Interface and Functionality

Power users won’t find much here, but at least BLU’s interpretation isn’t overbearing.

BLU employs its own interpretation of Android here with the Vivo 5, which is currently running on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. Yes, we're kind of disappointed that it's launching without the latest version of the platform, and unacceptable at the same time, but it's mentioned as being upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Although that might be regarded as a comforting idea, we're curious to see if BLU will follow through with that pledge – knowing fully that the software in its phones rarely sees upgrades.

The experience itself follows the implementation used by many Chinese makers, as in eliminating the apps panel entirely and placing everything on the homescreen. Functionally, BLU provides some useful tricks to deepen the experience, like its various smart gestures (double tap to turn on the screen) and “super screen shot” feature. It's not trying to be a mega-Android experience, so the features that are in its arsenal don't come off as overpowering or redundant.

Comparing it to other prized Android experiences, BLU's interpretation is a tepid one at best, combining the core fundamental features of the platform, while sprinkling on a few of its own. Needless to say, it suffices for basic things, but work is still needed to entice power users.

System Performance

Good for the basic stuff, choppy with the graphics.

Nowadays, every phone is capable of handling basic tasks to some delightful degree. Such is the case for the BLU Vivo 5, which is powered by an octa-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6753 processor based on 64-bit architecture, accompanied by 3GB of RAM and the MALI-T720 GPU. Sufficing for the mundane is one thing, but the arsenal here is ill-equipped for graphics processing. Choppiness – that’s what we get, so don’t expect the Vivo 5 to be a gaming machine.

Hey, for a $200 smartphone, there’s nothing wrong with it being outfitted with 32GB of internal storage – more so when there’s expansion available courtesy of its microSD slot.

AnTuTu Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 38346
Honor 5X 35183
OnePlus X 40173
Motorola Moto G (2015) 22406
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 1172
Honor 5X 1108
OnePlus X 1542
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1224
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 2960
Honor 5X 2327
OnePlus X 2661
Motorola Moto G (2015) 2186
Sunspider Lower is better
BLU Vivo 5 1540
Honor 5X 1171.7
OnePlus X 1285.5
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1361.8
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 20
Honor 5X 15
OnePlus X 23
Motorola Moto G (2015) 9.6
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 8.6
Honor 5X 6
OnePlus X 10
Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.9
Basemark OS II Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 859
OnePlus X 1185.66
Motorola Moto G (2015) 581
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 641
Honor 5X 696
OnePlus X 910.33
Motorola Moto G (2015) 528
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 2862
Honor 5X 3028
OnePlus X 2415.33
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1554


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5 Comments

1. Shuhailnp

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

Mali ? for 810 ?

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

At the same price level I'd say the honor 5x offers a more compelling package.

3. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Blu should thank gionee for doing all the hard work.

4. ShadowHammer

Posts: 197; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Considering they probably pay them for the design work, that's pretty good thanks already.

5. JcHnd

Posts: 251; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

@John V... just wondering, why you never reviewed the Life One X (2016)... I have one and im pretty sure its better than these two, specially for the "bang for the buck" part, why that never happened?
Vivo 5
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3150 mAh(16h talk time)

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