Good enough considering the price, but hardly class-leading.

On the back, there’s a 13-megapixel sensor that features 5-element sapphire blue lenses, f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), and an LED flash. For the front, it chimes in with a reasonable wide-angle 5-megapixel camera.

BLU, thankfully, offers a meaningful shooting experience by cramming a ton of camera modes inside the Vivo 5, and a manual one as well. There’s plenty for causal shutterbugs to tinker with.

Image Quality

Since it shares the same camera that’s used by the Vivo XL, the Vivo 5 shows no difference in quality whatsoever. Like many smartphones nowadays, it captures some decent looking images when lighting is plentiful. Still, we notice a few subpar qualities, like splotchy details and noticeably colder color tones, that soften its overall quality. The more pressing matter, however, relates to its low light performance, which is accompanied with the typical set of degradations, but made worse because of its inability to focus properly.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 2.5
No data
Honor 5X 3
OnePlus X 2
Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.4

Video Quality

Likewise, the Vivo 5 fails to command our attention with its video recording quality. While there’s a decent level of sharpness and detail in it, footage is shaky and contains visible artifacting elements when panning, which don't help its cause. And there's no continuous autofocus, on top of all that. Interestingly, there's an anti-shaking setting that attempts to stabilize the footage by cropping the video and using software tricks to guise its usual shakiness – albeit, the end result still appears a bit artificial.


Just like what you’d expect, it gets the job done at the very least.

BLU's media gallery works in the same capacity as others, so photos are arranged in a grid-like layout. We do, however, enjoy the expansive editing tools that are at our disposal.

While there's generally little bloatware baked in with this, BLU does happen to throw in its own music player. It's not fanciful or ornate by any capacity, but the core functions are intact. The speaker on the back of the phone produces an output of 73.7 dB, making it sound a bit underpowered. That assertion is confirmed by how it sounds thin and light to the ear, lacking any sort of substance to deepen its range.

Thankfully, the phone's processing power is effective in playing videos smoothly and without any glitches. Combine that with the iridescent Super AMOLED display, we have no qualms with the overall experience. It even features a useful multi-tasking mode that plays a video in its own, separate window.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 0.402
Honor 5X 0.52
OnePlus X 0.44
Motorola Moto G (2015) 0.377
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
BLU Vivo 5 73.7
Honor 5X 73.7
OnePlus X 73
Motorola Moto G (2015) 78.5



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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