Vivo X5Pro: Unboxing and Hands-on review

| Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 18:51
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Vivo X5Pro Unboxing and Hands-on review

Vivo recently launched one of its most beautiful Smartphone…  Vivo X5Pro. According to the company, its beauty is inspired by the “Drop of Water”.  So we thought of testing this beauty ourselves.
After using Vivo X5Pro for a couple of days, we’ve listed down various points covering each segment, which are as follows:


The packaging features premium high quality material, quite unique, and good to touch and feel. The opening of the box presents the Vivo X5Pro, and what’s nice to see is the premium material that is around the phone. Lifting up that second layer reveals perfectly designed boxes which have a quick start guide, complimentary back cover, earphones, charger and a sim card remover. Earphones provided are pretty good, even at high volumes they provide good clarity with respect to bass and vocals.
Taking the X5Pro out of its cover, the first thing you’ll notice is how great the phone feels in your hand. The phone is a little heavy; however, the metal frame gives a solid feel to the phone.  The back of the phone is totally made up of glass, which makes the phone quite slippery so there are high chances of scratching or the glass breaking if dropped from some height, so the user needs to protect it with a cover and be extra cautious regarding this. Vivo has provided a transparent cover with the phone, which is quite sturdy and provides good grip to the phone so that’s a plus.


Out of the box, this device is powered by Android 5.0.2. Vivo has majorly changed the UI, has named its OS as Funtouch OS, and added multiple 3rd party features to improve the user experience. The phone feels like less of an Android and more of Apple's iOS with the center clock in notification, white background settings menu, very similar to the iOS menu. Notification drop down menu with no toggles, which used to be one of the common features in Android, and at last a control center like menu that can be accessed by swiping up from bottom of the screen (which contains toggles, background apps and brightness controller). It is great for those who do not like everything stock.
In settings, you will find a category of 'Smart Motion' that includes a list of different actions to execute tasks, which includes the following categories:
Smart Wake- It includes a set of screen gestures, generally alphabets, which when drawn on off screen, executes that application. Like, when the screen is off, and you type ‘W’, it will automatically unlocks your phone and launches Whatsapp. You can also create a gesture to launch your favourite app.
Air Operation- This option helps to unlock the screen or just see status of the phone by simply swiping hand over the phone when the screen is off.
Smart Light- It includes the option to Double-tap-to-wake, light screen when taken out of the pocket and a smart keep option which helps to stay the screen on when phone detects your face.
Smart Call- Includes option to answer the phone by just bringing your ringing phone to your ear or  you can even mute phone by just waving hand over phone, and many more options.
Others- It also has features like shake to turn on flashlight, tilt to zoom pictures and smart remind, which shows different notification when you pick up the phone from table or pocket.
If these were not enough, X5Pro comes with a super screenshot option which can take screenshot of user defined area, whether it is rectangular, square, lasso, or even select area with your finger and only that brushed area will be captured.


Coming on to camera, X5Pro’s camera is pretty decent. It supports 13 MP (4128 x 3096 pixels) rear and an impressive 8 MP camera. It also supports phase detection autofocus, which is pretty amazing and fast in focusing. In daylight conditions, sharpness in photos is good, colors look vibrant, but pixel level quality cannot be compared to same budget Smartphone such as Samsung S5. If you are a selfie lover, you will be astonished by its 8 MP front camera which delivers surprisingly amazing photos even in low light conditions. It also includes a professional mode, which allow you to change focus, ISO and many other settings by swiping the capture button.
Here are few samples of the camera so you can compare the quality:
Outdoor Shoot
Indoor Shoot(Light)
Indoor Shoot(Dark)
Selective Focus


When it comes to test a Smartphone's processor, nothing stresses up the processor better than a high end game. X5Pro is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa core processor which supports a 64-bit architecture, which is quite impressive and only available in handful of Smartphone available. It is also packed with 2GB of RAM. There is no lag while playing 2D or mid level 3D games, but high end games, such as GTA San Andreas, when tested at high graphics resulted in massive lag. And it was also noted that playing for more than 5 min starts heating up the phone on the right side and heat increases with more you play. But when it comes to executing an app or multitasking, this phone is pretty swift. You can jump from a task to another in a second and there was not even a single lag when we tried to open up multiple apps and shift from screen to screen.


The X5Pro boasts of a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED HD display packed with 424 pixels per inch. Colors are vibrant and shines bright even in sunlight. Video output and display looks pretty sweet and even at extreme viewing angles, the display did not lose any clarity and colors were vivid.


X5Pro is packed with a 2450 mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery, which delivers an amazing backup for this phone. On moderate use (chatting on WhatsApp or any other client, playing games for 20 minutes, call duration of around 20 minutes, connected to internet via wifi and screen on time for 2 hours), nearly half of the juice still remains at the end of the day, and on high usage(playing high graphic games for more than 30 minutes, phone connected to internet via 3G, screen on time for than 3 hours and call duration of around 40 minutes), phone manages to run whole day long. 
Though battery monitoring is not available inbuilt in the OS, you have to download third party app to monitor estimated battery life of your phone.


BODY Dimensions 147.9 x 73.5 x 6.4 mm (5.82 x 2.89 x 0.25 in)
Weight 151 g
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
PLATFORM OS Android 5.0.2
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
CPU Octa-core 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 405
CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 8 MP, 1080p
BATTERY Type Non-removable Li-Po 2450 mAh battery


  • Amazing battery life
  • Beautiful Super AMOLED display
  • Funtouch OS
  • Amazing third party features
  • Laggy experience in gaming
  • Glass body prone to damage and scratches
  • Camera


As it is said, beauty never comes cheap: Vivo X5Pro is now available in India at Rs 27,980. 
Conclusion: While the performance and camera is nothing that you won’t see in market, but its magnificent design, vivid screen and great software experience hides all those small shortcomings. But it would be difficult for X5Pro to stand against phones which lie in the same pricing segment.
Overall rating:
  • Battery-9
  • Display-9
  • Processor-7
  • Camera-6.5
  • UI- 8
What do you think about this device? Do let us know in our comment section below. We would love to hear your experience and suggestions.
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