Introduction


vivo is a smartphone manufacturer, which became famous at the end of 2014, when it released the "thinnest smartphone in the world" – the vivo X5 Max. Its profile measured at just 0.187 inches (4.75 mm) and with such a slender body, some hardware corner-cutting had to be done – most prominently, in the battery department, which ended up with a 2,000 mAh juicer. So, the company released a more "normal" version of the handset – the vivo X5Pro, which is slightly thicker, at 0.253 inches (6.44 mm), with a smaller 5.2" display and a larger 2,450 mAh battery.

On the hardware end of things, the vivo X5Pro is a midranger, priced somewhere around the $550 mark – if you manage to grab a hold of one that is, as online retailers that stock it are still fairly hard to sniff out. With a glass-and-metal build, the phone does offer the looks, but for the price, we'd also expect it to deliver a pretty solid performance.

In the box:
  • vivo X5Pro
  • In-ear headset
  • Wall charger
  • USB Data cable
  • SIM Ejector tool
  • Quick start guide
  • Plastic clear cover-type case

Design

Hand me that iPhone. What do you mean it's a vivo?

No exaggeration here, whenever you look at the vivo lying on a table, you can easily mistake it for an iPhone 6. Its display is larger, sure, but its general proportions, shape, and openings for the earpiece, frontal camera, and proximity sensor are placed very similarly to how they are on Apple's handset. Upon closer inspection, however, we can see some differences – there are three capactive navigation buttons at the bottom, reflecting light with their beautiful silver finish. The name of the smartphone's manufacturer can also be found above the top-left of the display, written in the same silver paint.

Upon inspecting the phone's frame, one can find the volume rocker, power button, and SIM card tray on the right, headphone jack on the top, and the USB port on the bottom, surrounded by two symmetrical grilles – one for the speaker and one for the mic.

On the back, we have another glass slab, making the phone a glass-and-metal sandwich. Decoration-wise, it's pretty minimal – the vivo logo in the center, the usual "Designed by..." text at the bottom, and the camera can be found in the top-left – much like the phone from which vivo drew design inspirations from. The sensor's ring still protrudes, similar to the archetype, but a bit less so.

In terms of feel – the phone is thin enough to feel comfortable to hold. It's not too light, nor too heavy, so it doesn't feel awkwardly burdensome to carry around. Still, a 5.2" display is fairly big, so some single-handed operations are a bit awkward and dangerous to perform, but users that have owned a handset of the same caliber before will have no trouble here. The metal frame feels cool to the touch and the hardware buttons are fairly clicky, but are uncomfortably thin and have short travel. All in all, some gripes aside, we'd say that vivo pulled off the glass-and-metal combo pretty well.


vivo X5Pro

vivo X5Pro

Dimensions

5.82 x 2.89 x 0.25 inches

147.9 x 73.45 x 6.39 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

OPPO R7

OPPO R7

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.8 x 0.25 inches

143 x 71 x 6.3 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

vivo X5Pro

vivo X5Pro

Dimensions

5.82 x 2.89 x 0.25 inches

147.9 x 73.45 x 6.39 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

OPPO R7

OPPO R7

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.8 x 0.25 inches

143 x 71 x 6.3 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display

I'm blue, da-ba-dee da-ba-dae

The vivo X5Pro rocks a Super AMOLED display and, needless to say, we were greeted by vivid, popping colors as soon as it was on. It is also a bit bluish – color temperature measures at 7,677 K – quite a ways away from the reference value of 6,500 K. In real life, this didn't bother us too much, or at least not as much as the saturated, sometimes inaccurate colors.

The display has a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution stretched across its 5.2-inch diagonal. This all results in a 424 pixel-per-inch density, or in other words – it's pretty crisp. We enjoyed the details on-screen and spent quite some time gawking at the beautiful stock wallpapers. Additionally, the viewing angles are pretty generous – no doubt, courtesy of the AMOLED tech.

The display's brightness measures at 318 nits when set at maximum. That's by no means impressive, but the screen is still usable outdoors. Even on a sunny day, we could make out the icons on our homescreen or set up a camera shot without much trouble making out what's on the viewfinder. When the skies are cloudy, the display provides enough visibility for effortless use. At minimum, the brightness goes down to 3 nits, making for comfortable reading in the dark.

At the phone's price-point, though, we can't help but feel that vivo could've tried to do better with the display. Its drawbacks are not too major, but there are many other smartphones around the same tier, which offer much better quality either in terms of color reproduction, temperature, or maximum brightness.


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22 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Refreshed the page and saw this...hahaha! Disclaimer to all Chinese OEMS entering the PhoneArena... NO1 IS SAFE!

20. MSi_GS70 unregistered

I own this device and it is very good device ! I am bit disappointed you iParena didn't mention that this device released in other version and it is with MTK chipset MT6752 which is much much faster than SD615 ! And unlike this version my version supports Eye ID and you can shoot pictures in UHD mode so in 2k resolution (picture has 20MB) About Display: Mine version of amoled is very bright ... looks like SD615 version is really chipped out ! About User Interface: As been mentioned unlocking phone sliding up ONLY is not true as phone has Wallpaper & Font section in settings where you can change unlocking style. e.g. swiping to the right similar to iphone. About Performance: Here is additional mine test results and I really can't believe how SD615 perform so horribly! Mine results exceeds of SD615 ! About Sound quality: Vivo X5Pro has very good sound chip X5Max has better audio quality because it contains Yamaha chip .. ! About Camera : Again ! In your reviewed version UHD photography is missing which I have it in my version And that makes 8Mpx camera runs as double !! so like 16mpx ! and 16mpx on rear. The picture is very crisp NO ONE phone shoots UHD only X5Pro MTK version ! The picture has 20MB file. About Video Recording: Video recording is very impressive ! I would say there is stabilization where in photography I think image stabilization missing .. need to be very steady but video recording is awesome And AGAIN mine video recording has audio captured in 128kbps not 96kbps About special feature: Of course reviewed version lacks of Eye ID recognition which I have in mine MTK version ! It is very good feature you can lock and unlock any app with it .. in future it will be used for unlocking phone or for paying purposes I suppose One drawback ! I must say that mine version comes with lesser battery capacity which is 2300mAh and SD615 version comes with 2450mAh .. Which supposed to be other way round ! Mine version has slightly worse battery and it is definitely not 67h like this version been tested .. I would reckon 55h this is only what buggers me .. Specs and BENCHMARKS of X5Pro MTK version !http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Ethos-Evoss/library/?sort=4&page=1

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Another Phone Gets Smashed By PA When O When Will The Carnage End LOL................#Never

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

FIND OUT NEXT TIME ON PHONEARENA BALL Z! (Sorry, I just had to..)

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

HAHA Its Cool I Love It.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I honestly thought that was an iPhone on the front page. Such a shame.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

No kidding. AN iPhone with capacative buttons.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Feel Phonearena's wrath!!

7. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

it really looks like my 6s plus from front

8. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I actually think this one deserves it. Paying 550$ for a SN 615, 1080p screen, bad camera and bad battery life? That's almost as bad as paying 1000+$ for the iPhone 6s!

10. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

lmao @ part where you mentioned 6s. No, but seriously iPhones are hella too expensive everywhere but US. That's bologna.

11. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

IKR. The base model iPhone 6 (not even S) costs almost 1000$ here in Israel! That's our minimum wage salary and people still buy them!

9. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

That's what you get for half-baking your devices! You don't even a half of ten points in reviews! Buyer Beware!

12. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

$550! maybe in China but not in Europe Vivo. $250 at max. For $550 I expect S6 quality. What are they think?!

13. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This one I do agree it deserve low scores. Vivo phone is not good enough and no originality in design.

14. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Samsung like wallpaper, Impressive!

16. stijnvbml

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Love those stricter reviews. I mean, it gives you a better overview on which phones are excellent and which are not. Keep up the good work. Reviews and especially the grades are improving!!

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1258; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

PA is reviewing with whip in one hand and phone in another...

22. gaming64 unregistered

Well it does look like it came from Vivo's Apple fantasy.

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  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
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