Vivo has launched a new smartphone in China – the Vivo Z5. It is a slightly modified variant of the Vivo Z5x that was launched in June this year. And I say modified because the Z5 is neither an advanced variant of the Z5x, nor a cheaper alternative; a few hardware features of the Z5 are better than Z5x, and few are not. And that we will discuss in the article later.
Moving further, the Vivo Z5 comes in a total of four memory configurations. The base variant has 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and it costs CNY 1,598. The next variant features 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and it is priced at CNY 1,898. The third variant comes with 6GB RAM + 256GB storage, and it has a price tag of CNY 1,998. The top of the line variant sports 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and it costs CNY 2,298. Except for the top of the line variant, all other variants are currently on sale. The top-end variant will go on sale starting August 6, 2019.
Vivo Z5 Specifications
The Vivo Z5 features a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This is quite an upgrade over the Z5x, as the Z5x came with a 6.53-inch IPS LCD. The display of the Z5, however, has a U-shaped notch at the top, instead of a punch-hole which the Z5x has – that’s one downgrade compared to the Z5x.
The Vivo Z5 also has an upgraded camera compared to the Z5x. While the Z5x came with 16MP + 8MP + 2MP configuration, the Z5 comes with a triple-camera setup at the rear, which has a 48-megapixel primary camera with f/1.79 aperture, an 8MP ultrawide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 2MP depth-sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera also features Super Night View 2.0, which is an upgraded version of the Super Night View that we have seen in other Vivo smartphones. The Super Night View 2.0 is basically a night mode that we see in many smartphones nowadays; it helps in capturing better lowlight images by capturing multiple images of a scene and merging them together. The front-facing camera is a 32MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture, and it supports pixel-binning technology for better lowlight images, which combines four pixels into one to produce an 8MP image. According to Vivo, the brand has upgraded the camera software to support up to 103 facial features in selfies.
Powering the smartphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 SoC, which is slightly more powerful than the Snapdragon 710 that the Vivo Z5x has. The Snapdragon 712, as you might know, features eight Kryo 360 cores, and Adreno 616 GPU. On the software side of things, the Vivo Z5 comes with Android 9 Pie OS featuring FunTouch 9 customization. The device packs a 4500mAh battery, which is 500mAh smaller compared to the 5000mAh unit in the Vivo Z5x. The Z5, however, has 22.5W charging compared to the 18W charging in the Vivo Z5. Connectivity-wise, the Z5 still uses a microUSB port instead of a USB Type-C port; it is pathetic to have a microUSB port in a smartphone of this price range. Other connectivity options, however, are on par with other smartphones in the price range – dual-SIM, dual VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.