Raju, 21 Nov 2016Hi RishiGuru,
Thanks for feedback. I have read your review on audio chip of V3 and V3 max, ... moreThe AKM AK4376 audio chip is an integrated DAC + Headphone Amplifier. It is build upon AKM AK4375 which slight improvement in SNR, an objective measurement to denote sound quality. That said it is not a sea change improvement. Vivo's primary goal was always to provide HiFi audio over headphones. If you look at all their past handsets, they are primary segregated into three different categories as below:
1) Flagship X-Series Phones: These came with most expensive ESS DACs, ESS op-amps, TI headphone amplifiers and discrete power supplies for out-of-the-world audio performance. Some of their flagships came with slightly lower quality Cirrus Logic DACs & Maxim headphone amplifiers.
2) Mid Tier V-Series & some Y-Series phones: These phone came with a more cost effective and integrated audio solution like AKM AK4375 & now AKM AK4376. The sound quality achieved is not even remotely close to the high end ESS DACs.
3) Budget Y- Series: Does not comes with any audio chip and uses the SoCs low quality audio codecs, with low quality sound.
The AK4375/ AK4376 will give you pleasant surprise in terms of audio quality provided you have not heard a top end Vivo flagship device like X5Max. I know the sound signature of AK4375/ AK4376 very well. It is warm sounding, velvet mids with reasonable bass. To give you a comparison the Vivo V3Max with in-built AK4375 audio chip will decimate OnePlus 3 in audio quality over headphones. You get the picture. As you claim yourself an audiophile, you should get the best in the game. If you love music, get the Vivo X5Max. IT IS THE BEST AUDIOPHILE PHONE IN THE WORLD.
The Vivo V3Max, V3, X5Pro, V1Max and Y27L comes with the standard AKM AK4375 integrated DAC cum headphone amplifier which produces decent sound. And the AK4376 in V5 will be no different. But these phones simply cannot compete with the holy trinity of ESS Sabre ES9018 + ESS Sabre ES9601 + Texas Instruments OPA1612 found in Vivo X5Max. Another factor to count is if your audio collection consist of audio FLAC files then only X5Max will be able to play them with i-Music player. Now the ball is in your court. Choose.
AnonD-557636, 21 Nov 2016You get a Mediatek. some of their respected processors are helios x20 & x10. Even their P2... moreNow-a-days people are crazy about RAM. The general convention is: 4 GB RAM is better than 2 GB and 6 GB is even better 4 GB as it makes your phone faster. This is true provided you have a SoC/ chipset which is capable to handle and utilize that size of RAM.
A Snapdragon 615 SoC of 2014 works like charm with 2 GB RAM provided you have an well optimized Android OS running the show. An example will be Vivo X5Max. Get a twice powerful SoC like Snapdragon 652 in Vivo V3Max you will be in need for more RAM. Thus V3Max comes with 4 gigs of RAM as its SoC is capable to fully utilize that RAM capacity to full effect. Even more powerful SoCs like Snapdragon 820 can effectively utilize 6 GB or more RAM.
Unfortunately very few people understands this balance of SoC and RAM, and phone companies takes maxium profit from this inadequacy. They give you very cheap & low quality SoCs with high RAM capacity to increase their profit margin. Take for example the recently launched Vivo V5 with sky high unjustified price of INR 19K. It comes with MediaTek MT6750 SoC, which is one of the bottom line chipset from MediaTek. It is so weak that it does not even support FullHD/ 1080p resolution hence you get a 720p display in V5. And just for marketing purposes Vivo is shipping V5 with 4 gigs of RAM which the cheap and weak MT6750 SoC will never able to properly utilize. Even the superior Snapdragon 615 in X5Max will grind V5 in performance charts.
My personal opinion is, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. Or even the Oppo F1s on which this phone is based. These phones are total waste of money and built for selfie maniacs. For the same money get the Vivo V3Max, a true winner, way superior phone and complete value for money.
Why vivo's models have the same priblem.it is storage problem.hmmm😥😥😥
RishiGuru, 18 Nov 2016This phone is a good alternative for guys with INR 10k budget. Typically Vivo/ Oppo launches t... moreHi RishiGuru,
Thanks for feedback. I have read your review on audio chip of V3 and V3 max, where you have mentioned that it is mediocre and nothing great.
Could you please advice on audio chip of V5 (AK4376 ) ?
Primarily I am audiophile and my attention towards V5 is primarily for their so called audio quality.
manuel, 21 Nov 2016this is qualcomn snapdragon????You get a Mediatek. some of their respected processors are helios x20 & x10. Even their P20 & P10 chipsets are good. But in v5 we get a third grade processor which do not even support full hd display.
raaj, 20 Nov 2016dont know why so many hate comments , wondering if other company trying to sabotage vivo v5 la... moreTheir are a lot of hate comments as vivo is selling a phone named v5 which is worth not more than Rs 10k for Rs 19k. just but a adding a high pixel front selfie camera and an front led light sweetly named 'moonlight' will not do. We the consumers are clever enough to distinguish between a cut your throat model like v5 and a real value for money phone like vivo v3max. i recently googled and found vivo management have changed in india. hence this change is approach and pricing.
If everyone don't like the most crazy selfie camera,i think the y67 will is an good choice.Because y67 have normal camera but another spec like as v5.And the price of v5 is RM1,198 to RM1,298.But the y67 is RM999 to RM1,099 on Malaysia market.
Alpha8, 20 Nov 2016The vivo v3max have way better specs than v5 for the same price. Why should we even think of ... moreV5 has 20mp front moon light flash selfie camera.
Which is highest available now.
Now a days people are crazy about selfie.
Latest android 6.0
Extreamly attractive design
Many more features upgrade of v3 max.
Anonymous, 20 Nov 2016Don't get fooled guys..
It's just a budget phone selling at double the cost. Oppo and vivo b... moreBro now a days everyone want d best phone in his price and vivo provide it.
Not sony and samsung and lg.
Vivo is trying to make life easier with your smartphones with latest smart features in all range of cost.
AnonD-524199, 20 Nov 2016How is the audio quality of vivo v5? Are there any real owners here? I don't know much about s... moreYes
Vivo v5 has a hi-fi music chipset so that you will get the best sound quality.
With help of this you can get output by another systems like speakers and home theaters with 0% lose of quality in audio output.