As expected, Chinese company Vivo introduced its next “curiosity,” a smartphone that packs a dual-camera setup in the … front. In a time when major players in the smartphone market launch devices with dual-lens cameras on the back, Vivo is doing it … backwards.
Before going into details, let's mention that the Vivo V5 Plus is available for pre-order for around $400, and it's likely to ship on January 21. It will be launched in select Asian countries, but we don't believe it will reach US or European shores.
Moving on to the actual specs, the phone's main selling point is definitely the dual-lens camera in the front, which consists of 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras. The so-called Moonlight flash that we mentioned in our previous report is in fact a “selfie softlight” flash.
The powerful 20-megapixel camera in the front uses a Sony IMX376 sensor and features f/2.0 aperture, as well as 5P lens system. On the other hand, the 8-megapixel camera features f/2.0 aperture that's supposed to capture depth information.
With the frontal dual-lens camera users can take snapshots that feature that unique bokeh effect, while keeping faces sharp and blurring the background.
No advanced features for the rear-facing camera
The rear of the phone features a 16-megapixel camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and 4K video recording. No other advanced features for the main camera though.
Hardware-wise, the V5 Plus packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
Also, the smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution and features 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 coating. Vivo V5 Plus is powered by a 3,160 mAh battery and runs Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
A fingerprint sensor is positioned on the back side, but the phone comes with a physical Home button as well. There's also a custom-made AK4376 dedicated Hi-Fi audio chip inside, which is suppose to offer signal-to-noise ratio of up to 115db.