the dual 20MP + 8MP front facing shooters of the V5 Plus takes better images overall over the 16MP selfie camera of the A5 2017 sans the coveted bokeh effect.
Samsung did good in the camera test but Vivo was just better.
V5 Plus will take this one.
It’s a battle of Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 7880 paired with 3GB of RAM against the familiar Snapdragon 625 with a more capable 4GB of RAM.
The extra GB of RAM benefited the V5 Plus by a margin of about 3000 Antutu Benchmark points at 62,500 units running the iOS-esque FunTouch OS drawn over Android Marshmallow 6.0. In great contrast to 59,100 points for the A5 2017 running the all too familiar TouchWhiz UI on top of the same Android flavor.
Speedtest and capabilities were tested on both devices while playing games like Real Racing 3 where the experience was just smoother on the V5 Plus compared to the laggy replay on the A5 2017.
We garnered 7 out of 10 tries on the fingerprint scanner of the A5 2017 below the 10 out of 10 tries for the V5 Plus solidifying its win this round.
The V5 Plus gains points in cramming 3200mAh of battery inside its small frame over the 3000mAh of juice for the A5 2017.
FunTouch OS will be needing some optimization and efficiency tweaks, however, as 4 hours of screen-on-time and 25 hours of standby time did not meet expectations specially being compared to about 28 hours of standby time and 4.5 hours of screen-on-time in favor of the A5 2017.
Topping up from 0 to 100% gave the lead to the Galaxy A5 at an hour and 31 minutes over 20 minutes more for the V5 Plus.
The Galaxy A5 2017 finally wins a round.
The audio quality was the same for both of our contenders but the side placement of the Galaxy A5 2017 prevents the speaker from being muffled, compared to the bottom-firing version found on the V5 Plus.
To our surprise, only the V5 Plus supports hi-res audio playback through the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The V5 Plus takes this one.
Pricing and Verdict
Both the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 and Vivo V5 Plus are priced at Php19,990 or $401USD.
The overall raw capability and camera performance which includes the special dual selfie camera of the V5 Plus was just hard to beat considering the IP68 rating of dust and water resistance in favor of the A5 2017.
If selfies are the name of the game then the V5 Plus should be well within your choices. Otherwise, if water proofing is a factor, then you should have any of the Galaxy A 2017 siblings somewhere on your list.
What do you think of our phone-off this round? Which one won it for you? let us know at the comments section below.
|SPECS, PH Price||Vivo V5 Plus||Samsung Galaxy A5 2017|
|Display||5.5-inch 1080p FHD IPS LCD, 401ppi||5.2-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED, 424ppi|
|Size||7.26mm thick, 159g weight||7.9mm thick|
|Design||All metal unibody, antenna lines, 2.5 curved Gorilla Glass 5||metal frame, 3D glass back, IP68 water and dust resistance|
|Colors||Gold||Black Sky, Gold Sand, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset||Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa octa-core chipset|
|Processor||8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53||8 x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Memory||4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, microSD card up to 256GB||3GB RAM, 32GB internal, microSD card up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||16 MP f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash||16MP (F1.9), OIS, autofocus, LED flash, HDR|
|Multimedia||4K video, 1080p @ 30fps||1080p @ 30fps|
|Front camera||Dual 20 MP + 8 MP f/2.0, 1/2.8″ sensor size, Sony IMX376, 1080p||16MP (F1.9), 1080p|
|Connectivity||GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz ||
4G LTE, WiFi , Bt, GPS, hybrid dual-nano sim
|LTE Cat. 6, HSPA, GSM, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC(Samsung Pay), Single Nano-SIM tray, dedicated microSD card slot|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow||Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow|
|Software||FunTouch OS 3.0||TouchWiz 3.5|
|Battery||3160mah||3000mah with fast adaptive charging|
|Ports||microUSB, 3.55mm headphone jack||USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack|
|Official Price||Php19,990 Philippine peso or $402||Php19,990 or $403|
|Where to buy||Vivo Stores||Samsung Stores, Lazada|